Sunday, 21 January 2018

PRINCESS CROWNS for mum and baby

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PRINCESS CROWNS for mum and baby


There’s a baby’s first birthday coming up – and you do know she is the belle of the ball – and every belle needs a crown.
Mum needs one too – it’s her extra-special day as well.
So come along, join me as we make two beautiful crowns for two lovely people.

Materials used : Today I’ve used some of our lovely Indian polyester kamal kadai lace weight polyester yarn with a 2.5 mm crochet hook ; few beads.
General material info : I think that any knitting cotton yarn will work splendidly for this project.  Of course a metallic yarn and beads will add to the sheen and bling.

Here are sizing charts for general head sizing :



Instruction information

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There are two crown patterns in this blog write up.  For the first free one, I’ve chosen the cute crown from Ira Rott.
So let’s mosey on over to the free pattern at

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The only thing I’d like to add here is check your gauge and / or stitch count repeat
If you take a look at the chart provided, you’ll see that the stitch count is in multiples of 6.
Please read through the instructions fully before starting your work.

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Come along then..  what are you waiting for?? 

Off you go to the pattern sheet for the cute lil princess crown. :)

For the 2nd crown / tiara, I found this chart which looked just right for the mum.  Come along and let’s work on this one, shall we?

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Remember to check the head measurements chart given in the earlier link/pattern sheet and at the top of this blog.

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Start : with fsc in multiples of 15 for the circumference needed for the head.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st fsc, keeping the chain flat. (Check Note)
At all times, keep in mind the stretch of your yarn – more the stretch, lesser the number of multiples needed.

Note : Check out this video on how to keep your chain flat without twisting

Round 1 : sc in the 1st fsc and in each fsc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st fsc.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc and in each sc all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Now here’s where it gets interesting.  The chart shows the start of the tiara from the next round, as we’ve created a base with the 1st two rounds.  If you are using a thinner yarn, and want a wider base, rep Round 2 till you are happy with the width of your base.
How do you decide if you are happy?  Well, you need to calculate height.  You have worked 2 rounds, and our total pattern is 8 rounds.  The 1st 2 rounds have been worked in sc, and the next 6 rounds will be worked with dc.
2 rounds of sc = 1 round of dc (in height).
So now calculate how high/wide your crown is going to be and decide if you want to increase the base.  Got it?

I am going to carry on numbering, so please do not get confused if you have worked more rounds for the base – just carry on with Round 3, when you are done with the base.

Round 3 : dc in 1st 4 sc ; ch 3, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 7 sc ;
*ch 3, sk next 2 sc, dc in the next 4 sc ; ch 3, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next 7 sc* ;
rep *to* all around ;
ch 3, sk last 2 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : dc in 1st dc ; ch 1, dc in the same dc ;
*ch 2, sk next 2 dc, (dc in the next dc ; ch 1, dc in the same dc) ;
ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next 5 sc ;
ch 3, sk next sc, rep (to) once* ;
rep *to* all around ;
ch 3, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

From this round on, we will use a “V”-st which is (dc ; ch 1, dc) all in the same
ch-sp.

Round 5 : sl-st into the 1st ch-1 sp ; “V”-st in the same ch-1 sp ;
*ch 2,  “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ;
ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next 3 sc ;
ch 3, sk next sc, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp* ;
rep *to* all around ;
ch 3, and join with a sl-st to the 1st “V”-st.

Round 6 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ;
*ch 2, “V”-st in the next dc ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next dc ;
ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ; ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next sc ;
ch 3, sk next sc, “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around ; ch 3, sk next sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; “V”-st in the same “V”-st ;
*(ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st) ; ch 2, “V”-st in the next ch-2 sp ;
rep (to) once ; sk next sc and ch-3 sps, “V”-st in the next “V”-st* ;
rep *to* all around ;
sk next sc and ch-3 sps, and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In our final round we will use a picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk). 
How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

Round 8 : sl-st into the 1st “V”-st ; sc in the same “V”-st ;
*ch 3, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
ch 2, “V”-st in the next dc ; picot + “V”-st in the next dc ;
ch 2, “V”-st in the next “V”-st ;
ch 3, sc in the next 2 “V”-sts* ;
rep *to* all around, ending with a sc in the last ch-1 sp of the last “V”-st.

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Thank you so much for joining us.. we had as much fun as you did !
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Thursday, 18 January 2018

GRANNY SQUARE BOHO BEACH TOP -2

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GRANNY SQUARE BOHO BEACH TOP -2


When I made my first granny square boho beach top in November 2017,  I did *warn* you that I’d be coming back with more, remember?
Obviously you share my excitement of creating something neat out of simple squares – so come along and let’s start on this superb creation.

Once again, this is a granny square adapted to make a top. 

Do check my long Pinterest link for all the free patterns I’ve written up over the years right at the bottom of this blog.

Materials usedToday I’ve used an unbranded knitting cotton yarn with a 3.75 mm crochet hook

For Indians : Our lovely Indian Anchor knitting cotton, White rose and Red rose knitting cotton yarns are a good substitute.  I’d also suggest Alize cotton yarn – and you can get all of this with a easy mouse click on the top right hand side of this blog (read : Click here to buy yarns Online)

For Non-Indians : The other international yarns I’ve used of this thickness are Milford Satin knitting cotton, DMC Petra knitting cotton & Aunt Lydia Bamboo Viscose 10 knitting cottons. 
You can use any yarn with a suitable hook to make this pattern.

