caravan

 Mini Vintage Caravan

Materials

1 x ball cotton dk cream
1 x ball cotton dk duck egg blue (or a nice vintagey caravan
colour)
1 x pale blue cotton 4ply
1 x black cotton 4ply
1 x silver metallic 4ply yarn (I use Twilley’s Washable
Goldfingering)
1 x 3.5mm crochet hook
1 x 2.5mm crochet hook
1 x black bead
Stuffing

Abbreviations

ch = chain
st/s = stitch/stitches
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet (double crochet in U.K. terms)
yarn a = dk pink cotton
yarn b = dk cream cotton
yarn c = 4ply pale blue cotton
yarn d = 4ply silver metallic yarn
yarn e = black

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For the Front and Back.

Make 2.

This section is worked from side to side.
Row 1. Using yarn a and a 3.5 mm crochet hook, ch19. Turn, 1sc
into the 2nd ch from the hook. Work 1sc into each of the next
17ch. Ch1, turn. (18)
Row 2. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (18)
Row 3. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc
into each of the next 14sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc
into the last st. Ch1, turn. (20)
Row 4. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (20)
Row 5. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc
into each of the next 16sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc
into the last st. Ch1, turn. (22)
Row 6. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn. (22)
Row 7. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc
into each of the next 18sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc
into the last st. Ch1, turn. (24)
Row 8. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc
into each of the next 20sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc
into the last st. Ch1, turn. (26)
Row 9. 1sc into the first st then 2sc into the next st. Work 1sc
into each of the next 22sts then 2sc into the following st. 1sc
into the last st. Ch1, turn. (28)
Change to yarn b.
Rows 10 – 14. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1,
turn. (28)
Row 15. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each
of the following 24sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final
st. Ch1, turn. (26)
Row 16. 1sc into the first st, skip the next st, 1sc into the next
st then skip the following st. 1sc into each of the next 18sts
then skip the following st. 1sc into the next st, skip the
following st then 1sc into the final st. (22)
Row 17. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each
of the following 18sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final
st. Ch1, turn. (20)
Row 18. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each
of the following 16sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final
st. Ch1, turn. (18)
Row 19. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each
of the following 14sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final
st. Ch1, turn. (16)
Row 20. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each
of the following 12sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final
st. Ch1, turn. (14)
Row 21. 1sc into the first st then skip the next st. 1sc into each
of the following 10sts then skip the next st. 1sc into the final
st. Ch1, turn. (12)
Bind off.
Lightly press.

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caravan

For the Door.
Make 1.
The door is worked from side to side.
Row 1. Using yarn a and a 3.5 mm hook, ch 8. 1sc into the 2nd ch
from the hook. Work 1sc into each of the next 6sts. Ch1, turn. (7)
Rows 2 – 5. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.
(7)
Change to yarn b.
Rows 5 – 12. Work 1sc into each of the next 6sts. Ch1, turn. (7)
Bind off.
Change to yarn d and a 2.5mm hook.
Round 1. Leaving a 30 cm tail, ch7 then work 1sc into the left
hand side of the door where the colour change between yarn a and b
occurred. The chained section will be stitched across this colour
change at the end. As with the windows, work 1sc into every st
down the side until reaching the corner. Into the corner st, work
1sc, ch1 then 1sc back into the same st. Continue to work this way
up each side and every corner until reaching the first sc worked.
Ss back into the first sc.
Bind off leaving a long tail then stitch the 7ch tail across the
colour change on the door. Stitch on bead for a door handle and
bind off the tail.
Use the 30cm tail to stitch the door onto the caravan’s front.

