Pattern Review – Crafter Granny

This pattern review is the first in a new series.  For consistency I’ll base reviews on specific questions. These will probably change over time, but it seems like a good place to start.

I’ve spent many hours scouring Pinterest in search of interesting things to make. A lot of the patterns were free, but I’ve also bought some from Etsy and Amazon. Every one that I’ve tried has taught me something new, especially if they don’t work out the first time. That includes most of them, haha. Some I’ve made once and never want to do again, others I’ve made many repeats.

Even though I was taught crochet at a young age, I did not practice much until this year.  I’ve essentially gone from a beginner to confident beginner.  Complex patterns and stitches are still difficult.  All opinions are my own, and I do not receive any compensation for doing them.

1. Pattern: Crafter Granny, designed by Zhaya Designs. Website zhaya.eu. All designs are free.

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2. Why did I pick this Design? I thought she looked so cute, and that she needed to be in my house. I like being organized and it would give me a place to store all the bits and pieces laying around on my table.

3. Did you find all the materials listed on the pattern? No. I couldn’t find the exact yarn specified, or something solid for the body. The yarn I used was Loops & Threads Cambria (sport weight) and Loops & Threads Impeccable (Worsted weight). Both are store brand yarns for Michaels, and fairly inexpensive.

4. What is the skill level? There is non listed, but I’d say it’s confident beginner or intermediate.

5. Is the pattern clear and easy to read? For the most part, but I sometimes have difficulty understanding without visuals. Luckily there are a number of pictures to help where needed.

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6. What was the most challenging part? I had 2 big challenges, the face and keeping the body upright.

No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get faces right. I’ve gone down to just adding safety eyes and maybe a smile with black embroidery thread.

The body structure was something I thought long and hard about. My first granny was just fibrefill with a cardboard based and a bag of rocks for weight. It took about 1 month for it to start to collapse. The second one I left with my mom, and open bottomed so she could place it over a water bottle. The third I used a floral cone for the body and reworked it to be worsted weight instead of sport. I liked it so much I made another one to give as a present.

I love the Crafter Granny, but I could not make her stiff enough to hold up my tools.  After some searching I found this styrofoam floral cone, and changed to Worsted Weight yarn to increase the size to fit.  Now my granny is standing tall and proud!

7. What was my favourite part? I love having this awesome organized doll beside my chair where I can keep whatever tools I’m using at the moment. She is so handy.

8. Does my finished product look like the pictures? No, but I’ve changed a bunch of things including the yarn weight. It still has the feel of it, but that’s about all.

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9. Final thoughts. I have a feeling Granny will be made again, and again, and again….. There are a number of adaptations out there and it inspires me to try different things with her. There’s a yarn store a few cities over that carries the Scheepjes yarn, so that’s possible now. I might try another body structure at some point as well.

10. Do I recommend this? Yes, absolutely. Judging by the volumes of hashtags and photos I’d say I’m not alone in thinking that.

11.  What adaptations did I make?  So many that I needed to write them all down.  The doll adaption is below.  The apron is basically same as the original pattern, but scaled to size.

Do you have a pattern you would like me to review? Send me an email or make a comment below.

Make your own Eleanor

You will need

Worsted weight yarn

I used Loops and Threads Impeccable Claret(dress), Forest(apron), Chocolate(hair) and Heather(skin)

4mm (US G) crochet hook

8mm Safety Eyes

Styrofoam Floral Cone – 98mm x 225mm (3 7/8 x 8 7/8)

Fibrefill

Yarn needle

Scissors

Stitch Guide

Ch – chain

Sc – single crochet

Inc – increase, 2 sc in stitch

sc2tog- decrease, stitch 2 sc together

Sl st – slip stitch

St – stitch

MR – magic ring

Gauge

16 sc and 18 rows = 4”(10cm)

IMG_0290Pattern Notes

This is made in the round so do not join.  Use a scrap of yarn or stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round.

The head and body are one piece.

The arms are not stuffed.

You can use floral wire or pipe cleaner to help stiffen neck area by putting a loop in head with the fibrefill and sticking wire to neck of cone.

Head

Use skin colour make a magic ring.

