Cow Kettlebell

kettlebell 1

Yet again I’ve decided to procrastinate from actually using my exercise equipment by crocheting over the top of it. Now my kettlebell looks like a cow, ain’t that sweet? 🙂

This pattern uses three different shades of brown wool, as well as black for the nose and embroidering the mouth. I used 8ply wool and a 4 mm hook. The pattern is written in American crochet notation.

First, get a kettlebell. Mine is 8 kilos. It’s really heavy. This pattern is made for it but you can just adjust the pattern to fit your kettlebell.

kettlebell 3

Head

With medium brown wool

Round 1: 6sc in a magic ring (6 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first two stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (24 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 6: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 7: sc in the first five stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 8: sc in the first six stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (48 stitches)

Round 9: sc in the first seven stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (54 stitches)

Round 10: sc in the first eight stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (60 stitches)

Round 11: sc in the first nine stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (66 stitches)

(you should now have a circle that should be big enough to cover the bottom of the kettlebell and maybe almost a third of the way up the sides. If your circle is way bigger or smaller than mine then just increase or decrease the number of increase rounds. This isn’t rocket science so don’t worry. Maybe err slightly on the side of smaller rather than larger because wool stretches and you don’t want it to be too baggy)

Rounds 12 – 20: sc in each stitch (66 stiches)

(so I have 9 normal rounds because my circle got to the point where I had 9 stitches between each increase. That will form a nice sphere. If you had more or less decrease rounds to fit your kettlebell then just adjust the number of normal rounds accordingly)

Round 21: sc in the first nine stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (60 stitches)

Round 22: sc in the first eight stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (54 stitches)

(at this point I reached the handles. Adjust the number of decrease rounds so that they last until you reach the handle)

Round 23: chain 9, slip stitch to the stitch that is six stiches from the start of the chain, then 7sc, decrease the next two stitches together, 7 sc, decrease the next two stitches together, 4 sc, chain 9, slip stitch to the stitch that is six stitches from the start of the chain, 7sc, decrease the next two stitches together, 7sc, decrease the next two stitches together, 7sc, decrease the next two stitches together

(so that round was the point at which your crochet needs to go around the handles. Essentially you are just making a chain long enough to go around each handle and then attaching it to the other side, continue to the next handle with some decreases so the whole thing isn’t too baggy and do the same thing again. Fiddle with the variables to suit your kettlebell)

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Round 24: sc in the first six stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (42 stitches)

Round 25: sc in the first five stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (36 stitches)

Round 26: sc in the first four stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (30 stitches)

Round 27: sc in the first three stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (24 stitches)

kettlebell 6

Round 28: sc in the first two stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (18 stitches)

Round 29: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (12 stitches)

Round 30: decrease until the holecloses.

Fasten off, weave in end.

 

Horns (make two)

With dark brown wool

Round 1: attach the wool and sc 14 evenly into the chain rings of round 23 (14 stitches)

kettlebell 7

Rounds 2 – 23: sc in each stitch (14 stitches)

Slip stitch, fasten off, weave in end

(so this could all change depending on the thickness and length of the handles, increase or decrease the number of sc and the number of rounds to suit)

 

Ears (make two)

With medium brown wool

Row 1: chain 7

Row 2: sc along the chain (with one turning chain) (6 stitches)

Row 3: sc in each stitch (6 stitches)

Row 4: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next four stitches, increase in the last stitch (8 stitches)

Row 5: sc in each stitch (8 stitches)

Row 6: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next six stitches, increase in the last stitch (10 stitches)

Rows 7 – 9: sc in each stitch (10 stitches)

Row 10: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next six stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (8 stitches)

Row 11: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next four stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (6 stitches)

Row 12: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next two stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (4 stitches)

Row 13: decrease the first two stitches together, decrease the last two stitches together (2 stitches)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Inside of ear (make two)

With light brown wool

Row 1: chain 5

Row 2: sc along the chain (with one turning chain) (4 stitches)

Row 3: sc in each stitch (4 stitches)

Row 4: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next two stitches, increase in the last stitch (6 stitches)

Row 5: sc in each stitch (6 stitches)

Row 6: increase in the first stitch, sc in the next four stitches, increase in the last stitch (8 stitches)

Rows 7 – 9: sc in each stitch (8 stitches)

Row 10: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next four stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (6 stitches)

Row 11: decrease the first two stitches together, sc in the next two stitches, decrease the last two stitches together (4 stitches)

Row 12: decrease the first two stitches together, decrease the last two stitches together (2 stitches)

Fasten off, weave in ends.

 

Nose

With black wool

Row 1: chain 6

Row 2: sc along the chain (with one turning chain) (5 stitches)

Row 3: slip stitch in the first two stiches, two double-stitches in the middle stitch, slip stitch in the last two stiches.

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Assembly

Sew the insides of the ears to the ears. Sew the ears to the head. Sew on the nose and googly eyes. Embroider the mouth.

 

There, a beautiful cow kettlebell. If you are anything like me making that was actually a pretty intense workout. That thing is heavy!

kettlebell 2

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