Wednesday, 31 December 2014

ÁGUEDA BELT


ÁGUEDA BELT

Today we decided to visit Águeda, a small city in Portugal, known for its floating umbrellas (http://www.boredpanda.com/floating-umbrellas-agueda-portugal/).   


So this is the beautiful sight but sadly, this is up only during their summers and we couldn’t see this. I did however, see a really beautiful yarn bombed bicycle outside a shop and on entering found that this was a lovely little handicraft place where they displayed only hand made articles.  


It is not a store per se, but more an exhibition run by an association – JSA – Juntos Somos Arte Associção, Águeda and the lovely ladies who ran it.  If interested, these lovely volunteers are available at jsaagueda@gmail.com. So in the photo below are Luisa, Paula, Maria and oh gosh.. I forgot the name of the lady facing the camera (in white).. sorry.

 Superb liquers all made locally. 
 Yet another yarn bombed little bicycle
 .. and a lovely yarn bombed chair 
 and this is the same bench from the picture with the umbrellas.. but close up.. what neat graffiti
 ..just can't get enough of this bike 
 ...and what a neat basket (also handmade) as are all the goodies inside.. what a perfect gift.. timeless and tasty

The scenic train ride from Aveiro to Águeda is about half an hour each way, and that’s what it took to do most of this really easy belt.  You will now understand why I’ve named the belt so.  The lady behind me is also busy working on her crochet shawl .. neat huh? J
 So a little bit about the lovely trains in Portugal. There are several train systems to cover the country and the ticket purchases of each is really simple.  You could opt to purchase your ticket at the counter, by standing in a queue, but you could also go straight up to the easy ticket vending machines, type in your destination and out pops a ticket.  This credit-card like ticket can be re-used in these same vending machines, by just topping up for each ride during your stay in Portugal.  The trains are all very well listed and there is no real need to ask anyone any directions – you have your maps, your trains all neatly marked in and the timings are perfect.  The trains leave exactly to the minute –  but they are also pretty frequent, so no need to rush and worry .. enjoy the vacation at a lovely touristy pace.

Águeda is a cute little villagey town – quaint, small, homely and welcoming.  As I told you, we went there mainly for this road of floating umbrellas – and we were sure we were on the right road (despite the lack of umbrellas) due to the lovely painted light posts and benches.. and of course the lovely cobbled roads.. all identified from earlier blog posts of other tourists.  So I just popped into the first open door I saw and with a  lot of hand gestures, my abysmal Portuguese, and English .. managed to confirm that we were on that road.. and then the lovely ladies of JSA (Luisa, Maria and Paula) gave me a quick history of sorts of the area – and a gift !! Ah Portugal.. you’ve stolen our hearts !

Right then, let’s get on with this pattern.. This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you. 

This lovely belt will match all the skirts I’ve made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go

































































Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely Indian polyester purse yarn (just about one cone), which is a 4-ply, fingering weight yarn, with a 3.25 mm crochet hook

Stitches used :

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.

Abbreviations used :
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     sp : Space                                           
sl-st : Slip stitch                                                            ch : Chain
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                           hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                            trc : Treble / Triple crochet     
                                   
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Quick analysis of what we’re going to do here today.  So I’ve started by attaching my little belt buckle at one end and then work side to side with the pattern till you have the belt length needed.  My belt buckle is a really tiny one, and so I’ve started with a lesser number of stitches, and then increased to the number needed for pattern. J

The pattern is in repeats of ten.… and off we go J

Row 1 : Start with a  multiple of 10 sc. Turn.

Row 2 : 4 dc in the 1st 4 sc ; ch 2, sk next 2 sc ; dc in the last 4 sc. Turn. 

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc ; (dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in the last dc. Turn. 

Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; (2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next dc) ; ch 2, sk next 2 dc ; dc in the next dc ; (2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next dc).  Turn. 

