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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ala Miss June Desert Bag



Some of you are probably familiar with this lovely crochet bag from Free People. I thought maybe try make one- not exactly like it - but just the idea of using a doily pattern for the bag.



The doily I chose is from Magic Crochet magazine that a crochet friend gave a couple years back. I chose this doily because it's big, beautiful and doesn't have too many large holes.



I am using 3mm hook and 6-ply cotton yarn. The bag will need a lining for sure.



A couple of modifications will be needed later - first, to make the shape, the bag seems to taper towards the top and bulge at the bottom, is there a gusset? Second, to make the scalloped trim flap and figure out how the bag closes (I see a drawstring at the opening). Third, to make the fringed accents along the bottom of the bag, and Fourth, to make the bag strap.

Let's do it! :)

Ala Miss June Desert Bag


























Thursday, June 18, 2015

Scarf in Triangle Flower Motif



Here is the finished scarf that I started the other day. This scarf is made up of triangle motifs joined together along one side to make a long strip. This will be for my husband’s granddaughter who lives in the Netherlands. Later I sewed on a crocheted amigurumi to the scarf.



I have written the pattern for the motif below, but I have left out the instructions for joining. There are clues for joining and it is up for the crocheter to figure out how this may be done.

When the crocheter learns how to do this, it becomes easier to employ the join-as-you-go technique with a variety of motifs.

Perhaps there are other ways of joining motifs without breaking the yarn.

Of course, one can sew the motifs together too. But join-as-you-go is more convenient. Happy crocheting!



Scarf in Triangle Flower Motif
US crochet terminology

Hook: 3.5 mm
Yarn: Lotus Yarns Sunset, a blend of Merino (70%) and Soy (30%)
Yarn Weight: DK / 8 ply

Each motif is approximately 4.5 inches along one side.

Make one motif. Succeeding motifs are joined to the first along one side at the last round.

The scarf shown is made up of 13 motifs, making an approximately 36 inches long scarf.




Triangle Flower Motif

Ch 6, sl st in first ch to make ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 1, sc in ring, *ch 3, sc in ring, rep fr * 4 times, ch 3, sl st in first sc to join. (Six 3-ch loops made).

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in 3-ch loop, *ch 4, 4 tr in same 3-ch loop, sc in next 3-ch loop, rep fr * 4 times, ch 4, 4 tr in same 3-ch loop, sl st in first sc to join. (Six petals made)

Rnd 3: Ch 1, (now working behind the petals) sc in sp between ch-4 and first tr, *ch 3, sc in sp bet next ch-4 and tr, ch 8, sc in sp bet next ch-4 and tr, rep fr *, 2 times ending with sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 4: Sl st in 3-ch sp, ch 1, sc in same 3-ch sp, *in next 8-ch sp make (9 dc, ch 3, 9 dc), sc in next 3-ch sp, rep fr * 2 times ending with sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 5: Ch 1, in same sc make (sc, ch 3, sc), *ch 5, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, in next 3-ch loop make (sc, ch 3, sc), ch 5, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, in next sc make (sc, ch 3, sc), rep fr *, ch 5, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, in next 3-ch loop make (sc, ch 3, sc), ch 5, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, sl st in first sc to join.

Rnd 6: Ch 1, sc in same sc, ch 3, sk 3-ch loop, sc in next sc, *ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 5, in next 3-ch loop make (sc, ch 8, sc), ch 5, sk 5-ch sp, sc in next sc, ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 3, sk 3-ch loop, sc in next sc, rep fr *, ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 5, in next 3-ch loop make (sc, ch 8, sc), ch 5, sk 5-ch sp, sc in next sc, ch 5, sl st in first sc to join. Fasten off.



Joining the next motif:

To make the strip, the triangle motifs are joined along one side while working the last row. Join the motifs via the two ch-8 loops, the single ch-3 loop, and the 5-ch loops along the sides.

Joins are made with slip stitch (i.e, ch 2, sl st in corresponding loop in previous motif, ch 2, sc in working motif, etc).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Edging to Match the Insertion (A Graceful Insertion)



This pattern called "Edging to Match the Insertion" is from "The Home Art Crochet Book" (1912) edited by Flora Klickmann. The book is available freely at The Antique Pattern Library. The pattern is found on page 19 Section II, Uncommon Insertions. The pattern for the Insertion is available on tis page.




I reproduce the original antique pattern here and provide a version I have edited for the modern crocheter, with modifications to make a smaller lace. For the sample shown, I used crochet cotton thread size 10 and steel hook size 0.9mm.

Edging to Match the Insertion 
UK crochet terminology


Foundation:

Ch 7, sl st in first ch to make a ring.

Row 1: Ch 7, 3 tr in ring, ch 6, turn.

Row 2: Tr in 7-ch sp, ch 3, 1 tr in same sp, ch 7, turn.

Row 3: 3 tr in 3-ch sp, ch 6, turn.

Rep Rows 2-3 for desired length. Fasten off.

Now work the edging along the foundation as follows:

Row 1: In first 6-ch loop of foundation make (1 dc, 18 ch, 1 dc, 18 ch, 1 dc, 18 ch, 1 dc); *8 ch, 1 dc in next 6-ch loop; in same 6-ch loop make (1 dc, 18 ch, 1 dc, 18 ch, 1 dc, 18 ch, 1 dc); rep fr * on all 6-ch loops. Ch 9, turn.

Row 2: *Dc in each of next three 18-ch loops, ch 6, dc in 8-ch sp, ch 6; rep fr * across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: *Dc in each of next three dc, 4 dc in 6-ch sp, ch 10, sl st in fifth ch to make a ring, ch 5, 4 dc in next 6-ch sp; rep fr * across; ch 10, turn.

