Sunday, 29 July 2012

Egmont's Umbrella

Spanish Version of the Pattern

A video tutorial is now available! I recommend reading over the written tutorial first.

 I've made a small change to this pattern. The spike on top of the umbrella is now part of the canopy pattern rather than a separate piece that you have to join on. The umbrella will now look like the blue umbrella shown below. As you can see the spike is a little thicker.

This is the pattern for Egmont’s little umbrella. It’s a bit of a hodge-podge pattern, requiring a bit of crochet, some wire, a bit of stitching and wrapping ... still, I’m pretty proud of the end product.

See how you go with it. If there are any problems, let me know. Wire is used in the umbrella so it’s not an appropriate toy for small children.

Egmont’s Umbrella

11cm/4 ½ in across

Your favourite colour for the canopy (8ply/DK)
Brown for the handle (8ply/DK)
Light Grey for the stem (8ply/DK)

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or size that will give you a tight stitch
Tapestry needle
Craft Wire 52cm/20 ½ in
Needle and thread or Glue (Multipurpose or Hot)

***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
dc – Double crochet
hdc – Half double crochet
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sl st – Slip stitch
st – Stitch. This term covers ch, sc, hdc, sl st and other stitches used in crochet.

Make a ring – The starting point for crocheting in a spiral. Use which ever method you prefer.
* * - Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as directed.
( ) – The number of stitches that should be in a completed round are placed in brackets at the end of that round’s instructions.


Canopy (in Favourite Colour)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (6)
Rnd 3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  twice (8)
Rnd 4: 2 sc in each st around (16)
Rnd 5: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (24)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (32)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (40)
Rnd 8: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (56)
Rnd 10-12: sc in each st around
Rnd 13: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (64)
Rnd 14: *hdc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next 3 st, sc in next st, hdc in next st, dc in next st*  eight times (64)
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.

Handle (in Brown)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 4 sc in ring (4)
Rnd 2-9: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.

***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***

Stitch in the ridges. This is optional. The ridges give the umbrella a segmented look and are stitched lines that radiate out from the centre point of the canopy to the outer points. Using a long length of yarn the same colour as the canopy, thread your needle through one of the outer points and whip stitch in a straight line to the spike. Thread your needle through the spike to the opposite side and continue whip stitching to the opposite outer point. Repeat this three times for the other points. Weave in ends.

Make the wire stem. Cut two lengths of wire, each about 3 times the width of the canopy. Fold them in half and twist together. Do not twist all the way to the top. You'll want the ends to be able to spread out into arms that will go under and attach to the canopy. These arms should be a little less than half the width of the canopy.

Spread ends out evenly so that you have four arms. Trim the arms to make them even if necessary. To stop them from poking you, bend the wire ends back with pliers.

Attach the handle and wrap the stem in yarn. Insert the twisted end of the wires into the crocheted handle. Knot a long length of light grey yarn to the crocheted handle, about 7 to 8 times the height of the stem, and wrap it around the wire stem.

When you reach the top, pull the yarn over the top and wrap the yarn back down the stem until you reach the handle again. Secure yarn to the handle and weave in end. Bend the handle into desired shape.

Instead of stitching the yarn to the handle, you can use glue to secure it. Add hot glue or a multipurpose glue that works on both metal and fabric to the end of the stem before you slide on the handle. Then secure the yarn that you're going to wrap around the stem with a dab of glue near the top of the handle. Wrap the yarn as instructed above and then secure the yarn end with another dab of glue when you come back down to the handle. If the glue needs time to dry, secure the yarn in place with a clothes peg.

Attach stem to canopy. Centre the stem on the underside of the canopy. Stitch down the ends of the arms with needle and thread. You will also need to stitch the arms down closer to the centre to ensure that the canopy doesn't lift away from the arms. Again, you can use glue instead of needle and thread. Use pegs to hold the arms in place if your glue needs time to dry.

To finish up, bend and shape the wire, giving the canopy a nice bowl shape.

Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2012

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