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Action Man Tent & Sleeping Bag - Let’s Go Camping!

Kameron’s favourite thing in the world is Action Man and GI Joe!  He has such a massive collection that I think he will be able to open an Action Man Museum when he’s older!  I purchased the crochet pattern (pictured above) for this from “dollyknitts” on eBay.co.uk. Kameron even purchased the green yarn himself and I included the camouflage yarn once the green ran out.  I used some thin, flexible wire for the frame, that I had laying around and secured them in pieces of glue gun sticks.  From the pictures, you can see the tent has a door at the front but Kameron wanted the whole back panel to be left unstitched so he could drive cars and bikes in.  It has stitch markers attached to it to hook it to the frame when he wants it closed.  Kameron also purchased a fluffy camouflage yarn, which I used on the tent edge, door ties and pillow on the sleeping bag.  Kameron loves driving his vehicles in and setting the 12″ Action Man & GI Joe up on a camping trip.  He also loves that it folds flat to keep safe.


We love Action Man that much that Kameron and Korey have a blog about the History of Action Man - http://actionmanonline.blogspot.co.uk/


The tent and sleeping bag are both mainly worked in UK Half Treble Crochet/htr [US Half Double Crochet/hdc].


For yarn, crochet hook and abbreviation conversions click - “Crochet Conversion Charts”.


Tent yarn

Robin Double Knit/DK (shade - Apple 016).

1 x 100g (3.5oz/328yds/300m) ball.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 24 stitches x 32 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 3.25mm/UK 10 [US D/3] - 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I would give the Robin yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was easy to work;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it wasn’t brilliantly soft but does get softer and floppy after washing.  It would make great cardigan’s, jumpers and accessories;

- The cost of yarn is very reasonable - I paid about £1.79 per 100g ball;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.


Sirdar Supersoft Aran (shade - Camo 0899)

1 x 100g (3.5oz/258yds/236m) ball.

Weight category: UK Aran [US 4/Medium/Worsted/Aran].

Tension/gauge: 18 stitches x 24 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 5mm/UK 6 [US H/8] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I would give the Sirdar Supersoft Aran yarn a 3 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was easy to work;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The Camo shade isn’t that easy to get hold of in the UK.  I had to turn to Amazon.co.uk for it but it isn’t available on there anymore;

- The feel of it was brilliantly soft, flexible and stretchy.  I actually made a poncho in the Pepperminty shade because it was so soft;

- The cost of yarn is not that reasonable - I paid about £3 per 100g ball;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES.  Although, I did have difficulty with the batch number differences on the Poncho I crocheted.  As I had bought some of the balls at different times the batch numbers were different and when I tried using them both for the poncho you could see a significant difference in colour and texture.  I had to try and source more with the same batch number.  Luckily www.loveknitting.com had what I needed.  I was able to “Live Chat” with them to confirm they had the batch number before I placed the order and they dispatched it straight away.


Sleeping Bag Yarn

Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky (shade - Cosy Green 629) - I also used this on the edge and ties for the tent.

1 x 25g (0.9oz/68yds/62m) ball.

Weight category: UK Chunky [US 5/Bulky/Chunky].

Tension/gauge: 14 stitches x 19 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 5.5mm/UK 5 [US I/9] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I would give the Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn a 2 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was quite difficult to work with as I couldn’t see the stitches properly to know where to put the hook through.  This was down to it being fluffy;

- There is a reasonable choice of colours available;

- The feel of it wasn’t as soft once it was made up and if you suffer from dry skin (as I do) it feels more like sandpaper than fluffy soft;

- The cost of yarn is quite high - I paid about £2.39 per 25g ball.  One ball really doesn’t go very far!

- Would I use this yarn again? NO.


James C. Brett Top Value DK (shade - Black 8430).

1 x 100g (3.5oz/317yds/290m) ball.

Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].

Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] hook.

The crochet hook I used was a 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].


I would give the James C. Brett Top Value DK yarn a 4 out of 5 for the following reasons:-

- It was extremely easy to work;

- There is a large choice of colours available;

- The feel of it is very soft once washed.  Although, for large projects is does get very heavy;

- I think if you are looking for a quality budget yarn this is one of the best yarns on the market for price, colour choice, quality, multiple uses and quantity on a ball.

- The cost of yarn is very cost effective - I paid about £1.65 per 100g ball;

- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.



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