Mason the Hammer

Mason is a happy young hammer who just wants to do a good job! You can find the pattern in PDF form on Ravelry here, and below!

Materials Needed

  • E/4 (3.5mm) hook
  • Light worsted or DK yarn in light gray, black, and bright orange, or any colors you want! (see recommended yarns below)
  • Pair of black safety eyes (10mm)
  • Stuffing
  • Yarn needle
  • Stitch markers

Techniques Used

Ch = Chain
Sl St = Slip Stitch
St = Stitch
Sc = Single Crochet
Inc = Increase, by making 2 sc in one st
Dec = Decrease, preferably using the invisible decrease method to work one sc across two st in the front loops
BLO = Back Loop Only
FO = Fasten Off

Yarn Used

  • Hayfield Bonus DK Silver Grey – 838
  • Hayfield Bonus DK Bright Orange – 981
  • Hayfield Bonus DK Black – 965

All increases, or “inc,” means 2 sc in next st.  If an increase requires 3 sc in the next st, the instructions will say so.

Head
With light grey yarn:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc in 1st ch (6 stitches)
Rnd 2: inc in each (12)
Rnd 3: [inc, sc] repeat to end of round (18)
Rnd 4: [inc, 2 sc] repeat to end of round (24)
Rnd 5: BLO sc around (24)
Rnds 6-8: sc around (24)
Rnd 9: [dec, 2 sc] repeat to end of round (18)
Rnd 10: BLO sc around (18)
Rnd 11: [dec, 4 sc] repeat to end of round (15)
Rnd 12: [dec, 3 sc] repeat to end of round (12)
Rnd 13: [3 sc in next st, 2 sc] repeat to end of round (20)
Rnd 14: sc, [3 sc in next st, 4 sc] 3 times, 3 sc in next st, 3 sc (28)
Rnd 15: BLO sc around (28)

  • Stuff nose here, firm, but not so firm that the flat head curves
    too much. Some curvature is inevitable, but you don’t want to
    lose the relative flatness. (Fig. A)

Rnds 16-22: sc around (28)

  • Insert safety eyes between rows 14 and 15 6 st apart, on the other side of the line that the front loops make from the nose. I used 10 mm safety eyes, but you can feel free to change the size or where to put them on the head, based on what looks right.
  • Stuff the head firmly
  • You’ll notice that you are now crocheting in a square.
    The goal of Round 23 is to decrease on the left and
    right sides of the head so that the square turns into a
    rectangle. The below instructions should do that, but
    if your starting stitch moved at some point and isn’t
    where mine was, you can change where you do the
    two decreases to make sure they are in the middle of
    two sides of the square across from each other (begin
    the decrease about where the blue stitch marker is in
    Fig. B).
Figure B

Rnd 23: 5 sc, dec, 12 sc, dec, 7 sc (26)
Rnd 24: sc around (26)

Figure C

Left Claw

  • With a stitch marker, mark the stitch in the front
    the 26 stitches left after round 24, and working
    until you finish one claw (Fig. C). Then you will go
    back to round 24 and work in the remaining 13
    stitches to make the other claw
Figure D

Rnd 25: sc around until you get to the stitch marker, but leave the marker in and do not sc in that st; ch 2, skip 13 st, sc (Fig. D) (this sc should be in the first st of Rnd 25, but it’s okay if you’ve gotten off and that’s not the case; the most important thing is that you skip 13 st which will be used later for the next claw, and then sc) (15)

Rnd 26: The final sc you made in the previous round is the first sc of this round. sc around, working one sc into each of the two ch from the previous round when you get there to end this round. (15)

Rnds 27-28: sc around (15)
Rnd 29: [dec, 3 sc] repeat to end of round (12)
Rnd 30: sc around (12)
Rnd 31: [dec, 2 sc] repeat to end of round (9)
Rnds 32-33: sc around (9)
Rnd 34: sc around, but if your last sc doesn’t leave you at either the inside or outside edge of the claw, sl st until you get to an edge.

  • Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
  • Fold the opening in half, and slip stitch closed. This video shows how: https://youtu.be/3V0xKej9VNQ
  • FO, leaving a length of yarn
  • Finish stuffing the head firmly, and stuff the left claw.

Right Claw

  • Join with a sc into the first st that was skipped in Rnd 25 of the left tail (this is the same st that had a stitch marker in it; if that hasn’t fallen out, now is the time to remove it). Leave a length of yarn at the start to sew up the gap between the claws at the end.

Rnd 25: 13 sc (the first sc is the one you used to join in), ch 2, and then sc into the first st you made in this round (15)
Rnds 26-34: same instructions as the left claw (Fig. E)

Figure E
  • Fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing.
  • Finish stuffing the right claw; use the gap
    between the claws to get in any last stuffing
    you want in either claw or in the head.
  • Fold the opening in half, and slip stitch the claw
    closed, leaving a length of yarn.
  • FO, leaving a length of yarn

Finishing up the head

  • Use the length of yarn you left at the start of the right claw to sew shut the gap between the claws
  • For each claw, put the yarn left after fastening off through a yarn needle, and take it into the end of the claw and out again on the bottom of the claw, 1 row from the end. Insert it back into the claw 2 rows down, bring it back out through the top middle of the claw, and pull tight to make the end of the claw bend down. (Figs. F, G) Bring the yarn back down through the head a time or two to secure the yarn, but do not pull tight again, as you don’t want any indents in the head or claws. Cut the yarn and squish the body a bit to make the end go back inside the head

Handle
With black yarn:
Rnd 1: Ch 2, work 6 sc in 1st ch (6 stitches)
Rnd 2: inc in each (12)
Rnd 3: [inc, sc] repeat to end of round (18)
Rnd 4: [inc, 2 sc] repeat to end of round (24)
Rnd 5: BLO sc around (24)
Rnds 6-10: sc around (24)
Rnd 11: [dec, 4 sc] (20)
Rnds 12-16: sc around (20)
Rnd 17: [dec, 8 sc] repeat to end of round (18), switch to bright orange yarn (or any color you prefer)
With orange yarn:
Rnd 18: sc around (18)

  • Stuff bottom of handle firmly

Rnds 19-31: sc around (18)
Rnd 32: [dec, 4 sc] repeat to end of round (15)
Rnds 33-38: sc around (15), switch to light grey
Rnd 39: sc around (15)
Rnd 40: [inc, 4 sc] repeat to end of round (18)
Rnd 41: sc around, sl st after final sc (18)

  • FO, leaving a length of yarn
  • Stuff firmly, though you’ll have an opportunity to finish stuffing later, so don’t stuff so much that you make sewing the handle to the head impossible
  • With the remaining length of yarn, sew the handle to the head most of the way around, with the beginning of the rows on the color changes on the handle in the back. Finish stuffing the handle when there’s a few open stitches left

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