Moderate. The crocheting is straightforward but it's quite a small project and so it's a little fiddly, particularly when stitching on the keys. Alternatively, you can glue on the keys with hot glue or craft glue or leave them out all together.
Note on yarn and hook size
I crochet with a light worsted (DK) weight yarn. You can use a slightly heavier or lighter yarn as long as you use the same type of yarn for the different colours. This will ensure your toy is in proportion. Use a hook size that will give you a nice firm stitch. I used a 3.5mm hook for this project.
Crochet Hook – 3.5mm or preferred size
***This pattern was written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Rnd – Round
sc – Single crochet
sc2tog – Single crochet two stitches together.
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.
Trumpet (in Yellow)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2-25: sc in each st around
Rnd 26: sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (7)
Rnd 27: 2 sc in each st around (14)
Rnd 28: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* around (21)
Cut yarn and do an invisible fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn to use later when joining the keys.
Keys (in Yellow)
Row 1: sl st in 2nd chain from the hook, sl st in next 4 st (5)
Cut yarn and fasten off. Make three. Weave in yarn ends on two of the keys but leave a tail of yarn on the third one.
***These are guidelines only. Be guided by your own eye at all times.***
Join the keys to the trumpet. Weave the tail of yarn on the trumpet through the bell and down through the tube. You want the tail of yarn to come out where the first key will be joined so twist the trumpet into shape to determine where this will be.
|The first key will be joined where my index finger is sitting.|
Pin the first key in position (be very careful not to jab yourself) and use the tail of yarn to stitch it on. Make sure the top sticks up a little above the tube.
Position the second key next to the first and stitch on.
Finally, pin the third key, the one with the tail of yarn, and stitch on. The tail of yarn should be at the bottom of the key.
Twist trumpet into shape. Using the same tail of yarn used to stitch down the keys, stitch together the tube of the trumpet so that it stays in shape.
Join the bottom of the keys to the trumpet tube. Use the tail of yarn on the third key to stitch the bottom of the keys to the bottom section of the trumpet tube.
And you're done. I had the horn section of "You Can Call Me Al" in my head the whole time I was making this. It was a fun project.
If anything is unclear, please let me know.
Copyright © Kim Lapsley 2013