Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Autumn - Crochet Pumpkins Everywhere

 

Autumn (or Fall) has well and truly hit in the UK (at least where I am) and the mornings are colder, the leaves have started falling off the trees and the pumpkin farms are almost ready to be open.   The pumpkin picking is actually my favourite part of Autumn.   For the last couple of years we have taken the kids down and had a load of fun.   They love wondering the fields and choosing their pumpkins.   We always have way more in the wheelbarrow then we need and often have to empty a bit before we go home, but even after that we came back with way more than we could eat.   This year I hope to be a bit more restrained with our pumpkin picking (there's only so much soup we can eat!), but I didn't want to loose out on the colourful display of pumpkins in the kitchen for a few weeks after we have picked them, so the best solution seemed to be to make some!

When I have an idea for a pattern, I often spend some time searching to see if the design I have in my head already exists how I see it.   In this case there are a lot of lovely pumpkin patterns out there, but almost all of them use yarn pulled around the edge to create the pumpkin ridges and this is something I didn't want to do since I knew the kids would probably grab them by those strings and break them and I would be forever fixing the pumpkins!   As it happens one other pattern did exist and was exactly what I was looking for so this time I didn't create my own pumpkin pattern.  The pumpkin pattern from Planet June was exactly what I wanted and uses the back loops to create the ridges.   Her pattern is extremely simple and creates the perfect pumpkin really quickly.

I used this pattern and experimented a little with yarn weights and hook sizes to create a few varieties of pumpkins.   Firstly I used Zpaghetti T-shirt yarn in orange that I already had laying around and a 12mm hook to create my largest pumpkin which measures around 35cm tall and has a diameter of 80cm.   The gaps between the stitches do show the stuffing underneath in some places,  but I'm not too worried about that since its really only going to be a decorational item.   I used a similar method to create a brown stalk which I sewed into the top of my pumpkin.   Next I used some of the Aldi Chunky yarn which they have just bought out in cream and green to create my smaller pumpkins.   The cream worked out to make an excellent ghost pumpkin and for this one I used a 6mm hook and added a green stalk.  This pumpkin measures 25cm tall and 52cm round.   Finally I made a smaller squash in the green with a brown stalk which measures 14cm tall and 27cm round and is I think my favourite of all the pumpkins.   I tried to copy a really small dark green almost black squash which is really tasty when roasted for this pumpkin and although I couldn't quite match the green up it looks really cute anyway!  All 3 pumpkins together will make a really cute display in my kitchen this autumn without me having to go overboard when we go pumpkin picking this year.

I also used the basis of Planet Junes pattern to create a pumpkin treat bag.   I used Hobbycraft's Knitcraft In the Zone yarn in orange and used 2 strands held together with an 8mm hook to create this bag.  The bag itself is worked in exactly the same way, but instead of closing the top of the pumpkin I added 2 additional rows at the top, a row of alternating single crochet, chain 1, skip 1 and then a second row of single crochet and single crochet in the chain 1 gap.   Then I plaited a few strands of yarn together and threaded it through the chain 1 holes and then added a toggle and tied the cord ends together which created a drawstring closure to the bag.   I added a small handle to hold the bag using 2 rows of single crochet and attaching them either side to the last row.   Finally I added a face to the bag.  I wasn't initially going to put a face on the bag, however, my whole family overruled me on this occasion and so a face was added.    Since In the Zone does not come in black I used some Paintbox chunky black yarn and created a two circles in a magic circle for the eyes, a small triangle for the nose and then I used an adapted version of the wave stitch to make the mouth and these were all sewed to the front of the bag.   It would have been slightly easier to have sewn these on before the bag was made up, and maybe if I make another one I will do that. My finished bag is 25cm tall and 22cm wide with a handle of 28cm and all it needs now is some treats to put in it.

