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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Forest Candy



Forest Candy is a colorful necklace made with green crochet cotton thread and multi-color thread. Choose you favorite multi-color thread – in sunny colors such as this, or in blues, browns or reds to change the mood of the piece.

When making crocheted jewelry such as this, you may wish to starch the pieces so that the edges don’t fold over while wearing.You can starch mildly and wash off when you launder the necklace. Apart from stiffening, starch protects the fabric and so dirt goes to the starch and not on the fabric.

If you like these patterns and make a finished object, please let me know. I would love to see finished work or modifications of the patterns I make. If you have any questions or comments or if you find any errors in the patterns, please let me know as well, so that I can correct and update the patterns.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Finished Measurements: Approximately 11” long without ties; 26” long with ties

Yarn: Multi-color crochet cotton thread size 8
Green crochet cotton thread size 8

Hook: Steel crochet hook size Japan 3 or US 10 Steel (1.3mm)
Aluminum crochet hook size Japan 4/0 or US 0 Steel (2.5mm)

Gauge: Exact gauge is not crucial for this pattern.

Notions: Needle and matching-color thread

Terminology: Pattern is written using US crochet terminology

Instructions:

Special Stitches:

Back Loop Single Crochet (BLsc): Work sc as normal except that you insert the hook not in both loops of the st, but the loop that is further away as you look at the work. The result is a softer, stretchier fabric that looks very different from stitches worked in front loops only or in both loops.

Picot: Ch 3, sl st in base of ch-3.

Motifs:

5-Petal Flower: (Make 2)

With multi-color thread, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2: *Ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in next sc, rep fr * 4 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off.

6-Petal Flower: (Make 3)

With multi-color thread, ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: (Ch 3, [yo, insert hook in ring and draw up loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times, yo and draw through all loops on hook, ch 3, sl st in ring) 6 times. Fasten off.

7-Petal Flower: (Make 3)

With multi-color thread, ch 5, sl st in 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 14 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2: *Ch 2, 3 dc in next sc, ch 2, sl st in next sc, rep fr * 6 times. Sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off.

12-Petal Flower: (Make 3)

With multi-color thread, ch 6, sl st in 1st ch to form ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, 12 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2: (Ch 5, sc in 3rd ch fr hook, hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch, sl st in next sc of previous rnd) 12 times. Fasten off.



Leaf: (Make 5)

With green thread, ch 10.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in 2nd ch fr hook, hdc in next ch, dc in next 2 ch, tr in next ch, dc in next 3 ch, hdc in next ch, sc in last ch; ch 1, 2 BLsc in last ch (this turns you now to other side of foundation chain), BLsc in next ch, *picot, BLsc in next 2 sts, rep fr * all around leaf ending with sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off.

Rings (Make 2):

With multi-color thread, ch 4, sl st in 1st ch to form ring. Rnd 1: Ch 1, 10 sc in ring. Fasten off.



Assembly/Finishing:

Using the photograph above as guide, arrange the motifs and pin together. Turn over and sew at the back with matching color thread.

You may use this photo as guide or you can create your own motif arrangement. Add more motifs as needed.

To make the ties: With two strands of green thread held together, join to ring with two sc, ch 54, 3 tr in 4th ch fr hook. Fasten off. Rep for other ring.

Weave in tail ends and block flat.