Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clandestine Cloud



This is a version of Clandestine Wrap worked in Tibetan Cloud (fingering weight Tibetan yak) and 4,5mm hook. I made the sleeves longer, a combination of the mesh stitch and fishnet chains with a sc/picot trim at the last round. I used about 50 grams (or 1 hank) of yarn. Another modification I made is the side seams. Instead of sc/ch stitches, I joined with sc, ch3 stitches, joining each row to create a zigzag pattern as seen in the detail photo below.








Thursday, August 18, 2016

Clandestine in Zitron Filisilk

In just a day, this project is completed, a version of The Clandestine Wrap! I used 4.5mm bamboo hook and Zitron Filisilk, a lovely lace/2-ply yarn of 70% merino wool and 30% silk, using 1 hank or 100 grams/600 meters to complete this top for a bust size 36".


The pattern is a simple modification of  The Clandestine Wrap, starting at the back, then joining the front left side and front right side to the back at the shoulders, then seaming the sides with gaps for the armholes. The sleeves are crocheted around the armholes.

The sleeve pattern I used is different from  The Clandestine Wrap, I used one round of (ch 5, sc), the next two rounds is (dc, ch 3, dc, ch3) then one round of (ch 5, sc), followed by the next two rounds in (dc, ch 3, dc, ch3), then one round of (ch 5, sc) which establishes the pattern for the sleeve. At this point, I want a short cap sleeve and end with one round of (ch 3, sc) followed by a trim of (3 sc, picot).

To strengthen the edges of the garment I worked one round of (sc, ch 3, sc) evenly all around the neck and hem. I didn't want the edges to be decorative, I only want a simple straight edge. The garment is intended to be worn over clothing, with the front open or tied as shown in the photos below.

The construction is so simple and modifying is simple too, I hope you get to try it to start creating your own designs! Happy crocheting!







Monday, August 15, 2016

Finished - Ascot Scarf in Yak


The Ascot Scarf is finished. I made it in pure yak in natural dark brown colour. It is a decidedly Victorian pattern, from a book published in 1891. I reproduce the text pattern below. The lining I used for the neck band is printed batik fabric.




Ascot Scarf
From Brainerd and Armstrong Company's "Art Needlework: The Last and Best Book on Art Needlework."

Materials. Two ounces of Brainerd & Armstrong's Crochet Silk and a No. 2 Star crochet hook.

Directions:

First row. Chain 48.

2d row. Turn, and counting back do 3 d. c. in fourth stitch of ch., do 4 d. c. in eighth st. and continue to end of chain, leaving 3 stitches between the shells. There should be 12 shells.

3d row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of last shell in second row, and 4 d. c. between first 2 in next and remaining shells.

4th and continuous rows same as third. Make this part of work 12 1/2 inches long.

Next row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2d c. of last shell in previous row, and 4 d. c. between first 2 in next and the 10 following shells, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of twelfth or last shell.

Next row. Same, narrowing 1 stitch in last shell.

Next row. Ch. 3, do 2d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of last shell in previous row, etc., narrowing 1 stitch in first and last shell of each row until you have only 10 shells.

Then begin narrowing as at first, 1 stitch in last shell of each row until 2 sts. remain, then 1 st. in first and last shell of each row.

Repeat until you have only 4 shells remaining.

This part of work [or band] should be 8 inches long, making in all 23 3/4 inches. This completes one-half the tie, bind off, make other half the same, join two ends of band.

Line neck band with ribbon same width.




Sunday, August 14, 2016

Clandestine Wrap

This design uses very simple stitch patterns (dc for the body and fishnet chains for the sleeves) and a simple increase (add dc) to shape the neck and armholes. The goal is to focus on the fit of the garment. Selecting soft yarn with good drape is therefore important, so that the garment wraps around the body shape.

I include some sketches pointing out the shaping and construction of the garment. It is quite simple. Once you are able to complete the basic garment, it should not be too difficult modifying the design by using a different stitch pattern, altering the length and design of the sleeves, etc.

Happy crocheting!
Fatima




“Clandestine” must be worked only in the softest and most luxurious yarns. It must drape and wrap sultry to the body. The design and construction of “Clandestine” is surprisingly simple with uncomplicated shaping, crocheted with basic stitches. You can make “Clandestine” to fit your measurements and easily modify the pattern to change the length of the sleeve. To make a garment that fits a bust 34”, I used two hanks of Silky-Cashmere by Lotus Yarns. The leftover, I used to make a complementary scarf. Beautiful!





YARN: Silky Cashmere 2-ply Fingering by Lotus Yarns (100 grams / 800 yards / 750 meters)
HOOK: 4mm bamboo hook
GAUGE: 20 dc and 7 rows = 4” x 4”
MEASUREMENTS: Bust 36 (40, 44, 48)” / 92 (102, 112, 122) cm

NOTES: “Clandestine” is commenced at the back. The left front side and the right front side are worked separately from the shoulders and then the sides seamed, forming the armholes. The sleeves are worked around the armholes and the straps are worked at each side. Finally, a decorative trim is worked along the neck.

