Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Make it! Mega Oval Scarf !!!

Last year (as last free pattern of 2016!) I gifted you an oval pattern to crochet (mini colourful pillow) and right now, as my first free pattern of the new year, I'm offering you a new oval pattern .... ;O)




 The funny thing about this work is not the repetition of the oval shape, but the colours choice, as this is not my usual colourful and bright palette, right?

I think is a good thing try something different from time to time and having some neutral colours in my stash, I decided this was the right time to put them in good use!!!

WHAT YOU NEED : 

some chunky yarn ! I've been using the following ones:

ZAMBAK by Kartopu shade K1001(silver grey)
ZAMBAK by Kartopu shade K1002 (darker grey)
ZAMBAK by Kartopu shade K940 (black) (2 balls)
APOLLO by Schachenmayr shade sisal meliert ID #00005 (beige)
SPLASH variegated yarn 50 g (50% acrylic, 50% wool) shade 190 (green prevailing) from Italy
LUMINO by Moda Vera shade 80280255 (neon yellow)

a 5,5 mm hook
a pair of scissors
a yarn needle
stitch markers (optional), to put them on each first and last stitches of both long sides
tape measure or ruler

Remember that I follow the US crochet terminology, thank you !!!

Note that there are increases in each round of the pattern, in both semicircles. The pattern increases of 10 stitches each round, following, more or less, the rules of a Basic Double Crochet Circle Pattern !





SCARF pattern




My colours sequence is the following : silver grey, beige, dark grey, variegated green and black !

With your hook and first colour make a slip knot on the hook and crochet a foundation chain of 204 chain stitches.

Round 1 : wrap yarn around your hook and insert the tip in 3rd chain from hook and work your first double crochet (=DC). This stitch is considered to be part of the second semicircle, as last stitch of it!
Crochet 200 DC along the foundation chain (= first long side). In last chain, instead, work 5 DC (= first semicircle). In this way we can start the second long side, so crochet other 200 DC along the base of the previous side. Now work 4 DC in last chain and slip stitch in top of first DC made (second semicircle completed!). (total stitches : 410)

Round 2 : chain 2 and work 2 DC in the same stitch, work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work 2 DC in each stitch (total = 10 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : work 2 DC in each stitch (total = 8 stitches). NOTE : you can decide to change colour in the last DC of this round, as I do, or change it at the beginning of next round ! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches : 420)

Round 3 : with new colour (beige, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then 2 DC in next stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 5 times (total = 15 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 4 times (total = 12 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches : 430)

Round 4 ; with new colour (dark grey, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in the following stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first DC + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 5 times (total = 20 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 4 times (total = 16 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 440)

Round 5 : chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in following stitch and 2 DC in next stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 1 DC in following stitch + 2 DC in next stitch ) 5 times (total = 25 stitches), then crochet other 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch +  1 DC in following stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 4 times (total = 20 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first stitch made. (total stitches = 450)

Round 6 : chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch, 1 DC in following stitch, 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work ( 1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 1 DC in following stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 5 times (total = 30 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 1 DC in following stitch + 1 DC in next stitch + 2 DC in following stitch) 4 times (total = 24 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 460)

Round 7 : with new colour (variegated green, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in 2nd stitch, 1 DC in 3rd stitch, 1 DC in 4th stitch, 1 DC in 5th stitch and 2 DC in 6th stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in 1st stitch + 1 DC in 2nd stitch + 1 DC in 3rd stitch + 1 DC in 4th stitch + 1 DC in 5th stitch + 2 DC in 6th stitch) 5 times (total = 35 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in 1st stitch + 1 DC in 2nd stitch + 1 DC in 3rd stitch + 1 DC in 4th stitch + 1 DC in 5th stitch + 2 DC in 6th stitch) 4 times (total = 28 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 470)

Round 8 : with new colour (black, in above picture) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 5 stitches and 2 DC in 7th stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first 6 stitches + 2 DC in 7th stitch) 5 times (total = 40 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat ( 1 DC in first 6 stitches + 2 DC in 7th stitch) 4 times (total = 32 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 480)

Round 9 : chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next 6 stitches and 2 DC in 8th stitch. Work 200 DC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 DC in first 7 stitches + 2 DC in 8th stitch) 5 times (total = 45 stitches), then crochet 200 DC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first 7 stitches + 2 DC in 8th stitch) 4 times (total = 36 stitches). Slip stitch in top of first DC made. (total stitches = 490)

