A Very Crochet Christmas – Nativity Scene

This week in Cosy Crochet’s Christmas I would like to show you all the Nativity scene I made last year.

We have always had a nativity scene under the Christmas Tree (since it is the reason for Christmas!) and most of the child friendly displays avaliable are not toddler friendly.  Last year Lily was just about 1 and didn’t really know not to eat the small figures, so when I saw the nativity pattern in a magazine, I knew this was the solution.   There would be nothing dangerous about a crocheted nativity.   They wouldn’t be ruined and it would also provide the kids with a distraction, rather than playing with the Christmas Tree decorations.

Last year the kids just played with it, but this year I hope we can use it to act out the nativity story.   You can find the pattern for the nativity figures part 1 here for FREE  and Part 2 here also for FREE.   The pattern includes all the figures; Mary, Joseph, Jesus (and manger), 2 Shepherds and a lamb, 3 wise men and an angel.   I added my own donkey and a stable with a star on top.  To hold the stable in its shape I put cardboard between crochet panels and sewed them together.   It seems to be holding ok, even after being in storage for a year!  I also added my own mat for the whole nativity to sit on.

Crochet Nativity
Crochet Nativity

I hope you enjoyed my  crochet nativity scene, and if you get a chance the pattern took me less than a week to make and is definitely worth it if you have little ones in the house.   I’ll get a photo of it under my tree this year and put it on my social media sites.

See you next week for more Christmas patterns.

Vicky x

A Very Crochet Christmas – Christmas Elves

Christmas has come to Cosy Crochet (a bit early I know, but I couldn’t wait any longer!)   This week is the first of the Christmas items I have been working on for you – Jingle the Elf.

Now my children are ages 4 and 2 they definitely seem ready to properly buy into all the Christmas traditions and one I have really wanted to start is the Elf of the Shelf.  However, rather than just buying any old elf, I decided to make one.   Although making one elf very quickly turned in to 2 elves!

So this week I would like to introduce to you Jingle and Candy the Christmas Elves.   The kids have already seen me making them and know they will be coming out closer to Christmas to report to Santa how well they are behaving.   What they don’t know however, is that elves can get themselves into all sorts of mischief!   I definitely look forward to seeing the kids reactions to what the elves get up to throughout the lead up to Christmas.   I am really hoping they will build up their excitement to Christmas day.

Jingle and Candy Elves
Jingle and Candy Elves

We usually put our decorations up as close to the beginning of December as we can so the elves will probably come out then.  The elves only took me a day to make each and so if you wanted to make 1 or 2 or several of these elves, there is still plenty of time.   They use mostly single crochets (plus increases and decreases) and loop stitch to create their hair.  I used the paintbox simple aran yarns to make them, but any aran yarn would work.

You can purchase the patterns for Jingle and Candy separately for £2.99 each, or get both patterns for £5.   As usual you can find them for sale on both my etsy and ravelry stores.

I hope you love my elves as much as I do, and I look forward to seeing any of the elves you make.   Keep an eye on my social media platforms to find out more about the mischief that Candy and Jingle get up to in our house over the Christmas period.

See you next week,

Vicky x

Crochet Hooded Blanket – Unicorn

Last week I showed you the dinosaur Hooded Crochet Blanket I made for Oliver.   This week I want to show you the unicorn version I have made for Lily.

Lily really loves horses and riding and well anything along that lines, but more recently she is happy with coloured ponies and also unicorns.   The chunky platinum coloured wool that Aldi released recently paired perfectly with their raspberry colour and just looked like the perfect combinations for a unicorn.  So a unicorn hooded blanket and toy were created from them.   I used about 3 balls of the platinum and one of the pink to create the blanket and the toy.

The blanket was created from a platinum rectangle in shell stitch and a shell stitch border in pink.   I also added pink triangle hand pockets and a platinum hood which was created from a shell stitch rectangle and attached before the border was added.   To finish off the unicorn blanket I added the pink horn and also a pink mane.

The unicorn cuddly toy was created in a similar way, with a platinum body and pink highlighting features.   I adapted this unicorn toy pattern, although I made the arms and legs attach as you go rather than having so much sewing to do at the end.

Crochet Hooded Blanket - Unicorn collage
Crochet Hooded Blanket – Unicorn collage

I’m not 100% happy with the shape of either the head or the body of this pattern and I am not sure if its is because of the actual pattern or how I adapted it.   I will probably have another go at making another unicorn (although it will not be of the same wool) next year to see if I can improve on the shape at all.   However, Lily loves her unicorn and that is really all that matters!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the hooded blankets and toys I have made over the last couple of weeks.   Join me next week for something completely different.

Vicky x

Crochet Hooded Blanket – Dinosaur

Hooded blankets seem to be very much in fashion at the moment and I wanted to jump on that trend for my children.   Being as I have a dinosaur mad son and I already had some of the chunky green and blue wool from Aldi, I decided I would make Oliver a Crochet Hooded Blanket, a dinosaur version.

The blanket was very easy to make, I simply made a rectangle using double crochet stitches, but working in alternating back and front loop rows, to create a bit of texture like a dinosaur.   I then made a rectangle shape to create the hood which is attached in the centre at the top of the rectangle.  I also added triangle pockets for Oliver’s hands to hold up the blanket in the contrasting blue.

For the border, I worked a round of single crochet in the blue colour and then a round of almost picot like border to create spikes on the blanket, another dinosaur effect.   I finished off with a crest on the hood and a couple of horns giving a similar effect to a triceratops.

Crochet Hooded Blanket - Dinosaur Collage
Crochet Hooded Blanket – Dinosaur Collage

To go with his hooded blanket (and to use up the last of the green wool) I also made Oliver his own chunky Tracey Triceratops and he has been delighted with both, as you can see above.   They will be perfect for him to cuddle up under as the weather gets colder.

See you next week for the unicorn version I made for Lily.

Vicky x

Chunky Tracey Triceratops Video

A few weeks ago I held a poll on facebook to find out your favourite dinosaur from my dinosaur series.  The answer was very clearly Tracey Triceratops.   I promised that I would make a video of Tracey when making her to be entered into the competition.   So this week I want to introduce you to chunky Tracey Triceratops and release the video of me making her.

Chunky Tracey Triceratops
Chunky Tracey Triceratops

I (like so many others) bought a load of wool when Aldi had them on special a few weeks ago and among that was there was the really chunky wool in both green and blue and they both seemed perfect to make a really cuddly version of Tracey.   The pattern is pretty much exactly the same, although I made her legs a little shorter and only used one strand wool (due to the thinkness) for her crest.   The rest however, is just a larger version and she  is very very cuddly.

I managed to video the whole process and its just under 2 hours so quite long.  But unless you are wanting to make Tracey as I go you wouldn’t need to watch it all.   The camera work is not perfect, I still have a lot to learn making videos, but I hope you will forgive that as it is my first go.

So here is me making a chunky Tracey Triceratops.   Hope you enjoy watching.  Feel free to give me any feedback and I would love to see any chunky dinosaurs you may decide to make.   I’ll let you know how she does in the competition when I know.

See you next week,

Vicky x