Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Princess Castle Tutorial

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;

  1. 6 sc in m/c (6)
  2. sc around (6)
  3. (sc inc) x 6 (12)
  4. sc around (12)
  5. (sc, sc inc) x 6 (18)
  6. sc around (18)
  7. (2 sc, sc inc) x 6 (24)
  8. sc around (24)
  9. (3 sc, sc inc) x 6 (30)
  10. sc around (30)
  11. (4 sc, sc inc) x 6 (36)
  12. sc around (36)
  13. (5 sc, sc inc) x 6 (42)
  14. sc around (42)
  15. (6 sc, sc inc) x 6 (48)
  16. sc around (48)
  17. (7 sc, sc inc) x 6 (54)
  18. sc around (54)
  19. (8 sc, sc inc) x 6 (60)
  20. sc around (60)
  21. (9 sc, sc inc) x 6 (66)
  22. sc around (66)
  23. (10 sc, sc inc) x 6 (72)
  24. sc around (72)
  25. (2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 trc, 2 dc, 2 hdc) x 12, sl st and cast off
  26. Sew to the top of the tower with round 25 being loose around the bottom.

Flag

  1. ch 4, sk ch and sc in each ch to end (3)
  2.   sc across, turn
  3. rep row 2 for a further 9 rows
  4. 3 sc together then cast off.
  5. 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.

Vicky x

 

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Tunisian Market Bag


This week I am excited to share with you all a Tunisian Market Bag I designed.   This bag crosses off a couple of my 2019 goals, it is a Tunisian Crochet project, which has furthered my understanding of this craft, but also it has used up some of the smaller left overs in my stash.   In addition to working towards the two goals above, this bag is perfect for putting in my handbag and fits a great amount of shopping in it, making it more environmentally friendly than buying another plastic one.

This pattern is great if you want to learn some more stitches in Tunisian crochet, as it uses 3 different types; the knit stitch, purl stitch and lace stitch.   The Knit stitch is a dense stitch which is great for the base of the bag and the handles to ensure they are strong enough to keep everything in and not fall apart.   The lace stitch is the stretchy part of the bag which expands to fit what you need it to, and the purl stitch creates a decoration in between the two other stitches.   I used a different colour for each section as they were what I happened to have available, but the bag could be made in a solid colour or any combination you would like.   Its a great way to use up some of that cotton in your stash.

The bag is created flat in two different panels which are sewn together, this makes it much easier as a beginner Tunisian project.   I may adapt the pattern to work it in the round later in the summer, which is more challenging if you know a bit of Tunisian crochet already and it would also get rid of the bag seams.   You can find the pattern for the Tunisian Market Bag for FREE below.

Join me next week for another crochet pattern, and until then I hope you enjoy making your Tunisian Market Bag.

Vicky x

 

Tunisian Market Bag 

 

1.  Materials and Resources

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

·        Lily Sugar n Cream Cotton – 175g in any colours you choose – I used the following colours;

o   Blue Stripe

o   Purple

o   White

·        6mm

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Ch – chain

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        TKS – Tunisian Knit Stitch

·        TSS – Tunisian Simple Stitch

·        TPS – Tunisian Purl Stitch

·        FP – Forward Pass

·        RP – Return  Pass

 

3.  Notes

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

·        The gauge for this bag is 14 stitches and 16 rows in a 10cm square of Tunisian knit stitch.

·        The bag is made in two panels which are sewn together at the end.

·        Unless otherwise stated the RP will always be - yarn over, pull through 1 loop (once) and then yarn over, pull through 2 loops all the way across to the end when 1 loop remains.

·        I used the single crochet method of cast off for this bag.

