Sunday, 22 January 2017

CHRISTMAS ANGEL - 3

christmas angel 3

CHRISTMAS ANGEL - 3

( #Blogaday 22/365 )

Welcome back to my third blog on the beautiful Christmas Angel.  When I posted my 2nd angel, a little after Christmas, and apologized for my having posted it after the Festival, I was reminded that we could all do with an angel in our lives "all the time". YUP, we sure can.  So here's another beautiful creation that you can adorn your house with, just like that :)

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Inspired by this photo 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 with a 1.3 mm crochet hook ;

Size made : Length : ~ 5.5" ; Width ~ 4.5"

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

dc 2-tog : Double crochet 2-tog : [yo, insert hk in st or ch-sp, yo and pull up a lp ; yo and draw through 2 lps] 2 times (3 lps on hk) ; yo, draw through all lps on hk.  One dc 2-tog made.



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)

christmas angel 3



For this third beautiful little angel, I’m going with a single colour and am using my gold metallic cotton yarn all through.

Start Round 1 : 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 :  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.

We will work a ch-3 picot for our halo, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hk)

Round 3 :  sl-st in the 1st sc ; 
(hdc + picot + hdc all in the next dc) ; 
[hdc in the next 5 dc] ; 
rep (to) once ; rep [to] once and rep (to) once ; 
sl-st in the next 7 dc.

You are now at the ‘chin’ of the angel. 
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 : sc in the next sc ; 
ch 5, sk next 2 sc, sc in the next sc ; sl-st in the next 2 sts. Turn.

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 : ch 1, sk 2 sl-st, dc in the ch-5 sp ;
(ch 2, dc in the same ch-5 sp) ;
rep (to) 11 times ;
ch 1, sk next 2 sc, sl-st in the next 2 sc of the head row.  Turn.

Row 3 : ch 1, sk 2 sl-st, sc in the next dc (of head row)
dc in the 1st dc ;
(2 dc in the next ch-2 sp ; dc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) till end ;
ch 1, sk next 2 dc, sl-st in the next 2 sc of the head row.  Turn.

Row 4 : ch 1, sk 2 sl-st, sc in the next dc (of head row)
dc in the 1st dc ;
(ch 2, sk next dc, dc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) till end ;
ch 1, sk next 2 dc, sl-st in the next 2 dc of the head row.  Turn. (18 ch-2 sps)

We have now attached the wings to the head, so from the following row, we will only work on the wings.

Row 5 : 2 dc in the 1st dc ;
(ch 2, 2 dc in the next dc) ;
rep (to) till end.  Turn.

Row 6 : dc in the 1st 2 dc;
(ch 2, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) till end.  Turn.

From the following row, we will work on the 1st wing – so we will work on the 1st 6 ch-2 sps and then turn. Once we complete the 1st wing, we will work on the 2nd one and finally on the skirt portion of our little angel’s dress.

Rows 7 - 8 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 5 times.  Turn.  (6 ch-sps)

Rows 9 - 10 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 4, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 5 times.  Turn.  (6 ch-sps)

In our last row, we’ll work a decorative 3-ch picot, which is (ch 3, sl-st in the 3rd ch from hook)
Wing row finishing : sc + picot in the 1st  dc ; sc in the next dc ;
(2 sc + picot + 2 sc all in the next ch-4 sp ; sc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 5 times ; ending with a sc + picot in the last dc.  Turn. 

Fasten off, weave and glue in ends.  We’ve completed one wing.

Re-attach your yarn at the opposite end for the 2nd wing and repeat Rows 7 – 11. 
Fasten off, weave and glue in ends.  We’ve completed both wings.

We will now work on the centre skirt portion.  Re-attach your yarn at the dc on one end of the centre portion, and we will work on these 4 ch-sps for the centre.

Re-attach you yarn at the corner dc for the skirt, and rep Rows 7 – 8 for the centre skirt portion.  We will continue now just on this centre portion.

To avoid confusion for row numbering,  (in Row numbers 9 & 10) I’m adding “C” to indicate that this is for the centre portion only.

Row 9C : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 2, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 2, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn.  (4 ch-sps)

In the following row, we’re going to work a dc 2-tog.  Now usually we work the dc 2-tog over 2 sts, but here, we’re going to work it over 2 ch-sps, skipping the stitch in the middle.
For a “how to” , check under “Stitches used”.

Row 10C : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 2, sk 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 11 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 2, sk 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 12 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 3, sk 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 13 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 4, sk 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 14 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 4, sk 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 14 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 4, [dc ; ch 3, dc] on top of the dc 2-tog ; ch 4, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn. 

Row 15 : 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 16 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 3, [2 dc each in the next 3 dc ; 3 dc in the next dc ; 2 dc each in the next 2 dc] ; ch 3, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn. 

Row 17 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
*ch 2, dc in the next dc ; [ch 1, sk next dc, dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] once ; (ch 1, dc in the next dc) ; rep (to) 2 times ; rep [to] 2 times ; ch 2, dc in the next 2 dc* ;
rep *to* 3 times.  Turn. 

Row 18 : dc in the 1st  2 dc ;
(ch 1, dc in the next dc ; [ch 1, 2 dc in the next dc] ; rep [to] 4 times ; ch 1, dc in the next dc ; ch 1, dc in the next 2 dc) ;
rep (to) 3 times.  Turn. 

Row 19 : dc in the 1st dc ;
ch 3, sk next 2 dc, sc in the next dc  ;
[ch 1, dc in the next 2 dc] ; rep [to] 4 times ;
*(ch 3, sk next 4 dc, 2 dc in the next dc ; rep [to] 4 times* ;
rep *to* 2 times ; ch 3, sk next 2 dc, dc in the last dc.  Turn. 

In our final round, we’ll work a picot edging.  Let’s once again use our ch-3 picot as before.
Row 20 : sc + picot in the 1st dc ;
3 sc in the next ch-3 sp ;
*(sc + picot in the next dc ; sc in the next dc ; sc in the next ch-1 sp) ;
rep (to) 3 times ;
[sc + picot in the next dc ; sc in the next dc ; 3 sc in the next ch-3 sp]* ; 
rep *to* till end ; ending with a sc + picot in the last dc.

Fasten off and weave in 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 stiffener.  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.

Have a fun creative time.
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