If you want to make your own treat bag then this is what I did, using an 8mm crochet hook and 2 strands of Orange In the Zone Yarn (you will need 2 100g balls, a small amount of black chunky yarn and a bag toggle);

  1.  ch 31 (leave a long starting thread)
  2. hdc in 2nd ch from hook and to the end, turn (30)
  3. hdc in b/l of each stitch, turn (30)
  4. repeat row 3 until you have 40 rows (30)
  5. surface sl st the two ends together, hold working yarn underneath, insert hook through f/l on left side and b/l on right side and sl st together
  6. turn your work and work along one side, (sc, ch 1, sk 1) x 20, turn (this will be the top of the bag)
  7. (sc, sc in ch 1 gap) x 20, sl st and cast off

Eyes

  1.  6 sc in m/c (6)
  2. (sc inc) x 6 (12)
  3. sl st and cast off, sew to bag

Nose

  1. ch 6, sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch to end, turn (5)
  2. sc across, turn (5)
  3. sc dec, sc, sc dec, turn (3)
  4. sc 3 together (1)
  5. cast off and sew to bag

Mouth

  1. Ch 15, sk ch work as follows down ch, hdc, hdc, hdc dec, hdc, hdc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc, hdc dec, hdc, hdc, hdc inc, hdc, hdc
  2. cast off and sew to bag

To Make up Bag

  1. Weave the starting thread through each row at the bottom of the piece and pull tight to draw the base of the bag together, then sew shut.
  2. Cut 3 strands of yarn twice the length needed to go around the bag (around 50cm) and then plait together
  3. Weave the plait through the ch 1 gaps (from instruction 7) and thread a toggle over both ends and then tie them in a knot to create the drawstring

Strap

  1.  ch 26, sk ch and sc in each ch to end, turn (25)
  2. sc in b/l to end
  3. cast off and sew bag handle to opposite sides of bag at the top.

I hope that you have enjoyed this weeks post on pumpkins and enjoy making your Pumpkin Treat Bag.   Please feel free to share your pumpkins or treat bags you make on any of my social media channels.  Join me next week for the start of Christmas at Cosy Crochet.

Vicky x


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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Baby Elephant Blanket & Comforter

 Last week I shared my Patchwork Ocean Baby Blanket & Octopus Rattle I made for a friends baby boy, this week I want to share a more gender neutral  baby blanket I made for a friend who didn't find out the gender of her baby whilst she was pregnant.   I knew I wanted to create something neutral using white, pale grey and yellow, they seemed like the perfect combination.   I thought about using mint instead of the yellow, but I couldn't find a colour quite what I was looking for so I settled on the pale yellow instead.

The original concept for this design was going to be a lot more patchwork like than it ended up, as is often the case with my designs what I think up in my head doesn't always work or look quite as I think it should in practice.   I originally wanted to create this blanket using blanket yarn, however, the grey I had was much thicker than the white and yellow and it just made the whole blanket look wonky and odd, so instead I got some different chunky yarn which was the same thickness and worked better for the project.

I also had in mind that I wanted to create three sections for this blanket, the middle was going to be in Tunisian Simple stitch and featured the elephant in grey on a white background which yellow ear and tail details.  The next section was going to be alternating yellow and white squares in the Tunisian Knit Stitch and finally finished off with a grey background in Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch.   After playing around with this concept though the knit stitch just didn't blend nicely with the other two, its just too tight compared to the other stitches and it made the blanket wonky.   To combat this I omitted the knit stitch and just focused solely on the two stitches.  I kept the elephant concept exactly the same but instead I had a yellow Honeycomb frame around it and a large grey Honeycomb frame around that.  It gives the effect of having a picture on white paper, with a yellow card backing in a grey frame.


I love how this blanket turned out.   It's my first blanket with more than one Tunisian stitch and the whole thing was worked as one piece with colour

changes as necessary.  I love how making it as once piece makes it seamless and the design flows very nicely, plus there is no need to work a border afterwards as it was created in one piece.  The downside however, is more ends to sew in, but this is a great compromise for how the design ends up looking.

To go with the blanket I wanted to create a small elephant comforter.    I was actually feeling a bit lazy with this one and since I had already made Mei Mei the Elephant by Look at What I Made before I just decided to take her pattern and work the elephant down to adding the front legs.   Once the elephant was made and stuffed, I sewed it to a small blanket I had made in matching Honeycomb stitch to the blanket.   The Little blanket was 36 stitches wide and 36 rows long in honeycomb stitch made in white, with a edge of single crochet in yellow to finish it off.   The yellow tied in nicely with the yellow ears I made on the elephant and she was sewn into the middle of the blanket, creating the perfect elephant comforter to go with the Elephant Baby Blanket.

