Sunday, 28 September 2014

PINEAPPLE FOOT THONG



PINEAPPLE FOOT THONG

A really cute little piece of footwear.. that would look lovely on the beach.. or maybe just around the house J

Full chart given right at the end of this write up.

Materials used : Red Rose knitting cotton ~ 20 gms  , with a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook

Size made : Width : 4.5” ; Length :  5.5”
Gauge : 4 sc sts (across) x 3 sc rows (high) = ½”

Stitches used :

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

“V”- stitch : “V”-st : (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                    sl-st : Slip stitch
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                        dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-together
yo : Yarn Over                                                            hk : Hook
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              st(s) : Stitch(es)


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Start with an odd number of fsc, sufficient to go around the front of your foot.  Turn

Row 1 : sc each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 2 - 3 : sc each fsc till end.  Turn.

Row 4 : “V”-st in the 1st sc ; *ch 1, sk next sc, dc in next sc* ; rep from *to* till 2nd last sc ; ch 1, sk next sc, “V”-st in last sc.  Turn.

Note : From this row on, few things to remember :
1.        Each “V”-st will start in the centre of the ch-1 sp.  So you will sl-st into that ch-1 sp and work from there.  Instructions are directly from that ch-sp and I will not be (boringly) writing that in at the start of each line J
2.       The 1st and last sts are your “V”-sts.  We will be starting the first “V” for the pineapple in the centre of your Row 4.. so count out an equal no. of spaces/sts on either side and mark that centre st.
3.       You will make ch’s till you reach that centre st. you’ve marked and then do the V-st there, and then the same no of ch’s back till the end.
4.       As we’re working with a different set of sts, the no. of sts from now on will be “N”
5.       In row 6, the number of dc you make in that centre st will determine how ‘wide’ your little project is going to be – so do the next row, (when sts open out further), check that you’re happy with the width and continue on OR change the number of stitches.

Row 5 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (no. of sts), sk sts till the centre st, “V”-st in next dc ; ch N till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last sc.  Turn.

Row 6 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row), 10 dc in next “V”-st ; ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

 Row 7 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row),
dc in 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep from (to) 8 times ; ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 8 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sk 1st dc ; (ch 1, dc in the next ch-1 sp) ; rep from (to) 8 times ; ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

 Row 9 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the 1st dc ; (ch 3, sk ch-1 sp, sc in the next dc) ; rep from (to) 7 times ; ch N (minus one st that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 10 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) ; rep from (to) 6 times ; ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 11 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; (ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp) ; rep from (to) 5 times ; ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Row 12-15 : Rep Row 11, reducing the number of reps by 1 with each row, till you have only one ch-3 sp.


Next Row : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row),
sc in the ch-3 sp ; ch N (same no. of sts that  you’ve used in the last row) till last “V”-st, “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Turn.

Last Row : “V”-st in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch N (these will be the no. of sts you need to go around your 2nd toe as per pic below) ; “V”-st in last “V”-st.  Fasten off.  Weave in ends.


Yaay.. we’re nearly done.  Now all we’ve gotta do is make that little tie to go around your ankles – so go back to that first fsc row, and re-attach your yarn at one end.  Make sufficient ch to go around your foot and fasten off. Weave that end in. 
The come back to the other end of the same 1st fsc row and make a similar length ch from this end.  Weave this end in too.. and VOILA ! C’est tout .. ok.. so that’s probably the limit of my Francais, but this cute little project does have a little pizzazz now.. doesn’t it – demands a little French J

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Friday, 26 September 2014

OH WOW !! SUCH A LOVELY SKIRT





OH WOW !! SUCH A LOVELY SKIRT

What else can one say when one sees a pattern like this??  J.  Just a few days back, I dragged my dear husband all the way to a really crowded area of Mumbai to purchase yarns. So the least I can do now is work on them quickly and ‘justify’ the really difficult time I gave him that afternoon J

On completion of this beauty, the first thought that came to me was Angie from Minions and her famous line (which I am paraphrasing)... "Its so *pwetty*.. I'm gonna die..."!!!

