Friday, 1 July 2016

“WITH LOVE” LOVEY





“WITH LOVE”  LOVEY

Blankets are a fun projects at any time.. and when you find one a pattern that involves hearts for a “mum-to-be”, then how can one resist.  As I started on this pattern, I thought this would make a wonderful lovey – a heart shaped inner pattern (so full of love) with a really cute sleepy owl.. totally irresistible… a “Lovey” in all senses of this word!

Inspired by pictures from Pinterest, that also conveniently had a chart, here are my notes as I make my own project.



Materials used : Today I’ve used (about 125 gms) of our lovely soft Indian 4 ply Oswal Cashmilon acrylic yarn with a 4 mm crochet hook

Size made : 18" x 20" ; Cute sleeply owlet is about 5.5-6" tall

Stitches used :

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.

How to interchange colours : There are several ways to interchange colours when crocheting, and here are a two lovely self-explanatory links.

Blanket sizing : Take a look at this chart for standard sizing of blankets. https://in.pinterest.com/pin/470063279837764553/


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                                   Trc : Triple / Treble crochet

We’re working a lovey with a little owl, so I’ve divided our project into two parts.  The first part is the creation of the tiny little blanket.  
I’ve given you a link above for standard sizing of blankets.
So figure out which size you’re going to be working this pattern and off you go.

For the second portion, (for those of you who are making the lovey and little owlet), follow instructions on the link given.

The final part will be the finishing and we attach our little sleepy owlet to the lovey.



PART 1 : THE LOVEY or BLANKET


The blanket / lovey is a really straight forward pattern.  
I am using two colours (blue n white) to bring out the hearts pattern.  
In my pattern instructions below, I've decided that MC or Main Color is Blue, so the CC or Contrast Color then becomes White.



Our start count is 7 + 2

Row 1 : Using CC : Start with a multiple of 7 + 6 fdc

In the following row we’ll use a stitch that I’m going to call our Love stitch which is (2 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc) in the same st or ch-sp

Row 2 : Using MC : 2 dc in the 1st dc ; 
ch 2, sk next 5 dc , Love st in the next dc ; 
*ch 2, sk next 6 dc , Love st in the next dc* ; 
rep *to* till the last 6 dc ; sk last 5 dc and 2 dc in the last dc.  Turn.

In the following row, we will work a spike stitch.  
A spike stitch is a stitch that is worked one row below
In this pattern when working in these stitches a row below, we will also be skipping sts in that same row.

Row 3 : Using CC : sc in the 1st dc ;
*ch 2,  sk 2 dc in Row 2 rows below and dc in the next 2 sts ; 
ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp* ;
rep *to* till last ch-1 sp ; 
ch 2,  sk 2 dc in Row 2 rows below and dc in the next 2 sts ; 
ch 1, sk next dc, sc in the last dc. Turn.

Row 4 : Using CC : dc in the 1st dc ; dc in the next ch-1 sp ;
*dc in the next 2 dc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; 
dc in the next sc ; 2 dc in the next ch-2 sp* ;
rep *to* till last ch-1 sp ; dc in the last ch-1 sp and dc in the last dc. Turn.

And that’s our pattern..
So our pattern repeat is Rows 2 – 4.  Repeat as many times as needed till your blanket is of the length you are happy with, ending with a Row 4.



After my blanket was a of the size I wanted, I decided to end it with the CC colour running a round of sc all around.  So for two sides (ones where we’ve started and ended) we have the fsc and the last row of dc to go along with.  In the corners, to allow a neat rounded edge, I suggest you work 3 sc in the corner stitch, which allows the border to spread and flatten out nicely.  For the two sides of the lovey that do not have sc or dc, just work sc neatly and evenly all down that side, ensuring that you count the number you work on the first side and try to replicate that same number on the other side as well.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

This completes the first part of our lovey – the blanket portion.

Of course, if you are making a full blanket, then you’ve completed your full project.

PART 2 : SLEEPY LITTLE OWLET



For the cute little owlet, I’m using this free pattern.


PART 3 : FINISHING

I followed the instructions to join the owl bits together.  I then found the centre of my little lovey and placed the owl feet flat on that part and firmly stitched it down.  As this is the part that the little kid is going to handle a lot, ensure that you stitch it well.
As I always say, ensure that all ends are fastened and neatly glued away. At the end of all this hard work, it will be really sad if some end comes unstuck and looks ugly.

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