If you want to create your own Baby Elephant Blanket for a baby coming up in your life then you can find the pattern below for FREE.   You can make the matching comforter using the instructions for the blanket above and use the Elephant pattern from Look at What I made to finish it off.

I hope that you have enjoyed this blog post and join me next week for something completely different to crochet.

Vicky x

Baby Elephant Blanket

1.  Materials and Resources

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

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

o   Paper White (300) (3 balls)

o   Misty Grey (303) (3 balls)

o   Daffodil Yellow (321) (3 balls)

·        6mm Tunisian crochet hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        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.

·        TSS - Tunisian simple stitch

·        THS - Tunisian honeycomb stitch

·        Ch – chain

 

3.  Notes

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

·        The pattern is worked in one complete piece.   You will need to divide your balls of yarn into smaller balls to accommodate the colour changes.

·        You will need a Tunisian crochet hook with the extendable wire to accommodate the whole blanket.

·        The elephant pattern is in graph form.

·        In the pattern the colours will be referred to as G (Grey), Y (yellow) and W (white).

 

4.  Pattern

Starting in G

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch  111, sk 1st ch and pull up a loop in each ch to end, complete as a TSS row

110

2-10

Work THS

110

11

Work 12 THS in G, change to Y, work 86 THS, change to G, work 12 THS

12 G

86 Y

12 G

12-20

Work as row 11

 

21

Work 12 THS in G, 12 THS in Y, change to W, work 62 in TSS, change to Y, work 12 THS, change to G, work 12 THS

12 G, 12Y, 62 W, 12 Y, 12 G

22-26

Rep row 21

 

27-64

Work 12 THS in G, 12 THS in Y, work Elephant Graph in TSS, 12 THS in Y, 12 THS in G

** Please note that you need to omit 2 white squares from each side of the elephant graph to fit in the blanket stitch count. **

 

65-70

Rep row 21

 

71-80

Rep row 21

 

81-90

Rep row 2

 

91

Cast off in THS in G

110

·        Sew in all ends

 

Elephant Graph


 
 

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Patchwork Ocean Baby Blanket

 


This week I want to share with you the last in my Ocean Themed Crochet Projects, the Patchwork Ocean Baby Blanket.   I have had a couple of friends who have had babies (or a due babies) this year and I always love the excuse the design a cute baby blanket and toy.   This particular friend knew she was having a boy and so I knew I wanted to play around with blue colours to create this blanket.   Having done a couple of Dinosaur Baby Blankets last year I wanted to create something different and so I ended up with a nautical theme.

I decided to go with a patchwork blanket as this is something I haven't made in a long time and I have never created a patchwork blanket for a boy either.   I picked out a couple of blue colours to match in with white which would create the base for the blanket and then added some bright colours to use to create the ocean animals to go on top.   I knew I wanted all the sea creatures to look quite different so I didn't want to go for 2 different whales or a whale and a shark as they all look similar.   After a lot of thinking I settled on the animals I wanted to create; whale, dolphin, octopus, crab, fish, seahorse, starfish, manta ray and turtle.   I picked out red, yellow, navy blue, green, purple and grey to create the motives which were to go on the squares.

Originally I had in mind to complete the whole blanket in Tunisian Crochet with each square being a graph, but since they were all the be mini pictures, I found sticking to squares only difficult to allow the animals to looks like what they should be.  So I ended up abandoning this plan.   Instead, I decided to make squares and then applique the animals on afterwards and this gave me much more flexibility to create the sea creatures as I wanted.   The Squares I ended up making a rectangle shape and using Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch (a stitch

that has quickly become a favourite of mine) to create and I really love the background texture this gives the blanket.

Once the squares were made I set about creating the motives, some of which were quick to make and was created in more or less one piece, like the starfish and others which were more complicated to make and had several parts like the octopus.   I made each applique one at a time and sewed in one its square before making the next one.   This broke up the sewing part for me, which I like the least and lasted as much as a couple of hours for some of the appliques.    The applique I am most proud of though is the yellow Tang Fish.   I love how this came out, it has a great shape and the fins really do look light and like they are moving.

