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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Weekend Scarf (Pattern included) on: February 03, 2010 07:10:18 AM


So named, because I knitted the scarf in one weekend.
IMHO this stitch pattern is ideal for a scarf. It is completely reversible and easy to work since there are no purl stitches.
This means it works up fast, no time to get bored with it Smiley

Close Up:


Size: Any size you want. Mine is 15 x 153 cm (6 x 60")

Gauge: don't know, didn't measure:)

Materials:
70g / about 2.5 oz Wolle Rdel Soft-Merino
6 mm / US 10 needles

Notes:
- The yarn calls for 4 - 5 mm / US 6 - 8 needles. So if you substitute another yarn, use larger needles than you normally would to get the lacy effect.

Stitch Pattern:


Instructions:

CO 22 sts (or any even number)

Row 1: k1, *yo, k2tog* to last st, k1
Repeat row 1 until the scarf is as long as you want or you almost run out of yarn Smiley

BO in pattern, i.e. make the yo and k2tog as before and treat them as normal sts when binding off.

Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Block to open up the lace or don't and keep the squishy look.

Before Blocking:


After Blocking:
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Shifting Shells Shopping Bag (with pattern) on: July 25, 2009 06:37:40 AM
Shifting Shells Shopping Bag



I wanted a shopping bag, that would expand to hold anything I need to carry, but not have a typical net structure like so many patterns out there.
This pattern has a solid base and a body of shells that shift in every other row, hence the name.
The original shell stitch pattern by Jessica Tromp is available at her website (http://www.jessica-tromp.nl/crochet_stitches/crochet_stitches_haaksteken_19.htm). I adapted it to work in the round.
The size of the finished bag is completely up to you. I will give the  numbers of the sample bag as a guideline, but you can make it any size you want. Because of this you can also use any yarn you happen to have around. Although I do suggest cotton or something of similiar strength.

Materials:
  • 155g cotton yarn (50g / 125m)
  • 3,5mm / E crochet hook
  • tapestry needle to weave in ends

Finished Size:
Sample bag:
Base: 8 cm / 3" x 29 cm / 11.5"
Height: 33 cm / 13" (excluding handles)
You can adjust the bag to any size you want. See pattern notes.
Next time I will make the base a bit wider, maybe 10cm and not as long, also for my purposes the bag came out too high, since it stretches so much.

Pattern notes:
US notations used.
The bag is worked completely in the round. The base of the bag is worked around a starting chain.
 
Sizing:
The length of the starting chain determines the size of the bag.
The chart shows the base of the bag with A and B being width and height.

C = A - B is the length of the starting chain. For example my bag is 8 cm x 29 cm, so my starting chain was C =  29 cm - 8 cm = 21 cm / 8.25" long.

Stitches needed:
ch, sc, dc, sl st
sc blo: sc into the back loop only
sc2tog (sc 2 together): pull up a loop from the next st, pull up a loop from the next st, 3 loops on hook, yo and pull through all 3 loops
shell: 2dc, ch2, 2dc all in the same ch-sp

Shifting Shells Pattern:
Worked in the round over a multiple of 5 sts.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, *sc in next 2 sts, ch 4, sk 3 sts* repeat around, end with ch 4, sl st into first sc of round.
Rnd 2: Sl st into next sc and into the ch-sp, (ch3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) into ch-sp, *shell into ch-sp* around, end with sl st into beg ch.
Rnd 3: Sl st into next dc and ch-sp, 2 sc into same ch-sp, *ch 4, 2 sc into next ch-sp* around, end with ch 4, sl st into first sc of round.
Repeat rounds 2 and 3.



