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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Sacrum and coccyx

This life-sizes sacrum and coccyx is the latest in a series of patterns I'm creating that fit together to form a life-sized skeleton. Click here for a round-up of al the patterns I've published so far in this series.



Difficulty:

Medium
The crochet on this bone isn't too difficult, but the final shaping may be a little complex. I have tried to include diagrams to help with this.

You will need:
  • A 2.5mm crochet hook
  • Anchor creativa fino 4ply cotton in white
  • Polyester toy stuffings
  • Pipecleaners or craft wire
  • A darning needle
  • A pair of scissors

For section A:
Ch3Round 1: sc in the 2nd st from hook, make 3sc in the first chain st you made, then make 2sc in the Round 2: back of the first chain st you crocheted into (6sc)Round 3: Sc2, make 2sc in the next st, sc2, make 2sc in the last st (8sc)Round 4: Sc3, make 2sc in the next st, sc4 (9sc)Sc9Fasten off neatlyFor section B:Make a magic loop with 6scRound 1: make 2sc in the first st, sc2, make 2sc in the next st, sc2 (8sc)Round 2: Sc, make 3sc in the next st, sc3, make 2sc in the following st, sc2 (11sc)Round 3: Sc2, make 3sc in the next st, sc5, make 2sc in the following st, sc2 (14sc)Round 4: Sc3, make 2sc in the bext st, sc6, make 2sc in the following st, sc3 (16sc)Fasten off neatlyFor the main section:Make a magic loop with 4scRound 1: Sc in each stRound 2: make 3sc in the first st, sc, make 3sc in the next st, sc (8sc)Round 3: Sc, make 2sc in the next st, sc3, make 2sc in the next st, sc2 (10sc)Round 4: Sc, sc2tog, sc3, sc2tog, sc2 (8sc)Round 5: Sc, make 3hdc in the next st, sc3, make 3hdc in the following st, sc2 (12sts)Round 6: sc in each stRound 7: Sc2, sc3tog, sc3, sc3tog, sc (8sc)Round 8: Sc2, make 3hdc in the next st, sc3, make 3hdc in the following st, sc (12sts)
Round 9: Sc3, make 3hdc in the next st, sc5, make 3hdc in the following st, sc2 (16sts)
Round 10: Sc4, make 3sc in the next st, sc7, make 3sc in the following st, sc3 (20sc)Round 11: Sc3, sc5tog, sc5, sc5tog, sc2 (12sc)Rounds 12 - 13: (2 rounds) Sc in each stRound 14: Sc4, Make 2sc in the next st, sc5, make 2sc in the following st, sc (14sc)
Round 15: make 3hdc in the first st, sc2, make 3hdc in the next st, sc, ch5, sc in the 2nd chain st from hook and next 3 chain sts, sc8, ch5, sc in the 2nd chain st from hook and next 3 chain sts, sc
Round 16: Sc9, sc in the back of the first 3 chain sts you made on the previous round, make 3hdc in the back of the last chain st, sc12, sc3 in the back of thre next 3 chain sts, make 3hdc in the back of the last chain st, sc5 (28sc)Round 17: Sc14, make 2sc in the next st, sc17, make 2sc in the following st, sc5 (40sc)Round 18: Hdc3, hdc2tog, hdc3, ch2, skip2, hdc7, ch2, skip2, hdc8, ch2, skip2, hdc7, ch2, sc (39sts)Round 19: sc3, make 2sc in the next st, sc3, sc in the next 2 chain sts, sc7, sc in the next 2 chain sts, sc8, sc in the next 2 chain sts, sc7, sc in the next 2 chain sts, sc (40sts)
Round 20: Sc15, make 2sc in the next st, sc18, make 2sc in the following st, sc5 (42sts)Round 21: Hdc10, ch4, skip3, hdc2, make 2hdc in the next st, hdc3, ch4, skip3, hdc8, ch4, skip3, hdc3, make 2hdc in the next st, hdc2, ch4, skip3 (48sts)Round 22: Sc4, make 2sc in each of the next 2sts, sc3, sc2tog, sc3, sc2tog, sc2, make 2sc in each of the next 4sts, sc4, sc2tog, sc5, sc2tog, sc4, make 2sc in each of the next 4sts, sc, sc2tog, sc4, sc2tog (note that this is slightly over 1 round) (52sts)Round 23: Sc3, sc3tog, Sc10, make 2sc in each of the next 6sts, sc3, sc2tog, sc7, sc2tog, sc4, make 2sc in each of the next 6sts, sc6 (60sts)Round 24: Hdc8, ch4, skip3, hdc2, make 2hdc in the next st, hdc4, make 2hdc in each of the next 3sts, hdc6, ch4, skip3, hdc8, ch4, skip3, hdc6, make 2hdc in each of the following 3sts, hdc3, make 2hdc in the next st, hdc2, ch4, skip3, hdc (72sts)
Round 25: Sc2, make 2sc in each of the next 2sts, sc3, sc2tog, sc2, sc2tog, sc12, make 2sc in each of the next 3sts, sc25, make 2sc in each of the next 3sts, sc10, sc2tog, sc2, sc2tog (76sts)Round 26: make 2sc in the first st, sc2, sc3tog, sc2, make 2sc in the next st, sc17, make 2sc in each of the following 3sts, sc29, make 2sc in each of the next 3sts, sc17 (84sts)Round 27: Sc29, make 2sc in each of the next 2sts, sc33, make 2sc in each of the following 2sts, sc18 (88sc)Round 28: Hdc5, make 3hdc in the next st, hdc6, ch5, skip1, hdc29, ch5, skip1, hdc12, ch5, skip1, hdc29, ch5, skip1, hdc (106sts)Round 29: sc5, sc4tog, sc4, sc2tog, sc, slip1, sc, sc2tog, sc17, make 2sc in the next st, sc9, sc2tog, sc, slip1, sc, sc2tog, sc11, sc2tog, sc, slip1, sc, sc2tog, sc10, make 2sc in the next st, sc16, sc2tog, sc, slip1, sc, sc2tog (97sts)Round 30: Sc, make 3sc in the next st, sc7, make 3sc in the following st, sc3, sc2tog, sc27, sc2tog, sc18, sc2tog, sc27, sc2tog, sc3 (97sc)Round 31: Sc2, sc3tog, sc6, sc3tog, sc20, sc2tog 3 times, sc9, sc2tog, sc8, sc2tog, sc10, sc2tog 3 times, sc15, sc2tog, sc2 (84sc)Round 32: Sc, sc in the 3rd st before the new st of piece A, sc in the next 5sts, skip1 on the main section, sc in the next st, make 3hdc in each of the next 2sts, sc3, make 3hdc in each of the next 2sts, sc in the 2nd st after the new st of the ther piece A, sc in the next 5sts, skip1 on the main section, sc in the next 18sts, sc2tog 3 times, sc26, sc2tog 3 times, sc16 (95sts)Round 33: Sc3tog, sc5, hdc2tog 3 times, sc3, hdc2tog 3 times, sc5, sc3tog, sc, sc in the 5th st before the new st on section B, sc in the next 9sts, skip8 on the main section, sc5, sc2tog 4 times, sc22, sc2tog 4 times, sc5, sc in the 3rd st after the new st on the other section B, sc in the next 9sts, skip 5sts on the main section, sc3 (86sts)Round 34: (Note that this is slightly more than 1 round) Sc6, sc3tog, sc3, sc3tog, sc6, sc3tog, sc8, sc3tog, sc3, sc4tog, sc4, make 3sc in the next st, sc11, make 3sc in the following st, sc4, sc4tog, sc3, sc3tog, sc7, sc3tog, sc3tog (70sc)Round 35: Sc2tog twice, sc5, sc3tog 3 times, sc3, sc4tog, sc2tog 4 times, sc18, sc2tog 4 times, sc4tog, sc4, sc3tog (46sts)Round 36: Sc2tog, sc5, sc2tog, sc3, sc2tog, sc2, sc3tog, sc2tog twice, sc11, sc2tog twice, sc3tog, sc2, sc2tog, sc (34sc)Round 37: Sc5, sc2tog, sc, sc3tog, sc2tog, sc9, sc2tog, sc3tog, sc, sc2tog (26sc)
Fasten off.



