Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Polar Playmat Series - Penny the Polar Bear

 I am very excited to launch my Polar Playmat Series this week.   I came up with this concept over Christmas and have been working hard since then to bring it to you.   The Polar Playmat fits in perfectly with all the wintery weather we have had recently, but without any of the actual cold!



The playmat features 4 toys; a Narwhal, Rockhopper Penguin, Seal and a Polar Bear, 4 of my favourite polar living animals.   Whilst they don't all strictly live in the same place in the wild, I decided to bring them together for this series.   Also as part of the series is the small igloo toy to complete the winter look which you can place on the icy area of the playmat.   Plus there are plenty of fish to eat in the sea for all these creatures.   Finally I made a colour coordinating bag to store all of the playmat pieces in.

Over the course of the next 5 blog posts, I am going to be releasing each of the written patterns to you for FREE, and on the alternating weeks you will also get a video tutorial available on my youtube channel.   This week I will be beginning with Penny the Polar Bear.

Anyone who has followed this blog for a while will know I prefer to sew as little as possible in  my patterns and Penny is no exception.   See features join as you go limbs and therefore only requires the final end to be sewn into her.   I have actually worked up 2 versions of Penny.   Firstly, the smaller version who matches the playmat perfectly is worked in aran yarn on a 3mm hook, but also the more cuddly sized Penny who was worked up using blanket yarn (aldi baby yarn) and a 6mm hook, who can be made on her own or with her more cuddly friends.

You can find the FREE pattern for Penny the Polar Bear below.   If you are not familiar with join as you go limbs, then I have a video tutorial which maybe helpful to you here.  You can also purchase the ad free, printable version of this pattern in my Etsy store for a small amount if you prefer.

I hope that you enjoy making Penny over the next couple of weeks, and do look out for her video tutorial coming next Wednesday.   As always I would love to see pictures of your finished toys, so please feel free to share them on my social media platforms.

See you in 2 weeks with another of Penny's friends from the Polar Playmat Series.

Vicky x

Penny the Polar Bear

 

1.  Materials and Resources

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

·        Paintbox Simply Aran Yarn (although any aran/worsted weight will work) – 100g balls in the following colours

o   Champagne White (202)

o   Misty Grey (203)

o   Slate Grey (205)

o   Granite Grey (206)

·        2 x 10mm black safety eyes (or you can sew them on in black)

·        Stuffing

·        3 mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Stitch marker

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 – I use the invisible decrease method

·        Ch – chain

·        b/l – back loops

·        trc – treble crochet

·        Popcorn stitch – 5 trc together, then ch 1 (*yarn over twice, insert hook in stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, leave remaining loops on the hook.*   Repeat from * to * 4 more times into the same stitch, then yarn over pull through all remaining loops on hook, then chain 1)

 

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for Penny, however the tighter you crochet the fewer gaps will be available when stuffing.   My finished Penny is 6” long and 5” wide

·        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.

·        Penny’s legs are made first and then joined as you go through the pattern.

·        To join legs as you go, fold the leg in half and line it up with the edge of the body you are working on.   Then you need to sc through both sides of the leg and through the body using the number of stitches stated in the pattern.   (see video tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MT4BpLhRII)

 

4.  Pattern

Legs – Make 4 in white

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

Sc around in b/l

12

4-10

Sc around

12

11

(sc, sc dec) x 4

8

 

Sl st and cast off, stuff legs

 

 Head – starting in Granite Grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in magic circle

6

2

(sc inc) x 6 in slate grey

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6 in misty grey

18

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6 in white

24

5-10

Sc around

24

11

7 sc, popcorn, 7 sc, popcorn, 8 sc (popcorns create ears)

24

12

Sc around

24

13

( 2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

 

Add eyes 1 row in front of each ear then stuff the head

 

14

Sc around

18

15

(2 sc, sc inc) x 6

24

16

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

17

Sc around

30

18

Sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 20 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, sc

30

19

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

20-26

Sc around

36

27

(4 sc, sc dec) x 6

30

28

2 sc, attach leg with 4 sc, 20 sc, attach leg with 4 sc

30

29

Sc around

30

30

(3 sc, sc dec) x 6

24

31

(2 sc, sc dec) x 6

18

32

(sc, sc dec) x 6

12

 

Stuff polar bear

 

33

(sc dec) x 6

6

34

Fold edges in half and make a popcorn stitch through the middle stitch on both sides to make a tail, sl st and cast off

6

 

Sew tail shut and sew to polar bears bottom, sew in ends

 


 

 

  

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Oliver's Dinosaur Hat

 It's funny how some things you work hard on don't do nearly as well as the spur of the moment projects.  Oliver's Dinosaur hat is one of those spur of the moment projects.  I'd made the mother and daughter hats for Lily and myself and Oliver obviously didn't want to feel left out, so he asked me to make him a dinosaur hat in blue and green.   Not having the necessary colours in the right weight in my wool stash, we went to the wool shop a couple of days later.   They actually didn't have any green and we came out with 2 different blues in Hayfield Bonus Chunky Wool.



A couple of days later I set out to make his hat.  I initially experimented with working it in tapestry crochet,  but I just couldn't get the dinosaur to look how I wanted it to.  Having a very impatient 4 year old waiting for is hat, meant I didn't really have all the time in the world to experiment with either.   He seems to think Mummy should be able to produce his hat in a matter of seconds not days!