This is not my original pattern or idea (how I wish it were.. such an amazingly creative brain has thought this through!!).  This is yet another lovely free pattern floating the net, for which there is a chart (by designer?) - and as I'm making my own beautiful skirt, I am writing down my notes.  
Hopefully there aren't any errors (or nothing too serious to misunderstand), but if you do stumble on anything, do let me know, so I can update and change it in this pattern sheet. 

Full chart given right at the end of this write up.

Materials used : Red Rose knitting cotton ~ 280 gms  (nearly 3 skeins), with a 3.75 mm (F) crochet hook

Size made : Waist : 28-30” ; Length :  19”
Gauge : 5 dc sts (across) x 2 dc rows (high) = 1”

Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !

Chainelss dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.

dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 4 times (5 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 4-tog made.

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                    ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                    sl-st : Slip stitch
dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-together                        dc 4-tog : Double crochet 4-together
yo : Yarn Over                                                             hk : Hook
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              st(s) : Stitch(es)


Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

The skirt pattern is in multiples of eight.  So work as many sts as needed for you to get a chain that goes around the waist and in multiples thereof.  We’ll meet back here after we’re done doing that.

The pattern has been written to work in rounds.  If you need a small opening around the back for a zipper, then please do a few rounds / rows of plain dc (i.e dc in each dc all through till end) before  starting on the 1st round of pattern. Work the pattern in rounds.

Round 1 : dc in 1st 3 fdc ; *(ch 3, sk 2 fdc, dc in next fdc) ; rep from (to) once ; dc in next 5 fdc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


 Round 2 : dc in 1st dc , 2 dc in next dc ; *(ch 3, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) once ; [dc in next 4 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next dc]* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 3 : dc in 1st dc, 2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc ; *(ch 3, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) once ; [dc in next dc , dc in next 4 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next dc]* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 4 : dc in 1st 4 dc ; *(ch 4, dc in next dc) ; rep from (to) once ; dc in next 7 dc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 5 : dc in 1st 2 dc , dc 2-tog in next 2 dc ; *ch 3, 4 dc in next dc ; ch 4, 4 dc in same dc ; ch 3, dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc ; dc in next 4 dc ; dc 2-tog over the next 2 dc * ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 6 : dc in 1st dc, dc 2-tog over next 2 dc; *(ch 4, dc 4-tog over the next 4 dc) ; ch 3, 4 dc in ch-4 sp ; rep from (to) once ; ch 4, sk 1st dc, dc 4-tog over the next 4 dc ; sk next dc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 7 : (dc, ch 3, dc) in 1st dc ; ch 4, sk dc 4-tog , [2 dc in next dc] ; rep from [to] once ; ch 4, rep from [to] twice ; sk dc, dc 4-tog ;
*(dc, ch 3, dc) on next dc 4-tog ; ch 4, sk dc 4-tog , [2 dc in next dc] ; rep from [to] once ; ch 4, rep from [to] twice ; ch 4, sk dc, dc 4-tog* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.



Round 8 : (dc, ch 3, dc) in 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 4, dc 4-tog over next 4 dc ; ch 3,  4 dc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 3, dc 4-tog over next 4 dc ;
*ch 4, (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch-3 sp ; ch 4, dc 4-tog over next 4 dc ; ch 3,  4 dc in next ch-4 sp ; ch 3, dc 4-tog over next 4 dc* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.



Note : Rounds 7 & 8 give you this leaf-like pattern and in the following rounds, you will start the preparatory rounds for the 1st large pineapple pattern.  Please measure your project now and see if you have sufficient length, as all we have here-on is that large pineapple and then a smaller one.  If your length is sufficient, continue with Round 9, else may I suggest you do a few reps of Rounds 7 & 8 till to extend length.

