Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Playmats

 When I first started to crochet when Oliver was a baby I remember coming across a pattern for an Island Play Set which I thought he would love.   I was still fairly new to crocheting and it took me quite a while to make for him but he really enjoyed playing with it.   I was certain that I could probably make it much better if I tried again but I didn't for a while.

When Lily turned 1 last summer in decided to try again but with a woodland theme this time.    I used a similar idea crocheting in the round but used 2 strands of Wool together to create a different effect.  I also added a couple of trees and mushrooms as well as a bridge and butterflies to make it a bit more interesting for the animals to go on.   I much prefered this than the single palm tree on the island.  I added 6 animals for the woodland playmat (I prefer even numbers) some I made up as I went along, like the bunny and owl, whilst I used others patterns for the deer, hedgehog, Fox and squirrel.

For Oliver's birthday I made another theme, underwater with a centre of coral. Again I crocheted a large circle of blue and then made up the coral parts in the middle.    I added a dolphin, turtle, clown fish, manta rayseahorse and octopus.  I added magnets to the top of the sea creatures so my son could go fishing for them with a magnetic fishing rod we already had.   He really loves this aspect!

The final playmat I have made to date was for my niece Holly's second birthday.   She had a rectangle jungle playmat with animals from Look What I Made blog.   You can find all but the monkey in her blog, the monkey I combined a couple of the patterns to get the effect I wanted.  I really enjoyed making these animals and I learnt new techniques and stitches which I have implemented into other areas of my crochet since!  This playmat is comprised of three sections, short grass, long grass and sandy area with a winding river across the whole mat plus a few trees.   I didn't end up making the trees as sturdy as I would have liked but I can work on that for next time!

One asepct I really liked from the original island playmat was that it folded up to allow storage for the toys although that does unfortunately leave a long cord which meant I couldn't leave the kids alone with it.   I therefore tried to add handles and use poppers to fold it up although that wasn't entirely successful.  The next playmat I secured it with buttons which was slightly more successful.   However, I am most pleased with using zips on the rectangle shape to make it into a bag.   They don't come undone like the buttons and poppers and there are no longer and dangerous cords.   It was definitely more work but worth it!

Most of these playmats I made up as I went along, but I have tried to work out what I have done for each playmat and written out the instructions as best I can below.



I hope you have enjoyed this week about playmats.  I would love to see any that you make!

Vicky x


Coral Playmat

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this playmat

  • 2 strands of DK wool held together for mat (suggested colours, blue, green, red, white, yellow, purple)
  • 5mm hook
  • small amounts of stuffing
  • needs to sew in ends
  • The animals are not my patterns – I will add links for the patterns I have used that are not my own.

2.  Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc inc – single crochet increase
  • sc dec – single crochet decreasecrab stitch – reverse single crochet
  • trc – treble crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  • Sc inc – single crochet increase
  • Sc dec – single crochet decrease
  • Ch – chain
  • b/l – back loops
  • f/l – front loops
  1. Notes
  • Coral

For the coral I made various different size and colour ruffle stitch samples and then I randomly folded them up and sewed them in the centre to make to coral patch.   Be as creative using different colour combinations I used 2 strands in different colours per piece of coral

  • .Flat shells / star fish

I used the individual shells and star fish in this pattern

  • Animals

The following animals are not my own patterns – please click on them to find the links to the patterns I used.

 Pattern – Beginning with a blue colour mix

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3(sc inc, 2 sc) x 618
4(sc inc, 3 sc) x624
5(sc inc, 4sc) x630
6(sc inc, 5sc)36
7(sc inc, 6sc) x642
8(sc inc, 7sc) x648
9(sc inc, 8sc) x654
10(sc inc, 9sc) x660
11(sc inc, 10sc) x666
12(sc inc, 11sc) x672
13(sc inc, 12sc) x678
14(sc inc, 13sc) x684
15(sc inc, 14sc) x690
16(sc inc, 15sc) x696
17(sc inc, 16sc) x6102
18(sc inc, 17sc) x6108
19(sc inc, 18sc) x6114
20(sc inc, 19sc) x6120
21(sc inc, 20sc) x6126
22(sc inc, 21sc) x6132
23(sc inc, 22sc) x6138
24(sc inc, 23sc) x6144
25(sc inc, 24sc) x6150
26(sc inc, 25sc) x156
27(sc inc, 26sc)162
28(sc inc, 27sc) x6168
29(sc inc, 28sc) x6174
30(sc inc, 29sc) x6180
31(sc inc, 30sc) x6  – switch colours if you would like a different colour border here186
3231sc, sc inc, 11sc, ch10, sk10, sc11, sc inc, (31sc, sc inc) x2, 11sc, ch10, sk 10, 11sc, sc inc, 31sc, sc inc192
33(32 sc, sc inc) around with 10sc going into the ch10 gaps198
34(33 sc, sc inc) x 6204
35crab stitch around204
Sl st, cast off and sew in ends

