We are creating a fairy garden. Each week a new crocheted piece or pieces may be added. You choose which ones you want to make and include in your custom fairy garden. If this Crochet-A-Long is successful, we may progress to do some of the other themes. You will be able to use the same container you start with and just switch out the pieces as desired like a little playset! What fun we will have! 🙂
Non-crocheted materials needed: Container. Can be glass, pottery, plastic, whatever you like best and is appropriate for who will be using it. The container should allow a good view of the scene and should be wide enough to include as many pieces as you’d like in your scene. Mine is 11 inches across at the widest point. I also have high sides on my glass container which keeps my curious cats out and allows good viewing. Choose yours according to your needs. Also needed are aquarium gravel or other small similar stones.
We will have regular points where I make a call for photos. This is not necessary, but part of the fun of doing a crochet-a-long is sharing images of what we make. Please try to participate in the fun!
For week 1 of this project we will concentrate on trees for our scene. I will try to provide a free tree pattern later this week (I’ll try to stick to a Wednesday posting schedule for this project) and will also point to other free patterns you may want to use.
I will add to this note as we move along.
Week 1 – January 2 – TREES!
We’ll be adding trees to our scene to start off with. I was going to create a free tree pattern to use as part of this project, but when I searched, I found so many free ones available already that I figured “less work for me” so I’ll make a separate Yarndango project for this week that is not related to the Crochet-A-Long. So here are some of the wonderful links I’ve found that you may want to use. Make as many or as few as you like, but you may need to scale some of the patterns down a bit to make sure you can fit a couple and the other pieces we will make. Next week, we will share what we’ve accomplished so far and move on to another piece that the fairies may enjoy!
Realistic evergreen – I like this one and will probably make it but not finish all the rounds so it will not be too big.
Balsam Fir – I would just use regular yarn, not one with metallic strands in it.
Whimsical Tree – The designer made this as a Christmas Tree, but I think it would make an adorable whimsical fairy garden tree!
Broccoli Tree – Okay, this is a piece of broccoli, but with a brown stem, it would be an adorable tree or shrub!
Tiny Trees! – Tiny Trees – just like I said!
Palm Tree – Who says the fairies don’t live in warm environs? They’re everywhere if you look for them!
Quick & Easy Tree/Shrub – This is listed as a tree but could be a shrub too!
Soooo – find some trees you like and start planting some in your scene! Don’t go too crazy though – I think we will need to save room for a pathway, a birdbath, a bench or swing and some woodland creatures to keep fairies company. If you find any awesome tree patterns that I missed, please share here too.
**EDITED: Adding a link to an awesome PDF file with free patterns for a tree stump and log! Thank you for pointing this out, Araceliz Alvira! 🙂 These are great!
**EDITED: Adding a link to a PDF that Araceliz at Crochet Creations by Liz made up for us! If you love it like I do, make sure you visit her facebook page and give her a like! It’s a great design!
**EDITED: Adding links found by Belle at I’m Hooked for some more trees! These are not free patterns but I don’t want to presume to limit anyone to free patterns. They may also be used for inspiration so check them out! Thank you, Belle!
**EDITED: Adding pattern for a tree made with a cork! Thanks for the find, Ann Hoke!
Week 2 – January 9 – Furniture and Furry Friends!
I’m not going to write these patterns formally – just quickly and messily so please read through first!
Brown worsted weight and F hook is what I used (you can use whatever you like to try and fit your scene)
One 12-inch chenille stem (pipe cleaner), Some beige and off-white yarn and polyester fiberfill
Make 6 columns by making 6 SC in a magic circle (you can see on two of my columns that I made the original 6 SC in a lighter color and the rest all one single color), then continue to do another 10 rounds of 6 SC. Lightly stuff.
Cut pipe cleaner in half so you have 2 6-inch pieces. Make SC over one of the pieces until it is completely covered, keeping a count of how many you did. After making the first 3 or 4 SC, bend a tiny bit of the pipe cleaner back over the first SC to keep it from sliding off. Finish off. Do the same with the last SC once you have it covered. And repeat the whole process on the second piece of pipe cleaner.