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caravan

For the Windows.
Make 3.
The windows are worked from side to side until otherwise
specified.
Row 1. Using yarn c and a 2.5 mm hook, ch 8. 1sc into 2nd ch from
the hook. Work 1sc into each of the next 6sts. Ch1, turn. (7)
Rows 2 – 5. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.
(7)
This section is now worked in the round.
Round 1. 1sc into every st until reaching the corner, 1sc into the
corner st, ch1 then sc back into the same st. Repeat on every
side, 1sc into every st until reaching the corners and then work
the 1sc, ch1, 1sc into the corner st.
Round 2. Change to yarn d and repeat Round 1.
Sew one window onto both the front and back sides of the caravan

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caravan

For the Wheels.
Make 3.
The wheels are worked in continuous rounds.
Round 1. Using yarn d and a 2.5mm hook, ch 2. Work 6 sc into the
2nd ch from the hook. Ss back into the first sc. (6)
Round 2. 2sc into every st until the end of the round. (12)
Round 3. Change to yarn e. *1sc into the first st then 2sc into
the next st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (18)
Round 4. *1sc into each of the next 2sts then 2sc into the next
st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (24)
Round 5. 1sc into every st until the end of the round.
Round 6. *1sc into each of the next 3sts then skip the following
st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (18)
Round 7. *1sc into each of the next 2sts then skip the following
st. *Repeat until the end of the round. (12)
Round 8. 1sc into every 2nd st until the end of the round. (6).
Bind off leaving a long tail for sewing the wheel onto the
caravan.

For the Middle Band.
The caravan’s middle (the long strip that will form the roof,
floor and sides) is worked from side to side.
Using yarn a and a 3.5mm hook, ch 9. 1sc into the 2nd ch from the
hook. Work 1sc into each of the next 7sts. Ch1, turn. (8)
Next row. 1sc into every st until the end of the row. Ch1, turn.
Continue on like this until 36 rows of yarn a have been made.
Change to yarn b and continue on as before until 46 rows have been
worked.
p.s. please ignore the pink yarn replacing yarn a in the following
2 photos – I had to retrospectively photograph this step and am
currently working on a pink one.

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caravan

Caravan Construction.
(This step makes sewing on the middle band much neater).
Once the windows and doors have been attached, take the font side
of the caravan beginning with yarn a and a 3.5mm hook, work 1sc
into every st around the edge. Swap to yarn b when you reach the
colour change between yarn a and b. Repeat with the back side. It
is difficult to say an exact number of stitches to work around the
front and back as the amount of single crochet’s worked each time
can vary with your tension. On my caravan, I worked 33 sts around
the blue section and 35 sts around the cream section. Whatever
you end up with will be fine.
Stitch the back side and the middle band together with wrong sides
facing.

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caravan

The middle band will have to be slightly gathered for its curves
to match up with the front and backs’ oval shape.
Sew on the back window.
Sew the font side and the middle band together. Leave a gap and
stuff firmly. Stitch up the gap.

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caravan

For the Pin Striping (that’s what Jonno calls it anyway – I say
‘the nice-silver-definition-lines’.)
Using yarn d, chain a length of silver long enough to wrap around
the caravan from the right and side of the door all the way along
the colour change line between yarn a and b, to the left hand side
of the door.
p.s. please ignore the wheels already attached to the caravan in
the photographs below – it is much easier to add them at the
end…. I found this out the hard way.

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caravan

Pin on.

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caravan

And stitch!

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caravan

Repeat this around the seams where the middle band was stitched to
the front and back sides of the caravan.

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caravan

Once the pin striping has been stitched on (I had to include the
photo above because it was so funny with the pins – like a caravan
in love), attach the wheels to both sides.

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caravan

Don’t forget the spare wheel. Very important….. it only takes
one flat tyre to ruin a holiday!

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caravan

I will do another tutorial over the next week on how to embroider
a little name for your caravan. I find the little spot next to the
back window is perfect for that.

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caravan

Et voila! You are now ready to go camping.
Leave any questions in the comment section below and I will reply
underneath.
I hope it all makes sense. Keep an eye out because I am going to
make a Christmas decoration version soon.
Lots of love,

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