Monday, August 31, 2015

Another Vintage Doily...

in the works. Exploring some more crochet tubework...
 Many of the doilies I have perused in vintage magazines are white or another solid color and my favorite part of making these doilies is adding color to them.  Doilies, in my opinion, are pieces of artwork.  They create such a visual story and I find myself mesmerized.  

Enjoy!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy Friday - Tubular Tutorial

There are two ways to go tubular in crochet, let me show you how...

To start make a circle...
any circle will do but here is what I did... 

Rnd 1:  10 sc into ring, join.  
Rnd 2:  Ch 6(counts as tr, ch 2),  (tr, ch 2) in each st around, join.
Rnd 3:  Dc in each tr, 3 dc in each ch-2 sp around.  join.  
Rnd 4:  *2 sc in a st, 1 sc in next st, Rep from * around, join.  

 Now for the fun part, Method 1:  
Rnd 5:  Working in front loops only, sc in each st around, join.  
Rnds 6-9:  Sc in each st around join...
Ready to make the tube...

Working through each st and the back loop of Rnd 5...
sl st in each st around.

It will look like this on the back side...
 and on the front side...


Now for Method 2:  
Rnd 5a: Working in back loops only, sc in each st around, join and fasten off. 
Rnd 5b: Join thread, Working in front loops only, sc in each st around, join. 
Rnds 6-9:  Sc in each st around, join.  

This time for making the tube, work through sc loops of Rnd 9 and Rnd 5a....
sc through both stitches around while hiding your ends, join.  

And voila!...

Tubular crochet is  great way to give some dimension to your Crochet!

Enjoy!







Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Update -Tubular Crochet

Remember a while back when I was going to try this...
tubular crochet.

Well at the same time I wanted to try what Ferosa Harold calls painted crochet.  Painted crochet is using sewing thread to give your crochet a multicolored look like this...

Using size 20 cotton thread and different colors of sewing, I tried out the tubular crochet coasters.  The draw back of creating painted crochet is the number of threads to weave in...
looks like jellyfish, right.  

So last night I sat down and created this...
Later this week I will show you how to do it. 

Now I have to get back to reading this book to Orla it is a really good story....

Enjoy!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Friday -tips & tricks

Sometimes in order to decipher a vintage pattern, you may need to get creative.  Things to try might be to take notes, study the picture and trace it out.  That is what I had to do to make this butterfly...
When making a butterfly like this there are so many numbers to keep track of.  I went through this process of  trying to crochet it, something not looking right, rip it out, try again... then a light bulb clicked.  

First I enlarged the picture with our printer,  and used some carbon paper to trace it....


Then reading the pattern wrote in all the chains and single crochets for each space...
giving myself the visual tool to finish my butterfly!

Also, on my finished project list is this vintage doily...
Enjoy!


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tunisian Throw -how to

   In an effort to de-stash some yarn an easy way to do that is a stash buster blanket (aka Tunisian Throw)....

  I have about 10 skeins of this Moda Dea, Vision and the other yarn is Red Heart Fiesta both are worsted weight yarns.  The crochet hook is a size N/9.00 mm.   I am working in Tunisian simple stitch for 2 skeins then I change to the other yarn and work in the Tunisian Knit Stitch for 5 rows.  Here is my pattern...

Chain 100.

Pull up loop from each chain and work the basic return (Yo, pull through 1 loop, yo, pull through 2 loops until 1 loop remains).
 TSS in each stitch across and return.
Work as many rows as you wish then change color.
TKS in each stitch across and return.
Work 5 rows or as many as you wish then change color.
Repeat pattern to de-stash and create a cozy throw.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New & Old

Yesterday, I stopped in at Herrschners to pick up some new Nazli Gelin Garden thread...
which will look lovely in this vintage doily pattern and the butterfly.  

I wonder what colors to choose...

Enjoy!



Friday, August 14, 2015

Tie-dye & Butterfly

Orla and I got a tie-dye kit months ago and finally yesterday we gathered all our whites and set to work.  We let our items saturate overnight and here is the result...
it was so much fun.  I am ready to do it again.  

Then for the rest of the day, I worked on this Irish Crochet Butterfly...
from a vintage, antique pattern.  The head and body were pretty easy to figure out.  The wings were a bit more difficult, so many chains and working into spaces.  Then trying to do the same thing on the opposite side, it looks pretty good.  

Enjoy!


Thursday, August 13, 2015

TBT -Crochet World

Yesterday I spent some time organizing my Crochet mags and came across this blast from the past...

vintage October 1984 issue of Crochet World.  

In 1984 at 12 years old, I had just learned to Crochet from my Grandma G.  Using Red Heart SuperSaver in a bright orange, making a tube top for my Barbie doll.  At that time there weren't many computers,  and certainly no Internet.  So these issues included... 
yep, remember classifieds? 

For all the yarn scraps we have, this is something that could still come in handy...
using your dry cleaning hangers you can make yourself a duster!

And some vintage yarn humor...
Orlon is a Acrylic yarn that looks similar to Perle Cotton, and available at Yarn Barn

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Polly Headband

Today I finally listed this pattern....
Polly Headband to Craftsy and Ravelry
 This pattern was featured in the March 2015 issue of Entwine Magazine.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WIP - Flowers ...

Yesterday we gave our dog, Elvie a haircut and bath.  Usually we take her somewhere to be groomed but in an effort to save ourselves some money we did it ourselves...
this is in between haircut and bath.  In the end she seems to like her new do.  


Last week while in the car on the way to a lake, and working on a latest project...
a flower necklace.  I love not driving it allows for more Crochet time.  

Now I just need to add a clasp....
and maybe a bit of stiffening.  

And this one also needs  a clasp...
and ends to weave in.  


Enjoy!