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Showing posts with label Decoration. Show all posts

Friday, 18 July 2014

Bougainvillea Doily Pattern

This is a little adaptation of a DESIGN I did a while back - I was going to scrap the pattern altogether as it just was not working for me - but then inspiration struck.    I changed a few rows, made it a bit smaller and VOILA!! 

Although I used DK cottons for all the doilies the different brands differ quite a bit in thickness - so adjust your hook size to suit your yarn.


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Materials:  Raeesah Cotton Soft DK
Hook Size:  4.00mm
Size:   29cm in Diameter


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Materials:  Strawberries & Cream Cotton DK
Hook Size:  4.50mm
Size:   33cm in Diameter
 
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Materials:  Strawberries & Cream Cotton DK
Hook Size:  4.50mm
Size:   33cm in Diameter


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Materials:  Coffee Cotton DK
Hook Size:  4.00mm
Size:   27cm in Diameter



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Materials:  Coffee Cotton DK
Hook Size:  4.00mm
Size:   27cm in Diameter

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Special thanks to Erica Liebenberg for testing this pattern for me (with absolute lightening speed!!!) - As you can see kitty cat was quite impressed with the yarny goings on!


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Pattern Terms:
My patterns are all written in US terms

I have included this little chart to make it easier for my UK readers to reference the difference in stitch terms.


pattern terms conversion chart

Foundation:   4ch, sl st into first chain to form a circle OR make a magic ring 

Row 1:  4ch into same place as sl st (counts as 1dc, 1ch);  (1dc; 1ch into circle) x 11, sl st into top of 3ch at start to close (12 x 1dc; 1ch groups)

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Row 2:  Join yarn in any 1ch sp;  6ch (counts as 1dc, 3ch);  (1dc into next 1ch sp, 3ch) x 11,  sl st into 3rd of 6ch at start to close.

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Row 3:  Join yarn in any 3ch space;  2ch, 3dc (4dc cluster) 6ch;  (4dc cluster into next 3ch space, 6ch) x 11;   sl st into top of 1st cluster to close.

Note:  a 4dc cluster is formed as follows - yarn over hook, work the first part of the stitch leaving last loops on your hook, repeat this 3 times more (five loops on hook) Yarn over hook and draw through the loops on the hook to form your cluster

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Row 4:  Join yarn in any 6ch space; 1ch (counts as 1sc);  [12 dc into next 6ch sp (12dc group);   1sc into next 6ch sp] x5;  12dc into last 6ch space;  sl st into 1 ch at start to close.

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Row 5:   Join yarn into top of 2nd dc on any 12dc group;  4ch in same sp as join (counts as 1dc, 1ch);  1dc, 1ch into each of next 9dc (10dc group);  (1dc into 2nd dc on next 12dc group, 1ch;   1dc, 1ch into each of next 9dc) x 5;  sl st into 3rd of 4ch at start to close. 

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Row 6:  Join yarn into top of 2nd dc on any 10dc group;  5ch in same sp as join (counts as 1dc, 2ch);  1dc, 2ch into each of next 7dc (8dc group);  (1dc into 2nd dc on next 10dc group, 2ch;  1dc, 2ch into each of next 7dc) x 5;  sl st into 3rd of 5ch at start to close.

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Row 7:  Join yarn in first 2 ch sp of 8dc group,  5ch in same space (counts as 1sc, 4ch),  1sc, 4ch into each of next six 2ch spaces (6 loop grouping);   (1sc, 4ch into first 2ch sp of 8dc group;  1sc, 4ch into each of next six 2ch spaces)  x 5;   sl st into 1st of 5ch at start to close.

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Row 8:  Join yarn in first 4ch space of any 6 loop grouping;  5ch in same space (counts as 1sc, 4ch); 1sc, 4ch into each of next four spaces; 1sc into next 4ch sp,  (5 loop grouping) 6ch; [1sc into first 4ch space on next 6 loop grouping, 4ch;   1sc, 4ch into each of next four 4ch sps; 1sc into next 4ch sp,  (5 loop grouping) 6ch] x 5;  sl st into 1st of 5ch at start to close.

