Saturday, May 9, 2015

Weed Flowers Anklet



With a bit of abaca, hemp or raffia or even paper twine, you can make the rings of this anklet and attach them together through a simple weaving process with crochet cotton thread.

Finished Measurements:
Approximately 8 3⁄4 inches long including bead placket.

Yarn: Abaca string
Crochet cotton thread size 8 (orange) Crochet cotton thread size 8 (green)

Hooks: For thread: Steel crochet hook size 1.30mm
For abaca: Aluminum crochet hook size 2.20mm

Notions:
Wood bead for enclosure (with hole large enough to fit thread and hook)
Yarn needle

Gauge: Abaca ring = 0.75 inches diameter

Terminology: Pattern is written using US crochet terminology

Instructions

Abaca rings (make 6):

Ch 5, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, 8 sc in ring, sl st in ch 1 to join, fasten off.

Orange strap:

Join thread to bead with sc. Ch 84.

Rnd 1: Hdc in 7th ch from hook, hdc in next ch, *ch 1, sk 1 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, rep from * 25 times more. Ch 1, sk 1 ch, hdc in next 2 ch, sc in last ch at base of wood bead. Fasten off.

Green string:

Make a ch string at least 15 inches long. Fasten off.



Assembly:

(To assemble, you will need to weave the green string through the ch-1 sps of the orange strap with the abaca rings on top.)

Start at the buttonhole end of the orange strap. Pass green crochet string through first ch-1 sp from under the strap, then put first abaca ring on the strap. *Pass the green string over the right side of the ring and through the next ch-1 sp. Pass the green string up through the next ch-1 sp and over the left side of the same ring. Pass the green string down through the next ch-1 sp, then up again through the next ch-1 sp. Put the second abaca ring on the strap and repeat from until you have woven all six abaca rings. Then sew the ends of the string on the wrong side of the piece.

Note that you can make the orange center of the rings bigger or puffier by adjusting the green string before before you sew down the ends. The length of the anklet can also be adjusted this way before sewing.





The abaca rings are placed on top of the orange crocheted strap and the green crochet chain is woven through. The result is an arrangement that looks like a garland of small weed flowers.