Tuesday, 10 January 2017

CHRISTMAS ANGEL - 2

crochet xmas decoration

CHRISTMAS ANGEL - 2

( #Blogaday 10/365 )

Welcome back to my second blog on the beautiful Christmas Angel.  Yes, this is a bit late for the Christmas of 2016, but there's always 2017 ;)

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Inspired by this photo below with its attached graph / chart , here are my pattern notes.


Materials usedToday I have used ~ about a little bit of our lovely Indian Red Rose Metallic cotton yarn and a little of the wonderful Hilaza Rustica metallic cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook ;

Difficulty level : Intermediate Skill level

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/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row 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 video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start. 

How to do a picot stitch :A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8


Abbreviations used :  Using U.S Terminology

fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 ch : Chain
dc : Double crochet                                              sp(s) : Space(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                        hk : Hook
lp : Loop(s)                                                                 yo : Yarn Over
sk : Skip                                                                       sc : Single crochet
trc : Treble / Triple crochet
dtr : Double treble crochet

Instructions : (Using U.S Terminology)

crochet xmas decoration

In my earlier (first) angel, I’ve made it totally in a metallic cotton yarn, but for this one, I thought I’d make it in white, and work the sides in gold .. copying the designer.

Just for convenience, I’m going to write MC (or Main Colour) for the white yarn and CC (or Contrast Colour) for the gold yarn.  
That said, you could make this all in one colour as well.  Create and enjoy.

Start Round 1 : (with MC) : with a magic circle and 16 dc in that circle.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc. Pull lightly to close.

Round 2 : (with MC) : 2 dc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.

In the following round, we’ll create the halo around the angel’s head using CC.
So attach your CC yarn and fasten off MC.

Round 3 :  (with CC) : sc in the 1st dc and in each dc all around.  
Join with a sl-st to the 1st dc.
 
In this round, we will work only on the tiara bit of the halo
Round 4 :  (with CC) : sl-st in the 1st sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ; 2 hdc in the next sc ; 
(2 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc) in the next sc ; sk next sc, 
[2 trc ; ch 1, 2 trc] in the next sc ; sk next sc, rep (to) once ; 
2 hdc in the next sc ; sc in the next 2 sc ; sl-st in the next 8 sc.

You are now at the ‘chin’ of the angel.  
We will continue to use the CC colour for the collar and then switch to MC.
 
We will now work side to side on the body of the little angel.  
Just for convenience, let’s start renumbering our rows.
So you are now at the chin, and you will start working on the next st

Row 1 : (with CC) : sc in the next sc ; ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next sc ; sl-st in the last 8 sc.  Turn.
Fasten off CC. Re-attach MC at the 2 sc before the ch-5 sp on the ‘chin’ or head part of our angel.

With the first few rows, we need to attach the top part of the wings to the head, so we will be working a few sl-sts with each growing row.

Row 2 : (with MC) : 11 dc in the ch-5 sp ; 
sk next 2 sc, sl-st in the next sc of the head row.  Turn.

Row 3 : (with MC) : ch 1, sk 2 sc of the head row and sl-st in the next st ; Turn.
2 dc in the 1st dc ;
(ch 1, dc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) 8 times ; ch 1, 2 dc in the last dc ; 
ch 1, sk next 2 sc of the head row and sl-st in the next sc.  Turn.

Once again, we will join the wings to the head – so yet again we will sl sts and join to the sc of the head row
Row 4 : (with MC) : ch 1, sk sc of the head row and sl-st in the next st ; Turn.
sk the ch-sp and sc ; dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(2 dc in the next ch-1 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) 8 times ; 2 dc in the last ch-1 sp ; dc in the last 2 dc ; 
ch 1, sk next sc of the head row and sl-st in the next sc.  Turn.

Fasten off MC.  Re-attach CC in the next sc of the head row 
(i.e towards the head tiara).  For the last time, we are going to attach the wings to the head. 
Row 5 : (with CC) : ch 1, and sk sc and ch-sp ; sc in the 1st dc and in each dc till end ; sk sc and ch-sp, sl st in the next sc of the head.  Turn.

Fasten off CC.  Re-attach MC in the 1st sc. 
Row 6 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st sc ;
(ch 2, sk next sc, dc in the next sc) ;
rep (to) till end.  Turn.

Row 7 : (with MC) : 2 dc in the 1st dc ;
(ch 2, 2 dc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) till end.  Turn.

Fasten off MC.  Re-attach CC in the 1st dc. 
Row 8 : (with CC) : sc in the 1st dc ;
(2 sc in the next ch-2 sp ; sc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) till end.  Turn.

