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Saturday, 3 October 2015

ELEPHANT CAR SEAT COVER


ELEPHANT CAR SEAT COVER

A custom order / request for a baby car seat cover had me smiling from ear to ear as I’ve been wanting to make one of these forever.

I found a free pattern online which was pretty similar to what I’ve done here, so just thought I’d share that link with you too.
The pattern is called Basic Car Seat Tent and is available free on ravelry.com

Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely 100% Laura knitting cotton  yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook 

Size : The car seat is about 17.5” x 27.5”.

Skill level :  Intermediate

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                                      ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                                      rep : Repeat


Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !


Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.

How to do a picot stitch : A quick look at this self-explanatory link on a “how-to” for picot edgings.


So as usual, before we start, a quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  So we start at one end of the car seat cover and work our way in a rectangle up to the top.  We will then do a nice edging for this in a contrast colour and then add in the two straps that will hold the cover up to the handle of the

It looks like this is going to be a fairly simple project, so let’s get to it. J

Our pattern repeat is 2.

Start with fdc in multiples of 2  till you have a fdc chain that is the width of your car seat. 

Row 1 : hdc in the 1st dc ; 
*ch 1, sk next dc , hdc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 2 : hdc in the 1st hdc ; 
*ch 1, sk next hdc , hdc in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last 2 dc.  Turn.

Row 3 : Rep Row 2 once more.

Row 4 : sc in the 1st hdc ; dc in the next hdc ; 
*sc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next hdc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 5 : sk 1st dc ; 
*(sc + 1 dc in the next sc) ; sk next dc , rep (to) in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Row 6 : Rep Row 5 once.

Row 7 : hdc in the 1st st ; 
*ch 1, sk next st, hdc in the next st* ; 
rep *to* till last 2 sts, hdc in the last 2 sts.  Turn.

And that’s our little pattern for you. 

Rep Rows 2 – 7 till you have a project length as desired, ending with a Row 3.

Last Row : dc in the 1st 2 sts ; 
*dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till end.  Turn.

Do not fasten off, but turn your work 90˚ and work on one side of your work to do a neaten and square this off.  So first we’ll do one row of sc’s from this end all the way down to the starting fdc row. 
I basially did 1 sc in each vertical line of the dc, and an sc in the sp between 2 sts all the way down.  When you reach the fdc row, turn and work one row of dc all the way back up to the last row.

Fasten off and weave in ends. (if you are changing colours.  Please read below before cutting  your yarn off)

Repeat this on the other side of your blanket as well to get a neat dc row on all four sides of your work.

Now you can finish off right here, as this looks so lovely as it is, or join me in the next set of borders.

I’ve decided to use a white yarn for the border, so I’ve re-attached yarn at one corner of my work.

Border :
Our pattern repeat is 5.

Round 1 : (Using white) : dc in the 1st dc ; 
*dc in each dc till end, 3 dc in that last corner dc ; 2 dc in the vertical bar of the next dc on turning* ; 
rep *to* 3 times ; dc in each dc till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
Count your sts and ensure you have the pattern repeat of 5.

Now in each corner, place a marker in the centre dc of that 3-dc set. 

Round 2 :  ch 1, 5 dc in the 1st ch-4 sp ; 
*ch 1, sc in the next sc ; ch 1, 5 dc in the next ch-4 sp* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Last Round :  ch 1, fpdc in the 1st dc ; (ch 1, fpdc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; 
*ch 1, sc in the next sc ; rep (to) 5 times* ; 
rep *to* all around.  Join with a s-st to the 1st st.

Fasten the sides of your project and weave in ends.

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

Car seat straps :  I folded the car seat in half and marked the centre line.  Then approximating the place where we’d hold this blanket up, I placed two markers (one each for the car straps).  For the car strap, I started with a fdc row for the length I wanted for this strap, and then worked an hdc in each st all the way back. So depending on how wide you want this strap, you work rows back and forth.
I then made an elephant that I attached in between both the straps, to finally complete the total elephant car seat cover.

I just love this whole creation, and am thrilled to say that the person for whom this is intended loves the finished pics as well.. so yaay J


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