Fatty Lumpkin the Brave African Flower Pony Crochet Pattern

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This is a listing for a digital download PDF File for the crochet pattern which shows how to make this item, not for the finished item. It is available only in English. This pattern has 48 pages.

I have had many, many emails regarding the sending of patterns by email to purchasers. I am happy to share that all of my patterns are available as instant downloads on Etsy. This means that if your payment has cleared), you will be able to download the pattern immediately. It is not feasible to email patterns to every person who has purchased a pattern as the files are large. If there is really a problem, and you have checked the links listed below and still haven’t managed, please email me and I will try and sort it out. Due to the huge volume of emails I receive this may take a few days…it’s not that I don’t want to help, I’m just always struggling to keep on top of the emails I receive :)



10 August 2013: Update:

Hi everyone,
I am so sorry, there is an update for the correct number of required motifs as outlined in the small requirements block at the bottom of page 12 of the pattern…please don’t reprint your pattern, all you need to do is write down the correct number of motif on your already printed pattern…the Ravelry download has been updated. The listed requirements for each specific section of the pony construction are correct, it’s just the little requirements block that was wrong.

Sorry for the inconvenience!
xxx Heidi

Fatty Lumpkin is the sixth of my patterns that makes use of the African Flower hexagon crochet motif and variations thereof, joined in a specific order to make a recognizable 3D item.
I love this African Flower pattern and the creative possibilities of using it to make 3D items .
Fatty Lumpkin is made using three different African Flower motifs: Hexagons, Pentagons and Heptagons and a nose motif. It’s also an excellent stash buster project, as you only need to use very small amounts of leftover sock yarn to make a motif.

The purchase of this pattern also provides for a second downloadable PDF, which shows you how to turn Fatty into a rocking-horse, a unicorn and a Pegasus.

Please note that I have permission from the designers of this African Flower Crochet Hexagon to design patterns using the African Flower Hexagon motif, and to sell these patterns.

I know everyone with a yarn habit would like to earn a little extra money to feed the addiction ;) so I am more than happy for folks who have bought any of my patterns to sell finished items…I kindly ask that you please respect the guidelines below… Thank you!

You are welcome to sell any finished Fatty Lumpkins, made by yourself. Please respect the pattern itself, including instructions, words, photographs, diagrams and the actual construction of the pony, and do not share, copy, post or distribute in any way, electronic or other that will infringe my right as the author and creator of this pattern. Please do not use the idea and actual pony pattern to modify and/or alter in any way to create or design and sell derivative patterns, including the use of a different hexagonal / polygonal motif to make a pony like Fatty Lumpkin. Thank you for respecting the hard work that has gone into designing this pattern. I hope you will love making your own Fatty Lumpkin.

You have permission to make and sell finished Fatty Lumpkins, but with the proviso that you yourself have made the pony and that a credit link is added to any finished items, linking to my Ravelry pattern shop: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/heidi-bears
Your finished item tag should state that this African Flower pony is made from a Heidi Bears Design pattern. NO mass production is allowed.

:: Steps to making your own Fatty Lumpkin ::

First read the whole pattern through properly, so you have a good overview.

Make sure you know how to crochet the African Flower hexagon crochet motif. I have included both written and charted instructions for the African Flower hexagon in this pattern. If you are a visual learner, you can see a step by step photo tutorial on my blog: http://heidibearscreative.blogspot.com/2010/05/african-fl...

Make sure you are able to crochet an African Flower Pentagon and Heptagon… for clarity: the pentagon has five petals and five sides and the heptagon has seven petals and seven sides. The difference is simply the number of “petal” repeats that you crochet…pentagons and heptagons are therefore equally easy to crochet. I have included written and charted instructions in this pattern on how to crochet an African Flower Pentagon. I have also posted a fully explained tutorial, on my blog, which can be found here:


Make sure you have gone through and practiced the join-as-you-go technique. This has been explained and illustrated in the PDF named Appendix : Joining Tutorials. Since the joining method is really very important to the success of the project, I strongly suggest that you practice joining on scrap yarn motifs before starting the project. If you would prefer to sew your motifs together, you won’t need to practice the join-as-you-go technique, but will need to be confident in your neat sewing ability. I have not included instructions on how to sew stuff together…there are plenty resources available on the internet…

Either choose your yarn for this project or use the sock yarn that you have left over from other projects. Make all the required motifs for your pony BUT only up to Round 4 of the African Flower motif if you are doing a join-as-you-go method, or the full motif up to Round 5 if you are sewing up the motifs.

