Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Crochet Gingerbread House box



                                          YAY CHRISTMAS PROJECTS !!!!!!!
I was trying to come up with different items to make for the shop window to display this Christmas other than the usual Santa, Mrs Claus , snowman etc when i came across this gingerbread house. As you may know i;m not one to stick to a pattern so i tweaked it slightly and turned it into a gingerbread house box!   filled with sweets of course ! 
I have to make more of these during the year, it is a great basic house shape with loads of room for imagination. The only problem i had with it was it worked up so fast!,  i enjoyed making  it so much, it would be a great project to work on over a few days, but it was done in one.



Refer to the original free pattern for the basic house shape.
This is the original pattern  HERE 

The original is made in dk/8ply yarn on a 3.75/4.50 hook.
I used chunky yarn, to make it stiff, Hayfield Bonus Chunky on a 5MM hook for the house and icing and a 3.50mm hook and dk/8ply yarn for the decoration.

USA TERMS
dc - double crochet                    pva glue & water mixed (to coat the house if not stuffing it)
sc - single crochet                    hot glue gun to attach decorations
slst - slip stitch                          SWEETS !
ch - chain



I made the sides, roof, front, back and base first.
 Following the pattern instructions i then stitched all sides together (not roof yet) and gave it a coat of pva glue and water mixed for added stiffness, remember its a box so it won't be stuffed and needs to stand on its own.

While its drying i made the roof and attached the icing,
i stitched through the shell to keep them flat against the roof

sc across the top of the roof
I then attached one side of the roof  according to pattern instructions, leaving one side open for access

Before i added decorations i coated the complete house in the pva mix again and left it to dry over night..




The window is a long chained joined at the end then 2 smaller chains. I pinned it to the side first then stitched through the stitches to secure. 
The smartie sweets are  magic ring, ch1, 4sc in ring, join to ch1 , fasten off. these are glued on.




The lollipops - sc around a toothpick.
the pop top - worked in the round so place marker if needed in first stitch
- magic ring, ch1, 6sc in ring.
2sc in each stitch (12 stitches),
2sc in next, 1 sc in next (18 stitches),
work 3 rounds of 1sc in each stitch.
sc 2tog 6 times, stuff with filler,
sc2tog 3 times.
ch2, 1dc in same space,
2dc in each st, join to 1st dc, fasten off
put a dab of glue on top of the stick, insert in the pop. 
stitch around the bottom of the dc round to tighten the piece, fasten off. i glued the bottom of the stick into the roof.







The peppermint sweets (i made 60
dk yarn x 2 colours
red and white together
magic ring ch1, 6 sc in ring
2sc in each stitch (12stitchs) join to first, fasten off






Candy canes and door are on the pattern.
The wreath - 
magic ring, ch1, 10sc in ring join to ch1.
*ch2, slst in next st* repeat to end , join in ch2. fasten off.
The door knob is a couple of french knots.










It stands perfectly with or without sweets !


I CAN SEE MYSELF MAKING ANY MORE HOUSES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!



3 comments:

  1. I'm not able to open the original pattern.
    Could you help me?
    Thanks!
    bianka@genialer-gehts.net

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    1. It took a while for original pattern link to open and appeared not to have any detail but after a couple of minutes I accidentally touched the scroll down key and there it was further down the page. There wasn't a picture but that's easily sorted.

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  2. I saw the other'Gingerbread'house and then saw yours with your comments! I went to your blog and read everything! Genius!!!!! I hope you don't mind me copying some of your ideas! (Copy = Form of flattery! 😆). Thank you for sharing!

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