Crochet House

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

Measurements

House measures approx 8x13cm 

Abbreviations

UK terms used throughout. For US terms substitute sc for dc 

Abbreviations list

 Invdec (Insert hook in front loop only of next st) twice, (yrh and draw yarn through 2 loops) twice. [decrease by 1 stitch]

NOTES

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]
Fasten off.

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.
Fasten off.
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.

Roof

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.

Chimney

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.

Smoke

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]
Stuff.
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.

Heart

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.

To Finish

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.

Amigurumi Style Crochet

Well here it is! The cover of my new book!

Published 1 Aug by White Owl Books, it’s already been described as a ‘crafter’s delight’ by Publisher’s Weekly.

Betty is an amigurumi crochet doll with lots of vintage-style outfits and accessories. She has a cat called Bert who is not short on style either. From handbags to hairdos, Betty has it all, so you can lose yourself for a while playing dress-up with the aid of your crochet hook and a bit of lovely Scheepjes Catona yarn.

There’s loads of charts and diagrams, and options for taking shortcuts if you need them. Coming soon, there will be some tutorial videos for the making of Betty and Bert here on my website.

Intrigued? You can pre-order now from Amazon.

Crochet Cloud

Poor little Cloud, he is much maligned, but fairly harmless really. He gets blamed for everything – know the feeling? Spend a little time with him and he may just become your friend 🙂.

You will need

  • Scheepjes Catona (100% cotton, 50g/125m) 1 ball of Snow White (106)
  • Small amounts of Delphinium (113), Cyan (397) and Lavender (520)
  • Toy Stuffing
  • A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook

Measurements

Cloud measures approx 10x8cm

Abbreviations

Invdec (Insert hook in front loop only of next st) twice, (yrh and draw yarn through 2 loops) twice. [decrease by 1 stitch]

Notes

UK terms used throughout. For US terms substitute sc for dc.
Abbreviations list
Made using the armigurumi method in a spiral without closing off each round with a ss. You may find it helpful to place a marker in the first st, moving it up as you work. The Cloud is made from side to side mostly in rounds, but with some short rows for the shaping.

Instructions

Cloud

With Snow White and a 3.5mm hook, make a magic loop.
Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into loop. [6 sts]
Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12 sts]
Round 3 Dc in each st around.
Round 4 (1dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [18 sts]
Round 5 Dc in each st around.
Round 6 (2dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [24 sts]
Round 7 Dc in each st around.

Round 8 4dc, 3htr in next st, 19dc. [26 sts]
Row 9 9dc, ss in next st, turn leaving rem sts unworked.
Row 10 Skip ss, (dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 3 times, 1dc, ss in next st, turn. [10 sts in this short row not including ss]
Row 11 Skip ss, 10dc, dc in base of same st as ss at end of Row 9, ss in next available st, turn. [11 sts not inc ss]
Row 12 Skip ss, (2dc, 2dc in next st) 3 times, 2dc, dc in base of same st as ss at end of Row 10, ss in next available st, turn. [15 sts not including ss]
Row 13 Skip ss, 15dc, dc in base of same st as ss at end of Row 11, 15dc. [31 sts]
Round 14 Dc in same st as base of ss at end of 12 (this st is the new first st of the round), dc in each rem st around. [32 sts]
Round 15 Dc in each st around.

Round 16 4dc, invdec, (2dc, invdec) twice, 18dc. [29 sts]
Round 17 4dc, invdec, (1dc, invdec) twice, 17dc. [26 sts]
Row 18 4dc, (invdec) 3 times, 1dc, ss in next st, turn. [8 sts in this short row not including ss] 13 unworked sts in rest of round.
Row 19 Skip ss, 2dc, (2htr in next st) twice, dc in next st, ss in next st, turn. [7 sts in this short row not including ss] 15 unworked sts in rest of round.
Round 20 Skip ss, dc in next st, (2htr in next st, 1htr) twice, 2dc, dc in same as base of ss at end of Row 18, 15dc. [25 sts]
Round 21 Dc in same st as base of ss on Row 19, (2dc in next st, 2dc) 3 times, 2dc in next st, 15dc. [30 sts]
Rounds 22-23 Dc in each st around.
Round 24 (4dc, invdec) 3 times, 12dc. [27 sts]
Round 25 Dc in each st around.
Round 26 (3dc, invdec) 3 times, 12dc. [24 sts]
Round 27 Dc in each st around.

