We finish off the accessories to enhance your playmats environment this week, by adding some trees from the Crochet Dinosaur Series.
The trees are worked in three separate parts, small leaves in light green, large leaves in dark green and trucks worked in either dark or light brown. The trunks, like the volcano, make use of post stitches to create the bark like texture. Whilst both the leaves are worked in one continuous round in both sides of a chain. The leaves are then sewn on to the trunk at the end, starting with the larger leaves and then the smaller ones in between the larger leaves.
I made 4 Trees, mostly because that was all the brown yarn I had, and also as I didn’t want to use more than 1 ball of each colour in the playmat. However, I think given the size of the playmat, any more trees would have made it just too crowded. If you want however, you can vary the amount of trees you make.
You can find the FREE Playmat Trees by clicking on the link, available until 3/10/2017. After this time it will be available in the ‘Crochet Dinosaur eBook’ which you can purchase here.
I hope you enjoy finishing off the playmat with tree this week. Next week finishes the Crochet Dinosaur Series by making a storage bag for you to keep everything in.
Having finished all of the dinosaurs in the Crochet Dinosaur Series, you will need a place for them all to play and this week we will make the playmat for them.
The playmat is made in entirely in wave stitch in alternating colours to represent the deep sea up to the waves on the beach. It also has mud, bushes, grass and finishes with snow capped mountains. Although it might be shown in an abstract way, children should have no trouble figuring out which section is perfect for the dinosaur they are playing with.
Dinosaur PlaymatWe will make the accessories for the playmat (trees and moutains) over the next two weeks, but for this week we will just focus on the playmat itself. I made it 24″ square, but you could easily increase the size by adding more rows to increase the length, or adding multiples of 4 to the starting chain to increase the width.
To get your FREE pattern for this week only, click on the Dinosaur Playmat link. It will be available until 26/09/2017. If you miss it or any of the patterns in this series, then you can purchase the ‘Crochet Dinosaur eBook’ here.
I hope you enjoy making the playmat for the dinosaurs to play on. Join me next week when we will be adding a volcano.
This week see the dinosaur pattern portion of the Crochet Dinosaur Series come to an end, with the final water dinosaur, Isla the Ichthyosaurus.
Isla is the smaller of the two water dinosaurs and is made in a very similar way to Liam. Her flippers, fin and tail are all made in advance and then sewn to her body as you make her. As she is one of the smaller ones, she is much quicker to make than some of the land dinosaurs. In fact I actually managed to make both the water dinosaurs in one day!
I made Isla in white in the larger size and in grey for the smaller size. I actually prefer her in the grey since, I think she is a predecessor of the dolphin and grey seems to be a more appropriate colour for her.
Last week we finished the land dinosaurs, and this week marks the start of the sea dinosaurs, starting with Liam the Liopleurodon.
Liam has been made in blue and sea green and personally I prefer him in the sea green colour. He looks great in the water effect pictures and its a shame he couldn’t really go in the water! Liam’s flippers are made first and are sewn in as you go, but his body is one continuous piece of crochet. He is very easy to make, in fact I think his mouth gave me more trouble than Liam himself!
The flippers are made in the round and then folded flat, sewing round the top and pulling it shut makes it tapper in at the ends to give a more effective shape. I also thinks it makes them more rigid and less work than making multiple pieces and sewing them together.
You can find the pattern for Liam the Liopleurodon by clicking on his name and will be avaliable for FREE for this week only (until 12/09/17). You can find previous patterns and Liam in the ‘Crochet Dinosaur eBook‘ if you missed any or are too impatient to wait for the release of the rest of the series.
I hope you enjoy adding Liam to your growing collection. See you next week for the final dinosaur pattern of the series, Isla the Ichthyosaurus.