Tuesday, 28 February 2017

BEAUTIFUL CROCHET CHOKER – 4 : Dancing dolls 1

free crochet neckwear pattern


Dancing dolls 1

Just from the title of this blog, you will know that I have three earlier similar blogs.  Working off those ideas, I thought of this one, that (after completion) looked a little like little dancing dolls.
If you don’t see the dolls (as yet) read on and see how you can work this one.

Materials used : Today I’ve used the lovely Indian Anchor knitting cotton yarn with a 1.3 mm crochet hook.

Skill level: Intermediate

Abbreviations used :
fdc : Foundation double crochet                             dc : Double crochet
ch(s) : chain(s                                                             ch-sp : chain space
sp(s) : space(s)                                                           rep : Repeat
hk : hook                                                                     yo : Yarn over
sk : Skip                                                                         lp(s) : Loop(s)
st(s) : Stitch(es)

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/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual 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 super video http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/
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 the chainless dc start.

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

For this project we will start with a fsc row first, and work the top part of our choker.  We will then work in the shells at the bottom, and then work back around the top with a few picots making it look like little dancing dolls around your neck.

I saw the dancing doll ‘effect’ only after I completed the picots and took a photograph, so not only will I tell you what I have done, but also how to try and get them to dance for you ;)

free crochet neckwear pattern

Start with fsc in multiples of 4 for the length needed around the neck.  Turn. 

Row 1 : dc in the 1st fsc ;
*sk next 3 fsc ; 5 dc in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the last 4 fsc, sk next 3 fsc, dc in the last fsc.  Turn.

You are now at one end of your fsc chain, so you will turn your work around, and we will now work on the other side of your fsc chain for the picots.

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

Here I am going to give instructions first for what I have done, and then instructions for a 2nd way that make these dolls look more like dolls ;)

free crochet choker neckwear pattern

Row 2 : sc + picot in the 1st fsc ;
*ch 1, sk next fsc, sc + picot in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

This is what I have done, but after completion, I *thought* that this would work too.. so here’s a tweak in case you wish to try it..

Row 2 OPTIONAL : sc + picot in the 1st fsc ;
*ch 1, sk next 3 fsc, sc + picot in the next fsc* ;
rep *to* till the end.  Turn.
Fasten off and weave in ends.

In my mind, I *see* that the picot will be a ‘head’ on top of the shelled skirt and the fsc chain will form the ‘body’ of our little dancing doll.  So go ahead, and give it a try.

And that’s done.. yet another project brilliantly executed ! J

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