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Friday, June 27, 2014

Photo Tutorial = Double Pineapple Doily

Recently I have found that many vintage doily patterns only include written directions (no charts) and the written directions are often written very complicated.  I can't write out charts at all, but I thought I'd at least try my hand at doing a photo tutorial, taking notes of each row as I go along.

Today's photo tutorial is of the "Double Pineapple Doily."

**NOTE: I always begin every project that is "in the round" with a magic circle regardless of what the pattern calls for.**

I won't be including the actual written pattern, but any notes that I think might be helpful, so be sure to have the actual pattern pulled up as well as you work it.

PATTERN

ROUND 0 -- You can find a video tutorial here how to do a magic circle.


ROUND 1 -- Tighten your hanging end thread as you go.


ROUND 2 -- To avoid having to weave in this beginning thread-end, work it underneath the stitches in this round.  To work a DTR (double treble crochet), see this video.


ROUND 3 -- You can see a video tutorial on how to work a dc3tog here.  From here on out, these dc3tog will be called "cluster" stitches.


ROUND 4


ROUND 5


ROUND 6


ROUND 7


ROUND 8


ROUND 9 -- The 9 TR form the beginning of your first round of pineapples.  From here on out, 2DC + CH3 + 2DC will be called a "shell" stitch.


ROUND 10


ROUND 11


ROUND 12


ROUND 13


ROUND 14


ROUND 15


ROUND 16 -- For the next few rounds, you will see I've edited the pictures because I wrote the wrong thing down.  It is fixed now.


ROUND 17


ROUND 18 -- The lonely SC down at the bottom of this picture is the final stitch in this round of pineapples.


ROUND 19


ROUND 20


ROUND 21 -- TC and TR are the same thing; sorry for the confusion.


ROUND 22


ROUND 23


ROUND 24


ROUND 25 -- TC and TR are the same thing; sorry for the confusion.


ROUND 26


ROUND 27


ROUND 28


ROUND 29


ROUND 30


ROUND 31


ROUND 32


ROUND 33


ROUND 34


ROUND 35


ROUND 36 -- For this round, you will need to complete what I have starred (*) in three places for each part of the final round.  There wasn't enough space to write it out each time, so I simplified it a little by giving it an asterisk instead.  Watch this video if you don't know how to do a CH 4 picot stitch.


The end!  Be sure to block your work however you do so.  Here's mine after I blocked it:


**If you have any questions or problems working this pattern, leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.**

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Crochet Earrings Pattern #3



Materials
1.50mm crochet hook
Size 10 crochet thread
Two earrings
Eight extra loops (4 per earring)

*I use the crochet hook itself to open the loops and earrings, but you can use plyers.

Terms (U.S.)
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
TC = treble crochet
HDC = half double crochet
HTC = half treble crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SK = skip

Pattern

CH 4. Join.
ROW 1 = Chain 4 (first TC). Chain 3. [TC. Chain 3.] 7x around. Join to first CH 4.
ROW 2 = Chain 4 (first TC). [Chain 2. 4 TC in space.] Repeat around. End with 3 TC. Join to CH 4.
ROW 3 = [(HDC, DC, 2 HTC, DC, HDC) in space. CH 5.] Repeat around until the last CH 5.  Instead of doing CH 5 for the last space, CH 2.  Then, do a DC into the top of the beginning HDC.
ROW 4 = [CH 8. SLST to CH 5 space of previous row.] Repeat around.  Join to the beginning CH.
ROW 5 = [SC, HDC, DC, HTC, 5TC, HTC, DC, HDC, SC] in each space around. SLST into first SC of row.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  Pin and block with laundry spray starch.  Leave to dry.

Use crochet hook to open a wire loop.  Insert into the top of one of the "petals" of the motif.  Insert an unopened loop into the loop as well.  Tighten loop to close.  Use crochet hook to open a wire loop.  Hook it around the second loop already attached to project.  Insert an unopened loop into the loop as well.  Tighten loop to close.  Use crochet hook to open the loop at the end of the earring.  Insert into the fourth loop attached to the project  (Make sure you insert the earring loop in the right direction so that the "front" of your project will be facing out).  Tighten earring loop to close.  You are finished!

