Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Crochet Hooded Blanket - Dinosaur

 Hooded blankets seem to be very much in fashion at the moment and I wanted to jump on that trend for my children.   Being as I have a dinosaur mad son and I already had some of the chunky green and blue wool from Aldi, I decided I would make Oliver a Crochet Hooded Blanket, a dinosaur version.



The blanket was very easy to make, I simply made a rectangle using double crochet stitches, but working in alternating back and front loop rows, to create a bit of texture like a dinosaur.   I then made a rectangle shape to create the hood which is attached in the centre at the top of the rectangle.  I also added triangle pockets for Oliver's hands to hold up the blanket in the contrasting blue.

For the border, I worked a round of single crochet in the blue colour and then a round of almost picot like border to create spikes on the blanket, another dinosaur effect.   I finished off with a crest on the hood and a couple of horns giving a similar effect to a triceratops.

 

To go with his hooded blanket (and to use up the last of the green wool) I also made Oliver his own chunky Tracey Triceratops and he has been delighted with both, as you can see above.   They will be perfect for him to cuddle up under as the weather gets colder.

See you next week for the unicorn version I made for Lily.

Vicky x

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Chunky Tracey Triceratops Video

 A few weeks ago I held a poll on facebook to find out your favourite dinosaur from my dinosaur series.  The answer was very clearly Tracey Triceratops.   I promised that I would make a video of Tracey when making her to be entered into the competition.   So this week I want to introduce you to chunky Tracey Triceratops and release the video of me making her.



I (like so many others) bought a load of wool when Aldi had them on special a few weeks ago and among that was there was the really chunky wool in both green and blue and they both seemed perfect to make a really cuddly version of Tracey.   The pattern is pretty much exactly the same, although I made her legs a little shorter and only used one strand wool (due to the thinkness) for her crest.   The rest however, is just a larger version and she  is very very cuddly.

I managed to video the whole process and its just under 2 hours so quite long.  But unless you are wanting to make Tracey as I go you wouldn't need to watch it all.   The camera work is not perfect, I still have a lot to learn making videos, but I hope you will forgive that as it is my first go.

So here is me making a chunky Tracey Triceratops.   Hope you enjoy watching.  Feel free to give me any feedback and I would love to see any chunky dinosaurs you may decide to make.   I'll let you know how she does in the competition when I know.  The video tutorial can be found here.

See you next week,

Vicky x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Crochet Dinosaur Series - Dinosaur Storage Bag

 This week is the final week in the Crochet Dinosaur Series, and to finish we will be making a dinosaur bag to put your playmat and dinosaurs into when they are not being played with.   Handy also for taking out with you.





The bag is made primarily of double crochet stripes, in four colours, yellow, sea green, red and white.   I also added two bands of dinosaurs, so you know what is in this particular bag.  The dinosaur bands are made in Tunisian crochet, something I have wanted to explore a bit more.   I definitively enjoyed working out how to make these bands.

If you don't know how to Tunisian crochet I have included instructions and a useful video to get you started.  If you don't have the hooks or are not sure about it however, you could always make the band using normal single crochet in a tapestry crochet style.

One thing I did learn was that Tunisian crochet is tighter than my double crochet and I probably could have gone up a hook size to make the bag more even.   Since it is at the top and bottom however, it doesn't really affect the bags use.

You can find the pattern below.

I hope you have enjoyed making everything in the Crochet Dinosaur Series, I know I definitely have and my children love playing with them.  Thank you for joining me every week and I look forward to seeing you all next week for something new and different.

Vicky x

Dinosaur Bag

The dinosaur bag is approximately 11” wide and 15” long.  It is made of double crochet stripes and a Tunisian crochet band with dinosaur images across the bottom and top.   You make one large rectangle and then sew it together.

 1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make the dinosaur bag

·        Double Knit Yarn – 100g balls in the following colours

o   Sea Green

o   Yellow

o   White

o   Red

·        Bag draw string clasp

·        4mm hook for bag and playmat

·        4mm Tunisian crochet hook – depending on your tension you may wish to go up a size hook here to make it match your gauge on the normal crochet parts

·        Tapestry needle

.  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

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Tunisian Crochet

·        Romanian Point Lace Cord

 

2.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        When you change colours on this bag, always do so on the last stitch, make the last yarn over and pull through in the new colour.

