The second animal in our Honored Animals Crochet Along is Ra the Camel.
When you think of animals that have been used in war, you usually think of horses, maybe carrier pigeons or dogs. One of the last animals you would think of would be camels, but they are actually excellent animals for many different environments, making them very suited to pre-industrial armies (and even post-industrial armies could benefit from them!)
I think camels are really cool animals and I wanted to make one that was as true to life as I could, so this little guy has two toes to each foot, just like a real camel. His hump is also not filled with water, like a real camel, but unlike a real camel it *is* filled with stuffing, not fat!
For part 1, you will be making all 4 of Ra’s legs, along with 2 toes for each leg and both ears. The toes should be made first, as they will be crocheted into the feet/leg piece so there’s no sewing involved, yay!
So let’s get to it!
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Supplies for Ra the Camel
25-30 yards Red Heart Super Saver in Buff 100% acrylic, 364 yds/333 m, 7 oz/198 g, weight 4
4.5 mm crochet hook
Fiber fill or other stuffing medium
For the eyes:
Black and white embroidery thread (less than 1 yard each)
2.0 mm crochet hook
sc- single crochet
scblo- single crochet in back loop only
sl st- slip stitch
Toes and legs are worked in the spiral round, so you may wish to use the stitch marker from the supplies list to mark the first stitch of each round.
A double magic ring is not necessary, but does make the piece a little more secure than a regular magic ring. If you’re not sure how to work one, check out my double magic ring tutorial.
Toes (Make 2 per leg- 8 total)
Create a double magic ring, ch 1 and sc 4 into the ring.
Round 2: sc in each st (4)
Legs (Make 4)
Create a double magic ring, ch 1 and sc 8 into the ring.
Round 2: inc in each st (16)
Round 3: scblo in first 6 sts, attach toes in next 4 sts, scblo in last 6 sts (16)
Round 4: sc in each st (16). Weave in starting end.
Round 5: dec evenly around (8)
Rounds 6-13: sc in each st (8)
Round 14: inc in each st (16)
Round 15: sc in each st (16)
Round 16: dec evenly around (8)
Rounds 17-24: sc in each st (8)
Fasten off and weave in end. Stuff each leg with fiber fill.
Ears (Make 2)
Create a double magic ring, ch 1 and sc 8 into the ring, join to first st with sl st. Fasten off.
And that’s it for part 1! Find part 2 here!