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Row 9:   Join yarn in first 4ch space of any 5 loop grouping;  5ch in same space (counts as 1sc, 4ch);  1sc, 4ch into each of next three 4ch sps;  1sc into next 4ch space (4 loop grouping), 1ch;  [into 6ch space between loop groupings work (2dc cluster, 2ch) x 3; 2dc cluster, 1ch;  1sc into first 4ch space of next 5 loop grouping,  4ch;  1sc, 4ch into each of next three 4ch sps;  1sc into next 4ch space (4 loop grouping), 1ch] x 5;  into last 6ch space between groupings work (2dc cluster, 2ch) x 3; 2dc cluster, 1ch;   sl st into 1st of 5ch at start to close;

Note:  a 2dc cluster is formed as follows - yarn over hook, work the first part of the stitch leaving 2 loops on your hook, repeat this once more (three loops on hook) Yarn over hook and draw through the loops on the hook to form your cluster

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Row 10:  Join yarn in first 4ch of any 4 loop grouping;  5ch in same space (counts as 1sc, 4ch);  1sc, 4ch into each of next two 4ch spaces; 1sc into next 4ch space (3 loop grouping), 1ch;  [into 2ch sp between 1st and 2nd 2dc clusters work one 2dc cluster, 2ch;  into 2ch sp between 2nd and 3rd 2dc cluster work (2dc cluster, 2ch) x 3;  into 2ch sp between 3rd and 4th 2dc clusters work one 2dc cluster, 1 ch;   1sc into first 4ch of 4 loop grouping, 4ch;  1sc, 4ch into each of next two 4ch spaces; 1sc into next 4ch sp (3 loop grouping), 1ch] x5;   into 2ch sp between 1st and 2nd 2dc clusters work one 2dc cluster 2ch;  into 2ch sp between 2nd and 3rd 2dc cluster work (2dc cluster, 2ch) x 3;  into 2ch sp between 3rd and 4th 2dc clusters work 1 2dc cluster, 1 ch, sl st into 1st of 5ch a start to close.

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Row 11:  Join yarn in first 4ch of any 3 loop grouping,  5ch in same space (counts as 1sc, 4ch);  1sc into next 4ch space, 4ch;  1sc into next 4ch space (2 loop grouping), 1ch [into 2ch sp between 1st and 2nd 2dc clusters work 1 x 2dc cluster, 2ch;  (2dc cluster, 2ch, 2dc cluster, 2ch into next  space between 2dc clusters) x2;  2dc cluster in next space between clusters, 1ch;  (1sc in next 4ch space, 4ch) x2;  1ch] x 5;  into 2ch sp between 1st and 2nd 2dc clusters work 1 x 2dc cluster, 2ch;  (2dc cluster, 2ch, 2dc, 2ch cluster into next  space between 2dc clusters) x2;  2dc cluster in next space between clusters; 1ch;  sl st into 1st of 5ch at start to close

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(I did not have a problem with the Raeesah Cotton Soft but the Strawberries & Cream and the Coffee Cotton started to "pucker" a bit at this point - a puff of steam after each completed row sorted this out nicely though!)


Row 12:  Join yarn in 1ch sp before close sl st on Row 11;  3ch (counts as 1dc) in same 1ch sp as join;   5dc into  next two 4ch spaces;   1dc into next 1ch sp;   3hdc into 1st sp between clusters;  3sc into each of next 3 spaces between clusters;  3hdc into next space between clusters;   (1dc in next1ch sp;   5dc into  next 2 4ch spaces;   1dc into next 1ch sp;   3hdc into 1st sp between clusters;  3sc into each of next 3 spaces between clusters;  3hdc into next space between clusters) repeat to end;  sl st into 3rd of 3ch at start to close 


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Row 13:  Join yarn in same place as close sl st:   3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into same place as join;   1dc into each of next 10dc;  2dc into next dc;  skip 3hdc;  2hdc into each of next 3sc;  skip 3sc;  2hdc into each of next 3sc, skip 3hdc;   (2dc into next dc;  1dc into each of next 10dc;  2dc into next dc;  skip 3hdc;   2hdc into each of next 3sc;  skip 3sc;  2hdc into each of next 3sc, skip 3hdc)

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Row 14 (edging):   join yarn with a sl st in any stitch,  1ch, sl st in next stitch, repeat to end

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Hibiscus Bloom: Pattern

I had a 100g ball of Lollipop variegated yarn in spectacularly bright rainbow colours.    Thought I would make a ROAD TRIP SCARF with it - but OUCH - there was just too much colour going on (never thought I would actually say something like that!!)

I suddenly had the idea to make a beach bag and just started crocheting!    Even though I had no clear idea as to what the end product would look like, I knew EXACTLY how I wanted to decorate it!     Great big floppy Hibiscus Blooms - like the ones you find on the Island Queen Hibiscus:



The bloom is quite frilly and just altogether fantastic. Not an easy thing to recreate!     

Remember a few weeks back I helped Designer Iin Wibisono test the FRILLY PANSY pattern (I used it to decorate my JAR JACKETS)?     The big frilly pansy petals were perfect to start forming my Hibiscus Bloom - so thank you Iin for the inspiration and letting me borrow something from your idea!

I used the reverse single crochet to edge the first one I made:


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I love the look of the reverse single crochet, but my fingers get a bit knotted up doing the crab stitch, so I changed the edging a bit on my second attempt:


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Quite happy with how it turned out - of course not even close to as spectacular as Mother Nature's work - but not a bad yarny copy!

