Safari Sniffers

Feb 1, 2006
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by Melissa Mall

Introduction

Safari Sniffers - Crocodile

I couldn’t resist designing a little something for Halloween. Then "a little something" turned into two little somethings, then three, and by the time I was finished, there were enough "little somethings" to populate a zoo! Brightly colored and whimsical, these little half-masks work up quickly with simple stitches. However, what with all of the shaping, the color changes, and the sewing of things together, I wouldn’t recommend these for the novice crocheter. Make one. Make two. Make the whole zoo!

Materials List

  • SSafari Sniffers hangin' outmall amounts of various colors of Red Heart Super Saver yarn (colors indicated before individual patterns)
  • 4.25 mm (size G) crochet hook
  • Yarn Needle

Gauge

Gauge is not significant in this pattern as long as it is consistent.

The Pattern

Crocodile Smile (pictured above)

Colors required: hunter green, white

Special Techniques used in this pattern: RDC (Raised Double Crochet)

To perform a RDC, yarn over, insert hook from front around post of next sc 2 rows below, pull up a loop, (yarn over and pull through 2 loops) twice as for dc.

In subsequent rows, insert hook around post of previous RDC rather than sc.

Nose:

Row 1 is worked around the ch. Do not join rnds unless directed.

To begin, ch 3.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 3 sc in next ch, then (working the other side of the ch) sc in next sc, 3 sc in the ch you skipped at the beginning of the row. (8 sc)

Row 2: Work 2 sc in 1st sc, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next] 3 times, sc in next sc. (12 sc)

Row 3: Sc in each sc around. (12 sc)

Row 4: [Sc in each of next 5 sts, 2 sc in next] twice. (14 sc)

Row 5: Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4 sts. (16 sc)

Row 6: Sc in each of first 2 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 7 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 5 sts. (18 sc)

Row 7: Sc in next st, sc dec across the next 2 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, sc dec across the next 2 sts, sc in each of next 11 sts. (16 sc)

Row 8: Work sc dec across the next 2 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, sc dec across the next 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in next. (16 sc)

Row 9: Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 13 sts. (17 sc)

Row 10: Working around the next stitch 2 rows below, work RDC, sc in next st, 2 sc in next, sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in each of next 5 sts, [2 sc in next st] twice, sc in each of next 5 sts. (20 sts)

Row 11: Sc in next st, RDC (working around the post of the RDC just below) in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, RDC in next st, sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 6 sts. (21 sts)

Row 12: Sc in next st, RDC in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, RDC in next st, sc in each of next 16 sts. (21 sts)

Row 13: Work 2 sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, RDC in next, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 15 sts. (23 sts)

Row 14: Sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 7 sts. (24 sts)

Row 15: Sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc dec across the next 2 sts, sc in each of next 9 sts, sc dec across the next 2 sts, sc in next. (22 sts)

Row 16: Sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 6 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts. (24 sts)

Row 17: Sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in next st, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in each of next 17 sts. (26 sts)

Row 18: Sc in next st, RDC in next, sc in each of next 6 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in each of next 7 sts. (28 sts)

Row 19: Work 2 sc in next st, sc in next, RDC in next st, sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in next st, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 8 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4 sts. (32 sts)

Row 20: Sc in each of next 3 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 23 sts. (32 sts)

Row 21: Sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 13 sts, 2 sc in each of the next 2 sc, sc in each of next 9 sts. (34 sts)

Row 22: Sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 26 sts. (34 sts)

Row 23: Rep Row 22.

Row 24: Sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 14 sts, sc dec across the next 2 sc, sc in each of next 10 sts. (33 sts)

Row 25: Sc in each of next 4 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, RDC in next, sc in each of next 4 sts. Sl st in next st, finish off, weave in ends.

Teeth:

With white, ch 9, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] twice, [ch 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next ch] 10 times, [ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook] 3 times, ch 6. Finish off.

CrocodileWith white yarn and needle, sew teeth to nose. To do so, match center point of teeth with center point of Row 1 and extend the edges towards Row 25 on either side. Some teeth should point up, others down. Going from one end of the teeth to the other, they should be arranged as follows: 3 down, 1 up, 1 down, 1 up, 2 down (previously marked center point) 2 down, 1 up, 1 down, 1 up, 3 down. Sew securely, being careful to position teeth symmetrically.

Ties:

With green, attach with a sl st in Row 25, two sts above the end position of the teeth. Ch 17, join with a sl st 2 sts below the teeth. Finish off.

Join in center of tie loop (around the 9th ch) and make a 13-inch ch. Finish off tightly, clip or weave in ends.

Rep on other side.

Toucan Sham

Toucan ShamColors required: Black, Bright Yellow, Carrot

Special Techniques used in this pattern: Butt Seam (see diagram)

A butt seam allows edges to be joined together without forming a ridge. To make a butt seam, align the edges to be joined as per diagram, and sew together.

diagram

Beak:

With black, ch 21.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch thereafter, switching to Bright Yellow with last sc. (20 sc) Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in each sc across (20 sc). Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in each sc across. Ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Dc in each of first 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st across next 4 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st across next 4 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in each of last 3 sts. Switch to Carrot, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sc in each of first 3 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next st, tr in each of next 4 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, tr in each of next 4 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next st, sc in each of next 3 sts. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Hdc in each of first 9 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of last 9 sts. Ch 3, turn.

