Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Doily and a Bit of Quiet Time



Earlier this week I finished a pink pineapple doily. Its vintage pattern is from 1951.




I have a small round table that I occasionally set up in the garden for a cup of tea. My new doily is perfect as a table topper for it. The size is just right.




Yesterday I had a chance to use my new doily. I managed to get both my boys to take their naps (usually the older one does not sleep during the day), so I had a bit of quiet time to myself. Typically I would sit down and crochet, but yesterday I decided to spend my quiet time reading (usually I only read before going to bed). And my backyard seemed as a perfect place for it. 

I brew myself a mug of tea and set up a cozy little spot. I spent about an hour reading.

I’m a big Agatha Christie’s fan, and right now I’m reading The Body in the Library. I’m also reading a book by John Curran called Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks

Both books make great reading and I took pleasure in reading a bit of each. I also enjoyed my tea, my new doily, a few blooms from my yard, and my short solitude.

I'm linking this post to the following blog link parties:
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Craft Schooling Sunday @ Crative Jewish Mom
Home Sweet Home Friday @The Charm of Home,
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home,

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shells and Chains



This stitch is a variation of good old shells. To make it “lacy” I added chains between the shells.

Perhaps it wouldn’t be the best choice for a baby blanket (I think the holes are too big), but I can imagine a chunky scarf or cowl made with this stitch will look quite pretty.  





Multiple of 7 plus 2 (I started with ch 30 to make the swatches shown)

Shell in this pattern: (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) all in same space.

Turning ch 3 is referred to as “last dc” at the end of rows. 

Row 1: shell in 6th ch from hook, *ch 3, skip 6 ch, shell in next ch* across; dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: *shell in next shell, ch 2, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 2* across, ending with shell in next shell; dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.

Row 3: *shell in next shell, ch 3* across, ending with shell in next shell; dc in last dc. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat Rows 2-3.



Sunday, May 26, 2013

V-Stitch Baby Beanie, Size 3-6 Months



Back in February I shared my pattern for a V-stitch newborn beanie. This is the same pattern but adjusted for a bigger size (3-6 months).




The hat measures about 14 inches (35.5 cm) in diameter and 6 inches (15.25 cm) in height.

I used Bernat Baby Sport yarn, and US size E (3.5 mm) hook.

Gauge: 3 first rounds = 3.5 inches (almost 9 cm).

In this pattern V-st is (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same space.


This pattern is my original design. It cannot be posted on other sites or distributed in any other form. If you would like to share this pattern, you can post ONE image on your site with the link to my original post. You can use this pattern to make items for personal use or for sale. If you sell finished items from this pattern, you must give design credit to Lacy Crochet blog (lacycrochet.blogspot.com). Please, respect my work. Thank you!

Ch 5, join with sl st into ring.



Round 1: Ch 4, *dc in ring, ch 1* 11 times. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 2: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in each ch-1 space around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 3:  Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st into next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* 5 times, V-st into next V-st. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 4: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into each V-st around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 5: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, *V-stitch into next space between 2 V-st, V-st into next 4 V-st* 4 times, V-st into next V-st. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 6: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into each V-st around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Rounds 7- 14 same as Round 6.



Round 15: Ch 1, *sc in next V-st, sc in next space between two V-st* around. Join with sl st into beginning ch-1.

Fasten off.




The pattern for this beanie in newborn size is available here.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Dainty Butterflies



Each of these lovely butterflies requires only 5 yards of cotton thread and about 5-7 minutes to crochet!




But number of ways one can use them is endless. For instance, I can imagine how darling they would look as appliqués on a little girl’s dress. Or maybe as hairclips in her hair.



 I can also picture such butterfly as a decoration on a small wrapped present. A butterfly pin would look lovely on a hat or a purse.



They are quite small (only about two inches across) and can be used for handmade cards and lots and lots of other craft projects!



The pattern was from Crochet World website, but unfortunately the link doesn't work anymore.



I'm linking to
Did You Make That @ Did You Make That,
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
Craft Schooling Sunday @ Crative Jewish Mom
Home Sweet Home Friday @The Charm of Home,
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home,  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Crochet Tablecloth Update



I can’t believe I’ve been working on this tablecloth for a year now! But finally I’m getting towards the end. I only need to crochet a couple more square motifs!