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4.  Pattern

Bag Panel– Make 2 starting in purple

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 45, FP – TSS, RP

45

2

FP – TKS across, RP

45

3-10

FP – TKS across, RP

45

 

Change to white

 

11-13

FP – TPS across, RP

45

 

Change to blue stripe

 

14

FP – TSS across, RP – (ch 4, yarn over and pull through 4 loops) x 11

11 shells

15

FP – TSS in ch st from row below (45 loops total), RP – as row 14

11 shells

16-28

Rep row 15

11 shells

 

Change to white

 

29-31

FP – TPS across, RP

45

 

Change to purple

 

32-33

FP – TKS across, RP

45

34

FP – 10 TKS, cast off 25 stitches using TKS, 10TKS, RP – as normal until you get to the cast off section, then ch 25, RP as normal at the end

45

35

FP – TKS, RP

45

36

FP- TKS cast off

45

 

·        Hold both pieces together with right sides facing each other (TKS pieces should face each other) and sew the panels together around all edges except the cast off row.

·        Sew in all ends and then turn in the right way (so you can see the TKS on the outside) and your bag is ready for use.


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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Crochet Festival Bag


This week I am very excited to share one of my favourite designs with you, my crochet Festival Bag.   I have been wanting to create a design like this for a while.   It has a little of my hippie side in it and is perfect for anyone who is going to be attending a music festival this summer.   It was for a music festival that I originally wanted this bag for.   In case you didn't know I am a huge country music fan and every year I love to go to a country festival in the UK, along with a couple of other gigs across the year.   Having a bag which can store my valuables but not get in the way of the crowds, isn't too large and fits in with the feel of the festival is important and this is why I designed the festival bag.

I have actually made two versions of this Festival bag, the smaller bag, which measures 26cm in each direction was the bag I used at the music festival this year.   It was perfect to contain the essentials, small purse, keys, phone, tissues, lip balm and ear plugs and had a small amount of space to spare too.   It is an over the shoulder design and so I didn't worry about using it and with its zip closure I was happy my valuables were secure.   It is nice and lightweight so didn't get heavy carrying it all day and was quick to take off and open to go through all the security check points.   In  the taupe colour, with the patterned squares, plaited strap and added fringe the design fitted in perfectly.

Coming home from the festival I continued to use this little bag, but with kids it became apparent I needed to make a slightly larger version, so I could git some wipes and drinks and snacks in for the kids too and so I made another bag with Bernat Home Maker Dec and a larger hook.  This bag is perfect, I can fit a drink for me and both kids, snacks, wipes, everything listed above and a market bag too incase its needed, and sometimes I have room to spare too.   I used a magnetic bag clasp rather than a zip to close this one, and added the extra closing flap to make it a little more secure, but this bag needed to be more easily accessible for when an emergency snack needs to be grabbed!   The larger bag ended up being 36 cm squares and is definitely a more family friendly festival bag.   I made this bag strap slightly smaller to carry on one shoulder rather than cross body but either way could work.

The construction of this crochet Festival bag is pretty simple, you make the squares, join them together, add the fringe, lining and strap and you are done.   The pattern has the details to add the closing flap if desired and this could easily be made on the larger or smaller bag.  The only real difference between the two is the material and hook size used to make them.   You can get really creative with this bag, choose different colours, add the flap or not, add the fringe of not and you get multiple variations.   In fact I think when the weather gets hot this will be a great cool project to make in multiple designs and colours.

The free pattern for both options of the crochet Festival Bag can be found below, but you can also purchase the ad free pdf for a small fee from my Etsy shop here. I hope that you enjoy this pattern and love making and using this bag as much as I did/do!   I look forward to seeing everyones creations and maybe making some more of my own.

See you next week,

Vicky x

 

Festival Bag 

1.  Materials and Resources

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

·        For the smaller bag - Lily Sugar n Cream – 4 x 70g balls in any colours you choose – I used taupe;

·        For the larger Bag – Bernat Home Maker Dec – 350g in any colour you choose – I used black

·        5mm (small size) or 8mm (large size) hook

·        2 fat quarters for lining

·        Magnetic bag clip or zip for preferred fastening

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        inc – increase

·        Hdc – half double crochet

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Trc – treble crochet

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        f/l – front loops

  

3.  Notes

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

·        There is no specific gauge for this bag, the smaller bag size squares are 8cm across and the larger squares are 12cm across.

