It’s the Victoria Day holiday weekend here in Canada which is the *official* start of the camping season around these parts! So there’s no better time to release a Kawaii Camper pattern than now!
Need to up your camping crochet game? Check out this S’mores Bunny pattern to add to your camper! (You can leave off the ears to make it a regular s’more, but then again, why would you? Bunnies.)
I opted to crochet some fun little flags to decorate my Kawaii Camper with but you could easily make some little flags from craft paper or even buy some at your craft store. I also like that the curtains and even the camper itself can be customized to be whatever colour combo you’re feeling. Some retro 70s colours would be so fun!
I added a little kawaii face to mine because I cannot resist adding faces to everything I crochet but you could easily leave the face off if you’re hoping to make it more of a decor/throw cushion piece for the ol’ RV or your favourite camping chair.
As usual, this pattern is made in the same style as my Ragdoll patterns; separate pieces worked in flat rows and then joined together to give them that unique 2-D look. The Camper has 7 separate pieces, not including the optional flags.
The finished measurements are approximately 24cm/ 9.5″ wide.
Let’s get started! (Or Pin/Shop for later!)
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- 3.25mm hook (I use THESE hooks!);
- Bernat Premium in Robin’s Egg (less than 50g);
- Bernat Super Value in White (less than 50g);
- Red Heart Super Saver in Light Grey for tire (small amounts);
- Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather for tire (small amounts);
- Bernat Premium in Magenta for curtains and door window (small amounts);
- Various worsted weight colours in very small amounts for the flags (I used 4 colours: green, yellow, magenta and blue);
- Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread in black for mouth;
- 10mm safety eyes;
- 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. Work a regular sc decrease.
Sc3tog – Single crochet 3 together.
Hdc – Half double crochet
You will make 2 panels using a 3.25mm hook. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Start in Robin’s Egg (blue).
Row 1: Ch 36, sc across (35 sts)
Row 2: Sc 34, inc (36 sts)
Row 3: Inc, sc 35 (37 sts)
Row 4: Inc, sc 36 (38 sts)
Row 5: Inc, sc 37 (39 sts)
Row 6: Sc across (39 sts)
Row 7: Inc, sc 38 (40 sts)
Row 8: Sc across (40 sts)
Switch to white.
Rows 9-10: Sc across (40 sts)
Row 11: Sc 38, dec (39 sts)
Rows 12-13: Sc across (39 sts)
Row 14: Dec, sc 37 (38 sts)
Row 15: Sc 36, dec (37 sts)
Row 16: Dec, sc 35 (36 sts)
Row 17: Dec, sc 32, dec (34 sts)
Row 18: Dec, sc 32 (33 sts)
Row 19: Dec, sc 29, dec (31 sts)
Row 20: Dec, sc 27, dec (29 sts)
Row 21: Dec twice, sc 23, dec (26 sts)
Row 22: Dec, sc 20, dec twice (23 sts)
Row 23: Dec twice, sc 15, dec twice (19 sts)
Now we will crochet the “stand” on the bottom right of the camper. Use white yarn. Turn your camper panel upside-down. Count in 3 chain stitches from the left. Insert your hook and crochet as follows:
Row 1: Sc 2 (2 sts)
Rows 2-3: Sc across (2 sts)
Repeat rows 1-23 (plus rows 1-3 for the stand) for the back panel, but make sure any yarn ends on the back panel are facing the opposite side than they were for the first panel. Since the panels are not perfectly symmetrical, you will need to do this to ensure all the yarn tails are facing the inside when we match up the panels later (so, the “right side” of the front panel becomes the “wrong side” for the back panel and vice versa).
Use a 3.25mm hook and work in joined rounds. Start with light grey.
Rnd 1: Work 6 hdc into MR. (6 sts) Slst to beginning st to join. Ch 1.
Rnd 2: Work 2 hdc into each st around. (12 sts) Slst to beg st to join. Ch 1.
Switch to dark grey.
Rnd 3: *Hdc, 2 Hdc into next st*, repeat from * around (18 sts) Slst to beg st to join.
