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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cherry Blossom/Sakura necklace on: April 06, 2011 10:34:36 AM
It took me longer to write the pattern than to make the necklace Smiley

So here is my entry to the contest, a Japanese Sakura/Cherry Blossom necklace.

I hope you all like it!






PATTERN:

Cherry Blossom/Japanese Sakura Necklace

Finished length 19 inches, design size 6 x 3 inches

You will need:
Crochet hook size US C2/2.75 MM
Fingering weight yarn in: brown, light pink, medium pink, deep pink, celery green
small yarn needle
small sharp scissors
gel super glue (optional)

For toggle side, with brown:
ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook, 2 sc in each of 6 sc (12)
2 sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next st, 4 times (12 sc)
slip stitch in next chain,
chain 8, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 6 times (this gives you the length for the necklace, you can add another ch 8 sc in 2nd chain from hook, or you could take one of those out to increase the length or decrease the length as needed)
end off, leaving plenty of yarn for sewing onto center design.

For loop side, with brown:
ch 11, sc in 11th chain from hook (this makes the loop)
chain 8, sc in 2nd chain from hook, 6 times (this gives you the length for the necklace, you can add another ch 8 sc in 2nd chain from hook, or you could take one of those out to increase the length or decrease the length as needed)
end off, leaving plenty of yarn for sewing onto center design.

Center design, with brown:
(this is the top part of the center design)
Chain 14, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook, slip stitch in next 2 chains, do this 2 more times, then ch 11
(working back across this row, sc into each stitch (40 sc)
ch1, turn
slip stitch in first 4 sc,
(now working on smallest branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(medium size branch)
chain 9, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 6 chains,
Slip stitch in next 4 sc
(small branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(large branch)
chain 15, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stich in next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 5 chains,
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(extra large branch)
chain 9, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, chain 12, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook, slip stitch in next 3 chains, chain 10, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in next 4 chains, slip stitch in next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 5 chains.
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(large branch)
chain 15, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stich in next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 5 chains,
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(small branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into next 4 sc,
(medium size branch)
chain 9, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains, chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in remaining 6 chains,
Slip stitch in next 4 sc
(small branch)
chain 7, slip stitch in 2nd chain from hook and into each next 4 chains, chain 5, slip stitch into 2nd chain from hook and into each of next 3 chains, slip stitch in last chain
Slip stitch into last 4 sc,
end off.

Pink flowers

With light pink, ch 4, dc into 4th chain from hook, chain 3, slip stitch in same stitch as previous dc, (one petal made), chain 3, dc in same chain, chain 3, slip stitch in same chain, continue until there are 5 petals, end off, weave in yarn ends.
With medium pink (for the centers of the flowers), thread a small yarn needle, stick the needle in the flower from in front of the flower to the back and bring it back to the front again, leaving enough yarn on both ends, then tie in a knot (I knot it 2 times) cut yarn.

Leaves

With green, chain 6, hdc in 3rd chain from hook, hdc in next chain, sc in next chain, slip stitch in last chain, chain 2, slip stitch in same stitch, then working around end on underneath side, sc in next stitch, hdc in next stitch, hdc in last stitch, chain 1, slip stitch in same stitch, end off, weave in yarn ends.

Flower buds

With dark pink, ch 2, sc into 2nd chain from hook, chain 1, end off, leaving several inches of yarn on both ends. Take the 2 pieces of yarn and tie them together into a knot, the result will be a small bud, leave enough yarn for sewing onto necklace design.

Assembly, sew the toggle and loop strands onto the brown tree branch piece, one on each side. Glue (or sew, I prefer gel super glue) flowers randonly onto brown tree branch piece. Glue (or sew) leaves onto piece, sew flower buds onto brown tree branch piece.

Finished Smiley
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My mini mushroom house village! on: April 05, 2011 06:57:34 PM
Someday I will make more of these because I can totally see them all together in a village scene, however I made them individually.

I made mushroom houses in the past on a much larger scale, 9 inches tall or so, but these are very small, only 2 1/2 inches tall at the most and 3 inches wide. They were sooooo much fun to make, I want to make more but as you all know, not enough time in the day right?

Anyways, here they are:

This one has a little pond with a lily pad, and a climbing pink rose bush up the side:

more views:

This one has an orange tree with a pink rose bush on the left side:

more views

This one has cute flowers with more shrubbery

More views

Lastly, this one has cute apple trees with a basket of apples

more views
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Crochet Today! Crocheted Jewelry Challenge - Enter through April 11th on: April 03, 2011 09:24:11 AM
Hmmm...Sounds like my cup of tea!! I may have to try this Smiley
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: A new crocheted sculpture: Pierrot Clown on: February 23, 2011 06:29:10 AM
Aw thanks for your kind words.

I agree, all those strings would be a big pain to work with. This is how I do a star:

ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st in first sc, ch 5, sl st in 2n ch, sc in next ch, hdc in next ch, dc in next ch, skip sc, sl st to next sc, repeat 4 times around.

 You might have to steam press as the points want to curl sometimes, if they do curl too much, what you could do is ch 6 instead of 5, and sl st in the 3rd ch from hook and see if that works better Smiley

Hope this helps Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I want to say "Thank you Craftster!" [Crocheted Coral Necklace] on: October 04, 2010 09:46:24 AM
*UPDATE* I added the info to the first post, along with pictures.

Thanks you all for all of your support Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I want to say "Thank you Craftster!" on: September 17, 2010 11:25:25 AM
Thank you all so much for your support! Smiley You see, that is what I am talking about, you all are the best!

As of this morning, it's a go! I will be pretty busy needless to say but in a good way Smiley I'll have to take good care of my hands and fingers!

I'll know what the quantity will be next week, I'm already pretty nervous LOL!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / I want to say "Thank you Craftster!" [Crocheted Coral Necklace] on: September 15, 2010 03:25:28 PM
What for you ask?

For giving me the confidence to push myself artistically, for giving me encouragement when I needed it, and the desire to create things bigger, and better! Smiley

It all started out with a little mushroom house, and the rest for me is history Smiley

The support I have received here is incredible, and for that I am grateful, and so very thankful.

You see, recently I have been asked to design and make a line of products to be sold in the Smithsonian Institute in the National Natural History Museum in Washington DC. It is to reflect the upcoming exhibit about Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reefs.

I have some designs I've been working on, and I am still awaiting the official order from them, but even if it falls through, you all still gave me the encouragement to go out on a limb, to try new things, and to push myself.

Again, thank you so much Craftster, I owe it all to YOU!

These are proto-types, first necklaces:




And little 1 1/2 inch pins:



*UPDATE* October 4th, Here is the first order I'm sending to them tomorrow Smiley I spread everything out on my couch to take a picture before they were gone Smiley





8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: A Pumpkin House :) on: August 05, 2010 08:12:47 AM
Thanks you all! Smiley

For the mushrooms, I crocheted a tiny circle out of red thread, and kinda pinched it to make it curve a little, then I cut up tiny pieces of toothpicks for the stems. I used a toothpick and white acrylic paint to make the white spots on them.

They are about the size of a pencil eraser Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: baby shoes for my Sister in Law on: August 04, 2010 11:12:10 AM
The boots are adorable! You did a great job on all of them!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: A Pumpkin House :) on: August 04, 2010 09:57:27 AM
Thanks you all! It only took a couple days working on it off and on Smiley
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