Blue Badger Pattern

 

This pattern took way longer than I anticipated. I am the absolute worst judge of time. Worst. I thought I would wrap it up on Friday then have the weekend, but I ended up working on it all weekend and then also Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Here I am posting about it after midnight on Thursday!

I spent a heckin long time working on the companion videos for YouTube. Making videos is so incredibly time-consuming. It slows down my work and then I have to edit, etc. etc. etc. Here's my YouTube channel where you can find said videos if you want to listen to me talk for hours. I added chapter markers to these videos so you can follow along with the different sections of the written pattern. 

You can buy the pattern from Ravelry or Ko-Fi.

Of course you can also buy it from Etsy if you want to pay more money for it and don't want me to get that extra money. 

There are also two (2) ready-to-ship, finished, physical Blue Badger plushies on Etsy. There is a cuddly version and a weighted and wired version that is more for display. These would be excellent props for a cosplay since my Phoenix Wright hats have become my entire business model, apparently. 

Anywho...here's the pattern rundown.

This thing that doesn’t remotely resemble a badger is based on the police department’s mascot, inexplicably named The Blue Badger, from Ace Attorney.

The main instructions you’ll find in the PDF are for a cuddly version, but I also included BONUS tips to make one (at the end of the pattern) with a weighted butt and/or wired arms that is more for display purposes (and a video). There’s also a whole video to aid you with assembly although this is a pretty beginner-friendly pattern! You can find pictures throughout to also help you along the way! And it’s ok if this guy looks wonky when you’re done because let’s face it, he’s wonky in the game.

Materials and Supplies
• Worsted weight yarn in light blue, yellow, black, and white
o     The “worsted” yarn I used for my examples was a little thinner than other “worsted” and I maybe should’ve dropped to an F hook for my cuddly version (at least you can easily see the stitches in the videos though!)
• Size G crochet hook – or whatever size for your desired yarn
• Yarn needle
• Pins (optional, but recommended for positioning the parts before attaching – I use bobby pins)
• Stitch marker (optional, but recommended for marking the beginning/end of rnds because these babies are going to be continuous)
• Your favorite stuffing material
• BONUS: weighted stuffing, something to hold the weighted stuffing (like nylon foot stockings), and about 20” of 2mm armature wire

Abbreviations/Skills Needed
• Ch: chain
• Sc: single crochet
• Sl: slip stitch
• Inc: increase
• Dec: decrease
• St/sts: stitch/stitches
• Rnd/rnds: round/rounds

Whip stitch/running stitch can be used to join the pieces. You can use whichever you prefer.

Note: I worked in fairly tight back loops only (BLO) for the cuddly version, which is featured in the companion videos because I think you can see the stitches more clearly. The images in this pattern are a mix of the two Blue Badgers that I made – one BLO and the other regular sc. You only need to work BLO if you want to exactly replicate my texture. Working in regular sc should not adversely affect your “badger” aside from making it a little more firm and slightly smaller.

Gauge: approx. 4 sts/in and 4 rows/in. but gauge is not all that important unless you really need a particular size for some reason. To resize, I recommend changing needles and/or yarn.
 

Finished Blue Badger as patterned working BLO with G hook and worsted measures about 14” tall from the bottom of his bottom to the top of the middle head spike thing, working in regular sc he ended up being about 12” and generally a little more stout.


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