Wednesday, 29 November 2017

A Very Crochet Christmas - Nativity Scene

 This week in Cosy Crochet's Christmas I would like to show you all the Nativity scene I made last year.

We have always had a nativity scene under the Christmas Tree (since it is the reason for Christmas!) and most of the child friendly displays avaliable are not toddler friendly.  Last year Lily was just about 1 and didn't really know not to eat the small figures, so when I saw the nativity pattern in a magazine, I knew this was the solution.   There would be nothing dangerous about a crocheted nativity.   They wouldn't be ruined and it would also provide the kids with a distraction, rather than playing with the Christmas Tree decorations.

Last year the kids just played with it, but this year I hope we can use it to act out the nativity story.   You can find the pattern for the nativity figures part 1 here for FREE  and Part 2 here also for FREE.   The pattern includes all the figures; Mary, Joseph, Jesus (and manger), 2 Shepherds and a lamb, 3 wise men and an angel.   I added my own donkey and a stable with a star on top.  To hold the stable in its shape I put cardboard between crochet panels and sewed them together.   It seems to be holding ok, even after being in storage for a year!  I also added my own mat for the whole nativity to sit on.


I hope you enjoyed my  crochet nativity scene, and if you get a chance the pattern took me less than a week to make and is definitely worth it if you have little ones in the house.   I'll get a photo of it under my tree this year and put it on my social media sites.

See you next week for more Christmas patterns.

Vicky x

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A Very Crochet Christmas - Christmas Elves

 Christmas has come to Cosy Crochet (a bit early I know, but I couldn't wait any longer!)   This week is the first of the Christmas items I have been working on for you - Jingle the Elf.

Now my children are ages 4 and 2 they definitely seem ready to properly buy into all the Christmas traditions and one I have really wanted to start is the Elf of the Shelf.  However, rather than just buying any old elf, I decided to make one.   Although making one elf very quickly turned in to 2 elves!

So this week I would like to introduce to you Jingle and Candy the Christmas Elves.   The kids have already seen me making them and know they will be coming out closer to Christmas to report to Santa how well they are behaving.   What they don't know however, is that elves can get themselves into all sorts of mischief!   I definitely look forward to seeing the kids reactions to what the elves get up to throughout the lead up to Christmas.   I am really hoping they will build up their excitement to Christmas day.



We usually put our decorations up as close to the beginning of December as we can so the elves will probably come out then.  The elves only took me a day to make each and so if you wanted to make 1 or 2 or several of these elves, there is still plenty of time.   They use mostly single crochets (plus increases and decreases) and loop stitch to create their hair.  I used the paintbox simple aran yarns to make them, but any aran yarn would work.

You can find the patterns for the elves below.

I hope you love my elves as much as I do, and I look forward to seeing any of the elves you make.   Keep an eye on my social media platforms to find out more about the mischief that Candy and Jingle get up to in our house over the Christmas period.

See you next week,

Vicky x

Jingle the Elf

Jingle is 16” tall (from his boots to his head) and 23.5” tall from boot to the tip of the hat. 

  

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Jingle

·        100g balls of aran yarn in green, red, white, brown and skin pink.   (I used paintbox simply aran) (This amount will make you Candy the elf too)

·        Odd pieces of black for sewing mouth, belt and shoe laces

·        2 x 20mm safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)

·        Stuffing

·        4 mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Stitch marker

·        Scissors

·        2 x bells

 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

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Sc inc – single crochet increase

·        Sc dec – single crochet decrease

·        Ch – chain

·        Loop stitch

·        f/l – front loops

·        b/l – back loops

 3.  Notes

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

·        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.

·        When changing colour, use the new colour to complete the last yarn over in the final stitch before the colour change.  (e.g. for the stripes in the leg, complete 17 stitches in colour red, for the 18th stitch, insert your hook and pull up the loop in red, but then yarn over and pull through in white.  The work the next row in white. )

 

Gauge

Jingle has no specific gauge, however they need to be as tight as possible to prevent the stuffing from coming out. 

 

Attaching Limbs as you go

Below is a guide to demonstrate how to attach limbs as you go.  You can find the video tutorial here.

To attach a limb you will need to hold your limb next to the body with the opening at the top with the point of the boot where the toes are pointing inwards at the bottom.  The photo to the left shows what you will see when placed correctly.

1.     You will then insert your hook through 2 layers of leg and through the body and pull up a loop through all 3 layers.   Then complete the single crochet. 

All limbs will be attached this way unless otherwise stated.   Each pattern will indicate the number of single crochet stitches required to attach it.

