Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Crochet a Mini Vintage Caravan!!!

 Here it is - How to Crochet a Mini Vintage Caravan!!!
Materials.
1 x ball cotton dk cream
1 x ball cotton dk duck egg blue (or a nice vintagey caravan colour)
1 x pale blue cotton 4ply
1 x black cotton 4ply
1 x silver metallic 4ply yarn (I use Twilley’s Washable Goldfingering)
1 x 3.5mm crochet hook
1 x 2.5mm crochet hook
1 x black bead 
Stuffing

Abbreviations.
ch = chain
st/s = stitch/stitches
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet (double crochet in U.K. terms)
yarn a = dk pink cotton
yarn b = dk cream cotton
yarn c = 4ply pale blue cotton
yarn d = 4ply silver metallic yarn
yarn e = black
For the Front and Back.
Make 2.
This section is worked from side to side.
Row 1. Using yarn a and a 3.5 mm crochet hook, ch19. Turn, 1sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. Work 1sc into each of the next 17ch. Ch1, turn. (18) 
Row 2. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (18)
Row 3. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc into each of the next 14sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc into the last st. Ch1, turn. (20)
Row 4. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (20)
Row 5. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc into each of the next 16sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc into the last st. Ch1, turn. (22)
Row 6. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (22)
Row 7. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc into each of the next 18sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc into the last st. Ch1, turn. (24)
Row 8. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc into each of the next 20sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc into the last st. Ch1, turn. (26)
Row 9. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc into each of the next 22sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc into the last st. Ch1, turn. (28)
Change to yarn b.
Rows 10 - 14. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (28)
Row 15. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each of the following 24sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final st. Ch1, turn. (26)
Row 16. 1sc into the first st, skip the next st, 1sc into the next st then skip the following st. 1sc into each of the next 18sts then skip the following st. 1sc into the next st, skip the following st then 1sc into the final st. (22)
Row 17. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each of the following 18sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final st. Ch1, turn. (20)
Row 18. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each of the following 16sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final st. Ch1, turn. (18)
Row 19. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each of the following 14sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final st. Ch1, turn. (16)
Row 20. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each of the following 12sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final st. Ch1, turn. (14)
Row 21. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each of the following 10sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final st. Ch1, turn. (12)
Bind off.
Lightly press.

For the Door.
Make 1.
The door is worked from side to side.
Row 1.  Using yarn a and a 3.5 mm hook, ch 8. 1sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. Work 1sc into each of the next 6sts. Ch1, turn. (7)
Rows 2 - 5. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (7)
Change to yarn b.
Rows 5 - 12. Work 1sc into each of the next 6sts. Ch1, turn. (7)
Bind off.
Change to yarn d and a 2.5mm hook.
Round 1. Leaving a 30 cm tail, ch7 then work 1sc into the left hand side of the door where the colour change between yarn a and b occurred. The chained section will be stitched across this colour change at the end. As with the windows, work 1sc into every st down the side until reaching the corner. Into the corner st, work 1sc, ch1 then 1sc back into the same st. Continue to work this way up each side and every corner until reaching the first sc worked. Ss back into the first sc. 
Bind off leaving a long tail then stitch the 7ch tail across the colour change on the door. Stitch on bead for a door handle and bind off the tail.
Use the 30cm tail to stitch the door onto the caravan’s front.
For the Windows.
Make 3.
The windows are worked from side to side until otherwise specified.
Row 1. Using yarn c and a 2.5 mm hook, ch 8. 1sc into 2nd ch from the hook. Work 1sc into each of the next 6sts. Ch1, turn. (7)
Rows 2 - 5. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (7)
This section is now worked in the round. 
Round 1. 1sc into every st until reaching the corner, 1sc into the corner st, ch1 then sc back into the same st. Repeat on every side, 1sc into every st until reaching the corners and then work the 1sc, ch1, 1sc into the corner st.
Round 2. Change to yarn d and repeat Round 1.
Sew one window onto  both the front and back sides of the caravan

For the Wheels. 
Make 3.
The wheels are worked in continuous rounds.
Round 1. Using yarn d and a 2.5mm hook, ch 2. Work 6 sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. Ss back into the first sc. (6)
Round 2. 2sc into every st until the end of the round. (12)
Round 3. Change to yarn e. *1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (18)
Round 4. *1sc into each of the next 2sts then 2sc into the next st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (24)
Round 5. 1sc into every st until the end of the round.
Round 6. *1sc into each of the next 3sts then skip the following st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (18)
Round 7. *1sc into each of the next 2sts then skip the following st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (12)
Round 8. 1sc into every 2nd st until the end of the round. (6).
Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing the wheel onto the caravan.

