Wednesday, 12 August 2015



As I’ve said before, R & R is one of my favourite past times.. and as a family we re-use , recycle a lot.  As with other homes, we have a stash of clothes that excited us when we saw and bought them, but then have not seen too much use.  While going through the cupboards, my daughter found a new t-shirt which had a logo she didn’t quite fancy.  She was going to alter the shape anyway, so I thought I’d just give her a small cover-up for the logo and change the look.

The yoke pattern is one I’d seen on pinterest, which I can think of making into several other products.. but for now, here’s the yoke-like strip.

As I work on this pattern, I’ve written down my notes that I share with you.  There are four border patterns on this link, and I’ve taken one of them for this yoke.

Materials used : Today I’ve used our Indian Red Rose cotton yarn,  with a 3 mm crochet hook 

Abbreviations used :  (Using U.S terminology)
sc : Single crochet                                                dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                        ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                        rep : Repeat
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet

Stitches used :

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual 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 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 the chainless dc start.

dc 3-tog : Double crochet 3-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 3 times (4 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 3-tog made.

How to do a  picot : Our picot for this patter is a ch-3 picot. So that’s ch 3, sl-st into the 1st ch of the ch-3.
A quick refresher via this link

So let’s take a look at what we’re creating here.  This is a pretty shell-like border strip that I’ve tweaked to give this pattern.  As usual, the pattern starts with a chain, but I’ve used my fsc start.  Then once we complete this strip, I’ve repeated the whole thing once more to give it a rounded finished effect.  Simple enough.. so let’s start.

Start : with fsc in multiples of 13, depending on the length you want for this strip. Turn.

We’ll use our picot from this row on. 

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ; ch 2 , sk next fsc , sc + picot in the next fsc  ; 
*ch 5, sk next 3 fsc, sc + picot in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till end ; dc in the last fsc. Turn.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2 , sc + picot in the next ch-5 sp  ; 
*ch 5, sc + picot in the next ch-5 sp * ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 5, dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 3 : Rep Row 2

Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2 , sc in the next ch-5 sp  ; 
*6 dc in the next ch-5 sp ; sc in the next ch- sp ; ch 5, sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 5, dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 5 : dc in the 1st dc ; ch 2 , sc in the next ch-5 sp  ; 
* dc in the next dc ; (ch 2, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) in the next 4 dc ;  sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 5, dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 6 : sc in the 1st dc ; ch 2 , dc 3-tog in the next ch-2 sp + picot  ; 
* (ch 2, dc 3-tog + picot in the next ch-2 sp) ; rep (to) in the next 3 ch-2 sps ; ch 2, sc in the next sc ; rep (to) once * ; 
rep *to* till end ; ch 2 and sc in the last dc. Turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Now this is the pattern per chart.

As usual, I’ve added my tweak to this.. So rather than just have it one side, I’ve turned my strip around, and repeated Rows 1 – 6 on the other side of this fsc chain.. and I love the double sided shelled pattern.. don’t you?

Fasten off and weave in ends.  Give yourself a big pat on the back as this one has really been a great project – but totally worth it, I’m sure you’ll agree.

And now that we’re all done with our lovely t-shirt, slip it on and enjoy the praises that follow. J

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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Have a great day and see you soon. J

I have two yokes and another R-R t-shirt here, and just in case you want a dekho … here you go  J