To finish off the blanket, I surface slip stitches the squares together in a lighter blue colour and worked two rounds of single crochet around the edge before finishing off with the border.   For the longest time I have wanted to use the Candy Cane border for a blanket, but it just hasn't worked out as I either didn't have enough yarn at the end, or it didn't work with the design.   This time however, it works perfectly.  In the blues and white mix I think it really looks like a rippling ocean around the edge and really finishes this blanket off.

I don't just like making a baby blanket though, I feel like they need a small comforter or rattle toy to go with them and this time I wanted to create a rattle toy.   I picked out one of the blue colours and eventually settled on making an octopus toy.   I know I have seen loads of posts about the positive effect they have on premature babies so I figured they should be great for a normal baby too.   It only took a couple of hours to make the octopus and before I completely stuffed it I added a rattle inside.   I don't actually have a rattle so I just used the inside of a kinder egg and filled with with small beads which makes a soft rattle sound, perfect for a small baby.

Although I originally designed this blanket for a boy, I actually think it would be really cute for a girl too.  If like me you would like to make this Patchwork Ocean Baby Blanket and Octopus Rattle for a baby you know is coming soon, then you can find the pattern for them for FREE below.   And as always, please feel free to share the pictures of this blanket or any of my other designs on social media.

See you next week for another baby blanket and comforter set featuring elephants.

Vicky x


Patchwork Ocean Baby Blanket

 1.  Materials and Resources

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

·        Painbox Simply Chunky – 100g balls in the following colours;

o   Kinfisher Blue (334) x 3 balls

o   Marine Blue (333) x 3 balls

o   Champagne white (302) x 3 balls

o   Buttercup yellow (322) x 1

o   Rose Red (313) x 1

o   Spearmint Green (325) x 1

o   Midnight Blue (337) x 1

o   Seafoam Blue (331) x 1

o   Pansy Purple (347) x 1

o   Misty Grey (303) x 1

o   Pure Black (301) x 1

·        6mm Tunisian crochet hook & 5mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        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.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        THS – Tunisian Honeycomb Stitch

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Sc dec – sc decrease

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        Dtrc – double treble crochet

·        Ddtrc – double double treble crochet – yarn over 4 times before inserting into stitch and complete as usual going through 2 loops at a time.

·        Trddtrc – treble, double double, treble crochet – yarn over 5 times before inserting into stitch and complete as usual going through 2 loops at a time.

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

3.  Notes

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

·        The gauge for the THS is 12 st and 13 rows.

·        There is no specific gauge for the motifs I just worked as tightly as possible.

·        The squares are made first.   The motifs are made and then sewn on before the squares are joined together and finally the border is added.

·        All motifs are sewn on, it is helpful to pin them down before you start so they don’t move off centre too much.

·        Where more than one stitch is shown in brackets, they are all to be worked in the same stitch.

 

4.  Pattern

Squares – Make 3 in each of Kingfisher blue, Marine Blue and Champagne White

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 31, then pull up a loop in each ch and return as normal

30

2-30

THS

30

31

Cast off in THS

30

 

Whale Motif – work in Midnight Blue

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

30 sc, turn

30 (6 unworked)

8

(5 sc, sc inc) x 5, 6 sc, turn

41

 

To work tail

 

9

7 sc, turn

7

10

7 sc, turn

7

11

7 sc, turn

7

12

Sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec, turn

5

13

5 sc, turn

5

14

Sc dec, sc, sc dec, turn

3

15

3 sc

3

16

Tail – ch 6, sk ch, trc, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc across row 15

 

17

Ch 6, sk ch, trc, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sl into sc

 

 

Cast off

 

 

Reattach yarn at opposite side of tail to create nose

 

1

7 sc, turn

7

2

Sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec, turn

5

3

Sc dec, sc, sc dec, turn

3

4

Sc 3 together

1

5

Sc around the edge of the whale

 

 

Whale Eye – work in White

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew  a black dot in the centre of the eye and sew eye to whale.