Row 7: Dc in each of first 3 sts, hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st across the next 10 sts, sc in next st, hdc in next st , dc in each of last 3 sts. Ch 3, turn.

Row 8: Dc in first st, hdc in next, sl st across the next 16 sts, hdc in next st, 2 dc in last st, switching to black with last dc. (21 sts) Ch 1, turn.

Row 9: Sl st in 1 st st, sc in next, hdc in next st, dc in each of next 7 sts, 2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 7 sts, hdc in next st, dc in next, sl st in last st. (22 st) Ch 3, turn.

Row 10: Work 2 dc in first st, dc in each of next 9 sts, 2 dc in each of the next 2 sts, dc in each of next 9 sts, 2 dc in last st. (26 sts) Ch 3, turn.

Row 11: 2 dc in 1st dc, dc in each of next 10 sts, [dc dec across next 2 dc] twice, dc in each of next 10 sts, 2 dc in last dc. (26 dc) Do not ch, turn.

Row 12: Sl st across each of the next 3 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, [sc dec across the next 2 sts] twice, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 2 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, sl st across each of the next 3 sts. (24 sts) Ch 3, turn.

Row 13: Work 2 dc in first dc, dc in each of next 4 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, [sc dec across the next 2 sts] twice, sc in each of next 3 sts, hdc in each of next 2 sts, dc in each of next 4 sts, 2 dc in last st. Finish off, weave in ends.

Seam up sides with a butt seam (do not sew Row 1 closed). I recommend using the appropriate colors to conceal your stitches.

Ties:

With black, join with a sl st in 3rd st up from seam. Ch 17, sl st in 7th st up from seam, on the same side.

Still with black, join in center of tie loop (around the 9th ch) and make a 13-inch ch. Finish off tightly, clip or weave in ends.

RFake Flamingoep on other side.

Faux Flamingo

Colors required: Black, Rose Pink, Country Rose

Work as for Toucan Sham (above), but substitute Rose Pink for Bright Yellow, and Country Rose for Carrot.

 

Gorilla Grin

Colors required: Black

BGorilla Grinase:

To begin, ch 4 and join in a ring with a sl st.

Row 1: Work 5 sc into the ring.

Row 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around. (10 sc)

Row 3: Work [Sc in next st, 2 sc in next] 5 times. (15 sc)

Row 4: Sc in each sc around, working 2 sc in the last st. (16 sc)

Row 5: Work [Sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st] 3 times, 2 sc in next sc. (20 sc)

Row 6: Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next, [sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next] 3 times, sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next. (26 sc)

Row 7: Sc in next st, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in each of the next the next 2 sc, sc in each of next 4 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 7 sts. (32 sc)

Row 8: Work 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 18 sts, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 2 stst, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of next 6 sts. (36 sc)

Row 9: Sc in each of next 31 sts, [sc dec across the next 2 sc] twice, sc 1. (34 sc)

Row 10: Sc in each of next 3 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 22 sts, 2 sc in next, sc in each of next 4 sts, sc dec across the next 2 sc, sc in next st. (35 sc)

Finish off, weave in ends. This is the top of the nose base.

Upper Lip:

1: To begin, ch 12, sc in 2nd sc from hook and each of the next 2 ch (total of 3 sc), ch 8. You should now have a piece shaped like a Y (see photo below).

gorilla lip

2: Sl st into bottom of ‘Y,’ then sl st into very first ch made. You should now have a piece resembling a heart divided down the center (see photo below).

gorilla lip

3: Evenly space 8 hdc along the ch-loop, working around the ch rather than into it. Sl st into the top loop of the row of sc. Evenly space 8 hdc along the remaining ch loop, working around the ch as for other side. Hdc into center row of sc (see photo below).

gorilla lip

4: Sc into first hdc made, and each of the next 3 hdc. Make 2 sc in each of the next 3 hdc, sc in next st, sl st in next, sc in next st, 2 sc in each of the next 3 hdc, sc in each of next 4 sts. (23 sts around.)

5: Hdc in the same st, [2 hdc in next st] twice, hdc in each of next two sts, sc in the same st, sl st in next st. Ch 2, turn.

6: Dc in same st as ch, [2 dc in next st, dc in next st] 4 times, dc in next st. (14 dc) Ch 2, turn.

7: Hdc in 1st dc, hdc in next st, [2 hdc in next st, hdc in each of next 2 sts] 4 times. (18 hdc) Finish off, weave in ends.

With needle and yarn, you will now do some shaping.

