ALLIGATOR
It is 10" high
Picture here

Materials:
1. Worsted weight yarn - 1 (4 oz.) skein of green
2. Crochet hook size G
3. Embroidery floss or yarn for features: red
4. Scraps of felt: white
5. Black "shank" type buttons for eyes
6. Polyester stuffing

GAUGE: 4 sc = 1''

Body:
With green, beg at bottom, ch 2.
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around.
Rnd 3: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc)6 times - 18 sc.
Rnd 4: (Sc in each of 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 6 times - 24 sc.
Rnd 5: (Sc in each of 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times - 32 sc.
Rnd 6: (Sc in each of 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc) 8 times - 40 sc.
Rnd 7: (2 sc in next sc, sc in each of 4 sc) 8 times - 48 sc.
Rnds 8-22: Work even for 15 rnds.
Rnd 23: (Work 2 sc tog, sc in each of 6 sc) 6 times - 42 sc.
Rnds 24-29: Work even for 6 rnds.
Rnd 3O: (Sc in each of 5 sc, work 2 sc. tog) 6 times - 36 sc.
Rnds 31 and 32: Work even.
Rnd 33: Work 2 sc tog, sc in each of 4 sc) 6 times - 30 sc.
Rnds 34 and 35: Work even.
Rnd 36: (Sc in each of 3 sc, work 2 sc, tog) 6 times - 24 sc.
Rnds 37 and 38: Work even. End off.
Stuff body firmly; do not sew up hole.

Head:
Beginning at back, work as for body through rnd 6 - 40 sc. Work 8 rnds even.
Rnd 15: (Work 2 sc tog) 6 times, sc in each remaining sc - 34 sc. Work 1 rnd even.
Rnd 17: (Work 2 sc tog) 4 times, sc in each remaining sc - 30 sc. Work 1 rnd even.
Rnd 19: (Work 2 sc tog, sc in each of 4 sc) 5 times - 25 sc. Work 2 rnds even.
Rnd 22: (Sc in 9 sc, work 2 sc tog) twice, sc in 3 sc - 23 sc. Work 3 rnds even.
Rnd 26: (Sc in 9 sc, work 2 sc tog) twice, sc in last sc. Work 2 rnds even.
Rnd 29: Sc in 9 sc, work 2 sc tog. sc in 8 sc, work 2 sc tog. Work 1 rnd even.

Rnd 31: Sc in next sc. (work 2 sc tog) 9 times.
Rnd 32: Work even - 10 sc. End off. Stuff; sew up; sew to body.

Eye Base:
Make two. With green, ch 2. Work 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1 turn. 2 sc in first sc, sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in last sc. Ch 1, turn. 2 sc in each of 6 sc. End off. Sew to head.

Tail:
Ch 25. Sl st in first ch to form ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in each ch around. Work 2 rnds even.
Rnd 4: (Sc in each of 3 sc, work 2 sc tog) 5 times - 20 sc. Work 6 rnds even. Rnd 11: (Work 2 sc tog, sc in 2 sc) 5 times - 15 sc. Work 15 rnds even.
Rnd 27: (Sc in next sc, work 2 sc tog) 5 times - 10 sc. Work 10 rnds even.
Rnd 38: (Work 2 sc tog) 5 times - 5 sc. Work 5 rnds even. Sc in next sc, (work 2 sc tog) twice. End off. Stuff lightly; sew to body.

Foreleg:
Make two. Ch 12. Sl st in first ch to form ring. Ch 1, sc in each ch around. Work 6 rnds even on 12 sc. End off. Make 2 paw pieces for each foreleg, same as body through rnd 3. Sew paw pieces together with stuffing inside. Push paw into leg opening a bit; sew in place. Stuff leg to 1/2'' of top. Sew top flat; sew to side of body. Catch inside of legs to body to hold in place.

Back Leg:
Make two. Ch 14. Sl st in first ch to to form ring. Ch 1, sc in each ch around. Work 8 rnds even on 14 sc. Make 2 paw pieces for each leg, working as for front paws, then work 1 rnd even. Finish as for forelegs.

Foot:
Make 4 pieces. Ch 2.
Row 1: 4 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Ch 1 turn.
Rnd 2 and 3: Sc in each sc. Ch 1, turn each row.
Row 4: Sc in first sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in 2 sc.
Row 5: Work even on 5 sc.
Row 6: Inc 1 sc each side.
Row 7: Work even on 7 sc.
Row 8: Sc in 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc, sc in 3 sc.

Toes:
Sc in 2 sc; ch 1, turn. Work 1 row even. Work 2 sc tog. Ch 1, sc in remaining sc. End off. Make 3 more toes the same on remaining 6 sc. Sew 2 pieces tog for each foot. Pad with yarn scrap; sew into back leg. Sew top flat; sew to side of body. Catch inside of legs to body to hold in place.

Front Feet:
Work as for feet through row 3. Work 1 more row on 4 sc. Work 3 rows of 1 sc for each toe. Finish and sew on as for back legs.

Finishing:
Cut white felt circles a bit larger than eye buttons. Cut a slit in center, slip shank of button through. Using a long needle and heavy thread, sew one eye to head, come out where the other eye should be. String on eye; bring needle through to back of head. Hide knot in seam of eyebase. Make 2 nostrils: with green, ch 2, 5 sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sew into ball; sew to head. With red, embroider mouth and nostrils.




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