What an amazing Crochet ride I’ve been on so far. My nimble fingers haven’t stopped for a second.
I’ve made unicorns, teacups, shark and Yoda beanies, laptop sleeves, cosy socks, and I’m sure there’s probably more. And now…drum-roll, please…
I’ve crocheted a cuddly John Deere style Tractor toy for my 2 year old Nephew, Louie.
After making all those unicorns for my nieces, I suddenly realised I’d forgotten my Nephew…(to be honest, that’s not uncommon, the poor little chap is always an after-thought when you’ve got 3 girls stealing the lime-light!)
Luckily, it didn’t take long to think of what to make him as the boy is obsessed with tractors, particularly John Deere ones. Strange child!
So I looked at a few patterns – all the good looking ones had price tags and the free ones weren’t that great – I guess farming machinery isn’t anyone’s first choice when it comes to Amigurumi crochet.
I settled for a basic looking tractor pattern by MadeByBi.com – tiny problem – it’s in Dutch and although Google translated the page as best it could – I still had to decipher some of the instructions: ‘rear maskeled’ was actually ‘back loops’, I think.
The pattern was good but very basic and could’ve easily been used to make a car. I followed the instructions to make the tractor body but didn’t like anything else about it – the wheels were way too round and had no detail.
It was at this point, I decided to be brave and go rogue and really make this tractor my own. I added safety eyes, eyebrows, a smile, John Deere signature stripes, steps, and actually managed to make the wheels look like they belonged on a tractor.
I have to admit this is the proudest I’ve felt after completing a project and am really pleased with the result.
If you fancy having a go at this cute tractor, check out the free pattern created by me on my new blog page – Free Patterns.
Thank you for reading.