Rep Rows 3 & 4 till you have a length desired for your belt, ending with Row 4 (or an uneven number of rows from start)

Note : IF you have started (as I have) with a no-pattern section at the start of your belt, remember to account for that bit towards the end as well.

Now here’s what I’ve done – I stopped the pattern bit (after all calculations as above) and then did the side pattern bit before I completed the end ‘no-pattern’ bit.  This means that you end with Pattern Row 4, then do the side shell finish row, come back to the end row and do the other side shell finish and then finally finish with the no-pattern end.

So off we go with the repeats and we’ll meet back here in a few inches of work J

Finishing :  Right .. so you’ve finished your pattern and still have a little bit to complete before you are done with the belt (for the length portion I mean).  The two rows we do now will add to the width of our belt.
Now for the 1st foundation row, we’re going to turn our work at 90°, and work along the edge of the belt.  So now look at the belt edge – we have worked dc’s along the edge .. so we will just be using these dc’s to make an row of chains that we will work our shells off.  The designer has done a row of sc, but I preferred my method.. but you could do what she has as well.. choices.. choices.. and decisions.. decisions… as usual J

Row 1 : sc in the 1st (corner) st, ch 2, and sc into the end of the 1st dc ; *ch 2, sc into the next dc end* ; rep *to* all the way to the end.  Turn.
In the following row, the designer has made her shells with trc + 3 ch picot (Treble or Triple crochet), and then there’s a ch-2 as she’s used a foundation row of sc.  I’ve used 5 dc’s to make my shells and no ch-2 between the shells …more choices J
So if using the chart below , Shell = trc , (picot, trc) 4 times ; and Picot = 3 ch, sl-st into the 1st ch

Row 2 : sl-st into the 1st ch-2 sp, sc in the same ch-2 sp ; *shell in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next ch-2 sp* ; rep *to* till end.

You are now back at the end (non-buckle end).  Sl-st in each st and ch-sp on this end and go across to the other side of the belt.  Repeat the finishing on that edge as well.

Once you’ve done both finishing rows, finish the flat edge of your belt (non-pattern edge) to match that at the start.  Fasten off and weave in ends. J

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

ALL TIED UP BAG

ALL TIED UP BAG

This pattern looks like a neatly tied up bundle – cute pattern, with texture.. and easy enough for anyone to follow.

I’ve got a few more bags and purses done, so in case you’re interested,   do take a quick dekho at 




















http://shyamanivas.blogspot.pt/2014/10/cute-tiny-purse.html is a really cute batua purse that is perfect for little girls or for your young lady who's going on her first night out and must take the home keys and mobile phone









This is not my original pattern  and it’s just one of those wonderful free floating freebies over the net.  I am, as usual, writing down my notes, and am sharing them with you.  J
http://klubka.net/yzor/394-uzor-dlya-polotna-kryuchkom.html may be the original link for this pattern.

Materials used : Purse thread (polyester/viscose) ~ 1 cone , with a 3.25 mm crochet hook

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.

Wrap stitch : The stitch we’re using for this pattern is a lot like the ‘wrap stitch’, with a small difference.  In the wrap stitch, we just go around the dc’s, but in this stitch, we go around the stitches and into a dc as well. So for our wrap stitch, we have one sk st followed by 3 dc.  Our wrap stitch is always after the 3 dc’s. 
Yarn over needle (like you’re going to do a regular dc), hk (from front) into the sk st and pull lp from behind the 3 dc’s (3 lps on hk) ; yarn over and pull through all 3 lps. One wrap st done.

So you have a neat loop ‘tying up’ all 3 dcs – and your work is reversible.
To allow your stitches to look neat and ‘breathe’ a bit.. ensure that you keep that wrapped stitch loose so the 3 dc’s in the centre are not all ‘strangled in’ together J

Now for clarification on what a other wrap stitch is do see this video by Tamara Kelly at http://www.mooglyblog.com/wrap-around-stitches/
Note though that our stitch here is NOT that wrapped stitch, as that stitch does not go through the sk st.

