Wednesday, 27 May 2015

How to Crochet a Railway Track Line - Road Play Mat CAL



Welcome to another bonus tutorial for my Crochet Road Play Mat, this time for a Railway Track! 

This pattern is worked as two squares actually, which you alternate depending on how long you wish to make your railway line. As you can see from the photo above I worked a total of 5 squares to go down one edge of my road play mat, so I started with a chain of 90 half double crochet foundation stitches (5 x 18).

If you are new to my crochet-a-long road play mat you can find all the links to the various squares which make up the play mat at the bottom of this pattern.

Materials required for the railway line

  • DK / Light worsted weight yarn in Green, Grey and Brown
  • 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook
  • Yarn needle and scissors
Terminology

sl st = slip stitch
hdc = half double crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
ea = each

G = green
Gr = grey
B = brown

This pattern is in US terminology.

Railway Track Patterns



Left Grid                                                                                         Right Grid       
Row 1
Using a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook and G yarn, work 18 hdc foundation stitches - (18)

Alternatively you can chain 19, work 1hdc into your 3rd st from hook (don't count the loop on your hook) and crochet 1hdc in ea st along, the chains at the end count as a hdc.

Rows 2 - 4
Ch1 (don't count as st here or onwards), TURN, 1hdc in first st and in ea st along - (18)

- Row 5 (Square 1 - Left Grid)
Join B in ch1, TURN, *1hdc in next 2 sts but join G when finishing last hdc (when pulling thru all 3 loops - this will now be referred to as 'end of st'), 1hdc in next 2 sts joining B in end of last st* repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, 1hdc in last 2 sts - (18)

- Row 5 (Square 2 - Right Grid)
Ch1, TURN, *1hdc in next 2 sts joining B in end of last st, 1hdc in next 2 sts joining G in end of last st* repeat from * to * until last 2 sts, 1hdc in last 2 sts - (18)

Row 6 
Join Gr in ch1, TURN, 1hdc in first st and in ea st along - (18)

Rows 7 - 9
Repeat row 5 for either left or right grid, joining B in ch1 for Left Grid to begin, or joining G in ch1 for Right Grid to begin.

Row 10
Repeat row 6.

Row 11
Repeat row 5 for either left or right grid, joining B in ch1 for Left Grid to begin, or joining G in ch1 for Right Grid to begin.

Rows 12 - 15
Join G in ch1 (if needbe), TURN, 1hdc in first st and in ea st along - (18) Fasten off and tie in all tails.

And now you're done! You need to work a Left Track Square then a Right Track Square, then back to a Left Track Square until you have your desired length. This is so that the tracks match up.

All Episodes (so far)

Episode 1 - Straight Road and Long Grass Square
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/04/cal-for-road-play-mat-tutorial-1-long.html

Episode 2 - Pond Square and Round Tree
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-for-road-play-mat-tutorial-2-pond.html

Episode 3 - Curved Road Square and Car
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-tutorial-3.html

Episode 4 - Wheat Field (with Hay Bails) and Ploughed Field Squares
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-tutorial-4.html

Episode 5 - Vegetable Patch (plus mini veggies) and Flower Field
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-tutorial-5.html

Bonus Episode 1 - Mini Fir or Pine Tree
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-fir-pine-tree.html

Bonus Episode 2 - Railway Track Squares
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/how-to-crochet-railway-track-line-road.html

Want to share your progress? Come join the official HappyBerry CAL Facebook group and see how others are getting along too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyBerryCALs

    

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© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores however. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.

Friday, 22 May 2015

CAL Crochet Road Play Mat - Tutorial 5: Vegetable Patch & Flower Field



Welcome to Episode 5 of my Crochet-a-Long Road Play Mat, where each week I have been sharing a new square design, which we will make into a road play or blanket for little ones. Today I am showing you how to crochet the Vegetable Patch & Flower Field squares.

For this tutorial you will need the following materials;

  • DK/Light worsted weight yarn in brown, green, orange, pink or purple and white plus extra colours for flowers
  • Yarn needle and scissors
  • 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook
  • Small amount of toy stuffing or yarn scraps for stuffing
Additional yarn colours and materials required for the complete CAL are;

- DK/Light worsted weight yarn in;

  • blue
  • grey
  • extra colours of your choice for flowers and additional items such as cars
One average 50g/100g ball of say acrylic yarn, in each colour, should be more than enough for this CAL. If you plan to make a bigger play mat however, you will require more yarn, especially in green.

