Monday, June 29

CROCHET: Half Daisy Hexagon Pattern.

Personally I'm not a lover of half motifs but some followers are and a half Daisy Hexagon has been asked for. 

This is a a half hexagon for the Daisy Pattern in my book.

 Mostly I use a finger wrap of 4/5 wraps (picture above) to start most 'in the round' crochet but you could use.... 
a magic circle or..... 
4ch sts and sl st into a circle...
the only problem with the last one (rare that I use this method anymore) is that the slip knot always shows and I'm not keen on see that, lumpy sl knot when there are other methods that look far nicer
 For this half daisy hex, I'm using a magic circle..which is basically a half made slip know without the knot bit.
 Round 1: 7dc (7tr) into the slip knot and pull tight, weave in ends

Round 2: colour change, make the first and the last, which is the 1st and 6th petal with and extra tr (dtr) in the cluster the middle 4 petals make as instructed in the book.
 Round 3: make the first granny shell in the sp between the 3chsts (counts as first tr (dtr), then a granny shell in the next sp,
  then make a corner of 1granny shell, ch2 granny shell as instructed in the book, 1granny shell in the next sp, repeat a corner, 

finish with 1granny shell in the next sp, and the last one in the sp between the 3rd and 4th tr (dtr)

these half daisy hex motifs can be added to any space with a join as you go or sewn into half spaces to make a straight edge to add borders too

Wednesday, June 24

UPDATE: Neapolitan Ice Cream Ripple from 2010

UPDATE: This pattern was updated over night and is now good to go

Several people have seen and asked for my Neapolitan Ice cream Ripple 

A Basic 16st Repeat Ripple Pattern

TIP1: When you are making a very big ripple throw or blanket then add on an extra few stitches in the first ch st row, then remove them later..this allows for any miss counting of stitches when you get to 200 and something its easy to miss count.

TIP2:If you are creating your own ripple with more or less stitches on the up and down always always start with a set of decrease sts you go down then up with the ripple first then the straight edge people find so difficult will be easy to achieve

This is a ripple with a decrease of three sts, and a increase of 3 sts, with the in-between count of 6dc sts (6tr sts) this up and down 6sts count, could actually be any number of sts, depending on the ripple you want. 
The in-between sts, will give a deeper or flatter ripple.

This 16sts, count Ripple. 

You need a multiple of, 6sts up, 1st, for the increase then 6sts down then 3sts tog, for the decrease so that makes a st count of 16sts 
I've worked out with a small sample how many sts you need to make the blanket you require....

Using a 4mm hook and the Baby Rico yarn
16ch sts, measures approx. 3.5" (9cm)

I am actually making a Baby Blanket size approx:25/26" by 30"
 7 ripples of 16sts, making a base ch of 112sts
after crocheting a few rows this has worked out to be...

112sts is approx. 25.5"
8rows is approx. 3.5" (9cm)

US Tems in black and UK Terms in red

I will add pictures of the RICO BABY RIPPLE tomorrow when i have a good few rows complete.

 ch 112 (7 ripples of 16 sts) plus 2 as the first dc (tr)

ROW 1: (the ch2 counts as the first dc (tr)), 1dc is in the third st from the hook, (you now have 2sts)

1dc, (1tr) in the next 4sts. (= 6sts) 

Half make a dc (tr) in the next 3sts, you will have 4 loops on hook, 

pull yarn through all loops to cluster tog, the 3 sts (this is the decrease, the bottom of the ripple)

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts, 

 3dc (3tr), in the next st (this is the increase of the ripple and the top)

*1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts

half make a dc in the next 3 sts and then pull yarn though all 4 loops on the hook drawing 3 sts tog, (this is the decrease and the ripple bottom)

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts, 

 3dc (3tr), in the next st (this is the increase of the ripple and the top)

then repeat from * to make 6 complete ripples

the 7th and last ripple...
1dc (1tr) in next 6sts, half make a dc (tr) in the next 3 sts and cluster tog.

1dc (1tr) in the next 4sts, 2dc in the last st.

Row 2:Turn, ch2 counts as first dc (tr), 1dc (1tr) in the first st, 

1dc in the next 4sts, (so including the ch 2 st, you should have 6 dc,)
cluster tog the next 3 sts (bottom of ripple)

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts

3sts in the next st ( this should be the middle st of the 3 increase sts of row below)

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts, 
 cluster tog. the next 3sts

1dc (1tr) in the next 6sts repeat the 16st ripple pattern to end, 
finish with 1dc (1tr) in the next 4sts, 2dc (2tr) in the last st, turn

Row3: repeat row 2 until your ripple is as big as you want it to be in length.
Rico Baby and 4mm hook is working out approx. 8rows = 3.5" (9cm).

 I will be making my baby blanket approx. 28-30" Long...
approx.64 rows and I'm working the colours in double stripes, 
so that will be 32 coloured, ripple stripes.

Colour changing.
When you get the the last st of every pair of ripples (a double stripe)

before completing the second part of the last st, pull the new colour yarn through instead of the last colour to complete the st,

  cont. with the new colour.
Change colour every 2rows

Happy Hooking

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Tuesday, June 16

Wendy Festival Chunky cowl...

Made from the Pattern on page 124 of my book 
Granny Squares

Wendy Festival Chunky 6mm hook 

WIP Option 2: A Festival of stripes...

Happy Hooking 

Saturday, June 13

Crochet String Bag....Tales from a Happy House

Only just seen this posting on 
Tales from A Happy House 

Go take a peek at Gillians lovely bag

She has made the String bag from my book Granny Squares, (page 76 for the pattern) and taken some beautiful picture

Thanks Gillian for a lovely write up abut the pattern and the string bag...hope its  still shopping with you
Love to experiment with different yarns and i have made several string bag over the years
sc string bags
 peg pots made in string...

  and one or two string stool covers too
the string I like the best is 50p a ball in packs of 4 from B&M Stores

Happy Hooking