Bongo the Clown Pillow by DROPS Design

Crocheted clown: round pillow casing with pompoms for children, crocheted in the round from centre outwards. Piece is crocheted in DROPS Paris.

Tags: circle, pillows, toys,
DROPS Design: w-062-bn
Yarn group C or A + A
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Measurements: Diameter pillow casing (without pompoms): 42 cm - casing fits a pillow approx. 50 cm in diameter as it should stretch a bit to fit nicely.
Materials:
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
300 g colour 27, peach
50 g colour 38, raspberry
50 g colour 37, bordeaux
50 g colour 24, dark grey
50 g colour 16, white

And for pompoms:
DROPS PARIS from Garnstudio (belongs to yarn group C)
50 g colour 14, dandelion
50 g colour 13 orange
50 g colour 10, turquoise
50 g colour 02, light turquoise
50 g colour 06, cerise
50 g colour 33, pink

1 pompom of approx. 6 cm in diameter = approx. 10 g yarn.

CROCHET TENSION:
17 treble crochets in width and 10 rows vertically = 10 x 10 cm.

DROPS CROCHET HOOK SIZE 4 mm
Hook size is only a suggestion! If you have too many stitches on 10 cm switch to larger hook. If you have too few stitches on 10 cm switch to smaller hook.

ROUND INNER PILLOW: approx. 50 cm in diameter.

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Pattern instructions

NOTE: This pattern is written in British English. All measurements in charts are in cm. For conversion from cm to inches - click here. There are different terms for crocheting in British and American English. If this pattern includes crochet, click for "crochet terms" here. For this pattern in American English, please click here.
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EXPLANATION FOR THE PATTERN:

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CROCHET INFORMATION - CLOWN NOSE:
On every round with double crochets replace first double crochet with 1 chain stitch.
At beginning of every round with treble crochets replace first treble crochet with 3 chain stitches.

COLOUR CHANGE TIP:
When changing colour work as follows: Work last stitch on round with first colour but wait with last yarn over and pull through, switch to next colour and work last yarn over and pull through with this colour, then work next round.

PATTERN
Work eyes according to diagram A.1.


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START THE PIECE HERE:

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PILLOW CASING - SHORT OVERVIEW OF THE PIECE:
Pillow casing is worked in a circle from the middle and outwards. Work 2 circles that are worked together at the end. Work a face on either one or both sides. The nose is worked as a part of the circle, while the mouth and eyes are attached afterwards. Make pompoms for hair.

CIRCLE:
Work in the round. First work 2 clown noses that are placed on top of each other and worked together, before working the rest of the face in the round.

Clown nose:
Work 4 chain stitches with raspberry and hook size 4 mm and form a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch. 
ROUND 1: Work 1 chain stitch (= 1 double crochet) - read CROCHET INFORMATION, work 7 double crochets around ring. Finish round with 1 slip stitch in first double crochet = 8 double crochets.
ROUND 2: 3 chain stitches (= 1 treble crochet), 2 treble crochets in first double crochet, 3 treble crochets in every double crochet the entire round, finish with 1 slip stitch in 3rd chain stitch at beginning of round = 24 treble crochets.
ROUND 3: 3 chain stitches (= 1 treble crochet) in first treble crochet, 2 treble crochets in next treble crochet, * 1 treble crochet in next treble crochet, 2 treble crochet in next treble crochet *, work from *-* the entire round, finish with 1 slip stitch in 3rd chain stitch at beginning of round = 36 treble crochets. Cut and fasten the yarn.
Work another 1 part the same way (= 2 equal parts).
Place the 2 parts with wrong side against each other and work them together, through both layers as follows: work 1 chain stitch (= 1 double crochet) in first treble crochet, 1 double crochet in each of the next 4 treble crochets, 2 double crochets in next treble crochet, * 1 double crochet in each of the next 5 treble crochets, 2 double crochets in next treble crochet *, work from *-* entire round, finish with 1 slip stitch in 1st chain stitch at beginning of round = 42 double crochets. Then work the rest of the face.

Switch to peach - READ COLOUR CHANGE. Insert a marker thread at beginning of round. Move the marker thread upwards when working. Now work in the round in a spiral as follows:
ROUND 1: Work 1 chain stitch (= does not replace first double crochet on round but is worked in addition to double crochets), * 2 double crochets in back loop of first double crochet, 1 double crochet in back loop in each of the next 6 double crochets *, work from *-* the entire round = 48 double crochets in back loop.
2 double crochets have now been worked in 6 of the double crochets on round. Each of these 6 double crochets = 1 increase stitch. Insert a marker in each of these stitches and displace the marker upwards while working.
ROUND 2: Skip chain stitch and work 1 double crochet in every stitch AT THE SAME TIME work 2 double crochets in each of the 6 increase stitches on round (= 6 stitches increased on round) = 54 double crochets.
Continue in the round with 1 double crochet in every double crochet and 2 double crochets in each of the 6 increase stitches. For every round worked there is 1 double crochet more between every increase stitch. Continue like this until piece measures 42 cm in diameter in total (= 21 cm from centre and outwards).
Work another circle the same way but work the clown nose in peach, i.e. work entire second part in peach (= back side). A face can be worked on both sides, if so work 2nd circle the same way as 1st circle.

