RIGHT ROYAL CHARLIE!

MAKE OUR FREE CORONATION CROCHET PATTERN THIS WEEKEND!

BANK HOLIDAY – HIP HIP HOORAY!
Hiya Folks ! We’re approaching a very special weekend here in Old Blighty – Literally History in the making with the Coronation of King Charles The Third. So I thought I would share a FREE pattern with you!

Those of you who subscribe to my Newsletter, will already have seen my Royal Humpty, but as I am still yet to write up the premium version of this pattern, I thought you might like to make him to celebrate the Coronation!

And in view of that, he’s had a bit of a renaming ceremony to reflect his new status in life! So without further ado…please welcome
KING CHARLIE, THE CORONATION EGG!


KING CHARLIE THE CORONATION EGG – CROCHET PATTERN (UK TERMS)
(Nephew of the Grand Ole Duke of Yolk)

To make this pattern you will first need to download a copy of my FREE Humpfree The Rainbow Humpty Pattern LINK HERE 

STITCHES USED
DC – (SC – U.S. TERMS)
MAGIC RING
BLO- BACK LOOP ONLY
INCREASE – BY 2DC IN SAME STITCH
SL ST – SLIP STITCH TO JOIN
DC2TOG – DECREASE BY CROCHETING 2 STITCHES TOGETHER THROUGH THE FRONT LOOPS ONLY
COLOUR CHANGE – MADE BY PICKING UP NEW COLOUR IN LAST YARN PULL THROUGH OF PREVIOUS STITCH
4DTRBO – 4 DOUBLE TREBLE BOBBLE MATERIALS


HOOK = 3MM


YARN
I used Marriners 100% Acrylic DK,
but sadly the company has ceased trading since I created the pattern! (so sad after 125 years in business!) So instead a good substitute is Stylecraft Special DK available here, or any DK yarn in the following colours:

RED – APPROX 5G – 15M/16.5 YDS
WHITE – APPROX 4G – 12M/13.2 YDS
BLUE – APPROX 5G – 15M/16.5 YDS
PURPLE – APPROX 2G – 6M/6.6 YDS
GOLD (ANCHOR ARTISTE)  – APPROX 3G – 12M/13 YDS

OTHER MATERIALS/EQUIPMENT
APPROX 50G (RECYCLED) POLYESTER TOY STUFFING
1 PAIR 8MM SAFETY EYES
DARNING NEEDLE
SCISSORS

BEFORE YOU BEGIN – you will need your copy of my FREE 
Humpfree The Rainbow Humpty Pattern to refer to, (download now if you haven’t yet done so!).
You will be following this pattern for the shaping but swapping out the colours to Red White and Blue, plus there is a little bit of simple colour work to create the cross for the Union Jack flag on his tummy, but if you are not comfortable doing this you could just embroider the whole thing on the surface instead.

BODY – follow the Humpfree pattern changing colours as indicated:
R1-4 = RED
R5-6 = WHITE
R7-8 = BLUE
R9-10 = RED
R11-12 = WHITE
INSERT EYES BETWEEN R13-14 APPROX 9 ST APART
R13-14 = BLUE
R15-16 = RED

R17 – DECREASE STARTS HERE – (IN WHITE)
(5dc, dc2tog) x3 on last pull through of the last dc2tog, change colour to RED, 2dc in RED, in the last yarn pull through, change back to WHITE, (5dc, dc2tog) x 2
R18 – (IN WHITE) – 18dc, change to RED, 2dc, change back to WHITE, 16dc
R19 – (IN WHITE) – (4dc, dc2tog) x 3, 1dc (this extra white stitch keeps the centre of the cross more in line), change to RED 2dc, change to WHITE, 1dc, dc2tog, (4dc, dc2tog)  x 2
R20 – (IN RED) – dc in each stitch
R21 – (IN WHITE) – (3dc, dc2tog) x 3, 1dc, change to RED, 2dc, change to WHITE, dc2tog, (3dc, dc2tog) x 2
R22 – (IN WHITE) – 13dc, change to RED, 2dc, change to WHITE, 9dc
R23 – (IN WHITE) – (2dc, dc2tog) x 3, change to RED, 1dc, dc2tog, change to WHITE in last pull through of the dc2tog, (2dc, dc2tog) x 2
R24-25 – (As per Humpfree pattern) RED ONLY

Stuff as you go, don’t forget to insert the eyes before you close up the end!
Fasten off, close hole and then begin the embroidery for the Union Jack.

For those not based in the U.K. Here’s a little diagram of how the Union Flag is made up and what each part represents.

You should have the main George’s cross made by the crochet colorwork in rounds 15-25, then you will need to embroider the diagonal red lines which represent St Patrick’s cross from Ireland, and the blue triangles which represent St Andrew’s cross of Scotland in each quarter. 
I found my initial red diagonals disappeared a bit in definition once I’d done the blue parts so I went over them afterwards with another line of stitch.



