Monday, 3 October 2016
A CAR SNUGGLE / STUFF TOY
I have made two snuggles before this, but they were both (probably?) girly.. and this is for a lil car-lovin boy – and this is what his mum has chosen for him. Thanks for joining me on this new adventure as well.
Edited after completion : So this started off as a Car Snuggle, but after it was done, and I showed it to the young mum (or the child should I add), he just claimed it instantly, and she said that this was better than a snuggle – so I did not make the ‘road-like’ blanket. This project turned out to be a little larger and cuter than I thought, so the blanket was unnecessary (or so we agreed). That said, I am still going to make a car snuggle as I think the idea of a road-like blanket with a tiny car is just too cute – so stay tuned to this blog and join me when I make that creation soon.
I found this pattern at https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279839784034/
Materials used : Today I’ve used ~ 70 gms of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook ; polyfill stuffing ; embroidery needle to sew and little bits of coloured yarn to get the windscreen and lights.
Difficulty level : Intermediate Skill level ; minimum sewing skills to join ends.
Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/
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 !
Do visit this lovely link http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-double-crochet-fdc/
Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row 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 video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start. However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start.
How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8
How to join sides with single crochet : Check the links below :
How to join sides with whip stich : Check the links below :
How to carry your yarn along when using more than one colour : http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-carry-yarn-in-crochet.html
How to seamlessly change colours : http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-how-to-change-colors-seamlessly/
Abbreviations used : Using U.S Terminology
fsc : Foundation single crochet ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es) hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s) yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip sc : Single crochet
fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet
Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)
So before we set off on our new creative journey, let’s take a quick look at what we’re creating here today.
There are several little parts to this little car and I’ve made them all individually, stuffed them and then joined them all together.
I’ve taken lots of photos .. so have fun.. create something precious for someone precious.
The link provides a neat pattern. The only difference is that I’ve used the fantastic magic circle and the fsc start where ever I could. I always feel that these methods give the neatest finish.
The pattern sheet does not give instructions for the lights and door handles, but that’s just a little creativity thrown in. I’ve added as much detail as I could .. I’m sure you saw the windscreen wiper (which makes the windscreen look like shut eyes .. a naughty look at that, isn’t it? :) ) But that’s where you can go a little crazy .. throw in an antenna, why don’t you!? Create and see the smile grow on the face of that lil one you present this to.
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