MOUTH:
Work mouth over the 9th round with peach (= 13th round from centre). Work 1 row with slip stitches with raspberry from right side as follows: Insert hook into stitch where you want the mouth to start in the 9th round with peach, get the yarn (= 1 loop on hook). Insert hook into next stitch on same round, get the yarn and pull it through loop on hook. Continue like this with slip stitches along 9th round until mouth has desired length. Cut and fasten the yarn. Work a similar row with bordeaux, over 10 round. If working face on both sides, repeat this on the other side.

EYES:
Work eyes separately and then fasten to pillow. Work 4 chain stitches with dark grey on hook size 4 mm and form a ring with 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch. Then work in the round according to diagram A.1. Before last round switch to white - read COLOUR CHANGE TIP. Cut and fasten the yarn. Work another eye the same way. If working face on both sides work 3 more eyes the same way. Sew eyes to face, over the clown nose - see picture for placement.

POMPOMS:
Make 3 pompoms with diameter 6 cm in dandelion and 2 pompoms in each of the other colours (= 13 pompom in total). Cut them so that they are even. If working a face on both sides make 26 pompoms in total. 5 pompoms in dandelion, 5 pompoms in any other optional colour, and 4 pompoms in each of the remaining colours.

ASSEMBLY:
Place the 2 circles wrong side against wrong side and work through both layers with peach as follows: Work 1 double crochet in first double crochet (around both layers), continue in the round with 1 double crochet in every double crochet until an opening of approx. 25 cm remains - do not cut the yarn. Fasten pompoms at the top of the front circle over the face. If working face on both sides, fasten 13 pompons to each side of pillow. Insert inner pillow into casing and work the rest of the opening. Fasten off.

Diagram

= Begin here - this chain stitch ring is explained in the pattern (= 4 chain stitches + 1 slip stitch in first chain stitch). Continue on symbol over point on circle and work towards the left.
= 1 chain stitch - if you work at the edge of hook the chain stitch will be too tight. 1 chain stitch should be the same length as 1 double crochet wide.
= 1 treble crochet around chain stitch ring
= 1 slip stitch around the last chain stitch at the beginning of round
= 2 double crochets in stitch
= work 2 double treble crochets together as follows: Work 1 double treble crochet but wait with last yarn over and pull through, work 1 double treble crochet in same stitch and pull last yarn over through all 3 loops on hook (= 1 stitch)
= Work 2 treble crochets together as follows: Work 1 treble crochet but wait with last yarn over and pull through, work 1 treble crochet in same stitch and pull last yarn over through all 3 loops on hook (= 1 stitch)
= 2 half treble crochets in stitch
= 1 double crochet in stitch

Do you need help with this pattern?

Thank you for choosing a DROPS Design pattern. We take pride in providing patterns that are correct and easy to understand. All patterns are translated from Norwegian and you can always check the original pattern (DROPS Children 35-1) for measurements and calculations.

Are you having trouble following the pattern? See below for a list of resources to help you finish your project in no time - or why not, learn something new.

1) Why is the knitting/crochet tension so important?

Knitting tension is what determines the final measurements of your work, and is usually measured per 10 x 10 cm. It is provided like so: number of stitches in width x number of rows in height - eg: 19 stitches x 26 rows = 10 x 10 cm.

The knitting tension is very individual; some people knit/crochet loosely while others work tightly. You adjust the knitting tension with the needle size, which is why the suggested needle size only serve as a guide! You need to adjust this (up or down) to ensure that YOUR knitting tension matches the knitting tension provided in the pattern. If you work with a different knitting tension than provided you will have a different yarn consumption, and your work will have different measurements than what the pattern suggests.

The knitting tension also determines which yarns can replace each other. As long as you achieve the same knitting tension you can replace one yarn with another.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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2) What are the yarn groups?

All our yarns are categorised into yarn groups (from A to F) according to thickness and knitting tension – group A contains the thinnest yarns and group F the thickest. This makes it easier for you to find alternative yarns to our patterns, should you wish to switch yarn. All yarns within the same group have a similar knitting tension and can easily replace each other. However, different yarn qualities have different structures and properties which will give the finished work a unique look and feel.