Special thanks also to the ladies who tested the pattern for me!   You girls ROCK!

Gloria Clayton used a cotton poly blend for the petals and base but had to switch to Simply Soft to get the hot pink border.    Gloria says "I found it pleasing to make and believe with your special stitch instruction it could be made by some beginners."   She suggests that you DO read the whole pattern through before starting to crochet as there are several portions to be worked.


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Gabriela Mendez from Beunos Aires used cerise for rows 1 and 2 - the same colour as the beads; then a soft yellow for the petals and the flower centre; bright orange for the eding.   Gabriela says "it is wonderfully written, very clear"  


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My wonderful bloggy friend, Pat Wilkinson, from SUNSHINE AND A SEWING BASKET once again stepped up to help me test, making her Hibiscus in these beautiful shades.


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I can also always count on my Facebook friend, Laura Brozo to quickly and effectively test my patterns!   I just LOVE the hot pink she used as well as the straight slip stitch along the edge!

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Thank you all, once again, for your wonderful input!

So enough blah blah blah from me....... here is the pattern!

HIBISCUS BLOOM

PATTERN TERMS:   US

My patterns are all written in US terms - I have included this little chart to make it easier for my UK readers to reference the difference in stitch terms.



pattern terms conversion chart

Skill Level:  Intermediate

Approximate Time:  60 minutes

Yarn:  Any DK (8 ply / Light Worsted Weight) or Aran (10ply / Worsted Weight) Yarn (I used Lollipop DK) - The bloom is made from 3 different colours.

Hook:  Use whatever hook size suits your choice of yarn and your tension (I used a 5.00 mm hook;   and a 4.00mm hook)

Special Stitches:    I use a double triple crochet (dtrc) (yarn three times around hook) - this is known as a Triple Treble in UK Terms (ttr)

Foundation:  With colour A and using a 5.00mm hook - 4ch, sl st to join OR make a magic ring

Row 1:  3ch (counts as 1 dc), 11 dc into circle (12 dc), sl st into top of 3ch to join

Row 2:  3ch (counts as 1dc), 1dc into top of same dc;  (2dc into top of  next dc) x11 = 24dc;   sl st into top of 3ch to join

Row 3:  Join colour B into top of any dc;   4ch, 2dtrc into same dc as join; 3dtrc into each of next 2dc; into next dc 2dtrc, 4ch sl st;   (4ch, 2dtrc into same dc as sl st from previous petal; 3dtrc into each of next 2dc;  into next dc 2dtrc, 4ch sl st) x 6;   4ch, 2dtrc into same dc as sl st from previous petal;  3dtrc into each of next 2dc; into next dc (same dc as start of first petal) 2dtrc, 4ch sl st= 8 petals formed

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Petal Edging:   Using the 4.00mm hook join Colour C with a sl st into the top of first dtrc on any petal;  (1ch; 1sl st into the top of next dtrc) x 9;   (1ch, sl st into 4ch) x 3;    sl st into sl st at base of 4ch;   6ch, sl st into 3rd ch from hook (picot formed) 3ch,  sl st into sl st at base of 4ch  

[(1ch, sl st into 4ch) x 3;   (1ch, sl st into top of next dtrc) x 10;  (1ch, sl st into 4ch) x 3;   sl st into sl st at base of 4ch;   6ch, sl st into 3rd ch from hook (picot formed) 3ch, sl st into sl st at base of 4ch] x 7;   break off yarn

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(VARIATION:   you could use the reverse single crochet - as with the Frilly Pansy - to edge your petals!)

Flower Centre:  Using the 4.00mm hook attach Colour B with a slip stitch around any dc post in Row 1;   9ch,  sl st into 3rd ch from hook (picot formed)  6ch;   

(sl st around next dc post in Row 1;   9ch, sl st into 3rd ch from hook;   6ch) x 11;   sl st around last dc post from Row 1;   break off yarn

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Embellishment - sew a few little beads into the centre of the flower!

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This little flower is quite versatile!

Leave the picot part out when you do the edging,   don't crochet the flower centre - and add a big button to the centre instead:

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PS:  OOOh...... ooh and a last test in - this one from Iin Wibisono - isn't it pretty???  (Thank you Iin)


Thursday, 5 June 2014

Dahlia Mandala: Pattern

Skill Level:  Easy

Pattern Terms:   US




Materials:  Raeesah "Cotton Soft" DK (100% Cotton)
Hook:  4.00 mm
Size:  32cm


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Materials:  Strawberries & Cream  (100% Cotton)
Hook:  5.00 mm
Size:  38cm


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SPECIAL STITCHES:
  