Round 10 : chain 1 and 1 single crochet (=SC) in same stitch, 1 SC in next 7 stitches and 2 SC in 9th stitch. Work 200 SC along the long side. In first semicircle work (1 SC in first 8 stitches + 2 SC in 9th stitch) 5 times (total = 50 stitches), then crochet 200 SC along the other long side. In last semicircle : repeat (1 SC in first 8 stitches + 2 SC in 9th stitch) 4 times (total = 40 stitches). Slip stitch in top of fist SC made. (total stitches = 500)

Cut yarn, fasten off and weave all ends in.

My scarf is long 196 cm and 26 cm wide.





EMBELLISHMENTS


In the middle of the scarf, I worked a long line of slip stitches in black just to add a modern touch !

Then, I added some fringes : I cut 6 lenghts (15 cm long, each) for each group of fringes (total = 10) and I knotted them just along the round sides as you can see in next picture




Very simple, but nice !!!!







If you fancy to crochet one, please, let me know !!!!

xxxx Alessandra

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Crochet Japanese knot bag

Hi there!!!!

Hope you are all well and I wish you a GREAT 2017!!! We all deserve a good one!!!

My last blog post is from 7/12/2016 ...... it was time to be back!!!!

Today I'm going to show you a little project that took few days to be completed, because of the use of a small number of granny squares and of the simple construction : a Japanese knot bag !!!




It all started with a simple granny square ...




... and very soon there was a second one ...




... and joining with the "as-you-go method", there were soon more to crochet the first panel of the bag to be ...




... and in no time we had even the second panel ...







Once the two panels were joined, I had to add a simple border along the top (2 rounds of single crochets, US crochet terminology) ...




Then, it was time to add the handles (still granny squares, but smaller of one round) with the peculiarity to be asymmetrical ...








You have to make the longer handle pass through the loop of the smaller handle and you will have something like the following ...






The pattern is from of one of my Japanese crochet books ...




and the bag is shown on page 25 ...




I was working with 2 different hooks (5,5 mm and 6,5 mm), because the yarn for the common background was thicker than the other yarns and, for the same reason, the shells of the background are only of 2 DC (double crochet) and not 3 !!!

See you soon, xxxx Alessandra

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Make it! Mini colourful pillow !!!

Do you remember these little beauties ???




Well, if not (!!!!!), you can read all the story about them in THIS OLD POST of mine !!! ;oD

Anyhow, today I celebrate my first 5000 followers on INSTAGRAM !!!!

So I decided to THANK YOU, old and new followers, with a new free pattern : yes, a mini pillow pattern, as I was asked various times if there was a pattern for this little thing .... NOW YES!!!

WHAT YOU NEED :

some chunky and colourful yarns
a 5,5mm hook
a pair of scissors
a yarn needle
stitch markers (optional): I put them in each first and last stitches of both semicircles!
toy stuffing

Remember that I follow the US crochet terminology, thank you!

I've been using yarns from my personal stash. You can use any kind of yarn weight, to have a smaller or bigger pillow!!!! If you don't like the "V" shape of the pillow's base, simply crochet less stitches in the semi rounds of the oval : instead of 7 stitches (read first round of pattern), try with 5 or 3 !!! ;oD

Note that the pattern increases of 14 stitches every round !!!!

PATTERN





1st round : choose a colour to start your work (PATONS JET 12 ply shade 812 pink) and make a slip knot on your hook and chain 18. Wrap yarn around hook, insert the tip in 3rd chain from hook and crochet your first double crochet (=DC). Work other 14 DC in next chains. In last chain, instead, crochet 7 DC. In doing so, you have automatically turned your work upside-down, so now work 14 DC along the base and in the last chain crochet 6 DC (change colour in last DC as explained HERE, as I do or change it at the beginning of next round!) and slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 42).
When I change colour, I cut the old one and I work the new one (some stitches) around the tails of both old and new colours. then I cut the excesses of yarn!