 

 

Whale Fin – work in Midnight Blue

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 5, sk sc, sc across, turn

4

2-8

Sc across, turn

4

9

Sc 4 tog

1

10

Sc around edge of fin

 

 

Cast off and sew to whale

 

 

Whale Spray– work in Seafoam Blue

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 9, sk sc, sc 4, ch 4, sk sc, sc 3 down ch, ch 4, sk sc, sc 3 down ch, sc in last 4 of starting ch

 

 

Cast off and sew behind whale.

 

Sew Whale to a white square. 

 

Manta Ray Motif – work in Midnight Blue

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch2, 3sc in 2nd ch, turn

3

2

Sc across

3

3

Sc inc, sc, sc inc, turn

5

4

Sc across

5

5

Sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc, turn

7

6

Sc across

7

7

Sc inc, 5sc, sc inc, turn

9

8

Sc across

9

9

Sc inc, 7 sc, sc inc, turn

11

10

Sc inc, 9 sc, sc inc turn

13

11

Sc inc, 11 sc, sc inc, turn

15

12

Ch 3, sc in 2nd ch and to end of row, turn

17

13

Sc 15, leave last 2 unworked, turn

15

14-17

Sc across

15

18

Sc across, ch 3, turn

15

19

Sc in 2nd from hk and to end of piece, turn (mark last stitch

17

20

Sc dec, 11 sc, sc dec, turn (leave unworked stitch)

13

21

Sc dec, 9 sc, sc dec, turn

11

22

Sc dec, 7 sc, sc dec, turn

9

23

Sc across

9

24

sc dec, 5 sc, sc dec, turn

7

25

Sc across

7

26

Sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec, turn

5

27

Sc across

5

28

Sc dec, sc, sc dec

3

29

Sc across

3

30

Sc 3 tog

1

 

Cast off

 

 

Row

Instruction

Stitches

 

Join yarn at stitch marker to make tail

 

1

7 sc, turn

7

2

Sc across, turn

7

3

Sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec, turn

5

4

Sc across

5

5

Sc dec, sc, sc dec, turn

3

6

Sc across

3

7

Sc 3 tog

1

8

Ch 7, sk ch and sc back up ch

 

9

Sc around edge of manta ray to other side of tail put 3 sc in the end of each fin.

 

 

 

Manta Ray Eyes – work in White x 2

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew  a black dot in the centre of the eye and sew eye to manta ray.

 

 

Sew Manta Ray to a white square. 

 Seahorse Body Motif – work in purple

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc) x 6

12

3

(sc, sc inc) x 6

18

4

Sc 12, sl st, turn (mark sl st with st marker)

12

5

Sc 14, sl st, turn

14

6

3 sc, sl st, turn

3

7

3 sc, sl st turn

3

8

Sc dec, 3 sc in sc, turn

4

9

3 sc in sc, sc dec, sk sc, turn

4

10-11

Rep rows 8 & 9

4

 

Cast off

 

 

Seahorse Head – work in purple

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 2, sk ch, 3 sc in next ch, turn

3

2

Sc inc, sc, sc inc, turn

5

3-6

Sc across, turn

5

7

Sc dec, 3 sc, turn

4

8

2 sc, sc dec, turn

3

9

Sc dec, sc, turn

2

10-12

Sc across

2

13

Sc dec,

1

 

Cast off and sew above neck

 

 

Sew an eye in black on the head

 

 

Seahorse Tail – work in purple

Row

Instruction

Stitches

 

Attach yarn at the stitch marker next to stomach facing the RS

 

1

3 sc , sl st, turn

3

2

3 sc, sc in stomach, turn

4

3

Sc dec, 2 sc, turn

3

4

Sc across, turn

3

5

Sc dec, sc, turn

2

6-12

Sc across, turn

2

 

Cast off

 

 

To make tail curl

 

1

Ch 10, sk ch, 2 sc in next 5 ch, sc in remaining 4 ch

 

 

 Cast off and sew to end of tail.

