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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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