This week I am releasing the actual playmat pattern for the Polar Playmat Series. Included as part of this is the igloo pattern and also the storage bag to store it all in. Everything in this playmat is made from Paintbox Simply Aran Yarn* (my favourite at the moment) which I purchased from Love Crochet.
The actual playmat is constructed in two different stitches. A wave stitch for the sea and then a leaping stripes stitch for the ice. One thing I wanted to do with this playmat is give it some texture, so I purposefully looked for stitches that would do that. Most of the sea is constructed in a Royal Blue colour, but as you get closer to the ice, I introduced the seafoam blue to give the effect of the tide. This eventually turns into the ice, which uses champagne white. I wanted to create a little bit of a rise in the tidal area and so I make use of all the loops in a crochet stitch to create this effect. At the edge of the water is a row to level up the wave stitch before beginning the leaping stripes. I love the textured effect this stitch gives, but I have never actually worked it up in one colour only. I am glad I chose this though as I really like the bumpiness which I am sure you would find in the ice and snow of a polar region. The playmat is finished with a simple border in the midnight blue just to tidy up the edges.
All of the animals in the polar region are fish eaters (At least in this polar region they don’t eat each other!) and so I needed to add some fish to the playmat. I made 5 fish motifs in slate grey although you could easy add as many as you wanted to. The fish work up quickly in one piece and then sewn into the sea.
No polar region would be complete without an igloo and so one was created. I had originally thought I would make the igloo so the animals could use it, but the size that would have needed to be would have meant it would have covered the whole icy area, so in the end it is just decoration. I made my igloo in the blanket yarn, but holding 2 strands of the aran together would work too. The igloo is worked in 2 parts, the main circular area and then the porch is worked separately and added on. I then used the misty grey to give the brick outlines.
Finally having created all the creatures, playmat and igloo I knew it needed somewhere to be stored. My kids seem to be going through a phase of putting stuff all over the place and so I wanted to be able to keep it all nicely together. This also means it can be taken out and about more easily too. I wanted the bag to have some stretch, but still be a closed stitch, so I chose the Tunisian knit stitch, which is fast becoming one of my favourites. The bag is worked as one big rectangle and then a flap is sewn at the top to allow the cord to go through. Then I just sewed up 2 sides and threaded a long Romanian Point Lace cord through the top and tied the ends together. The bag actually looks quite small but actually I was able to store the playmat, igloo and 2 of each toy in and it still closes easily.
If you would like to create your own Polar Playmat, Igloo and storage bag then you can find the FREE pattern here. If you would prefer to get the ad free, printable PDF version then it is available for a small fee in my Etsy Store here.
I hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog post on the Polar Playmat, Igloo and Storage Bag and as usual I would love to see pictures of your creations on the blog. See you next time for the release of Sally the Seal.