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Saturday, 3 December 2016

SHELLED FINGERLESS GLOVES

SHELLED FINGERLESS GLOVES

These are the pair of gloves that I’ve made to match my friend’s shelled socks (which I shared here just yesterday. If you missed that, visit https://shyamanivas.blogspot.in/2016/12/really-comfy-lavender-ladies-socks.html


I played around with a few ideas and stitches, and mapped this off a shelled cowl that I’d made earlier (and oddly enough for this same friend – so without realising it, she’s now got a pretty solid matching set) J



Materials used : Oswal Acrylic yarn with a 3.5 mm hook

Skill level : Intermediate to advanced

Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                               sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                                      ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                                     sl-st : Slip stitch
st(s) : Stitch(es)                                                             hk : Hook
yo : Yarn Over                                                        
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet          

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

                                                          
Our pattern repeat here is 10 and we are working in a round.




Start with fsc in multiples of 10 for the round wrist measure needed. 

In this pattern, our “V”-stitch (“V”-st) is a (2 dc ; ch 1, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp.

Round 1 : sc in the 1st fsc ; ch 1, sk next fsc ; sc in the next fsc ; *sk next 3 fsc, “V”-st in the next fsc ; sk next 3 fsc, sc in the next fsc ; ch 1, sk next fsc, sc in the next fsc* ; rep *to* till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

I’d suggest that you slip this little band around your wrist to check.

Round 2 : “V”-st in the 1st ch-1 sp ; ch 3, sk next sc and 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp ; *ch 3, sk next 3 dc and sc , “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 3, sk next sc and 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp* ; rep *to* till 1st hdc ; hdc in that same hdc ; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st “V”-st. 

In this round, we’ll use our shell stitch, which is (3 dc ; ch 1, 3 dc), all in the same st or ch-sp.

Round 3 : Shell stitch in the 1st “V”-st ; sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 1, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; *shell st in the next “V”-st ; sc in the next ch-3 sp ; ch 1, sk next sc , sc in the next ch-3 sp* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 3 and join with a sl-st to the dc. 

Round 4 : sl-st in the 1st 3 dc , sc in the 1st ch-1 sp ; ch 3, sk next 3 dc and sc,  “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ; *ch 3, sk next sc and 3 dc, sc in the next ch-1 sp (between shell) ; ch 3, sk next 3 dc and sc, “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp(between shell) * ; rep *to* till end and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 5 : sc in the 1st ch-3 sp ; shell st in the next “V”-st ; *sc in the next ch-3 sp, ch 1, sk next sc, sc in the next ch-3 sp ; shell st in the next “V”-st* ; rep *to* till end ; ch 1, and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Rep Rows 2 – 5 till you have reached your thumb.  We will work about one row of shelled pattern over the base of the thumb and then we will work only for the four fingers & palm section.

Before you move further, please read through the two ways below, so that you can decide which row you need to end at.

Now there are two ways to do this.  The easy one and then the Intermediate one… and they both look as beautiful. 





Easy way :
For this easy method, you just carry on with the pattern till you have crossed the thumb and are halfway down the palm till the base of the fingers.  You could continue a little beyond, but you need to pay attention the fact that the further up the fingers you move, the narrower your hand gets.  It is ‘thickest’ or widest near the thumb.  So if you’re using a yarn that does not stretch too much, then that’s ok as it’s going to be snug around the thumb and just right around the palm of the hand.
So all you’re doing is extending it till the end of the fingers and making a longish tube.
Fasten off and weave in all ends.  Ensure you glue all ends down, as you will be pulling these gloves on and off a lot, and the ‘just woven in ends’ will unravel and look ugly later on.

The advantage of this pattern is that you have just this long tube that you can slip on either way – i.e there is no up or down, and if your work is neat, then there is no underside or top side.  However remember that the pattern does have a ‘top’ and ‘bottom’, so ensure that when you slip your gloves on, you keep the pattern facing the same way for both hands.
That’s it.. you’re good to go.




Intermediate way :
For this second method, we’ll work in a small ‘hole’ for the thumb to go through, and take the pattern up for the fingers and palm.

If you have decided to work this pattern, please end at Row 5.
Our next round, therefore is a small change on Round 2.

Next Round : “V”-st in the 1st ch-1 sp ; ch 3, sk next sc and 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp ; *ch 3, sk next 3 dc and sc , “V”-st in the next ch-1 sp ; ch 3, sk next sc and 3 dc , sc in the next ch-1 sp* ; rep *to* till 1st hdc ; hdc in that same hdc ; ch 1 and join with a sl-st to the 1st “V”-st. 

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I have a few gloves that I’ve made before, so here are those pattern links for you.




















Thursday, 1 December 2016

REALLY COMFY LAVENDER LADIES SOCKS



REALLY COMFY LAVENDER LADIES SOCKS

I had a visitor from Perth – and it was a really sudden visit.  I love gifting my friends something made with love, handmade and thoughtful. Perth has winters and my friend loves her bed-socks.. and she likes to keep her toes warm but not too warm.  This lovely lacy pattern was just right for it – I thought that it ticked all her little boxes.. and she loved it.. so Yaay !!

Materials used : Today I’ve used under one skein of our lovely Indian Oswal Cashmilon 3-ply acrylic yarn with a 5.5 mm crochet hook

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with ch 2 or ch 3,I’d like to introduce a lovely way of starting a double crochet row.  Do take a look at this self explanatory super video
In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-2 or ch-3 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.


