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Traffic light gabu nest

The cubbyholes in traffic lights are a perfect place for some gabus to nest in. Not only do they provide warmth and shelter, but they are camouflage. Traffic light gabus find endless amusement watching drivers, walkers, and cyclists in their mundane daily doings. They have yet to figure out why we spend so much time talking at instruments attached to our heads.

Made for weloveamigurumi  February amigurumi-along. "The Gabu" creature pattern by lovely Roxycraft. I'm also making the Leila the Rhinoceros pattern by Roxycraft. Thank you Peter for letting me borrow your camera even though you don't know it yet. Thank you Freecia for the idea for the X mouth. :-X

traffic light gabu nest - front

Crochet pattern for Traffic Light Gabu Nest

3 gabus in bright red, yellow and green (free pattern at Roxycraft.com)
1 ball of black worsted weight yarn
cardboard or plastic mesh piece 9.5 inches tall x 5.5 inches wide
optional: fabric glue (if you are just making 1 back piece)
size F crochet hook or same hook used for making gabus

I made this in half double crochet, so that it would work up faster than single crochet. However, it is easy to do in single crochet:  make 1 or 2 back pieces 9.5" x 5.5". Each cubbyhole strip is ~1.75" wide.

In this pattern, the turning chain does not count as a stitch. There is no need to make a hdc at the end of the row into the turning ch of the previous row.

Back: (make 1 or 2**)
Ch 19.
Row 1: Make hdc in 3rd chain from hook. Continue to make a hdc in each chain across. 17 hdc.
Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (this is the turning chain). Hdc in same stitch as the turning chain. Continue making hdc across row. 17 hdc.
Repeat Row 2 for 22 times, or until rectangle is ~9.5 inches long with ample space for 3 gabus.
Single crochet evenly around the edges of the rectangle to make a smoother edge, if you wish.
Make a chain and attach to corners of the top end so that you can hang the nest. I made ~20 chain stitches and made a slip stitch into each chain to make it sturdier.

Cubbyhole: (make 3)
Ch 9.
Row 1: Make hdc into 3rd chain from hook. Continue to make a hdc in each chain across. 6 hdc.
Row 2: Turn, ch 2 (this is the turning chain). Hdc in same stitch as the turning chain. Continue making hdc across row. 6 hdc.
Repeat Row 2 for 15 times or until you can curl the rectangle into a circle which fits SNUGLY around your gabu. It should be a little too small, so that the gabu will stay tucked in nicely and not fall out! That would be tragic.
Leave a long tail for sewing up before you cut your yarn.

Sew each cubby so that it forms a circle. Pin each cubby in place on the back. If you made the circle too big you can adjust it a bit now to fit snugly around the gabu. Sew cubbies to the back piece. I used simple overcasting stitch. To firm up the back for hanging on a wall, door, or just hanging around, use fabric glue to attach stiff cardboard or plastic canvas mesh. **You can also make 2 back pieces, sandwich a piece of cardboard/canvas in between, and single crochet around the edges (through both pieces) to seal the cardboard in, like luv2stitch on Ravelry.com did.

Ta da! The gabus are ready to move in their new home!

traffic light gabu nest - sideweb site hit counter

Cross-posted to weloveamigurumi 


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 1st, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
That is hilariously CUTE!!!!
I'm sooo LOLing!
Your sooo creative!! wow!
Mar. 1st, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Thanks! Gabus are everywhere. For little 'uns, though, I would leave off the safety eyes and just stitch them on.
Mar. 2nd, 2008 06:28 pm (UTC)
OHhh Like I said on the ami-group --- this is just so cute and creative! I love it!
Mar. 3rd, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) I was wondering whether or not I should add this as a to Ravelry, since part of it is Roxycraft's. It could be a fun activity for little kids, providing that the eyes are stitched on instead.
Mar. 9th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. I just finished making it and added it to my Ravelry projects. I linked it to here but yes, please go ahead and add it to the pattern files. I love this idea! Fabulous! (Ravelry id: Luv2stitch)
Mar. 15th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I adore your idea!
So insanely cute and creative.

I have a Amigurumi Meetup group that I organize. We're going to be using your pattern for a project. I love the story behind it too. Hehe I can just imagine the gabus coming out to play at night and then jumping back in when cars come. Hehe very Miyazaki.

I hope you don't mind that I used your pic for the pattern. Let me know if you have any problems with it or of with me using your description to describe the project and I will take it down right away!


Anyways I'm a huge amigurumi fan too. I used to have a livejournal just for them too:
Mar. 16th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: I adore your idea!
Woo, oh my I'm so flattered that you chose it! They like their apartment in the sky very much. If I wasn't in No. Cal. I'd come join you!

I've seen most of the Studio Ghibli films except for Earthsea and I couldn't sit still through My Neighbors the Yamadas. I really appreciate your letting me know and asking about the picture. :)
Mar. 17th, 2008 07:42 am (UTC)
Re: I adore your idea!
My fav Miyazaki is still Spirited Away! I made a Totoro ami too. He had a leaf for a hat hehe. But yes I will let you know how it goes and link you to pics when we get our finished products!
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