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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

IRISH LACE FLORAL EAR RING

crochet ear ring

crochet ear ring
IRISH LACE FLORAL EAR RING

I was given a photograph and was requested to make this ear ring.  This is a pretty pattern and will make an awesome broach / pin too.  I have also always wanted to try Irish lace, so thought this would be just the right opportunity to get it all done


 Materials used : Today I’ve used Hilaza Rustica Eclat (made in Mexico), which is a cotton yarn with some iridescence / shiny metallic-like addition in it, with a 1.75 mm crochet hook.



Abbreviations used :  (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
fpsc : Front Post Single Crochet


Stitches used :

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

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc.  For a visual, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.



For this project, I used the inspiration from this pattern write up to create the base leaf http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf51824958.tip.html

And I found a video link for a leaf pattern too http://postila.ru/post/45242602
Yes, it is not in English, but it’s a video, right J

And here are more ideas for Irish lace at

I also found a neat chart for something like a leaf, and this is what I did with that chart.  So for this little leaf pattern, we’ll work down the chain, and then work around the last ch st and around the back of the same chain.




You can work either an sc or sc-blo and for a “how to”, please check under “stitches used”.  I am going to write this as an sc all through, as the sc-blo is just a small tweak, which most beginners may not be able to get done neatly, but if you are an advanced skill crocheter, then you can do all of this anyway – so go ahead, tweak away and create your difference.

Leaf idea :
Start Row 1 : with 15 ch ; 
Turn and sc in the 2nd ch from hk, till the 2nd last ch from end ; 
5 sc in the last ch ; 
Turn and working along the back of the same 1st ch row, sc in the next 12 ch.  Turn

Just for your convenience, may I suggest that you find and mark the centre stitch.  Our centre stitch is the 3rd stitch of the 5 sc you worked in the last ch from Row 1.

May I also suggest that you continue to keep a marker in the centre stitch for convenience.
Row 2 : ch 1, sc in the next sc, till the marked sc ; 3 sc in the marked sc ; sc in the each sc till 3 sc from end.  Turn.

Rep Row 2 two more times.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  One little leaf made.


crochet ear ring

crochet ear ring



Flower idea :
Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc and pull lightly to close.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : sl-st in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
*5 dc in the same ch-3 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-3 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For the next round, we will need to create a round of ch-sps, and for that we will work our spaces from behind this first round of petals we’ve made in Round 3.

So how do you do this : Well, it’s a lot like working a sc around the post stitch.  So see the sc from Round 2?  That’s the st you will work the sc around from the back
To get to the sc from behind, we will use a turning ch, which is the ch-1 we will start with.

Round 4 : ch 1 (as a turning chain) ; sc around the sc from Round 2,
*ch 4, sc around the next sc from Round 2* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : sl-st in the 1st ch-4 sp ;
*6 dc in the same ch-4 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-4 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Second round of petals complete.

Once again, let’s work a round of ch-sps for the next round of petals.

Round 6 : ch 1 (as a turning chain) ; sc around the sc from Round 5,
*ch 4, sc around the next sc from Round 5* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : sl-st in the 1st ch-4 sp ;
*7 dc in the same ch-4 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-4 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

So this completes three rounds of petals on our lovely little flower.  If you decide you want another round, you just go ahead and add another round.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

TEDDY BEAR BABY SNUGGLY

crochet blanket, crochet snuggle

crochet snuggle, crochet blanket

TEDDY BEAR BABY SNUGGLY

I was gifted this super chunky really soft Bernat yarn, and I kept looking for the right project to make with this oh, so lovely yarn.  This project is going to a really good friend’s grandchild, and I love that I had this yarn ready for this project.

Oh, in case you are following my blogs, you'll know that I'd made a cute lil elephant baby snuggle .. for her other grand child too ( https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/11/baby-elephant-snuggly-or-lovey.html 
.. and as both the new little grand babies were going to get gifts, I'd made one for her older grand daughter ( https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/09/princess-baby-snuggly.html  ).  It is such fun giving out gifts, isn't it?

Materials used : Today I’ve used one skein of the lovely Bernat baby Softee chunky yarn,  with a 5.5 mm crochet hook ; and some Oswal Cashmilon 4-ply acrylic with a 4 mm crochet hook 
Skill level : Intermediate.  

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

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.


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                         sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                         yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
                                   

For this lovely snuggly, I’ve used the really cute pattern at http://littleyarnfriends.com/post/63148059533/crochet-along-pattern-lil-teddy-witch


The pattern here is just for the little teddy bear and there is nothing for the snuggle blanket.  I am using a super chunky yarn, so I have therefore opted for the regular granny square pattern.  

I have divided my snuggle into two parts and here is what I've done. 

crochet blanket, crochet snuggle

crochet snuggle, crochet blanket

crochet blanket, crochet snuggle

Part 1 : Teddy bear
For the teddy bear, you can decide how much of the pattern you want to use.  Here’s what I’ve done for my teddy.

I used the head, ears and two arms for my pattern.  I have used safety eyes for the project as well.

For the mouth/snout bit, I decided to crochet it in (instead of using felt as the designer has), and for that…
Start with 4 fsc ; Turn.  In the next round, we will work down the 4 fsc, turn and work along the bottom of the same 4 fsc.
Sc in the 1st fsc ; 2 hdc in the next fsc ; hdc in the next fsc ; 3 sc in the last fsc ; Turn and work along the bottom of the fsc ; 2 hdc in the next fsc ; hdc in the next fsc ; 2 sc in the last fsc and join to the 1st sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Attach this little mouth/snout piece to the face.

I then embroidered in the little pair of lips as the designer has.

Ensure that you weave and glue down all ends.

  
Part 2 : Snuggle blanket

So if you too decide on this pattern, here are my notes.

Start with a magic circle and work 3 dc in that circle ; (ch 2, 3 dc) in the same circle ; rep (to) 2 times in the same circle ; ch 2 and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.  Pull lightly to close the magic circle.

There are two ways to continue. 
1)      You sl-st past the 3 dc to get to the 1st ch-sp and then work your pattern round ;
2)    You turn your work and work in the 1st ch-sp which will be right there.

Choose your way.  For the 1st two rounds, I will write both instructions, and they will read Round 1 and Round 1A ; Round 2 and Round 2A.

Round 1 : sl-st past the 1st 3 dc and into the 1st ch-sp ; 3 dc in the same 1st ch-sp ; *ch 2, 3 dc in the corner ch-sp ; ch 2, 3 dc in the same corner ch-sp* ; rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 1A : 3 dc in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch 2, 3 dc in the corner ch-sp ; ch 2, 3 dc in the same corner ch-sp* ; rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2 : sl-st past the 1st 3 dc and into the 1st ch-sp ; 3 dc in the same 1st ch-sp ; *ch 2, 3 dc in the ch-sp ; ch 2, 3 dc in the next corner ch-sp* ; rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Round 2A : 3 dc in the 1st ch-sp ; *ch 2, 3 dc in the next ch-sp ; ch 2, 3 dc in the next corner ch-sp* ; rep *to* all around ; ch 2, and join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

Continue working the same pattern all around, with 3 dc in the ch-sps and (3 dc ; ch 2, 3 dc) in each corner ch-sps.

As this is a cute little snuggle blanket, you can decide how large you need this project.  So you will work in rounds all the way till you have the size that you need.

You will attach the cute little teddy bear either in the centre or one of the four corners, depending on where you think it looks the cutest. Isn’t this just the cutest little blanket? I think so !

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