 Arms – make 2 starting with skin pink for the hands

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(sc inc, 2 sc) x6

24

5-8

Sc around

24

9

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

10

Sc around

18

11

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Switch to red

 

12

Sc around

12

13

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

14

Sc around

18

 

Switch to green

 

15-26

Sc around

18

27

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff arm

 

28

Fold in half and sc through both sides to shut opening

6

 

Legs– make 2 starting in brown for the boots

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6-8

Sc around

30

9

(sc, sc dec) x 4, 18 sc

26

10

(sc dec, sc) x 3, 5 sc, (sc dec) x 4, 4 sc

19

11

3 sc, sc dec, 14 sc

18

12-13

Sc around

18

 

Switch to red

 

14-17

Sc around

18

 

Switch to white

 

18-21

Sc around

18

22-29

Repeat rows 14-21

18

30

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff leg

 

31

Fold in half and sc through both sides to shut opening

6

 

Head & Body – start in skin pink

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

8-15

Sc around

42

16

(5 sc, sc dec) x 6

36

17

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

18

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

19

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

20

Sc around

18

 

Add eyes between rows 9 and 10 7 stitches apart

 

 

Stuff head

 

21-22

Sc around

18

 

Switch to red

 

23

Sc around

18

24

(sc inc, 2 sc) x 6

24

25

Sc around

24

 

Switch to green

 

26

[ (3 wsc, sc inc to attach arm), (3 sc, sc inc) x 2 ] x 2

30

27

( 4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

28-39

Sc around

36

 

Switch to brown

 

40-41

Sc around

36

 

Switch to red

 

42

Sc around in b/l

36

43

Sc around

36

44

4 sc, sc dec, attach leg with 4 sc, sc dec, sc, attach leg with 3 sc, sc dec, (4 sc, sc dec) x 3

30

45

( 3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

46

( 2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Stuff body

 

47

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

48

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Stuff and sew shut and sew in ends

 

 Bottom of top – in green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sc around in the f/l left from row 42 of the body

36

2-3

Sc around

36

 

Sl st cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Hat & hair – start in green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

3 sc in magic circle

3

2

(sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

Sc around

6

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

5

Sc around

8

6

(3sc, sc inc) x 2

10

7

Sc around

10

8

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

9

Sc around

12

10

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

14

11

Sc around

14

12

(6 sc, sc inc) x 2

16

13

Sc around

16

14

(7 sc, sc inc) x 2

18

15

Sc around

18

16

(8 sc, sc inc) x 2

20

17

Sc around

20

18

(9 sc, sc inc) x 2

22

19

(10 sc, sc inc) x 2

24

20

(11 sc, sc inc) x 2

26

21

(12 sc, sc inc) x 2

28

22

(13 sc, sc inc) x 2

30

23

(14 sc, sc inc) x 2

32

24

(15 sc, sc inc) x 2

34

25

(16 sc, sc inc) x 2

36

26

(17 sc, sc inc) x 2

38

27

(18 sc, sc inc) x 2

40

28-30

Sc around

40

 

Switch to white

 

31-33

Sc around

40

 

Switch to brown

 

34

Sc around in f/l, sl st, ch 1 and turn

40

35

Work loop stitch around, sl st, ch 1

40

36

Work loop stitch for 30 stitches, sl st and cast off with a long tail to sew hat to head

 

 

To Finish

 

1.     Make a 2” pom pom in white and sew to the end of the hat.

2.     Sew the hat to the head using the long brown thread left.   Try to sew around row 34 to leave the loop stitch hair free

3.     Sew a nose across 2 stitches and 2 rows 1 row down in the centre of the eyes in skin pink using a few stitches.

4.     Sew a mouth in black centrally under the nose.

5.     Sew a belt buckle and clip in the middle of the brown rows from the body in black.

6.     Using a long thread of black sew a few stitches to imitate shoe laces and tie the ends together in a bow using a double knot.

7.     Sew a bell on the end of each shoe to complete Jingle’s look.

 

Candy the Elf

 

Candy is 16” tall (from her boots to his head) and 23.5” tall from boot to the tip of the hat. 

  

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make Candy

·        100g balls of aran yarn in green, red, white, brown and skin pink.   (I used paintbox simply aran) (This amount will make you Jingle the elf too)

·        Odd pieces of black for sewing mouth, belt and shoe laces

·        2 x 20mm safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)

·        Stuffing

·        4 mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Stitch marker

·        Scissors

·        2 x bells

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

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Sc inc – single crochet increase

·        Sc dec – single crochet decrease

·        Ch – chain

·        Loop stitch

·        f/l – front loops

·        b/l – back loops

·       Shell Stitch – (5 double crochet in same stitch, skip 2 stitches, sc, skip 2 stitches) repeat around)

 

3.  Notes

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

·        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.

·        When changing colour, use the new colour to complete the last yarn over in the final stitch before the colour change.  (e.g. for the stripes in the leg, complete 17 stitches in colour red, for the 18th stitch, insert your hook and pull up the loop in red, but then yarn over and pull through in white.  The work the next row in white. )

  

Gauge

Candy has no specific gauge, however they need to be as tight as possible to prevent the stuffing from coming out. 

 

Attaching Limbs as you go

Below is a guide to demonstrate how to attach limbs as you go.  You can find the video tutorial here.

