Crochet #21: Various crochet packages from Dutch stores
Today I have a collection item with various crochet packages from Dutch stores. First I made a crochet kit from SoLow, Mr. Racoon. Secondly, I made a crocheted tompouce from HEMA. In this article I share my experience with the complete crochet packages and show the end result.
Crochet kit Mr. Solow's raccoon
The crochet package from Mr. I received a raccoon as a gift from a friend. This came from Solow. I went to the Tilburg branch to check the price, but unfortunately they no longer had this crochet package (March). So I don't know if this package is still available unfortunately :-(. I did search the internet for a similar pattern, so that you can also make a raccoon if you want. On the site Handmade by Esther there is a bear that looks a lot like this pattern :-).
I really like the packaging. I think Mr. Raccoon also really super cute :-). It's also not a big crochet project, which I like. When I opened the box I immediately noticed that the colors of the yarn did not match the raccoon on the packaging. My gray yarn is really much darker. Which is a shame, because I don't like it as much. What was also funny is that the instructions say: use a 2.5 mm crochet hook, but there was a 3 mm crochet hook in the box. Not a problem for me, I still use my own clover crochet hooks.
Mr. Raccoon crochet
The instructions start with the body. So I did that too. It was more work than expected, but it is an easy pattern. The yarn just doesn't work very well. It comes apart quickly and sometimes has lint stuck to it.
Unfortunately there was an error in the pattern with the arms. Round 3 has a total of 18 stitches. On rounds 4 to 12 they suddenly had 24 stitches without increasing. I chose to crochet rows 4 to 12 in 18 stitches. This seems to be correct with the example on the box :-).
Unfortunately, the instructions for the ears were also incorrect. Round 8 was 21 stitches, round 9 was 4 sc, crochet together 3 times... then you get 15 stitches. She meant 5 sc, crochet together and that 3x. The same thing goes wrong on round 10, such a shame. But luckily I can read patterns better and understand them if they are wrong.
Yes… and then the tail… again a few mistakes in the pattern, wrong number of stitches and also mixed up crochet and increases. In the end it really didn't make sense anymore. Fortunately, I managed to do it with my basic knowledge of patterns :-).
Assembling the raccoon
Assembling Mr. Raccoon went well. I tried as much as possible to recreate the raccoon from the package. Still, I have the feeling that it didn't quite work out. The black felt is too large (pattern for felt was included) and the arms are a bit larger in my opinion. By the way, I added some white felt behind the eyes, otherwise they wouldn't be visible at all.
Conclusion and end result Mr. Racoon
There are a lot of mistakes in the pattern, which is a shame. Also, my raccoon does not look exactly like the example due to the color and other proportions. Still, I'm quite happy with Mr. Racoon :-). The nice thing is that he can just stand there because of the big tail :-).
Crochet set Tompouce from Hema
I also had this crochet package. No idea what the price was :-). I saw that it is no longer for sale. The package contains yarn, crochet hook, darning needle and instructions. I used my own crochet hook, 2.75 mm.
I started with the bottom and top of the cookie. This was super easy at first. The finish was with the lobster stitch, which I had not done often. It all worked out fine via a video on YouTube :-).
Then I made the pink icing. This was Tunisian crochet. I hadn't done this in a while either. In the beginning I crocheted it tight, so I had to pull it out a few times. But it worked out in the end :-).
I was a little confused about the filling of the tompouce. “Back loop of underlying rope”… I didn't really know what to do. I made the next single crochet in the back loop of the previous single crochet. Whether that should be the case, I haven't found out yet ;-).
Finally, I adhered the bottom and top to the white filling. I neatly attached the icing with a needle and thread.
Do you ever buy a complete crochet package in the store?
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– Crochet #17: Pouch/gift bag
– Crochet #16: Easter, duckling
– Crochet #15: Easter, rabbit
– Crochet #14: German ready-made crochet kits
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