Wednesday, 14 October 2015

BAMBI & BUMBLE NECKWEAR




BAMBI & BUMBLE NECKWEAR

Mumbai has humid weather through the year, but there are a few months of a cooler weather, and we too like to dress our pets up.  
Thanks to my lovely Maya (our family ‘dingo’ and the coat I’d made for her), a friend saw that I made animal wear too, and requested that I design something for her two dogs Bambi and Bumble too. 

I was told that Bambi is a cute gentle dog, and so she got a cute little floral collar, and Bumble is a bumbling rascal – so she got a red bandana J
 
Materials used : Today I’ve used our lovely soft Indian knitting cottons with a 3.5 mm crochet hook.

Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate

Stitches used :

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

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 !

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.

Front post double crochet 2-tog : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLD95Ku8Z-s

fpdc : Front Post Double Crochet : Post stitches are stitches worked around the post of a stitch of the row below.
yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from back of stitch, around st and into the front of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One fpdc complete

yo, hk into sp between posts of st from row below – going from front of stitch, around st and into the back of the st ; yo, pull yarn through the sps (3 lps on hk), (yo & pull through 2 lps) twice.  One bpdc complete

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                                               fdc : Foundation Double Crochet
trc : Treble / Triple crochet                 


BUMBLE’S BANDANA


We thought Bumble would look just right with a bandana – as she’s one rascal of a dog.. and this would give her just that *perfect* look 

I decided to use the first few rows of the Centenarian scarf that I recently made.

So depending on how deep a “V” you’d like work the pattern and have fun.

So I’ve played with the stitches, and changed the dc for an hdc on some rows, as I am only going to work till I have a “V” that’s about 6.5”. 
I have worked till Row 10, and then done the finishing with the picot for a ‘ta-da’ finish.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


Final touch : For ease of attachment, I thought I’d do a ‘collar-like’ end to the front of the scarf / bandana.


For this, I’ve re-attached my yarn at one of the corners of the bandana, and then done one sc neatly down the flat edge of the bandana.  This is the edge that will go around the neck / collar of the dog.
I have then done a hdc in each st all the way back to the end, and repeated this for 3 rows (about 1/2”) so that I have this neat collar-like end.

Finishing :
On the final row of hdc, I’ve added a row of loops so that the dog’s collar can be threaded into the bandana.  It would probably look cute if it went all the way around the neck and was tied as a bow at the lower end, and you could do that if your pet will not chew that bit to pieces.  Bumble, hmm.. not sure how happy she’ll be with something distracting her under her chin, so I’ve opted out of that.

Right, so the loops : So I made these chains from that final hdc row, and then sl-st into a st that was about 1.5” from the row I’m working on, along the back of the bandana, in such a way that my chains were flat.  This loop needs to be wider than the collar width. 

So in the rough diagram below, the brown triangle is our bandana, the white rectangle above is the little collar strip we’ve just made with the hdcs, and the green little rectangles are our loops. 

Loop : Hdc in the 1st st ; *(ch 10, sl-st into the st about 1.25” away on the bandana ; sc or hdc in each st back to the top) ; hdc in the next 10 hdc* ; rep *to* all the way till the end of your collar.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

I love the way my bandana has turned out, and can’t wait to see it on Bumble.  Hope you like yours as well.


 BAMBI’S COLLAR


Bambi is a Great Dane, and a majestically beautiful animal.  We thought a floral collar would suit her better, so here’s what I’ve created for Bambi.
Before we head off to the pattern, let’s talk about it. 
So there are two elements to this collar.  One is the basic collar that will go around the neck with the loops under (so that you can weave in the dog’s collar into this showy one), and then there are the flowers.

I’ve decided to make a rose and um lets see what else…

For the collar piece :

Row 1 : Start with 9 fdc (which is just about 2”).

Row 2 : dc in the 1st fdc  and each fdc till end. Turn.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc  ;  ch 7, dc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 4 : dc in the 1st dc  ; dc in the next 7 ch ; dc in the next dc. Turn.

