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Monday, 29 June 2015

CATHERINE WHEELS DRESS

CATHERINE WHEELS DRESS

I am not sure how many times I’ll say this .. but I am totally in awe of the number of free charts freely being shared on the internet.  I also love that I have the time and yarn to just indulge myself every time something excites me.
Black and white - classic combination.. and wow, what a lovely dress this is!


Inspired by this photo, and this link http://www.stranamam.ru/post/4841008/, these are my notes as I work on this brilliant piece.


Difficulty level : Intermediate to advanced level
Now while the actual motif is an easy difficulty level, the joining and figuring out how many are required etc, I’d say advanced level. That said, it’s a beautiful pattern, so do come along and let’s work this one together too.

Materials used : 3-ply acrylic with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
I am sure this would look just brilliant made in our local Indian knitting cottons (Anchor or Red Rose) – but I’m have the perfect combination in acrylic, so..

Size made : 34” ; Length : 37” 
Gauge : For hexagon 5.5” x 6”

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

Joining motifs : Here’s a lovely way to join motifs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9b5i81Ao1U

Abbreviations used :
hk : Hook                                                                         ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                                  sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)
                                                           
As we usually do, let’s look at this pattern and visualize what we’re about to create before we start.  So we are working with a lovely set of hexagonal motifs and a pretty simple 12 round design.
This creation can be made in single colour or multiple colours – so while I will indicate how many motifs I needed for my creation, please note that this is not a general rule .. as it will depend on the yarn used, gauge etc.

Start with a magic circle. 6 sc in that magic circle. Join with a sl-st into the 1st sc. 
Pull closed lightly.

Round 1 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 5, sc in the next sc) ; rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 2, dc into the 1st sc.
(This ensures you’re back in the centre of that last ch-5 sp)

Round 2 : Sc in the 1st st (which is the centre of that 1st ch-5 sp) ; 
(ch 2, 2 sc in the next ch-5 sp) ; rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next 2 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 2, sc in the next ch-2 sp , sc in the next sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 3, sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next 3 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 3, sc in the next ch-2 sp , sc in the next 2 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; sc in the next 4 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp , sc in the next 3 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 6 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; sc in the next 5 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 sp , sc in the next 4 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 4, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; sc in the next 6 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 4, sc in the next ch-3 sp , sc in the next 5 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next 7 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp , sc in the next 6 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 9 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next 8 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp , sc in the next 7 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 10 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next 9 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 4, sc in the next ch-4 sp , sc in the next 8 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 11 : Sc in the 1st sc ; (ch 5, sc in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next 10 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 5, sc in the next ch-4 sp , sc in the next 9 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 12 : Sc in the 1st sc ;  (ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 11 sc) ; 
rep (to) 4 times ; 
ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp , sc in the next 10 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


This is one basic motif made. 

Now here’s where you need to make your decision and choices.  So we can either make all our motifs or then join, or we join as we go.

So, if you decide to join up as you work, then we repeat Rounds Start - 11 for all the other motifs as well but in Round 12 for each following motif, we will join up with the previous motif ; so I will just write out the following final rounds as Round 12 A for easy reference.

I prefer the ‘join-as-you-go’ method as it gives less ends to weave in and I feel it gives a better end product.  So here’s what I’ve done.  While joining the two motifs in the sc sts, I’ve held both my motifs with wrong sides facing one another and then done a sl-st through both motifs loosely.  The tension with which one joins is really important to the stretch and flatness of the finished product.  So do ensure that after you join each motif and before you fasten / weave in ends, check that your motifs are sitting flat.

  Calculations : So I’ve done three hexagons across for the chest portion, two above that for the neckline, and one each on either side for the shoulder(s).  As I’ve decided to use two colours, this is all I’m doing for the top portion of my dress. 


Round 12 A : Sc in the 1st sc ; ch 2, sc in the earlier ch-4 sp ; 
ch 2, sc in this motif ch-4 sp , 
[ch 2, sc in the ch-5 sp of the earlier motif ; ch 2, sc in the next ch-5 sp of this motif ; sk 1st sc of earlier motif and sl-tog in the next 11 sc through both motifs]
(ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next 11 sc) ; 
rep (to) 3 times ; 
ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp , sc in the next 10 sc and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.


Note : Remember and double check which motif you are working on after the [to].  It is pretty easy to add on a round to the wrong motif.

OK. Now here’s where the next complication starts.  So the first row of motifs need joining only along on one side , but as we grow our dress with each motif, we will need to work out how many sides we need to join ; and then we will do the above repeat [to] accordingly.



Now the final (?) confusion / question is .. how many motifs do we make and how do we decide how to join them up.  Well, using the rough sketch very sweetly provided by the designer, and using a well-fitting dress (of the person for whom this creation is intended for) as a guide, I have put the motifs down and checked as I go along.  Not really the ‘best’ guide, I’m sure, but it worked for me.
I've also added in a sketch that was a pretty good guide for figuring out how to attach the motifs and how many were needed.

I guess one could also go the regular way, and measure each motif, then calculate how many are needed to work an across chest or around bust, and then attach motifs as one goes along.


So whatever method works for you…. If you do have another way to get this done, do share – so someone else can benefit as well.

I love the way these hexagons give us the pointy edge that gives the base line of our dress this pizzazz!

Finishing  All wearables (especially) need a good finish - and for my edging, I've just one round of sc in each stitch all round the neckline, armhole and base line of our dress.  Once again, you *could* leave it as is, as each motif does have that lovely pointy edge, so enjoy this final decision and choice for your beautiful creation.

Right then.. as usual, once done, fasten off.. weave in all ends…

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