Saturday, March 15, 2014

Crochet Wheelchair Pattern Video Tutorial



The Crochet Wheelchair (read the story behind this design)

This post was updated with new information and a new video link on 3/18/2014

This written pattern goes with the video tutorial. It would be too difficult to properly and thoroughly explain how to put the parts together here in written form so make the parts here and view the video to put the pieces together. I do include the order in which the chair should be assembled under the written pattern below.


Copyright 2014 Author: Sharon Ojala - Amigurumi To Go - All rights reserved 
Finished products can be sold 
This pattern is not to be sold. Furthermore this pattern and all the  images contained inside this pattern are not authorized to be sold as a cross stitch pattern or shared in full on any cross stitch site

Supplies List:
3.75mm hook
worsted weight medium #4 (Red Heart Super Saver yarn)
  • grey
  • black
  • and 2 colors of your choice

yarn needle
14 pipe cleaners (same color or similar to tubes they will be going into)
fabric tac (fabric glue)
1 sheet of plastic canvas ( I used 7 count mesh)
2 lengths of 18 gauge florist stem wire (each 12 inches long or longer)
Pliers with wire cutters.

How to read the rows:  The number inside the parentheses ( ~ ) is the number of stitches you should have at the end of that particular row. 

Abbreviations:
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
ch1 = chain one
f/o = finish off

 
Special notes: Some of the parts of the wheelchair will also get plastic inserts so it is important to use the same weight yarn and hook size as given in the supplies list. If you make a smaller or larger wheelchair with a different size hook and different weight yarn then you will need to adjust the size of the plastic inserts and most likely will need to adjust other parts as well.
If  you make a larger wheelchair, also keep in mind that the pipe cleaners will not be long enough unless there are longer pipe cleaners out there I'm not aware of. You could use wire but you will need to pay more attention to the shaping and so on.
Also, look at the colors in the wheelchair.. the side panels are the same color as the larger inner wheel and the larger outer wheel spokes are the same color as the top rail. This helps speed along the sewing of those particular pieces since we don't need to hide any of the stitches while we sew these pieces together
You can make the back of the chair taller or wider or both without changing anything else in the pattern. To do this just increase the number of chains in row 1 in the pattern for the back of the chair and the seat of the chair.
Chair #2 has 15 chains in row 1 of the back of chair and chair #1 has 13 chains in row 1 of seat.. I wouldn't go too much taller or wider as this might compromise the stability of the chair.

*You can also make all the tubes from rounds that begin with 4st in a loop. I prefer the skinnier tube but decided on the loop with 5st because it will be easier for those who struggle with working in small rounds. The Purple Wheelchair pictured above has wheels and handles that began with 4st in the round
Click on photos to enlarge them


Make all the parts as written below then  Click here for the video tutorial to put the parts together ~ the video was filmed in the following order:
    • Introduction
    • Brief rundown of all the parts
    • Making & finishing off the tubes
    • Inserting the pipe cleaners
    • Stretching out and measuring all the tubes
    • Sewing the ends of the tubes to form wheels
    • Brief rundown of the flat pieces
    • Sewing the foot plates, back of chair & seat to their plastic pieces
    • Assembling the main chair part (back of chair and seat together)
    • Measure up the side panel mesh piece then sew panels to chair
    • Assembling the foot plate, top rail and front wheel *Includes an alternate method of including stem wire
    • Inserting the spokes into the large inner wheel
    • Sewing on the spoke cover (I called this a "button" throughout the tutorial)
    • Sewing the large, inner and outer wheels together
    • Sewing the top rail to the chair *including sewing the rail that has stem wire to the chair
    • Instal the large back wheels
    • Alternate method of sewing handles to chair
    • Glue on decorative pieces to the back of the chair

      *Example of colors for written Pattern... as pictured in chair with labels
      Light Blue = lighter color
      Dark Blue = darker color
      Also used are Grey and Black



      Back of Chair:
      Make 2 with lighter color
      1) ch 13
      2) starting with the 2nd chain from the hook, 1sc in each ch (12)
      3-12) 1sc in each st for 10 rows *remember to ch1 and turn at the end of every row, and start each row with the 2nd st from the hook
      f/o and leave a long tail for sewing

      Seat of Chair: Make 2 with lighter color
      1) ch 11
      2) starting with the 2nd chain from the hook, 1sc in each ch (10)
      3-12) 1sc in each st for 10 rows *remember to ch1 and turn at the end of every row, and start each row with the 2nd st from the hook
      f/o and leave a long tail for sewing

      Side Panels of Chair: Make 4 with darker color
      1) ch 6
      2) starting with the 2nd chain from the hook, 1sc in each ch (5)
      3-13) 1sc in each st for 11 rows *remember to ch1 and turn at the end of every row, and start each row with the 2nd st from the hook
      f/o and leave a long tail for sewing

      Foot Plates: Make 2 with black
      1) ch 5
      2) starting with the 2nd chain from the hook, 1sc in each ch (4)
      3-4) 1sc in each st for 2 rows *remember to ch1 and turn at the end of every row, and start each row with the 2nd st from the hook
      f/o and leave a long tail for sewing

      Decorative Strip Along Back Of Chair: Make 2 with  any color. This clip was lost and left out of the video tutorial. But there is a clip showing how to attach it after the chair is fully assembled at the end of the video.
      1) ch 16 or more
      f/o leaving a long tail for sewing

      Handles: Make 2 with darker color
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2-4) 1sc in each st for 3 rows
      f/o leave a tail for sewing

      Tube Running Along the Top of Side Panels: Make 2 with grey * if you begin with a long starting tail then you will not need to add in a sewing tail later when adding the foot plate. I didn't do this in the video tutorial.
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st (5)
      2-18) 1sc in each st for 17 rows
      f/o leave a tail for sewing

      Larger Inner Wheels: Make 2 with darker color
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st (5)
      2-31) 1sc in each st for 30 rows
      f/o leave a tail for sewing

      Larger Outer Wheels: Make 2 with Grey
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st (5)
      2-29) 1sc in each st for 28 rows
      f/o leave a tail for sewing

      Front Small Wheels: Make 2 with darker color
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 5st (5)
      2-12) 1sc in each st for 11 rows
      f/o leave a tail for sewing

      Spokes Cover: (also called a button throughout the video tutorial)
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each st (12)
      sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing

      Plastic Canvas Inserts For Chair Back and Seat: Cut one of each
      20 squares x 18 squares
      16 squares x 18 squares

      Plastic Canvas Inserts For Side Panels: Cut 2
      7 squares x 21 squares * the length of 21 could change to 20

      Plastic Canvas For Side Foot Plates: Cut 2
      4 squares x 6 squares

      Assemble in order, view the video for further instructions:

      1) insert pipe cleaners into each of the tubes
      2) aside from the handles each yarn tube gets stretched out to a certain length. The lengths are approximate so watch the video tutorial for a better understanding of this step. Do not cut the excess pipe cleaner free until you are sure the wheels are at the right length.
      a) stretch the 2 inner back wheels to about 10 and 1/2 inches
      b) stretch the 2 outer back wheels  to about 9 inches
      c) stretch the 2 small front wheels to about 3 and 1/2 inches
      d) stretch the 2 top rails to about 6 1/2 inches
      3) sew all the wheel ends together to form circles, set aside
      4) sew the 4 squares x 6 squares to each of the foot plates, set aside
      5-a) sew the 20 squares x 18 squares mesh piece to one of the back of the chair pieces
      5-b) whip stitch the 2nd crocheted piece to 5-a (leaving a bottom side open)
      6-a) sew the 16 squares x 18 squares mesh piece to one of the seat pieces
      6-b) whip stitch the 2nd crocheted piece to 6-a (leaving a bottom side open)
      7) sew back of chair to seat
      8-a) measure up the plastic mesh for the side panel
      8-b) sew each of the plastic mesh pieces to a crocheted panel piece
      8-c) whip stitch the remaining side panel pieces onto each of the pieces in 8-b.
      8-d) pin the side panels on starting from the back of the chair to the front, making sure the bottoms are all flush with each other
      8-e) sew the panels in place
      12) sew a foot plate to the bottom of the rail then sew on a small front wheel, set aside
      13) insert the spokes into the inner back wheels
      14) sew the outer wheels to the inner wheels
      15) sew on the spoke cover
      16-a) pin the rails and the back wheels to chair to determine the right height
      16-b) remove the back wheels and sew the rails to the side panels
      17-a) pin the back wheels on again *making sure that the spokes are pointed in the direction instructed in the video tutorial
      17-b) lift up to expose the underside of the spoke cover and put in some glue, squeeze together and let dry. *make sure to do this step before sewing anything
      18-a) sew one of the spokes to the top rail
      18-b) sew the inner wheel to the side panel
      19) sew on the handles
      20) if desired, glue and sew on decorative chains to the back of the chair

       Solid wheels (option two)
      Large Back Wheel: Make 4 with darker color
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each st (12)
      3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
      4) 1sc in next 2st then 2sc in next st (24)
      5) 1sc in next 3st then 2sc in next st (30)
      6) 1sc in next 4st then 2sc in next st (36)
      7) 1sc in next 5st then 2sc in next st (42)
      8) 1sc in next 6st then 2sc in next st (48)
      sl st next st then f/o leave a tail for sewing

      Middle Button or Spoke Cover:
      make 2 with grey
      1) magic circle or adjustable loop with 6st (6)
      2) 2sc in each st (12)
      3) 1sc then 2sc in next st (18)
      sl st next st and f/o leaving a long tail for sewing

      Assembly of solid wheels: Cut out 2 large round circles and 2 small round circles from a plastic mesh sheet or a margarine lid  and those will be placed inside the wheels for strength.

      Sandwich a piece of plastic between 2 larger wheels and whip stitch neatly around the edges. Sew the smaller grey piece in the middle. Pin wheels in place and add glue in the very middle between the chair and the wheel. Let the glue completely dry then sew the rest of the wheel to the chair.


      Pattern for IV Drip Pole right here

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      14 comments:

      1. Thank you so much for sharing your talent... I love this pattern!!! I am new to Amigurumi and to try to make something like this was going to make me crazy!!!!

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        1. you're welcome! The new, better video for this tutorial is currently uploading to youtube and that explains how to piece this chair together. Once that is done I will be adding more pictures and measurements to this pattern page :))

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      2. Lovely work Sharon! Love the details you put into this design!

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      3. I find it such a useful toy for so many children! Thank you.

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      4. What a lot of great work - thanx for sharing it, Sharon - you put a big smile on my wheelchair driver face this morning

        Best regards
        Marta (Germany)

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      5. Shared yesterday via fb/twitter and the post is making its way around <3 You've brought a great pattern to the hooking community :)

        Come visit and say hi to those who are also resharing @ http://facebook.com/thecrochetlounge

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        1. thank you very much. I just had a looked and found the post and thanked everyone personally for all the great comments. That was awesome!
          In the next couple of days I'll be sure to put a post up about the Crochet Lounge on my page Amigurumi Freely.

          Have a Blessed day :)

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      6. like your pattern. i'm in a wheelchair but i can't crochet only knit. i wish there was a knitted pattern out somewhere.

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      7. This is really great!! I've been looking for a crochet wheelchair pattern for a while now and was really thrilled to come across such a lovely one as yours. The story behind it brought back memories, too, as I broke my leg on my first sledging adventure when I was eight or nine years old, so I can empathise with your daughter. Hope her leg is fully healed soon :)

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      8. Sweet pattern! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      9. This is a fabulous idea and I'm sure many little ones will enjoy being able to have a wheelchair for their plushie friend just like they have!

        So did you ever crochet a cover for your daughter's cast to make it purple?

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        1. Thank you!

          No I never did because her cast quickly was covered in well wishes and special quotes by friends and family and she really enjoyed that :)

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      10. I am a cancer patient. I started a group of people that get together and we either make items, donate items, or donate funds to mail out gift boxes to cancer patients. It's called "gifts of love". I am going to hang onto this pattern and include in any boxes we send out to children. Maybe take a few up to the children's cancer center here in town by me as well. Thank you so much for giving this gift. It's never too late to touch a person's life in a possitive way. https://www.facebook.com/groups/239639252880646/

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        1. That's pretty amazing. Thank you for the message, it's an honor for me <3

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