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Sunday, 29 November 2015

FLORAL WINDOW VALANCE



FLORAL WINDOW VALANCE

I’ve just made a few tea light candle holders for Navratri /Diwali, and then thought that I’d make this lovely floral valance for my Mum for Diwali.  During Diwali, besides the lights, we also bedeck our homes with flowers.  So I thought this valance would be just right for this time of the year too..and it has been on my to-do list for ever so long.  I found some photo tutorials for this, but no write up ..and rather than waste time in searching the web, I am writing out this photo tutorial as I make my own project.  J


Materials used : Indian acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook.

Difficulty level : Easy to Intermediate

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
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                                                MC : Main Colour
CC : Contrast Colour                                  Sc-blo : Single crochet back loop only

Stitches used :  (Using U.S terminology)

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

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.

How to seamlessly  change colours : http://newstitchaday.com/how-to-crochet-how-to-change-colors-seamlessly/
OR https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6979knxSLKM

How to join granny squares : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUGb9pIcsXE

As I said before, there is a perfectly wonderful photo tutorial for this that you can follow on that link above.  I am just writing out what I’m working on, as usual, and do not claim this as my pattern.  Right then, let’s move on.

Now I plan on changing my yarn every row / round. So I am not going to specify yarn colour changes.  Enjoy the creativity.

I am also going to join as I work. So do check the links given above to see how to do that.

Finally, we’ve got a few half flowers, and a few full flowers.  Along the top of your valance, all our flowers will be full.  But along the side(s), every alternate flower will be a half flower, depending on how long you want your valance to hang down.
Now as we’re all working with different yarn thicknesses, and gauges (which do not matter at all), check the length and width of your valance with each flower as you go along.  Have fun .. this is a really lovely project.

Instructions : (Using U.S terminology)

Pattern for full flower





Start Round 1 :  with a magic circle ; 12 dc in that magic circle.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. Pull lightly to close.

Attach next colour yarn in the 1st dc.

Round 2 : dc in the 1stdc ; (ch 2, dc in the next dc) ; 
rep (to) all around till end ; ch 2, dc in the last dc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Attach next colour yarn in the 1st ch-2 sp

Round 3 : 3 dc in the 1stch-2 sp ; 
(sk next dc, 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp)  ; 
rep (to) till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Attach next colour yarn in the 1st dc.

Round 4 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 
(ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in the next 2 dc) ; 
rep (to)all the way around till last 2 dc ; sk next dc, 2 dc in the last dc. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Like in the photo tutorial, I’m not changing colours every time, but if you do decide to change, then attach your yarn in that 1st ch-3 sp.

In the following row, we’ll be working in the space between the 4 dc’s. Just so you can look out for that little space now.

Now it’s also in this final round that we will join our flower motifs for each succeeding flower motif.  In this last round / row, we will work a join in the 7 dc in the ch-3 sp. So for this join, you will work (3 dc, sc join between 2 motifs, 3 dc) all in the same ch-3 sp.  You will work these joins between motifs twice, so that our motifs are joined in two places and stay stable.

However, this applies only for each succeeding motif..so go ahead and finish this motif off without a worry.

Round 5 : sc in the sp between dc 3 & 4, 7 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; 
(sk next 2 dc, sc in the sp between dc 3 & 4 , 7 dc in the next ch-3 sp) ; 
 rep (to) till last ch-3 sp ; sk last 2 dc , sl-st and join to the 1st sc.  
Fasten off and weave in ends.

Pattern for semi circular flower



Start with a magic circle ;  7 dc in that magic circle.  
Pull lightly to close, but leave like a semi circle.  Turn.

Attach next colour yarn in the 1st dc.

Row 1 : dc in the 1stdc ; (ch 2, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) till end.
Turn.

Attach next colour yarn in the 1st ch-2 sp

Row 2 : 3 dc in the 1stch-2 sp ; 
(sk next dc, 3 dc in the next ch-2 sp)  rep (to) till end. Turn.

Attach next colour yarn in the 1st dc.

Row 3 : 2 dc in the 1stdc; (ch 3, sk next dc, 2 dc in the next 2 dc) ; 
rep (to)4 times ; sk next dc, 2 dc in the last dc. Turn.

Like in the photo tutorial, I’m not changing colours every time, but if you do decide to change, then attach yarn in that 1stch-3 sp.

In the following row, we’ll be working in the space between the 4 dc’s. Just so you can look out for that little space now.

Remember the note about the sc join for motifs .. so this is where we will work our sc join between the two motifs – and in two of the ch-3 sps.

Row 4 : 7 dc in the 1st ch-3 sp ;  
(sk next 2dc, sc in the sp before next dc , 7 dc in the next ch-3 sp) ;
 rep (to)till last ch-3 sp ; sc in the last dc. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.



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