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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Shrug/Bolero/Top thingy - PATTERN / TUTORIAL ADDED! on: September 24, 2005 11:13:48 PM
I don't really know what to call this thing Smiley its a shrug, made from two knitted squares joined by a crochet piece and folded to make the sleeves, then I crocheted around the head opening to make the back and collar, then stopped when the collar was long enough (i didn't want it to cover the back) and continued shelling the back till it was 3/4 down my back. its mainly based on that shrug schematic
It was be worn a couple of ways...
1) under the boobs:

http://www.dazed.org/temp/bolero1.jpg

2) around the neck:

http://www.dazed.org/temp/bolero2.jpg
http://www.dazed.org/temp/bolero3.jpg

here's the detail of the back and how its made up:

http://www.dazed.org/temp/bolero4.jpg



Okay, here's the pattern/guide! sorry I took so long!!!

I used a 4mm hook...or it could be a 6mm..it doesn't really matter, just use the hook that matches your yarn best. there's no gauge to meet, as you can just add more rows till it fits you.

The shrug is made up of two back sections attached together by crochet detail forming a rectangle. The rectangle is folded in half and sewed up both sides to form the sleeves. The middle is left open to go around the back.

 To make it exactly as I made mine, the back section is made mostly by KNITTING!! There is a crochet only version below, but I have not tested it!

Back
**MAKE 2 of this**
KNITTING VERSION

6.00mm knitting needles.
Cast on a multiple of 2, plus one. Cast on enough stitches to wrap around your upper arm. Remember that knitting is very stretchy compared to crochet, and the piece tends to be a little bigger than what you originally cast on.

Patterm:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit
Row 3: K1 *yfwd, slip 1, K1, psso. Rep from * till end
Row 4: knit

Repeat the four rows till you have a piece long enough to reach from the side of your neck to the arm however long you want your sleeves to be.

CROCHET VERSION

You can substitute the brick stitch instead of knitting. It will look a little different, with a lot less stretch.

Ch multiple of 4, plus 6 stitches till the starting chain is long enough to wrap around your upper arm. I would probably add an extra set of 4 ch in order to allow for some more room.

Row 1: skip 3 ch * 1 dc in each of the next two ch (1 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) in next ch, skip 1 ch  repeat from * till 3 ch lest. 1 dc in each of the last 3 ch. Ch 3, turn

Row 2: (3 dc, ch3, sc) in each ch 3 space. 1 dc between last grp of three dc and turning ch. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat row 2 till length is long enough to reach from the side of your neck to however down your arm you want the sleeves to go.

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Crochet design in middle of the back
This piece holds the two back pieces together to form the rectangle.

3 dc cluster = 3 dc in next st, leaving last lp of each dc on hook, yarn over and draw through all 4 lps on hook.

Ch 34 loosely

1st row: miss 1 ch, 1 sc in each ch to end (33 sc)
2nd row: 1 ch, 1 sc in each of first 4 sc * (7 ch, slst back into sc just worked) 3 times, 1 sc in each of next 8 sc, rep from * ending last rep with 5 dc instead of 8 dc.
3rd row: 5 ch, *[(3dc cluster, 5 ch) in next 7ch lp] twice, 3dc cluster in next ch7 lp, rep from * to end, 1tr in last dc on 2nd row.
4th row: *7 ch, 1 sc in next 5ch lp, rep from * to turning ch, 3 ch, 1 tr in top of turning ch
5th row: 1 ch, 1 sc in tr, *6 ch, 1 sc in next 7ch lp, rep from * to end.
Fasten off
With right side facing, and working along other side of foundation ch, join yarn with a slst to first ch.
1st row: 1 ch, 1 sc in each ch to end (33sc)
work rows 2 to 5. fasten off.

 NOTE: This was the right height to match the height of my two back pieces. You may need to add a few rows of sc on the top and bottom of this piece until it is the same height as the two knit/crochet back sleeves.

