Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Catania Grande Project #4

....THE END!!!!!
YES!!!! I've completed the crocheting of my table runner (oval and with a scallop edging!!)!!!!!

Do you wanna see?????



I began to work from Round 14 (in the above pictures I'm showing you were I started!), where I decided to make a thick base for the scallop border









Then, Round 15 (do you see little pink tulips, like I do?)













So, after completing the green round, I picked up the red yarn and Round 16 began






Another round with green (Round 17)





.....and, finally, the Scallop Edging (!!!), with red and hot pink alternating each other (very me, I think!)













What is left?????


...just some red (20g) and some hot pink (25/8g). No green at all!!!

I didn't need to block my table runner! In the case you do, instead, just spray some cold water and let it dry flat the time is needed.

The oval table runner with scallop edging measures from scallop to scallop : 57cmx37cm.

I wrote even the PATTERN....

You can follow it using the photos (they are so many, so I hope helpful!!!) that I showed you in


OVAL TABLE RUNNER WITH SCALLOP EDGING : THE PATTERN

I've used :

Hook : 5mm
Yarn : Catania Grande (100% cotton) in 3 different shades : lime (1 ball)
                                                                                                red (2 balls)
                                                                                                cyclamen (2 balls)
             each yarn ball weighs 50g

1 pair of scissors
1 tapestry needle

Stitches used in this project (US crochet terms) :
  • chain
  • single crochet (SC)
  • double crochet (DC)
  • half double crochet (hDC)
  • slip stitch
I started my project by using the lime green cotton.
Begin by crocheting a chain of 35 loops (or chain stitches, if you prefer!). By doing that, the central part of our oval table runner will have 30 chains (no increasings) until the end of round 13.
If you prefer to have a longer table runner and so a thin oval, just crochet a longer chain! My table runner is more circular!

Round 1 : wrap the yarn around the hook and insert it in the 5th chain from the hook and work your first double crochet (DC). DC in the next 29 chains and work 5 DCs in the last stitch. Turn sideways and continue to work  along other side of your foundation chain (that is in the unused loops of it) by working 30 DCs. In the last stitch, work 4 DCs and slip stitch (or use the "invisible join" as I did in each round). 70 stitches.

As you can see,  your oval is forming. Infact, you'll have the 2 ends of your work that are curved (where you have your 5 DCs in the same stitch). Note that you will go around each curve by increasing by 5 : a total of 10 increases per round, ok?

Between the 2 curves, we have the central section of the table runner, that resembles a rectangular shape. We have a top and a bottom. In this specific case, both top and bottom have 30 stitches each.
When I was working on this project, I used to put a little safety pin in the first stitch and in the last stitch (#30) of the top and of the bottom (total : 4 pins). In that way was easy to know where each curve started and ended.

Before starting a new round, I tend to trim the ends in .

To make my life easier, as I was using the invisible join at the end of each round, when starting a new round, I used to push my hook in the back loop* of the first stitch of the round (that is the one just the one before the first Dc of our top). This is even the stitch close by the "fake one"(that remains on the right of the real stitch) formed using the invisible join!

Round 2 : change colour : cyclamen. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch that stands before the pin. Work 30 DCs in the top. Work 2 DCs in each stitch of the first curve. Work 30 DCs in the bottom. Work 2 DCs in the first 4 stitches and 1 DC  in the last stitch. Slip stitch or invisible join. 80 stitches.

Round 3 : change colour : red. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the top. In the curve, increase in this way : 1 DC in first stitch, 2 DCS in second stitch. Repeat this pattern other 4 times! Work 30 DCS in the bottom. Work 1 DC (in first stitch of the 2nd curve), 2 DCs in 2nd stitch. Repeat this pattern other 3 times. Work 1 DC in the last but one stitch and 1DC in last stitch. Slip stitch or invisible join. 90 stitches.

Round 4 : change colour : cyclamen. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCS in the top. In the curve, repeat this pattern 2DCs in first stitch, 1 DC, 1DC five times! Work 30 DCs in the bottom. Second curve : repeat 4 times 2 DCs in first stitch, 1 DC, 1 DC. Then 2DCs in same stitch, 1 DC in last stitch. Slip stitch or invisible join. 100 stitches.

