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Crocheted French knickers

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Note: This project was originally completed in March 2012. The knickers are now out to dry. I finished it this afternoon and have taken more photographs. I like the result. I used two strands of silk-camel lace yarn (2-ply) held together. The pattern is based on an old pair of shorts which I took apart. There are 4 sections of the shorts and I drew the pattern onto a sheet of paper. I crocheted the four sections of the knickers separately using this paper pattern. I made an error in one of the sections. In particular the back left section has a slightly wider leg. I hoped to rectify the error during seaming but the difference didn’t seem to affect the knickers too much. I seam the pieces together first by tying with yarn. I never sew up the seams until I am sure of the fit. After sewing the seams together, I start crocheting the band around the hip. This is done in the round and using a different all-over pattern. I do another fitting to make sure how long (

Unraveling a Crochet Pattern

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Here's a new Crochetology challenge. I know a lot of crocheters love ' hacking ' or ' deciphering' a pattern based on a photograph of a finished object. Often, the latest celebrity fashions or runway crochet fashions are the target of such hacks. Here's a simple garment I'd like to offer for you to decipher. However it is not celebrity fashion (although I have done it, I actually prefer not to do any reverse engineering of celebrity fashion or celebrity designer items). It is a simple granny square, a very traditional one, which I have used to make a pair of shorts. Part 1 See if you can figure out how to get from this: To this: Let me know if you can figure it out! Then later, come up with your own designs! Have fun! Part 2 Here's an update on the Crochetology hack challenge. We started with granny squares joined together. Those are just half the challenge because granny squares are easy and you can find lots of tutorials and p

Yes, Let's Twist Again

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I know, I'm getting obsessive with this twisted scarf. For some reason, I really enjoy making these. So, after "Twisty" , I decided to give it another go with the light orange alpaca yarn. The yarn is light fingering so I have used it doubled, with a 3.5mm crochet hook. This scarf measures 20 inches in circumference and 7 inches tall. As with "Twisty" , work begins with backloop hdc stitches that give the scarf a ribbed texture. Then what follows is a section of the scarf worked in dc-ch mesh. Then the scarf is twisted and the ends joined together with sc stitches. I decided to add a simple border to this scarf, just a (sc, ch 3, sc) worked evenly all along the scarf. Then fasten off. With that, it would be fairly easy to come up with variations on colour, texture,  size. Remember that you can vary the width and length of the scarf, so you can wear in other ways, including as a shawl if it was wide enough to go over the shoulder. Maybe something to tr

Lacy Cotton Scarf

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I made this pattern because I wanted a lacy, not too thick, scarf that did not stretch narrow. Make this scarf long or short as you desire. Add fringes at the ends if you wish. Experiment with colour. Finished Measurements: Approximately 17.5 inches. Longer scarf can be made by adding more rows. Yarn:  Crochet cotton thread size 8 (beige) in peach and lavender colour Hook: Crochet hook size 2.5mm Gauge: 22 stitches and 8 rows = 3" x 3" in stitch pattern Terminology: Pattern is written using US crochet terminology INSTRUCTIONS: The scarf and flower are worked separately. The flower is attached to the scarf by tying the flower's ties through the lacy holes in the scarf, then the scarf is kept in place by passing the ties through the holes of the other end of the scarf. You can also use the flower as a corsage by sewing a pin at the back. Special Stitches Used in this Pattern: 3 Double Crochet Together (3dctog): *Yo, insert hook in st and pull

Lace-Up Deux (Double Laced)

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"Lace-Up Deux" are crocheted fingerless flirt gloves worked in red colour acrylic yarn. It is made up of two parts, the upper and lower parts which are then laced together at the two sides with black elastic strings. Red flat-back sew-on beads decorate the gloves. The free pattern includes both written and symbol instructions. You can find the single-laced gloves at "Lace-Up!" You will need: Hook: 3.5mm crochet hook Yarn: Fingering or Sport weight acrylic yarn, red Black elastic string cut into four 36" pieces Red colour flat-back sew-on beads (0.5mm), 16 pieces Finished Measurements: Length: Approximately 5.5 inches Wrist circumference: 5.5 inches INSTRUCTIONS Double Lace-up Fingerless Flirt Gloves (Make 2): Note: The top and bottom sections of the glove are made separately and are laced up together at the sides with black elastic string. Top section of glove: Ch 12. Row 1: Ch 6 (counts as 1 dc, ch 3), sc in 9th ch from hook

Lace-Up!

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"Lace-Up!" are crocheted fingerless flirt gloves that can be adjusted to fit with laces along the underside of the gloves. These gloves are crocheted in one piece and lace ribbons woven all along the two sides under the wrist. The written pattern instructions are accompanied by crochet symbol charts at the bottom of this page. Length: approximately 7 inches Wrist circumference: approximately 5.5 inches but can be adjusted to fit Sizes: Fits standard sizes; laces can be adjusted to fit Yarn: Beige and cream colour crochet cotton thread size 8, work with two strands held together Substitute with yarn at least Sport or DK weight Crochet hook: 3.5mm You will also need: Two pieces of lace ribbon, 24 inches each, lavender colour Terminology: Pattern is written using US crochet terminology Pattern Instructions Note: The glove is crocheted in one piece and the lace is woven along the edges under the wrist. Lace-up Fingerless Flirt Gloves (make 2)

Amore (Inspired by Dolce & Gabbana)

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"Amore" is a quick project inspired by jewellery on the runway of Dolce and Gabbana for Summer 2016. The pattern for the choker is provided here but the original intention of this project is to show a quick way of using photo-inspirations for making something new using crochet. The same photo-inspiration can be used to create new designs not only in jewellery but also in garments and other items. Just experiment and see what you can come up with. WHAT I USED Cotton thread size 8 in white, green and multi-colour (orange/yellow) Sewing needle Fine gold embroidery thread Metallic Gold yarn of sport weight Crochet hook size 1.2mm for size 8 thread Crochet hook size 3mm for yarn Frosted Organza Ribbon, about 3 feet long Red Flat Back Sew-On Beads (I wish I had more of these) Small amount of stuffing INSTRUCTIONS FLOWERS (Make 6) White cotton thread, ch 4, sl st in first ch to make a ring, ch 5. Rnd 1: *Sk fist ch, sc in next ch, hdc in nex

Twisty

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Twisty (Named after our lovely duckling with the twisted beak) This is a variation on the "Easy Does It!" super easy neckwarmer. The ribbed texture is made possible by half-double crochet stitches worked in the back-loop of stitches in rows, making for good stretchy fabric. The twist takes advantage of this stretch and texture, plus the change in subtle colour, creating an elegant twist to a simple design. Hook: 3.5mm Yarn: Alpaca in light pink and light orange colour Substitute with DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) yarn that has good wool content for stretch, warmth and softness. You will need 20 grams of yarn of each colour. Design Notes: This neckwarmer is crocheted in rows flat, in one colour, then continued in a second colour. The neckwarmer is then twisted once and the ends crocheted together. Choose softly complimenting colours to re-create the subtle colour lightness of the neckwarmer. Using suggested yarn and hook, starting 31 ch makes a neckwarmer 5.5"