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Camping Van Christmas Tree Ornament – Free Crochet Pattern

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift idea – here it is! More and more people are falling in love with camping lately. Well, it is not surprising: this is the only type of holidays we could make during the pandemy. Why dont we make a Christmas ornament out of the new trend?

You will need:

  • 3,5 mm crochet hook
  • white, red, grey and black yarn leftovers. The white yarn should be a bit thicker than the red one: it will make the upper half of the van look broader than the bottom part. If you do not want this effect – use all four yarns of the same type
  • scissors
  • stitch marker
  • 2 white simple buttons
  • thread and a needle for sewing the buttons
  • fiberfill (I used yarn leftovers to stuff the van)

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in 1 st
  • X N – repeat N times
  • ( … ) – at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

If it is your first crocheted toy ever, you might want to have a look at my tricks for crocheting amigurumi and ideas for interesting amigurumi stuffing. Also there are some tips how to crochet “zero waste”.I am sure you will find it helpful! Have fun crocheting!

Pattern

Back panel (grey yarn):

14 ch, insert the hook in the 2nd from the hook ch

Row 1: sc in each st, 2 ch, turn (13)

Rows 2 – 4: dc in each st, 2 ch, turn (13)

Row 5: dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next 9 st, 2 dc in next st, dc in next st (15). Note: if all of your yarns are of the same type/thickness, skip the increases, in this case your Row 5 would be identical to Rows 2-4.

Rows 6 – 7: dc in each st, 2 ch, turn (15)

Row 8: dc in each st (15)

Place sc around the back panel (1 sc in each stitch, 2 sc in each corner stitch), fasten off, cut the yarn, weave in the tail.

VW logo:

Round 1 (white yarn): 6 sc in magic ring (6)

Round 2 (black yarn): (sc in next st, inc in next st) X 3 (9). Sl st to the first st of this round

Fasten off and cut the yarn leaving a long tail. Pull the tail through the 5th stitch of the last round, pull it back through the 4th stitch and insert the tail into the 8th stitch. Use the tail for sewing the logo to the front panel later.

Front panel:

Starting with red yarn: 13 ch, insert the hook in the 2nd st from the hook

Rows 1 – 3 (red yarn): sc in in every st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Row 4: sc in next 5 st, change to white yarn: sc in next 2 st (carry the red thread along), change to red yarn (leave the white thread as it is, you will pick it on the way back): sc in next 5 st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Row 5: sc in next 4 st, change to white yarn: sc in next 4 st (carry the red thread along), change to red yarn (leave the white thread as it is, you will pick it on the way back): sc in next 4 st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Row 6: sc in next 3 st, change to white yarn: sc in next 6 st (carry the red thread along), change to red yarn (leave the white thread as it is, you will pick it on the way back): sc in next 3 st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Row 7: sc in next 2 st, change to white yarn: sc in next 8 st (carry the red thread along), change to red yarn (leave the white thread as it is, you will pick it on the way back): sc in next 2 st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Row 8: sc in next st, change to white yarn: sc in next 10 st (carry the red thread along), change to red yarn (leave the white thread as it is, you will pick it on the way back): sc in next st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Rows 9 – 10 (white yarn): sc in in every st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Rows 11 – 14: sc in next 2 st, change to grey yarn: sc in next 8 st (carry the white thread along), change to white yarn (leave the grey thread as it is, you will pick it on the way back): sc in next 2 st, 1 ch, turn (12)

Fasten off the grey thread. Now we are going to crochet around the front panel.

Round 1: With white yarn make sc in each stitch until the end of the row (12), sc again in the last st and place sc in the end of each white row. Change to red yarn when going further to the red half of the van. Fasten off white yarn. Keep crocheting around the red part placing sc in each st and 2 sc in each corner st. Change back to white yarn when going further to the white half of the van and carry on the red thread, go on until the beginning of the round, do not sl st (52).