Row 4: Dc in next small ring, *ch 12, dc in same ring; rep fr * four more times to make five 12-ch loops in the ring; ch 10, rep for all small rings across; ch 6, turn.

Row 5: Dc in first loop, ch 5, *dc in next loop, ch 5; rep fr * on all five loops, dc in 10-ch sp; rep fr * for all loops across; end with dc in last 10-ch sp; ch 1, turn.

Row 6: In each 5-ch sp make (3 dc, 5 ch, 3 dc). Fasten off.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Graceful Insertion



This pattern called "A Graceful Insertion with Edging to Match" is from "The Home Art Crochet Book" (1912) edited by Flora Klickmann. The book is available freely at The Antique Pattern Library. The pattern is found on page 18 Section II, Uncommon Insertions.





I reproduce the original antique pattern above and provide a version I have edited for the modern crocheter. For the sample shown, I used crochet cotton thread size 10 and steel hook size 0.9mm. The pattern can be modified further (for example reducing 18-ch to 10-ch, an example in purple colour thread below) to make a smaller and more compact lace using larger hook and thread sizes.

A Graceful Insertion
UK crochet terminology

Ch 9, sl st in first ch to make a ring.

Row 1: *Ch 18, dc in ring, rep fr * five times more to make 6 loops of 18-ch; ch 9, turn.

Row 2: Dc in top of first 18-ch loop, *ch 5, dc in top of next 18-ch loop; rep fr * on all loops; ch 1, turn.

Row 3: In each 5-ch sp make (3 dc, 5 ch, 3 dc); ch 18, turn.

Row 4: Sk first 5-ch loop, dc in second 5-ch loop; *ch 18, dc in same loop; rep fr * two more times to make 3 loops of 18-ch in 5-ch loop; ch 18, sk next 5-ch loop, dc in next 5-ch loop; work 3 loops of 18-ch in same 5-ch loop; ch 9, turn.

Row 5: Dc in top of first 18-ch loop, dc in second 18-ch loop, dc in third 18-ch loop; ch 8, dc in 18-ch sp, ch 8, dc in each of next three 18-ch loops; ch 6, turn.

Row 6: Dc in each of next 3 dc, 4 dc in next 8-ch sp, ch 10, sl st in fifth ch to make a ring, ch 5, 4 dc in next 8-ch sp, dc in each of next 3 dc; ch 18, turn.

Row 7: Dc in ring made in previous row, repeat fr Rows 1-7 to make desired length of insertion. Fasten off.

Make the sewing-on edge as follows:






For the sewing-on edge do a row of 12 chain, 2 tr in each small loop, 12 chain, 3 tr in each longer loop, etc. Finish off with a row of dc in each tr and 18 dc in each 12-ch sp.

Modified Graceful Insertion
Here below are photos of the Graceful Insertion. I modified it to make it smaller and more compact suitable for a larger hook and thread size, 1.2mm hook and cotton size 8. I used 10-ch loops instead of 18-ch loops, and adjusted respectively. The 'sewing-on edge' along both sides of the insertion does not look good to me, so that needs to be further modified. I love how the insertion looks with just one edge worked, making it a suitable edging.





Sunday, June 14, 2015

An Effective Tray-Cloth Edging



This pattern for "An Effective Tray-Cloth Edging" is from "The Home Art Crochet Book" (1912) edited by Flora Klickmann. The book is available freely at The Antique Pattern Library. The pattern is found on page 12 of the book, under Section I, Edgings for the Average Worker.





I reproduce the original antique pattern here and provide a version I have edited for the modern crocheter. For the example shown, I used crochet cotton size 10 and 0.9mm crochet hook.

An Effective Tray-Cloth Edging
UK crochet terminology

Ch 9, sl st in first ch to make a ring.

Row 1: Ch 7, in ring make (4 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr). Ch 7, turn.

Row 2: In first sp make (4 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr), ch 4, in last 7-ch sp make 12 tr. Ch 14, turn.

Row 3: Dc in first tr, *ch 14, dc in next tr; rep fr * to make a total of 12 14-ch loops over the next 12 trs; ch 4, sk next 4-ch sp, in next 4-ch sp make (4 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr). Ch 7, turn.

Row 4: In first sp make (4 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr), ch 7, 1 dc in top of first 14-ch loop, 1 dc in top of next 14-ch loop, *ch 7, 1 dc in top of each of the next two 14-ch loops, rep fr * until the last loop. Turn.

Row 5: Fill in each of the next five 7-ch sps with (4 dc, 2 loops of 14-ch each, 4 dc) (this makes 10 14-ch loops); in last 7-ch sp make 7 dc, in next little sp make (4 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr), ch 7, turn.

Row 6: In first sp make (4 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr), ch 9, dc in top of first 14-ch loop, ch 9, dc in top of second loop, dc in top of third loop, ch 9, dc in fourth loop, dc in fifth loop, ch 9, dc in sixth loop, dc in seventh loop, ch 9, dc in eighth loop, dc in ninth loop, ch 9, dc in tenth loop, turn.

Row 7: Fill in each of the next five 9-ch sps with (3 dc, 5 ch, 3 dc, 5 ch, 3 dc, 5 ch, 3 dc). In the last 9-ch sp with 9 dc. Into next little sp make (4 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr, 4 ch, 1 tr). Ch 7, turn.

Rep Rows 2-7 to make lace edging of desired length. Fasten off.



Make the straightening Row along the top of the edging as follows:

Join thread to first 7-ch turning loop with dc, ch 3, tr in same loop, *ch 6, 2 tr in next loop, rep fr * along the top of the edging.