I already started blocking my motifs. I thought it would be easier to block them separately and then join together rather than blocking the entire big piece.

I don’t use the fancy blocking technique with pins and padded surface. What I do is I wet the motif, gently squeeze the access water, put it on a towel, and smooth and straighten it. Once the motif dries, it looks much better than it did before.



I also started joining the motifs together. This job is even more tedious and boring than crocheting the motifs!

So far I only joined four motifs, but I must tell you I had to redo it twice.

The first time, I noticed that one of the motifs was joined with the wrong side up. So I had to undo it. The second time, I missed one stitch and as the result, the meshes weren’t matching. So I had to undo it again. That was quite frustrating, but at last all the four motifs were joined correctly. By the way, I use slip stitch on the wrong side to join the motifs since I don’t really know of any other way of joining them.



It looks really nice so far. Once all the motifs are joined, I'll start working on the trim (still sounds like a lot of work). Then I will only need to iron the tablecloth (especially the seams) and it will be done!





Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lacy Stitch Baby Hat Size 3-6 Months, Free Crochet Pattern



Last week I posted my pattern for a newborn hat made in lacy stitch, and I promised to work out the same pattern for a bigger size. Here it is!

I made two of these hats – one in yellow and one in green. Both look lovely.





This pattern is my original design. It cannot be posted on other sites or distributed in any other form. If you would like to share this pattern, you can post ONE image on your site with the link to my original post. You can use this pattern to make items for personal use or for sale. If you sell finished items from this pattern, you must give design credit to Lacy Crochet blog (lacycrochet.blogspot.com). Please, respect my work. Thank you!

The hat measures about 15 inches in diameter and 6 inches in height.

I used Snuggly Wuggly yarn by Loops and Threads and size E (3.5mm) hook.

Gauge: 3 first rounds = 3.5 inches.

In this pattern V-st is (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same space.

Also, when I refer to “shell”, I mean 3 dc in same space.




Ch 5, join with sl st into ring.



Round 1: Ch 4, *dc in ring, ch 1* 11 times. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 2: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in each ch-1 space around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 3:  Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st into next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* 5 times, V-st into next V-st. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 4: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into each V-st around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 5: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, *V-stitch into next space between 2 V-st, V-st into next 4 V-st* 4 times, V-st into next V-st. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *skip 4 spaces, 3 dc in next space, ch 3, skip 2 spaces, sc in next sp, ch 3, skip 2 spaces, 3 dc in next space* around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 8: same as Round 7.



Round 9: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc (it’s the space between two shells), ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc*  around, ending with 3 dc in next dc. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 10: Sl st to last dc of shell, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with 3 dc in next dc. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 11: same as Round 10.



Round 12: sl st to last dc of shell, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc (it’s the space between two shells), ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 13: same as Round 7.



Round 14: same as Round 7.



Round 15: ch 1, sc in each next 5 dc, *2 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next ch-3 space, 6 sc in next 6 dc* around, ending with 2 sc in ch-3 space. Join round with sl st.



Fasten off.

I'm linking to
Home Sweet Home Friday @The Charm of Home,
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home,
 
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog
Craft Schooling Sunday @ Crative Jewish Mom

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Small Flower Doily (my first written doily pattern)


This is my first ever written pattern for a doily!

I did sketch a few doily symbol charts in the past, but my goal is to learn how to write instructions as well. 

When one is learning, a good idea is to start with a small and easy project because a big one can be too overwhelming and discourage the learner. Don’t you agree? 




So I started with a small doily (only seven rounds), which involved basic stitches such as single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and of course chains.

The design is not intricate at all, but as I said this is my learning attempt. I do hope to be able to come up with more elaborate doily designs in the future.

I used size ten crochet thread and size 5 Boy’s steel hook.

The doily measures 5 inches in diameter.









Ch 12, join with sl st into ring.