Round 9 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; ch 3, (2 dc in the next dc) ;
*ch 4, sk dc 4-tog, rep (to) twice ; ch 4, rep (to) twice ; ch 4, sk dc 4-tog, rep (to) once ; ch 3 , rep (to) once* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 10 : dc in the 1st dc ; 2 dc in next dc ; ch 3, 2 dc in next dc ; dc in the next dc ;
*ch 4, dc 4-tog over next 4 dc ; ch 4, 4 dc in ch-4 sp ; ch 4, dc 4-tog over next 4 dc ; ch 4, dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in next dc ; ch 3, 2 dc in next dc ; dc in the next dc*;
 rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 11 : dc in the 1st 3 dc ; ch 3, (dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3 ; dc in same ch-sp) ; ch 3, dc in next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp ;
*ch 4, sk dc-4 tog, [2 dc in next dc] ; rep [to] once ; ch 4, rep [to] twice ; ch 4, sk dc-4 tog, 1 dc in the next ch-sp ; dc in next 3 dc ; ch 3, (dc in next ch-sp, ch 3 ; dc in same ch-sp); , ch 3, dc in next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp* ;  rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to the 1st dc.


Round 12 : dc in the 1st 3 dc ; ch 4, sk next dc , (dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3 , dc in same ch-sp); ch 4, sk next dc ;
* dc in the next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 4, dc 4-tog over the next 4 dc ; ch 4, 4 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 4, dc 4-tog over the next 4 dc ; ch 4, 1 dc in next ch-sp ; dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 4, sk next 2 dc , (dc in next ch-sp; ch 3 , dc in same ch-sp); ch 4, sk next 2 dc* ;
rep from *to* till end ; dc in next ch-sp, dc in next dc.  Join with sl-st to the next dc.



Round 13 : dc in the 1st 2 dc ; ch 5, sk next dc and 1st ch-sp, (dc in next ch-sp ; ch 4 , dc in same ch-sp); ch 5, sk next 2 dc ;
* dc in the next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 5, sk dc 4-tog , dc in next 4 dc ; ch 5, sk dc 4-tog , 1 dc in next ch-sp ;
dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 5, sk next 2 dc and 1st ch-sp , (dc in next ch-sp ; ch 4 , dc in same ch-sp); ch 5, sk next 2 dc* ;
rep from *to* till end ; dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 2 dc.  Join with sl-st to the next dc.



Note : Please take a quick look at the full pattern.  You’ll see that there is this first set of 4 dc – now as you’re adding one dc in the ch-sp just before and after, you are skipping one dc in this 4 dc set.. so you will eventually reach the 1st dc, which, per pattern, you’ve got to skip.. so you’re going to wonder where the ‘dc in 1st dc’ comes from (as you’ve got to skip that dc).. so what I’ve done is just turn my work, sl-st into the 2nd dc (which is then our 1st d), and then continue with pattern as written.  This will happen from this Round on – so please adjust accordingly.

Round 14 : dc in the 1st dc ; sk next dc , ch 5, 12 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 5 , sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp ;
*ch 5, dc 4-tog over the next 4 dc ; ch 5, 1 dc in next ch-sp ; dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 5, sk next 2 dc, 12 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 5 , sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp* ;  rep from *to* till end ; dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 2 dc.  Join with sl-st to the next dc.



Round 15 : dc in the 1st dc ; sk next dc , ch 4, (dc in next dc , ch 1) ; rep from (to) 10 times ; dc in next dc ; ch 4 , sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 5, sk next dc 4-tog
 *1 dc in next ch-sp ; dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 4, (dc in next dc , ch 1) ; rep from (to) 11 times ; dc in next dc ; ch 4 , sk next dc , dc in the next 3 dc ; 1 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 5, sk next dc 4-tog * ; rep from *to* till end ; ch 5, dc in next ch-sp, dc in next 2 dc.  Join with sl-st to the next dc.



Round 16 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 4, sk next 2 dc & ch-sp , (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 9 times till last ch-1 sp ; ch 4 , [sk next dc , 2 dc in the next dc ; ch 3, 2 dc in next dc] ;
*2 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-sp ; rep [to] once ; ch 4, sk next dc , rep from (to) 10 times till last ch-1 sp ; ch 4 , rep from [to] once* ; rep from *to* till end ; 2 dc in next ch-sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-sp ; rep [to] once.  Join with sl-st to the next dc.



Round 17 : (starting from your new position in the ch-3 sp) : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 8 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ; ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ;
* ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 9 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ; ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep from [to] once *; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.
(You are now right in the middle of this ch-3 sp, just where you need to be for the start of the next Round)



Round 18 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 7 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ; {ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp} ; rep from {to} once ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ;
* ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 8 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ; rep from {to} 2 times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.



