Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Country Coverlet

Country Coverlet

 "A Pineapple?" Yes, a pineapple.

This Country Coverlet is my full-sized version of my 
"Heirloom Coverlet for Baby" 
(Seen below)

My "Country Coverlet" needed a special touch for its beginnings. Because the center needed to be rather large, and I could not duplicate the center of the baby blanket to the extent and size needed for this blanket, I thought on what else to put in the center. I thought back to a pineapple sketch I had designed a while back and decided it finally found it's calling. 

So, again, why the pineapple? Well, at one time, in the Caribbean, Europe, and North America, the pineapple came to be associated with the return of ships from extended voyages. Consequently, it became an emblem of welcome and warmth and hospitality that made its way into contemporary art and has stayed there. 

When I thought of this blanket completed, I easily imagined one of its uses as a warm, welcoming center piece to be displayed upon guest beds in people's homes as well as at Bed and Breakfast's. 

This afghan is only partially complete right now. Presently it sits atop a queen sized bed, and when completed, the cabled edges will reach the edges of the bed, followed by 6-8" of draping shells that will fall along three sides of the bed. 

What can you envision in the center of your blanket?!


Have a LOVEly day!

Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Linked Stitch


 Originally from an article from Crochet Me, I decided I really had to try this new stitch I had never seen before. And as always, I just had to share it on my Facebook page. 

   Well, the link would not work once I put it on my Facebook, but I really needed to save the information for a clear reminder about it, as well as a later time when I had time to sit and work it and think about it and all its wonderful possibilities. So, here it is. The info from the article, all the way down to the last bit of advertisement info for purchasing the magazine, Interweave Crochet, where it was first introduced.

I am always on the lookout for a quick and easy stitch. In last winter's issue of Interweave Crochet I was reintroduced to the linked crochet stitch. This is easily one of my favorite stitches. Fast and simple, the linked crochet stitch combines the speed and height of taller stitches, such as the double or triple crochet, with the solid fabric generally associated with single crochet.

With each issue of Interweave Crochet, I look forward to the in-depth how-to technique articles, the innovative crochet patterns, the quick and easy accessories, and so much more. Sometimes the stitches or techniques are brand new to me, and sometimes they are a pleasant reminder of what can be accomplished with crochet.

Here is great introduction to linked crochet:

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Linked Double Crochet Step 1 Work the beginning chain as normal. Work the first row of stitches by inserting your hook in the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. The loop you have just pulled up takes the place of the yarnover in a regular double crochet but does not create the "space" normally associated with a yarnover.
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Linked Double Crochet Step 2 Insert your hook in the next foundation chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. You will now have three loops on your hook, just as you would for a normal double crochet. 
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Linked Double Crochet Step 3 To finish the stitch, simply work as you would a normal double crochet, yarn over and draw through two loops twice. Notice the horizontal bar created on the post of the stitch.
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Linked Double Crochet Step 4 To work subsequent linked double crochets, insert your hook from top to bottom behind the horizontal bar on the post of the stitch you just worked. This horizontal bar runs parallel to the front loop at the top of the stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop through the bar. Insert your hook in the next chain; yarn over and pull up a loop. Work these loops off as before. Repeat this stitch to the end of the row. 
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Linked Double Crochet Step 5
For successive rows, chain two to equal the height of the double crochet row, insert your hook in the second chain and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in the next stitch as usual, and work the loops off of the hook as before. Work the remainder of the row as above.

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Linked Double Crochet
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See, it's easy! Notice how the fabric is solid, without the tiny gaps between stitches, making it perfect for quick projects. As your piece gets bigger, you will really begin to notice the gorgeous drape as well.

You can experiment with inserting a row of lacier stitches between the linked stitches rows.

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Subscribe to Interweave Crochet (or any one of our other wonderful magazines!) today at a fabulous limited time sale price and begin exploring a variety of helpful techniques and stitches as well as other valuable articles and extraordinary patterns in Tunisian crochet, lace, linked crochet, and more to expand your skills.

   Have a LOVEly day!
 Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Sun Catcher Dish Cloth

Sun Catcher Dish Cloth

These dainty, bright, detailed dish cloths work up quickly and beautifully when using both acrylic or cotton yarns. 

Acrylic yarns create durable cloths with superior scrub-ability, while cotton cloths can be doubled as face cloths as well, adding an element of simple elegance or  sunshiny fun!

  These cloths are created using size I hooks and medium worsted weight acrylic yarn or
cotton yarn with their corresponding size hooks.

Note: Joins are worked with slip stitches in top of first stitch of each round.
 Be sure to count the number of stitches at the end of the rows.

 Lets Begin!