Instructions for four sizes is provided below but you can make “Clandestine” to fit your size by making the corresponding number of foundation stitches according to your measurements.

INSTRUCTIONS:

BACK

Starting at the shoulders: With Silky-Cashmere yarn and 4mm hook, ch 183 (203, 223, 243).

Row 1: Dc in fifth ch fr hook, dc in each ch across; 180 (200, 220, 240) dc made. Ch 3 (count as 1 dc here and throughout), turn.

Row 2: Sk first dc, dc in next dc and in each dc across. Ch 3, turn.

Row 3: Dc in first dc (increase made), dc in next dc and in each dc across, making 2 dc in last dc (increase made). Ch 3, turn.

Row 4: Repeat Row 3.

Rows 5 - 6: Repeat Row 2.

Rows 7 - 8: Repeat Row 3.

Rows 9 - onwards: Repeat Rows 5-8 until piece measures 8 (9, 9, 10) “ from the top, this shapes the armhole of the piece; then continue as follows:

Next Row: Sk first dc, dc in next dc and in each dc across. Ch 3, turn. Repeat this row until the piece measures 17 (18, 19, 20)” long from the top. Fasten off.






FRONT RIGHT SIDE

Row 1: Join yarn with sl st to first foundation ch at top corner of back piece, ch 3 (count as dc), sk first ch, dc in each of next 12 (14, 16, 18) ch, ch 3 (count as dc here and thereafter), turn.

Row 2 - 8: As in instructions for Back section above.

Rows 9 - onwards: Repeat the established pattern with increase at both sides corresponding with the Back section.

Next Row: Continue with the established pattern but this time continuing the increase along the center front side and no increase along the outer side of the piece (under the armhole of the piece). Fasten off.


LEFT FRONT SIDE

Work this section as mirror image of Front Right Side. Fasten off.


SEAMS

Join seams along each side of the piece with [sc, ch, sc, ch] worked evenly on the wrong side, alternately, you can sew the seams together, starting at the last increase row down to the hem.


SLEEVES

Join yarn with sc to st at armpit and work evenly (ch 5, sc) all around the armhole ending with ch 2, dc in first sc. Continue the next round as follows: sc in same st, *ch 5, sc in next 5-ch loop, rep fr * all around, again ending with ch 2, dc in first sc. Continue in this manner until sleeve measures 9 (9, 10, 10)”; end with a trim row by working 3 sc, picot evenly. Fasten off.

Repeat as above for the other sleeve.


STRAPS

Join yarn with sl st to bottom front corner of Front Right Side and make 12 sc evenly along 3 rows, then ch 3, turn, sk first sc, dc in each of next sc, ch 3, turn, sk first dc, dc in each of next dc; repeat this pattern to make a strap at least 30” long. Fasten off. Repeat the procedure to make strap on Front left Side. Fasten off.



TRIM

Working on the right side, join yarn with sc to fifth row of strap, then make trim all around the neck and down until the fifth row of the other strap as follows: ]ch 3, 2 dc in sc at base of 3-ch, sc in next row]. Fasten off.


FINISHING

Weave in all ends, block to measurements.





Thursday, July 21, 2016

Black Butterfly Laces



Hook: 1mm
Yarn: Cotton 8

Ch 6.

Row 1: In 6th ch fr hook (hereafter referred to as Start Ch) make (tr, ch 1, tr, ch 1, tr). Ch 9, turn.

Row 2: Dtr in ch-1 sp, ch 2, dtr in tr, ch 2, dtr in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, dtr in next tr, ch 2, dtr in 6-ch sp, ch 8, sl st in the 3th st from the beginning of the 6-ch sp, ch 13, tr in Start Ch, (ch 1, tr in start ch) 3 times, ch 9, turn.

Row 3: Dtr in ch-1 sp, ch 2, dtr in tr, ch 2, dtr in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, dtr in next tr, ch 2, dtr in next ch-1 sp, ch 8, sl st in tr, 13 sc in 13-ch sp,8 sc in 8-ch sp, sc in dtr, picot, (2 sc in ch-2 sp, sc in dtr, picot) 4 times, 9 sc in 9-ch sp, 4 sc around stem of tr, sc in Start Ch, 4 sc around stem of next tr, 9 sc in next 9-ch sp, picot, (sc in dtr, 2 sc in 2-ch sp, picot) 4 times, 8 sc in 8-ch sp, sc in each of next 13 sc, sl st in sc to join. Fasten off.




Ties:

With RS facing, join yarn with sc to 2nd picot at end of choker.

Row 1: Ch 3, sc in next picot, ch 3, sc in next picot, ch 7, turn.

Row 2: Keeping last loop of each dtr on hook, make dtr ch-3 loop, in sc, in next ch-3 loop, in sc; yo and draw through all loops on hook, Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sc in top of dtr cluster, ch 50 for ties. Fasten off.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Crocheted 2-Piece Party Club Suit



Crocheted 2-Piece Party Club Suit for Sale

Super sexy club, party and dance suit, totally crocheted and beaded to shimmer. Material is rayon and acrylic beads. The bra top is lined with soft padded cups. The skirt is partially lined, with elastic waistband. My friend bought this in Manila more than 10 years ago while she was training to be a professional dancer. But she never used this outfit because she got pregnant just after she passed the dance training! She has a lovely family now! ^_^

Size: 10UK / 38EUR / 8USA /12 AU.
Video shows the suit on a 36" bust dress form.

