Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Christmas Motifs Bracelet


This is a pattern I made nearly 5 years ago. I'm reviving it here with edited instructions. I'm sorry it took so long!

SKILL LEVEL
Intermediate

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Bracelet: approximately 1.45 inches wide and 6.5 inches long
Length can be adjusted for woman’s sizes 

YARN
Monaco Mercerized Cotton Thread size 8, color burgundy (A) and dark green (B)
OR any crochet cotton thread size 10 or size 8, color burgundy and dark green

CROCHET HOOK
Size 3 Steel Crochet Hook (1.3mm) or size required for gauge

GAUGE 30 sc = 4 inches

TERMINOLOGY
Pattern is written using US crochet terminology
NOTIONS

Burgundy color sewing thread
2-cut rocaille beads (gold) (3 pcs for each motif)
Beading needle
Decorative button or bead for closure



DESIGN NOTES

The bracelet is made up of a strip of motifs joined together at the second round. A button/bead loop is crocheted and a button/bead sewn at the ends of the bracelet for closure.

The bracelet can also be completed by crocheting the motifs separately then joining them together by sewing with matching color thread.

The bracelet shown is made with five motifs for a length of 6.5 inches. You can adjust the length of the bracelet by using more or less motifs. The standard size for women’s bracelet is 7 inches.
It is recommended to starch the bracelet lightly, before adding the beads, to protect it from dirt.

You can substitute yarn. Select strong, firm yarn such as cotton, hemp or linen. Avoid soft yarns like bamboo, silk or viscose. You can use heavier weight yarn as well such as 4-ply or 6-ply yarn, and you may not need to starch the item.

INSTRUCTIONS
SPECIAL STITCHES
PICOT: Ch 3, sl st in third ch from hook (picot made)

BRACELET
FIRST MOTIF
With A, ch 5 (count as dc, ch-1).

Rnd 1: Dc in fifth ch fr hook, *ch 1, dc in same ch, rep fr * 3 times, ch 1, sl st in top of first dc to join. Finish off. (6 dcs made with ch between them)

Rnd 2: Join B with sc to ch-1 sp, *ch 1, 3 picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep fr * five times ending with sl st in first sc to join. Finish off. (6 petals with 3 picots in each petal made)

SECOND MOTIF
As in first round of first motif. Continue with second round as follows (this joins the second motif to the first motif):

Rnd 2: Join B with sc to ch-1 sp, ch 1, picot, ch 1, sl st in middle picot of one of the six petals of the first motif, ch 1, sl st in previous ch of working motif, picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of working motif; ch 1, picot, ch 1, sl st in middle picot of the next petal of the first motif, ch 1, sl st in previous ch of working motif, picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp of working motif; *ch 1, 3 picot, ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep fr * 3 times ending with sl st in first sc to join. Finish off.

SUCCEEDING MOTIFS
Continue adding more motifs as described in instructions for making second motif. The model bracelet shown is made with 5 motifs to make a bracelet 6.5 inches long.

BUTTON/BEAD LOOP
Join B with sl st to sc at end of bracelet, ch 7 (to make loop for bead/button.), sl st back into sc. Check if the bead/button fits, and adjust ch loop as necessary, then finish off.

FINISHING
With matching color thread sew the bead/buton to the other end of the bracelet. Weave in all ends and block. Using burgundy color sewing thread, sew three gold rocaille beads in center of each motif.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Hairpin Lace Armband




This is an easy project using hairpin lace. A strip of lace is made then tie and button hole are crocheted at each end, then beads are added. If you're threading beads, you can make your own bead threader, see this blogpost.

For this project, I used stranded (unplied) cotton yarn of about 12-ply weight. The yarn is a beautiful aquamarine colour, a gift from crochet friend Imeng. The beads used are rolled-paper beads, a gift from crochet friend Gerry, of assorted shapes, sizes and pretty colours that go well with the yarn.

You will need:


12-ply cotton yarn
Bead threader
Assorted Beads
Hairpin Lace Staple 1"
3.5mm crochet hook
3mm crochet hook

Finished Measurements:


Armband measures 2" wide and 7.5" long. Tie measures 12" long with 3" fringe at the end. Armband can be adjusted to fit and may be used as bracelet, anklet or choker.