Decide if you are going to make the REGULAR African Flower Motif or the Modified Motif. The charts and instructions given are for the Regular motif, however, if you would like to make the Modified motif, there is a fully explained tutorial at the end of the pattern which shows you step by step how to make the modified motifs. The joining process remains the same.

: : Materials Requirements : :

The pony that has been crocheted for this pattern, was made using sock weight/fingering/#1 weight yarn. Using this weight yarn will give you a pony measuring approximately 27 cm measured from the top of the ears to the feet, and approximately 28 cm nose to tail.


Abbreviations : sc = single crochet , dc = double crochet, tr=treble crochet hdc=half double crochet

Sock weight / Fingering weight yarn/ #1 in colors of your choice… this little pony is a great stash busting project as you can use small amounts of sock yarn for each motif, and the more colourful the prettier  I used random colors, keeping only to the cream colored yarn for Round 5 of each motif. Although I can’t tell you how much yardage of each color I used, I can tell you that the total weight of yarn for the pony was around 160g (unstuffed). You’ll need to make sure you have enough extra yarn for the tail and mane, depending on how full you want these to be…

The yardage for the sock yarn I used is around 320m/100g (350yds/100g). It is a superwash merino yarn, but you can use any alternative fingering weight yarn you like…I suggest that animal fibre yarns would be preferable, as they have more stretch, making the stuffing and shaping of the pony easier.

Crochet Hook 1.75mm

If you are planning to make your pony in a heavier weight yarn, adjust your hook size accordingly…however, use the smallest hook size possible for the weight of yarn that you can manage. Since the pony is stuffed, your stitch density will need to be tighter than usual to prevent the stuffing from popping out. Make a test motif in your chosen yarn and hook to see which would be the best size to use.

Polyester toy stuffing Haemostats (for stuffing)

Scissors Tapestry Needle used for sewing in ends Sewing Pins

Eyes (plastic safety eyes or glass looped eyes). PLEASE NOTE THAT ATTACHED EYES ARE NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TOYS CREATED FOR CHILDREN! They can be a suffocation hazard. If you are making this pony for a child, rather embroider the eyes using embroidery thread! I would still suggest sculpting the eye sockets before embroidering the eyes…it adds a lovely realistic element  I have used 14mm wire looped glass eyes. These can easily be sourced from sellers on eBay and Etsy.

: : Skills Requirements : :

Basic Crocheting Skills: Chain stitch (ch) , Single Crochet (sc), Double Crochet (dc), Treble crochet (tr), Half Double Crochet (hdc), Slip Stitch (sl st), joining a chain to make a ring, joining in a new color yarn.

Join-as-you-go motif joining: This pattern will require that you join the crocheted motifs each stitch to each stitch. This is necessary to prevent the stuffing popping out of the pony. It is imperative that you are confident in your join-as-you-go ability. The method I use is explained in the Appendix pages found at the end of the pattern.

These tutorials are illustrated by using actual motif chart illustrations with explanatory notes. This cuts down on printing 
However, if you are scared witless by the thought of doing a join-as-you-go joining method, all is not lost…you can simply make all your motifs in full (including Round 5), then sew them together. The order of motif placement and the number of sides needing to be joined stays exactly the same whether you join-as-you-go or sew up.

I have tried really hard to make this pattern achievable for all…I have explained each step photographically and with explanations, so that even beginners can follow along. I have also carefully checked and re-checked the pattern for errors…please send me a pm if you find something…I would be very grateful!

Happy Crocheting folks!

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Absolutely stunning pattern thank you x
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