Difficulty level : Intermediate to Advanced Skill level. 
The “Advanced” skills are not for the stitches used (stitches are basic).  It applies to the use of techniques to join the squares and finishing.  That said, this is not that hard – so come along and enjoy this creation.

Stitches used :
Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

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How to join with single crochet : Check the links below :

How to join with whip stich : Check the links below :


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

sc : Single crochet                                                     ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                 sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                           hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                   yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                          sc : Single crochet



Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

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This pattern uses granny squares to make the front and back of the beach top.  We need three large granny squares for this creation.

Each is (per pattern) a 12” granny square.

Before we head off let’s work on a few ideas and see what we are creating.  If you have worked on my earlier beach boho granny square top, you know what I am talking about and you can get these measurements done faster. 
If you haven’t had a dekho yet, you need to go and take a look at those lovely creations too. J

You will need the following measurements
a)   Round Chest
b)   Neckline depth

I am going to give you the basic pattern for a granny square, without indicating colours.  This is where you creativity and combinations come in.

I will then tell you how to attach the squares to get the basic top.  You can then opt to add on tassels– and you are free to do a little beach craziness
(read : add beads & shells) too J


Part 1 : Basic granny square pattern
Make three pieces

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1)      First off I think you will need to work one granny square per pattern and see how large a square you have made.  Hold this against your chest (diamond-wise) and see how far down it goes and how far across your chest.  This will help you decide if you need to increase the size of the next squares in any way.
2)    After you work the basic granny square, you need to remember that we will work in a small border, so you will get at least another ½” all around (so that means a total of 1” length and breadth as its ½” either side, ok?)
3)    Before you head off to make all your 3 squares, I’d suggest that you cut out the 3 square / diamond shapes on paper, just to check that the final size will wok for you.

What is an easy way to increase the size of my granny square ? Use a longer stitch.  So if you find that you need *just that little bit more* for your square to get the round chest measure, change the dc to a trc and you’ll get the slight increase.
Conversly, if you find that the trc is working too much, then the dc is the way to go for you.

Just as I was about to write out the pattern using the chart I’d found, I chanced on this (Victorian?) pattern by Priscilla Hewitt at http://web.archive.org/web/20060630010426/http:/members.aol.com/lffunt/sqdoily.htm

Go on and check out the pattern link and work all the way till Round 15
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Leave the last 2 rounds that we will work as a border later on.

We have completed one pineapple granny square, and mine is about 13.5” square.


Part 2 : Joining Granny squares

Using one of the joining techniques given above, join your granny squares. 

To join, turn your squares to the right, so that they become diamond shaped and then join two sides of the centre one to one side each of the side diamonds. We have spun our squares into diamonds, Ta .. da!

Look at the diagram below to get an idea of how to place them before joining.

How do you join the squares evenly?
a)   Count the number of stitches you have on each side and place a marker at the 2 corner points of two squares
b)   Join the squares neatly till the two corner points
c)     After having joined Squares (diamonds) 1 & 2, ensure that you once again place a marker for the two corner points of the 3rd square and join this one neatly too.
d)   Ensure that you have a neat join at the “V” between the 3 squares / diamonds which will form your neckline.
e)    Work with the same care for the other side of your top as well.
f)     You can hang tassels off the lower two points of the diamonds. 


Part 3 : Border around diamonds

Now that you have the diamonds joined, let us run the decorative border all around, before we make our shoulder straps and join the back to the front.

Go back to the pattern instruction sheet and work Rounds 16 & 17 to complete the border all around.



Part 4 : Shoulder & side Straps
 
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With this pattern, I have worked only one strap per side.  The strap will go through the corner of one of the diamonds and then be tied against the back.  The first part (that goes into the corner of the diamond) will help create a sleeve.  The back is largely open.
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However, you could work two straps like the diagram above as well

For the straps I have worked a row of foundation half double crochet for the length I needed for my straps – and you'll make as many as you decide in the same way.
Foundation half double crochet is like the fdc, but instead of working a dc, you work a hdc chain.
If you find this too confusing, you can
a)   Work a fsc chain for the length needed ; Turn and then work an sc in each fsc all the way back to the start.  Fasten off and attach onto the top ; OR
b)   Work a regular chain length for the length needed ; Turn and work a hdc in each chain all the way to the start.  Fasten off and attach onto the top.
c)     Attachment : Check the photo above.  Ensure that you allow your work to hang for a bit before tightly securing the ends – no matter what yarn you are using.  Even cotton yarn tends to stretch a bit on hanging / wear.

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Part 5 : Tassels

Along the bottom edge, you could hang a row of tassels OR you could hang one off the rope / strap that you just made. 
Decide on the following :
a)   how much yarn do you have ?  (as this will decide the following answers)
b)   how far apart you want them
c)     how thick would you like them (Thickness is doubled so fold your strands over before you close this idea)
d)   how long would you like them
 
For a quick “how to”, check out this video

This is one kick-ass (oops) boho top, don’t you agree?

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Here are some of my older creations.  Have fun with these free patterns too