COURAGE, the cowardly dog – Free crochet pattern and video tutorial

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Courage the Cowardly Dog is an American animated horror comedy television series. In Italy it is known as Leone – il cane fifone.
This cartoon is about a fearful and shy pink dog who lives with an elderly couple Muriel and her husband Eustace Bagge in a farmhouse in the middle of “Nowhere”.
Courage was abandoned as a puppy after his parents were forcibly sent into outer space by a crazed veterinarian and soon he was found in an alleyway by Muriel a friendly, sweet-natured Scottish woman, who decided to take Courage in as her own, and was inspired by the nature of this first meeting to give him his name.
Eustace is a grumpy, selfish and greedy American man who regularly mistreats Courage out of jealousy and refers to him as “stupid dog”.
Courage and his owners frequently encounter monsters, aliens, demons, mad scientists, zombies, vampires, ghosts, and other such perils involving the paranormal or supernatural that are attracted to Nowhere.
The task of protecting Muriel and Eustace from such dangers falls on Courage, who endeavors to thwart or reconcile with the monster of the week and remedy or repair any damages done. Although Courage is occasionally aided with that task, the full extent of his efforts is usually performed unbeknownst to Muriel and Eustace. Ironically, given his name, Courage may be considered a genuine hero who often goes to great lengths to protect his owners, and a genuine coward who still expresses much of his distress with over-the-top, piercing shrieks.

Courage remains the favorite character, especially of my sons and that’s why I wanted to materialize it in 3D with a crochet hook, and here’s what I managed!
The video tutorial is in Italian but you can watch it with the pattern written below:

* Cotton yarn no.5 colors light purple, black
* Cotton yarn no.8 white color
* Crochet 1.5 for the body and 1.25 for the whites of the eyes
* Tapestry needle
* Needle and white sewing thread
* Fiberfill
* Universal transparent glue
* Scissors

HEAD & BODY (watch here)

Light purple color yarn

  • 1. 6sc in MR
  • 2. 6inc = 12
  • 3. (1sc, inc)x 6 = 18
  • 4. (1sc, inc, 1sc)x 6 = 24
  • 5. (3sc, inc)x 6 = 30
  • 6-24. 30sc (19 rds)
  • Start to stuff.
  • 25. (3sc, dec)x 6 = 24
  • 26. (2sc, dec)x 6 = 18
  • 27. (1sc, dec)x 6 = 12
  • 28. 6dec = 6. Close the hole !

CHEEKS x 2 (watch here)

Light purple color yarn

  • 1. 6sc in MR
  • 2. 6inc = 12
  • 3-4. 12sc
  • Embroider the cheeks with a few black dots. (watch here)

NOSE (watch here)

Black color yarn

  • 1. 6sc in MR
  • 2. (1sc, inc)x 3 = 9
  • 3. (2sc, inc)x 3 = 12
  • 4. (3sc, inc)x 3 = 15
  • 5. 7sc, inc, 7sc = 16
  • 6. 16sc
  • Stuff very lightly!
  • 7. 8dec = 8
  • Fold and sew.

EARS (watch here)

Black color yarn

  • 1. 4sc in MR
  • 2. 4inc = 8
  • 3-7. 8sc (5 rds)
  • 8. 2dec, 4sc = 6
  • 9. 6sc
  • 10. 2dec, 2sc = 4
  • 11-12. FLO: 4sc

ARMS AND LEGS x 4 (watch here)

Light purple color yarn

In the magic ring make : (4ch, 3sc, 1slst)x 3, then 9ch.

TAIL (watch here)

1. 6ch, from the second ch from hook make: 2slst, 3slst in the same ch, 1slst, 2slst in the last ch.

EYES x 2 (watch here)

Start with white (thin yarn) – hook 1,25

1. 7ch, from the third ch from hook make: 4dc, inc3hdc and on the other side of the chain: 4dc. Cut the yarn.

With black color yarn (eyebrows) – hook 1,5:

Left eye: a chain of 1ch, 4slst (on the last 4dc), 2ch. Cut the yarn.

Right eye: a chain of 2ch, 4slst (on the last 4dc), 1ch. Cut the yarn.

Embroider the pupil with black thread 1 row below the eyebrows, at the edge.

ASSEMBLY (watch here)

  1. Sew the ears sideways, 2 rows away from the center of the head.
  2. Sew the cheeks 10 rows from the center of the head, with 4 sc between them.
  3. Sew eyes over cheeks with 2sc between them.
  4. Sew the nose between the cheeks.
  5. Sew arms sideways, 10 rows away from the center of the head.
  6. Sew the legs where you closed the 6 sc at row 28 from the body.
  7. Sew the tail 17 rows from the center of the head.

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