Crochet Race Car – Free Pattern

Hello everyone. Today I’m sharing my pattern for a crochet race car. As you will have seen by now if you subscribe to my blog for my crochet patterns a vast majority of them are animal based. As such generally appeal to younger children (although I have made dragons, unicorns and elephants for adults too).

I was messaged about a year ago by a male friend of mine. He loved my work, but wanted to order something a bit more grown up and dare I say it a touch more masculine than my usual work. He sent me a picture of a fabulous green racing car (a Ford Focus RS) and asked if I could make it. My first thought was no sodding way! But then I took another look and began breaking the car down into the different panels (it helps having a son who has been car mad from an early age, and loves to share his passion with his mum).

It took a lot of time, effort and ripping back before I got a basic shape I was happy with, and then I was able to play around with the details. The final car looks awesome. And despite having a fair number of component parts is actually quite simple to crochet.

Picture of gree crochet race car along the bottom pictured from the side, top left is a picture of green crochet race car from in front top right a picture of the green crochet race car from behind

Crochet Race Car Pattern

3mm hook
Double knit yarn

Sc = single crochet
2sc = 2 single crochet into same stitch
2tog = sc next 2 stitches together.

Most pieces are worked as rectangles. The bumper, wheels, wheel arches and mirrors are worked in continuous rounds. For these pieces use a stitch marker to mark the begining of a row.

Chassis (bottom of car)

1)  working in black chain 47, sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.

2 – 22) chain 1 (turning chain) sc into each stitch.

Front window/roof/back window/back panel

1) Working in base colour chain 23, sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.  Change to grey

2 – 9) Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into each stitch. Change to base colour.

10 – 25)  Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into each stitch. Change to grey.

26 – 33)  Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into each stitch. Change to base colour

34 – 47) Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into each stitch.  Sc round edge.

Sides

1)  Working in base colour chain 13, sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.

2)chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 11 stitches, 2sc.

3-4) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

5)chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc, sc into next 12 stitches

6-7) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

8)chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 13 stitches, 2sc.

9-11) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

12)chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 14 stitches, 2sc.

13-15) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

16) chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 15 stitches, 2sc.

17)chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc, sc into next 16 stitches

18) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

19)chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc, sc into next 17 stitches

20) sc into next 18 stitches, 2sc.

21) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

22)chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 19 stitches, 2sc.

23) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

24)chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 20 stitches, 2sc.

25-39) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

40)chain 1 (turning chain) sc  next 20 stitches,  2tog.

41)chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc  next 19 stitches

42) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

43)chain 1 (turning chain) sc  next 18 stitches,  2tog.

44)chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc  next 17 stitches

45) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch

46) chain 1 (turning chain)  2tog, sc  next 16 stitches.

47)chain 1 (turning chain) sc  next 15 stitches,  2tog.

48)chain 1 (turning chain) 2tog, sc  next 14 stitches.

49) chain 1 (turning chain)  sc  next 13 stitches,  2tog.

50) chain 1 (turning chain)  2tog, sc  next 12 stitches

Front panel

1) working in base colour chain 12, sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.

2 – 22) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc into each stitch.

Bonnet

1)working in base colour chain 17, sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.

2 – 6) chain 1 (turning chain) sc into each stitch change colour to stripe colour.

7 – 16) chain 1 (turning chain) sc into each stitch change colour back to base colour.

17 – 22) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc into each stitch.

Sew the sides, and front panel to the chassis. Sew the window/roof/back panel  section to the chassis along the bottom of the back panel then sew this section to the side panels. Sew the front panel to the side panels. Turn the piece inside out, you should have a squarish gap where the bonnet needs to go. Stuff the car then sew on the bonnet. 

Blue crochet race car pictured from the front

Front Lights

1) working in white chain 2, sc into 2nd ch.

2) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc.

3) Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc, 2sc.

4) Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into next 2 stitches, 2sc into last stitch.

5) Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into next 3 stitches , 2sc into last stitch

6-10) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc  into each stitch.

11) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc 2tog, sc onto next 3 stitches.

12) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 2 stitches , sc  2tog.

13) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc  2tog,sc last stitch

14) Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc 2tog.
Sc around edge of piece.

Sew the light to the car 3/4 of the way round  lightly stuff the light to make it stand out then finish sewing.

Bumper

1) working in base colour Ch 5, 2sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc into next 2 chains, 4sc into last chain ,  working  into the back loops sc into next 2 loops, 2sc into last loop.

2) sc into each stitch.

3) 2sc into next st, sc into next 5 stitches, 2sc into next stitch , sc into next 5 stitches.

24 – 28 ) sc into each stitch. Lightly stuff bumper.

29) sc next 5 stitches , 2tog, sc next 5 stitches, 2tog.

30) sc into each stitch. Sew end of bumper to finish.

Back of blue crochet race car, showing back lights, spoiler and numberplate

Back light

1)  Working in red chain 2, sc into 2nd ch.

2) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc.

3)  Chain 1 (turning chain) sc  into each stitch.

4)  Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into next stitch , 2sc into last stitch.

5) Chain 1 (turning chain)2sc into  next stitch, Sc into next stitch , 2sc into last stitch.

6-8) Chain 1 (turning chain) Sc into each stitch.

9) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 3 stitches, 2tog.

10) Chain 1 (turning chain) sc  2tog, sc into next 2 stitches.

11) Chain 1 (turning chain)   Sc into next stitch , 2 tog. Slip st around edge.

Sew the light to the car 3/4 of the way round  lightly stuff the light to make it stand out then finish sewing.

Spoiler sides

1) Working in base colour chain 8   join to make a loop. sc into each ch in the loop.

2- 4) sc into each stitch

5) sc into next 4 stitches.