2nd round : with the new colour (PATONS JET 12 ply shade 708 rose) chain 2 and 2 DC in same stitch, then work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work 2 DC in each stitch (total=14 DC), then crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : work 2 DC in each stitch (total=12 DC). Remember to change colour in last DC, if you like! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 56)





3rd round : with the new colour (ROBIN PAINTBOX chunky shade sunset) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then 2 DC in next stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (1 DC in first stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 7 times (total=21 stitches), then crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (1 DC in first stitch + 2 DC in next stitch) 6 times (total=18 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 70)





4th round : with the new colour (PATONS JET 12 ply shade 810 green) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in next stitch and 2 DC in the following stitch. Work 14 stitches along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (2 DC in next 2 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=28 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (2 DC in next 2 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=24 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 84)





5th round : with new colour (Japanese yarn from Gosyo Sanyo) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then work 2 DC in next 2 stitches and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (3 DC in next 3 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=35 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (3 DC in next 3 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=30 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 98)





6th round : with new colour (Filatura e Tessitura di Tollegno S.p.a. LANA GATTO Persiano shade 12961) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then work 3 DC in next 3 stitches and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work ( 4 DC in next 4 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=42 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (4 DC in next 4 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=36 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 112)





7th round : with new colour (Ripple CHUNKY by KISMET YARNS shade 3960) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then work 4 DC in next 4 stitches and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (5 DC in next 5 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=49 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (5 DC in next 5 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=42 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 126)





8th round : with new colour (PATONS JET 12 ply shade 813 red) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then work 5 DC in next 5 stitches and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (6 DC in the next 6 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=56 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (6 DC in next 6 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=48 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 140)





9th round : with new colour (Japanese yarn from Gosyo Sanyo) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then work 6 DC in next 6 stitches and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (7 DC in next 7 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=63 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (7 DC in next 7 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=54 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC ! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 154)





10th round : with new colour (FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 334 pink) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then work 7 DC in next 7 stitches and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (8 DC in next 8 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=70 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (8 DC in next 8 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=60 stitches). Remember to change colour in last DC! Slip stitch in top of first DC. (total stitches : 168)





11th round : with new colour (Japanese yarn from Gosyo Sanyo) chain 2 and 1 DC in same stitch, then work 8 DC in next 8 stitches and 2 DC in following stitch. Work 14 DC along the straight edge. In the first semicircle work (9 DC in next 9 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 7 times (total=77 stitches). Crochet 14 DC along the other straight edge. Last semicircle : repeat (9 DC in next 9 stitches + 2 DC in following stitch) 6 times (total=66 stitches). Remember to change colour in the last DC ! Slip stitch in top of the first DC. (total stitches : 182)



You have completed the oval shape !!! It will be quite crinkly, but no worries : the stuffing will smooth every unevenness !!!

If you like, you can weave in some tails !!! ;oD






12th round (scallops) : with new colour (KARTOPU ZAMBAK shade K1001 grey) chain 1 and 1 single crochet (=SC) in same stitch, skip stitch, 6 DC in next stitch, skip stitch, 1 SC in next stitch. Repeat (skip stitch, 6 DC in next stitch, skip stitch, 1 SC in next stitch) 43 times.
Work last scallop (#45) : skip stitch, 6 DC in next stitch, skip stitch and slip stitch in first SC.

Cut yarn, end off and weave in ends.


The big part is done ! Now we need to fold our piece of fabric in half




Then you need to choose a new colour (FILATI TROPICAL LANE SPENDOBENE SUPER SPORT shade 92 orange) to start the joining of the scallops, to seal the mini pillow with the toy filling inside !

We have an odd number (45) of scallops, so we will have one scallop on one side with no matching scallop on the other side !!! This scallop will be folded in half and the two halves of the same scallop will match (see above picture on the right and the other picture below) ...




You will push the tip of your hook in this solitary scallop in both stitches numbered 4 and 3 (the central ones of the scallop).
Now, remembering that each scallop is made of 6 stitches and that between the scallops you have 1 SC, you can start the joining with simple slip stitches ...








After the joining of the first 12 couples of scallops, you can start to fill the pillow with some toy stuffing







Little by little you add slip stitches and some stuffing and you reach the end of the pillow, with last scallops and stitches, so you can cut yarn, fasten off and weave in the ends!




As you can see, in the front of your pillow you will have a nice chain of slip stitches, while in the back you will have a kind of straight stitches ...




This new pillow is ready to join some old friends ...





To have an idea of the real dimensions, my son Matteo helped me to take a couple of pictures ...





Hope you like it !!!!


Thank you again for your support, with all my heart

xxxx Alessandra





























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