Round 19 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 6 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ; {ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp} ; rep from {to} twice ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ;
* ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 7 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ; rep from {to} 3 times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.



Round 20 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 5 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ; {ch 3, sc in next ch-3 sp} ; rep from {to} three times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ;
* ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 6 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ; rep from {to} 4 times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.




Round 21 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 4 times till last ch-3 sp ; {ch 3, sc in 1st ch-sp ; sk next ch-3 sp, 8 dc in next ch-3 sp ; sk next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp} ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ;
* ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, ) ; rep from (to) 5 times till last ch-3 sp ; rep from {to} once ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp]* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.




Round 22 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 3 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ;
* ch 3, {dc in next dc , ch 1} ; rep from {to} 5 times; dc in next dc ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ; ch 3, rep from (to) 4 times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once*  ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.



Round 23 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 2 times till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ;
* ch 4, {sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3} ; rep from {to} 5 times; sc in next ch-1 sp ; ch 4, rep from [to] once ; ch 3, rep from (to) 3 times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.


Round 24 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) once till last ch-3 sp ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ;
* ch 4, {sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3} ; rep from {to} 5 times ; sc in next ch-1 sp ; ch 4, rep from [to] once ; ch 3, rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.


Round 25 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp  ; ch 4, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ; ch 3 , rep [to] once ;
* ch 4, rep from (to) 5 times ; sc in next ch-1 sp ; ch 4, rep from [to] once ; ch 3 , rep [to] once ; ch 4, rep from (to) once ; ch 4, rep from [to] once ; ch 3 , rep [to] once* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.


Round 26 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 4, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ; ch 3 , sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep [to] once ;
* ch 4, rep from (to) 4 times ; sc in next ch-1 sp ; ch 4, rep from [to] once ; ch 3 , sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3 , rep [to] once ; ch 4, rep from (to) once ; ch 3 , sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, rep from [to] once* ; rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.


Round 27 : 2 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; sk both ch 4-sps and sc, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ;
ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) once ; ch 3, rep from [to] once ;
* ch 4, rep from (to) 3 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 4, rep from [to] once ; ch 3, 
rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 3 , rep [to] once ; sk both ch 4-sps and sc, rep [to] once ; ch 3, rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 3, rep from [to] once* ;  rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; 2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st dc.


Round 28 : sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp (i.e between the 2 dc’s) ; ch 3, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) ; rep from (to) 2 times ; ch 3, [2 dc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 3, 2 dc in same ch-3 sp] ;
* ch 4, rep from (to) 2 times ; sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 4, rep from [to] once ; ch 3, rep from (to) 7 times ; ch 3 , rep from [to] once*;  rep from *to* till last ch-3 sp ; ch 1, hdc and join to the 1st st.

Round 29  to end : Continue with the same pattern as above, reducing the pineapple as we did for the first large one.  You then can done one full Round of just ch 5’s all aRound.

As you’ll see from the chart attached, the designer has then done a Round of (dc, picot, dc) in each ch-5 sp all around.



I hope you’ve enjoyed making this lovely skirt.. and now agree with the title .. Oh my gawd, how beautiful is this !!
The full chart is given below.

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Monday, 22 September 2014

JUST A CUTE LIL LACY DRESS



JUST A CUTE LIL LACY DRESS

Yet another really cute dress that’s been making it’s rounds on the free internet pages, and of course, it caught my attention too – so here’s my pattern notes on a ‘how-to-make-this-beauty’ J

This is not  my original creation, and I’ve just transcribed the photographs and charts that are with the original pattern.  J

This pattern is worked in one piece from the neckline and in rounds. The full chart is given right at the bottom of this write up.

Materials used : 4-ply baby wool from Woolcraft Baby Care, ~ 110 gms , with a 4 mm (US 6 , G) crochet hook. 

Note : (for Indian yarn users) : I found this yarn is almost similar to our Oswal / Wendy / unbranded 4-ply regular yarn. I also thought that for this particular pattern, it would work with a 2 and/or 3-ply yarn too – for a project of a smaller size.

