This is my first pattern release in four long months after a much-needed hiatus. Who knew that having twins would take up so much of my time (everybody except me who was overly optimistic in how much time I would have leftover to crochet). That being said I am slowly finding my groove and trying to use schedules that are more practical in order to achieve my goals.
I am happy to be back to releasing patterns – I am especially happy to be able to continue sharing my Toy Story series with you. This months pattern release is RC the race car. RC did give me a little trouble and required some problem-solving. Crocheting of the individual parts was very straightforward, it was when it came time to assemble him where my problems began.
I mistakenly decided to assemble RC as I went along so that I could correctly gauge the size and shapes of bits that I needed. (another mistake on my part because I really should have printed the picture instead of keeping it on my phone). Anyway, because I did it this way and had already assembled the body when it came time to attach the wheels, eyes and grill I realised that I had no way to secure the wire. Due to this, I had to make some adjustments to the pattern so the pictures shown in the assembly section may not depict these changes. Fortunately, the primary changes are just to secure the wires to the base.
For each individual part, I added a row of single crochet all around the perimeter. I find that doing this makes the overall look of the seams much neater. The completed size of RC is approximately 6.5 inches wide, 8 inches long and 5 inches tall.
I will not waffle on anymore, just continue reading below to view the pattern and assembly instructions.
- DK yarn (green, blue, black and red
- 2.5mm crochet hook
- Yarn needle
- Fire retardant Fibrefill
- Black and white felt (for the eyes)
- Craft wire
- Felt glue
- Hot glue gun and glue (optional, you can use other methods to secure your wire)
- Pins (optional)
- Stitch marker (optional)
^^ Note: I plan to use T-shirt transfer paper to get the detailing on the sides and spacer for RC. This is optional. you can leave the side plain or just use felt to create the same effect. ^^
- MR# – magic ring with the specified number of single crochets
- SC – single crochet (double crochet English)
- HDC – half double crochet (half treble English)
- INC – single crochet increase
- #in1 – the specified number of SC in the same stitch (i.e. 3in1)
- DEC – invisible decrease
- 2TOG – two stitches together decrease (non-invisible) method
- *_______* X# – repeat sequence within the asterisks the specified number of times e.g. *SC, INC* x6)
- FLO – front loop only
- BLO – back loop only
- CH – chain stitches
- CH1T – chain a stitch then turn your work
- SS – slip stitch
- ST/STS – stitch/stitches
- FO – fasten off
You are now complete. How did you find the assembly process? Not too complicated I hope. With any luck, you were able to capture RC’s essence and are happy with the overall outcome. Don’t forget to send me pictures! It really does make my day.
Coming next month are Mr Potato Head (Toy Story) and Genie (Aladdin).
Until the next post, happy crocheting!