Materials:

  • Plastic Canvas (for internal frame)
  • Worsted Weight Yarn in yellow and grey (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • Worsted Weight yarn scraps for embroidery
  • H hook or hook needed for gauge
  • Small amount of fiber fill
  • Buttons

Building the Frame

The frame is built from plastic canvas.  You will need to cut out five pieces to the following dimensions:

  • Front & Back (so cut out two): 2″ x 1.5″
  • Sides (cut out two): 1.5″ x 4″
  • Bottom: 2″ x 4

Now we stitch it together into the shape of a box.  I used some yarn and simply whip stitched it together through the edge rows.  It doesn’t have to be pretty as it will be hidden.

 

The Actual Crocheting

Unless otherwise noted, at end of rows chain 1 and turn.

GAUGE: Finished bottom panel should be the same size as the bottom of the frame.  Actually, all panels should match their frame counterparts, just the bottom one is the simplest and the largest, so if it fits the others should as well.

Bottom:

– With yellow, chain 8
– Working into the back bump of the chain, sc along chain (7 sc)
– Sc 15 rows
– FO

Sides (make 2)

– With yellow, chain 15
– RS: Working into the back bump of the chain, sc along chain (14 sc)
– Sc 1 row
– Slip stitch along row in the front loops only
– FO yellow
– With the right side facing, join grey to the first free loop on the last row of sc
– Sc along the free loops to end of row (14 sc)
– Sc 3 rows
– Fo

Front

– With yellow, chain 8
– Working into the back bump of the chain, sc along chain (7 sc)
– Sc 2 rows
– FO yellow and join grey
– Sc 2 rows
– Fo grey and join yellow
– Sc 1 row
– FO

Top

– With yellow, chain 8
– Working into the back bump of the chain, sc along chain (7 sc)
– Sc 3 rows
– Split: Sc 2, ch 1 & turn (2 sc)
– Sc 6 more rows
– FO yellow
– Skip 3 stitches from the split and join yellow.
– Sc 7 rows
– Sc 2, chain 3, sc 2 on other half to close central hole
– Sc 4 rows (7 sc)
– FO

Back

– With yellow, chain 8
– RS: Working into the back bump of the chain, sc along chain (7 sc)
– Sc 2 rows
– FO yellow and join grey
– Sc 1, sc 1 in flo, sc 3, sc 1 flo, sc 1
– RS: Sc 1 row
– FO grey and join yellow
– Sc 1, sc 1 in flo, sc 3, sc 1 flo, sc 1
– FO
– * Holding piece with right side face, take note of the four free loops, two at the bottom of the window and two and the top. Join yellow to on of the bottom free loops.
– Chain 2
– Slip stitch in the free loop directly above
– FO
– Repeat from * for the other pair

Assembly
Weave in ends on all pieces. Embroider warning lights onto front, and do any other embroidery you wish. Stitch together sides, front, back, and bottom into an open topped box. Slide frame inside, then stitch the top onto the box.

Outer Flap

– With one of the sides facing, join yellow to the first slip stitch.
– Chain 2 (counts as a dc), dc in next sc, (ch 2, skip 2 slst, dc in next slst) 4 times, dc once more in last slst (15 sts)
– Sc 2 rows
– Sc in flo
– sc 3 rows
– Slst 6 loosely, chain 3, skip 3, slst 6 loosely
– Sc 4 rows
– Sc blo
– Sc 1 row, chain 3 and turn
– Dc into 2nd sc (chain counts as first dc), (ch 2, skip 2, dc in next st) 4 times, dc in last st
– Sc 2 rows
– Button holes: Slst 2, ch 3, slst 5, ch 3, slst 6, ch 3, slst 2
– Fo

Weave in ends. Fold flap over to find the spots to sew on buttons, then sew on buttons.

Front Thingy

Note: “Inc” means to put 2 sc in next st, I’m lazy.

– With yellow, chain 6
– Sc 5 along chain, turn and sc 5 along other side of chain, join (10 sc)
– Ch 1, inc in first st, sc 3, inc in next two stitches, sc 3, inc, join (14 sc)
– Ch 1, inc, sc 5, inc in next two stitches, sc 5, inc, join (18 sc)
– Ch 1, sc in ea st around, join
– Ch 1, sc in ea st around, join
– FO

Embroider on headlights and grill. Sew to front of bus, stuffing lightly.

If desired, sew on some big black buttons to create wheels.

Voila! Bus!

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