Monday, August 18, 2014

Simple Crochet Motif and Lacy Tray Cloth, Free Vintage Pattern


Here is a simple motif that can be used to make a fancy tray lining or cloth.




Photo Credit: New Ideas in Crochet, Table Topics, Book 123,
The Spool Cotton Company, 1938


The pattern is from The Spool Cotton Company Book #123, New Ideas in Crochet, Table Topics, 1938.


First Strip. First Motif… Starting at center, ch 8. Join with sl st to form ring. 1st rnd: Ch 3, 4 dc in ring, *ch 5, 5 dc in ring. Repeat from * 2 more times, ch 5. Join with sl st to 3rd st of ch-3 first made. 2nd rnd: sl st in each of next 4 dc, sl st in ch-5 loop, ch 3, 2 dc in same loop, ch 3, 3 dc in same loop (corner); *ch 3, skip next 2 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3; in next ch-5 loop make 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, sl st in 3rd st of ch-3 first made. 3rd rnd: sl st in each of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3; in corner ch-3 make 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd st of ch-3 first made. 4th rnd: sl st in each of next 2 dc, sl st in corner ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same sp, *ch 3, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 2, 2 half dc in next ch-3 loop, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 loop, ch 3; in corner ch-3 make 3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd st of ch-3 first made. Fasten and break off. This completes one motif.


Second Motif… Work as for first motif to 3rd rnd incl. 4th rnd: sl st in each of next 2 dc, sl st in ch-3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, ch 1, sc in corner ch-3 of first motif, ch 1, 3 dc back in corner ch-3 of second motif, ch 3, sc in next loop, ch 2, half dc in next loop, sc between 2 half dc of first motif, half dc back in same loop of second motif, ch 2, sc in next loop, ch 3, 3 dc in corner ch-3 sp, ch 1, sc back in corner loop of first motif, ch 1, 3 dc back in corner loop of second motif (thus second motif is joined to first). Complete rnd as for first motif.


Make 7 more motifs, joining to previous one as second was joined to first.


Second Strip. First Motif… Work as for second motif of first strip, joining on last rnd to lower edge of first motif of fist strip.

Second Motif… Join on last rnd to lower edge of second motif of first strip, and to adjacent side of first motif of second strip.


Continue in this manner until there are 14 strips of 9 motifs. Attach thread to outer edge, and work a rnd of sc closely together all around outer edges, keeping work flat.

  
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Preemie Baby Crochet Hats


One of the customers from my Etsy shop contacted me asking about preemie patterns, and I realized that I didn’t have any. I added “preemie patterns” to my list of crochet ideas and projects to do. And this is the first preemie pattern that I’ve made.

I used size F crochet hook and baby sport yarn (Beehive Baby Sport by Patons). The finished hat measures approximately 13 inches in circumference, and 5 inches in height, quite small.

I used the same stitch that I used for the last baby blanket I made. And I love how this beanie turned out. I made five of them as I wanted to try different color combinations. It also looks cute when made with variegated yarn.

 I will be mailing these preemie baby hats to Stitches from the Heart charity.








Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Vintage Lace Crochet Edging




The pattern for this edging is from Star Book 66, Crochet and Tatting Heirloom Edition by American Thread Company, 1949. The pattern’s name is Crochet Edging #6603.

I have no particular use in mind for the piece that I made. I just wanted to try this pattern to get the idea what this edging looks like and if I can then adapt it for some other projects. I like how it looks and even though it’s a bit tedious to make all those picots, I might use it later for a hankie edging.

I found this vintage patter difficult to follow. And when I inspected my finished piece, I realized I made a mistake in the last row (each loop must have three picots, but I only made two). I suppose this is what is called an “old school crochet pattern”. One has to be really careful when reading/following the instructions.



I post the pattern exactly as it appears in the original publication.

Ch for desired length, dc in 8th st from hook, *ch 2, skip 2 sts of ch, dc in next st, repeat from * across row, ch 5, turn.
2nd Row - *Dc in next dc, dc in next dc, ch 5, repeat from * across row ending with dc in 3rd st of ch, ch 7, turn.
3rd Row – Sc in next dc, *ch 7, sc in 1st dc of next 2 dc group, repeat from * across row, ch 1, turn.
4th Row – 3 sc, ch 4 (picot loop), 3 sc, ch 4, 3 sc over 1st loop, 3 sc, ch 4, 2 sc over next loop, ch 8, turn, skip 2 picot loops, sl st in center st between picots of 1st loop, ch 1, turn and work 3 sc, ch 4, 2 sc, ch 4, 2 sc, ch 4, 3 sc over loop just made, sl st in last sc of previous loop, 1 sc, ch 4, 3 sc over remainder of same loop, repeat from beginning across row, break thread.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Back to Blogging and Lacy Fans Crochet Stitch


Hello Crafty Friends,

Some of you might wonder where I disappeared and why I have neglected my blog for so long. The truth is the past several weeks have been trying for me and my family.

Not a day passes by without me thinking about the heartbreaking events in Eastern Ukraine. This is the land where I was born and grew up. It’s so painful to know that people I once knew (neighbors, teachers, classmates, etc) are losing their homes, and even their lives. It was such a horrible tragedy when so many innocent people died when the Malaysian aircraft was taken down. The conflict in Israel is just as heartbreaking… And there is more sad news on a personal level – my father’s health is declining and he is going to have a serious surgery in a week or so.   

Honestly, I haven’t felt much like crocheting or blogging lately. But now I actually want to reignite this passion of mine. I want to keep myself busy as much as possible in order to keep down the amount of negative and depressing thoughts I have.  

I want to focus on creating new baby and especially preemie patterns! I also want to explore and learn new crochet stitches and techniques. And even though I already have a huge collection of doilies, I still want to make more! Hopefully, I’ll follow through with my intentions!


I have something to share with you today! This lacy stitch is quite simple, and only basic stitches are involved. 





Multiple of 12, plus 2

In this pattern, I refer to turning chains as last dc. 

To make the swatch shown in the pictures, I started with ch 38.

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in each ch across.

Row 2: ch 3, turn; 2 dc in 1st dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, *5 dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc* across, 3 dc in last dc.

Row 3: ch 3, turn; dc in 2nd dc, ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 2, *{dc in next dc, ch 1} four times, dc in next dc, ch 2, sc in next ch-5 space, ch 2* across, {dc in next dc, ch 1} twice, dc in last dc.

Row 4: ch 4, turn; dc in 2nd dc, ch 2, dc in next dc, *{dc in next dc, ch 2} four times, dc in next dc* across, {dc in next dc, ch 2} twice, dc in last dc.

Row 5: ch 3, turn; 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in space between next 2 dc, *{2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next dc} three times, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in space between next 2 dc * across, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next dc, 3 dc in last ch space. 

Row 6: ch 3, turn; 2 dc in 1st dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, *5 dc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 5, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, ch 2, skip next 3 dc* across, 3 dc in last dc.  

Repeat Rows 3-6.