Diagram photos of how to make the Union Jack Embroidery!
P.S. do you like my stitch-markers? The lovely stamp one was handmade by a company called front pocket studio who sadly no longer make crochet items 🙁 The union Jack button one I made myself! Keep and eye on my Etsy Shop ‘cos I think I might make a few for the Coronation! 😉

LEGS X 2
R1-9 = BLUE
R10-11 = WHITE
R12-13 = RED
R14-15 = BLUE
R16-17 = WHITE
R18-19 = RED
R20-21 = BLUE
R22-23 = WHITE
R24-25 = RED

ARMS X 2
R1-8 = RED
R9 = WHITE
R10 = BLUE
R11 = RED
R12  = WHITE
R13 = BLUE
R14 = RED
R15 = WHITE
R16-18 = BLUE

CROWN
IN PURPLE
R1 – Magic Ring, ch1, 6dc into ring = 6st
R2- 4 (3 rounds), dc in each, Fasten off, weave in ends
IN GOLD
R1 – Ch 16, join with a slst to form a ring
R2-4 (3 rounds) dc in each
R5 – place gold ring around purple ‘cup’ shape and dc the edges together all around.
Do not fasten off!This forms the crown band.

CROWN CROSS BANDS
Ch8, slst to centre MR of the purple section, 4dtrbo, slst to the other side of the central hole of the MR of the purple section,
ch8 slst to the opposite side of the crown band,
ch1 turn, dc back along the chain to the centrre, sl st around the bobble,
ch8, slst to the crown band half way between the two previous cross bands (chains),
ch1 turn, dc back along the chain to the centre, slst around the centre bobble,
ch8, slst to the crown band opposite the previous one (completing the cross),
dc back along the chain,
slst around the bobble and then back along the final chain to finish.
F.O. and weave in all ends except the last gold thread which you can use to sew the crown to King Humpty’s head at a jaunty angle!

CHEEKS & FACE
IN WHITE
Magic Ring, ch1, 6dc into the ring, sl st to join. = 6 st
F.O. weave in one end, use the other to attach the cheeks to the face on the red band above the Union Flag

MOUTH
Embroider the mouth as you choose. I did mine the same as in the Rainbow Humpty , a shalow smaile, 2st in from the cheeks, 6st wide in WHITE.
(see image below for details).

When assembling use the instructions in the original Humpfree pattern. 
When attaching the crown, add a tiny bit of stuffing inside the purple cap to keep it’s shape. 

I did not embroider the Union Jack on the back , but you could if you wish.  This could easily be adapted to have the flag on his head or simplified just in stripes as you choose!. 
If you have the printable file or one of my yarn bobbin postcards you could design your own colourways using that as a template! 

ROYAL SALUTELONG LIVE KING CHARLIE!

As we crown a new Monarch, we can’t help but wonder what kind of king he will be. Personally have a soft spot for Charles, though I know many don’t, with his green leanings, and his sometimes slightly eccentric endeavours into architecture and as a children’s author.  I think he is a real character, and having been a recipient of the support and grants from the Princes Youth Business Trust in my early 20s, his charity helped me start my journey as a creative entrepreneur, and gave me some great opportunities including exhibiting at The Clothes Show Live many times. I once got to actually see King (then Prince Charles) in person at the Country Living show at Earls Court one year!, though I do remember being a bit miffed they shut that part of the show for all the posh lot (invited guests only) to look round; but there you go the payback for having a subsidided stand lol! 

As a kid I remember he was on Jackanory reading his book The old Man of Lochnagar which is pretty mad for a future king…but then the Queen had tea and Marmalade sarnies with Paddington Bear on her Jubilee this year! 

Did you know the Queen had a jam sandwich cut into a circle which she called a ‘Jam Penny’ every day for afternoon tea since the age of 5!? – I love that story, and strangely I met an old man in the park this week, we just got chatting because his doing was doing a hilarious sit down slo-motion spin on the path, and it turned out he used to be a chauffeur to the Queen. He said all the drivers had their own rooms, were well looked after and ate like kings! Amazing stories people have if you have time to find out. I wonder what stories you will discover if you’re going to a street party or Coronation lunch this weekend? I’d love to know so let me know in the comments!

And finallyKing Humpty and I would like to say…
Whatever you decide to do, whether you watch the Coronation or not, whether you are a Royalist or not, whether it’s a bank holiday for you or not, HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND EVERYONE!

P.S. If you do make your own King Charlie Egg please share your makes on your socials and don’t forget to tag me in @hookanory, and using any or all of these hashtags #hookanory #kingcharlieegg #kingcharliehtecoronationegg #hookanorycrochetclub

Much Love Deb & Humpfree
xxx

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