Monday, August 27, 2012

Tablecloth Update: Four Motifs Done

Back in May I started a big project of crocheting a tablecloth for my dining room table. The pattern I chose requires making square motifs, which are then put together. For my table I will need eighteen such motifs.

I eagerly started this project and set Christmas as the due date. However, it’s almost September and I only managed to finish four motifs. I must admit it’s awfully boring to crochet the same motif over and over again. What is more, only trebles and chains are used in the pattern. Chain two, treble, chain two, four trebles, chain two… So monotonous!



On the other hand, when I laid my four motifs next to each other, I really liked the overall pattern. If this table cloth will ever be finished, it’s going to be a gorgeous one!

What do you do when you get bored with a project but at the same time want to finish it? How do you find motivation to continue working on it?

By the way, if anyone is interested in the pattern, here is the link:

Motif Table Cloth Free Pattern


Monday, August 20, 2012

Burgundy Pineapple Shawl

Here in California autumn will arrive no sooner than October, but I’m very much looking forward to it. I have this beautiful shawl to keep me warm and cozy on chilly autumn evenings.



My mom crocheted this shawl earlier this year. Since I already have two shawls that my mom made, I tried to sell this one on Etsy. I didn’t have much luck, and I’m actually glad. One day I realized that no other person will value and cherish all the work and love my mom had put into this shawl as much I do. So I removed the shawl from my Etsy listings.

I believe the pattern was from a Russian crochet magazine (usually that’s where my mom gets her patterns from), but I don’t know which one exactly.




Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Red and Yellow Trivet



In addition to the hot pad, I now made a trivet for my kitchen.

I didn’t follow any patterns but came up with my own. I used the same red and yellow mercerized cotton thread that I used for the hot pad.

Now I only need to crochet a tea pot cozy and, perhaps, a couple of dishcloths (if there will be enough thread), and I will have a complete red and yellow set for my kitchen.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Yellow and Red Hot Pad

I am taking a little break from thread crocheting as I have several yarn projects in mind. The first one is a hot pad for my kitchen.

red and yellow crochet hot pad

I found the pattern at Gracious Rain. It was the doily-like middle of this hot pad that drew my attention. I used mercerized cotton in red and yellow colors that I had in my stash. The hot pad in the original pattern was done in white and blue, which looks very pretty too.

I had to add one extra round of double crochets to make my hot pad bigger.

The pattern is well written, and I did not have any trouble following it.

Crocheted Snowflake Hot Pad Pattern



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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Doily of the Week #31

vintage doily runner

This is a vintage doily-runner that my mom made many years ago. I placed it in my oldest son’s room on top of his bookcase. It really looks like it belongs there!

I’m sure when my son becomes older, he won’t want any doilies in his room. But for now he doesn’t mind!



Doily of the Week is going to take a break for a couple of months as I have several crochet projects that I want to focus on.

I'm linking to Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Easy Shells

This pretty lacy stitch is very easy, but it looks quite lovely. It’s perfect for beginner crocheters.

easy crochet shell stitch

Abbreviations:

ch chain,
sk skip,
dc double crochet,
* * repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as there are stitches to accommodate them.

Multiple of 6 ch plus 4

Row 1: *sk 5 ch, (2 dc, ch 3, 2dc) all in next ch*; sk 3 ch, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: *(2 dc, ch 3, 2 dc) all in ch-3 space*; dc in top of turning ch. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat from Row 2.