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1  Necklace and Ring set in Crochet: Completed Projects by Fruitysalad on: April 10, 2011 06:42:12 PM
The basis for this set is the Ribbon stitch (RS) , an adaptation of the chain-less foundation stitch. On it's own it produces a flat braid with a little elasticity that is great for bracelets and rings. Combined with the Ribbon Base Increase (RBI) stitch and the Ribbon Top Increase stitch (RTI - not used in this project) you can make your braid curve left or right as needed while the ribbon stays flat and keeps it's width constant. This has allowed me to create a necklace/chain that remains flat against the skin at all times, which I really like to wear. 

The pendant and ring each feature a 22mm vintage shank backed button. A crochet circle is used to secure the button at the back and hold the thread so it can be strung artfully across the front as the maker desires.

1.25mm crochet hook (8 US, 3 UK)
needle for weaving in ends and creating pendant design.
NO. 20 crochet cotton
14mm button for necklace closure.
22mm shank backed button each for pendant and ring

Stitches used:

Adjustable loop (Also known as magic ring/magic loop/adjustable ring)
Double crochet (DC) equivalent of UK treble
Chain (CH)
Slip stitch (sl st)

Special Stitches:

First Ribbon Stitch (FRS): Chain 3, yarn over, insert hook into first chain made, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (1 loop remaining)

Ribbon Stitch (RS): Yarn over, insert hook into the bottom most loop of the previous stitch, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2, (2 loops on hook) yarn over, pull through 2 (1 loop remaining)

Ribbon Base Increase (RBI): Yarn over, insert hook into bottom loop of previous stitch, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 (2 loops on hook) yarn over, insert hook into bottom most loop of two loops just pulled through, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 (2 loops on hook),  yarn over, pull through 2 (1 loop remaining)
(this produces a stitch one chain wide at the top and two chains wide at the bottom, curving the ribbon toward the hook holding hand)

(Not used here but in case you need it for your own design: Ribbon Top Increase (RTI): Work RS  then, yarn over, insert hook into middle loop of the previous stitch, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 3 (1 loop remaining). The next stitch is worked into the base of the RS, creating a stitch two chains wide at the top and one chain wide at the bottom, curving the ribbon away from the hook hand)

Ribbon Chain Stitch (RC): Insert hook into base loop of previous stitch (or loop instructed) yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook) , yarn over, pull through both loops on hook. 

Leaving a length of thread to sew on button for clasp, FRS 1,  RS, 3 *RBI 1, RS 3 * repeat between *s 25 times (104 stitches along top of row) or until 15mm short of desired length.

In the middle horizontal loop of the previous stitch, work 1RC, then continue on with 14 more RC.

Keeping the front of the work up, turn so necklace runs in opposite direction.
Sl st into base of the stitch the first RC was worked in, sl st into base of next stitch, fasten off, weave in end.

Using thread at beginning of necklace to sew on the button, weave in end.


Starting with adjustable loop, chain 3, DC into loop 24 times, WITHOUT TIGHTENING LOOP, sl st into top of first DC made and, leaving a long tail to create the front design with, fasten off.

Place button shank side up, then place loop over the shank. Tighten the loop around the shank distributing the DC's evenly as you do so. Use the tail of the loop to secure it to the button through the shank. Weave in end.

Put the thread attached to the DC loop on a needle. Take the thread across the front of the button to the opposite side and pass it through the top two loops of the closest DC on the back, pull firmly. Continue passing the thread across the front and securing in the top loops of the DC's on the back until the button is secured and a pleasing design is achieved. Tie off on back and weave end into the DC loop.

Decide which way up you would like your pendant to be, and attach thread at the DC on the back one stitch to the right of the top most DC (1 to the left if your left hand dominant) and place loop on hook. Insert hook into next DC (this will be the DC you identified as being at the top of your pendant) yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook into next DC, yarn over pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 (two loops on hook), yarn over pull through 2 (1 loop remaining). #

RS 8, leaving tail long fasten off. Use tail to attach bail to back of DC ring and weave in end.