Round 1: Ch 3, dc in ring, *ch 2, 2 dc in ring* 9 times, ch 2, join with sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 2: Sl st to next ch-2 space, ch 3, dc in same space, *ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-2 space* 9 times, ch 3, join with sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 3: Sl st to next ch-3 space, (ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2dc) all in same space, *ch 2, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in next ch-3 space* 9 times, ch 2, join with sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 4: Sl st to next ch-2 space, (ch 3, 2 dc) in same space, *ch 3, 3 dc in next ch-2 space* 19 times, ch 3, join with sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, *3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space, ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc* 9 times, join with sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 5, 3 dc in space between next 3rd and 4th dc, *ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 5, 3 dc in space between next 3rd and 4th dc* 8 times, ch 5, sc in next sc, ch 5,  join with sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 7: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *ch 3, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc* 9 times, ch 3, skip next dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3,  join with sl st into 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Fasten off.

I'm linking to
Home Sweet Home Friday @The Charm of Home,
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home,
 
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog

Saturday, May 11, 2013

V-Stitch Baby Afghan with Scalloped Trim



I wanted to come up with a beginner’s level baby afghan pattern, so I thought what can be easier than a V-stitch.

This baby blanket is quite small in size; it’s a preemie size.  The reason I made it small is because I want to donate it for a charity that provides hospitals with handmade baby blankets and hats. They need baby blankets in preemie sizes as well as regular ones.

The blanket is super easy and quick to make. And, of course, with little adjustments it can be made in a bigger size. 






This pattern is my original design. It cannot be posted on other sites or distributed in any other form. If you would like to share this pattern, you can post ONE image on your site with the link to my original post. You can use this pattern to make items for personal use or for sale. If you sell finished items from this pattern, you must give design credit to Lacy Crochet blog (lacycrochet.blogspot.com). Please, respect my work. Thank you!

Skill Level: Easy


Size: Approximately 28 inches (71 cm) square.



Pound of Love by Lion Brand, Antique White


US Crochet Hook Size E/4 (3.50 MM)


V-st in this pattern is (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same space.





Ch 113 loosely.



Row 1: V-st in 4th ch from hook, *sk 2 ch, V-st in next ch* across, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.



Row 2: V-st in next V-st across, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3. Ch 3, turn.



Repeat Row 2 until you have 58 rows in total. Do not make turning ch 3 in the last row.



Trim


Round 1


Working in end of rows: ch 2, hdc in same space, *ch 1, 2hdc in next space* across. Ch 1, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) all in corner space.


Working into original chain: *ch 1, 2 hdc in next ch-2 space* across. Ch 1, (2hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) all in corner space.


Working in end of rows: *ch 1, 2 hdc in next space* across. Ch 1, (2 hdc, ch 3, 2 hdc) all in corner space.


Working in last row: *ch 1, 2 hdc in next  V-st* across. Ch 1, (2hd, ch 3) all in corner space. Sl st to join the round.



Round 2


Sc in space between next 2 hdc, *4 dc in space between next 2 hdc, sc in space between next 2 hdc* across. 6 dc in corner space.


Sc in space between next 2 hdc, *5 dc in space between next 2 hdc, sc in space between next 2 hdc* across. 6 dc in corner space.


Sc in space between next 2 hdc, *4 dc in space between next 2 hdc, sc in space between next 2 hdc* across. 6 dc in corner space.


Sc in space between next 2hdc, *5 dc in space between next 2 hdc, sc in space between next 2 hdc* across. 6 dc in corner space. Sl st to join the round.



Fasten off.

I'm linking this post to Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House,
Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick,
Teach Me Tuesday Link-Up @ Growing Home,

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Lacy Stitch Newborn Hat, Free Crochet Pattern



For this newborn hat I used the same lacy stitch as for the Lacy Baby Blanket. So if you’ve made that blanket, you can now crochet a matching baby hat!

This is a newborn size baby hat, but I'll try to work out the pattern for a bigger size too. 




This pattern is my original design. It cannot be posted on other sites or distributed in any other form. If you would like to share this pattern, you can post ONE image on your site with the link to my original post. You can use this pattern to make items for personal use or for sale. If you sell finished items from this pattern, you must give design credit to Lacy Crochet blog (lacycrochet.blogspot.com). Please, respect my work. Thank you!

The hat measures 13 inches in circumference and 5 inches in hight. 

I used Snuggly Wuggly yarn by Loops and Threads and size E (3.5mm) hook.

Gauge: 3 first rounds = 3.5 inches. If you gauge is slightly bigger, that’s not a problem; you will get a baby hat size 0-3 months. However, if your gauge is slightly smaller, you’ll get a baby hat size preemie. 

