Saturday, 7 January 2017

CUTE TINY TOY FURNITURE – 5

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CUTE TINY TOY FURNITURE – 5
( #Blogaday 07/365 )

This is the final blog in the series of tiny doll-like furniture I’ve made for a huge order recently.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, if you liked what you read, then do follow me either via Facebook or this blog so that all future blogs/patterns come straight to your inbox.

Materials used : Today I’ve used a combination of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn and Vardhaman Millenium DK ply yarn with a 3.5 / 4 mm mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch  sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat


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/

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.

Foundation half double crochet : A really lovely way to start a foundation row of chainless double crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90iUfQ-_1IM

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.

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc.

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc.  For a visual, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg

How to join the two ends of your work : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE


Instructions using U.S terminology

In this blog, I’ve tried to make the last bits of furniture in my friend’s room .. just because it is fun.  I hope you enjoy making this as well.  


1.       STANDING COOLING FAN / AIR COOLER

So this is what I'm trying to make / mimic .. 

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 No, it ain't toppling over.. it's the angle of the photograph ;)

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See.. it does stand straight.. go ahead and try it too..

I’m going a little crazy with this stuff and oh, my gosh.. having SO MUCH fun adding one new thing after the other.  So this is the air-cooler/fan that my friend has in her living room, and I’m going to attempt to make one too.

Materials Used : I’ve used our Indian Anchor knitting cotton yarn with a 1.75 mm crochet hook ; wooden ice cream stick ; water-soluble glue.




To start, fold your ice-cream stick in half.  Then fold each little stick at the free end once again, to form “feet” to hold the fan on the floor.  This forms the base of your work, and you will work your pattern depending on how wide & long your ice-cream stick is.  My ice-cream stick is about 4.25”.  On folding and making the feet, I have a ‘height’ of about 1.25” and feet that are about 1” total length (side to side).  While this is 3D and (hopefully) free standing, it will not really have a ‘width’ to it – well, the width is equal to the folded ice-cream stick. 

OK.. so what we’re going to start with now is a fsc chain that will go over the full length of your ice-cream stick and then will also cover the bottom of the folded feet.  So in my case, the ice cream stick is 4.5” and then the legs are 1”, so my chain will be 5.5 - 6” long.

Then basically we’re going to work dc in each of these fsc all the way around, skipping the fsc that marks the fold (so that our work folds flat and easily).

Oh, and just for a little more ‘reality’, I’ve painted one side of my ice cream stick black, so that they appear like holes (the air flues) on the front of the fan.

In case you are working with a stick of the same length as mine and you’re using the same yarn, great.. in case your ice cream stick is of a different length or your yarn thicker/thinner, well… you’ve got the idea.  Don’t try to copy the number of stitches used, but get the idea and work the stitches out yourself.  That said, please do link  my blog for this idea.  Cheers J

Start Row 1 : with 39 fsc (which equals 5.5” for me) or as many fsc as needed for the length of your ice-cream stick plus the folded length of your ‘feet’.  Turn

In the following row, we’ll work dc in our fsc.  So here’s what we’re going to create.  We start with the dc from one foot, so for the fold, we will sk one fsc ; then we work a dc row that will make up the back of our air cooler, so dc in each fsc all the way till the top of your ice-cream stick and 1/3rd of the way down the front ; and then we will work a ‘holed’ front for the next 1/3rd of so, skipping an fsc every stitch to get the ‘flues’ or fan openings.  For the last part of this row, we will work in dc till we reach the foot, and then skip fsc, once again to facilitate the folding of the feet.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st 2 fsc ;
ch 1, sk next fsc (for the fold of foot) ;
dc in the next 14 fsc (till the top of the front side of your ice-cream stick, from where we’re going to work out the fan openings) ;
ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the last 4 fsc (for the fold of the 2nd foot) ;
[ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the next fsc] ;
rep [to] 3 times ;
ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the next 4 fsc (for the fold of 2nd foot) ;
ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the last 8 fsc (for the bottom of foot) ;  Turn.