Clam Shell (make 4 – 2 in outer colour and 2 in inner colour)

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in magic circle6
2sc inc x 612
3(sc inc, sc) x618
4(sc inc, 2 sc) x 624
5then take one inner and one outer shell piece and hold them together, sc them together around the edge and lightly stuff as you go
attach both shell pieces together sewing about 1/3 of the outsides then sew to the playmat

 Pearl

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3sc around stuff at this point lightly12
4sc dec x6 (6)6
(sew shut and attach pearl to clam

Woodland Playmat

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this playmat

  • 2 strands of DK wool held together for mat (suggested colours, blue, brown, green, red, which, yellow, purple)
  • 5mm hook
  • small amounts of stuffing
  • needs to sew in ends
  • not all animals are my pattern – I will add links for the patterns I have used that are not my own.
  1. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

  • sc – single crochet
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc inc – single crochet increase
  • sc dec – single crochet decrease
  • crab stitch – reverse single crochet
  • trc – treble crochet
  • HDC – half double crochet
  • DC – double crochet
  1. Notes

The following animals are not my own patterns – please click on them to find the links to the patterns I used.

Butterfly

As with the flowers make as many as you would like.

I used the small butterfly from this pattern on Little Bird Secrets Blog

 4.  Pattern – Beginning with a green colour mix

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3(sc inc, 2 sc) x 618
4(sc inc, 3 sc) x624
5(sc inc, 4sc) x630
6(sc inc, 5sc)36
7(sc inc, 6sc) x642
8(sc inc, 7sc) x648
9(sc inc, 8sc) x654
10(sc inc, 9sc) x660
11(sc inc, 10sc) x666
12(sc inc, 11sc) x672
13(sc inc, 12sc) x678
14(sc inc, 13sc) x684
15(sc inc, 14sc) x690
16(sc inc, 15sc) x696
17(sc inc, 16sc) x6102
18(sc inc, 17sc) x6108
19(sc inc, 18sc) x6114
20(sc inc, 19sc) x6 switch to blue colours120
21(sc inc, 20sc) x6126
22(sc inc, 21sc) x6132
23(sc inc, 22sc) x6138
24(sc inc, 23sc) x6144
25(sc inc, 24sc) x6150
26(sc inc, 25sc) x 6156
27(sc inc, 26sc) x 6 switch to brown/grey mix162
28(sc inc, 27sc) x6168
29(sc inc, 28sc) x6174
30(sc inc, 29sc) x6 switch to brown colours180
31(sc inc, 30sc) x6186
3231sc, sc inc, 11sc, ch10, sk10, sc11, sc inc, (31sc, sc inc) x2, 11sc, ch10, sk 10, 11sc, sc inc, 31sc, sc inc192
33(32 sc, sc inc) around with 10sc going into the ch10 gaps198
34(33 sc, sc inc) x 6204
35crab stitch around204
sl st and cast off and sew in ends

Large Tree – starting with green

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3(sc inc, 2 sc) x 618
4(sc inc, 3 sc) x624
5(sc inc, 4sc) x630
6-11Sc around30
12(sc dec, 2sc) x624
13(sc dec, sc) x618
14sc dec around, switch to brown12
15-23Sc around12
24(sc inc) x 1224
25-28Sc around24
st and cast off.  stuff and attach to play mat

Small Tree starting with green

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3(sc inc, 2 sc) x 618
4(sc inc, 3 sc) x624
5-10Sc around24
11(sc dec) x 12 switch to brown12
12-18Sc around12
19(sc inc, 2 sc) x 416
20-22Sc around16
st and cast off.  stuff and attach to play mat

 Mushrooms – make 2 using red

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3(sc inc, 2 sc) x 618
4(sc inc, 3 sc) x624
5-7Sc around24
8-9In which sc around24
10(2sc dec, sc) x 618
11(sc, sc dec) x 612
12-18Sc around12
sc around, sl st cast off.  Stuff, sew white spots on and sew to playmat

 Bridge Base – Make 2 using brown

RowInstructionStitches
ch 21
1HDC in 2nd ch from hook and then in every ch there after, ch1 turn20
2-8HDC in each st, ch1 turn20
placing both base pieces together, sc around and lightly stuff just before finishing the sc rows sl st to finish

 Bridge sides – Make 2 using brown

RowInstructionStitches
ch 21
1HDC in 2nd ch from hook and then in every ch there after, ch1 turn20
2sl st in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st, HDC in next 2 st, DC in next 2 st, trc in next 4 st, DC in next 2 st, HDC in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st, sl st in last 2 st, ch 1 turn20
3sc across and cast off20
sc sides to the base of the bridge (curved part goes at the top)
sew bridge either side of the river so it curves slightly.

