Colson’s Car – Free Crochet Ornament Pattern

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Colson’s Car – Free Crochet Ornament Pattern

I’m seeing a lot of “Christmas in July” posts popping up in my feed this month (and I know lots of you are getting ready for those Fall and Christmas craft shows already!) so it’s a great time for me to drop in with a new ornament pattern.

This pattern is not mine; it was created by Alisha Lingle and has a pretty special story behind it. Alisha created this pattern so she could make and sell the finished items to raise money for her friend’s non-profit, the Colson Memorial Fund. Alisha’s friend tragically lost his 19-month old son, Colson, in 2019 and started the foundation in his memory. The foundation raises funds to help families in need. Alisha said that Colson absolutely loved cars and was always carrying one around with him, and particularly loved green cars. So she designed this pattern for him.

I was honoured when Alisha told me that she used my patterns and techniques as inspiration for designing her car ornament pattern. Alisha is very kindly allowing her pattern to be posted here on the blog, so, if you enjoy this pattern, please consider donating to the Colson Memorial Fund if you can. You can check out the website HERE or the Facebook page HERE.

The Details

This pattern is made in the same style as all my patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. This car has 4 separate pieces.

The finished measurements are approximately 8cm/3″ from top to bottom and 9cm/3.5″ across.

Let’s get started! (Or Pin for later!)

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Materials:

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  • 2.75mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
  • Any DK/light weight yarn in main colour of choice, black, white and yellow. I used:
    • Patons Astra in Cardinal for main;
    • Patons Astra in Black;
    • Patons Astra in White;
    • Patons Astra in School Bus Yellow;
  • Black crochet thread for eyebrows;
  • 9mm Safety Eyes;
  • Sewing needle and black sewing thread (optional);
  • Stuffing;
  • Tapestry needle.

Terms and Stitches:

Ch – Chain

Slst – Slip stitch

MR – Magic Ring

Sc – Single Crochet

Inc – Increase. Work a regular sc increase

Dec – Decrease. Single crochet two stitches together

Sc3tog – Single crochet three stitches together

BLO – Back loops only

Pattern

Wheels:

Make two (2) using a 2.75mm hook and black yarn.

Row 1: Ch 5, starting in second chain from hook, sc 4 (4 sts), ch 1, turn

Row 2: Sc across (4 sts)

Tie off.

Body:

In the first row, you will join the wheels together. Using 2.75mm hook and main colour of choice (I used red and Alisha used green).

Row 1: Inc in first st, sc 3 across first wheel, ch 9, sc 3 across second wheel, inc in last st (19 sts), ch 1, turn

Row 2: Inc, sc 4 across wheel, sc 9 across chs, sc 4 across wheel, inc in last st (21 sts), ch 1, turn

Rows 3-7: Sc across (21 sts), ch 1, turn

Row 8: Dec, sc 17, dec (19 sts), ch 1, turn

Row 9: Dec, sc 15, dec (17 sts), ch 1, turn

Now we will start the colour-work for the window.

When changing colours, you will partly work the last st of colour A by pulling up a loop, then join colour B and finish the stitch with B. Continue with colour B. Be sure to carry your yarn on the back of your panel.

Here is the colour legend: MC=Main Colour and W=White

Row 10: In MC sc3tog, in W BLO sc 11, in MC sc3tog (13), ch 1, turn

Rows 11-14: In MC sc 1, in W sc 11, in MC sc 1 (13 sts), ch 1, turn

Row 15: In MC sc 2, in W sc 9, in MC sc 2 (13 sts), ch 1, turn

The last row is worked entirely in the main colour.

Row 16: Dec, sc 9, dec (11 sts)

Tie off. Repeat all of the above for the back panel.

Headlights

Using 2.75mm and yellow yarn. The lights are worked in the round.

Rnd 1: Work 6 sc into MR.

Pull tight, slst to beginning st and tie off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Move on to final assembly below!

Assembly:

Step 1: Headlights and Face

First, we need to attach and stitch on our facial features to the front panel.

Stitch the headlights onto the front panel between rows 4 and 6 of the body.

Insert 9mm eyes between rows 11 and 12 with 4 sts between them.

Using black yarn, stitch on a smile between the headlights.

Using black crochet thread, stitch on two eyebrows.

Step 2: Body

Here are the pieces you should now have at this step.

Car

Place the front and back panels together, one on top of the other. Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around the outside.

Starting on the left side, begin attaching the panels together by single crocheting around the outside of the panels in the main colour.

Switch to black when you reach the first wheel. Change back to main colour and then back to black for the second wheel. Change back to main colour and crochet halfway up the side.

Stop here and stuff. Be sure to push stuffing down into the wheels and into the curves of the sides.

When you are satisfied with the stuffing, continue crocheting around, topping up stuffing as you go. Close with a slst to first st. Tie off. With your tapestry needle, poke the yarn tail back inside the piece.

Attach a loop for hanging and you’re done!

Don’t forget to donate to the Colson Memorial Fund to help families in need and as a thank-you to Alisha for this great pattern.

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