NOTE: If you use the pattern, please take pictures and show me how it turned out!  I'd love to see your finished product.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Crochet Earrings Pattern #2

I recently was working a pattern for a necklace that was horribly written, and I just couldn't get it.  However, I kept seeing how well it might work for an earring if I adjusted it a bit to suit what I liked.  Well, here it is!


Materials
1.50mm crochet hook
Size 10 crochet thread
Two earrings
Eight extra loops (4 per earring)

*I use the crochet hook itself to open the loops and earrings, but you can use plyers.

Terms (U.S.)
CH = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
TC = treble crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SK = skip

Pattern

Make a magic circle.

ROW 1 = Chain 3 (this counts as first DC). DC 23 more times into the magic circle.  Join with SL ST into top of beginning chain 3.

ROW 2 = Chain 6 (this counts as first DC + CH 3). *DC into next stitch. CH 3.* Repeat all the way around. SL ST into 3rd CH of beginning CH 6.

ROW 3 = CH 5, 2 TC, CH 1, TC into the first CH 3 space of previous row. CH 3. SK next CH 3 space. SC into next CH 3 space. CH 3. SK next CH 3 space. *TC, CH 1, 2 TC, CH 1, TC into next CH 3 space .  CH 3. SK next CH 3 space. SC into next CH 3 space. CH 3. SK next CH 3 space.* Repeat all the way around.  You will end with a CH 3 which you will join with a SL ST into the 4th chain of the beginning CH 5.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.  Pin and block with laundry spray starch.  Leave to dry.

Use crochet hook to open a wire loop.  Insert into the SC you last SL ST into.  Insert an unopened loop into the loop as well.  Tighten loop to close.  Use crochet hook to open a wire loop.  Hook it around the second loop already attached to project.  Insert an unopened loop into the loop as well.  Tighten loop to close.  Use crochet hook to open the loop at the end of the earring.  Insert into the fourth loop attached to the project  (Make sure you insert the earring loop in the right direction so that the "front" of your project will be facing out).  Tighten earring loop to close.  You are finished!

NOTE: If you use the pattern, please take pictures and show me how it turned out!  I'd love to see your finished product.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Crochet Earrings Pattern

I posted a couple of days ago several pairs of earrings that I crocheted from patterns I've found all over the internet.  I modified a pattern and want to share that one with you.


The pattern originated from here, but I changed it up, as you can tell from the picture.

Materials
3.25mm crochet hook
Size 10 crochet thread (I used vintage Knit-Cro-Sheet purple variegated cotton)
Two earrings
Eight extra loops (4 per earring)

*I use the crochet hook itself to open the loops and earrings, but you can use plyers.

Terms (U.S.)
CH = chain
DC = double crochet
SL ST = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
HDC = half double crochet

Pattern

Make a magic circle.

ROW 1 = CH 3.  DC 11x into the circle.  Join with SL ST into the top of the beginning CH 3.

ROW 2 = CH 8 (counts as first DC + CH 5). *Skip one DC. DC into the next one. CH 5.* Repeat between asterisks 4 more times.  Join with a SL ST into the third chain of the beginning CH 8.  You will have six CH 5 spaces in this row.

ROW 3 = *(SC, HDC, 5 DC, HDC, SC) into first CH 5 space of previous row.* Repeat 5 more times.

ROW 4 = *SL ST from back to front of the first post created in ROW 1. CH 7.* Repeat 5 more times.  Join with a SL ST into the first chain of the row.

ROW 5 = *(SC, HDC, 7 DC, HDC, SC) into first CH 7 space of previous row.* Repeat 5 more times.  SL ST into the first SC of row.

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

Use crochet hook to open a wire loop.  Insert into the SC you last SL ST into.  Insert an unopened loop into the loop as well.  Tighten loop to close.  Use crochet hook to open a wire loop.  Hook it around the second loop already attached to project.  Insert an unopened loop into the loop as well.  Tighten loop to close.  Use crochet hook to open the loop at the end of the earring.  Insert into the fourth loop attached to the project  (Make sure you insert the earring loop in the right direction so that the "front" of your project will be facing out).  Tighten earring loop to close.  You are finished!