Abbreviations used : (Using U.S terminology)
lp(s) : Loop(s)                                                 sc : Single crochet
dc : Double crochet                                     ch : Chain
sp : Space                                                          sl-st : Slip stitch
hk : Hook                                                           yo : Yarn Over 
st(s) : Stitch(es)     
                   

For this really awesome pair of socks, I’ve used the really cute pattern at http://www.thelavenderchair.com/lazy-daisy-sock-crochet-pattern/



I’d like to add here that Dorianna (of Lavender Chair) has some absolutely awesome girls dresses too.. so do jog on over to her page on Ravelry and have a look-see.

The pattern here uses a light worsted yarn with a 5.5 mm crochet hook.  We don’t get that kind of yarn locally, so I used 2 strands of 3 ply Oswal Cashmilon yarn with a 5.5 mm crochet hook and am thrilled with the results.







May I add (naughty me) that I’m pretty tickled with the title for this product.. using Lavender yarn for a Lavender Chair creation (OK, so a bit lame.. but hey.. at the end of the day, if a smile has been spread, it was worth the lameness J )

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Here are some pattern links for earlier footwear projects I’ve made.  Enjoy



























Wednesday, 30 November 2016

IRISH LACE FLORAL EAR RING


IRISH LACE FLORAL EAR RING

I was given a photograph and was requested to make this ear ring.  This is a pretty pattern and will make an awesome broach / pin too.  I have also always wanted to try Irish lace, so thought this would be just the right opportunity to get it all done


 Materials used : Today I’ve used Hilaza Rustica Eclat (made in Mexico), which is a cotton yarn with some iridescence / shiny metallic-like addition in it, with a 1.75 mm crochet hook.



Abbreviations used :  (Using U.S terminology)
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                 dc : Double crochet
ch : chain                                                                    ch-sp : chain space
sp : space                                                                    rep : Repeat
hdc : Half Double crochet                                sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only
fpsc : Front Post Single Crochet


Stitches used :

Magic circle : To refresh your skill, please view this easy video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLuSVyKvoUg

fsc : Foundation Single Crochet : To refresh your skill on the fsc, please view this superb video by Tamara Kelly at the link  http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/

Sc-blo : Single Crochet Back Loop Only : For this stitch, we work the regular sc, but instead of going through both loops, you only go through the back loop of each sc.  For a visual, check https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phf7Nj0_LJg

Hdc : Half Double Crochet : yo, insert hk into st ; yo (3 lps on hk), yo, draw through all 3 lps.  One hdc made.



For this project, I used the inspiration from this pattern write up to create the base leaf http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf51824958.tip.html

And I found a video link for a leaf pattern too http://postila.ru/post/45242602
Yes, it is not in English, but it’s a video, right J

And here are more ideas for Irish lace at

I also found a neat chart for something like a leaf, and this is what I did with that chart.  So for this little leaf pattern, we’ll work down the chain, and then work around the last ch st and around the back of the same chain.




You can work either an sc or sc-blo and for a “how to”, please check under “stitches used”.  I am going to write this as an sc all through, as the sc-blo is just a small tweak, which most beginners may not be able to get done neatly, but if you are an advanced skill crocheter, then you can do all of this anyway – so go ahead, tweak away and create your difference.

Leaf idea :
Start Row 1 : with 15 ch ; 
Turn and sc in the 2nd ch from hk, till the 2nd last ch from end ; 
5 sc in the last ch ; 
Turn and working along the back of the same 1st ch row, sc in the next 12 ch.  Turn

Just for your convenience, may I suggest that you find and mark the centre stitch.  Our centre stitch is the 3rd stitch of the 5 sc you worked in the last ch from Row 1.

May I also suggest that you continue to keep a marker in the centre stitch for convenience.
Row 2 : ch 1, sc in the next sc, till the marked sc ; 3 sc in the marked sc ; sc in the each sc till 3 sc from end.  Turn.

Rep Row 2 two more times.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  One little leaf made.






Flower idea :
Start Round 1 : with a magic circle and 12 sc in that circle. 
Join with a sl-st to the 1st sc and pull lightly to close.

Round 2 : sc in the 1st sc ;
*ch 3, sk next sc, sc in the next sc* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st sc.

Round 3 : sl-st in the 1st ch-3 sp ;
*5 dc in the same ch-3 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-3 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-3 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

For the next round, we will need to create a round of ch-sps, and for that we will work our spaces from behind this first round of petals we’ve made in Round 3.

So how do you do this : Well, it’s a lot like working a sc around the post stitch.  So see the sc from Round 2?  That’s the st you will work the sc around from the back
To get to the sc from behind, we will use a turning ch, which is the ch-1 we will start with.

Round 4 : ch 1 (as a turning chain) ; sc around the sc from Round 2,
*ch 4, sc around the next sc from Round 2* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : sl-st in the 1st ch-4 sp ;
*6 dc in the same ch-4 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-4 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Second round of petals complete.

Once again, let’s work a round of ch-sps for the next round of petals.

Round 6 : ch 1 (as a turning chain) ; sc around the sc from Round 5,
*ch 4, sc around the next sc from Round 5* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : sl-st in the 1st ch-4 sp ;
*7 dc in the same ch-4 sp ; sl-st in the same ch-4 sp ; 
sl-st in the next ch-4 sp* ;
rep *to* all around and join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

So this completes three rounds of petals on our lovely little flower.  If you decide you want another round, you just go ahead and add another round.

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I have a few pieces of jewellery already made, and just in case you want a dekho at those free patterns … here you go  J