To attach a limb you will need to hold your limb next to the body with the opening at the top with the point of the boot where the toes are pointing inwards at the bottom.  The photo to the left shows what you will see when placed correctly.

1.     You will then insert your hook through 2 layers of leg and through the body and pull up a loop through all 3 layers.   Then complete the single crochet. 

All limbs will be attached this way unless otherwise stated.   Each pattern will indicate the number of single crochet stitches required to attach it.

 

Arms – make 2 starting with skin pink for the hands

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(sc inc, 2 sc) x6

24

5-8

Sc around

24

9

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

10

Sc around

18

11

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Switch to green

 

12

Sc around

12

13

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

14

Sc around

18

 

Switch to red

 

15-26

Sc around

18

27

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff arm

 

28

Fold in half and sc through both sides to shut opening

6

 

Legs– make 2 starting in brown for the boots

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6-8

Sc around

30

9

(sc, sc dec) x 4, 18 sc

26

10

(sc dec, sc) x 3, 5 sc, (sc dec) x 4, 4 sc

19

11

3 sc, sc dec, 14 sc

18

12-13

Sc around

18

 

Switch to green

 

14-17

Sc around

18

 

Switch to white

 

18-21

Sc around

18

22-29

Repeat rows 14-21

18

30

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff leg

 

31

Fold in half and sc through both sides to shut opening

6

 

Head & Body – start in skin pink

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

7

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

8-15

Sc around

42

16

(5 sc, sc dec) x 6

36

17

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

18

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

19

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

20

Sc around

18

 

Add eyes between rows 9 and 10 7 stitches apart

 

 

Stuff head

 

21-22

Sc around

18

 

Switch to green

 

23

Sc around

18

24

(sc inc, 2 sc) x 6

24

25

Sc around

24

 

Switch to red

 

26

[ (3 wsc, sc inc to attach arm), (3 sc, sc inc) x 2 ] x 2

30

27

( 4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

28-39

Sc around

36

 

Switch to brown

 

40-41

Sc around

36

 

Switch to green

 

42

Sc around in b/l

36

43

Sc around

36

44

4 sc, sc dec, attach leg with 4 sc, sc dec, sc, attach leg with 3 sc, sc dec, (4 sc, sc dec) x 3

30

45

( 3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

46

( 2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Stuff body

 

47

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

48

(sc dec) x 6

6

 

Stuff and sew shut and sew in ends

 

 

Bottom of top – in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Sc around in the f/l left from row 42 of the body

36

2-4

Sc around

36

5

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

6-8

Sc around

42

9

Work 1 row of shell stitch

7 shells

 

Sl st cast off and sew in ends

 

 

Hat & hair – start in green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

3 sc in magic circle

3

2

(sc, sc inc) x 2

6

3

Sc around

6

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 2

8

5

Sc around

8

6

(3sc, sc inc) x 2

10

7

Sc around

10

8

(4 sc, sc inc) x 2

12

9

Sc around

12

10

(5 sc, sc inc) x 2

14

11

Sc around

14

12

(6 sc, sc inc) x 2

16

13

Sc around

16

14

(7 sc, sc inc) x 2

18

15

Sc around

18

16

(8 sc, sc inc) x 2

20

17

Sc around

20

18

(9 sc, sc inc) x 2

22

19

(10 sc, sc inc) x 2

24

20

(11 sc, sc inc) x 2

26

21

(12 sc, sc inc) x 2

28

22

(13 sc, sc inc) x 2

30

23

(14 sc, sc inc) x 2

32

24

(15 sc, sc inc) x 2

34

25

(16 sc, sc inc) x 2

36

26

(17 sc, sc inc) x 2

38

27

(18 sc, sc inc) x 2

40

28-30

Sc around

40

 

Switch to white

 

31-33

Sc around

40

 

Switch to brown

 

34

Sc around in f/l, sl st, ch 1 and turn

40

35

Work loop stitch around, sl st, ch 1

40

36

Work loop stitch for 30 stitches, cast off

30

37

Go back to the start of row 36 and add another row of loop stitch for 30 stitches

30

 

You can repeat row 37 if you want to make her hair even longer.

 

 

Scarf – in green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 76

76

2

Sc in 2nd ch from hook and every chain to end

75

 

Cast off and sew in ends

 

 

To Finish

1.     Make a 2” pom pom in white and sew to the end of the hat.

2.     Sew the hat to the head using the long brown thread left.   Try to sew around row 34 to leave the loop stitch hair free

3.     Sew a nose across 2 stitches and 2 rows 1 row down in the centre of the eyes in skin pink using a few stitches.

4.     Sew a mouth in black centrally under the nose.

5.     Sew a belt buckle and clip in the middle of the brown rows from the body in black.

6.     Using a long thread of black sew a few stitches to imitate shoe laces and tie the ends together in a bow using a double knot.

7.     Tie the scarf around Candy’s neck to finish her off.

 


  

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