Crochet Lego tissue box cover

I don’t think its possible to ever have too much Lego around – ok apart from when its on the floor and gets stepped on…Luckily with this there will be no sharp edges to harm your feet and it will brighten up your plain tissue boxes.

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Materials

   

4.5mm crochet hook

1 ball 100g red DK wool

Darning needle

Tissue box: 12x12x13 cm (12 cm along, 12 cm wide, 13 cm deep). The square boxes you get should be this size. 

  

Box cover

 

ch22.

Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row.

Rows 2-11: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Row 12: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) 7sc, ch 7, skip 7, 7 sc to end of the row.




Rows 13-22: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.


Round 1: ch 1, sc into same stitch as the ch1, then sc down the side, along the bottom, up the other side and along the top edge then slip stitch into the sc at the start of the round.


Round 2: sc around in the back loops only.

Rounds 3-29: sc around.

Fasten off.

 

Top circle

  • Side edge

 

ch41.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc along rest of the row.

Rows 2-4: ch1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) sc along row.

Fasten off leaving long thread to attach.

Join the two ends together to make a circle and sew to secure. Next sew the circle into the top of the box cover.

 

 

  • Circle top

Make 2

Make a magic ring, ch1, 6sc into ring.

Round 1: 2sc into each sc.

Round 2: 2sc into the next sc, sc into next stitch. Repeat around.

Round 3: 2sc into the next sc, sc into the next 2 stitches. Repeat around.

Round 4: 2sc into the next sc, sc into the next 3 stitches. Repeat around.

Round 5: 2sc into the next sc, sc into the next 4 stitches. Repeat around.

Round 6: 2sc into the next sc, sc into the next 5 stitches. Repeat around.

Fasten off leaving long thread.

 

Fold the circles in half to make 2 semi circles and sew onto the circle you sewed to the top of the box cover. Make sure you only sew around the edges to secure and leave the gap between the two semi circles unsewn for the tissues to come out through.

 

 

It’s been slow (very slow) and steady progress but brick by brick I have been putting together my second Lego blanket and it’s finally finished! 

This Lego blanket is the second of four small blankets I am making as gifts for Christmas for some boys who love Lego (who can blame them!!) I’m glad I have started early with these makes as it’s taken me until now just to get two finished and will take me just as long to get the final two completed! 

The slow progress is down to the fact I only make these bricks when I have a spare half hour or so for a quick make, which doesn’t happen that often with my ever increasing list of makes! But I have finally got there in the end! 
This one is slightly different to my first blanket but is still based on the Red Heart Yarns pattern I used previously: http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW4395_corr.pdf 

This pattern is for a bigger blanket – I just didn’t make as many bricks and changed the brick layout making it smaller (28 x 29 inches). I would have loved to make them the big size that is made in the pattern, but I would never have got four finished this decade yet alone this year if i had done them that size! This blanket consists of 24 bricks in total (2 six dot, 3 four dot, 6 two dot and 13 one dot). The colours used are also slightly different from the first to keep them different.  I also did the border differently to the first and followed what they did in the pattern.  

   
 Despite it taking a long time to finish I love these blankets, the pattern is so simple and easy to do and the finished item looks fantastic. I better get started on the third of these, time is ticking! 

  

After two days of busily crafting this weekend my marathon has come to an end and I saved the biggest until last! 

After the successes of finishing my cross stitch owl cushion and getting started in a new patchwork quilt I decided to tackle s big unfinished project on my to do list, a Lego brick blanket.  I knew the Lego blanket make was going to be a big task but I think I underestimated at the time how much work it was going to take to make just one blanket let alone the 4 I am wanting to do! I had made about half of the bricks I needed to complete the first blanket so set myself the task of finishing the bricks I needed and to get them all sewn together.  It was quite a task to do but after a long time (and with aching hands!) I got all the bricks I needed finished. 

  

I made 23 bricks in total (eleven 1 dot, seven 2dots, three 4 dots and two 6 dots) this is fewer than the pattern (http://www.redheart.com/files/patterns/pdf/LW4395_corr.pdf) and I put them together in a different order to the pattern also. I chose to do this differently as I wanted to make smaller blankets than those in the pattern and wanted to do my own layout with the bricks.  
It took me a little time to decide on the best layout of the bricks but I finally got there! I joined them using black wool as I think it makes the bricks stand out the best, and then attached the brick dots – which took quite a while!  After I had finished all those I worked on the border for the blanket, I did this slightly different to the pattern and just did rounds of dc stitches in 5 colours one in the black which was the same as the joining wool to provide a strong edge colour, then yellow, blue, red and dark blue, which I had used for the bricks. The final size turned out to be 28 x 29 inches. 
   

 

I am so impressed with how well this make has come out! I knew from the picture in the pattern it would look good but it is even better when you see it up close! The recipient is going to be very happy with this! I am very happy to get this one made and off my list, however, I still have another three to make! I think I will be busy with these Lego bricks for a while, not that I am complaining – I love Lego! 