We are working to 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") squares, but you can make your squares as big or as small as you like as long as they are square (or fit) at the end. I say fit as some people have made longer road and pond pieces which equate to two or three squares in width/length.

This pattern is in US terminology.

Terminology

ch = chain
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together for decrease
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
ea = each
st(s) = stitch(es)
FLO = front loops only
SLO = side loops only
BLO = back loops only

Vegetable Patch 
I always recommend watching the video tutorial to accompany this pattern if you get stuck, especially with this pattern, as it's important to crochet into the right areas.


Please note* Although this pattern uses simple stitches it is important to crochet into the right areas to achieve the pockets, however this can be confusing for beginners, so if you prefer you can exchange this square for a simple brown square of 18 hdc's across x 15 rows, and crochet small squares, which you can then sew on for pockets instead, or you can swap this square for the ploughed field square.

FLOs, BLOs and SLOs
When working a normal half double crochet stitch you are faced with 3 loops in total, normally we only crochet under the top two, leaving a side loop untouched underneath that is never used. When this pattern calls for you to work into the SLO it means to crochet into that side loop only, ignoring the top two loops altogether. When the pattern calls for FLOs it is asking for you to work under the top stitches as normal but only the front loop, not the back one, which by the way is abbreviated to BLO. When you switch rows, your back loop becomes your side loop. See video if confused.

Row 1
Using a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook and your brown yarn, work 18 hdc foundation stitches - (18)

Alternatively you can chain 19, work 1hdc into your 3rd st from hook (don't count the loop on your hook) and crochet 1hdc in ea st along, the chains at the end count as a hdc.


Row 2

Ch1 (don't count as st here and onwards), TURN, 1hdc in first 4 sts, 1hdc in next 4 FLO (front loops only), 1hdc in next 3 sts, 1hdc in next 4 FLO, 1hdc in last 3 sts - (18)

Row 3

Ch1, TURN, 1sl st in first 3 SLO (side loops only), 1hdc in next 4 previous BLO we skipped on our previous row (back loops only), 1sl st in next 3 SLO, 1hdc in next 4 previous BLO, 1sl st in last 4 SLO - (18)

Row 4

Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in first 4 FLO (note* it looks like you have two loops to work under as normal, but one of those is your side loop which we ignore, leaving you just the front loop above. The back loop has been taken by your previous slip stitches), 1hdc in next 4 sts on front part of pocket, 1hdc in next 3 FLO, 1hdc in next 4 sts on front part of pocket, 1hdc in last 3 FLO - (18)

Row 5 

Ch1, TURN, 1sl st in first 3 SLO, 1hdc in next 4 sts on back part of pocket (nearest to you), 1sl st in next 3 SLO, 1hdc in next 4 sts on back part of pocket (nearest to you), 1sl st in last 4 SLO - (18)

Rows 6 - 7

Repeat rows 4 and 5

Row 8

Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in first 4 FLO, 1hdc in next 4 sts on back part of pocket this time, 1hdc in next 3 FLO, 1hdc in next 4 sts on back part of pocket, 1hdc in last 3 FLO - (18)

Row 9

Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in first st and in ea st across - (18)

This completes your first set of pockets. Although we have crocheted 9 rows in total, we are only counting 6 as we've been making up each side of the pockets.


Rows 10 - 24

Repeat rows 2 - 9, ending on a row 8. Fasten off and tie in all tails.

You will need 1 Vegetable Patch Square for this CAL.


Mini Vegetables



Carrot

Round 1

Using a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook (or smaller if easier) and your orange yarn, ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, crochet 6sc into loop, sl st in first sc to join - (6)

Pause your crochet here. Take 3 short lengths of your green yarn and sew them onto the back of your carrot top, double knot into place and sew ends through centre to right side, trim to desired length.


Rounds 2 - 3

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st into first sc to join - (6)

Stuff your carrot at this point.


Round 4

Ch1, and starting in the same st as your previous sl st, *sc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in first sc to join - (3) Don't worry if too fiddly to join at the end, simply cut your yarn and sew remaining gap closed.