6) Turn work, chain 1 (turning chain) sc into next 4 stitches . Slip st around edge of the piece. The spoiler sides should be longer on one side than the other.

Cut  2 pieces of card slightly smaller than the spoiler sides and insert one into each spoiler side.

Spoiler Top

1) Working in base colour chain 8 ans join into a loop. Sc in each chain in the loop.

2 – 25) sc into each stitch. Cut a strip of card and insert into the spoiler top. Sew the spoiler top along the flat edge of each spoiler side. Sew the completed spoiler to the back of the car, just bellow the top of the back window

Number plate (one in white for the front, one in yellow for the back)

1) chain 16, sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.

2 – 4) ch 1 (turning chain) sc into each stitch.

Embroider letters and or numbers onto the number plate.

Blue crochet race car pictured from the side

Wheel front/sides.

1) Working in black  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

2) 2sc in each stitch.

3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

5) *Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

6) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

7) *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

8)  *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

9-11) sc into each stitch.

Wheel back

1) working in black  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

2) 2sc in each stitch.

3) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 6 times.

4) *Sc in next 2 stitches , 2sc in next st* 6 times.

5)*Sc in next 3 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

6) *sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch * 6 times.

7) *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

8)  *sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch* 6 times.

Sew wheel back to wheel front /side  leaving a small gap to stuff. Stuff and sew up gap. Embroider on wheel trim.

Side Windows

1) working in grey chain 9 sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.  .

2) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc into 1st stitch, sc into next 6 stitches, 2sc into last stitch.

3) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc into 1st stitch, sc into next 8 stitches, 2sc into last stitch.

4) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc into 1st stitch, sc into next 10 stitches, 2sc into last stitch.

5) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc into 1st stitch, sc into next 12 stitches, 2sc into last stitch.

6) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc into 1st stitch, sc into next 14 stitches, 2sc into last stitch.

8) Chain 1 (turning chain) 2sc into 1st stitch, sc into next 16 stitches, 2sc into last stitch.

9) Sc down edge, slip stitch across  top, sc up edge.

Embroider on  black window trim.

Mirror

1) working in base colour  Ch 4, join into ring. Make 6 sc into ring.

2) 2sc in each stitch.

3-6) sc into each stitch.

7) *Sc, 2tog* 4 times

Embroider in mirror front in  white, stuff and sew onto car.

Wheel arch

1) Working in base colour chain 3, 2sc in 2nd from hook, 4sc in next stitch, turn work 2sc in back loop of next stitch.

2) Sc in each stitch.

3) *Sc into next 3 stitches, 2sc.* 2 times.

4) Sc into next 4 stitches, 2sc* 2 times

5-29) Sc in each stitch. Stuff

30) Sc into next 5. Stitches, 2tog* 2 times

31) Sc into next 4 stitches, 2tog* 2 times

32) *sc into next 3 stitches , 2tog* 2 times.

33) Sc in each stitch. Stuff and sew end together . Sew above each wheel.

Sills

1) Working in base colour chain 16, sc into each chain starting with the second chain from the hook.

2-4) chain 1 (turning chain) sc in each stitch.   Fold in half and sew between bottom of wheel arches in between the wheels.

The finished crochet race car is brilliant and will be loved by all petrol heads old and young.

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23 Comments

  1. Margaret Langan

    May 25, 2018 at 5:09 am

    This car is amazing!!! My son would love it so much! You make me wish my arthritic hands would let me crochet more. Thanks for sharing! #blogcrush

  2. Lucy At Home

    May 24, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Ah you’re so clever! I am in admiration for anyone who can follow a pattern, but creating your own patterns?? That’s just AMAZING! I love the wheel arches – I want to squish them! Hahaha.

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      May 24, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Aww thats fab 😊

  3. Malin

    May 13, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Fab looking little cars! Bravo!! 👏😀xx #LGRTStumble

  4. Lisa Pomerantz

    May 12, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    These are incredible! My nephews would love you something awful! #LGRTstumblelinky

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      May 12, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      I have made and sent items to the states before my love, message me if you would like to order something xx

  5. Michelle

    May 10, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    That is so cute! I can totally picture little ones adoring this and cuddling this all the time:) #LGRTStumble

  6. Alan Herbert

    May 9, 2018 at 8:44 am

    That is so cool Tracey…

    #LGRTstumble

  7. mummy here and there

    May 8, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    awww such a cute design X #LGRTstumble

  8. Liberty Henwick

    May 8, 2018 at 8:59 am

    That’s so cute with the little spoiler too! You are so clever that you just figure these out. #lgrtstumble

  9. This Scribbler Mum

    May 7, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Wow! Brilliant work! I wish I knew how to crochet. #lgrtstumble

  10. Sophie

    May 7, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Wow! I can’t believe you made this Tracey! That is very clever. #LGRTStumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      May 7, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you 😊

  11. Enda Sheppard

    May 7, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    NO danger on the roads with this car!! #LGRTStumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      May 7, 2018 at 10:08 pm

      Nope 😂

  12. Spectrum Mum

    May 7, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Oh that is amazing. You are one clever lady 🌟 Thank you for hosting #LGRTStumble

  13. Tracy Albiero

    May 7, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Super cute!!! You are so talented! #LGRTStumble

  14. Michele Morin

    May 7, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    This is WAAAAY beyond my ability level, but what fun!

  15. Sarah

    May 7, 2018 at 11:03 am

    This is so awesome! I love how you can personalise the bumpers! #LGRTStumble

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      May 7, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Yes, all my softies can be personalised

  16. Karen, the next best thing to mummy

    May 7, 2018 at 10:22 am

    I love this, makes me wish that I knew how to crochet! #mondaystumbleupon@_karendennis

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      May 7, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you. I do make them to order too for people xx

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