Thursday, 30 April 2009

Posy brooches

Note to self: the Attic 24 posy brooches can also be made with tapestry wool which comes in a skein. An average skein makes 4 flowers or 4 leaves, this way you can cheaply vary the colours of the flowers and leaves! Use a 4mm hook. Can be Anchor or DMC- approx cost in Spring 2009 is 85p per skein. Hundreds of colours to choose from!

Then add beads or buttons, a bit of felt and a brooch back.....Voila : lovely little presents!!!

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Sunday, 5 April 2009

COLOUR striping progress

Easter holidays are upon us and I am having a glorious couple of weeks off : lots of crocheting goodness, wooly happiness awaits me...!!!To touch base I have taken a few pictures today , this is the crocheting that has happened while waiting at drs, piano lessons, maths classes, watching dvd's or I-player catch ups and so on : ie this was crochet as it's fitted in around my usual life priorities and commitments...
I am SOOOO HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY at these colours!!! So I have indulged a little in maybe a few too many pictures? I like certain'' bits'' and then I like the whole as well.....
My eldest is still begging to have THIS one as HERS , all HERS... and there was a lady waiting at Kumon as I stitched away who started to talk of commissioning CROCHET!

I like them horizontally and I like them vertically, in fact I'm making a stripey scarf soon as well as a shawl collar jacket.

This one above is showing the new way I'm working the ''dips'' or troughs of the ripple: it'a 3htr-tog and I have written a demo tutorial with photos on the other post published today on this blog.
This smaller picture shows the previous way of doing the ''dips'' from the mid blue colour up to the burgundy colour. It changes from the royal blue colour onwards.

Can't get enough of these colours, some stripes are only 1 row and when playing with the colours I have frogged a few : this proved very useful because I now know that a single row takes up about 8 grammes of the DK wool yarn. That is for this blanket: which is 15 repeats of 14 stitches wide.
More crocheted stripes to follow soon! Happy rippley Hooking! And in case I don't make it back in time: HAPPY EASTER to all or anyone reading this. Thanks for joining me in this explosion of crocheted colour.

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Rippling on: new stitch in the dip: 3htr/tog: tutorial

Hello well here I am a bit later on and as promised I have taken photos of the way I work the stitches in the ''dip'' of the ripple.
The pattern said: skip one , htr one and skip one BUT after working it that way for a few rows I decided I didn't really like it.
Soooooo after the burgundy row I started the ''new'' and '' my own'' method : click and close up on the Royal blue row after the burgundy one in a previous post to see?!!Or the next post which will also show the difference!

Here foloows a step by step tutorial in pictures of how I do it: for you experts it's a 3htrtog.

Having worked your ''downsloping'' 5 htrs in the usual way you identify the next 3 stitches: see the pins?
There's a T pin, a blue headed pin and a purple headed pin in the 3 stitches identified.
You don't need pins but I was trying to make it clear.

Yarn over and stick hook into the first stitch in the usual way.Pull yarn through: you now have 3 loops on the hook.

Yarn over and stick hook into the next stitch: pull yarn through that stitch only: you now have 5 loops on the hook.

Yarn over and stick the hook into the third stitch and pull yarn through only that stitch: you now have 7 loops on the hook.

See above: 7 loops on the hook all at once. Don't work it too tight or the next bit is too hard, but also don't work it too loose or it won't look so good- practice first? It really isn't hard with a bit of practice.
Yarn over and pull yarn through ALL 7 loops on the hook in ONE go.

One loop on the hook and it looks as the photo above?

Now you'll work the first of the next 5 normal htrs but control the yarn you don't want it too loose.... Here it is with the yarn over worked and am about to pull the yarn through. Now work the rest in the usual way until the next ''dip''.
If you have any problems: do let me know and I'll try to help.

And now for the edges: which you'll want to keep nice and straight: I have devised the following:


You've worked most of the row and have worked 5 htrs since the last group of 3 in one stitch: ie since the last ''peak''.There's 2 stitches left: a ''proper'' htr and the 2 chain which you worked at the beginning of the previous row.

The above is your starting point, yes? It looks like this?

You are going to work a 2htrtog. or 2 htrs worked together, very similar to the 3htrtog above but not as big.

Yarn over and pull yarn through stitch( the htr below): 3 loops on hook.
Now identify the top of the 2 chain and you are going to put your hook through this and pull yarn through- the T pin is showing the place. There's 2 loops above and one loop below the hook when inserted.
So from 3 loops on the hook you go yarn over and put hook into top of 2 chain( the chain nearest to the previous htr) pull yarn through: 5 loops on hook.
As shown below.
Then yarn over and pull through all 5 loops in one go. One loop on hook as below.
Now you work the 2 chain stitches and turn the work.

I show you in turquoise and then have to redo it it in pale aqua as I have worked 2 rows turq already and I need to change colour- oops wait a moment.....

But before I go I'll just show you where the FIRST htr of a row is worked in the NEXT row after the 2 chain and AFTER turning: VOILA: the pin shows you the stitch to go into.
CLICK on the picture and it will go full screen and you can then enlarge even more at your leisure .

Now I'll return to my correct colour but actually this is NOT as easy to see so the above was useful after all!

I find the pale aqua does not show up well on the white ground, sorry. Clicking will help.

2 chain as before and then:

The first htr is about to be worked.

I do so hope this has been helpful. Please leave a comment if you have any queries or contact me on Ravelry if that is more convenient?

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