 

 Seahorse Edge – work in purple

Row

Instruction

Stitches

 

Attach yarn at RS of tail (above curl), 10 sl st, (sc, hdc, dc), (trc, dc, trc), (dc, trc, dc), (hdc, sc), 9 sl st, (sc hdc), (hdc, sc), sl st to other side of tail above curl

 

 

Cast off

 

Sew Seahorse to a white square.

 Turtle Shell Motif – work in green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc, 2 sc) x 2

8

3

(sc inc, sc inc, 2 sc) x 2

12

4

Sc, 3 sc in same st, 5 sc, 3 sc in same st, 4 sc

16

5

2 sc, 3 sc in st, 7 sc, 3 sc in same st, 5 sc

20

6

3 sc, 3 sc in same st, 9 sc, 3 sc in same st., 6 sc

24

7

(3 sc, sc inc) x 6

30

8

5 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 12 sc, (sc inc) x 3, 7sc

25

9

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

10

(6 sc, sc inc) x 6

48

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

In grey sew turtle shell lines on.

 

 

Turtle Legs – work in green x 4

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 4, sk ch, sc in each ch to end

3

2-8

Sc across

3

9

Sc 3 tog, ch 1

1

10

Sl st around edge of fins and cast off

 

 

Turtle Tail – work in Green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 4, sk ch, sc across

3

2-4

Sc across

3

5

Sc 3 tog, ch 1

1

6

Sl st around edge of tail and cast off

 

 

Turtle Head – work in green

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 4, sk ch, sc in next 3 ch, turn

3

2-4

Sc across

3

5

Sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc, turn

5

6

Sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc, turn

7

7-10

Sc across

7

11

Sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec, turn

5

12

Sc dec, sc , sc dec, turn

3

13

Sc 3 tog, ch 1

1

14

Sl st around head, cast off

 

 

Sew 2 black eyes on the head

 

Sew Turtle legs, head and tail underneath edge of the shell and then sew the turtle onto a marine blue square.

 Octopus Body Motif – work in red

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

Sc, hdc, hdc, dc, (dc, ch 3, sc), 4 sc, (sc, ch 3, dc) dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sl st

 

8

Sc around egde of octopus and put a (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner and 2 sc, in ch3 gaps.   Sl st and cast off

 

 

Octopus Eye’s – work 2 in White

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew  a black dot in the centre of the eye and sew eye to octopus

 

 

Octopus Legs – work 8 in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 21, sk 1, 2 sc in next 10 ch, sc in next 10 sc

 

 

Cast off

 

 

Sew Octopus and legs onto a marine blue square arranging the legs randomly around the body.

 Crab Body Motif – work in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

2

(sc inc, sc inc, sc) x 2

10

3

Sc, sc inc, sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 2 sc

14

4

2 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 5 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 3 sc

18

5

3 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 7 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 4 sc

22

6

4 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 9 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 5 sc

26

7

5 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 11 sc, sc inc, sc inc, 6 sc

30

8

(4 sc, sc inc) x 6

36

9

(5 sc, sc inc) x 6

42

10

(3 sc, ch 9, sk ch, sc in next 8 ch) x 4, 11 sc, (ch 9, sk ch, sc in next 8 ch, 3 sc) x 4, 7 sc, sl st, cast off

 

 

Crab Pincers– work 2 in red

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 4, sk ch, (sc, hdc), (dc, trc), (dc, hdc, sc), turn

7

2

Ch 4, sk ch, (sc hdc), (dc, trc), (dc, hdc), sc in sc at end of step 1

7

3

Ch 9, sk ch, hdc in each ch to end, sc in sc at the end of step 2, sl st to next st and cast off

9

 

Crab Eye’s – work 2 in White

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew  a black dot in the centre of the eye and sew eye to crab

 

 

Sew Crab pincers to front of crab and attach to marine blue square.