Radish


Round 1

Using a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook (or smaller if easier) and your pink/purple yarn, ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, crochet 5sc into loop, sl st in first sc to join - (5)

Round 2

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, *2sc in next st, 1sc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st into first sc to join - (7)

Round 3

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st into first sc to join - (7)

Round 4

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, *sc2tog* repeat from * to * until end, sk ch1, sl st into first sc to join joining your white yarn as you do - (4)

Stuff your radish at this point.


Round 5

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st into first sc to join - (4) Don't worry if too fiddly to join at the end, simply cut your yarn and sew remaining gap closed. Thread your white tail ends to the bottom of your radish and trim to desired length, pull fibers apart to create roots.

Leaves for your radish

Using a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook (or smaller if easier) and your green yarn, *ch4, sl st in your second ch from hook, 1dc in next ch, 1 sl st in last ch* repeat from * to * twice more, sl st in your first ch to finish, sew onto top of your radish.

Leek


Round 1

Using a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook (or smaller if easier) and your white yarn, ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, crochet 6sc into loop, sl st in first sc to join - (6)

Rounds 2 - 4

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st into first sc to join joining your green yarn in your last sl st on round 4 - (6)

Round 5

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in ea st around, sk ch1, sl st into first sc to join - (6)

Stuff your leek at this point.


Leaves

Ch1, 1sc in same st as previous sl st, 1sc in next st, +*TURN, 1sc in first 2 sts* repeat from * to * four more times, TURN, sc2tog, sl st down edge of leaf back to main leek, 1sc in next 2 sts on main leek+, repeat from + to + twice more, ending on sl st to end.

Stuff your leek and sew remaining gap closed. Thread your white tail ends to the bottom of your radish and trim to desired length, pull fibers apart to create roots.


Flower Field






Row 1
Using a 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook and your green yarn, work 18 hdc foundation stitches - (18)

Alternatively you can chain 19, work 1hdc into your 3rd st from hook (don't count the loop on your hook) and crochet 1hdc in ea st along, the chains at the end count as a hdc.


Rows 2 - 15

Ch1 (don't count as st here and onwards), TURN, 1hdc in your first st and ea st across - (18) Fasten off and tie in all tails.

You will need 2 Flower Field squares for this CAL.


Mini Flowers


The key to these small flowers is not just how you make them but how you sew them on (^-^)


To make your flowers, choose any colour your like and using the same hook size, ch4, sl st in first ch to form a loop, *ch2, 1sc in loop, ch1, sl st in loop* repeat from * to * four more times to create five petals. Fasten off leaving enough yarn for sewing.


To sew your flower on, sew into green square to back, come up through centre of flower, sew between two petals to back, come up through centre of flower and repeat.


For suggestions on sewing your squares together please see video tutorial above, I suggest the Back Loop Whip Stitch for sewing, using individuals colours to match the squares rather than one colour. And now you're done! (^-^) I hope you will join me on this fun CAL, and if you have been following along I hope you have enjoyed it. There will be more bonus tutorials coming soon as expansion packs for your Road PlayMat such as railway lines, car parks and a small tractor plus much more. These will be available here on my blog as well as on my YouTube channel.






All Episodes (so far)

Episode 1 - Straight Road and Long Grass Square
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/04/cal-for-road-play-mat-tutorial-1-long.html

Episode 2 - Pond Square and Round Tree
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-for-road-play-mat-tutorial-2-pond.html

Episode 3 - Curved Road Square and Car
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-tutorial-3.html

Episode 4 - Wheat Field (with Hay Bails) and Ploughed Field Squares
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-tutorial-4.html

Episode 5 - Vegetable Patch (plus mini veggies) and Flower Field
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-tutorial-5.html

Bonus Episode 1 - Mini Fir or Pine Tree
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.com/2015/05/cal-crochet-road-play-mat-fir-pine-tree.html

Bonus Episode 2 - Railway Track Squares
http://happyberrycrochet.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/how-to-crochet-railway-track-line-road.html

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Want to share your progress? 
Why not come join the official HappyBerry CAL Facebook group and see how others are getting along too: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HappyBerryCALs




    

Visit my website at: www.happyberry.co.uk




© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in an offline crochet group. Items made from any of my patterns can be sold in your own stores however. Patterns are not for re-sale. Thank you.