This week I am going to share with you my Princess Castle Tutorial. I am doing this as a tutorial rather than an actual pattern as how you make the castle can be easily adapted depending on your materials and requirements. They are made from plastic canvas sheets, which are then cut into the required shapes before using tapestry stitches to sew over the canvas. The pieces are then sewn together which some crochet touches added at the end. I have tried these using two different counts of plastic canvas and they pretty much take the same amount of resources and time, the larger counts you need to sew over each piece twice so the piece completely covers the plastic canvas, which I did using aran yarn. You could of course get a chunky yarn which would take half the time.
To begin with you will need around 250g of aran yarn in your chose colours and enough plastic canvas sheets to cut out the following;
- 2 x circles with a diameter of 21cm each (about the size of a child's plastic plate)
- a base piece 69cm long and 19cm tall
- Ramparts 69cm long and 6cm tall
- the tower piece at 45cm long and 11cm high
Once you have cut the piece out, you will need to cut a door and windows out of each of the base and tower pieces. As you can see from my picture to the right, each of the long pieces are done in two parts as I didn't have a plastic canvas sheet big enough. This is fine as they can be sewn together later. Once you have cut all the pieces out, be sure to keep the door pieces as you will use them at the end. You do not need the window pieces.
At this stage you will need a tapestry needle and you yarn. You will need to cut lengths of yarn and fold them in half. Thread this through the needles and begin sewing small stitches across each piece of the plastic canvas. These can be sewn diagonally or straight depending on the design you want to create. Once you have sewn over each piece, you will need to sew around the edge of each piece to
complete them, don't forget to sew around the inside of the windows and doors. Your finished pieces should look something like the picture to the left. As you can see they are all sewn with slightly different techniques which gives different textures. It is fine to sewn them however you like.
Once you have reached this stage the pieces need to be sewn together. Start with the main castle piece and begin by sewing the long pieces together at both short ends so you are left with a cylinder. You will then need to sew each of the circles to each end of the cylinder. Once completed you will need to sew the castle ramparts together and then sew them to the top edge of the main castle. You will then sew the top tower piece edges into a cylinder before sewing it centrally to the roof of the main castle. To finish the sewing you will need to attach the castle doors on once side to allow them to be opened.
To finish the castle off you will crochet the tower roof and flag. I used a 5mm hook for this. The pattern for these are below;
Castle Tower Roof;
- 6 sc in m/c (6)
- sc around (6)
- (sc inc) x 6 (12)
- sc around (12)
- (sc, sc inc) x 6 (18)
- sc around (18)
- (2 sc, sc inc) x 6 (24)
- sc around (24)
- (3 sc, sc inc) x 6 (30)
- sc around (30)
- (4 sc, sc inc) x 6 (36)
- sc around (36)
- (5 sc, sc inc) x 6 (42)
- sc around (42)
- (6 sc, sc inc) x 6 (48)
- sc around (48)
- (7 sc, sc inc) x 6 (54)
- sc around (54)
- (8 sc, sc inc) x 6 (60)
- sc around (60)
- (9 sc, sc inc) x 6 (66)
- sc around (66)
- (10 sc, sc inc) x 6 (72)
- sc around (72)
- (2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 trc, 2 dc, 2 hdc) x 12, sl st and cast off
- Sew to the top of the tower with round 25 being loose around the bottom.
- ch 4, sk ch and sc in each ch to end (3)
- sc across, turn
- rep row 2 for a further 9 rows
- 3 sc together then cast off.
- sew straight edge to the top of the tower.
The castle is now complete. Feel free to experiment with different colours and different sewing stitches to get different textures and castle designs. Over the next 3 weeks I will be sharing the patterns for a Princess, Knight and Dragon to go with the castle. If you prefer you can make a blue castle and add the Frozen characters from the Disney Frozen Crochet Kit like I did. I hope you see your finished castles and Princesses soon.
Join me next week for the Princess pattern.
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