R 1 MR, 6 sc in ring. (6)

R 2 2 sc in each sc. (12)

R 3 (sc in the next st, inc)* repeat 6 time (18)

R 4 (sc in the next 2 st, inc) * repeat 6 time (24)

R 5 (sc in the next 3 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (30)

R 6 (sc in the next 4 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (36)

R 7 (sc in the next 5 sts, inc)* repeat 6 times (42)

R 8-15 sc in each sc (42)

R 16 (sc in the next 5 sts, sc2tog)* repeat 6 times (36)

R 17 (sc in the next 4 sts, sc2tog)* repeat 6 times (30)

R 18 (sc in the next 3 sts, sc2tog)* repeat 6 times (24)

R 19 (sc in the next 2 sts, sc2tog)* repeat 6 times (18)

R 20 (sc in the next st, sc2tog)* repeat 6 times (12)

If using safety eyes insert them between rows 12 & 13 with 4 sts between, firmly stuff head with fibrefill.  Continue on with body in skin colour.

Body

R 21 (sc in the next st, inc)* repeat 6 time, change to colour of dress in last st. (18)

R 22-23 sc in each sc (18)

R 24 (sc in the next 2 st, inc)* repeat 6 time (24)

R 25-27 sc in each sc (24)

R 28 (sc in the next 3 st, inc) * repeat 6 time (30)

R 29-32 sc in each sc (30)

R 33 (sc in the next 4 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (36)

R 34-37 sc in each sc. (36)

R 38 (sc in the next 5 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (42)

R 39-42 sc in each sc (42)

R 43 (sc in the next 6 sts, inc)* repeat 6 times (48)

R 44-49 sc in each sc (48)

R 50 (sc in the next 7 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (54)

R 51-57 sc in each sc, sl st to join, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing (54)IMG_0300

Take plastic wrapping off cone and insert into dress.  Top of cone should fit snuggly at the opening of the head.  Make sure the stuffing in the head and cone are secure so the head doesn’t wobble.  The dress will be loosely draped around cone.

Bottom of Body

This is in the dress colour.

R 1 MR, 6 sc in ring. (6)

R 2 2 sc in each sc. (12)

R 3 (sc in the next st, inc)* repeat 6 time, change to colour of body in last st. (18)

R 4 (sc in the next 2 st, inc)* repeat 6 time (24)

R 5 (sc in the next 3 st, inc) * repeat 6 time (30)

R 6 (sc in the next 4 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (36)

R 7 (sc in the next 5 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (42)

R 8 (sc in the next 6 sts, inc)* repeat 6 times (48)

R 9 (sc in the next 7 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (54)

R 10 Attach to bottom of dress by sc both layers together, sc in each sc through all 4 loops (54)

R11 in next sc (sc, ch 1, sc), skip next sc* repeat around, slst to join, fasten off, weave in all loose ends

Arms

Make 2

R 1 In skin colour make MR, 4sc in ring (4)

R 2 2 sc in each sc. (8)

R 3-7 sc in each sc, change to dress colour on last st (8)

R 8-14 sc in each sc, sl st to join, ch 1 (8)

R 15 press opening together and sc through all 4 loops closing end, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing.

Attach arms between rounds 22 & 23

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Hair

R 1 MR, 6 sc in ring. (6)

R 2 2 sc in each sc. (12)

R 3 (sc in the next st, inc)* repeat 6 time (18)

R 4 (sc in the next 2 st, inc)* repeat 6 time (24)

R 5 (sc in the next 3 st, inc) * repeat 6 time (30)

R 6 (sc in the next 4 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (36)

R 7-8 sc in each sc (36)

R 9 (sc in the next 5 sts, inc)* repeat 6 time (42)

R 10-11 sc in each sc, sl st to join, fasten off leaving long tail for sewing (42)img_0306

Cut 52 lengths of hair colour yarn 18” long.  Using crochet hook, on R 11,  pull loop through both Hair piece and Head so Hair is attached without sewing.  At the front bangs area of face, use 8 lengths to make a second row of hair on R10 of Hair piece. Pull 4 pieces to each side and attach by ear area.  The rest of hair lengths can be caught up at the back and tied together with a pony tail holder. See photos for more information.

Happy Crocheting!

Lorraine

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2 thoughts on “Pattern Review – Crafter Granny”

  1. I have made the granny as well and ended up sticking a little wooden BBQ stick through her to keep her head up 🙂 She is a permanent item on my crochet table holding my scissors, current hook and lots of other tools.

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