So as a result I worked up a quick and simple beanie style hat with a rib banding of front and back post stitches.  The actual hat, once I worked out the size needed really didn't take more than an hour.   I then went on to work out a dinosaur motif to attach to the front in the contrast colour.   It took a couple of attempts to get the shape right before I was able to attach it to the hat but the time (even if it was too much according to Oliver) was obvious well spent as he loves his hat.

I scribbled down what I did as I made it, but didn't really intend to release it as a pattern.  I often scribble down freehanded projects but then think they are not all the great and they are just left there.   However, after requests on social media for the pattern I spent a couple of hours at the weekend filming a tutorial for the hat.  I am so glad I did that.   The pattern for the hat I wrote down was fine, but I have no idea what I meant for the dinosaur at all.  No matter how many attempts, I couldn't replicate what I wrote down, it made no sense to me at all.   Therefore I reworked and rewrote my dinosaur pattern and then made him a few times to make sure I fully understood what I meant!



This pattern hasn't been tested, I hadn't really intended to do anything with it, but I have made it a few times now so I'm pretty certain its all good.  However, if you want to try it and run into any problems, please get in touch and I'll be happy to help.   I still need to edit the video tutorial I made at the weekend before its ready to be uploaded, but that should be done by next wednesday.  Until then if you want to create your own dino hat, you can find the pattern below.

A little warning about the yarn, the Hayfield seems to be thicker than other chunky yarns I have used and this is the yarn used to design the hat.  If you use a different chunky yarn be sure to work up a swatch and compare it to the gauge in the pattern.  In my video tutorial, I used Paintbox chunky and the hat worked up a size smaller.   This is ok for me as it fits Lily perfectly, but you may need to make some adjustments to your hooks size or work a slightly larger pattern.

Anyway, I hope that you have enjoyed this week's blog post, and do let me see your finished Dinosaur hat if you make one.  Join me in 2 weeks for my next blog post releasing the first pattern in my new crochet series.

Vicky x

Oliver’s Dinosaur Hat


1.  Materials and Resources

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

·        Hayfield Bonus Chunky – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Teal (740)

o   Aquamarine (687)

·        6mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

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

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Fphdc – front post half double crochet

·        Bphdc – back post half double crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        sk - skip

 

3.  Notes

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

·        Gauge – 12 sc and 13 rows in 4” (10cm) square

·        The dinosaur is worked in one piece starting from the centre of the body and worked outward to create the limbs, tail and head.

·        You can use other chunky wool to make the hat, however, having used a different brand the hat came out smaller.  To keep it the right size you may need to adjust your hook to keep gauge.

·        This hat comes in the following sizes, baby (14” round) toddler (16” round), child (18” round) and teen (20” round).

·        These hats are worked in the round, do not slip stitch between rounds.  A stitch marker will help you keep track of your rows.

 

4.  Pattern

Baby Size Hat – work in main colour

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

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

8-14

Sc around

42

15

(2 fphdc, 2 bphdc) rep to end

42

16-17

Repeat row 15

 

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 Toddler Size Hat – work in main colour

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

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

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

54

9-17

Sc around

54

18

(2 fphdc, 2 bphdc) rep to end

54

19-20

Repeat row 18

 

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 Child Size Hat – work in main colour

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

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

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

54

9

(7 sc, sc inc) x 6

60

10-20

Sc around

60

21

(2 fphdc, 2 bphdc) rep to end

60

22-23

Repeat row 21

 

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 Teen Size Hat – work in main colour

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

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

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

54

9

(7 sc, sc inc) x 6

60

10

(8 sc, sc inc) x 6

66

11-23

Sc around

66

24

(2 fphdc, 2 bphdc) rep to end

66

25-26

Repeat row 24

 

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Dinosaur – work in contrast colour

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

[(Sc inc) x 3, 3 sc ] x 2

18

4

2 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 6 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 4 sc

24

5

To form head and neck –

a)    Ch 6, sl st in 3rd ch from hook to create a ring* on top of a ch 3

b)    4 sc in the ring you just created, turn work

c)     Sc, sc inc, sc inc, sc, turn

d)    Sc, sc, sc inc, sc inc, sc, sc, then sc inc into the starting ring marked *, sl st into the top of the ch 3, turn

e)    10 sl st, sc inc in to ring marked * (on the opposite side to last step (d), dc into the sl st from (d), then dc in next 2 ch.   You should now be back to the body of the dino

f)      Sk 2 stitches on the dino body and sc to secure head and neck

g)    2 sc along body side then work on first leg

 

 

To form first leg

h)    Ch 5

i)       Sk first ch then hdc in each ch working back towards the body (you should have 4 hdc in total)

j)       Sk a sc on the body then sc to secure leg

k)     3 sc along body then work on second leg

 

 

To form second leg

l)       Ch 5

m) Sk first ch then hdc in each ch working back towards the body (you should have 4 hdc in total)

n)    Sk a sc on the body then sc to secure leg

o)    Put one sc in body then work on tail

 

 

To form tail

p)    Ch 9

q)    Sk first ch and work 1 stitch in each ch as follows; sl st, sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, dc

r)      Sk 2 stitches on the body and sc to secure tail

s)     Sl st in next stitch and cast off leaving a long tail for sewing

 

 

Sew an eye and mouth on the dinosaur in main colour and sew to hat

 

 

© 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.