I've managed to find some time this week to put my crochet hat back on to finally get this pattern /tutorial published for you . Several of you have asked me about it since my previous disaster, when I lost my original draft due to blogger problems.
I'm sure you can appreciate the amount of time and concentration that goes into this sort of post ...it's not a quick process.....this one was particularly time consuming , but you lovelies always make my day with your kind comments , you are worth all the effort.
Please do let me know if you make this project. I would LOVE to see how it turned out...........here's the pattern.......ENJOY ♥♥♥♥
This pattern is written in U.S. terms and the abbreviations are as follows:-
hdc = Half Double Crochet ............U.K. half treble crochet
sc = Single Crochet..........................U.K. double crochet
ch = Chain........................................U.K. chain
sl = Slip Stitch...................................U.K. slip stitch
tc = Treble Crochet...........................U.K. double treble
sc dec = Single Crochet Decrease.....U.K. double crochet decrease
It's a relatively simple pattern but you do need to be confident with the above stitches. I would not class this as a beginners project but I've included lots of description and photos to try and make it as simple as possible.
I've used various Double Knitting Acrylic yarns for this project .You could use whatever you prefer working with.Cotton would be good.
N.B. throughout this pattern turning chains always count as 1 stitch
Lets start with the boats' hull, it's worked from the bottom up........
To begin ch 10,
Row 1....... hdc in third chain from hook.......
hdc in each ch across. In last ch make 2 hdc ( 10 stitches ).....
Row 2 .....ch 2 and turn , then make another hdc into the same stitch (marked with needle ) it's important you get the correct space here...it's right at the base of the two chains...can you see it ?
Repeat subsequent rows in this way.... increasing an the beginning and end of each row to form the shape of the hull.
row 3 = 14 stitches
row 4 = 16 stitches
Once you have made 4 rows stop but do not fasten off.
To neaten the edges of your work make sc around the sloping side,bottom and second sloping side (not the top).There are no specific spaces for these stitchs along the sloping sides , just make them close to the edge......
along the bottom make one sc in each stitch across........
Right , next the sail. This is worked from the top down , also in hdc stitches, increasing at the start and end of each row in the same way as the hull.
Begin with ch4
row1 ....insert hook into third chain from hook ( shown with needle )
row2......make 1 hdc in same stitch as turning..again shown with needle
hdc across and finish with 2 hdc in final hdc of row ( 6 stitches ), chain 2 turn.
row 3 ...repeat pattern , increasing at the beginning and end of the row ( 8 stitches )
repeat pattern over subsequent rows, increasing on both ends of rows to make a triangle shape.
row 4.....10 stitches
row 5 12 stitches
row 6 ....14 stitches
row 7 ....16 stitches
row 8.....18 stitches
row 9.....20 stitches
( NB the yarn I used for my sail was a bit thinner than the hull yarn ...so If your sail is ending up too big you could stop after 8 rows )
When you have made 9 rows do not finish off but make sc stitches up to top of sail .....
At the top work 3 sc in the point and then go down the other side .Again there are no exact spaces to place stitches , just judge for yourself where best to put them. It's not necessary to put them along the bottom of the sail as this is already neat.
Finish off and sew in ends.
Next the mast . This uses sc made through the centre of the sail and is made like this ........
Attach your yarn using a slip stitch , to the centre of the base of the sail. Insert hook through work as shown...
Chain 4 to make the start of the flag, turn.
3 sc along ( one in each chain ) starting where shown with the needle..........
1 sc,1 sc dec,chain 1 turn
1 sc dec
ch 1 and finish off leaving a long tail like this at the point of the flag.........
then weave the tail to the top of the flag with a darning needle,securing it at the top so it doesn't pull you flag out of shape.... you can use it to join the boats together later.
Right , hopefully you have a cute little sail and mast with a flag on the top.Next simply sew the two parts of the boat together with the hull slightly over lapping the sail and your boat is finished.Make a couple more in the same way if you want your decoration to look like mine...or you could just go with how many you like.
Onto the sun now........
Using yellow yarn ( mine was stylecraft Saffron ) ch 4 and join to form ring.
Round 1 ...chain 2 , make 11 hdc into ring and join by slip stitch into 2nd chain of initial 2 chain.
Round 2...chain 2 (counts as first hdc) and 1 hdc into same stitch as joining ,2 hdc in each stitch of round 1 ( 24 hdc) slip stitch into initial 2nd chin of initial 2 chain to join...that's the circular centre of the sun ,next onto the rays.....
These are a little bit tricky but hopefully the pictures will help a lot
first ray...chain 2 then make 1 tc in the next stitch........
In the next stitch begin the second ray in the same way you made the first.
When you have made 11 rays your sun should look like this.....
Yay...you now have a sun and some boats :0)...I'm feeling seasidy already !
As you can see they are a bit wonky and would benefit from stiffening up a bit........
Place a towel over some foam ( like a seat pad or flat cushion ) and pin your motifs (right side down ) into the shape you want them to end up. I stretched out the suns rays so they were nice and pointy. Spray liberally till they are quite wet and leave till completely dry , you could put them somewhere warm to speed this up.....
So that my sun didn't get pulled out of shape by the weight of the boats I used the tail from the top boat to hang my decoration up, catching it onto the back of the sun first........
Ooooops , nearly forgot the little fishy....... he is made like this. chain 4 and then make 6 dc in first ch. Make 1 treble crochet in the same chain ( that's his nose ) as you can see from my pictures the chain you are working in opens up a lot but that's o.k.
next make 6 more dc into the same stitch...........
then slip stitch into the top of the beginning chain to close, at this stage you also need to pull on the beginning tail of yarn to close up the fishes middle....
To make his tail...chain 2 then into the same stitch work all the following stitches.... 1 dc,ch 1, 1 sc ,ch 1 , 1 dc , ch 2 and slip stitch to finish off
you could add a little eye to your fish if you like.I simply wove in the ends and kept one long enough to thread on some beads and used it to attach my fish the the bottom boat .
Phew , I hope this is all well explained a clear for you lovelies.
Please let me know if you have any problems and I will try and help....using the reply button ...so do check back here if you ask a question.