Remembering that you will be working from the side of the ring rather than the top, work as for pendant until #.
RC 12, (for a large finger or to size needed), sl st into DC on opposite side, insert hook into middle horizontal loop on previous stitch, pull up a loop, sl st into next DC, insert hook into base loop of previous stitch, pull up a loop, sl st into next DC. Fasten off, weave in end.
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2  Hats and a Beardy face warmer. Image heavy! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Fruitysalad on: March 09, 2011 11:21:06 PM
I've been making lots and lots of hats lately, so I thought I'd share with you a couple of my favourite patterns.

The first one is Reatheylia's Cable Hat. http://www.rheatheylia.com/index.php?page=patterns&id=5

I've made some changes on this one. This one is for a man's head, but my yarn needed a smaller hook to make a dense enough fabric, so I increased the starting round to 18 dc's and added in some extra bpdc further on including one between the cables. Also I changed the edging a bit. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I think I may add in that bpdc in the centre of my cables from now on.

My all time go too pattern for a quick hat that will fit a lot of heads is the Reversible 'Crochet Brioche' Hat, by Megan Mills. http://megan.kiwi.gen.nz/CrochetBriocheHat/
It is a short row hat and easily adapts to using just about any thicker yarn or two strand of thinner as she recommends in the pattern.
These two are made using quite bulky yarns.

The purple one came out a little pointy in the crown. This is because of it only took seven gores to make it. I solved this in the black one which only has 6 gores by keeping the slip stitches very loose.

The last one is my own pattern based on the one above.

I did plan on doing this hat using Megan's pattern, but I decided that the yarn I had was wasted using two strands. It was a sock yarn, and I really wanted to preserve the finer feel of it, but still loved the stretchy quality of Megan's hats, SO, I had to write my own pattern. It's a bit hard to see it clearly here, but I'm very pleased with the result. It feels glorious on and looks lovely with the brim folded up.

Last but not least, the beard! It is a corruption of Warm Beard by Felicia at A Girl and Her Yarn. http://agirlandheryarnfk.blogspot.com/search/label/free%20pattern

I made it for my brother who swears he will wear it. As he lives in the Alps of Italy it is possible I guess. I couldn't seem to get it to sit straight for a photo, either because it's too big for me, or perhaps my face is crooked! Anyway, here is one last pic of the beard with the first hat, which is also going to Italy, but for my Nonno.

I'm pulling a serious face as I was trying to gauge if this hat is really masculine enough for a man. My decision is to send it, and let Nonno decide!

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3  Re: Sewn Cards. Tut for transferring pattern to card. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Fruitysalad on: February 22, 2011 08:29:40 PM
I found some free patterns





The pattern for this one
Is a document which downloads if you click here http://www.kaartborduren.nl/voorbeeldpatroon/figure_internet.doc

They also have a technique I'm sure will come in useful for designing your own cards here http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http://www.kaartborduren.nl/verborgen_dr_t/_hidden_thr_t.htm&prev=_t&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhhZZ3soSPP_GAIjLOP16HL-ht-bqA

Then there is some wonderful Dutch inspiration, combined with paper tole, to be found here

Please note, I do not speak or read dutch, I just used http://translate.google.com/ to find out that "embroidery cards" = borduurkaarten.

In German your looking for Stickerei-Karte.

There are four free patterns here, http://www.stitchingcards.com/de/section.php/5/1/kostenlose-muster and a step by step for the butterfly here http://www.stitchingcards.com/de/page.php?xPage=tutorials2.html
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4  SKULL! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Fruitysalad on: September 19, 2007 04:23:23 AM
My sister has been doing Hamlet in highschool, and for her creative response wanted to crochet a skull. After searching for a few hours for a pattern she asked me to create her a more realistic one. This is what I've come up with, what do you think?

 Thank you for all your comments, a bit overwhelmed.
I thought I'd add some pics of the empty skull, and the prop for inside.

I do have the original pattern, and I'm currently working it through to simplify it, cause it's a bit backwards. If I can translate my own work  Grin I'll post it.  Thanks again for the This ROCKS! I just couldn't do it, so very sorry to all those who waited patiently.
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