Cars and Trucks CAL - Part 1 - Concrete mixer vehicle body

Introduction

This is one of a series of mini crochet vehicles I made for my children. The original version was all white except for a plain stripe on the back of the mixer. However, I decided to make it a little more interesting with some triangles and diamonds on the back. I have made this a few times in different colourways. Most of the photos in this pattern are from the version above but I have included a few photos using some other colour variations. While I have suggested using 3 different colours (designated “A”, “B” and “C” in the pattern), feel free to use fewer colours if you wish.  This has been designed specifically for a white cab with black to distinguish the windows from the rest of the cab. In part 1 you will be making the main truck body.

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Notions

NB: Notions are for the whole vehicle, not just part 1. In this part you will only need black, white and Colour A

3.5 mm crochet hook

Yarn needle

Scissors

Fibrefill or other suitable stuffing (I used matching leftover yarn tails from other projects whenever possible as well as fibrefill)

DK yarn in white, black, and three other colours (Colour A, Colour B, Colour C). I used “4 Seasons Marvel 8 ply” in the following quantities:

Black (Colourway 1002)                                   22.6 m (24.8 yds), 9 g

White (Colourway 1001)                                  57 m (62 yds), 20 g

Colour A Twilight (Colourway 1016)               20 m (22 yds), 7 g

Colour B Purple (Colourway 1025)                  8.5 m (9 yds), 3 g

Colour C Cadium green (Colourway 1020)       5.7 m (6.2 yds), 2 g

In addition you will need small scraps of yellow and either orange or red (about 30 cm of each colour should be ample or you can use 4 small buttons) for lights. Alternatively, you can sew on small buttons

Size and gauge

Length: 14 cm (5.5”); height to top of cab: 8 cm (3.1”); width: 6 cm (2.4”)

Gauge is not important for this pattern.

Difficulty level

Intermediate

Crochet abbreviations

US Terminology used

BLO            Back loop only

ch               Chain

FLO            Front loop only

Rnd(s)         Round(s)

sc                Single crochet

sk                Skip

sl st             Slip stitch

st/st's           Stitch/stitches

sc2tog         Single crochet two together

**               Repeat instructions between asterisks the amount of times specified

[]                 Repeat instructions between parenthesis the amount of times specified

General instructions - click here

Instructions

Cab of truck

Using yarn in Colour A, ch 9.

Rnd 1                   3 Sc in the 2nd ch from hook, sc in the next 6 chs, 5 sc in the last ch. Working around the other side of the ch, sc in the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the last ch. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (22)

Rnd 2                   2 Sc in the first st, sc in the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 8 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the last st. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (26)

Rnd 3                   Working in BLO, sc in each st around. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (26)

Pause here to add the tail lights (red or orange French knots or small buttons).

Rnds 4-16            Sc in each st around. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (26)

Rnd 17                 Sc in each st around. (26)

Do not join or turn, remove loop from hook and place on a stitch marker or pull up a long loop so that your yarn does not unravel.

 

 

Short rows:

Row 17a              Using black yarn make a slip knot on your hook and, working in the same direction as you did for Rnd 17, working in FLO, sc in the 5th st of Rnd 17, working in FLO, sc in the next 7 sts. Change to white on the last pull through of the last sc, ch 1 and turn. Fasten off black. (8)

 

Rows 17b-h         Sc in each st across, ch 1 and turn. (8)

Row 17i               Sc in each st across. (8)

Fasten off white yarn.

Place the loop of Colour A back on hook, change to white yarn as you sl st into first sc of Rnd 17, ch 1 and turn. Continue in white and fasten off Colour A.

 

Rnd 18                 Sc in the first 14 sts to the base of the window, changing to black on the last pull through of the last st. Sc in the side of each row to the top of the window (9 sc). 2 Sc in the first st at the top, sc in the next 6 sts, 2 sc in the last st at the top of the window. Working down the other side, sc in the side of each row of the window (9 sc), change to white and then sc in the remaining 4 sts. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (46) 

 

Rnd 19                 Sc in the first 13 sts. This will take you to the top of the window. Working in BLO, sc in the next 10 sts. Working in both loops again, sc in the remaining 23 sts. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (46)

 

Rnd 20                 Sc in the first 13 sts, change to black, sc in the next 10 sts, change to white, sc in the next 10 sts, change to black, sc in the next 10 sts, change to white, sc in the remaining 3 sts. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (46)

 

Rnd 21                 Sc in the first 3 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the next 8 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the next 10 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the next 8 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the next 13 sts. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (46)

 

Rnd 22                 Sc in the first 13 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the next 8 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the next 10 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the next 8 sts, change to black, sc in the next st, change to white, sc in the last 3 sts. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (46)

 

Rnds 23-28          Repeat Rnds 21 and 22 three times more (or you can work more or less repeats if you want larger or smaller side windows. If you do this make sure you add or subtract an even number of rounds or the next round will not work). (46)

 

Rnd 29                 Sc in the next 3 sts, change to black, sc in the next 10 sts, change to white, sc in the next 10 sts, change to black, sc in the next 10 sts, change to white, sc in the remaining 13 sts. Join to the first st with a sl st. Ch 1 and turn. (46)

 

Rnd 30                 Sc in each st around, sl st to the first st, do not turn. (46)

 

You will now be working short rows to make the front of the truck.

Row 31                Working in the same direction as Rnd 30, working in FLO, ch 1, sc in the same st and the next 9 sts, ch 1 and turn. (10)

 

Rows 32-33         Sc in each st across, ch 1 and turn. Change to black at the end of Rnd 33 (before working ch 1). (10)

 

Row 34                Sc in each st across, ch 1 and turn. (10)

 

Rows 35-42         Sc in the first st, change to white, sc in the next 8 sts, change to black, sc in the last st, ch 1 and turn. (10)

Fasten off the white yarn at this point leaving a long tail to sew the front of the cab to the rest of the cab. Continue with black yarn.

 

Row 43                Sc in each st across, fasten off. (10)

 

At this point add your headlights (yellow French knots or small buttons) before you stuff and sew the truck together aligning the side and front windows for sewing together. I used a whip stitch to join the front of the cab to the rest of the cab.

 

 

Congratulations, you have now completed part 1 of the concrete mixer. Share your photos in the CAL - Crochet A Long on Facebook or on Instagram using the hashtag #carsandtruckscal2020

Other parts of the CAL:

Part 2 - Concrete Mixer - mixer and wheels

Part 3 - Dump truck - vehicle body 

Part 4 - Dump truck - tip tray and wheels

While my Cars and Trucks CAL is running you can purchase my "truck and trailer" and "multifunctional tractor" patterns on special. Read more about the patterns here

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