Yarn scrap challenge #8 - doll's tea set

When I first taught myself how to crochet, I didn't have a clue about how to work out what weight of yarn was being used in patterns. I only knew yarn weight as "8 ply" or "4 ply" (DK and fingering weight yarn, respectively). The first thing I ever crocheted was written for worsted weight yarn. Because I had no clue what worsted weight yarn was at the time (it turns out to be approximately 10-12 ply using the yarn weight system I am familiar with) and because the pattern was for baby booties, I assumed that the booties were meant to be made with 4 ply (fingering yarn). As experienced crocheters know, using the wrong weight yarn means that your finished object turns out the wrong size even if you use the correct crochet hook for your project (which I did). As expected, the booties came out way too small for the child that they were created for. However, I did learn a lesson from that, in that sometimes you can get away with using a hook that is not in the right range for the yarn that you are working with. I have used this lesson to create my latest yarn scrap challenge creations.

This week I've tried to use up some of the tails leftover from sewing parts of amigurumi projects together. Most of these are 1-3 m in length. I have been thinking of trying to make some more things for my children's dollhouse. So far I have made some basic dolls, a basketweave doll pram, a broom, and some Christmas tree decorations (all of which are free patterns on my blog). This time around, I thought it might be nice to make a tea set. I decided that the way to maximise the small amounts of yarn was to begin with my smallest crochet hook (other than the steel hooks for making doilies) and to use the yarn weight that I am most familiar with using. All of these little patterns, therefore, use a 2.25 mm (B) hook and DK weight yarn. These little designs are fairly simple, but if you use at least a couple of different colours, they can look quite effective.

These little tea set pieces are all quite small around about an inch (2.54 cm) in width.

 

Teacup

Notions

2.25 mm (B) hook

DK yarn in 2 colours

Col A: 0.8 m

Col B: 0.6 m

Instructions

Begin by making a magic ring with Col A

Rnd 1   6 Sc into the magic ring, join to the FLO of the first st with a sl st. (6)

Rnd 2    Working in FLO, ch 1, sc in each st around. Join to the first st with a sl st. (6)

Fasten off Col A

Rnd 3    With a sl knot of Col B on your hook, make a standing sc in the first st of Rnd 2, sc in the same st. [Sc in the next st, 2 sc in the next st] 2 times, sc in the last st. Ch 4, sl st to the first unworked loop of Rnd 1, ch 1, sc 4 around the ch 4 sp, sl to to the last st of Rnd 3. (13 sc) 

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

 

Saucer

Notions

2.25 mm (B) hook

DK yarn in 2 colours

Col A: 1.3 m

Col B: 1 m

Instructions

Begin by making a magic ring with Col A

Rnd 1   6 Sc into the magic ring, join to the FLO of the first st with a sl st. (6)

Rnd 2    Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Join to the first st with a sl st. (12)

Fasten off Col A

Rnd 3    With a sl knot of Col B on your hook, working in FLO make a standing sc in the first st of Rnd 2, flsc in the same st. 2 flsc in every other st around. (24 sc) 

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

 

Sugar bowl

Notions

2.25 mm (B) hook

DK yarn in 2 colours

Col A: 2 m

Col B: 1 m

Instructions

Begin by making a magic ring with Col A

Rnd 1   6 Sc into the magic ring, join to the FLO of the first st with a sl st. (6)

Rnd 2    Working in FLO, ch 1, sc in each st around. Join to the first st with a sl st. (6)

Fasten off Col A

Rnd 3    With a sl knot of Col B on your hook, make a standing sc in the first st of Rnd 2, sc in the same st. Sc in the next 2 sts, 2 sc in the next st, sc in the last 2 sts.

Rnd 4    Ch 4, [sl st to the unworked loop of Rnd 1 directly below, ch 1, sc 4 around the ch 4 sp, sl st in the next 4 sts of Rnd 3] 2 times. (16 sc) 

Fasten off and weave in all your ends.

 

Teapot

Notions

2.25 mm (B) hook

DK yarn in 2 colours

Col A: 2.8 m

Col B: 1-2 m

Instructions

Main Teapot 

Begin by making a magic ring with Col A

Rnd 1   6 Sc into the magic ring, join to the FLO of the first st with a sl st. (6)

Rnd 2    Working in FLO, ch 1, sc in each st around. Join to the first st with a sl st. (6)

Rnd 3   Ch 1, [2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 2 sts] 2 times, join to the first st with a sl st. (8)

Rnd 4    Ch 1, [2 sc in the next st, sc in the next 3 sts] 2 times. Join to the first st with a sl st. (10)

Rnd 5    Sc in the first 4 sts, 2 sc in the next 2 sts, sc in the last 4 sts, ch 6, sl st in the unworked loop from Rnd 1 directly below the last st of Rnd 5, ch 1, 6 sc in the ch 6 sp. Fasten off and weave in the ends. (16 sc)

Teapot lid

With Col B make a magic ring

Rnd 1    4 Sc in magic ring, join to the FLO of the first st. (4 sc)

Rnd 2    Ch 1, working in FLO, [2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st] 2 times. Join to the BLO of the first st. (6 sc)

Rnd 3    Ch 1, working in BLO, 2 sc in each st around, join to the first st with a sl st.  Fasten off and weave in the ends. (12 sc)

 

Plate

Notions

2.25 mm (B) hook

DK yarn in 2 colours

Col A: 2.5 m

Col B: 1 m

Instructions

Begin by making a magic ring with Col A

Rnd 1   6 Sc into the magic ring, join to the first st with a sl st. (6)

Rnd 2    Ch 1, 2 sc in each st around. Join to the first st with a sl st, changing to Col B. (12)

Rnd 3    Ch 1, [2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st] 6 times, join to the FLO of the first st with a sl st changing to Col A. (18 sc) 

Rnd 4    Ch 1, working in FLO, [2 sc in the next st, sc in the next st] 9 times. Fasten off and weave in all your ends. (27 sc)