Friday, 24 April 2015

CAL for Road Play Mat - Tutorial 1: Long Grass and Straight Road squares


Crochet-a-Long Road Play Mat
Tutorial 1: Long Grass & Straight Road squares

Welcome to episode one of my CAL for my Road Play Mat, and this week I am going to be showing you how to make the long grass square and the straight road square. In total we will be making 20 squares, of which there will be 8 designs, to make a 4 x 5 square blanket/play mat. You can of course make up more duplicates of the 8 designs or even invent your own to make this play mat into an even bigger project, as this CAL is completely modular!

So for this episode you will need the following materials;

  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in Green
  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in Grey
  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in White
You can of course use Aran / Worsted weight yarn if you prefer. We are working to a 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") square, but as long as all your squares are the same size for you so you can join them together at the end, then that is fine, using aran / worsted yarn will just make them slightly bigger.
  • 3.5 mm E/4 crochet hook (or any hook size that is suitable for the yarn you are using)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
For future episodes of this CAL you will need the following materials;


  • DK / Light Worsted weight yarn in: Yellow, Brown, Blue and some extra bright colours for smaller parts such as pink, orange and purple.
  • Some very minute amounts of toy stuffing, you can easily use yarn scraps if you don't have any toy stuffing

  • Abbreviations

    ch = chain
    hdc = half double crochet
    st(s) = stitch(es)
    ea = each
    G = green
    Gr = grey
    W = white

    This pattern is in US terminology.

    Straight Road Square

    Row 1
    Using G and a 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook, crochet 18 hdc foundation sts - (18)

    Foundation stitch tutorials (sadly no hdc tutorial but these should help if you are new to the stitch)
    How To - Single Crochet Foundation Stitch: https://youtu.be/ccuyqCnIO18
    How To - Double Crochet Foundation Stitches: https://youtu.be/PskA7r0a6Lc

    Alternatively you can chain 19 and work 1hdc in your 3rd st from hook and in ea st along, counting your last 2 chs as a hdc - (18)

    Row 2
    Ch1 (don't count as st here on onwards), TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in ea st along - (18)

    Row 3
    Join Gr in your ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in ea st along - (18)

    Rows 4 - 7
    Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in ea st along - (18)

    Row 8
    Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st, 1hdc in next st but join W when finishing this hdc (when pulling thru all 3 loops - this will now be referred to 'end of st'), 1hdc in next 5 sts, 1hdc in next st but join Gr end of st, 1hdc in next st, 1hdc in next st but join W end of st, 1hdc in next 5 sts, 1hdc in next st but join Gr end of st, 1hdc in last 2 sts - (18)

    Rows 9 - 13
    Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in ea st along - (18)

    Row 14
    Join G in your ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in ea st along - (18)

    Row 15
    Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in ea st along - (18) Fasten off and tie in all tails.

    You will need to make 4 straight road pieces for this CAL.

    Long Grass Square

    Row 1
    Using G and a 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook, crochet 18 hdc foundation sts - (18)

    Alternatively you can chain 19 and work 1hdc in your 3rd st from hook and in ea st along, counting your last 2 chs as a hdc - (18)

    Row 2
    Ch1, TURN, 1hdc loop stitch in 1st st and in ea st along - (18 loop sts)

    I highly recommend watching my video tutorial below on how to do the hdc loop stitch if you are new to it.

    Row 3
    Ch1, TURN, 1hdc in 1st st and in ea st along - (18)

    Rows 4 - 15
    Repeat rows 2 and 3

    Fasten off and tie in all tails.

    You will need 3 long grass squares for this CAL. Alternatively if you struggle with the loop stitch you can just create 3 plain hdc green squares by working 15 rows of hdc, 18 sts long.

    Straight Road & Long Grass Square Video Tutorial


    I hope you will join me on this fun CAL!

    This CAL will run on YouTube and here on my blog (I've decided both as I think you guys would like both? wink emoticon ). Links will also be given on my Facebook page and via Twitter/Google+ etc when available each week. (^-^)

    Subscribe here so you don't miss an episode: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

    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

        

    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 a 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.


    Wednesday, 22 April 2015

    Crochet-a-long (CAL) for Road Play Mat - Starting 24th April 2015


    CAL Starting 24th April - Road Play Mat

    I really did feel it was high time that I planned a Crochet-a-Long with you guys, but I wanted to make it fun and something for the little ones to enjoy as well. So here is my idea for my forthcoming CAL, a Road Play Mat or Blanket, which will be full of different textures and features, including roads, grass, farmer's fields, flowers, veg patches and ponds, which will be made up of 10cm x 10cm (4" x 4") squares, which we will join together at the end.

    This CAL will be running for approximately 5 weeks, starting on the 24th April (every Friday), and will contain 8 square patterns to make a 4 squares x 5 squares play mat (made up from multiples of the 8 patterns), but of course you can make it bigger or smaller as this project is completely modular!

    This Friday I will be starting with two different squares, a straight road square and a long grass square, but here is the full list of materials that you will need for the whole CAL.

    Materials Required

    Yarn
    The listed yarn colours below need to all be DK / Light Worsted weight yarn, but you can use Aran / Worsted weight yarns if you prefer.  We are working to 10cm x 10cm squares (4" x 4") but size really doesn't matter as long as the squares are all the same size for you so we can join them together at the end.

    • Grey
    • White
    • Green
    • Yellow
    • Brown
    • Blue
    • Extra bright colours for smaller parts; pink, orange, purple

    Hook
    You will need a 3.5mm E/4 crochet hook or a hook size suitable for the yarn you are using.

    Extras

    • Scissors
    • Yarn needle
    • A minimal amount of toy stuffing, or yarn scraps for stuffing (you won't need very much at all).

    This CAL will run on YouTube and here on my blog (I've decided both as I think you guys would like both? wink emoticon ). Links will also be given on my Facebook page and via Twitter/Google+ etc when available each week. (^-^)

    I hope you will join me on this fun CAL!

    Subscribe here so you don't miss an episode: www.youtube.com/happyberrycrochet

    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

        

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