Instructions:
Base:
Make a starting chain of length C (see pattern notes on sizing).
Rnd 1: Turn, work 3 sc into the back loop only of the 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc into the back loop of every ch except the last, in the back loop of last ch work 3 sc, now turn the work and work into previously unworked front loops of the starting ch, 3 sc into first ch, 1 sc into all the other ch except last, work 3 sc into last ch, sl st into blo of first sc
Rnd 2: Sc into same st, 3 sc into blo of next sc, 1 sc into blo of the next sc until you come to the center st of the 3 sc of last rnd, make 3 sc into that sc, sc into blo of next 2 sc, 3 sc into blo of next sc,  1 sc into blo of the next sc until you come to the center st of the 3 sc of last rnd,  make 3 sc into that sc, sc into blo of next sc, you should now be at the end of the round. End with sl st into first sc. (short sides B = 2 sts)
Rnd 3: Sc into same st, sc into next st, 3 sc into blo of next sc, 1 sc into blo of the next sc until you come to the center st of the 3 sc of last rnd, make 3 sc into that sc, sc into blo of next 4 sc, 3 sc into blo of next sc,  1 sc into blo of the next sc until you come to the center st of the 3 sc of last rnd,  make 3 sc into that sc, sc into blo of next 2 sc, you should now be at the end of the round. End with sl st into first sc. (short sides B = 4 sts)
Rnd 4: Sc into same st, 1 sc in blo around, working 3 sc into every corner as established, end with sl st to blo of first sc. (rnd 4: B = 6 sts; rnd 5: B = 8sts, etc.)
Repeat round 4 until base reaches the desired dimensions.
Work one round of sc evenly around without increasing at the corners.

Body:
If you want the same color pattern as the sample bag change colors here. Attach the new yarn at a short side of the base.
Start working rnd 1 of the Shifting Shells Stitch Pattern around the base.
(I did not count my sts on the last row of the base, so I did not have a multiple of 5 sts. But with a bit of cheating it worked out ok. At the end of rnd 1, if you see that you have the wrong number too, just skip 2 sts instead of 3 sts or work 3 sc instead of 2 sc, for example.)
Countinue working rnds 2 and 3 of Shifting Shells Pattern until you almost reach the height you want for your bag, ending with a rnd 2.
Work rnd 3 one more time, but only ch 3 instead of ch 4.

Handles:
Change color again, if you want the same color pattern as the sample bag.
Lay the bag out flat and mark the right and left edge. Attach yarn at one edge with the right side of the bag facing you.
Rnd 1: Work *sc into 2 sc, 3 sc into ch-3-sp* around, end with sl st into first sc.
Rnd 2: *Sc until you get to 1/3 of the side you are on. Make a chain as long as you want the handle to be, skip 1/3 of the sts on that side, sc into the rest of the sts of that side of the bag.* Repeat from * to * once. End with sl st into first sc.
Rnd 3: *Sc into all sc, sc into all ch, sc into all sc*, repeat from * to * once. End with sl st into first sc.
Rnd 4: *Sc until just before handle, sc2tog, sc until just before end of handle, sc2tog, sc to end of side*, repeat once for the other side of the bag. End with sl st to first sc.
Repeat rnd 4 until the handles are almost as wide as you want them.
Fasten off.

Edging:
Attach yarn to the inside edge of one handle with the right side facing you. Work one rnd of sc into every st around the complete inside edge, working sc2tog at the corners.
Repeat for the other handle.

Weave in ends.
Done!

Note: The pattern has not been tested. So if you find any errors or unclear instructions, please let me know, so I can correct/clarify the pattern. Thanks.
Also, if you make this, please post your results. I would like to know, what this looks like in other colors/yarns.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Prime Coasters (with Pattern) on: July 09, 2009 03:46:57 AM
Prime Coasters

Prime as in prime numbers Wink But don't worry, there's no math involved, I just noticed all those primes when I was trying to come up with a name. You start with 5 ch, make 11 V-sts, so the finished coaster has 11 "corners", stop with 3 or 7 dcs between the V-sts and make 5 dc-shells as an edging.


Working the dcs between the stitches of the previous round (instead of into the stitches) separates the dcs a bit, makes the coaster look less solid. Contrary to that it also gives you additional thickness and stability.

The pattern includes instructions for normal coasters and also for a larger size to use for a pitcher or bottle.

