Polar Playmat Crochet Pattern (Including Igloo & Storage Bag)

Polar Playmat

Polar Playmat Crochet Pattern (Including Igloo & Storage Bag) 

  1. Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make the playmat & Bag

  • Paintbox Simply Aran Yarn (although any aran/worsted weight will work) – 100g balls in the following colours
    • Champagne White (202) x 3 balls
    • Seafoam Blue (231)
    • Royal Blue (240) x 3 balls
    • Slate Grey (205)
    • Misty Grey (203)
    • Midnight Blue (237)
  • 5mm hook/3mm hook/ 5mm hook/ 5mm Tunisian hook
  • Tapestry needle
  1. Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this series of patterns.  All terms used are American.

  • Wave Stitch –3 dc, (dc dec) x 2, 3 dc, (dc inc) x 2
  • f/l – front loops
  • Block Stitch – (2 dc, ch 2) repeat
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet
  • Hdc – half double crochet
  • Trc – treble crochet
  • Tunisian crochet knit stitch
  • Romanian point lace cord
  • Sc stack – instead of ch3 work a sc in first stitch and then put a sc on top of it to create a stack
  1. Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

  • There is no specific for the playmat or bag however, the playmat is approximately 21” x 39” and the bag is 13” x 12” when used.
  • It is worth counting your stitches across every few rows to make sure you are not increasing or decreasing by accident
  • Try to make the stitches as tight as possible for the igloo to avoid any stuffing coming out.
  1. Pattern

 Playmat – Starting with the sea in Royal Blue in 4.5mm hook

Row Instruction Stitches
Ch 75
1 Working wave stitch, skip first 3 stitches to create ch 3 and dc in 4th ch from hook, then work repeating sequence (3 dc, dc dec, dc dec, 3 dc, dc inc, dc inc) to last 11 stitches then work 3 dc, dc dec, dc dec, 3 dc and end with dc inc, turn 72
2 Ch3, dc in same st as ch 3, then work sequence (3 dc, dc dec, dc dec, 3 dc, dc inc, dc inc) to last 11 stitches then work 3 dc, dc dec, dc dec, 3 dc and end with dc inc, turn 72
3-23 Repeat row 2 72
24 Change to seafoam and repeat row 2 72
25 Change to royal blue and repeat row 2 in f/l 72
26-27 Repeat rows 24-25 72
28 Change to seafoam and repeat rows 24-25 72
29 Change to white and work 1 row 72
30 In white 4 sc, (2 hdc,2 dc,2 hdc, 6 sc) to end (last repeat will only have 4 sc) 72
31 Sc stack, (2 dc, ch 2, sk 2) repeat to last stitch and end with hdc 34 dc, 34 ch 2, 1 hdc, 1 sc stack
32 Sc stack, 2 dc working over the c2 and into the row below, ch 2, sk 2) repeat to last stitch and end with hdc
33-67 Repeat row 32 34 dc, 34 ch 2, 1 hdc, 1 sc stack
68 3 sc, (2 dc, 2 sc) repeat to last stitch and end with sc 34 dc, 36 sc
69 Change to midnight – sc across top row, sc, ch 2, sc in corner stitch and then work 1 sc in each hdc or sc stack and 2 sc in each dc, then work sc, ch 2 , sc in the next corner.   Then along the wave side, work 1 sc in each stitch, then sc, ch 2 sc, in the third corner, finally up the other side work 2 sc in each dc and 1 sc in each sc stack or hdc, finish the final corner as sc, ch 2, sc 97 stitches on long sides and 72 stitches on short sides plus 4 corners
70 Work hdc, ch 2 hdc, in each corner, hdc in each stitch on long sides and short white side.   On wave side work corner then hdc, (2 x hdc dec, 8 hdc) to last stitch and finish with hdc and corner. 99 stitches on long ends, and 74 stitches on short white end 75 stitches on wave side plus corners
Cast off and sew in ends

Fish – Make 5 in slate grey in 3mm hook

Row Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in magic circle 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 Stitches between commas should be worked in same stitch of previous round, sc hdc, hdc dc, trc trc, trc trc, dc hdc, hdc sc, sc, sc hdc, hdc dc, dc dc, dc hdc, hdc sc 23
4 Sl st, ch 5, sk first ch and work sc, hdc, dc, trc down chain, sk stitch in round 3 and sl st to next stitch.

 

Forms 1 fin
7 sl st then ch 5, sk first ch and work sc, hdc, dc, trc down chain, sk stitch in round 3 and sl st to next stitch. Forms 2nd fin
4 sl st, 2 sc, turn (start of tail) 2
Sc inc, sc inc, turn 4
Sc inc, 2 sc, sc inc, turn 6
Sc inc, 4 sc, sc inc, turn 8
Sc inc, 6 sc, sc inc (finishes tail) 10
Cast off and sew fishes to playmat randomly
Polar Playmat
Polar Playmat

Igloo – in white Holding 2 strands together with 5mm hook

Row Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in magic circle 6
2 (sc inc) x 6 12
3 (sc, sc inc) x 6 18
4 (2 sc, sc inc) x 6 24
5 (3 sc, sc inc) x 6 30
6 (4 sc, sc inc) x 6 36
7 (5 sc, sc inc) x 6 42
8-12 Sc around 42
13 (5 sc, sc dec) x 6 in b/l 36
14 (4 sc, sc dec) x 6 30
15 (3 sc, sc dec) x 6 24
16 (2 sc, sc dec) x 6 18
17 (sc, sc dec) x 6 12
Stuff igloo
18 (sc dec) x 6 6
Sl st and cast off and sew shut

Igloo door – in white Holding 2 strands together with 5mm hook

Row Instruction Stitches
1 6 sc in magic circle – do not join, turn 6
2 2 sc, (sc inc) x 2, 2 sc, turn 8
3 2 sc in next stitch, hdc dc in next stitch, dc trc in next stitch, trc dc in next stitch, dc hdc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch 16
4 Sc around in f/l 16
5-6 Sc around 16
Sl st cast off and sew to front of igloo and then stuff

Door base – in white Holding 2 strands together with 5mmhook

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Ch 4, sk stitch closest to hook and sc across 3
2-6 Sc across 3
Cast off and sew to base of igloo door

Sew brick pattern to igloo in misty grey

Playmat Bag– starting in royal blue with 5mm Tunisian hook

Row Instruction Stitches
1 Chain 85 85
2-45 Work in Tunisian knit stitch 85
46-50 Work in Tunisian knit stitch in seafoam blue 85
51-65 Work in Tunisian knit stitch in white 85
Cast off
  • Fold the white stripe down so 5 rows are facing the back of the crochet panel and sew shut, this will create a channel to add the drawstring to later.
  • Fold the bag in half with right sides facing and sew shut using whip stitch. (do not sew channel shut!) Then turn right way out.
  • Create a cord using Romanian Point Lace Cord technique long enough to go through the channel with a bit extra. Cast off and thread through channel, knot the cord together.
  • Your playmat, igloo and animals can now be stored in the bag.

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