 Star Fish Motif – work in yellow

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

5 sc in m/c

5

2

(sc inc) x 5

10

3

(sc, ch 1, sc)) x 5

5+ 5 corners

4

(2 sc, sc-ch1-sc) x 5

10 + 5 corners

5

(3 sc, sc-ch1-sc) x 5

15 + 5 corners

6

Sc 4, turn (takes you to the next corner)

 

7a

Sc 6, turn

6

7b

Sc 6, turn

6

7c

Sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec, turn

4

7d

4 sc, turn

4

7e

4 sc, turn

4

7f

4 sc, turn

4

7g

(sc dec) x 2, turn

2

7h

2 sc, turn

2

7i

2 sc, turn

2

7j

Sc dec, cast off

1

 

Attach yarn at the next corner and repeat step 7 for the remaining 4 points

 

8

Sc around star edge with a sc-ch1-sc in each start point.

 

 

Starfish Eye’s – work 2 in White

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

Sew  a black dot in the centre of the eye and sew eye to starfish

 

 

Sew Starfish to a Kingfisher blue square.

 

Yellow Tang Fish Motif – work in yellow

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 2, sk ch, 3 sc, in next ch, turn

3

2

Sc across, turn

3

3

Sc inc, sc, sc inc, turn

5

4

Sc across, turn

5

5

Sc inc, 3 sc, sc inc, turn

7

6

Sc across, turn

7

7

Sc inc, 5 sc, sc inc, turn

9

8

Sc across, turn

9

9

Sc inc, 7 sc, sc inc, turn

11

10

Sc across, turn

11

11

Sc inc, 9 sc, sc inc, turn

13

12

Sc across, turn

13

13

Sc inc, 11 sc, sc inc, turn

15

14

Sc across, turn

15

15

Sc inc, 13 sc, sc inc, turn

17

16

Sc across, turn

17

17

Sc inc, 15, sc, sc inc, turn

19

18

Sc across, turn

19

19

Sc inc, 17sc, sc inc, turn

21

20-22

Sc across, turn

21

23

Sc dec, 17sc, dec, turn

19

24

Sc dec, 15 sc, sc dec, turn

17

25

Sc dec, 13 sc, sc dec, turn

15

26

Sc dec, 11 sc, sc dec, turn

13

27

Sc dec, 9 sc, sc dec, turn

11

28

Sc dec, 7 sc, sc dec, turn

9

29

Sc dec, 5 sc, sc dec, turn

5

30

Sc dec, 3 sc, sc dec, turn

3

32-33

Sc across, turn

3

34

Sc 3 tog

1

 

Cast off

 

 

Yellow Tang Fish Fin Motif – work in yellow

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Attach yarn at end of row 19 with RS facing, with a sl st, then work across in the end of the rows as follows;

Sc, sc, hdc, hdc, dc, dc, trc, trc, dtrc, dtrc, ddtrc, ddtrc, trddtrc, trddtrc, trddtrc, cast off

 

2

Second fin, turn the fish upside down and attach yarn at the tail with a sl st and then ch 6, then work as follows, trddtrc ( in same st as ch6), trddtrc, trddtrc, ddtrc, ddtrc, dtrc, dtrc, trc, trc, dc, dc, hdc, hdc, sc, sc and cast off

 

 

Yellow Tang Fish Tail Motif – work in yellow

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 11, sk 1st ch, sc to end

10

2

Sc across, turn

10

3

Sc dec, 6 sc, sc dec, turn

8

4

Sc across, turn

8

5

Sc dec, 4 sc, dec, turn

6

6

Sc across, turn

6

7

Sc dec, 2 sc, sc dec, turn

4

8

Sc across, turn

4

9

Sc dec, sc dec, turn

2

10-12

Sc across, turn

2

 

Cast off and sew tail to fish

 

 

Yellow Tang Fish Eye – work 2 in black

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

6 sc in m/c

6

 

Sl st and cast off

 

 

sew eye to fish

 

 

Sew yellow Tang Fish to a Kingfisher blue square.