·        The bag is constructed by making granny squares which are then crocheted together to form the bag.   The fringe and lining are added and the strap is the finishing touch.

·        The finished bags measure 26cm square (small bag) and 36cm square (large bag).   Both measurements exclude the fringe.

·        The bag has the option of different closing methods, you could use a zip or magnetic bag clasp to close as the small bag, or add a flap with loop and flower to close as on the large bag.

 

4.  Pattern

Festival Square – work 18 squares for main bag and 3 additional squares if making the bag with a flap closing

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

5 sc in m/c, sl st

5

2

Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in same stitch, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1) x 4, sl st to 3rd ch of starting ch

10 dc

3

Sc in each dc and ch all around, sl st

20

4

(sc inc) x 20, sl st

40

5

(2 sc, hdc, dc, trc, ch 2, trc, dc, hdc, 2 sc) x 4, sl st

40 & 4 ch 2 corners

 

Cast off and sew in all ends

 

 

Flower – work 1 for flap closing

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

5 sc in m/c

5

2

(sc inc) x 5

10

3

Sc around

10

4

 In f/l only [ (sc, hdc, dc, trc, ch 1) in 1st stitch, (trc, dc, hdc, sc) in 2nd stitch ] * 5 , sl st and cast off with a long tail

40

5

Use the long tail to weave around the back loops of round 4 and pull tight to form a dome, leave long tail to sew to bag.

 


To put bag together;

1.     Lay out your squares in 3 rows, each row should have 6 squares in it.

2.     Sc the squares together to create a grid 6 x 3 then sew in all the ends.

3.     Fold the bag in half so you have 3 x 3 squares to form the front and 3 x 3 squares to form the back of the bag.   Make sure all the sc rows face outwards on the bag and sc the sides of the bag together.   Sew in the ends.

4.     Sc around the top edge of the bag to neaten it up.   Sew in ends.

5.     To add the fringe I turned the bag upside down and followed this tutorial; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydGcCOp4e6E .   My fringe is about 10cm long but you can make it longer or shorter as required.

 

Lining and closing the bag;

1.     Now is a good time to line the bag and decide how you are going to close it.  

2.     The easiest way to line the bag is to cut out 2 squares 2 inches bigger in each direction than the size of your bag.   Sew 3 sides of the pieces together.   Place the lining inside your bag so that the seams cannot be seen once the lining is in place.  Pin the lining to the top of the bag folding down the edges.   If you are using a magnetic bag clasp then it will need to be added before you sew the lining to the bag.   If you are using a zip you can pin this and sew at the same time as the lining.   Finish the lining by sewing it to the top of the bag.

3.     If you are going to add a flap then sc 3 squares together in 1 row and sc around the edge of the flap, make sure to add a ch loop in the centre of the long side of the flap (you will need to adjust this to the size of your flower – I used ch 8 for the large bag).  Sew in all ends

4.     Then sc the flap to the top edge of the back of the bag only.

5.     Sew the flower in between the 1st and 2nd rows on the front centre of the bag in line with the ch 8 to secure the bag shut.

 

The bag Strap;

1.     Decide how long you want your strap to be and then cut a length of yarn 4 times longer than you want the strap.   You will need to cut 18 strands this length.

2.     Fold each of the strands in half and make a slip knot through the top two squares on the right hand side of the bag.   Divide the strands into 3 equal portions with 12 strands in each piece and plait until you have around 10-15 cm left.

3.     Check your strap is the right length here (you can make it smaller if needed) Use the remaining cords to tie through the top left hand corners to secure the strap to the bag.   After knotting cut the ends to form a neat and even tassel to finish the bag off.

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS;

1.     Use any left over pieces of yarn to make a matching tassel keyring.

2.     Make a matching purse using 2 squares sc together and add a lining, zip and fringe to complete a matching set.


 

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