Row 5 : Rep Row 3

Row 6 : Rep Row 4

Row 7 – 10 : dc in the 1st dc and each dc till end. Turn.

Row 11 - 22 : Rep (Rows 5 to 10) 2 times

Rep (Rows 3 and 4) 2 times.

Rep Row 3 once.

Fasten off and weave in ends.



ROSE FLOWER MOTIF



Start with 36 ch.

In the following row, we’ll use a Small Shell st which is (dc ; ch 2, dc) all in the same ch-2 sp.

Row 1 : dc in the 6th ch from hk ;   *ch 1, sk next 2 ch, Small Shell st in the next st* ; rep *to* till end. Turn.

In the following row, we’ll use a Medium Shell st which is 9 dc all in the same ch-2 sp.

Row 2 : dc in the 1st dc ;  sk next dc , Medium Shell st in the next ch-2 sp ; *ch 2, sk next dc , Medium Shell st in the next ch-2 sp* ; rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.

In the following row, we’ll use a Large Shell st which is (2 dc ; ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st.

Row 3 : dc in the 1st dc ;  sk next 2 dc , 6 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next ch-2 sp , sk next 2 dc ; 7 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; * sc in the next ch-2 sp , sk next 2 dc ; Large Shell st in the next ch-2 sp* ; rep *to* till end ; dc in the last dc.  Turn.





Finishing : Keeping this rose rows flat, start rolling this strip from the end till it becomes a little flower.  Sew the flower from the bottom, and voila! See the flower emerge.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


DAISY FLOWER MOTIF


Let’s make a cute five petal daisy.

Start (Using yellow or orange) with a magic circle and 15 sc in the circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.   

Attach the white and fasten off the yellow or orange.
We use the trc st in the next round.

Round 1 : (Using white) : *ch 4, trc in the next 2 sc ;  ch 4, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* till end.
Fasten off and leave a long tail to attach.


FLOWER 3 MOTIF



I’m not sure what flower this is meant to be, but I quite like how it looks.. so Bambi gets this on her collar.

Start with a magic circle and 16 sc in the circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 1 : dc in the 1st sc ; *ch 3, sk next sc ; dc in the next sc*  ;
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For convenience, let me make the next set of stitches into a shell pattern.
So our shell st for the next round is (sc , hdc , 5 dc , hdc , sc) all in the same ch-3 sp.

Round 2 : sl-st in the 1st ch-3 sp ; Shell st in the same ch-3 sp  ; Shell st in each ch-3 sp all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

In the following round, we work an sc in between the shells.  Now if you look at Round 2, we have 2 sc, so it doesn’t really matter which sc you choose for the Round 3 joining, or if you use the sp between the 2 sc’s – as long as you use the same st (i.e 1st sc all through or 2nd sc all through) for uniformity.

Round 3 : sc in the 1st st ; *ch 7, sk Shell st , sc in the next sc* ;
Rep *to* all around.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Once again for convenience, let me make the next set of stitches into a shell pattern.
So our shell st for the next round is (sc , hdc , 6 dc , hdc , sc) all in the same ch-3 sp.

Round 4 : sl-st in the 1st ch-7 sp ; Shell st in the same ch-7 sp  ; Shell st in each ch-7 sp all around.
Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To join this flower, I’ve attached it first around that 1st magic circle round, and then scrunched up the next rounds by passing my needle (and thread) through the next round of dc’s. Oh, and I added a small pearl bead in the centre too, and I love the way it’s peeping out through the folds of this lovely red scrunched up flower.



Finishing :
I’ve decided to place my three flowers off centre to give Bambi a nice cocky look that matches her personality.  Go ahead and attach your flowers to your belt. 
When you’re ready to show this off, thread the existing pet belt through the openings you’ve made on this crochet belt and ta da, you have oomphed up the ‘old’ one !



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