Round 2: make another round of sc (on sc in each st). Change to red yarn when going further to the red half of the van and change back to white for the last couple of stitches carrying along the red thread. Do not sl st, fasten off white yarn (52).

Round 3: sc in each stitch using red yarn only (52). Do not fasten off, you will keep crocheting around connecting the front panel to the back panel.

Sew the VW logo and the buttons to the front panel.

Place the front panel on the top of the back panel. The right side of the front panel looks up now, the right side of the back panel looks down. Crochet around both panels:

Place hdc in each stitch, 2 hdc in each corner stitch. After completing three sides stuff the van. Continue crocheting until the end of the round. Sl st to the first hdc. Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the tail.

Insert the hook in the central stitch of the top side of the van, make 35 ch, sl st to the beginning of the chain (or the next stitch of the van side if it looks more symmetrical). Fasten off, cut the yarn and weave in the tail. Yeeey, you have just completed your camping van ornament!

The van is also doggy approved as a perfect toy 🙂

Did you have fun crocheting this pattern? Check out my other free patterns here!

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My Crochet Highlights 2020

The year 2020 is almost (finally) over and I want to share my biggest crochet achievements of the year with you! I am very sorry for all the typos in this post, I think I am already drunk (it is only 6 pm here!). I am just really looking forward to step into the new year! 🙂

But let’s stay positive and talk about crochet! So in 2020 I had 4 crochet goals:

  • to learn tunisian crochet;
  • to try irish lace;
  • to crochet a realistic bird;
  • to crochet a christmas cookie.

And I am sooooo proud to tell you that all these goals have been achieved! I am really glad because I tend to not finish very many of my projects.

Another thing I put in my crochet to-do list for the year is to take more care of my blog and to try to establish more contact with another creators. In January 2020 I have created an account in Instagram and I am so happy I did it! I can’t believe it had been only a year!

I have participated in so many CALs (thank you Eleonora! You were the first person I followed after signing up in Instagram :), giveaways (I even won one, yeeey!) and I have tested 5 patterns. I have found so many great people and I am so thankful for all of it.

Here some photos of the activities I have mentioned:

The Stained Glass Tunisian Sweater Pattern I have tested for @handmadebyroeska
Coastal Coasters CAL hosted by Coastal Crochet
Winter Warme Ohren CAL hosted by Yippieyippieyarn

So let’s get back to my crochet goals 2020:

  1. Tunisian Crochet. In February I have been testing a tunisian sweater pattern created by @inthestitchwithvix. This was the first pattern I have tested and my first tunisian crochet experience. I loved everything about this design and I got into tunisian crochet so much, so I crocheted the sweater again 🙂

2. Irish lace. Uuuuh this gorgeous technique gave me a hard time getting into it (I vene wrote a post about it, you can read it here). But it did work although I still have a long way to go for imroving my skills.

3. Realistic bird.

I crocheted a bullfinch as a gift for my friend. I followed this great youtube tutorial (it is only available in Russian).

4. Last but not the least, I have crocheted (and baked!!!) a bunch of Christmas cookies!! I shared several patterns here and you can find them in My Patterns.

The year was not that bad after all, right? But it is also good to move on 🙂

I have so many ideas, goals and inspiration for the next year and I hope to show it to all of you soon!

Thank you so much for reading it! I encourage you to see positive sides of 2020 and I hope you will have a great new year!

Happy New Year!

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German Christmass Cookies “Nüsschen” Free Crochet Tutorial

These cookies are very traditional German Christmas cookies every family bakes in December. This is my very first recipy and these cookies are my husband’s favourite! The crocheted version would be a cute decoration for your kitchen or a beloved toy for your kid!

Here you can find both the free crochet pattern and the original recipy!

Ingredients:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown and light brown (or even yellow) yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • yarn leftovers for stuffing

Abbreviations:

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

The pattern:

Top part:

Start with dark brown yarn: 6 sc in Magic Ring

Round 1: Sc in each st (6)

Change to the light brown yarn.