Instructions:

On 1" hairpin lace staple using 3.5mm hook and two strands of 12-ply cotton yarn held together, make a lace strip with 20 loops on each side. Remove the lace strip from the hairpin lace staple.



Ch 4, yo, insert hook in first loop, yo, insert hook in next loop, yo, pull yarn through 4 loops on hook, yo, pull yarn through both loops on hook, *ch 2; yo, insert hook in first loop, yo, insert hook in next loop, yo, pull yarn through 4 loops on hook, yo, pull yarn through both loops on hook; rep fr * on all loops along side of lace; after last loop, ch 4, sc in center tip of lace, ch 4 and work the other side of the lace the same way. End with ch 4, sc in center tip of lace to join. Fasten off.


Placket:
Using 3mm hook and one strand of 12-ply yarn:
Join yarn to 4-ch sp at end of hairpin lace strip. Ch 1, 4 sc in 4-ch sp, ch 3, sk sc in center tip of lace strip (this makes the buttonhole), 4 sc in next 4-ch sp, ch 1, turn; sk first sc, sc in next 3 sc, 3 sc in 3-ch loop, sc in next 3 sc, fasten off.


Tie:
Using 3mm hook and one strand of 12-ply yarn:
Join yarn to 4-ch sp at other end of hairpin lace strip. Ch 1, 4 sc in 4-ch sp, sk sc in center of tip of lace strip, 4 sc in next 4-ch sp, ch 1, turn; sk first sc, sc in next 6 sc, ch 1, turn, sk first sc, sc in next 4 sc, ch 1, turn, sk first sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 1, turn, sk first sc, sc in next sc, ch 1, turn, sc in sc, *ch 1, turn, sc in sc, rep fr * until tie measures 12" long; fasten off with 4" tail.



Beads and Finishings:
Refer to model shown in photos:

Using one strand of 12-ply yarn, use bead threader to thread the beads and with slip knot secure to 2-ch sps along one side of the hairpin lace strip. Tie a knot above and below the bead. Make 10 beaded fringes. Trim the fringe with sharp scissors.

Thread end of tie to large bead (large enough to fit securely to buttonhole) and secure with a knot. Knot tail end and trim. Weave in all ends.



Friday, August 21, 2015

DIY Bead Threader




A couple of years ago, a crochet friend from the US sent me some beads and this little piece of blue plastic known as a dental floss threader. While a dental floss threader is intended to be used with teeth, it is also repurposed as a bead threader. This dental floss threader came with a set of beads, findings and glitter thread for a DIY Bracelet. I must say that this little piece of plastic is the most useful thing for threading - fine beads with fine thread and most especially, small beads with large yarn. I would like to emphasise the latter because I can easily thread fine beads with fine thread but with large fraying yarn? It is impossible with just a needle.

Here is what a dental floss threader looks like (below).

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Special needles are also available for the purpose of beading. These needles have large collapsible eyes so that they are easy to thread and easy to pass a bead through. This is what a beading needle looks like (below).

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Since the shops here don't sell either beading needles or dental floss threader, I suspected that it might be possible to make your own. And I was right. Here's what you need: (1) a piece of nylon string or fishing line; (2) clear plastic tape; and (3) a pair of scissors.




First you need to cut a suitable length of nylon, maybe 6 to 7 inches which you'll fold in half.



Then you cut a suitable length of tape which would make up the length of your threader without the eye. This would be about 4 to 5 inches, a bit longer since you will be cutting this later on.



Carefully bring the two ends of the nylon string closely together over the adhesive side of the tape, leaving about an inch and a half of loop at the other end (this loop will be the eye of your threader). Make sure there are no gaps between the two strings.


Now turn the tape over the two nylon strings and press firmly, removing any air bubbles. Once the tape and nylon are well secured together, cut the rest of the tape along the side. Finally, cut a diagonal, pointed tip at the end of the threader.



And that's it, your bead threader is ready to use. And if it wears out, you can always easily make a new one.