US$45. Price does not include shipping. PM me for inquiries, or if you have a price offer to make. Thank you! :)






Saturday, June 11, 2016

Learn to make Indian Flatbreads

Recently, I discovered how therapeutic bread making is, particularly, kneading dough. It is particularly an excellent form of exercise for hands and arms afflicted with rsi or repetitive stress syndrome. While I have stopped crocheting for several weeks, I have been making various types of breads. Below are the fantastic YoutTube video channels that helped me learn how to make bread. I hope you enjoy!

ShowMeTheCurry
A step-by-step and practical approach to South Asian Cooking. Great chefs are not born -- they are created through a journey of trials and errors. We, at Show Me The Curry are no different. We have had more than our share of cooking goof-ups, mishaps and faux pas. Two busy moms with barely enough time to breathe, we have learned some quick and handy techniques to save time and energy in the kitchen. We love to show you how to avoid the mistakes we made. South Asian Cuisine, just like our country and culture, is very old. There are thousand ways to make any dish. Our goal is to provide you with a well tried, tested and liked version of different recipes, not forget easy! Never be scared to experiment and create your own version of anything. Remember the key ingredient - have fun.

Manjula's Kitchen
Learn how to cook delicious, mouth-watering, Indian Vegetarian Recipes. Manjula's Kitchen has over 200 recipes and counting, including many Vegan and Gluten Free recipes. Manjula shows you simple, easy steps to cooking authentic Indian Food.

Self Taught Cook NOT a perfectionist AT ALL :) Let's LEARN TOGETHER in the Youtube Universe :) If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven't danced in the rain. - unknown

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Taking it Slow with an Ascot Scarf



Crochet is very slow at the moment. I'm looking at an ascot scarf pattern from Brainerd and Armstrong Company's "Art Needlework: The Last and Best Book on Art Needlework." I'm using a 2.5mm hook and two strands of fingering weight natural dark brown yak.


As a respite from crocheting, I am winding some lace weight yarn of camel-silk. There are lots of other 'distractions' from crochet. There's cooking and the washing up, although my husband helps with the washing up. There's the daily task of feeding the ducks, chickens and pigs at 7 in the morning and again at 4 in the afternoon; in between is the task of bathing and watering the pigs to prevent them from overheating especially during this hot and dry season.



If you would like to make this scarf with me, let me know and please share your work in progress. I would love to see this scarf done in a variety of fibers. I am thinking of giving this scarf as a gift to my husband's grandchildren in Holland, just in time for the winter. 

PS. I have written out the pattern for the Ascot Scarf below.


Ascot Scarf


Materials. Two ounces of Brainerd & Armstrong's Crochet Silk and a No. 2 Star crochet hook.

Directions: 

First row. Chain 48.

2d row. Turn, and counting back do 3 d. c. in fourth stitch of ch., do 4 d. c. in eighth st. and continue to end of chain, leaving 3 stitches between the shells. There should be 12 shells.

3d row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of last shell in second row, and 4 d. c. between first 2 in next and remaining shells.

4th and continuous rows same as third. Make this part of work 12 1/2 inches long. 

Next row. Turn, ch. 3, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2d c. of last shell in previous row, and 4 d. c. between first 2 in next and the 10 following shells, do 3 d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of twelfth or last shell.

Next row. Same, narrowing 1 stitch in last shell.

Next row. Ch. 3, do 2d. c. in space between first 2 d. c. of last shell in previous row, etc., narrowing 1 stitch in first and last shell of each row until you have only 10 shells.

Then begin narrowing as at first, 1 stitch in last shell of each row until 2 sts. remain, then 1 st. in first and last shell of each row.

Repeat until you have only 4 shells remaining.

This part of work [or band] should be 8 inches long, making in all 23 3/4 inches. This completes one-half the tie, bind off, make other half the same, join two ends of band.

Line neck band with ribbon same width.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Will I Crochet Again Soon?

I thought it would take at least a year for my hands and arms to get better again. After about 2 months without crochet or any fine needlework, my hands are much better. One thing that helped has been most unexpected: kneading dough.

Yes, I've been kneading a lot of dough as I decided to learn how to make Indian flatbreads. At first I thought it would make my hands worse but that wasn't so. I learned to make several types of Indian flatbreads: rotis, Kerala paratha, baturas, puris, etc. as well as pita bread and empanada. I don't have an electric mixer so I made these breads by hand.



















However, I am not very keen about crocheting again. There's lots of work to be done on the farm --- the ducks need looking after all and most especially the pigs. I really enjoy working with the animals. I did manage to make a skirt a few days ago. I used this lovely printed fabric, and sewed everything by hand. I enjoy sewing and it is not very hard on the hands. But crochet will probably take a while to get back to.