Friday, 5 July 2013

The Toilet No. 2

Pun intended ;)

This is an updated version of The Toilet pattern I designed to go with my moustachioed fish, Walter. I've left the original pattern up on the blog in case anybody would like to look over it or are in the process of making it.

I've been meaning to update some of my older patterns for a while now, and, since I just happened to be making one as a gift, the Toilet was the first to get a redo.

Major changes:
  • The toilet seat is no longer crocheted as a tube that curves around and then needs to joined to make a circle. Instead, you start with a large ring and crochet out from the inner edge of the seat and then back again to make the tire-like shape. This was inspired by a description I read in a forum once of a doughnut pattern.
  • I've added another stand to make the toilet more stable. The stands and pipe are crocheted together in the first round of the cistern instead of being stitched on later.
  • I've moved around the increases in the seat cover so that its shape is more rounded. The two parts of the cover are slip stitched together instead of stitched.
  • I've included a scissor strap in case anyone wants to use their toilet as a pincushion.
There are some other changes but basically I wanted to cut down on the amount of stitching. It is still an advanced pattern but I'm hoping the changes have made it a little simpler.

Enjoy!

Hier vind je de Nederlandse vertaling gemaakt door Nanske Panske.

The Toilet No. 2






Size
18cm/7in Tall, 17cm/6.7in deep, 12cm/4.7in wide

Skill Level
Difficult. I recommend that you read through the pattern before you start. The pattern has many parts. Some of the joining is complicated. For the cistern lid you are required to crochet around a chain. A link to a tutorial on how to do this has been included in that section. I've included lots of photos and if you need any help, feel free to contact me.

Note on yarn and hook size
I used DK weight yarn and a 3.0mm hook for this pattern. For those using US hooks, I recommend a size C or D, for those using UK hooks, I recommend a size 11. You can use a different weight yarn than DK but it will change the size of your Toilet. Remember to use the same weight yarn for all parts so that your toy is in proportion. Choose a hook size that will give you a nice tight stitch.

Materials
Yarn
White (300m/320yds should be more than plenty)
Grey (Small amount)

Crochet Hook – 3.00mm or preferred size
Filling
Plastic pellets/dried beans
Stocking or material to make a pouch for pellets/beans
Tapestry needle
Thread and sharp needle

Terminology
***This pattern is written using US crochet terminology***
ch – Chain
Loops – This term covers back and front loops of a stitch.
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.

Instructions

Toilet Bowl (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (14)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st*  around (21)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (28)
Rnd 5: sc in each st around
Rnd 6: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (35)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (49)
Rnd 10: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (56)
Rnd 11-14: sc in each st around
Rnd 15: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (63)
Rnd 16: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (70)
Rnd 17: sc in each st around
Mark this row with a piece of coloured yarn.



Rnd 18: *sc in next 8 st, sc2tog*  around (63)
Rnd 19-23: sc in each st around
Rnd 24: *sc in next 7 st, sc2tog*  around (56)
Rnd 25: *sc in next 6 st, sc2tog*  around (49)
Rnd 26: *sc in next 5 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Rnd 27: *sc in next 4 st, sc2tog*  around (35)
Rnd 28: sc in each st around

Form the bowl of the toilet by sinking the top of your work down. The coloured yarn that you used to mark round 17 should sit on top of the rim of the bowl.







Lightly stuff the wall of the bowl.






Attach a length of yarn to the bottom of the bowl. Stitch the outside of the bowl to the inside as shown in the photo, being careful not to stitch through or over the top round (round 28). Refer to photos below.





Move on to round 29

Crocheting round 29

Rnd 29: sc in each st around
Rnd 30: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 31-32: sc in each st around
Rnd 33: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (49)
Rnd 34: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.


Base of Toilet Bowl (in White)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (14)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (21)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (28)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (35)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (42)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc*  around (49)

Do not cut yarn. Secure some plastic pellets/dried beans in the toe of a stocking or in some material. This is used to fill the bottom of the toilet bowl instead of polyester filling to help the toilet stand a little better. I also like to add a couple of coins in for some extra weight.




Place the base on the bottom of the toilet bowl and begin to slip stitch in place - place hook through next stitch on base and through stitch in the last round of the toilet bowl, pull yarn through both stitches and loop on hook.




Do this until you're about halfway around the base. You can now place the pellets and coins in the base. Finish slip stitching the base and the bottom of the bowl together. Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in yarn ends.








Pipe (in White)
Stuff as you go but leave the top of the pipe unstuffed.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 8 sc in ring (8)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* twice (10)
Rnd 3-20: sc in each sc around
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in yarn end.

Cistern Stands (in White)
You will make two of these and then crochet them to the pipe when you begin making the cistern.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 8 sc in in ring (8)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (16)
Rnd 3: Working in the back loops only, sc in each st around (16)
Rnd 4-11: sc in each st around
For the first stand you make, cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in yarn ends. For the second stand, do not cut the yarn. You will continue to crochet in this pipe in the next section.

Cistern (in White)

In round 1 of the cistern you will be crocheting the two stands and the pipe together.

Rnd 1: sc in next 8 st of the second stand you made, sc in next 5 st of the pipe, sc in next 16 st of the first stand you made, sc in last 5 st of the pipe, sc in last 8 st of the second stand you made (42)




... sc in next 5 st of pipe ...
... sc in next 16 st of the first stand you made ...





