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Posted on October 10, 2014 There have been 0 comments

Don't go down to the woods today...

It’s a bit crochet crazy in the office this week - we’ve been enjoying this cute little video full of crochet characters, we’ve got a Fairytale Crochet giveaway on Twitter, and Nicki Trench’s Crochet Basics is our current book of the week - so we thought it was only fair to share a crochet project with you today!

A lot of you have voted Hansel and Gretel as your favourite fairytale, so we’ve picked this adorable pair for you to make. The book also includes instructions to make the accompanying scenery for each fairytale, so if Hansel and Gretel look a little lonely then they might just need a wicked witch, a gingerbread cottage and a garden to stand with (or run away from!)

 

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel are brother and sister; they are quick to make and can be customized to your own wishes. I have made free standing figures but you could easily make cute egg cosies or finger puppets by omitting the skirt base and stitching a simple lining inside – if so, work Hansel’s bottom half as for Gretel.

 

Skill level: **

 

Size

Gretel – 10cm (4in) tall

Hansel – 11.5cm (4½in) tall

 

You will need

Gretel:

  • DK (light worsted) yarn:

Oddments of yellow (A), flesh ton or peach (B) and silver-green (F)

10g (3/8oz) each of red (C) and pink (D)

  • Scraps of coloured felt in greens and pinks
  • 2.5cm (1in) square of cream felt
  • Heart shape button

 

Hansel:

  • DK (light worsted) yarn:

10 g (3/8oz) of brown (A), yellow (C), green (D) and red (E)

Oddments of flesh tone or peach (B) and silver-green (F)

 

Both:

  • 3mm (US D/3) crochet hook
  • Removable stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle
  • Embroidery thread or 2ply yarn in bright colours

 

Abbreviations

blo                        back loop only

ch                          chain

cont                      continue

dc                          double crochet

dc2tog                  double crochet two sts together

dtr                         double treble

htr                         half treble

pm                         place marker

ss                           slip stitch

st(s)                      stitch(es)

tr                           treble

rep                        repeat

rem                      remaining

yrh                        yarn round hook

 

 

GRETEL

 

Head:

Using yarn B, 2ch, 6dc in 2nd ch, ss in first dc tojoin, pm.

Round 1: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Rounds 2–5: Dc around. (12 sts)

Fill head with toy stuffing.

Round 6: [Dc2tog] 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off yarn B.

 

Bodice:

Round 7: Join yarn C at st marker, dc(blo)around. (6 sts)

Round 8: 2dc in each st around, ss in first dc tojoin. (12 sts)

Rounds 9–10: Dc around. Fasten off yarn C.

 

Skirt:

Round 11: Join yarn D at st marker, 3ch (countsas 1tr now and throughout), 1tr at base of ch, 2trin each st to end. (24 sts)

Round 12: 3ch, tr around.

Round 13: Rep Round 9. (24 sts)

Fasten off yarn D.

Round 14: Join yarn F at st marker, 1ch, dcaround, ss in first dc to join. (24 sts)

Round 15: [5ch, miss 2 sts, ss in next st] 12times. (12 ch loops)

Fasten off yarn F.

 

Skirt base

Base ring: Using yarn C, 2ch, 6dc in 2nd ch, ss infirst dc to join. (6 sts)

Round 1: 3ch, 1tr in base of ch, 2tr in each staround. (12 sts)

Round 2:1ch, 2dc in each st around. (24 sts)

Fasten off yarn C, leaving a 15cm (6in) tail.

 

FINISHING

Fill bodice and skirt with toy stuffing. Use tail of Skirt Base to attach to inside skirt to contain the stuffing.

 

Hair:

Using yarn A, 2ch, 6dc in 2nd ch from hook, ss infirst dc to join, pm.

Round 1: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 2: [1htr, 1tr, 3dtr in next st, 1tr, 1htr, ss innext st] twice.

Fasten off A.

 

Plaits:

Cut 15cm (6in) length of yarn A, fold in half andput hook in fold, insert hook through end of dtrin Round 2, ss through dtr and 5ch using doublethickness of A. Tie off and trim both ends of yarnto make a plait. Rep for other plait.

Use tail of yarn A to attach hair to head.

 

Flower in hair:

Insert hook into surface of hair at one side, using yarn D, yrh and draw through loop, 5ch, ss inbase of ch, 3ch, ss in base of ch. Fasten off andweave in ends.

Stitch a tiny green felt leaf next to flower.

 

Face:

For embroidery stitches see pages 122–123 and page 124 for making faces. Use French knots and black or brown yarn for eyes and peach for the nose. Make two tiny red stitches for a mouth and use cross stitch in pink to make 2 rosy cheeks.

 

Arms:

Follow the instructions on page 125; I have given Gretel long red sleeves but you can use anycolour or sleeve length you like.

 

Apron:

Stitch cream piece of felt onto front of the skirt, shaping the bottom so it’s rounded. Use a contrasting thread to stitch a tiny patch of felt onto skirt at side of the apron.

 

 

HANSEL

 

Head:

Using yarn B, 2ch, 6dc in 2nd ch, ss in first dc to join, pm.

Round 1: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Rounds 2–5: Dc around. (12 sts)

Fill head with toy stuffing.

Round 6: [Dc2tog] 6 times. (6 sts)

Fasten off yarn B.

Round 7: Join yarn C at st marker, dc around. (6sts)

Round 8: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Rounds 9–11: Dc around. Fasten off yarn C.

Fill body with toy stuffing.

 

Knickerbockers:

Round 12: Join yarn D at st marker, dc(blo)around. (12 sts)

Round 13: [2dc in next st, 1dc] 6 times. (18 sts)

 

Legs:

Round 14: Miss 8 sts, insert hook into next st,yrh, draw yarn through both loops on hook, 8dc (makes first leg).

Round 15: 8dc.

Round 16: [Dc2tog, 1dc] twice, dc2tog. (6 sts)

Fasten off yarn, leaving a 10cm (4in) tail.

Rejoin yarn to second leg-hole. Dc one round, then rep Rounds 15 and 16.

Fasten off.

 

Hair:

Round 1: Using yarn A, 2ch, 6dc in 2nd ch fromhook, ss in first dc to join, pm. (6 sts)

Round 2: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Round 3: Ch3, 1htr in next st, 1tr in each of next 6 sts, 1htr (leave rem 4 sts unworked).

Fasten off, leaving a 7.5cm (3in) end and set aside.

 

Cap:

Round 1: Using yarn E, 2ch, 6dc in first ch, ss infirst dc to join, pm.

Round 2: 2dc in each st around. (12 sts)

Row 3: 3ch, 3tr in next st, ss in next st, leaving rem 9 sts unworked.

Fasten off.

 

FINISHING

To make the wired legs and arms follow the instructions on page 125, using yarns B and C to wrap arms, E for legs and A for feet. Stitch hair and cap to top of head, using the yarn tails.

 

Braces:

Using yarn D, ss in any st at left-hand side front of Round 12, 12ch, take ch over shoulder, ss in any st on right-hand side of back. Fasten off yarn. Rep on other side to make second brace.

To make lederhosen, embroider a chain stitch from right brace to left in a straight line. Weave in ends.

 

Embroidery:

Embroider eyes, nose as for Gretel, use a brownor neutral thread to embroider the mouth.

 

We hope you enjoy the project and don't forget to head over to Twitter for a chance to win the book!

 

Fairytale Crochet by Louise Tyler is available to pre-order now.

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone and let's all go crochet crazy!


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