Round 28 (Invdec) 6 times, 12dc. [18 sts]
Round 29 Dc in each st around.
Stuff, and then continue stuffing as you go.
Round 30 (Invdec, 1dc) 6 times. [12 sts]
Round 31 (Invdec) 6 times. [6 sts]
Fasten off leaving a long tail. Use the tail of yarn to thread through the rem sts and pull closed. Sew a line of back stitches between the sts on the top of the Cloud, between Rounds 28 and 27, and between Rounds 7 and 8 to define the bumps in the Cloud.

Raindrops

Make 1 in each in Cyan, Lavender and Delphinium
With a 3.5mm hook, 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]
Stuff.
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.

To Finish

Define the shaping of the Cloud by sewing a few tight back stitches with Snow White, in the positions marked on the images below.

Sew the Raindrops to the base of the Cloud using the yarn tail. You will need to stagger their positions on the base of the cloud as shown in the image below:

Split a strand of Delphinium in half and use it to embroider the eyes and a small ‘v’ shape for the mouth, using the image as a guide. If you want a hanging loop, secure Snow White in the top of the Cloud, checking that it hangs straight at the point you have chosen and adjust the position if necessary. Ch30, fasten off leaving a long tail and sew the end to the base of the ch to make a loop.

Sunburst Poncho

This poncho was a lot of fun to make – all those colours! Weaving in the ends was less fun, ha ha! You just have to do it as you work, otherwise I think you’d go a bit loopy…

It’s made using the fabulous Scheepjes Bamboo Soft. The colours of this yarn are so vibrant and intense, and a project like this shows it off to its full advantage.

The pattern is in the Scheepjes Yarn 9 bookazine. It’s available from Scheepjes retailers or online from selectmagazines.co.uk. More info on Ravelry.

Check out the video below showing how to make the bobbles for the edging.

Crochet Sun

This sunny decoration is just what you need to spread a little joy. Add a hanging loop to the top and he can be a tree decoration, or part of a string of bunting.

You will need

  • Scheepjes Catona (100% cotton, 50g/125m) 1 ball of each Lemonade (403) and Saffron (249)
  • A small amount of Chocolate (507) or embroidery thread
  • 2 small brown buttons or beads
  • Toy Stuffing
  • A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook

Measurements

Sun measures approx 10cm diameter

Notes

UK terms used throughout. For US terms substitute sc for dc.
Abbreviations list
Made using the armigurumi method in a spiral without closing off each round with a ss. You may find it helpful to place a marker in the first st, moving it up as you work.

Instructions

Centre (make 2)

With Lemonade, make a magic loop.
Round 1 (RS) Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into loop. [6 sts]
Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12 sts]
Round 3 (1dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [18 sts]
Round 4 (2dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [24 sts]
Round 5 (3dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [30 sts]
Round 6 2dc, 2dc in next st, (4dc, 2dc in next st) 5 times, 2dc. [36 sts]
Round 7 (5dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times. [42 sts]
Round 8 3dc, 2dc in next st, (6dc, 2dc in next st) 6 times, 3dc. [48 sts]
Ss in next st and fasten off.

Points

Take the first Centre piece and join Saffron in any st with a dc.
Round 1 (RS) Dc in the next 5 sts on this piece, then take the second Centre piece and hold it so the 2 Centre pieces are WS together. Turn both pieces around so that you are positioned to work in the RS edge of the second Centre piece and dc in 6 sts so that the 2 Centre pieces are joined. Cont to work in the round on these 12 sts, turning so that you are always working from the RS. [12 sts]
Round 2 Dc in each st around, skipping 1 st at the centre front of the Point and 1 st at the centre back. [10 sts]
Rounds 3-4 Repeat Round 2. [6 sts after Round 4]
Use the tail of yarn to thread through the front loop of the remaining sts, pull to close and secure. Thread the tail of yarn inside the Point. Use the starting tail of yarn to sew closed the gap between the two Centre pieces at the base of the Point.

For the next Point, rejoin Saffron in the next st around on the first Centre piece and repeat, counting 6 sts back from the previous point when you turn to work into the second Centre piece.

Cont until you have worked a total of 6 points.

Face Details

Complete the 7th and 8th Point as above, topping up the stuffing as you go and using the tails of yarn to sew together any remaining gap between the Points.