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet                                  sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                    sl-st : Slip stitch
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                              st(s) : Stitch(es)          
yo : Yarn Over                                                            hk : Hook
                                  
Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

The pattern is in repeats of 4 plus 3 ; and we start along the length of our purse.  So depending on how long you want your purse, go ahead and count off your start stitches.

Now the beauty of this pattern is that we bind a few stitches  together– so while I do try and simplify this, do follow with the chart too.. and slowly let’s improve our chart reading skills J

Start with fsc in a multiple of 4 plus 3.  Turn.

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; ch 1, sk next fsc, dc in the next 3 fsc ; wrap st in next st ; *sk next fsc ; dc in the next 3 fsc, wrap st in the next st* ; rep *to* till end ; sk next fsc, dc in the last dc .  Turn.

From this row on, you will sk all the sk-sts of the earlier row, and have your dc’s over the dc’s of the earlier row, and yes, you guessed it.. your wrap sts will also coincide with the wrap sts of the earlier row.. now how easy is this, right? J

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 1, sk next st, dc in the next 3 dc ; wrap st in next st ; *sk next dc ; dc in the next 3 dc, wrap st in the next st* ; rep *to* till end ; sk next dc, dc in the last dc .  Turn.



Rep Row 2 till you have a project of the width you desire for your clutch purse… and we’re done.  Now I’m sure you didn’t expect this superb pattern to be this easy, right !!?? But sometimes, the trickiest looking patterns are the simplest – and now you know J

Once done, you can line your lovely bag and add a zipper - following the links below.

Link for you tube on attaching zipper to bag : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dnvM41V-3E

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

INFINITELY SIMPLE MOBIUS COWL

INFINITELY SIMPLE MOBIUS COWL

Now if you’ve been following my blogs you’ll know that as soon as I landed in Aveiro, Portugal, I chanced on some lovely bulky yarns – and immediately made my first mobius cowl for my daughter.  




If you missed that blog, then it’s my Double Crossed Mobius Cowl at http://shyamanivas.blogspot.pt/2014/12/double-crossed-mobius-cowl.html






Her friend loved this and with time and hooks in hand, yarn easily available, this was just the easiest Christmas present for me .. so out came my hooks and I started on a second mobius cowl – one I’ve I’ve been longing to try  – Moogly’s Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/artfully-simple-infinity-scarf J
I’ve tweaked the patterns a bit.. but they’re both inspired by this lovely scarf.

I have several other cowls also available, so do mosey over to







































and 
















Materials used : Today I’ve used Red heart + Bravo Big  bulky weight yarn, with a 6.5 mm crochet hook

Size made : Width : 7.25” x Length : 26”

Now the beauty of this pattern – it really IS artfully simple.  Can you believe that both these creations are made with the same pattern.. and they look so different?








OK.. so for the first cowl, I did an sc every 10th st (and one sc as against 2 dc) – changing colored yarns every alternate row.  When I was happy with the width of the cowl, I just wound the yarns around the starting row to form this cord neat finish. 
For this pattern, I used fsc to start in a multiple of tens.
See how this lovely pattern opens hammock-like.. I love it ! J
 











For my second creation, I started with a row of fsc (as per instructions) but gave the yarn a twist and attached as one would for a mobius cowl.


As this is a mobius cowl, one half of the cowl looks different from the other side.. making it look a lot more difficult and convoluted a pattern than it actually is. 




For this pattern, I used fsc to start in a multiple of fives.








Both patterns really can be done, as promised by the designer, in a day.. and one skein.. so go ahead.. make this one now.

So here you have three ways to make the lovely cowl or scarf.. so go ahead and enjoy

Enjoyed this ?? I sure did.. come back right here for more freebie patterns.  I’d also appreciate if you could credit my blog / pattern (as well as Moogly) when you make your project.  Thanks.  J

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Boas Festas from Portugal 

Have a great day and see you soon. J