Crochet O'Clock


Perfect for a custom gift, as the design can easily be altered to suit your needs.
This clock would be a fun and sunny addition to your home and would look great hanging in your little rascals bedroom, playroom or nursery.

Materials

Yarn, Crochet hook, Scissors, Darning Needle, acrylic paint, paint brush, hot glue gun, embellishments for decorating

Abbreviations

ch: Chain
sl st: Slip Stitch
sc: Single crochet (UK double crochet)
sc dec: Single Crochet Decrease
hdc: Half Double Crochet (UK Half Treble Crochet)
dc: Double Crochet

From now on, all crochet stitch abbreviations are written in US terminology.

Yarn & Hook

I chose to use creative cotton for this project in a variety of colours along with a 4mm crochet hook. There are many similar cottons on the market and alternatively this clock would work well as a stash busting project. Pretty much any worsted weight yarn would do the job!.

Buying a Crafting Clock

Having a crafting clock is essential for this project. I bought mine from my local craft store. It’s an MDF circle, with the clock mechanism already built in and measures approximately 33cm in diameter. It can be a little tricky to find a crafting clock, so there are a couple of alternatives:
1). You could recycle an old clock. Perhaps one you already own or a second hand one from Ebay or a charity shop?
2). You could purchase a clock mechanism, as they seem to be much easier to get hold of than a complete crafting clock. Once you have the mechanism, a clock face cut out of cardboard would do the trick.

Other Bits ‘N Bobs

I used acrylic paint to paint the clock face, so that the brown wood of the crafting clock didn’t show through the stitches of my crochet work. This made for a much neater finish. I also purchased wooden numbers for my clock and painted them with acrylic paint. Wooden numbers are not essential, they could be cut out of cardboard, or even crocheted?


The Pattern

Remove the hands from your clock. Using a colour of your choice, paint the face of your clock. (This is not essential but recommended, as some of the clock face will show through the stitches of your crcohet work. This helps to create a much neater finish.)

I painted my clock face with blue acrylic paint, as this was the dominant colour to my crochet work. The pattern is going to depend very much on how big your clock is. Below is a guide to how I made mine.
It would be simple enough to add more rows for a larger clock, or complete fewer rows for a smaller one.
A little tip: Sew in ends as you go along!


Round 1:(Dark blue yarn) Make a magic loop. Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) Working through your magic loop, 10 hdc. Join with a sl st into 2nd chain of initial ch 2. Fasten off.
Round 2: (Light blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. *2 hdc into next stitch*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 3:(Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next stitch. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into the next stitch*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 4: (Light blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 2 stitches. *2 hdc into next stitch, hdc into next 2 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 5: (Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 3 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 3 stitches* Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 6: (Light blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 4 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 4 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 7: (Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 5 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 5 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 8: (Light blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 6 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 6 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 9: (Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 7 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 7 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 10: (Light blue yarn) (In this round we’ll start to add our rainbow) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 8 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 8 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Change colour to red. *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc into next 8 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 11: (Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 9 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into the 9 next stitches*. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Change colour to orange. *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc into next 9 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 12: (Light blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 10 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 10 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Change colour to yellow. *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc into next 10 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 13: (Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 11 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 11 stitches* Repeat between * and * 5 times. Change colour to green. *2 hdc in next stitch, hdc into next 11 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 14: (Light blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 12 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 12 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Change colour to blue. *2 hdc into next stitch, hdc into next 12 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 15:(Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 13 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 13 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Change colour to indigo. *2 hdc into next stitch, hdc into next 13 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 16: (Light blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 14 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 14 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 5 times. Change colour to violet. *2 hdc into next stitch, hdc into next 14 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 3 times. Fasten off.
Round 17: (Dark blue yarn) Ch 2 (counts as 1 hdc) hdc into the same stitch. hdc into the next 15 stitches. *2 hdc into the next stitch, hdc into next 15 stitches*. Repeat between * and * 9 times. Fasten off.
Round 18: (Light blue yarn) Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc) sc into every stitch. Fasten off
Round 19: (Dark blue yarn) Border: sl st into next 2 stitches. (sc, ch 3, sc) into next stitch. *sl st into the next 3 stitches. (sc, ch3, sc) into the next stitch*. Repeat between * and * around the whole circumference of the circle. Fasten off. Sew in any remaining ends.

Once you have finished your crochet circle and sewn in the ends, you’re ready to attach it to your clock. I did this by placing my crocheted clock face on top of my crafting clock. Using my trusty hot glue gun ! glued my crocheted circle to the clock. (Make sure your clock is the correct way up before you glue the crochet to it)

Decorating Your Clock

Decorating your clock is the fun part!
You can really decorate it with anythig you like, making this project great for individual/custom designs. I chose to decorate my clock using crocheted flowers, buttons, little wooden lady bugs and wooden numbers.
Make sure to position your embelishments on your clock to get the perfect design/placement before attatching them to your crocheted clock face. Also be careful that your embelishments do not obstruct the path of the moving clock hands.
Once you are happy with the placement of your embelishments, attach them to your clock by sewing or using your glue gun.
Some great crocheted flowers can be found at:

Mollie makes flower
Attic 24 flower
The original post for the Crochet O'clock can be found here, along with original pattern post and extra pictures for inspiration.