 Flowers – Make as many flowers in as many colours as you would like

RowInstructionStitches
15 sc in magic ring5
2sc inc in each st10
3*(sc, HDC, DC, ch1) in first st, (DC, HDC, sc)* in next st, rep from * to * 4 more times

 Owl Body – Using Brown

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3(sc inc, 2 sc) x 618
4(sc inc, 3 sc) x624
5-10Sc around24
11(2 sc, sc dec) x618
12(sc, sc dec) x 612
Stuff
13sc dec x66
cast off and sew shut

 Wings (make 2) in brown

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
2-6Sc around6
sl st and cast off and sew to owl

 Feet and Beak (make 3) Using yellow

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
2-3Sc around6
sl st and cast off and sew to owl

 Eyes (make 2) using white

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
2sc inc in each st12
sew a black dot in the centre of each eye and sew to owl

 Bunny Head and Body Using White

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
22 sc in each sc12
3(sc inc, 2 sc) x 618
4(sc inc, 3 sc) x624
5-6Sc around24
7(sc dec, 2 sc) x 618
8(sc dec, sc) x 612
9Sc around12
10(sc inc, 2sc) x618
11(sc inc, 3sc) x624
12(sc inc, 4 sc) x630
13-16Sc around30
17(sc dec, 3sc) x624
18(sc dec, 2sc) x618
19(sc dec, sc) x612
Stuff bunny
20sc dec x66
Sl st, cast off and sew shut
Sew black eyes and nose on bunny

 Arms and Legs (make 4)

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
2sc inc in each st12
3-7Sc around12
sl st to close, stuff and sew to body

 Tail

RowInstructionStitches
16 sc in a magic circle6
2sc inc in each st12
3Sc around12
4Sc dec in each stitch6
sew shut and attach to bunny

 Ears (make 2)

RowInstructionStitches
1ch5, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc, 3 sc in last ch, 2 sc in other side of chains, 1 sc in starting ch where you have 2 sc already, sl st, ch 110
22 sc in same st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in final st16
st, sl st to finish and sew ears to bunny

Jungle Playmat

 1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this playmat

  • 5mm hook
  • 2 strands of DK wool held together (I’m not sure on amounts as I used mostly scraps – it doesnt matter if you run out of a colour a similar one can just be added and it wont affect the look of the playmat!)
  • Needle to sew in ends
  • 2 Zips that fully open (jacket style)
  1. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

  • sc – single crochet
  • loop stitch
  • ripple stitch
  • ch- chain
  1. Notes
  • Please note that this is a very rough pattern for the actual playmat.  I did not write down what I did as I went so I have tried to reconstruct it from looking at the playmat.  It is therefore likely that it may not be 100% accurate but it should give you some help towards making it, and I am always happy for you to contact me with any questions.  If I have some time I might remake it and write down a more detailed pattern.  The animals are not my pattern but you can get them from Look What I Made Blog
  • River – I used the ripple stitch for this and did 8 rows and 6 ripple repeats then sewed it to the playmat.
  • Trees – Finally I added trees although I can’t quite remember what I did for those, although one is loop stitch, one is popcorn stitch and the final tree uses sc.

3.  Pattern – starting at sandy end

RowInstructionStitches
1Ch 51, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end50
2-38Sc across50
Switch to green and brown mix for long grass
39Loop stitch in each sc (make a large loop50
40Sc across50
41-58Repeat rows 39 and 4050
Switch to 2 strands of green for grass
59Short loop stitch in each sc50
60Sc across50
61-88Repeat rows 59 and 60

 Border – hold a blue, green and yellow mix

RowInstructionStitches
1Starting at a corner 3sc in corner, sc around in each st and 3 sc in each corner
2Sc around for next row but on short sides sc 24, ch10 and sk 10, sc 24 and 3 sc in each corner.  Long sides as sc across
3Sc around in last row with 10sc in ch 10 sp to create handles.   Attach the zip to this row.  I sc the zip on and then added a row of sc on the opposite side of the zip to hide the inside.

  

  

© All patterns on this page belong to www.cosycrochet.co.uk You may not sell this pattern. Please feel free to sell the items you make using this pattern, however please acknowledge me in your listing.

 

 

 

© All patterns on this page belong to www.cosycrochet.co.uk You may not sell this pattern. Please feel free to sell the items you make using this pattern, however please acknowledge me in your listing.

 

 

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