Gauge

The bag, also do not have any specific gauge, depending on how your tension is they may come out slightly smaller or larger than mine, but this does not really matter. 

Special Stitches

These patterns do occasionally use some stitches that are not commonly used in basic crochet, I will provide some helpful links for these if you are not familiar with them.

·        Romanian Point Lace Cord - http://bit.ly/2uwYtq3

·        Tunisian Crochet - http://bit.ly/2uVyOJS


Tunisian Crochet Dinosaur Band – in white (W) and sea green (G)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 100

100

2

Tc across and return in W

100

3

(Tc W, tc G, 3 tc W, tc G, tc W, tc G, 2 tc W) x 10

Return – (2 W, G, W, G, 3 W, G W) X 10

100

4

(2 tc W, tc G, 2 tc W, tc G, tc W, tc G, 2 tc W) x 10

Return – ( 2W, G, W, G, 2 W, G, 2 W) x 10

100

5

(3 tc W, tc G, tc W, 3 tc G, 2 tc W) x 10

Return – (2 W, 3 G, W, G, 3 W) x 10

100

6

((4 tc W, 4 tc G, 2 tc W) x10

Return 0 (2 W, 4 G, 4 W) x 10

100

7

(7 tc W, tc G, 2 tc W) x 10

Return- (2 W, G, 7 W) x 10

100

8

(7 tc W, 2 tc G, tc W) x 10

Return – (W, 2 G, 7 W) x 10

100

9

(7 tc W, tc G, 2 tc W) x 10

Return – (2 W, G, 7 W) X 10

100

10

Tc across in W and return in W

100

 

To make it easier (and since you don’t see the inside) I carried the yarn across the back when swapping colours.  

Below is a graph of the dinosaur which may be easier to follow.  You need to repeat this dinosaur graph 10 times to make the strip.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bag – starting in red

 

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 100 + 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook and in every ch to end, ch 3 and turn

100

2

Dc across, ch 3 and turn, (change to yellow)

100

3-4

Dc across, ch 3 and turn, (change to white)

100

5-13

Work Tunisian dinosaur band as above and change to yellow, ch 3 and turn (change to yellow)

100

14

Work a dc through each of the Tunisian bars, ch 3 and turn

100

15

Dc across, ch 3 and turn, change to red

100

16-17

Dc across, ch 3 and turn (change to sea green)

100

18-21

Dc across, ch 1 and turn, (change to white)

100

22-23

Hdc across, ch 3 and turn, (change to sea green)

100

24-27

Dc across, ch 3 and turn, (change to red)

100

28-29

Dc across, ch 3 and turn (change to yellow)

100

30-31

Dc across, ch 3 and turn (change to white)

100

32-35

Work Tunisian dinosaur band as above and change to yellow, ch 3 and turn (change to yellow)

100

36-37

Dc across, ch 3 and turn, (change to red)

100

38-41

Dc across, ch 3 and turn, and cast off at end of last row

100

 

Fold last 4 red rows in half and sew shut to form a large hole for cord to go through

 

 

Fold the rectangle in half with dinosaurs facing each other and starting in the yellow rows, put 2 sc in each dc and 1 sc in each sc and sc shut the side and bottom of the bag.  Cast off and sew in any ends

 

 Bag Cord

Make a Romanian point lace cord long about 28-30” long and then thread through the bag opening.   Put the draw string clasp on both ends of the cord and finish off by knotting both cord ends.   Sew in any ends.

  

© 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.

 

 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Crochet Dinosaur Series - Volcano

 Now you have made the playmat and all the dinosaurs, you will be needing some accessories to make the environment even better.   This week we will be adding a volcano to the Crochet Dinosaur Series.



The volcano is made from the top down, and creates the inside as you go.  It is worked in double strands, one light and one dark brown to make it more sturdy.  The volcano gets its texture from using front and back post stitches and you need to keep an eye out to make sure you don't miss any when decreasing.