Before you go to the next row, check that the width of this strip works for you.  If it does, carry on with Row 3.  If it does not (i.e your ice cream stick is wider), then work a row of sl-st or sc all the way around, skipping the ch-sps for the folded sections (to once again facilitate the folding), but working a stitch in the ch-sp along the sides of the fan openings.

Assuming that our width is the same, let’s work Row 3 together. To get an edge all around, we’re going to work in the back loop only in the following row.  Please check under “stitches used” for a “how to”.

Row 3 : sc-blo in the 1st 8 dc ;
[ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp] ; sc-blo in the next 4 dc ;
(sc-blo in the next ch-1 sp ; sc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 4 times ;
sc-blo in the next 13 dc ;
[ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp] ; sc-blo in the last 2 dc. 
Fasten off and leave a long (12”) tail to attach.

Finishing :
1.       I’ve decided to color one side of my ice-cream stick black (so that the fan openings will show through) .. and just looking at this, it looks like legs … so hey, another project coming up soon ??!! J
2.     We are going to start attaching the strip to the ice-cream stick, so what I’ve done is work till the top fold along one side and halfway down the 2nd side, then slip the ice-cream stick inside, and complete attaching the strip all the way to the end.
3.     If necessary, add a little glue to ensure that the openings are where you want them to be.  Of course, needless to say that you are going to keep the black colored side of your ice-cream stick along the opening of your strip.
4.     The last bit that you work will be the lower part of the feet.
5.     Fasten off and weave in ends.
6.     This *should* stand up straight, but in case it does not, let’s cheat a bit, and add in a small strip of double stick tape along the foot J



7.     LCD TV

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Finally, my friend as a LCD TV in her living room, so I’m going to attempt to make one too. And I found a lovely card that had just the right picture for the Holiday Mood.. yes yes, eye for detail..that IS what gifting is all about, ain't it?

Materials Used : I’ve used our Indian Oswal Cashmilon yarn with a 3.5 mm crochet hook ; piece of cardboard n plastic ; wooden ice cream stick ; water-soluble glue.
Size : ~ 3.25 x 2.25”

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First off, cut the cardboard n plastic to the size needed.  I decided on some Reuse-Recycle and have cut this from a tooth brush cover.  This is the full toothbrush pack.  



The top section worked perfectly - so i cut off the lower section, but kept the plastic as well as the cardboard section of the top.  I have glued on the Christmassy photograph onto the top plastic section... Of course you have figured that I spun it 90˚ to the right to get the correct LCD TV shape!

Start Row 1 : with 20 fsc (or as many fsc as needed to work the width of the LCD TV screen)

Row 2 : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 3 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn.

Rep Row 3 till you have the length needed for the LCD screen.

Once you have your width and length sorted out, we’ll work a round of sc all around.  Work an sc in each vertical sc along the width and 3 sc in every corner sc.  We’ll work a round of sc-blo all round to give a neat edging all around.

Next round : sc-blo in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Last round : sc in each sc-blo all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.
If you’re able to slip this around the TV rectangular plastic + cardboard you’ve cut out, else work one more round of sc all around.

Finishing : Two rows before this, we’ve worked on the back loops of the sc.  So there is a free loop there (the front loop).  Attach your yarn in one of the free loops and work a round of sl-st all around.  This will give a small rim along the edge which will not only hold the rectangular cardboard + plastic in place, but also look good.

Once done, slip this onto the cardboard and for extra measure apply a little bit of glue on the cardboard to hold on to this crocheted cover.

If you’re willing to go one extra step, or two (?) ..
a)   Add in a sheet of black paper between the cardboard n plastic to make it look like a switched off TV and then you can embroider in a small yellow or red “button” to show the TV-Off more ;
b)   Add a sheet of picture or ad in between the cardboard n plastic to make it look like a TV program is on, and you can then embroider in a small green button to show the TV-On mode.
c)     Wanna add more? Add in a length of yarn to the back of the tv and a small knotted end to show the wire coming out of the TV and the knot being the plug! J

I think we’ve done it all.  So hope you’ve had as much fun as I have had on this fantastic journey. 

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