Click here for an overview of the yarns in each yarn group

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3) Can I use a different yarn than what the pattern suggests?

The important thing when changing from one yarn to another is that the knitting/crochet tension remains the same. This is so that the measurements of the finished piece will be the same as on the sketch provided. It is easier to achieve the same knitting tension using yarns from the same yarn group. It is also possible to work with multiple strands of a thinner yarn to achieve the knitting tension of a thicker one. Please try our yarn converter. We recommend you to always work a test swatch.

Please NOTE: when changing yarn the garment might have a different look and feel to the garment in the photo, due to individual properties and qualities of each yarn.

See DROPS lesson: Can I use a different yarn than the one mentioned in the pattern?

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4) How do I use the yarn converter?

At the top of all our patterns you’ll find a link to our yarn converter, which is a helpful tool should you wish to use a different yarn than suggested. By filling in the yarn quality you wish to replace, the amount (in your size) and number of strands, the converter will present good alternative yarns with the same knitting tension. Additionally it will tell you how much you’ll require in the new qualities and whether you’ll need to work with multiple strands. Most skeins are 50g (some are 25g or 100g).

If the pattern is worked with multiple colours, every colour will have to be converted separately. Similarly, if the pattern is worked with several strands of different yarns (for example 1 strand Alpaca and 1 strand Kid-Silk) you will have to find alternatives for each, individually.

Click here to see our yarn converter

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5) Why do I get the wrong knitting tension with the suggested needle size?

The needle size provided in the pattern serves only as a guide, the important thing is to follow the knitting tension. And since knitting tension is very individual, you will have to adjust the needle size to ensure that YOUR tension is the same as in the pattern – maybe you’ll have to adjust 1, or even 2 needle sizes, up or down to achieve the correct tension. For this, we recommend that you work test swatches.

Should you work with a different knitting tension than the one provided, the measurements of the finished garment might deviate from the measurement sketch.

See DROPS lesson: How to measure your tension/gauge

See DROPS video: How to make a gauge tension swatch

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6) Why is the pattern worked top-down?

Working a garment top-down provides more flexibility and room for personal adjustment. For example it is easier to try the garment on while working, as well as making adjustments to length of yoke and shoulder caps.

The instructions are carefully explaining every step, in the correct order. Diagrams are adjusted to the knitting direction and are worked as usual.

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7) Why are the sleeves shorter in larger sizes?

The total width of the garment (from wrist-to-wrist) will be larger in the larger sizes, despite the actual sleeves being shorter. The larger sizes have longer sleeve caps and wider shoulders, so there will be a good fit in all sizes.

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8) What is a repeat?

Diagrams are often repeated on the round or in height. 1 repeat is the diagram the way it appears in the pattern. If it says to work 5 repeats of A.1 in the round, then you work A.1 a total of 5 times after/next to each other in the round. If it says to work 2 repeats of A.1 vertically/in height you work the entire diagram once, then begin again at the start and work the entire diagram one more time.

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9) How do I work according to a knitting diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is read from bottom to top, from right to left. 1 square = 1 stitch.

When working back and forth, every other row is worked from the right side and every other row is worked from the wrong side. When working from the wrong side, the diagram will have to be worked reversed: from left to right, knit stitches are purled, purl stitches are knit etc.

When working in the round every round is worked from the right side and the diagram are worked from right to left on all rounds.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

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10) How do I work according to a crochet diagram?

The diagram depicts all rows/rounds, and every stitch seen from the right side. It is worked from bottom to top, from right to left.

When working back and forth every other row is worked from the right side: from right to left and every other row is worked from the wrong side: from left to right.

When working in the round, every row in the diagram are worked from the right side, from right to left.

When working a circular diagram you start in the middle and work your way outwards, counter clockwise, row by row.

The rows usually start with a given number of chain stitches (equivalent to the height of the following stitch), this will either be depicted in the diagram or explained in the pattern.

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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11) How do I work several diagrams simultaneously on the same row/round?

Instructions for working several diagrams after each other on the same row/round, will often be written like so: “work A.1, A.2, A.3 a total of 0-0-2-3-4 times". This means you work A.1 once, then A.2 is worked once, and A.3 is repeated (in width) the number of times provided for your size – in this case like so: S = 0 times, M = 0 times, L=2 times, XL= 3 times and XXL = 4 times.

The diagrams are worked as usual: begin with the first row in A.1, then work the first row in A.2 etc.

See DROPS lesson: How to read knitting diagrams

See DROPS lesson: How to read crochet diagrams

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12) Why does the piece start with more chain stitches than it’s worked with?

Chain stitches are slightly narrower than other stitches and to avoid working the cast-on edge too tight, we simply chain more stitches to begin with. The stitch count will be adjusted on the following row to fit the pattern and measurement sketch.

