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Friday, December 12, 2014

Country Cottage and Tree Ornaments; A Free Crochet Pattern for You

 Are you ready for Christmas yet? I am working hard towards my goal of releasing a new free pattern every week during the month of December. Here is this weeks pattern, the little Country Cottage and Tree Ornaments. I hope you will enjoy them!

Country Cottage and Tree Ornaments
By Elizabeth Ann White
For BellaCrochet

Size: Cottage is about 3”; Tree is about 3 ½”

Gauge: 4 dc rows = 1”; Rnds 1-4 of Cottage = 2” across

Skill Level: Intermediate   For those who are familiar with working with size 10 thread and steel hooks, and who have a thorough understanding of the basics of crochet



Country Cottage
Materials for Cottage:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:  
   75  yards each Cream and Red
   50 yards   Brown  
   20 yards Blue
   Small amount Yellow
Small amount of fiberfill (to stuff Cottage)
2 yards scrap red yarn,  cut into 6” lengths (to stuff Roof)
About 5”x 9” piece of light weight cardboard or  poster board
Small amount transparent adhesive tape
Fabric Glue
Heavy spray starch
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel Crochet Hook

Cottage
Bottom and Walls
Rnd 1: With brown, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)
Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. Fasten off. (48 dc)
Place crocheted piece on cardboard and trace around it (circle should be 2”.) Cut a circle from cardboard, cutting slightly on the inside of the line (you want the circle to be just a bit smaller than the crocheted piece.)

Rnd 5: Working this round in back lps only, join cream with sl st in first, ch 3,  dc in each st around, join. (48 dc)
Rnds 6-10: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. At end of last round, fasten off.

Roof
Rnd 1: With red, ch 4, 9 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as  first dc; 10 dc made)
Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (20 dc)
Rnd 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (30 dc)
Rnd 4: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 2 dc) around, join. (40 dc)
Rnd 5: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 3 dc, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of next 3 dc) around, join. (50 dc)
Rnds 6 & 7: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (50 dc)
Rnd 8: (Ch 1, sc, ch 2, dc) in first st, skip next st, *(sc, ch 2, dc) in next st, skip next st; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Door
Row 1: With blue, ch 9, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each of next 4 chs, 7 dc in ch at end; working in remaining lps on opposite side of starting ch, dc in each of next 5 chs, 2 dc in last ch. Fasten off. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 19 dc made)

Window (make 2)
Row 1: With yellow, ch 5, sc in second ch from hook, sc in each of next 2 chs, 5 sc in ch at end; working in remaining lps on opposite side of starting ch, sc in each ch across. Fasten off. (11 sc made)
Row 2: Working in back lps only, join blue with sc in first sc, sc in each sc around, join with tr in base of first sc. Fasten off.

 
Joining with a tr in base of first sc.
Finishing
1: Place Door and Windows on a blocking surface. Spray with starch, shape and allow to dry.
2: Cut a  1 ½” by 8” strip  from poster board. Place the 2” circle of poster board that you cut earlier inside the Cottage. Place 1 ½” strip of poster board inside Cottage, overlapping short ends to fit. Tape the strip so that it fits snuggly against the sides of the Cottage.

3: Glue Door and Windows to Cottage as shown in photos. Allow to dry.

4: Place a small amount of fiberfill inside Cottage. Place red yarn inside Roof.



5: Run a bead of glue around top edge of Cottage. Keeping red yarn inside Roof, carefully place Roof on Cottage so that the glue touches the inside of the Roof. Allow glue to dry.

6: For hanging loop (optional) cut a 8” strand of red thread. Insert one end of strand under and around ch-3 on Rnd 2 of Roof, pull end of strand through. Tie both ends together to form a loop.

Trees

Tree With Cream Edging
Materials:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:  
   75  yards Green
   25 yards Cream
2 yards scrap green yarn, cut into 6” lengths (to stuff Tree)
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel Crochet Hook

Tree with Cream Edging
Rnd 1: With green, ch 4, 7 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 8 dc made)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (8 dc)
Rnd 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each dc around, join. (16 dc)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (16 dc)
Rnd 5: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc) around, join. (24 dc)
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (24 dc)
Rnd 7: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 2 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 2 dc) around, join. (32 dc)
Rnd 8: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (32 dc)
Rnd 9: (Ch 3,dc) in first st, dc in each of next 3 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 3 dc) around, join. (40 dc)
Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. (40 dc)
Rnd 11: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 4 dc, (2 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 4 dc) around, join. (48 dc)
Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in each dc around, join. Fasten off. (48 dc)
Rnd 13: Working this round in front lps only, join cream with sc in first st, ch 3, skip next dc, (sc in next dc, ch 3, skip next dc) around; do not join or fasten off, continue on with Edging.

Note: To sc around post of dc, insert hook from front to back and to front again around post of dc  indicated, yo, pull through, yo, work off 2 lps on hook.

For First Round of  Edging, working around posts of dc sts on Rnds 12-1 (see Note above),   ch 3, sc around post of first st on Rnd 12 (this is actually the ch-3 at the beginning of the round), ch 3, skip next dc, (sc around post of next dc, ch 3, skip next dc) around, ;
For Next Round of Edging, *sc around post of first st on next round, ch 3, skip next dc, (sc around post of next dc, ch 3, skip next dc) around*;
For Remaining Rounds of Edging, repeat between* and  * until all rounds have been worked. At end of last round, join with sl st in first sc of round. Fasten off.




Solid Green Tree
Materials:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:  
   100  yards Green
2 yards scrap green yarn,  cut into 6” lengths (to stuff Tree)
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel Crochet Hook

Solid Green Tree
Rnds 1-12: Work the same as for Tree with Cream Edging through Rnd 12, but at end of Rnd 12, do not fasten off
Rnd 13: Working this round in front lps only,  sc in first st, ch 3, skip next dc, (sc in next dc, ch 3, skip next dc) around; do not join or fasten off, continue on with Green to work Edging the same as for Tree with Cream Edging.  

Bottom for Tree (make one for each Tree)
Rnd 1: With green, ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)
Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. (24 dc)
Rnd 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. (36 dc)
Rnd 4: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around, join. Fasten off. (48 dc)

 Finishing
1: Stuff Tree with scraps of green yarn.
2: Hold  Tree and Bottom together;  matching  remaining back lps of stitches on Rnd 13 of Tree and stitches of Rnd 4 on Bottom and working through both thickness, join green thread  with sl st in first st, sl st in each st around, join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off.
3: For hanging loop (optional) cut a 8” strand of green thread. Insert one end of strand under and around the  ch-3 on Rnd 2 of Tree, pull the end of the strand through. Tie both ends together to form a loop. Trim ends.

Merry Christmas!

 Special thanks go to E.J. Miller, Jolene Ortiz and  Jewel Fernly for testing these patterns. They have been real troupers, helping me to get out a pattern every week during the busiest time of year!
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6 comments:

IRISH SMITTY said...

Great Job, love it

Crealice said...

cute, thanks for the pattern

coke said...

Thank you so much these are adorable

Ann said...

You are all so very welcome! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! Thank you for sharing!!

Andy said...

Perfect decorations, thank You for sharing it for FREE!