The lava is added on at the end and uses chain's attached at both ends to give a wavy effect of lava coming down the volcano.   Chains are also used to suggest lava is coming out of the top of the volcano by sewing loops into the centre.

You can find the pattern below.

I hope you enjoy adding the volcano to your collection.   Join me next week when we add the trees to the playmat (so the dinosaurs can eat!)

Vicky x


Volcano


The volcano is 4” tall and 6” wide and is worked in mostly front and back post half double crochet stitches, using 2 strands of double knit yarn together.

  

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make the volcano

·        Double Knit Yarn – 100g balls in the following colours

o   Light Brown

o   Dark Brown

o   Red

·        Stuffing

·        2.5 mm hook for

·        Tapestry needle

·        Stitch marker

·        scissors

 

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.

·        Sl st – slip stitch

·        Hdc – Half double Crochet

·        Hdc inc – half double crochet increase

·        Hdc dec – half double crochet decrease

·        Fphdc – front post half double crochet

·        Bphdc – back post half double crochet

·        Fphdc inc – front post half double crochet increase

·        Bphdc inc – back post half double crochet increase

·        Fphdc dec – front post half double crochet decrease

·        Bphdc dec – back post half double crochet decrease

·        b/l – back loops

·        f/l – front loops

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

 Gauge

The volcano have no specific gauge, however they need to be as tight as possible to prevent the stuffing from coming out. 

 Other Notes

·        All these patterns are worked in continuous rounds, do not sl st at the end of each round.   A stitch marker is essential for keeping track of the start of your rows.


 Volcano – using light  brown and dark brown together (worked from the top down)

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

8 hdc in magic circle

8

2

(hdc inc) x 8

16

3

(hdc, hdc inc) x 8

24

4-7

Hdc around

24

8- 9

(Fphdc, bphdc) x 12

24 (12 of each stitch)

10

(Fphdc, bphdc inc) x 12

36

11

(fphdc inc, 2 bphdc) x 12

48

12

(2 fphdc, 2 bphdc) x 12

48

13

[2 fphdc, (bphdc inc) x 2)] x 12

72

14

(2 pfhdc, 4 bphdc) x 12

72

15

[(fphdc inc) x 2, 4 bphdc)] x 12

96

16-18

(4 fphdc, 4 pbhdc) x 12

96

 

At this point push the centre of the volcano down so you can only see the post stitches and turn it inside out.   Sew round the edge of the circle to the post stitches so secure in place

 

19

Hdc in b/l around

96

20

(2 hdc, hdc dec, 4 hdc) x 12

84

21

(3 hdc, hdc dec, 2 hdc) x 12

72

22

(4 hdc, hdc dec) x 12

60     

23

(3 hdc, hdc dec) x 12

48

24

(2 hdc, hdc dec) x 12

36

25

( hdc, hdc dec) x 12

24

26

(hdc dec) x 12

12

 

Stuff volcano lightly

 

27

(hdc dec) x 6

6

 

Sl st, cast off a sew shut and sew in ends

 

28

Sc around the front loops of row 19

96

 

Lava – in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sl st into the top of any front post stitch at the top of the volcano then ch 20 and sl st into the bottom of any the same length of post stitches at the bottom of the volcano

20

2

The ch 2 and sl st in the post stitch next to the stitch you started the lava in

20

3-12

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have a cluster of 12 ch 20 rows, ending at the top of the volcano

20 per chain

13

Ch 10 and sl st into the centre of the inside of the volcano

10

14

Ch 10 and sl st into the top of the ch 20 clusters

10

15-23

Repeat rows 13 and 14 ending in the centre of the volcano, cast off and sew in ends

10 per chain

 

To make centre lava, ch 20 and sl st to form a ring, ch 20 and sl st into sl st, repeat this step 5 more times to create 5 loops.   Then cast off with a long tail and sew to the centre of the volcano

 

 

To finish the volcano and make it stand taller, take a long piece of yarn ( it doesn’t matter how long but it should at least wrap around the volcano twice - the longer it is the easier this step is.) and weave it in between every 2 post stitches and pull tight ( until it looks about right), knot ends together and sew them in.

 

 

© 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.