In this pattern V-st is (dc, ch 1, dc) all in same space.
Also, when I refer to “shell”, I mean 3 dc in same space.



Ch 5, join with sl st into ring.


Round 1: Ch 4, *dc in ring, ch 1* 11 times. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 2: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st in each ch-1 space around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 3:  Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round, *V-st into next 2 V-st, V-st into next space between two V-st of previous round* 5 times, V-st into next V-st. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 4: Sl st into next ch-1 space, ch 4, dc in same ch-1 space, V-st into each V-st around. Join with sl st into 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.



Round 5: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *skip 4 spaces, 3 dc in next space, ch 3, skip 2 spaces, sc in next sp, ch 3, skip 2 spaces, 3 dc in next space* around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 6: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *skip 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 7: Same as Round 6.



Round 8: Ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc (it’s the space between two shells), ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc, 3 dc in next dc*  around, ending with 3 dc in next dc. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 9: Sl st to last dc of shell, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *ch 3, sc in next sc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc, skip next 4 dc, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with 3 dc in next dc. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 10: Same as Round 9.



Round 11: sl st to last dc of shell, ch 3, 2 dc in same space, *3 dc in next dc, ch 3, sc in space between next 2nd and 3rd dc (it’s the space between two shells), ch 3, skip next 2 dc, 3 dc in next dc* around, ending with ch 3. Join with sl st to 3rd ch of beg ch-3.



Round 12: Same as Round 6.



Round 13: ch 1, sc in each next 5 dc, *2 sc in next ch-3 space, sc in next sc, 2 sc in next ch-3 space, 6 sc in next 6 dc* around, ending with 2 sc in ch-3 space. Join round with sl st.



Fasten off.   

I'm linking this post to Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House,
Clever Chicks Blog Hop at The Chicken Chick,
Teach Me Tuesday Link-Up @ Growing Home,
Did You Make That @ Did You Make That,
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog
Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove
I ♥ Fridays Link Party @ Petals to Picots

Monday, May 6, 2013

Plumeria Baby Dress



A fellow crocheter and blogging friend Sarah from Sarahsweethearts… offered me to test the pattern for her recent creation – Plumeria Baby Dress. I fell in love with the dress when I saw it on Sarah’s Facebook page, so of course I agreed to try the pattern!

Once I started crocheting this adorable dress, I couldn’t stop. As a result, I made it all in one evening!




I used pale pink leftover Snuggly Wuggly yarn by Loops and Threads. The dress came out very soft and airy. Perfect for a little princess! What a lovely present this baby dress would make.

Sarah’s pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry and Craftsy.


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lacy Lilac Bookmark


Reading is one of my favorite past times. I prefer old-fashioned hard copies rather than reading on Ipad or Kindle. And with an actual book, one needs a bookmark. I made myself a few crocheted bookmarks in the past and just now added another one to my collection. 


I used a small amount of leftover size 10 thread in lilac and purple colors. I also used size 10 steel hook. It had been a while since I worked with such small hook, and at first it felt a bit strange and my stitches were coming out clumsy. But soon I got hand of it.



The blue flowers in the pictures are called Blue Nigella. They are in full bloom in my yard now.



Ch 15.

Row 1: (4 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) all in 5th ch from hook, sk 5 ch, (4 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) all in next ch, dc in last ch. Ch 3, turn.

Row 2: *(4 dc, ch 3, 1 dc) all in next ch-3 space* twice, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3. Ch 3, turn.

Repeat Row 2 until you have 26 rows it total. Don’t make turning ch 3 at the end of Row 26.

Row 27: Turn, ch 5, sc in next dc, ch 5, sc in 1st dc of the next group of dc, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch-3.

Fasten off. Attach thread of contrasting color in same corner to make border.

Working in end of rows: *3 sc in next space* across, 7 sc in corner space.

Working in original chain: sc in next space where group of dc is made, 5 sc in next ch space, sc in next space where group of dc is made, 6 sc in corner space.

Working in end of rows: *3 sc in next space* across, 7 sc in corner space.

Working in last row: 7 sc in next ch space, 6 sc in corner space. Join with sl st. Fasten off.

If you wish to stiffen your bookmark, you can use spray on starch and hot iron.

I'm linking to
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home,
 
Link Your Stuff @ Annamarie's Haakblog