Crochet Rainbow

I love seeing all the rainbows in windows at the moment. I spied a particularly good sewn one the other day, and knew I had to try my own version in crochet. This is a diddy (and rather cute) version that I intend to turn into a hanging decoration for the tree in my front garden.

You Will Need

  • Scheepjes Catona (100% cotton, 50g/125m) 1 ball of each Candy Apple (516), Peach (386), Lemonade (403), Apple Granny (513), Cyan (397), Lavender (520), Delphinium (113)
  • A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook
  • Toy Stuffing

Measurements

Approx 9x6cm

Notes

UK terms used. For US terms, substitute sc for dc.
Abbreviations list
Fasten off after each row of the Front until you get to Red, where you work the last row of the Front, 3 rows for the top and the first row of the Back. Fasten off after each row of the Back until you get to Violet where you work the last row of the Back and 3 rows for the bottom.
On each row of the Front there are 4 increases, and on each row of the Back there are 4 decreases. The positions of these increases/decreases are staggered throughout the rows. You can place these randomly yourself or follow the specific instructions below.

Instructions

Front

With Delphinium, ch13.
Row 1 (RS) Dc in second ch from hook, (2dc in next st, 2dc) 3 times, 2dc in next st, 1dc, turn. [16 sts]
Row 2 (WS) Join Lavender with a dc in first st. 2dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, (2dc in next st) twice, 3dc, 2dc in next st, 3dc, turn. [20 sts]
Row 3 Join Cyan with a dc in first st. 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 6dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, turn. [24 sts]
Row 4 Join Apple Granny with a dc in first st. (4dc, 2dc in next st) twice, 2dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, turn. [28 sts]
Row 5 Join Lemonade with a dc in first st. 1dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 10dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 2dc, turn. [32 sts]
Row 6 Join Peach with a dc in first st. 6dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 4dc, 2dc in next st, 5dc, 2dc in next st, 7dc, turn. [36 sts]
Row 7 Join Candy Apple with a dc in first st. 2dc in next st, 8dc, 2dc in next st, 14dc, 2dc in next st, 8dc, 2dc in next st, 1dc, turn. [40 sts]
Row 8 Ch1 (does not count as st throughout), dc in each st in front loop only to end, turn.
Rows 9-10 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

Back

Row 11 Ch1, working in back loops only, 1dc, dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog, 12dc, dc2tog, 7dc, dc2tog, 1dc, turn. [36 sts]
Row 12 Join Peach with a dc in first st. 6dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 7dc, turn. [32 sts]
Row 13 Join Lemonade with a dc in first st. 1dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 10dc, dc2tog, 5dc, dc2tog, 2dc, turn. [28 sts]
Row 14 Join Apple Granny with a dc in first st. (4dc, dc2tog) twice, 2dc, dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 5dc, turn. [24 sts]
Row 15 Join Cyan with a dc in first st. Dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 6dc, dc2tog, 4dc, dc2tog, 1dc, turn. [20 sts]
Row 16 Join Lavender with a dc in first st. 2dc, dc2tog, 3dc, (dc2tog) twice, 3dc, dc2tog, 3dc, turn. [16 sts]
Row 17 Join Delphinium with a dc in first st. (Dc2tog, 2dc) 3 times, dc2tog, 1dc, turn. [12 sts]
Row 18 Ch1, dc in each st in front loop only to end, turn.
Rows 19-20 Ch1, dc in each st to end, turn.

To join the Front to the Back, you can fasten off here and sew the last row to the sts of the foundation ch (easier), or you can work a ss seam to join the two rows. If you use this second method, do not fasten off at the end.

Ends

Rejoin Delphinium or cont with Delphinium if you worked a ss seam to join. Tuck the yarn ends inside and with RS facing, dc in each row end around Front, Back, top and bottom.
Working in front loops only, dc2tog around and cont until the hole is almost closed. Fasten off and use the tail end of yarn to sew the hole closed. You can add a hanging loop to the top if you want to use the Rainbow as a decoration. Fasten Candy Apple to the centre top, chain to the desired length and secure. Pass the tail ends of yarn to the inside.

Stuff with toy stuffing.
Rejoin Delphinium at the other end and repeat the instructions for the first end. Top up the stuffing before you sew the hole closed.