Fasten off CC.  Re-attach MC in the 1st sc. 
In the following row, we will work first one wing, then the other, and finally come back to the centre to work the ‘dress’ for our angel.

Row 9 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 sc ;
(ch 2, sk next 2 sc, dc in the next 2 sc) ;
rep (to) 5 times.  Turn.

This our first wing sectioned off.

Row 10 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 5 times.  Turn.

Row 11 : Rep Row 10.

Row 12 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 4, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 5 times.  Turn.

Row 13 : Rep Row 10.

Fasten off MC and weave in ends.

Re-attach yarn at the far end of the wing for the 2nd wing.

Rep Rows 10 – 13 for the 2nd wing.

You now have both your wings complete and a section in the centre that will make up the centre of the dress for your angel.
Re-attach your MC yarn on the dc at one end.

We will now work only on this centre part of the angel’s dress.
Rep Rows 10 – 12 on the centre part of the angel’s dress as well.

Please note that Row 13A here applies only for this centre part of the angel’s dress.

Row 13A : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 2, sc in the next ch-4 sp ; ch 2, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

In the following rows, we’re going to work a dc 2-tog over 2 ch-sps.  Usually we work a dc 2-tog over 2 sts, so it’s the same thing, just work it over the ch-sps, ignoring or skipping the st in between.

Row 14 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 2, skipping sc, dc 2-tog over the next 2 ch-2 sps ; ch 2, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 15 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 2, skipping dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog over the next 2 ch-2 sps ; ch 2, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 16 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 3, skipping dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog over the next 2 ch-2 sps ; ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 17 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 4, skipping dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog over the next 2 ch-3 sps ; ch 4, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 18 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 4, skipping dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog over the next 2 ch-4 sps ; ch 4, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 19 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 5, skipping dc 2-tog, dc 2-tog over the next 2 ch-4 sps ; ch 5, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 20 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*ch 5, (dc ; ch 3, dc all on the next dc 2-tog) ; ch 5, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep *to* 3 times.  Turn.

Row 21 : (with MC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 4, 5 dc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 4, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 22 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
(ch 3, 2 dc in the each of the next 2 dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; 2 dc in each of the next 2 dc ;
ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.

Row 23 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*ch 3, dc in the next dc ; [ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] once ; (ch 2, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) once ; rep [to] 2 times ;
ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc* ;
rep *to* 3 times.  Turn.

Row 24 : (with CC) : dc in the 1st 2 dc ;
*2 dc in the next dc ; [ch 2, 2 dc in the next dc] ;
rep [to] 5 times ; dc in the next 2 dc* ;
rep *to* 3 times.  Turn.

In our last row, we’re going to work another unusual dc 2-tog.  
In this dc 2-tog we will once again work over 2 dc, but we will skip 4 dc in between.

So what does this mean?  Let’s count out our stitches.. dc #1 , dc #2 … all the way to dc #6.  
So our dc 2-tog will be over dc #1 and dc #6, skipping four sts from dc #2 – dc #5.  Got it?

Row 25 : (with CC) : sk 2 dc in between , dc 2-tog over the 1st and 4th dc ;
*[ch 2, dc in the next 2 dc] ;
rep [to] 4 times ; ch 2, sk 4 dc in between, dc 2-tog over 2 dc* ;
rep *to* 3 times ; till the last dc 2-tog ; skipping 2 dc in between, dc 2-tog over the 4th last and the last dc.  Turn. (Check Note)

Note : Here’s where you will take a decision.  You can decide to finish off now after Row 24 OR you can decide to work a round of sc in CC all around.

If you decide to finish off after Row 24, fasten off and weave in ends.

If you decide to work a round of CC all around, then you will work one sc in each dc ; 2 sc in each ch-2 sp for Row 24.  When you reach the corners, you will work 2 sc in each corner (for turning ease).  You will work 2 sc in each vertical bar of the dc and 1 sc in each vertical stitch of sc all the way up to the wings.  When you reach the point where your wing touches the neck/body, fasten off and weave in ends.  You will then re-attach your yarn at the other end of the neck/body/wing point and work all the way up and across your wing and all the way down to the skirt of your little angel.  Fasten off and glue in all ends.

Finishing :
I would suggest that you block your angel, especially if you’ve used a cotton yarn.  First lightly iron it (using a light muslin cloth as a cover between the iron and your work – i.e do not iron directly on the work).  This stretches and flattens down your work.
Use a white glue (Mod Podge or Indian Fevicol) as a stiffner.  I use 1 part glue to 2 parts water and make a light paste, and then I lightly apply this over the back of my work using a paint brush.  Allow to flat dry before gifting or using it as your decoration.

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