Next, Chain 6 (1 is to turn) and SC in back bumps of chains across (5). Chain 1 and turn. Repeat this until you have a piece long enough to match the length of your covered pipe cleaners and then finish off. Sew the covered pipe cleaners to each side of the bridge. Bend into the shape you like and then attach columns to the sides of the bridge. I added an off-white chain of 10 between each column to look like a rope. Your bridge may seem wobbly or flimsy but it really will only ever hold the weight of a fairy, which isn’t much. Also, when you place it into your aquarium gravel, you can bury the columns a little bit to hold it steady.
Bird bath – gray sport weight yarn and F Hook
Start with 6 SC in magic circle. Increase in each stitch to get 12, then increase in every other stitch to get 18. Do one more round of 18 to add a little lip to it and finish off. For base, start with 6 SC in a magic circle and continue rounds of 6 until you achieve the desired height. Increase in each stitch around on the last round (12) just to get a wider bottom. Finish off.
I’ll be adding some links for inspiration for furry friends and snails and things for those who want to (and have room) to include them. 🙂
**EDITED: After much thought and confusion, it occurs to me that furry friends really don’t fit the scale for a fairy garden. I imagine a fairy to be no larger than 4 inches tall and feel like bunnies and birds would be more of a giant threat to her. You may not agree with me so I will include links to some small animals but I will be concentrating my own garden on things like insects and snails to fit her world. This does not mean that furry forest friends would not be great in a future forest themed CAL though!
Adding link to a tiny free squirrel pattern, pocket bunny, tiny attack bunnies. But I really think these will be more useful: tiny dragonfly, bigger dragonfly, dragonfly applique, itsy-bitsy snail, realistic snail, another realistic snail, itty bitty ladybug, three sizes ladybug, bumblebee, large bumblebee, bees, cute bee, butterfly, jaime’s butterfly, simple butterfly, you can always do my free fly for the venus fly trap pattern, and let’s see – a firefly, a caterpillar. Remember, these are just suggestions, and ideas for inspirations. It’s up to you to decide what to include in your project and how big or small to make it. In the end, YOU are the one that needs to be happy with it. There is no right or wrong here. However, I will suggest that you gather a shoe box or storage box to put pieces in that you aren’t using or can’t fit because if you enjoyed this we will do MORE CALs similar to this and you may be able to re-use some pieces and interchange them between scenes. Oh, and another special link from Crazy Curls Crocheting – she shared this link to help us stay inspired!
I am going to try and design a stone bench pattern for the garden to share with you all since there was not much to find in the way of existing furniture patterns for our fairies. I will also come up with some type of stream or brook to go under the bridge. I wasn’t going to include a water feature in this CAL, but then I went and made the bridge so it needs some water to go under it! LOL.
**EDITED: Adding link for a caterpillar found by Liz at Crochet Creations by Liz. Thank you! And also to let everyone know that Momma at Momma’s Minis has invited everyone to share their work at her page also. She has a lovely facebook page full of miniatures and the fairy gardens fit right in. Plus, extra exposure for your own page! Thanks, Momma’s Minis!
**EDITED: Adding a link to bleeding hearts flowers. Thanks for finding this, Crazy Curls! Also adding a pattern for an enchanted tree that Denise at CraftDee Creations was kind enough to share with us all (photo posted on my facebookpage):
Gnarly Tree by CraftDee Creations
Size 5 crochet cotton (color of choice)
Size 6 steel hook
The tree is worked from top to bottom so your tree will look really strange at first.
Do not cut thread in between branches I promise it will make sense eventually.
Ch 15 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.
Ch 8 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.
Ch 10 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.
Ch 7 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.
Ch 12 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.
Ch 6 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.
Ch 9 sl st in 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch.
Sc into end of each branch so you have pulled branches into a circle of 7 sc.
The wrong side of your work will show which gives the tree some texture.
Sc in each st around for 6 rnds.
Sc in first st 2 sc in next st around-10 sc
Sc in each st around for 7 rnds.
Sc in first st, dec over next two stitches repeat pattern until you have 7 sc.
Sc in each stitch around for 3 rnds.
Sc in first st, 2sc in next st around 10 sc
Sc in each st around for 6 rnds.
2 sc in each st around-20sc
2 sc in each st around-40sc.
Sc in back loop only of each st around fasten off weave in end.
Stuff tree and shape how you want more stuffing in places you want bulges etc. I used poly pellets in my tree to give it a little weight so it would stand better.