Tie off. Repeat rounds 1-3 for the back tire panel. Place both panels together with all the yarn tails facing the inside, and join the panels together by inserting your hook through both panels and crocheting a hdc in each stitch around in dark grey. Join to beginning st and tie off. Weave in tail.
Use a 3.25mm hook and white yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 1: Ch 8, sc across (7 sts)
Rows 2-13: Sc across (7 sts)
Row 14: Dec, sc 3, dec (5 sts)
Row 15: Dec, sc 1, dec (3 sts)
Do not tie off. Ch 1 and then sc around the entire piece. (Sc, ch 1, sc) in each of the bottom corners. Join to first st and tie off. Weave in tail.
With 3.25mm hook and Magenta yarn.
Rnd 1: 6 sc into MR.
Rnd 2: 2 Hdc in each st around (12 sts)
Tie off. Stitch onto the door.
With 3.25mm hook and white yarn. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row.
Row 1: Ch 10, sc across (9 sts)
Rows 2-6: Sc across (9 sts)
Do not tie off. Ch 1 and sc around the entire piece. (Sc, ch 1, sc) in each of the 4 corners.
Stitch the curtains onto the window: Start by cutting a length of yarn about half a meter long (1.5 feet). For the top half of the first curtain on the right, stitch your yarn through the right-most stitch of the window (before the border) and straight down into a single stitch 2 rows up from the bottom. Repeat. Then stitch your yarn through the next stitch to the left, but insert it into the same stitch at the bottom to give the “swoop” look to the curtains. Repeat. Move on to the third stitch and then the fourth stitch (you will be stitching through each stitch at the top twice to make the curtains nice and full).
For the bottom half of the curtain, you will be doing the same thing except over 2 stitches, instead of 4; stitch your yarn into the bottom stitch (farthest to the right before the sc border) and then up into the same stitch as the bottom of the top part of the curtains so the two meet (the top half and bottom half). Repeat for next stitch to the left.
Repeat all of the above on the left side of the window! Tie a knot to secure.
Use a 3.25mm hook and whatever colours you would like for your flags. I used green, yellow, blue and magenta.
Row 1: Ch 4, sc across (3 sts)
Row 2: Sc3tog (1 st)
Row 3: Sc 1 (1 st)
Tie off. Weave in yarn tails. Repeat until you’ve made 8 flags.
With colour of your choice (I used yellow), join flags as follows: Ch 2, slst 4 across top of first flag, join next flag and slst 4 across the top of the flag, repeat for the next 2 flags, ch 6, slst across next 4 flags, ch 2.
Move on to assembly below!
Step 1: Door, Window, Tire and Face
First thing’s first! We need to attach the face and other features to the front panel.
I started by sewing down the door onto the right-hand side of the front panel.
Next, stitch on the tire onto the left side. The tire will not sit fully onto the front panel, but will come down below the panel by a little less than half. To do this, only stitch around the top half of the tire. Also, to make it look as though the tire is sitting away from the camper slightly, stitch around the inside of the tire (i.e. stitch around round 2) instead of stitching down the outside stitches.
Next, stitch on the window.
Finally, insert 10mm safety eyes on the bottom half of the camper. Stitch on a mouth using black crochet thread. Stitch on cheeks if you want!
Step 2: Body
Okay, here are all the pieces you should now have at this step. The final assembly of this one is super easy because there is no more sewing and only a little bit of colour-changing for the stand! You’re in the home stretch!
Place the two panels together, matching up all sides. Make sure the front is facing you as you crochet around.
Starting on the top on the left side (see photo above), begin attaching the panels together by chaining one and single crocheting around the outside of the panels in white.
Switch to Blue and continue crocheting around. Crocheting behind the tire will be a bit tricky but just take it slow.
Switch to white when you get to the stand and back to blue to finish the bottom of the camper.
Switch back to white and continue crocheting up the panels. Stop at the top. Only the top will be open now.
Stuff. Make sure to push it right down into all the edges.
Now, picking up where you left off, continue single crocheting across the top. Top 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.
Stitch on your flags and you’re done!
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