Four Triple Crochet Cluster:  Yarn twice over hook, work the first and second part of the stitch, omit the third part of the stitch (2 loops on hook);   work the second stitch the same way (3 loops on hook);  work the third stitch the same way (4 loops on hook);   work the fourth stitch the same way (5 loops on hook);  yarn over hook;   draw yarn through all five loops on the hook.    (When working cluster at the start of a row the start chain counts as the first stitch)

Six Triple Crochet Cluster:  Yarn twice over hook, work the first and second part of the stitch, omit the third part of the stitch (2 loops on hook);   work the second stitch the same way (3 loops on hook);  work the third stitch the same way (4 loops on hook);   work the fourth stitch the same way (5 loops on hook);  work the fifth stitch the same way (6 loops on hook) yarn over hook;   work the sixth stitch the same way (7 loops on hook) draw yarn through all seven loops on the hook.    (When working cluster at the start of a row the start chain counts as the first stitch)

Foundation:  4ch,  ss into 1st ch to form circle OR make a magic ring


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4ch (counts as 1dc, 1ch);  1dc, 1ch into circle) x 1;  sl st into 3rd ch at start to close (12 x 1dc, 1ch) 


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Join yarn into any 1ch space Row 1; 3ch (counts as 1hdc, 1ch), 1hdc, 1ch in same 1ch sp as join;  (1hdc, 1ch, 1hdc, 1ch into next 1ch space) x 11;  sl st into 2nd ch at start (24 hdc)


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Join yarn in any 1ch sp;  3ch (counts as 1st trc in a 4trc cluster - see SPECIAL STITCHES above ), work 2 part trc into next 1ch space;  1 part trc into next 1ch sp and complete the cluster;  4ch;  

(Into the same space that you worked the last stitch of the previous cluster work 1 part trc,  2 part trc into next 1ch space;  1 part trc into next 1ch  sp and complete the cluster;   4ch)  x 11;  sl st into top of first cluster


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Join yarn in any 4ch space between clusters;  3ch (counts as 1st trc in a 6 trc cluster - see SPECIAL STITCHES above ), work 5 more part trc into same 4ch space, yarn over and draw through all loops on your hook to complete the cluster, 7ch;  

(6trc cluster into next 4ch space,  7ch) x 11;   sl st into top of first cluster


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Join yarn in any 7ch space;   3ch (counts as 1 dc), 6dc into same space as join, 1ch;  (7dc into next 7ch space, 1ch) x 11;   sl st into top of 3ch at start to close (12 x 7dc, 1ch groups made)


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Join yarn in any 1ch sp;  5ch (counts as 1sc, 4ch):  1sc into top of 4th dc of 7dc group;  (4ch, 1sc into next 1ch space;  4ch, 1sc into top of 4th dc of next 7dc group)  x 11;  4ch, sl st into first ch at start of row


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Join yarn in any 4ch space;  3ch (counts as 1dc), 4dc in same space as join (5dc group), 1ch;  (5dc into next 4ch space, 1ch) to end sl st into top of 3ch at start of row


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Join yarn into top of 1st dc on any 5dc group;   3ch into same space as join (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each of next 4dc, 1ch:  (1dc into each of next 5dc, 1ch) to end sl st into top of 3ch at start to close


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Join yarn into top of 2nd dc on any 5dc group, 3ch into same space as join (counts as 1dc),  1dc into each of next 3dc (4dc group), 1ch, 1dc spike into 1ch space on Row 7, 1ch;  (1dc into 2nd dc on next 5dc group, 1dc into each of next 3dc;  1ch, 1dc spike into next 1ch space on Row 7, 1ch);  sl st into top of 3ch at start to close


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Join yarn into top of 1st dc on any 4dc group;  3ch into same space as join (counts as 1dc), 1dc into each of next 3dc, (4dc group), 1ch, crossover dc (made by crocheting 1dc into the 1ch sp to the left of the dc spike on Row 9 and 1dc into the 1ch sp to the right of the spike), 1ch;  (1dc into each of next 4dc; 1ch, crossover dc, 1ch) repeat to end sl st into top of 3ch at start of row to close.


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Join yarn into top of 2nd dc on any 4dc group,  3ch into same space as join (counts as 1dc); 1dc into each of next 2dc (3dc group), 6ch;  (1dc into 2nd dc on next 4dc group; 1dc into each of next 2 dc, 6ch) repeat to end sl st into top of 3ch at start of row to close


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Join yarn with a sl st into 2nd dc of any 3dc group; 8dc into 6ch sp;  sl st into 2nd dc of next 3dc group  (8dc into next 6ch space; sl st into 2nd dc of next 3dc group) repeat to last 6ch sp;  8dc into last 6ch sp;   sl st into same space as start ss to close


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Join yarn with a sl st into any dc, 1ch;  (sl st, into next dc, 1ch) repeat to end, sl st into start sl st to close


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