Size : Chest 16-17 ” ; L 16-18 ” for a 0-3 month old
Gauge : 5 dc across x 2 dc rows high = 1”

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainelss dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.


Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                                  ch : Chain
st : Stitch                                                                     ch-sp : Chain Space
dc : Double Crochet                                                    sk : Skip
rep : Repeat


Start with 51 fsc.

Round 1 : dc in the 1st fsc, ch 1,  sk next fsc , 2 dc in next fsc ;
*ch 1, sk next fsc , 2 dc in next fsc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 fsc ; sk 2nd last fsc , ch 1 and dc in last fsc.

Note : Quick check here that you have 24 sets in total.
In the first round of chart, designer seems to have made one set of 2-dc and next set of 3-dc.  However, this didn’t work for me, as it gave me too large a neckline - (probably due to my yarn being slightly thicker ??) , so choices.. choices.. and decisions.. decisions for you ! J

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-1 sp , (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc) ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-1 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-1 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next dc) ; *ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc); *ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 4 dc ; rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 5 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2
dc ; ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc) ; *ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , [dc in the next 2 dc  , 2 dc in next dc , dc in the next 2 dc] ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 6 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 6 dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in the next 5 dc ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 6 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.





Note : The designer has divided for armholes here.  So as you can see from her photos, you keep 3 sets (rep) for the front, then divide keeping 6 sets for armhole ; the next 6 sets for the back ; the next 6 sets will make your other armhole and finally you’re left with the last 3 sets that make the other front half.

So remember to divide in the coming round per your counts (the counts given above are per designer photos).  I will continue writing the pattern as per chart.

Round 7 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 2 dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 3
dc ; ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next 2 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 2 dc) ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , [dc in the next 2 dc  , 2 dc in next dc , dc in the next 3 dc] ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 8 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 7 dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in the next 6 dc ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 7 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 9 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 3 dc, 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 3
dc ; ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp , (dc in next 2 dc , 2 dc in next dc , dc in next 3 dc) ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , [dc in the next 2 dc  , 2 dc in next dc , dc in the next 3 dc] ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp ,  rep from (to) once* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 10 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 7 dc ;
*ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in the next 8 dc ; ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp , dc in next 7 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Continue the increases by rep Rounds 9 & 10 till you have one set of 12 dc and the other set of 11 dc’s all around. 
We’ll then meet back here for the lacy pattern bit.  


For convenience, I’m going to re-start numbering for our lacy pattern.

Lacy pattern :

Round 1 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 10 dc,  ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ;
*ch 3, sk 2 dc, dc in the next 7 dc ; ch 3, sk 2 dc, sc in next ch-2 sp ; ch 3, sk 2 dc,
dc in the next 8 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 8 dc,  ch 4, sk next 2 dc, (sc in next ch-3 sp , sc in the next sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp) ;
*ch 4, sk 2 dc, dc in the next 3 dc ; ch 3, sk 2 dc, rep from (to) once ; ch 3, sk 2 dc, dc in the next 4 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 3 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 8 dc,  2 dc in the ch-4 sp ; ch 4, (sk 1st sc , sc in the next sc, sk next sc) ; ch 4, 2 dc in ch-4  sp ; dc in the next 3 dc ;
*2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; rep from (to) once ; ch 4, 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 4 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; rep from (to) once ; ch 4, 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 3 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.

Round 4 : dc in the 1st dc, ch 2,  sk next ch-2 sp ; dc in the 1st 10 dc,  2 dc in the ch-4 sp ; ch 2, sk ch-sps and sc , 2 dc in ch-4  sp ; dc in the next 7 dc ;
*2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 2, , sk ch-sps and sc , 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 8 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-4 sp ; , sk ch-sps and sc ;
ch 2, 2 dc in ch-4 sp, dc in the next 7 dc* ; rep from *to* till last 2 sts ; sk last ch-2 sp , ch 2 and dc in last dc.



And we’re nearly done.. great job J. Quick review.. These four rounds are the pattern rounds, that you’ll repeat once more.  In between you’ve got 2 rounds of just plain rows – i.e dc in each dc, and ch-2 over the ch-2 sps.
You then end with one more plain rows and you’re finally done J

Below is the full chart.

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