 Dolphin Motif – work in grey and starting at tail end

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 4, sk ch, 3 sc, turn

3

2-4

Sc across, turn

3

5

Sc inc, 2 sc, turn

4

6

3 sc, sc inc, turn

5

7

Sc inc, 4 sc, turn

6

8

5 sc, sc inc, turn

7

9

Sc inc, 6 sc, turn

8

10

7 sc, sc inc, turn

9

11

Sc dec, 6 sc, sc inc, turn

9

12

Sc across, turn

9

13-18

Rep rows 11-12

9

19-21

Sc across, turn

9

22

Sc inc, 6 sc, sc dec, turn

9

23

Sc across, turn

9

24-27

Rep rows 22-23

9

28

7 sc, sc dec, turn

8

29

Sc dec, 6 sc, turn

7

30

5 sc, sc dec, turn

6

31

Sc dec, 4 sc, turn

5

32

3sc, sc dec, turn

4

33

Sc dec, sc dec, turn

2

33-34

Sc across

2

35

Sc dec, cast off

2

 

Sew a black eye to dolphins head

 

 

Dolphin Tail Motif – work in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Attach yarn at tail end with a sc then ch 5, sk ch, 2 sc, 3 hdc, 2 dc, trc, then sl st in centre of tail and sc in next st, turn

 

2

Ch 5, sk ch, 2 sc, sw hdc, 2 dc, trc, sl st in centre of tail and cast off.

 

 

Dolphin Dorsal Fin Motif – work in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

 

Attach yarn at the top of the straight edge and work as follows;

 

1

4 sc, turn

4

2

4 sc, turn

4

3

4 sc, turn

4

4

Sc dec, 2 sc, turn

3

5

Sc, sc dec, turn

2

6

Sc dec, ch 1

1

7

Sc around the edge of the dolphin

 

 

Dolphin fin Motif – work in grey

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 4, sk ch and sc across, turn

3

2-5

Sc across, turn

3

6

Sc 3 tog, ch 1

1

7

Sl st around edge of fin and cast off

 

 

Sew fin to dolphin

 

 

Sew Dolphin to a Kingfisher Blue Square

 Put the Blanket Together

·        Using Seafoam blue and holding the squares flat together, use surface sl st to join .

·        Using seafoam blue sc around the edge for 2 rows, putting a sc-ch2-sc in each corner.

·        Using Kingfisher blue, marine blue and white, work a candy cane border around the edge.  (sc in kingfisher blue and ch 6, and remove hook, sc in next stitch in marine blue, ch 6, remove hook, sc in next stitch in white, ch 6 and remove hook.   Then put hook in kingfisher blue loop and sc in next st, ch 6 and remove hook, put your hook back in marine blue and sc in next stitch, ch 6 and remove hook, put your hook in white loop, sc in next stitch, ch 6 and then remove hook.   Keep repeating these steps all around the edge of the blanket until you have no more stitches.   Sl st the remaining ch 6 loops into the original sc of the correct colour.

·        Sew in all ends

Octopus Rattle Toy  

  1. Materials and Resources

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

  • Painbox Simply chunky – 100g balls in any colours you choose – I used Kingfisher Blue (334)
  • 5mm hook
  • Stuffing (small amount)
  • 2 x 10mm safety eyes
  • Rattle (I used a kinder egg middle filled with small beads
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch marker
  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
  • Ch – chain
  • Sc inc – sc increase
  • Sc dec – sc decrease
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • m/c – magic circle
  • sl st – slip stitch
  1. Notes

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

  • There is no specific gauge for this octopus, just work as tightly as possible.
  • The octopus is made from the top down in one piece. You will need to put the rattle in the middle of the stuffing and make sure the stuffing is surrounding the rattle.
  • You will need a small amount of black yarn to make the smile.
  1. Pattern

Octopus – work in Blue

RowInstructionStitches
14 sc in m/c4
2(sc inc) x 48
3(sc inc) x 816
4(sc, sc inc) x 824
5(2 sc, sc inc) x 832
6(3 sc, sc inc) x 840
7-15Sc around40
16(3 sc, sc dec) x 832
17(2 sc, sc dec) x 824
18(sc, sc dec) x 816
19Working in f/l only – (sc, ch 25, sk ch, 2 hdc in each ch to end, sc in octopus) x 816 sc & 8 legs
Add safety eyes between rows 11 & 12, 5 stitches apart from each other
Stuff octopus and add rattle
20Working in b.l from round 18 (behind the legs of round 19)

(sc dec) x 8

8
21(sc dec) x 44
Sew shut and sew in ends
Sew a mouth on in black

 


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