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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

DOLL-LIKE TOY FURNITURE - 1

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DOLL-LIKE TOY FURNITURE - 1
( #Blogaday 03/365 )

This is (I hope) a really cute Christmas gift for a friend.  A little background to start.. My friend is really house proud and she is constantly making and creating new things for her home – simple things, which do not necessarily need to cost an arm and leg – and she like change… and then change also includes moving furniture around and ‘creating a new look’. 
Her dear (suffering?!) husband on the other hand, doesn’t quite care much for the change.
One day we were just talking about it, we thought it would be a great (fun, I hope?!) idea to gift her a set of toy furniture that she could play around with, in the hope that she leaves the house furniture as it was (hah! But worth a try!)

As you can see I have made a LOT of stuff.. and all of it is not going to fit into one blog.. so come along and check out what we have in this one today.... which is part of the stuff that is for one side of my friend's toy living room!

Edited to add : The gift reached her well in time for Christmas, and she absolutely loved it.. so Yaay!

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 series of house / living room furniture, let’s look at four patterns that I have come up with

1.       NEWSPAPER HOLDER / BASKET

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 So when I started with this little basket, I thought it could hold newpaper and magazines, OR it could be the dog's basket. So if you feel you're up to making a tiny little dog or cat, hey.. the basket is ready!

Materials Used : I’ve used our Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn with a 3. mm crochet hook.
Size : approx 1.5” across x 1” high

In the 1st row, we’ll start with a ch and then working till the end of that chain, we’ll work under the chain, thus creating a round.

Start Round 1 : with ch 7 ; 2 sc in the 2nd ch from hk, sc in the next 3 ch ; 
4 sc in the last ch ; 
Turn and working under the ch, sc in the next 3 ch ; 
2 sc in the last ch ; Join with a sl-st to the 1st ch.

Round 2 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; 
(sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc) ; 
rep (to) all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

We’ll create a small bumpy edge on the following round by working in the back loops now.  
Round 3 : sc-blo in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 - 6 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In our last round, we’ll work the crab stitch or reverse single crochet for a lovely ‘lip’ edge on our basket.  Check “how to” at the top of the blog under “stitches used”.
Round 7 : Work crab stitch in the 1st st and in each st all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and weave in ends.



2.     ROUND CUSHION

crochet toy, doll furniture

crochet toy, doll furniture


Materials Used : I’ve used our Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn with a 3. mm crochet hook.
Size : Cushion : ~ 1.5” diameter

For our cute little cushions we will work 2 little round pieces, and then join them up together after filling them with fiber fill

Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 6 sc in that circle.  
Pull lightly to close, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 2 : 2 sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : 2 sc in the 1st sc ; 
*sc in the next sc ; 2 sc in the next sc* ; 
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.
Fasten off and weave in ends. (Read NOTE below before fastening)

NOTE 1 : We are making two pieces per cushion.  Here is a suggestion.  You can use ANY joining method (many links given at the top of this blog), so for the 1st round, fasten ends, but for the second round, keep a long tail that you will use to join Round 1 with the round you’ve just made.  Got it?  Great !

NOTE 2 : Once you’ve finished joining the two rounds 3/4th , start stuffing it and then continue joining till you’re finished.  Once again, two ideas – the little round cushion looks cute all puffy and round, but you could also decide to make a little buttoned center finish.  If you so decide, then after you’ve joined and filled and finished the cushion, pull your embroidery needle into the centre of the cushion and pull tight, such that the cushion center is a little tighter.  You can then make a tiny little “button” by working a French knot embroidery stitch in that centre space. 


3.     SQUARE CUSHION

crochet toy, doll furniture


crochet toy, doll furniture

crochet doll furniture


Materials Used : I’ve used our Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn with a 2.5 mm crochet hook.
Size : Cushion : ~ 1” square

For the cute little square cushions we will work one large rectangular piece, fold it up and then join the sides together, fill with fiber fill and then add a small edging all around.

Start Row 1 : with 11 fsc.  Turn.

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

Rows 3 - 5 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end.  Turn.

If you decide to have an edging all around, change to Contrast Colour at the end of this row. If you do not want a contrast edging, carry on with the same colour.

Before you work the final row, fold your project in half.  You now have three open sides and one folded side.  You will be working 1 sc in each st all around, and 3 sc per corner (for a neat turn).  You will work this even on the folded edge. Just before closing the 4th opening, you will stuff it with fibre fill.

Row 6 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc till end of the 1st side ; 
*work 3 sc in the corner st ; work 1 sc in each st till the next corner* ; 
rep*to* all around and finish with 2 sc in the last sc sp, joining with a sl-st to the 1st st.  Turn.


4.     GRANNY SQUARE CUSHION

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crochet doll furniture


Materials Used : I’ve used our Indian Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply yarn with a 2.5 mm crochet hook.
Size : Cushion : ~ 1” square

IDEAS FOR THE GRANNY SQUARE CUSHION :
For this cushion, I have used the regular granny square pattern, but used sc instead of hdc or dc etc, so that it became cute and teensy weensy.  Changing colours just added to the oomph.. so go ahead and create.


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Have a great day and see you soon. J

I have a few other miscellaneous crochet stuff I’ve already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go  J