Home Sweet Home? We’ve all spent a lot of time in our houses recently, so I thought it was only right to commemorate lockdown with a little house. He’s a wee squidgy one, this house, and I had fun trying out a bit of shaping by sewing long stitches through the centre of the house to draw in the sides and give it ‘dimples’. I was pleased with the effect – and it is much easier to work a standard rectangle shape for the house and round the edges off afterwards.
YOU WILL NEED
• Scheepjes Catona (100% cotton, 50g/125m) 1 ball of each Linen (505), Soft Rose (409), Candy Apple (516)
• Small amounts of Lilac Mist (399), Chocolate (507)
• Toy Stuffing
• A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook
House measures approx 8x13cm
UK terms used throughout. For US terms substitute sc for dc
Invdec (Insert hook in front loop only of next st) twice, (yrh and draw yarn through 2 loops) twice. [decrease by 1 stitch]
The Front and Back of the House are identical, and sewn to the Sides and Base strip. Other pieces are made separately and sewn on
FRONT AND BACK (MAKE 2)
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [14 sts]
Rows 2-16 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in each st to end, turn.
Row 17 Ch1, invdec, dc in each st to last 2 sts, invdec, turn. [12 sts]
Rows 18-21 Repeat last row 4 more times. [4 sts]
Row 22 (Invdec) twice. [2 sts]
Sides and base
With Linen, ch43.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [42 sts]
Rows 2-4 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.
Sew the long side of this piece to the square side, base and other side of the Front, leaving the roof section open. Sew the Back to the opposite edge of this piece.
With Candy Apple, ch26.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn. [24 sts]
Rows 2-4 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.
Row 5 Skip first st, 5htr in next st, ss in next 2 sts. (5htr in next st, ss in next 2 sts) 6 times, 5htr in next st, ss in last st and along short edge of Roof to position yarn at beginning of other side of foundation ch. Repeat Row 5 along other side of foundation ch, fasten off leaving a long tail.
Use tail fo yarn to sew Roof to pitched edge of Front and Back, leaving a gap for stuffing. Sew along the inside edge of the Roof in line with the top of the fourth row and the foundation ch on the other side, so that the scalloped edge overhangs the edge of the House. The two sides of the Roof will also overhang the sides. Stuff the House before completing the seam.
Secure a long piece of Linen on one side of the House in the centre and push a needle through the stuffed piece to the opposite side to sew a straight stitch through the centre of the House, anchoring it on the other side to pull the two sides in. Secure this stitch with an extra small stitch, and then push the needle through to the centre of the base and repeat to pull the centre base of the House in. Fasten off securely.
With Candy Apple, ch5.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and in each ch to end, turn.
Rows 2-7 Ch1, dc in each ch to end, turn.
Fasten off leaving a long tail.
Fold one side of this piece over slightly and sew in position with a few small stitches to make the thicker top edge of the chimney. Roll the piece up with the thicker edge at the top and sew together at the join. Sew in position on the Roof.
With Lilac Mist, make a magic loop.
Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), 6dc into loop. [6 sts]
Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12 sts]
Round 3 12dc.
Round 4 (2dc, invdec) 3 times. [9 sts]
Round 5 (1dc, invdec) 3 times. [6 sts]
Round 6 Invdec and fasten off leaving a long tail.
Weave the tail through the remaining sts and pull closed. Secure the yarn but do not cut the yarn tail short.
Sew the Smoke into the end of the Chimney.
NB This is not the same Heart pattern as the one in the image – this one is a bit tidier!
With Soft Rose, ch8.
Round 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook and next 2 ch, 3dc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, 5dc in next ch, dc5tog over next 5 ch, 4dc in next ch, cont to next round without closing round with a ss. [18 sts]
Round 2 4dc, 3dc in next st, 4dc, (2dc in next st, dc in next st) twice, ss in next st, (dc in next st, 2dc in next st) twice. [24 sts inc ss]
Round 3 5dc, 3dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc, 2dc in next st, insert hook in next 3 sts at the same time and draw yarn through to make a ss, 2dc in next st, 2dc, 2dc in next st, dc in next st. [28 sts inc ss]
Round 4 6dc, 3dc in next st, 8dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc, 2dc in next st, ss in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, 2dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc. [34 sts]
Round 5 7dc, 3dc in next st, 8dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc, 3ss, 2dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, ss in next st, fasten off leaving long tail. [41 sts inc ss]
Use the long tail to sew the Heart to the front of the House, leaving a gap before completing the seam to insert a little stuffing. Complete seam and fasten off.
With Chocolate, sew a large cross stitch on the top front of the House, using the image as a guide.
Secure Candy Apple on the centre top of the Roof, ch30, ss in base of ch and fasten off leaving a long tail. Secure the tail end at the base of the ch, then sew a stitch through the peak of the Roof, about 1cm away from the centre top on each side to pull the top of the Roof together for a more defined point.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.