To make up:You need to stiffen the bone by inseting wire/ pipecleaners around the perimeter. I wound 2-3 pipecleaners around each other and then attached a number of these end-to -end to make it long enough to go around the entire bone. Bend it into shape, then insert in through the hole in the top. Use small stitches to attach it in place around the egdes. Bend the 'wing' sections at the edges so that then bend towards you (this will be the back of the bone).





Notice that there are 8 holes on each side of the bone, arranged in 2 columns. For the bottom 2 rows of these sew the edges of the corresponding holes on the front and back of the bone together.

 
Attach yarn to the 3rd hole from the bottom on the right side of the bone (see first image below) and sc11 around the edge of the hole. Fasten off.  Repeat for the left-hand side, then sew the cast-off edge of this round you just made to the reverse side of the bone.

Attach yarn to the 4th holes and sc9 around the edge. Sc in each of these sts for 2 more rounds. Fasten off and sew the cast-ff edge to the hole on the opposite side of the bone. Repeat for the other side


Stuff the bone firmly then rejoin yarn to where you fastened off at round 37Round 38: Sc2tog, sc3, (sc2tog, sc) 3 times, sc3, (sc2tog, sc) twiceRound 39: Sc2tog, sc2, sc2tog 3 times, sc3, sc2tog twiceRound 40: Sc2tog, sc, sc3tog, sc2, sc2tog twice
Fasten off
Sew up the hole


That's all from this pattern - I hope you've enjoyed it! As always I'm very happy to answer any questions you may have - you can leave them in a comment below, via my Ravelry or Instagram, or email lhodginscrochet@gmail.com. You're very welcome to sell finished products but I do ask that you don't re-post this patttern or claim it as your own. Thank you!

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