After round 1 your stands should look … well, let's just say I had a good giggle at this point. Moving on to round 2 --

Rnd 2: *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (48)
Rnd 3: Working in the front loops only, *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (54)
Rnd 4-8: sc in each st around
Stuff the stands and finish stuffing the pipe.
Rnd 9: *sc in next 8 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (60)
Rnd 10-15: sc in each st around
Rnd 16: *sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (66)
Rnd 17-22: sc in each st around
Rnd 23: *sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (72)
Rnd 24-29: sc in each st around
Rnd 30: *sc in next 11 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (78)
Rnd 31-40: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off. Weave in any yarn ends. Stuff firmly.


Cistern Lid (in White)
The cistern lid will be made by crocheting around a chain. You can find a tutorial on how to do this here.

Chain 17
Rnd 1: sc in second loop from end, sc in next 15 loops, ch 1, turn work upside down, sc in next 16 loops, ch 1 (34)
Rnd 2: *2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 12 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next st* twice (42)
Rnd 3: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 15 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next st* twice (50)
Rnd 4: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 17 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st* twice (58)
Rnd 5: *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 19 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 3 st* twice (66)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 21 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 4 st* twice (74)
Rnd 7: *sc in next 5 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 23 st, 2 sc in next 2 st, sc in next 5 st* twice (82)
Rnd 8-13: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail of yarn to use when joining the lid to the cistern.

Seat (in White)
Chain 42. Sl st in first chain made to make a large circle.
Rnd 1: sc in each chain around (42)
Rnd 2: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (56)
Rnd 3: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (63)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st*  around (70)
Rnd 5: sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st* six times, sc in next 5 st (77)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (84)
Rnd 7-8: sc in each st around
Rnd 9: *sc2tog, sc in next 10 st*  around (77)
Rnd 10: sc in next 4 st, sc2tog, *sc in next 9 st, sc2tog* six times, sc in next 5 st (70)
Rnd 11: *sc in next 8 st, sc2tog*  around (63)
Rnd 12: *sc2tog, sc in next 7 st*  around (56)
Rnd 13: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog*  around (42)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail. You should now have a circular tube, like a tire, with its inner edge open. Use the tail of yarn to close the inner edge, or, in other words, stitch round 1 and round 13 together.



After you have finished closing this inner edge, thread the tail of yarn through the tube to the outer edge. This will be used to join the seat to the seat cover.




Seat Cover (in White)
The seat cover is two large crocheted circles that are slip stitched together.

Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 7 sc in ring (7)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (14)
Rnd 3: *sc in next sc, 2 sc in next st*  around (21)
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 st*  around (28)
Rnd 5: sc in next st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st* six times, sc in next 2 st (35)
Rnd 6: *sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (42)
Rnd 7: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 5 st*  around (49)
Rnd 8: sc in next 3 st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 6 st, 2 sc in next st* six times, sc in next 3 st (56)
Rnd 9: *sc in next 7 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (63)
Rnd 10: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 8 st*  around (70)
Rnd 11: sc in next 4 st, 2 sc in next st, *sc in next 9 st, 2 sc in next st* six times, sc in next 5 st (77)
Rnd 12: *sc in next 10 st, 2 sc in next st*  around (84)
Rnd 13: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 11 st*  around (91)
For the first circle you make, cut yarn and fasten off. For the second circle you make, do not cut the yarn. Place the two circles together, their right sides facing out, and slip stitch together - place hook through next stitch on the second circle you made and through a stitch on the first circle you made, pull yarn through both stitches and through the loop on your hook. Do that for all stitches around the circles. Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a long tail to use when joining the seat and seat cover to the toilet bowl.


... slip stitch together ...



Flush (in Grey)
Make a ring.
Rnd 1: 5 sc in ring (5)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around (10)
Rnd 3: sc2tog around (5)
Rnd 4-7: sc in each st around
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail to use when joining the flush to the cistern. Close up hole by weaving yarn through remaining stitches and pulling tight. Thread yarn through the flush and out through the rounded end.




Optional Scissor Strap (in white)
This will depend on the size of your scissors. For a pair of small craft scissors the following strap should be sufficient.

Chain 7.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from the stitch, sc in each st to the end (6)
Row 2: chain 1, turn, sc in each st to the end (6)
Cut yarn and fasten off, leaving a tail of yarn to use when joining the strap to the cistern.


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

Join the Cistern Lid to the Cistern. Stuff the Cistern and join to the Cistern Lid using the tail of yarn left on the lid. Don’t stitch over the edge of the cistern lid. Stich through the underside of the lid just above the edge.








Join the Seat Cover to the Seat. Use the tail of yarn on the seat to join the two together. The join should be about 15 stitches long or 1/6 the circumference of the seat. Make sure that the tail of yarn on the cover ends up either at the beginning or end of the join.





Join the Seat to the bowl. Hold the seat and cover on top of the bowl and stitch on using the tail of yarn left on the cover.






Join the Cistern to the Seat. Attach a length of white yarn to the cover where it joins to the seat. Stand the bowl up on a flat surface and hold the cistern up against it so that the cistern stands are level with the bowl base. Centre the bowl on the cistern then mark where the seat and lid join sit against the cistern with two pins. The pins will help guide you as you stitch the two parts together. Use the length of yarn to join the cistern to the seat and bowl.






Join the Pipe to the Bowl. Attach a length of white yarn to the end of the pipe. Bend the pipe so that its end sits against the bowl. Pin in place and stitch to the bowl using the length of yarn.






Join the Flush to the Cistern. Use the length of yarn on the flush to stitch the rounded end to the cistern. The pointed end should stick out like a handle.






Join the scissor strap to the back of the cistern.




You're finished! Congratulations. I hope you love it!








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