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13) Why increase before the rib edge when the piece is worked top-down?

The rib edge is more elastic and will contract slightly compared to, for example, stocking stitch. By increasing before the rib edge, you avoid a visible difference in width between the rib edge and the rest of the body.

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14) Why increase in the cast-off edge?

It’s very easy to cast off too tightly, and by making yarn overs while casting off (and simultaneously casting these off) you avoid a too tight cast off edge.

See DROPS video: How to bind off with yarn overs (yo)

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15) How do I increase/decrease on every 3rd and 4th row/round alternately?

To achieve an even increase (or decrease) you can increase on, for example: every 3rd and 4th row alternately, like so: work 2 rows and increase on the 3rd row, work 3 rows and increase on the 4th. Repeat this until the increase is complete.

See DROPS lesson: Increase or decrease 1 st on every 3rd and 4th row alternately

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16) Why is the pattern slightly different than what I see in the photo?

Pattern repeats can vary slightly in the different sizes, in order to get the correct proportions. If you’re not working the exact same size as the garment in the photo, yours might deviate slightly. This has been carefully developed and adjusted so that the complete impression of the garment is the same in all sizes.

Make sure to follow instructions and diagrams for your size!

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17) How can I work a jacket in the round instead of back and forth?

Should you prefer to work in the round instead of back and forth, you may of course adjust the pattern. You’ll need to add steeks mid-front (usually 5 stitches), and follow the instructions. When you would normally turn and work from the wrong side, simply work across the steek and continue in the round. At the end you’ll cut the piece open, pick up stitches to work bands, and cover the cut edges.

See DROPS video: How to knit steeks and cut open

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18) Can I work a jumper back and forth instead of in the round?

Should you prefer to work back and forth instead of in the round, you may of course adjust the pattern so you work the pieces separately and then assemble them at the end. Divide the stitches for the body in 2, add 1 edge stitch in each side (for sewing) and work the front and back pieces separately.

See DROPS lesson: Can I adapt a pattern for circular needles into straight needles?

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19) Why do you show discontinued yarns in the patterns?

Since different yarns have different qualities and textures we have chosen to keep the original yarn in our patterns. However, you can easily find options among our available qualities by using our yarn converter, or simply pick a yarn from the same yarn group.

It is possible that some retailers still have discontinued yarns in stock, or that someone has a few skeins at home that they would like to find patterns for.

The yarn converter will provide both alternative yarn as well as required amount in the new quality.

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20) How do I make a women’s size garment into a men’s size one?

If you have found a pattern you like which is available in women’s size it’s not very difficult to convert it to men’s size. The biggest difference will be the length of sleeves and body. Start working on the women size that you think would fit across the chest. The additional length will be worked right before you cast off for the armhole/sleeve cap. If the pattern is worked top-down you can add the length right after the armhole or before the first decrease on sleeve.

Regarding additional yarn amount, this will depend on how much length you add, but it is better with a skein too many than too few.

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21) How do I prevent a hairy garment from shedding?

All yarns will have excess fibres (from production) that might come off as lint or shedding. Brushed yarns (ie hairier yarns) have more of these loose, excess fibres, causing more shedding.

Shedding also depends on what is worn under or over the garment, and whether this pulls at the yarn fibres. It’s therefore not possible to guarantee that there will be no shedding

Below are some tips on how to get the best result when working with hairier yarns:

1. When the garment is finished (before you wash it) shake it vigorously so the looser hairs come off. NOTE: do NOT use a lint roller, brush or any method that pulls at the yarn.

2. Place the garment in a plastic bag and put it in your freezer - the temperature will cause the fibres to become less attached to each other, and excess fibres will come off easier.

3. Leave in the freezer for a few hours before taking it out and shaking it again.

4. Wash the garment according to the instructions on the yarn label.

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22) Where on the garment is the length measured?

The measurement sketch/schematic drawing provides information regarding the full length of the garment. If it’s a jumper or a jacket the length is measured from the highest point on the shoulder closest to the neckline, and straight down to the bottom of the garment. It is NOT measured from the tip of shoulder. Similarly, the length of yoke is measured from the highest point on the shoulder and down to where yoke is split into body and sleeves.

On a jacket measures are never taken along bands, unless specifically stated. Always measure inside band stitches when measuring the length.

See DROPS lesson: How to read a schematic drawing

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23) How do I know how many balls of yarn I need?

The required amount of yarn is provided in grams, eg: 450 g. To calculate how many balls you’ll need you first need to know how many grams are in 1 ball (25g, 50g or 100g). This information is available if you click on the individual yarn quality on our pages. Divide the amount required with the amount of each ball. For example, if each ball is 50g (the most common amount), the calculation will be as follows: 450 / 50 = 9 balls.

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