Round 5 : change colour : red. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the top. Start the curve with : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs. Repeat this pattern other 4 times. Work 30 DCs in the bottom. In the second curve repeat the same pattern : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs four times. Then 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Slip stitch or invisible join. 110 stitches.

Round 6 : change colour : cyclamen. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the top. In the first curve : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC and repeat it other 4 times! Work 30 DCs in the bottom. in the second curve repeat the identical pattern : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC 4 times in total. Then : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC. Slip stitch or invisible join. 120 stitches.

Round 7 : change colour : green. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the  top. In the first curve increase as follow : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs. Repeat it other 4 times! Work 30 DCs in the bottom. In the second curve : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs and repeat the pattern other 3 times. Then : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Slip stitch or invisible join. 130 stitches.

Round 8 : change colour : red. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin. Work 30 DCs in the top. In the first curve, repeat 5 times this pattern : 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC.
Work 30 DCs in the bottom. In the second curve, repeat the pattern 4 times : 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Then : 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Slip stitch or invisible join.
140 stitches.

Round 9 : change colour : cyclamen. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the top. In the first curve increase in this way : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC,  1 DC and repeat this pattern other 4 times! Work 30 DCs in the bottom. In the second curve, repeat the same pattern used in the first curve, only 4 times! Then : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Slip stitch or invisible join. 150 stitches.

Round 10 : change colour : red. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the top. Repeat 5 times this pattern in the first curve : 1DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC,
2 DCs, 1 DC. Work 30 DCs in the bottom. Even in the 2nd curve repeat the same scheme as in the first one, but only 4 times!!! Then : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs. Slip stitch or invisible join. 160 stitches.

Round 11 :  change colour : cyclamen. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the top. In the first curve : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC and repeat this pattern other 4 times! Work 30 DCs in the bottom. In the second curve repeat the same pattern as in first curve, but only 4 times. Then : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Slip stitch or invisible join. 170 stitches.
Note : in this round, just 11 stitches before the end of the second curve, I had to start a new cyclamen ball!

Round 12 : change  colour : red. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin. Work 30 DCs in the top. In the first curve : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCS, 1 DC and repeat this pattern other 4 times. Work 30 DCs in the bottom. In the second curve, repeat the same pattern of first curve, but only 4 times! Then : 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 2 DCs. Slip stitch or invisible join. 180 stitches.
Note : just 3 stitches before the end of the first curve, I had to start a new ball of red!

Round 13 : change colour : green. Chain 3 in the back loop* of the stitch before the pin! Work 30 DCs in the top. In the first curve repeat 5 times the following pattern : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Work 30 DCs in the bottom. Repeat the same scheme of the first round in the second one, but only 4 times! Then : 1 DC, 2 DCs, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC, 1 DC. Slip stitch or invisible join. 190 stitches.

Round 14 : change colour : cyclamen. I join the cotton in the 16th stitch (counting the stitches from the first pin in the top), then chain 2 , *skip one stitch, work 2 half double crochet in same stitch, repeat from * until the end of the round. For a mathematical reason, when you arrive just before the end of your round, you'll notice that between the first chain 2 and the last 2 half double crochet shell you will a space with 2 stitches, not one! So, to avoid the creation of a hole, just crochet another 2 half double crochet shell in the second stitch! Ok ??? Slip stitch or invisible join.192 stitches.

Round 15 : change colour : green. In any "space"(note that there is no chain-1 space between the shells! ;oD), join the new yarn and chain 1. Then 1 single crochet (or SC) in the first stitch of the shell and 1 SC in the "space" between 2 shells. Repeat until the end of the round! slip stitch or invisible join!

Round 16 :  change colour : red. Join in any stitch and chain 2 and 1 half double crochet in the same stitch (first  2 hDC shell), *skip one stitch, 2 hDCs and repeat from * until the end. Slip stitch or invisible join.

