Mandrake

Just an ordinary pot plant.
Oh, who is this?
Naw πŸ™‚

Some friends bought a Harry Potter advent calendar for work. Each day in December they would open a door and find a new Harry Potter figurine. They wanted to continue enjoying it in the new year so I suggested that I make new figures to go behind the doors. So I kinda signed myself up to make 24 Harry Potter figurines :/ We’ll see how we go.

This figurine is interactive because it looks like a little pot plant but when you uproot it you see that it’s actually a mandrake root baby πŸ™‚

This patterns uses a 2mm hook and brown, green, grey and black 4 ply wool. It is written in American crochet notation. The finished mandrake is 5.5 cm tall.

Head

With brown 4 ply wool

Round 1: 4 sc in a magic ring (4 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (8 stitches)

Round 3: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (12 stitches)

Round 4: sc in each stitch (12 stitches)

Round 5: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (8 stitches)

Stuff the head

Round 6: decrease around (4 stitches)

 

Body

Round 7: increase in every stitch (8 stitches) (back loops only)

Round 8: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (12 stitches)

Round 9: sc in the first 2 stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (16 stitches)

Rounds 10 – 11: sc in each stich (16 stitches) (2 rounds)

Round 12: sc in the first 2 stitches, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (12 stitches)

Round 13: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (8 stitches)

Stuff the body

Round 14: decrease until the hole closes.

Fasten off, weave in end.

 

Arms (make two)

With brown 4 ply wool

Round 1: 4 sc in a magic ring (4 stitches)

Rounds 2 – 5: sc in each stitch (4 stitches) (4 rounds)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Legs (make two)

With brown 4 ply wool

Round 1: 4 sc in a magic ring (4 stitches)

Rounds 2 – 6: sc in each stitch (4 stitches) (5 rounds)

Fasten off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

 

Sew the arms and legs onto the body.

 

Pot

With grey 4 ply 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 each stitch (24 stitches) (backloops only)

Rounds 6 – 8: sc in each stitch (24 stitches) (3 rounds)

Round 9: sc in the first three stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (30 stitches)

Rounds 10 – 12: sc in each stitch (30 stitches) (3 rounds)

Round 13: sc in the first four stitches, increase in the next stitch – repeat (36 stitches)

Rounds 14 – 16: sc in each stitch (36 stitches) (3 rounds)

Round 17: hdc in the first five stitches, hdc increase in the next stitch – repeat (42 stitches)

Fasten off, weave in end.

 

Leaves (make 7)

With green 4 ply wool

Round 1: 4 sc in a magic ring (4 stitches)

Round 2: increase in every stitch (8 stitches)

Round 3: sc in each stitch (8 stitches)

Round 4: sc in the first stitch, increase in the next stitch – repeat (12 stitches)

Rounds 5 – 7: sc in each stitch (12 stitches) (3 rounds)

Round 8: sc in the first stitch, decrease the next two stitches together – repeat (8 stitches)

Round 9: decrease around (4 stitches)

Fasten off, weave in end.

 

With brown 4 ply wool for the stem

For 6 of the leaves, attach the wool to the leaf, chain 5, turn, sc 4 back along the chain to the leaf, fasten off and weave in ends.

For one leaf, attach the wool to the leaf, chain 3, turn, sc 2 back along the chain to the leaf, fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew the 6 long-stemmed leaves to the top of the head in a circle, sew the short-stemmed leaf in the centre.

 

Roots

Attach brown 4 ply wool to the arms and legs and chain 3, 4 or 5. Fasten off and weave the end back into the leg along the chain.

 

Embroider the face. I know the mandrake is supposed to cry when it’s uprooted, but I made it happy anyway.