6 sc into magic circle
2sc in each st around. Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.
Cover hole in bottom of trunk and stitch in place.
Weave in end.
**EDITED: Adding this link for an awesome Ant that was designed by Rhonda of Crazy Curls Crocheting! Thanks so much for sharing, Rhonda – I love this ant! And now I don’t have to design my own – you all are making this so much easier for me! LOL.
Week 3 – January 16 – Finishing Touches Before Fairy Arrival!
The month is flying by! I’m running out of room in my fairy garden! I’m sure many of you are as well. I had plans to include a snail, a mushroom, an ant, a dragonfly and a garden bench but I don’t think I can fit them all, so this week, I’ll be finishing all the things I really want and can fit in the garden so we can start the final phase – fairies – next week. If you haven’t seen it, I did create a photo album on my facebook page to collect some photos of fairy gardens in progress. There are some fabulous trees and an awesome water feature in there.
I will share my quick and dirty stream with you here. You might also be interested in just doing a short version of a ripple afghan such as this one to create a stream that cuts right through your scene. There are plenty of others to choose from as well.
I made mine with variegated blue worsted weight yarn and an F hook. I just chained 31, then SC in each back bump of the chain back down. Chain 1, turn, 2 SC in the first stitch, *Sc next 5, 2 SC in next across to the end and 2 SC in last stitch. Chain 1, turn. *SC next 4, then 2 SC in next across to end. Chain 1 and turn. 2 SC in first stitch, *SC in next 3, 2 SC in next, across and 2 SC in last. Chain 1 and turn. *SC in next 2 SC, 2 SC in next across. Then I just did a couple of latch hook attached pieces of green yarn in a couple of spots on the edges for a tiny marsh-y look. It ends up making a C-shaped stream that goes into the scene, under my bridge and back out without taking up too much room, which is what I wanted, since space is at a premium. LOL.
I decided against a bench because my fallen log sort of does a good job of seating for my fairy so she won’t need it.
So for this week, since some of us are falling behind (me included), I think we should try and finalize our gardens to include anything we need to catch up on, arrange everything neatly, and see if the fairies come. I will design a fairy pattern to post next week. If you are basically done with your garden, then maybe you’d like to add a few tiny flowers to help attract the fairies. Or feel free to start thinking of/designing/finding patterns for your fairy. I will continue to post links and share patterns here and hope you will too. Please feel free to post updated photos of your gardens onto my timeline. And again, a big thank you to those of you who shared your own designs and also for sharing links that you found helpful and inspirational!
Week 4 – January 23 – FAIRIES!
That’s right! The fairies are coming! In light of that, I’ve posted a basic tiny humanoid pattern to be used if anyone needs a fairy pattern to go by. It’s a basic pattern and you’ll need to add your own finishing touches and clothes but it’s a good starting point if you don’t already have one. It also has some wire (pipe cleaners were used) to give it the ability to hold a bit of a pose which might be helpful if you like to play with your scene and move things around. I know I do. 🙂
So, whether you use a pattern off the top of your head, my pattern, a pattern you’ve purchased, or another free pattern, it doesn’t matter because it’s up to YOU! But this week, fairies is what we are concentrating on. Next week will be the the week we go over all the finished photos! And I’ll probably list a few things I’ve learned on the way while doing this Crochet-A-Long so we can have even BETTER ones in the future! If you are behind on the schedule, this is not to pressure you. You can take your time and finish the CAL whenever you can but we’d love to see photos of the finished gardens! So please feel free to tag me or post a link here. I’ll be leaving this page up for quite a while just so anyone can play catch-up if they need to.
In other news – apparently I’ve forgotten some links (this is one of the lessons learned that I will apply in any future CALs). But I want to share them with you in case you’d like to use them for patterns or just inspiration.
A bonsai tree! (Thanks, Liz!)
Ellen’s fairy garden! (Thanks, Ellen!)
Also, Momma’s Minis has had to drop out of the Crochet-A-Long but has made it clear that she would love to have people continue to post on her page and share our creations with her. Maybe she can join again in the future. 🙂
Feel free to post any additional links you may want to share in the comments section here. Next week there will be a call for finished Fairy Garden photos. So if you finish your fairy and want to spruce up the garden and have a photo shoot, you’ll be well prepared!