Materials:
  • 2 balls cotton yarn (50g/125m)
       - I got 8 small coasters and one larger coaster from my 2 balls of cotton
       - Also you could use any yarn you want with a corresponding hook,
          just adjust the number of rounds before the edging
          to get the size you want
  • 3,5 mm/ E hook
  • tapestry needle

Finished Size:
  • Small Coasters: 9,5cm/3,75" diameter
  • Larger Coaster: 15cm/6" diameter

Pattern notes:
  • US notations used.
  • All dcs are worked between the sts of the rnd before.
  • Ch3 at the beginning of the round counts as (1dc, ch).
  • V-st: (dc, ch1, dc) all into same ch1-sp

Coasters:
Ch 5, join with a sl st to form a ring
Rnd 1: Ch3, *dc into ring, ch1* 10 times, sl st into beg ch  (= 11 ch-sp)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc into same sp (1st V-st made), V-stitch in each ch-sp around, join with sl st to beg ch (= 11 V-sts)
Rnd 3: Ch3, dc into same sp, *1dc between dcs of prev rnd, V-st in ch-sp* repeat around, ending with dc right before 1st V-st of this row, join with sl st to beg ch (= 11 V-sts, 1 dc between V-sts)
Rnd 4: Ch3, dc into same sp, *1dc between each of the next dcs until ch-sp, V-st in ch-sp* repeat around, ending with dc right before 1st V-st of this row, join with sl st to beg ch (= 11 V-sts, 2 dc between V-sts)
Repeat Rnd 4.
In every round you increase the number of dcs between the V-sts by one (i.e. Rnd 4: 2dc , Rnd 5: 3dc, etc).
For the small coasters I stopped after rnd 5, that is 3dcs between the V-sts.
For the larger coaster for the pitcher I continued until I had 7 dcs between the V-sts. Both versions have the same edging.


Edging:
The edging is not worked between the sts of prev rnd, work into sts as normal.
Sl st in every st for the ch1-sp and the 2 following dcs, sc in every dc until ch1-sp, *5dc in ch1-sp, skip 1dc, sc in every dc until ch1-sp* around, end with 5dc in last ch1-sp and sl st into sl st made at beg of rnd, fasten off.
(The skipped dc is the 2nd dc of V-st that is almost hidden under the 5dc)
Weave in ends.
Done!

Note: This is my first attempt at writing down a pattern for someone else to follow. It has not been tested. So if you find any errors or unclear instructions, please let me know, so I can correct/clarify the pattern. Thanks.
Also, if you make this, please post your results. I would like to know, what this looks like in other colors/yarns.
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Special Stitch Shawl on: June 26, 2009 08:38:05 AM
I found a page that's not actually online any more, but Google has it still in cache.

http://209.85.129.132/search?q=cache:FexjNgFBZDwJ:www.treasuredheirloomscrochet.com/resale6.html+%22Special+Stitch+Shawl%22&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&client=firefox-a

There it says the following:
"Annie's Crochet To Go #120, Dec - Jan 2000: Snowman Tree Topper, Poinsettia Earrings, Christmas Angels, Snowman Decor, Special Stitch Shawl, Doily Set, Candy Pals, Christmas Tree Afghans, Pair of Ornaments, Sequined Evening Gown, Star Hot Pad, Pineapple Card Motif, Christmas Afghan."

I don't know, if that's the pattern you were looking for, but it might be worth checking it out.

Good luck finding your pattern.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Elephant on: May 26, 2009 12:47:25 PM
I've seen all the cute amigurumis and wanted to try it, so I made this elephant.





I like how it turned out. But I still found it tedious to make. All those small parts, sewing them together. I don't think it's the right thing for me. But it was worth a try.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Granny Square Tetris Blanket on: May 26, 2009 12:31:22 PM
That is so beautiful!
I haven't played Tetris in years now, but it was the first thing I ever used a computer for as a kid.
Unfortunately I don't think I'll ever have the patience to make something like that myself.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: pick, pick, pick it up! sweater. (open front cardi in recycled yarn) on: May 26, 2009 12:27:48 PM
Your cardi turrned out very nice.
I like the idea of leaving the front open, never thought of that. Now I'll have to find the time to make one like it. Don't know when that'll be though  Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue for a girl? on: May 26, 2009 12:24:50 PM
I agree with the other post. You could very well dress a baby girl in blue too. And the cardi turned out nice.
Also, congrats on your little girl.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Necklaces! on: May 16, 2009 10:56:22 AM
I really like the blue one, especially the spiral-like look. Nice work
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Shrug --Lover's Knot (short tutorial+reference link) on: May 16, 2009 10:52:42 AM
Your post inspired me to create this:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/100_23072.JPG

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/100_23092.JPG

My cousin liked it, when I gave it to her. And it fit! That's one of the things I like about this lacy look, it stretches in both directions Smiley
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