For the Middle Band.
The caravan’s middle (the long strip that will form the roof, floor and sides) is worked from side to side.
Using yarn a and a 3.5mm hook, ch 9. 1sc into the 2nd ch from the hook. Work 1sc into each of the next 7sts. Ch1, turn. (8)
Next row. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. Continue on like this until 36 rows of yarn a have been made. 
Change to yarn b and continue on as before until 46 rows have been worked.
p.s. please ignore the pink yarn replacing yarn a in the following 2 photos - I had to retrospectively photograph this step and am currently working on a pink one.
Caravan Construction.

(This step makes sewing on the middle band much neater).
Once the windows and doors have been attached, take the font side of the caravan beginning with yarn a and a 3.5mm hook,  work 1sc into every st around the edge. Swap to yarn b when you reach the colour change between yarn a and b. Repeat with the back side. It is difficult to say an exact number of stitches to work around the front and back as the amount of single crochet’s worked each time can vary with your tension. On my caravan, I worked 33 sts around the blue section and 35 sts around the cream section.  Whatever you end up with will be fine. 
Stitch the back side and the middle band together with wrong sides facing. 
 The middle band will have to be slightly gathered for its curves to match up with the front and backs' oval shape.
Sew on the back window.
Sew the font side and the middle band together. Leave a gap and stuff firmly. Stitch up the gap.
For the Pin Striping (that's what Jonno calls it anyway - I say 'the nice-silver-definition-lines'.) 
Using yarn d, chain a length of silver long enough to wrap around the caravan from the right and side of the door all the way along the colour change line between yarn a and b, to the left hand side of the door. 
p.s. please ignore the wheels already attached to the caravan in the photographs below - it is much easier to add them at the end.... I found this out the hard way.
 Pin on.
 And stitch!
Repeat this around the seams where the middle band was stitched to the front and back sides of the caravan.
Once the pin striping has been stitched on (I had to include the photo above because it was so funny with the pins - like a caravan in love), attach the wheels to both sides.
 Don't forget the spare wheel. Very important..... it only takes one flat tyre to ruin a holiday!
I will do another tutorial over the next week on how to embroider a little name for your caravan. I find the little spot next to the back window is perfect for that.
Et voila! You are now ready to go camping.
Leave any questions in the comment section below and I will reply underneath.
I hope it all makes sense. Keep an eye out because I am going to make a Christmas decoration version soon.
Lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.
p.s. If you would like some more small and magical little projects, click here to see my book!

56 comments:

  1. Kate it's awesome! thanks for sharing! it is definitely going on my to-make list!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oh my goodness! Would it be really silly of me to stay up all night and make this?? Ug...I guess I'll wait until tomorrow, at least to finish it! Now, if I can just find my fairy godmother and have her turn this into a real caravan! Big dreams, big dreams :)
    Extra hugs for all your work!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Amazing!!!!!
    thank you so much for this beauty, xxxxx Ale

    ReplyDelete
  4. So cute! :) I love it :)
    And the mountains in the background - brilliant :)
    Love, Kristin

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh Oh Oh! I totally HAVE to make one of these! Thank you SOOOO much for sharing! :-)

    My parents own a caravan like this one: I reckon a crocheted version would be a lovely christmas present....

    Take care
    Anne
    http://crochetbetweentwoworlds.blogspot.de

    ReplyDelete
  6. So very nice idea!!
    Greetings from Marijke

    ReplyDelete
  7. You are too good for words. You need one of those linky things on the side for this one!!! Oh...and that puppy...Delicious!! xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi. Could I use wool rather than cotton? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hi Carol - you can use wool but it stretches a lot more than cotton when the stuffing goes in. I like to use cotton because it has more strength structurally but I don't think at the end of the day that it will make too much of a difference. Love Kate.

