Magic by Danielle

Whimsical and dreamy creations

Baby’s Electric Guitar

I thought I’d try my hand at making a baby sized electric guitar. Lots of trial and error went in to this, and it took about a week from start to finish with a few nights I didn’t work on it at all. There are a lot of parts to this, so while I wrote the pattern here, I’ll also go more in depth of how everything goes together at the bottom. I hope this isn’t too confusing!

Supplies:

  • Red Heart Super Saver in three colors:
    • Color A: Pale Orchid (I think, I’ve had it forever and no longer have the label)
    • Color B: Black*
    • Color C: Charcoal
  • 1/2 yard 1″ thick NuFoam Pad
  • 4 mm crochet hook hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

*If you are relatively new to crochet, do not use black unless you have amazing task lighting other wise you will not be able to see ANYTHING.

Pattern:

BODY (Make 2)

Using Color A, chain 20

Row 1: SC in 2nd CH from hook, SC across, CH 1, turn [19]

Row 2: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 17, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [21]

Row 3: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 19, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [23]

Row 4: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 21, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [25]

Row 5: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 23, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [27]

Row 6: SC in each stitch, CH 1, turn [27]

Row 7-8: Repeat row #6

Row 9: SC across 25, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [26]

Row 10: SC across 26, CH 1, turn [26]

Row 11: SC across 24, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [25]

Row 12: SC across 22, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [23]

Row 13: SC across 23, CH 1, turn [23]

Row 14: Skip 1st stitch, SC across 22, CH 1, turn [22]

Row 15: SC2TOG, SC 19, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [21]

Row 16: SC across 21, CH 1, turn [21]

Row 17: SC2TOG, SC 19, CH 1, turn [20]

Row 18: SC2TOG, SC 18, CH 1, turn [19]

Row 19: SC across 19, CH 1, turn [19]

Row 20: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 17, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [21]

Row 21: SC across 21, CH 1, turn [21]

Row 22: Repeat row #21

Row 23: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 19, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [23]

Row 24: SC across 23, CH 1, turn [23]

Row 25: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 21, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [25]

Row 26: SC across 25, CH 1, turn [25]

Row 27: SC 17, CH 1, turn

Row 28: SC in 2nd stitch, SC across 15, CH 1, turn [16]

Row 29: SC across 16, CH 1, turn [16]

Row 30: SC 8, SL ST in next 3 stitches, SC 5, CH 1, turn [16]

Row 31: SC 4, SL ST, CH 1, turn [5]

Row 32: SC 5, CH 1, turn [5]

Row 33: SC 5, CH 1, turn [5]

Row 34: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 2, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [5]

Row 35: SC 5, CH 1, turn [5]

Row 36: Repeat row #34

Row 37: Skip 1st stitch, 4 SC, CH 1, turn [4]

Row 38: SC 3, SL ST, CH 1, fasten off

After finishing the first and largest “fin” of the guitar, start with the fin you just made on your right side.

Row 1: Slip knot, then SL ST in 7th stitch from the left, SC across 6, CH 1, turn [6]

Row 2: SC 4, SL ST in next stitch, CH 1, turn [5]

Row 3: SC in 2nd stitch, SC 3, CH 1, turn [4]

Row 4: SC 3, SL ST, CH 1, turn [4]

Row 5: SC in 2nd stitch, SC 2, CH 1, turn [3]

Row 6: SC 2, SL ST, CH 1, fasten off

Row 7: At this point you can weave in all ends.

NECK 1

Using Color B, chain 8.

Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC across, CH 1, turn [7]

Row 2: SC 7, CH 1, turn [7]

Row 3-36: Repeat row #2 until you have a total of 36 rows. Loosely fasten off and leave a long tail.

NECK 2

Using Color B, chain 8.

Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC across, CH 1, turn [7]

Row 2: SC 7, CH 1, turn [7]

Row 3-32: Repeat row #2 until you have a total of 32 rows. Loosely fasten off and leave a long tail.

HEAD

Pull out the last stitch on NECK and color change to Color A, CH 1, turn.