Fold the last row of the upper lip under towards the WS and sew it down across (see photo below).

gorilla lip

Then, with WS facing you, pinch the edges of each nostril together and sew closed (see photo below).

gorilla lip

Now, positioning the upper lip so that the topmost portion of the nostrils are centered on and even with the top-center of the base, sew on securely all around every edge of the upper lip.

Ties:

With black, attach with a sl st at edge of base, one st outside of nostril’s outer edge. Ch 17, sk 4 sts (counting away from the nostrils) and join in next st. Finish off.

Join in center of tie loop (around the 9th ch) and make a 13-inch ch. Finish off tightly, clip or weave in ends.

Rep on other side.

Phony the Tiger

Phony the TigerColors required: Carrot, White, Black, Rose Pink

Muzzle:

Note: Do not join rounds.

With white, ch 3, sl st in first ch.

Row 1: Work 6 sc in ring.

Row 2: Work [2 sc in next st] 2 times, switch to Carrot, 3 sc in next sc, switch to White, [2 sc in next st] 2 times, switch to Carrot, 3 sc in next sc. (14 sc)

Row 3: Switch to White, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next] twice, switch to Carrot, [2 sc in next st] 3 times, switch to White, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next st] twice, switch to Carrot, [2 sc in next st] 3 times. (24 sc)

Row 4: [Sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next] twice, [2 sc in next st] 6 times, switch to White, [sc in each of next 2 sts, 2 sc in next] twice, switch to Carrot, [2 sc in next st] 6 times. (40 sc)

Row 5: Sc in each of next 8 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 3 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next] 3 times, sc dec over next two sts, switch to White, sc in each of next 6 sts, switch to Carrot, sc dec over next two sts, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next] 3 times, sc in each of next 3 sts, sc dec over last two sts. (42 sc)

Row 6: Work sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, [sc dec over next two sts] twice, sc in each of next 8 sts, [2 sc in next st, sc in next] twice. Switch to White, sc in each of next 6 sts. Switch to Carrot, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next] twice, sc in each of next 8 sts, sc dec over next two sts. (42 sc)

Row 7: Sc in each of next 6 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 12 sts, switch to White, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, sc dec over next two sts, switch to Carrot, sc in each of next 12 sts, sc dec over next two sts. (38 sc)

Row 8: Sc in each of next 8 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 2 sts, switch to White, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, sc dec over next two sts, switch to Carrot, sc in each of next 2 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 4 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 2 sts. (32 sc)

Row 9: Sc in each of next 8 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in next st, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 3 sts. Switch to White, sc in each of next 6 sts, switch to Carrot. Sc in each of next 3 sts, sc dec over next two sts, sc in next st, sc dec over next two sts, sc in each of next 2 sts. (28 sc)

Row 10: Sc in each of next 14 sts, switch to White, sc in each of next 6 sts, switch to Carrot. Sc in each of next 8 sts, sl st in next st, finish off, weave in ends.

Nose:

TigerWith Rose Pink, ch 2.

Row 1: Work 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: Dc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc, 2 dc in next sc. Finish off, weave in ends.

Sew nose to muzzle, matching tip of the nose’s Row 1 to the center of the first round of the muzzle.

Ties:

With Carrot, join in Row 10 of muzzle, about 3 stitches above approximate side center point. Ch 17, sk 3 sts (going down the side) and join in next st. Finish off.

Join in center of tie loop (around the 9th ch) and make a 13-inch ch. Finish off tightly, clip or weave in ends.

Rep on other side.

To finish, use black to embroider stripes, mouth, and nose detail.

Lion Around

Lion AroundColors required: Linen, Aran, Rose Pink, Black

Work as for ‘Phony the Tiger,’ but substitute Linen for Carrot and Aran for White. Do not embroider stripe detail.

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Audrey wrote
on Sep 29, 2006 10:42 PM

I'm here looking through the archives and I see no one ever left a comment on these....things.

I made the tiger sniffer for Halloween 2005 for my 6yo. He was a tiger in a bush. Flannel tiger jammies made for the occasion (and winter), a tiger hat based on a Crochet Me cat hat, a tiger sniffer, and some vines form Michaels wrapped around him. My sniffer got a little lopsided, but he didn't notice and I didn't try to find the problem!

See him here: http://new.photos.yahoo.com/audrey_b_morris/album/576460762313495460/photo/294928803078846485/25

Cute idea!

Anonymous wrote
on Nov 13, 2006 2:42 PM

These are so cute! I can't wait to make them for my sons and daughter. they are going to have so much fun! I really like your patterns. Thanks for sharing

Kathy wrote
on Sep 13, 2007 8:07 AM
I am AMAZED you are sharing these darling patterns for free!
This is something I would buy in a booklet!!
I came across your page while looking for animal nose patterns made from poster board and was delighted to see yours!

You are SO talented!!!

Polly@19 wrote
on Feb 15, 2008 7:38 AM

I am preparing right now (I'm sitting here with the yarn in my lap hehe) to make these for my sons. They are really adorable! I was thinking about maybe trying to design an elephant one. I'll post it if it turns out decent.