Round 17 : change colour : green. Join the new yarn in any "space" between two shells and chain 1. Then *1 SC in first stitch of the shell, 1 SC in "space", 1 SC in first stitch of the shell, 1 SC in "space", 1 SC in first stich of the shell, 1 SC in "space" , 1 SC in first stitch of the shell, 2 SCS and repeat from * until the end. Slip stitch or invisible join.

SCALLOP EDGING : 

I work with 2 colours : red (first colour) and cyclamen (second colour).
The scheme for the scallops is the following :
join any yarn you choose to start with in the first stitch of the first curve and chain 1. Skip one stitch and work 4 DCs in the same stitch, skip one stitch, *1 SC, skip one stitch, work 4 DCs in the same stitch, skip one stitch and repeat from * until the end of the round.
Note that the last scallop tends to be of the same colour of the first one, so I decided to work the first stitches of the last scallop in the same shade of the first one (red) and the other two stitches in the other shade (cyclamen)!!!!!


Hope my instructions are clear enough for you all!!!
If there is any problem/ question, please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you!!!!

My Ravelry notes can be found HERE !!!!

I have to thank enormously MAAIKE for this great opportunity to work with her and to have a try with "Catania Grande" cotton! I really enjoyed this experience and it has been a good challenge for me as a crocheter : it helped me to build a stronger confidence in my crochet skills!!! My self esteem had a full blast !!!! Thank you!!!!!


Please note that, for a time zone issue, I'm posting my project before the other two ladies!!!
I'll update their links asap, when I'll be informed that their posts will be ready, too!!!
Sorry for the inconvenience !!!!

XXXX Alessandra














21 comments:

  1. Ciao Ale,ti è venuto benissimo,prima o po ci provo anche io,ho solo paura di perdermi in un lavoro così grande.Mi piace il bordo, dove pensi di piazzarlo,facci sapere!
    Maddalena

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  2. It's beautiful Ale - you did great work with the border. Yes, I do see the little tulips around the edge. :)

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  3. Ohhh, Ale! It is spectacular! It is so precious! I love it! The colors are perfectly combined and it worked very well. Thank you for the pattern, a new thing I want to do someday! Thank you! I'm hoping your coasters with great illusion!
    Thank you again!
    kisses from Catalonia!

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  4. Loving the colors..so bright and cheerful.

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  5. You have been busy! That edging is lovely :) x

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  6. So beautiful! I love the bright colours. Would also love it as a bathmat, in a larger size. Well done, here.

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  7. It is a very beautiful runner! Love the colors and your edging matches it perfectly:)

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  8. So beautiful and great colors.
    Thanks for sharing the pattern .

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  9. This is really lovely Alessandra - the colours are fab and such a pretty edging. Thankyou for the pattern! You are queen of the crochet hook :D
    Alison xx

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  10. That is an eyecatcher and the scalloped edge is very special. Well done to you!

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  11. Ale your runner is beautiful - you must be so proud. Thank you for the tutorial and the lovely photos.
    Sue x

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  12. I love your table runner...gorgeous colour selection.
    Thank you for visiting my blog, come back soon and often. Have you joined the 'homely blanket' quest?

    Best wishes from Wales/UK
    Heike :)

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  13. Congratulations and celebrations!!!! It looks awesome. I specially liked the scallops. How did you manage 2 colors for scallops? Color changes give me chills and changing color after every shell, looks difficult to me.
    But you did it and its awesome! Enjoy! :)

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  14. All i can say is WOW WOW WOW Ale it loos beautiful!
    love jooles xxx

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  15. It turned out so well Ale! The tulips and scalloped edge is perfect! It's so nice of you to share the pattern as well!!
    Kate :}

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  16. So beautiful and I love the scallops!!! Thanks for sharing!! xo Heather

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  17. This is beautiful! My favorite detail is how the scallops alternate colors. So lovely! :)

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  18. Wonderful ♥. I especially like the border. Super colors as well and it looks great on that beautiful table :-). Thanks for the pattern, dear!

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  19. Just beautiful! Thank you for the pattern!

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