Everything becomes awesome when it’s Lego related!

I know a few boys who are absolutely obsessed with everything Lego (one of which I made the Lego doorstop for previously). I have been thinking about what I can make these little builders for their next birthdays, I saw a pattern to make a Lego blanket on Pinterest and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make it for them!

The pattern is from red heart yarns. I already have plenty of wool ball ends to start making some of the bricks, which means I can also thin out my wool stash too – as its starting to take over a bit! I am going to stick to Lego colours and go for dark blue, yellow, dark green and red. But, to make sure each can tell their blanket apart (so a massive argument over who’s who’s doesn’t erupt) I will make sure that each of the blankets contains a brick colour that the others do not have in them.

So far I have made a one dot brick and a two dot brick in the red, the dots are sewn onto the Lego blocks later when assembling them all together.

I’m not sure whether I will follow the same layout as that of the pattern I am going to make up the Lego bricks and then see how I want them laid out before I decide. It also means I can do a different pattern layout for each blanket. I’m also not sure whether I will use red to join the bricks together or if I will use a contrasting colour that hasn’t been used in the blanket, I will see what I think and how different colours look when I start putting it together.

I now have quite a few big projects on the go, but I prefer having a lot on the go as it means I can alternate between them all, rather than being stuck doing just one project – I get a bit of cabin fever when I only have one on the go!

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Lego Doorstop

One day while speaking to a friend of mine, she mentioned that she had been looking for a child’s themed doorstop for her son’s room, but hadn’t managed to find one anywhere that would be suitable.   So I said I would have a look and see if I could find any. Her little boy is absolutely obsessed with anything and everything to do with Lego, so I had the thought… what about a Lego brick doorstop!

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I decided to crochet the doorstop and chose bright yellow wool and a 4mm hook. I didn’t have a pattern, so had to put one together myself using inspiration from the knitting pattern here

 

End pieces (make 2)

 

Row 1: ch. 31

Row 2: dc into second stitch from the hook, dc to end (30dc)

Row 3: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch) dc to end (30dc)

Row 4: Repeat row 3, 17 more times (20 rows in total)

Row 5: Cast off

 

Top and bottom pieces (one for each)

 

Row 1: ch.50

Row 2: dc into second stitch from the hook, dc to end (49 dc)

Row 3: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch) dc to end (49 dc)

Row 4: Repeat row 3, 27 more times (30 rows in total)

Row 5: Cast off

 

Side pieces (make 2)

 

Row 1: ch.50

Row 2: dc into second stitch from the hook, dc to end (49 dc)

Row 3: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch) dc to end (49 dc)

Row 4: Repeat row 3, 17 more times (20 rows in total)

Row 5: Cast off

 

The studs (make 6)

 

Row 1: ch. 12

Row 2: dc into second stitch from the hook, dc to end (11 dc)

Row 3: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch) dc to end (11 dc)

Row 4: Repeat row 3, 13 more times (16 rows in total)

Row 5: cast off leaving a long end

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When I first made these, I tapered on rows 3,4 and 5 (increasing by 1 stitch each time) and on rows 14, 15, and 16 (decreasing by 1 each time) so the shape was more oval-like, but while actually putting it together, I don’t think it helped much with the gathering.

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Another option I thought of after finishing would be to work in rounds to get the size of top you need, increasing the size by the necessary amount stitches each round. Once the correct top size is reached you would then stop adding additional stitches and continue the rounds until the correct depth of the stud is reached.

 

Assembly

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To attach the brick pieces together I placed two pieces right side together and used a row of dc stitches down the seam. I repeated this until all the pieces had been joined together, except for one seam, which I left open for stuffing and inserting the bag of sand. As I had attached each piece to the brick with the right side together, it meant that the brick was inside out. I therefore turned the brick the correct way by pulling it out through the open seam.

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For the studs, I cut out round pieces of cardboard (4cm / 1 ½”) to act as the shape for the top and bottom of each stud (6 studs so 12 pieces in total). Next, I placed a cardboard round in the middle of one of the stud sections and using the long length of wool still attached, I wove it around the edge of the crochet piece. Wadding was then placed in the stud on top of the cardboard round with another cardboard round placed on top to enclose the wadding. The length of wool that had been woven round the stud previously was then pulled tight to gather together the crocheted stud around the cardboard round inners. This was then fastened off to complete the stud. Repeat another 5 times.

 

Once the brick was completed I then needed to stuff and weight the brick. It would have been possible to use a wadding wrapped actual brick for the inner part but as this was for a small child’s room I thought it might be more suitable filled with wadding and play sand (double plastic bagged to prevent any leaks!) You could also use gravel, dried lentils and pulses, or rice – anything that provides enough weight really.

 

The studs were then sewn to the top of the brick.

 

I was really pleased with how it turned out and the little boy was absolutely over the moon too – he now wants more in different colours!