    ReplyDelete
  10. So Cute, I love it!!! Thank you for the free pattern!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely work, Kate!
    Thanks for sharing the pattern! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh Kate, it's just gorgeous! Thank you for sharing
    Katie x

    ReplyDelete
  13. That is sooooo adorable! I could see this larger too as a throw pillow, or tiny in thread for a ornament either for the Christmas tree or the rear view mirror. ;D I envision many campers in makes around the globe. lol Thanks for sharing!xxx

    ReplyDelete
  14. I'm not even the slightest bit embarrassed to admit I waited eagerly for about 48 hours for this pattern! Cannot wait to make! <3

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great tutorial and pattern! Lovely to see the little caravan again. xx

    ReplyDelete
  16. Superb !!! Very nice item for our caravan.
    Thank you for the pattern.
    Have a great weekend, greetings Tinne

    ReplyDelete
  17. Incredible!! I love it! Thanks for sharing the pattern…very generous.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

    ReplyDelete
  18. It's SO amazing and you are SO generous in sharing the pattern! I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  19. That caravan is ridiculously cute. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern, it's very generous of you!

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is so clever. Well done you!! Xx

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thankx for sharing the pattern.
    I made one as a present. I shared your link at my blog, http://christindehaak.blogspot.com. Grtz, Chris

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hello Kate,
    I love this pattern! Is it okay with you if I translate it in Dutch and put it on my blog with a link to your original pattern?
    Greetings,
    Brigit van Rooij.

    ReplyDelete
  23. this is awesome, I love the other one that you made too the one that opens and has the kitchen sink!!!! would love to make that one for my daughter!! thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Oh I'm so in love with this. I have a brother-in-law who has the cutest caravan (named Tina) and I was thinking that this might be a cute xmas ornament for him. Could you tell me how big this is? Thanks so much for sharing this...take care suki

    ReplyDelete
  25. The picture on the Whoot showed the caravan opening up and little furnishings inside.

    ReplyDelete
  26. After living in a caravan with 2 teenage sons I vowed I not EVER want another caravan. You've just changed my mind. I've got to have that on the back of my jeep in the safari ;)






























    ;0

    ReplyDelete
  27. This is absolutely the cutest thing I've ever seen! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful pattern!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wonderful pattern ! Where can I find the patterns for the interior of the vintage caravan ?

    ReplyDelete
  29. Do you have the patterns for the interior items and for how to do the name on the caravan? I remember going camping with my parents and siblings in one similar to this and would love to do the interior as well!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Do you have the patterns for the interior items and for how to do the name on the caravan? I remember going camping with my parents and siblings in one similar to this and would love to do the interior as well!

    ReplyDelete
  31. This is awesome thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  32. On internet I saw al kind of things for the inside of the caravan. Can you tell me where i can find these?

    thx

    ReplyDelete
  33. This pattern is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Awe Jeepers, I so wanna make this. Love it so much.

    ReplyDelete
  35. gorgeous .... I just have to learn to crochet

    ReplyDelete
  36. gorgeous .... I just have to learn to crochet

    ReplyDelete
  37. When you stitch middle to sides, what stitch do you use? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  38. When you stitch middle to sides, what stitch do you use? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
  39. Adorable! I have to make one for my sister-in-law...they had a mini airstream and she loved it.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Like others, I'd REALLY, REALLY love the patterns for the interior. The interior is what makes you fall in LOVE with this gorgeous little caravan.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Do you have any instructions for the caravan case and contents please

    ReplyDelete
  42. Love this pattern. My friends are always away in their van, would love the pattern for all the interior bits also for Xmas present for them. Would this be possible?

    ReplyDelete
  43. Love this pattern. My friends are always away in their van, would love the pattern for all the interior bits also for Xmas present for them. Would this be possible?

    ReplyDelete
  44. Love this pattern. My friends are always away in their van, would love the pattern for all the interior bits also for Xmas present for them. Would this be possible?

    ReplyDelete
  45. I did not see a pattern for the enterior of the camper. Do you have this? Where can I locate it? Thank you so much, can't wait to create this for my camping friends and children

    ReplyDelete
  46. Interior accessories patterns would be incredible....love the toy caravan as well thanks!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  47. I'm going to give this a try but I am going to line it with plastic mesh to make it sturdier before stuffing

    ReplyDelete
  48. I just received your "Let's Go Camping Book" which I purchased just for the camper and got so many other treats as well. Only to have this one come across my Pinterest feed. Love it.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Do you have patterns for the background items also?

    ReplyDelete
  50. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many entertaining stuff in your blog, especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the leisure here! Keep up the excellent work.
    caravan and camping accessories

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails