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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thomas the Tank Engine



This is a project I've been working on for a long time, partly because I have
to make 2 of them, partly because it took me a long time to find the right color. I ended up using a different brand yarn for each one (so if the pictures look different, you don't need to adjust your color settings) and I'm still not completely happy with either, but what can you do? (Besides hope that my cousins are both color-blind). My two Thomases are done in Vanna's Choice Baby Little Blue Boy and Red Heart Soft Yarn Teal, but if you find something that's closer to the original, please let me know and I'll post it on here. That being said, the project itself isn't difficult, just a lot of parts. I recommend labeling them as soon as you make them, so that when it comes time to sew them together, you know which is which. This pattern is still a work in progress, I will probably add more pictures as I put the finishing touches on Thomas 2 (it's almost finished, but for running out of yarn--you know how it is). And of course, if there are any mistakes or missing parts (which wouldn't surprise me in the least), please let me know and I'll fix it as soon as I can.

Materials

Yarn in blue, black, gray, white and red
Google eyes
Small amount black embroidery thread
Small amount yellow yarn
Black felt

Head



With gray, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 3: sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc around (18 sc)
Rnd 4: sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (24 sc)
Rnd 5: sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc around (30 sc)
Rnd 6: sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc aroun d(36 sc)
Rnd 7-8: sc in each sc around, in last sc of Rnd 8 change to black.
Rnd 9-15: sc in each sc around
Fasten off.

Nose: With gray, ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8 sc)
Fasten off.
Sew to face.

Steam Stack

With black, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
Rnd 2: in front loops only, 2 sc in each sc around (12 sc)
Rnd 2: in back loops of Rnd 1 only, sc around (6 sc)
Rnd 3-10 (or until desired height): sc in each sc around

Body Front (the head will be sewn to this piece)



With blue, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hoook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc across
Row 7: sl st in 8 sc, skip 2 sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip 2 sc, sl st, turn, leaving remaining sc unworked (5 dc)
Row 8: ch 2, dc in next dc, 2 dc in each dc around, skip 2 sc, sl st, turn (10 dc)
Row 9: ch 2, dc in next dc, 2 dc in each dc around (20 dc)
Fasten off.

Main Side (Make 2)




With blue, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hoook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc across, ch 11 at the end of Row 6
Row 7: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space and each sc across (30 sc)
Row 8-12: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Underside of front



With blue, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hoook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-8 (or until length of the front part of the sides): sc in each sc across

Bottom front panel (to be attached to rows 1-6 of side)



With blue, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hoook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-6: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Main Body Top



With blue, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hoook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-32 (or until same length as body sides): sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Back back



With blue, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hoook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-4: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Back back



Repeat Back Front for Rows 1-2
Fasten off.


Back Top



With black, ch 11
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch sp (10 sc)
Row 2-20: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.


Side Panel (Make 2)



With blue, ch 11
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space across (10 sc)
Row 2-12: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Back side panel (Make 2)



With blue, ch 9
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hoook and each ch space across (8 sc)
Row 2-12: sc in each sc across
Row 13: sl st in first 2 sc, sc in next sc across for left side, sc in 6 sc, leave remaining unworked for right(6 sc)
Row 14-16: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Coals



With black, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Back Bottom

With blue, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-12: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Wheel (Make 6)



With blue, ch 5 (counts as 1 dc and 1 ch sp)
Rnd 1: Dc in 5th ch from hook, *ch 1, dc in same space, repeat from * 8 more times, ch 1 and join in first dc (10 sc)

Connector (Make 2)



With blue, ch 25
Fasten off.

Bottom

With white, ch 21
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space across (20 sc)
Row 2-53:sc in each sc across (20 sc)
Fasten off.

Red pieces

Rnd 1: Joining red, sc in each sc across, 2 sc in last sc, sc along side, 2 sc in corner, sc across other side of ch row, 2 sc in last ch space, sc along side, sc in first sc of Row , sl st to first sc of round 1

Red back

Row 1: sc across from corner to corner, turn
Row 2-3: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Red front

Work Rows 1-2 of back

Sticky uppy thing



With blue, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc)
Rnd 2- :sc in each sc around
Fasten off.

Half circle things (Make 4)



With blue, ch 9
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space across (8 sc)
Row 2: sc dec in first 2 sc, sc across, sc dec in last 2 sc (6 sc)
Row 3: repeat Row 2 (4 sc)
Fasten off.
Join w/ sc in side of Row 1, sc up side, across row 3 and down other side.
Fasten off.

Middle piece



With blue, ch 5
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space across (4 sc)
Row 2-14: sc in each sc across (4 sc)
Fasten off.

Middle in between both pairs of circle things (Make 4)

With black, ch 11
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch space across (10 sc)
Row 2-5: sc in each sc across
Fasten off.

Front circles (Make 2)

With black, ch 2
Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6 sc)
Fasten off.

Finishing

Figure A



Figure B (front view)



Figure B (side view)



Sew main body pieces (body front and main sides) together as in Figure A. Sew back body pieces (back front, back top, back back, back bottom, side panels and back side panels) as shown in Figure B. Sew head to figure A. Sew figure A to figure B. Stuff. Sew white piece onto the bottom, leaving a lot sticking out in the front. Sew 3 wheels on each side and sew the chain to each wheel. Sew 2 half circle pieces on either side of 1 middle piece, stuff lightly. Sew onto white piece with the black piece in the middle. Sew top to the head.

Details



Glue or stick on googly eyes. Embroider eyebrows with black yarn, mouth with embroidery thread as shown.



Embroider with red yarn on main side as shown on each side of Thomas.



Embroider yellow 1 in the middle of main side on each side. Glue a square of black felt on each side.



Embroider red yarn on main top as shown, pulling somewhat tightly to make slight dents in the fabric.



Embroider two yellow circles on back front and two straight yellow lines in the middle. Sew front circles on red front and embroider a little black yarn in between them, making it stick out so that there's a space between the yarn and the fabric. Cut windows out of felt and glue under back top. Add any other remaining details.

*Thomas and Thomas & Friends are copyright Gullane (Thomas) Limited. This is an original pattern by Jennifer Alberghini. Please do not sell copies of this pattern or the dolls that you make from this pattern. You may link to this page, but do not repost it on your site. Thank you.

16 comments:

  1. You are wonderful! What a great pattern! It looks kind of strange when you see the seperate parts, but it all comes together when you put it together. Well done!

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  2. Thanks. I'm hoping I can put my second one together, I sewed as I went the first time, we'll see how well it goes.

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  3. Couldn't believe it when I saw this pattern, a dream come true! My 2 year old grandson is going to love this!
    Thanks so much for sharing it.

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  4. Do you have a step by step assembly guide for Thomas?

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  5. No, sorry. I tried to make it as clear as possible with the labels and Figure A and B--if there's any confusion though, let me know and I'll try to help as best I can.

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  6. I'm Having trouble in joining. I cant understand how. So the main sides, do i have to join the non-extended part with the body front, or is it the extended part? Thanks

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  7. The body front is joined to the extended parts because underneath is where the two half circles are going to be. The completely straight side (at least, that's what I hope you're talking about--I hope I'm understanding your question correctly) goes towards the back since it will be attached to the back sides. I hope that helps.

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  8. I am sorry but I still cant figure out how exactly I have to join.I tried but im not sure if i did it properly. is there a way were i can send u a picture for you to see? Say so if im asking too much.

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  9. Sure, you can send it. Are you a Ravelry member? That would probably be the easiest way to show me, posting it on there. If not, you can send me an email: gundamgirlwing@hotmail.com. Talk to you soon!

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  10. This is completely adorable. What size hook did you use? Do you have measurements of the finished guy?

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  11. Wow so I crocheted all the parts, and now I feel like I'm just winging it. I have no idea how you put this together.

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    1. I'm in the same boat. Did you get it together? If so, please help!

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