Friday, 12 January 2018

WI AND THE GREEN HEART PROJECT


Looking forward to joining  local WI 4 groups with 4 miles i am going to visit, looking for a crafty group that likes to go walking or have an interest in dance maybe, to get me moving again.


GREEN HEART CROCHET PATTERN

The pattern I am using right now to make green hearts and i will be joining the get together on the 
9th Feb 2018 at Shropshires WI Federation headquarters 
Just walking distance for me, it's that close....lucky me

GREEN HEART PATTERN
US TERMS
dk use a 4mm hook
Aran use a 5mm hook
Chunky OR 2 Strands of dk, use a 5 or 6mm hook


Tight finger wrap of 4 wraps
ROUND 1: 11sc into circle wrap, don't, sl st, to complete. Turn


ROUND 2: cont. Ch3, counts as first tr, 2tr into next 4sts, tr, ch3picot, tr into next st, 2tr into next 4 sts, ch3 sl st into last st. Turn.
ch3 as first tr and 8tr
10tr, ch3 for picot
10tr and picot 

 complete round 2 heart

ROUND 3: cont. 4sc in first ch3 [dc replacement] sp, 2sc in next 4sts, 1sc in next 5sts, 4sc in picot loop, sc in next 4sts, 2sc in next 4sts, sl st, in 

first 4sc in ch3 sp
all sc completed

HEART LOOP FOR HANGING
Cont. ch20 sl st into first s pull yarn through and weave/sew in ends
Can be used as a key ring, to hang on a shelf 

chunky yarn compared to dk yarn



GREEN HEART BROOCH 
1: Make a heart but don't add the hanging loop weave/sew in end before making a loop
 2: Cut a slightly smaller heart in plastic sheet and a felt heart the same size as the crochet heart, sew the felt heart to the crochet heart with the plastic heart between
3: Add a brooch pin
4: OPTIONAL, Add a few beads to the front of the brooch to decorate.



GARLAND OR BUNTING
Make several hearts complete before adding a loop
Finger wrap of 5 wraps, 
Round 1: 12 sc into circle wrap, sl st to complete 

Ch15, , sc into centre circle at the centre point of first heart, ch3 sl st into 3rd ch in ch15 length,
ch15, between each heart, sc, into centre of next heart ch15, between hearts, 
repeat 
joining  all your hearts together in the length your require, 
complete with ch12 and add a loop for hanging. finger wrap of 5 wraps 12 sc into circle sew off end.



Stiffen with starch or pva glue or stitch 2 together and pad slightly



I'm sure i can find lots of other uses for these along the way....

Monday, 11 December 2017

Decorations up, poncho at 46 rows...

Making my own Marble yarn, mixing two strands of dk, 6mm hook to create my version of a Marble Chunky yarn for the next Poncho....loving it so far but now i don't know whether to make a blanket with it instead of a Poncho?



The cushion goes well in the Christmas kitchen, pattern from my book 2 Granny Squares and Shapes

Lots of reds, pinky/red, orangey/reds, soft reds, dark reds into two groups and mixing them up, few rows of this and few rows of that changing them mid row or at the end of a row...6mm hook. Working for me so far.


Blue version of my Poncho pattern with my Big Beastie blanket


SNOW RECORD, 
just incase i forget it arrived in a weekend just before Christmas 2017




Christmas decorations up wasn't much else we could do this weekend, stay in and stay warm
with this You Tube 'real fire' on the TV, very effective crackles as well 


my car, cleared off once this is the second falling

About 14" in total but the sun is out today and I'm not sure it will last much long.....pity






PATTERN CLUB 2017 
There are only 5 places left on the 2017 club and it will stay open until June 2018 if anyone is interested then join the Facebook group and leave a message Thanks
FACEBOOK CROCHET GROUP

NEW 2018 PATTERN CLUB WONT START UNTIL APRIL 2018 
all details to join will be added on my blog at a later date

Thursday, 7 December 2017

PAST STAR PATTERNS IN ONE POST




above made in a strand of dk and a strand of mohair
all one colour but it can be made in a different colour for every round 
 granny version click link for pattern


LINK TO SNOWFLAKE PATTERN ABOVE



 sequin version

Hexagon and triangle granny star above 


Link to Sequin or purple Snowflake pattern here



Close Star and Snowflake
DK 4mm Hook
Aran or DK and Mohair 5mm 

US Terms in black, UK Terms in red brackets

Pattern
 Ch4 and sl st into a circle or a finger wrap of 4 wraps.

Round 1: ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 11dc [11tr] into circle (12 dc [12tr])

Round 2: cont. ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 1dc,  in first st, 2dc [2tr], in second st, ch2,  repeat to end sl st into  first st to complete (24dc [24tr])



Round 3: cont. sl st over sts to next ch2 sp, or att. yarn in any ch sp,  miss 2 sts, 2dc [2tr], 1tr [1dtr], 2dc [2tr] into sp between 2 pairs of sts, miss 2sts, 
sc [dc], into next ch sp,  repeat until 
6 points, sl st into first st, to complete. (6 points)




Round 4: Cont. sl st in the next 3 sts to reach the tr [dtr], at the point,
tr [dtr], ch1, tr [dtr], ch1, tr [dtr], ch3, tr [dtr], ch1, tr [dtr],  ch1, tr [dtr], into the sc [dc], at dip,  
miss 2sts, sc [dc], into next tr [dtr], at point, repeat for all points.


without the ch1 between tr [dtr] 
below with the ch1 between tr [dtr]

 a slightly more star like effect

add the picots and ch stitches to make a 
SNOWFLAKE OF THE CLOSE STAR





Mini Octagon turned Snowflake


One finger wrap of 4 wraps.

Round 1: 8sc [8dc], into circle, els t tot complete

Round 2: ch3 counts as first tr [dtr], 2tr [2dtr], into same st, ch2, 3tr [3dtr], into next st, ch2, repeat to end sl st to complete round. (8sides)

Round 3: sc [dc], into first sp, ch4, sc [dc], into same sp, ch4 sc [dc] into same sp, ch4, sc [dc], into same sp, ch1, repeat in every ch2 sp, sl st to complete.


 MINI SNOWFLAKES...
Basically any hex can be turned into a snowflake by adding picot stitches and ch st loops to the points or edges



 Double layered Stars and Snowflakes

STIFFENING SNOWFLAKES

Use a slightly watered down PVA glue, soak in the solution then spread out on cling film to dry thoroughly.

Add chain stitch hangers as required or join rows together as star or snowflake bunting. 

Experiment with different yarns, cotton yarns always make good snowflakes, I particularly like fine mohair mixed with any dk.

The Mohair and merino or alpaca mix would also make a great super soft snowflake wrap or throw, joining hexagon stars or snowflakes at the points.

BASIC STAR PATTERN

CHAIN STITCH STARS

SOME DECORATED  VARIATIONS ON THE BASIC STAR


Layered stars and bobby stitch additions

SIMPLE 2 ROUND STAR
Using a tap washer for the first round

Picture Tutorial
So many variations for a star patten and they can all be made into snowflakes by adding small chain stitch loops of picot stitches to the points




 granny shell Hexagons with Granny shell triangles for a place mat star below

  A solid sc [dc], Hexagon with added sc [dc], triangles makes a great star, i've made them in the past as christmas cards for special friends. 

Stiffen with PVA Glue and add a Merry Christmas tag and they have a Christmas decoration for years to come




 above on of my early stars
 the washer star
Basic simple star made in sock wool in the Sophie Digard Style