BIRD HOUSE

Simply Crochet - - HOOK TO HOOK -

Donna Wilkins de­signed and cro­cheted a cute mini bird house for the tree.

■ ▼en­s­ley­dale Long­wool DK (100% wool, 100g/235m), 1 ball of each: Yarn A Brown (424), Yarn B Nat­u­ral (401), Yarn C Pome­gran­ate (425), Yarn D Spruce (424)

■ A 3.5mm (US E/4) hook

■ Toy stuff­ing

■ Dec­o­ra­tive rib­bon (ap­prox 10cm)

For yarn stock­ists, con­tact Wool Ware­house 01926 882818 www.wool­ware­house.co.uk TEN­SION

Ten­sion is not crit­i­cal for this project

MEA­SURE­MENTS

Bird House mea­sures 10x12cm (4x4 in) at the widest points

ABBREVIATIONS

dc3­tog (In­sert hook into the next st, yrh and pull up the loop) 3 times, yrh and draw through all 4 loops on the hook

For a full list, see page 92

NOTES

Make 2 House Mo­tifs and join them to­gether at the end. Win­dows are worked in a con­tin­u­ous spi­ral with­out clos­ing off the rounds with a ss.

HOUSE MO­TIF (MAKE 2)

With Yarn A, ch2.

Row 1 (RS) 2dc in sec­ond ch from hook, turn. [2 dc]

Row 2 (WS) Ch1 (does not count as st through­out), 2dc in each st across, turn. [4 dc] Row 3 Ch1, 2dc in first st, dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in last st, turn. [6 dc]

Row 4 Ch1, 2dc in first st, dc in each st to last st, 2dc in last st, turn. [8 dc]

Rows 5-12 Repeat Row 4. [24 dc]

Row 13 Ch1, dc in each st across, turn.

Row 14 Ch1, (dc2­tog), dc in each st to last 2 sts, (dc2­tog), turn. [22 dc]

Rows 15-16 Ch1, dc in each st across, turn.

Rows 17-31 Repeat Rows 14-16 five times. [12 dc]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

ROOF (MAKE 2)

With Yarn A, ch34.

Row 1 (RS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in next 14 sts, dc3­tog, dc in next 15 sts, turn.

[31 dc]

Row 2 (WS) Ch1, dc in next 15 sts, skip 1 st, dc in next 15 sts, turn. [30 dc]

Row 3 Ch1, dc in 14 sts, dc2­tog, dc in next

14 sts. [29 dc]

Fas­ten off, leav­ing a long tail.

Join Yarn B to the first st of Row 3 of the Roof.

Row 4 (RS) Ch1, dc in st at base of ch-1, skip 1 st,*5tr in next st, skip 2 sts, dc in next st, skip two sts, repeat from * 3 times more, 5tr in next st, skip 1 st, dc in last st. [5 5-tr clus­ters, 6 dc]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

DOOR (MAKE 2)

With Yarn C, ch8.

Row 1 (RS) Dc in sec­ond ch from hook, dc in each ch across, turn. [7 dc]

Row 2 Ch1, dc in each st across, turn.

Row 3 Ch1, dc in next 3 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, turn. [8 dc]

Row 4 Repeat Row 2. Row 5 Ch1, dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 3 sts, turn. [9 dc]

Row 6 Repeat Row 2.

Row 7 Ch1, dc in next 4 sts, 2dc in next st, dc in next 4 sts, turn. [10 dc]

Row 8 Repeat Row 2.

Row 9 Ch1, dc2­tog, dc in next 6 sts, dc2­tog, turn. [8 sts]

Row 10 Ch1, dc2­tog, dc in next 4 sts, dc2­tog, turn. [6 sts]

Row 11 Ch1, dc2­tog, dc in next 2 sts, dc2­tog, turn. [4 sts]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

Join Yarn D into the bot­tom right cor­ner of the Door.

Round 1 Ch1, 10dc evenly up the ends of Rows 1-10, 2dc in the Row 11 end, dc in each st of Row 11, 2dc in Row 11 end on other side, 10dc evenly down to the bot­tom left cor­ner of the door. [28 dc]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

Us­ing Yarn D, sew a small han­dle on the right hand side of the Door.

WIN­DOW (MAKE 2)

With Yarn B, make a magic loop.

Round 1 Ch1 (does not count as st), 6dc into the loop. [6 dc]

Round 2 2dc in each st around. [12 dc]

Round 3 (Dc in next st, 2dc in next st) 6 times, ss in next st to close round. [18 dc]

Fas­ten off and weave in ends.

Us­ing Yarn D, back­stitch 2 lines across the Win­dow, us­ing the pic­ture as guide.

TO MAKE UP

When mak­ing up your Bird House you’ll find it help­ful to re­fer to the im­ages.

Us­ing Yarn D, sew the Door to the House; the bot­tom of the Door should meet the sec­ond row of the House.

Us­ing Yarn A, sew Row 2 of the Roof to the top of the House. This will leave the roof slightly higher than the house.

Us­ing Yarn B, sew the Win­dow to the House. With WS to­gether, sew the two Houses to­gether, fill­ing with toy stuff­ing as you go. At­tach rib­bon to top of the Roof to hang your dec­o­ra­tion.

From left: Donna’s sim­ple edg­ings for the win­dow and roof re­ally bring her bird house dec­o­ra­tion to­gether. Add de­tail to the win­dow with two lines of back­stitch; Donna’s ini­tial pen­cil sketches show how her ideas be­gan – she’s still got time to make the cute Christ­mas tree for this year!

From left: Mar­i­anne’s full-colour sketch shows the robin mo­tif, heart shape and scal­loped edge but she went for a less busy colour scheme for her fi­nal make; the snow shower has evolved into sim­ple dots for added de­tail. The de­sign is dou­ble-sided and per­fect as a tree dec­o­ra­tion

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