1. In magic circle, work 7 sc. Join with slip stich to top of 1st sc.
2. ch1, work 2 sc in same sp & each sc around. join. (14 sc)
3. ch3 (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch st for this round), hdc in same sp, [ch 1, sk1 sc, (hdc,ch1,hdc) in next sc]6x, ch 1, join.(14  ch-1 sps & 14 hdc)
4. ch1, 2sc in same sp, sc in next st, *2sc in next stitch, 1 sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around. Join. (36 sc)
5. ch4 (counts as 1 dc & 1 ch-1 sp), dc in same sp, * sk 1 sc, (dc, ch1, dc) in next sc, repeat from * around. Join to 3rd chain of beg. ch-4. (18 ch-1 sps)
6. ch1, sc in same sp, sc in ch-1 sp, *2sc in next stitch, sc in next 4 sts, repeat from * around, ending w 2 sc in 2nd to last stitch of row. Join to 1st sc. (64 sc)
7. ch1, sc in same sp, (ch3, sk 1 sc, sc in next sc) around. Join to 1st sc. (32 ch-3 sps)
8. sl st 1X to land in ch-3 sp, ch4, dc in same sp, * (dc, ch2, dc) in next ch-3 sp, repeat from * around.(32 ch-2 sps)
9. ch 1, *sc in next ch-2 sp, ch3, sc in same sp, repeat from * around. Finish off, and weave in ends. 

Have a LOVEly day!

Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Cross Bookmark

Cross Bookmark

   This pattern was re-created by me for my friend, Galye. One day at our crochet group at our church, Gayle brought in a lovely cross bookmark she had found in her Grandmothers Bible, wanting to know if I knew where I could find the pattern. I searched high and low on the internet for such a pattern and could not find one for free-or otherwise-anywhere. So, I  re-created the pattern. We were looking to make these bookmarks for a seminar we will be holding at our church in the spring, and because I could not even find an image of the pattern anywhere for sale, I went ahead, made the pattern, and am posting it here for free for those of you who would make these bookmarks for gifts or for yourself, but not for sale. I am unsure of the origin of the pattern, although I know it is a very old, traditional item to be crocheted, and the pattern most likely is not bound by any copyright.

Special Stitches 

Shell: (3 dc, ch2, 3 dc) in space indicated
Picot: (sc, ch2, sl st in 1st ch, sc) in stitch indicated

Special Pattern Works:

Ending Row: turn, ch 6, sc in ch-2 of shell, ch 5, join to 3rd ch og beginning turn ch 3 of previous row.
Outer Corner Boarder: In the ch 6 sp work: 2 sc, picot IN the 3rd st of the ch 6-sp, then 3 more sc in the same ch-6 sp, picot in the sc.
  Then, in the ch-5 sp work: 3 sc, picot in the 3rd ch of the ch-5 sp, then 2 more sc in the ch-5 sp.


My second trial cross as I wrote out the pattern. There are errors in it, such as it is missing one picot stitch on the lower right portion of the cross-duh me! And half of the picots are actually ch-2's until I remembered they were supposed to be picot stitches-double duh! But, this is a more accurate photo than the above one, to get an idea of what you are making. Lord willing, tomorrow there will be a perfectly formed, lovely picture in the place of these two somewhat amature-ish, less than perfect ones here now.

***Note-I used size 3 crochet cotton thread and a size 0 hook to produce the above two bookmarks. They are a bit too large. therefore I recommend using a thinner thread and smaller hook. Once I have the opportunity to use smaller thread and hook, I will update with more pertinent information. But, if you crochet & have thread, have fun!!!

Top Portion of the Cross
1. (RS) Ch4, join w/ sl st to 1st ch (circle formed), ch 3, (2dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in center of circle.
2. Turn, ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch.
3-4. Repeat row 2
5. Work "Ending Row". Finish off.

Bottom Portion of Cross
1. RS facing, join thread to last of row, ch3 shell in row 1 beginning circle, dc in 3rd ch of beginning ch-3 of row 1.
2. Turn, ch3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch.
3-7. Repeat row 2.
8. Work "Ending Row". Finish off.

Right Arm of Cross
1. RS facing, join in to the last dc in row 2 of the bottom portion of the cross, ch1, shell in space between beginning rows 1 & 1 of top & bottom portions, sl st in last dc of row 2 of top portion of cross.
2. Turn, ch3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 1st dc of row 1
3. Turn, ch3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3
4. Work "Ending Row". Finish off.

Left Arm of Cross
1. RS facing, join into the last dc of row 2 of top portion of the cross, ch 1,shell into the sp created between rows 1&1 of top and bottom portions, ch 1, sl st in last dc of row 2 of bottom portion.
2. Turn, ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in  joining st of row 1
3. Turn, ch 3, shell in ch-2 sp, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3 of row 3.
4 Work "Ending Row". DO NOT finish off.

Ch 1.
*In next st that "Connects" the outer perimeter stitch to the shell work "Picot", 2 sc in ch-3 sp, picot in "connecting" stitch, 2 sc in ch-3 sp, sc in corner st, [2sc in ch-3 sp, picot in "connecting" stitch] 2x, work "Outer Corner Boarder" 
Repeat from * 1x as written.
Repeat from * again, 2 more times following the same principal of the pattern, making the needed adjustments in the patterned stitch count in order to cover the entire perimeter of the lower arm of the cross.
End with the final working of the "Corner Boarder",  join w/ sl st, finish off. 
Weave in any ends not crocheted over as you worked your piece.

Cut a separate piece of thread 18" long, knot two loose ends together & attach to top of cross in center of picot stitch. Add tassel or beads or charm if desired to the end.

   Have a LOVEly day!
Love all you do, and those you have, with all your heart!