Round 2: Inc X 6 (12)

Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)

Rounds 5-6: sc in all st (24). Fasten off and cut the yarn, weave in the end.

Bottom part:

Crochet with the light brown yarn: 6 sc in Magic Ring

Round 1: Sc in each st (6)

Round 2: Inc X 6 (12)

Round 3: (sc in next st, inc) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (sc in next 2 st, inc) X 6 (24)

Round 5: (sc in next 3 st, inc) X 6 (30). Fasten off, cut the yarn leaving a longer tail for sewing.

Sew two parts together, stuff it with yarn leftovers. Note: the bottom part has to be inside out (the “right” side should be inside, see the pics).

Taadaaaaa, finished!

Now check out the eatable recipe 🙂

Plätzchen “Nüßchen”

  • 300 g ground haselnuts
  • 300 g soft butter
  • 200 g sugar
  • 300 g flour
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • 2 packages vanilla sugar
  • about 100 whole haselnuts for decoration

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven 180°C, soft butter and sugar mix together, add other ingridients.
  • Mix everything in a homogeneous dough
  • Shape small balls (2 cm diameter) and put it on a baking sheet
  • Press a whole haselnut in each dough ball (until a half of the nut will be inside).
  • Bake 12 minutes and let the cookies cool down (When you get the cookies out of the oven, they will still feel very soft. Dont worry about it and let them cool down, they will ge harder very fast!).

Bon appetit!

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Christmas Cookies Free Crochet Pattern

I continue introducing original German cookie recipes to you. Crocheted version you can use as Christmas decorations! And today’s cookie is the Nougat Rings!

This recipe is very special to me because I am making it for the first time this year! Usually I am quite conservative if it’s about Christmas recipes but this year is so different in many ways, so I have tried something new.

At the end of the pattern you can also find the real recipe!

You will need:

  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • stitch marker
  • dark brown yarn
  • light brown yarn
  • scissors
  • sewing needle
  • colourful yarn leftovers for decorating

Abbriviations

  • ch – chain
  • st – stitch
  • sc – single crochet
  • inc – 2 sc in one st (used to increase the number of stitches)
  • dec – 2 sc together (used to decrease the number of stitches)
  • X 6 – repeat 6 times
  • at the end of every round total number of stitches is shown

Note:

  • Every next round is crocheted in the back loop only!!!!
  • Colour change tails can be used as stuffing

The pattern:

Dark brown Ch 6, change to the light yarn and ch 6, sl st to the first ch to join the circle.

Now the colours will be kept as in the chain. So change the yarn to the light one after a half of the circle and change back to the dark yarn at the end of every round. The tails can be left here to serve as a stuffing of the cookie. Remember to crochet in back loops only!

Rounds 1-2: sc in all st (12)

Round 3: (inc, sc in next st) X 6 (18)

Round 4: (inc, sc in next 2 st) X 6 (24)

Rounds 5-6: sc in all st (24)

Now you crochet using the light yarn only.

Round 7: (dec, sc in next 2 st) X 6 (18)

Round 8: (dec, sc in next st) X 6 (12)

Now use colourful short yarn leftovers to make the sugar.

Sew the round 8 with the base chain.

Congratulations, the cookie is finished!

And as promised, here is the real recipe of the Nougat Rings Cookies:

  • 40 g nougat
  • 120 g soft butter
  • 120 g powdered sugar
  • 160 g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 90 g instant flakes
  • chocolate and colourful sugar for decorating

Preparation:

  • Preheat the oven 200°C, soft butter and nougat mix together, add sugar.
  • Add flour, eggs and flakes to the dough and put it in a fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Put the dough in a plastic bag with a small hole (around 1 cm diameter).
  • Press the dough out of the bag in ring shapes on a baking sheet.
  • Bake 12 minutes and let the cookies cool down.
  • Decorate with chocolate and sugar. Enjoy!

I hope you had fun baking and crocheting these beauties with me!

You might also like:

Crochet Christmas Cookie Free Pattern and Recipe!

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