Row 1: SC 7, CH 1, turn [7]

Row 2: SC 7, CH 1, turn [7]

Row 3: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 5, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [9]

Row 4: SC 9, CH 1, turn [9]

Row 5: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 7, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [11]

Row 6: 2 SC in 1st stitch, SC 9, 2 SC in last stitch, CH 1, turn [13]

Row 7: SC 13, CH 1, turn [13]

Row 8: SC2TOG, SC 11, CH 1, turn [12]

Row 9: SC 10, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [11]

Row 10: SC2TOG, SC 9, CH 1, turn [10]

Row 11: SC 8, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [9]

Row 12: SC2TOG, SC 7, CH 1, turn [8]

Row 13: SC 6, SC2TOG, CH 1, turn [7]

Row 14: SC2TOG, SC 5, fasten off, leave a long tail

TUNERS

Using Color C, CH 11.

Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC 9, CH 1, turn [10]

Row 2: SL ST, puff stitch, SL ST, puff stitch, SL ST x 2, puff stitch, SL ST, puff stitch, SL ST, fasten off

BRIDGE

Using Color C, chain 9.

Row 1: SC in 2nd chain from hook, SC 7, CH 1, turn [8]

Row 2: SC 8, CH 1, turn [8]

Row 3: SC 8, fasten off

Putting it all together:

Okay, so here’s the tough part. Before sewing the stuffing in, you’ll want to add the details first. I got excited that it was looking like a guitar and did the stuffing first – bad idea. It’s so much easier doing details with access to both sides of the piece.

Hi-Tech display of where to position the bridge

Let’s start with the guitar body. If you’re making a “righty” guitar the taller “fin” should be on the left side, if you want it to be a “lefty” put the taller fin on the right. Once you pick, you can then sew on the bridge. You’ll want to sew the bridge to the body using the tail you left with bridge. The top of the bridge should line up with row #12 of the body. Then you can set the body pieces aside and we’ll come back to them later.

Try to make it neater than this

The tallest part of the head should be on the right if making a “righty” guitar. On the longer head/neck piece, weave the tail from the right side to the diagonal. You’ll want to sew in the tuners to the diagonal line of the head using the tail you just brought over. Sew over the SL ST in between the puff stitches so only the puff stitches are showing – this will create the look of the tuners.

Close up of what the frets should look like

Once you’ve finished with the tuners, on that same head/neck piece, you’re going to back stitch the frets. I did the back stitch backwards, so that the wrong side is on the outside. It makes it look smoother. Your first line will be where Color B for the neck and Color C for the head meet. You’ll do 4 more lines of back stitching each time skipping 4 rows. After that, you’ll do 9 more back stitching lines every 2 rows. The back of neck should look like this.

If the front of your neck/head looks like this, it’s backwards

Now for the fun part! Stuffing!

Stuffing!

Lay out your piece of NuFoam and lay one body piece and one head/neck piece down. Trace with a marker and cut them out. I found it was easier to cut the foam half way then go back and cut the rest. It looks kind of like this.

If you do try to cut through the entire piece of foam, be careful, I somehow ended up with a blood blister on the top of my thumb from cutting. Once you cut them out, you will want to cut off about 1/4″ all the way around the foam piece, otherwise it’ll be really tough to get it in there.

All trimmed up
Just the top is stitched together

I started with sewing together the body at around row #22. This allowed me to get the fins sewn together before putting the stuffing in since those would be the hardest. If you need help stuffing the stuffing in, I used the back of my hook to push it into the corners. After the stuffing is in place in the fins, you can continue sewing around. Make sure to tie off securely and weave in the ends.

Almost there!

Next, sew the heads together – make sure that only the “tuners” are poking out. Switch to Color B and sew down one side of the neck, stopping before the last row of the shortest side. Insert the stuffing (again using the back of the hook if needed) and sew down the other side using the other tail of Color B. Again, you need to stop before the last row of the shortest side.

Now to finish it up, you’ll want to sew the neck to the body. You may need to add a little bit more stuffing to the join. Make sure that the neck extends down the front of the body, and a little bit on the back (that’s why you stopped short on the back).

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