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Join back pieces. With the crochet design in the middle, join each knit/crochet piece on either side to form a rectangle.

Fold in half lengthwise. Sew up either end to form the sleeves, leaving the middle open for your back and head.

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You you crochet the collar, back and front. This is done all in one piece.

This I based on the shrug schematic here: http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=6750&highlight=shrug
 (this also has diagrams as to how you sew up the sleeves)

Mrs Who used this pattern to build up the back:
For the ruffle, I single crocheted around the body opening, making sure my sc were an amount divisible by three. My ruffle pattern is *2dc, ch 1, 2dc (shell made), ch 1 skip 2 scs* across. On subsequent rounds, slip stitch into the center of the shell, do a ch 3 for initial dc, then dc, ch 1, 2dc, ch 1. In next shell, make shell (2dc, ch1, 2dc) ch 1.

I repeated this for five rounds, then put two chains between the shells for five rounds. Then put three chains between the shells for five rounds. Then, I changed the shells to *3dc, ch1, 3dc - ch 3* for several rounds, until I had to move up to *4dc, ch 1, 4dc* shells with an increasing number of chains between rounds - ending with (I believe) 4dc, ch 1, 4dc, ch 6. In the final round I simply sc in each stitch around.

(I hope she doesnt mind me posting that here Im not claiming that I wrote that bit!)

NOTE: make sure you start the foundation ch of the ruffle at the point where the sleeves are folded together.
 
I worked around the head opening following that pattern for 6 rows. Then, when you reach the point where you started the foundation ch, ch four, turn and begin working in rows instead of in the round. When you reach the point on the other side of the shrug where the sleeves are sewed together, ch 4 and turn. Continue working in rows until the back and sides are long enough to reach around to your front when wear it.
Fasten off, and buy/make a pretty broach to wear with it!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with pineapple swirl edging pattern! on: September 24, 2005 07:52:02 AM
I'm trying to crochet this edging:
http://www.craftown.com/edging/edge5.htm

but when i get to row 12:
Quote
Shell in shell, ch 5, skip 1 loop, 1 dc, ch 5, 1 dc in next loop, ch 5, skip 1 loop, shell in next loop, sc in next loop, ch 5, sc in next loop, ch 3, dc in next dc, dc in 3rd st of end ch, ch 3, turn. Repeat from 3rd through 12th rows for length desired

i'm one loop short...everything else is perfect up to that point, and row 11 is right...has anyone made this edging? perhaps its the "shell in shell" bit..does it mean shell in the last shell from the row before, or in the second shell...as its at the point where two shells meet at the tip of the pineapple, I can't see how it'd be like that...I don't even know if i'm making sense!!

Hopefully someone here can help me...thanks!!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / "lunar top" on: September 24, 2005 02:53:56 AM
I had a go at making the "lunar top" a design by Jenny King in the winter issue of the Aussie magazine Creative Knitting. here's the result! it was surprising how easy and quick this was to make up. my sister was kind enough to model for me Smiley

http://www.dazed.org/temp/grey1.jpg
http://www.dazed.org/temp/grey2.jpg
http://www.dazed.org/temp/grey3.jpg
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Earrings (new earrings on pg 2) on: August 12, 2005 05:54:47 AM
'Ello

I had a go at making me some crochet earrings, here's what I came up with:

http://www.dazed.org/temp/earring1.jpg

these are my sisters favourites...I crocheted around an earring hoop then added a couple of beads

http://www.dazed.org/temp/earring2.jpg

These are my fav's (I prefer simpler things!) they're made with gold thread (its more twine-y than thread-ish actually so its stiffish) and a cream pearl added on the bottom

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to make crochet pieces stiff? on: March 11, 2005 03:36:20 PM
Sorry if this is a really simple/stupid question, but I just made a wallet from crochet, and it's bugging me that its so floppy. Is there anyway I could spray something or do something to it to make it stiff? Thankyou!
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