Saturday, 13 September 2014

Make it !!! Halloween star with granny diamonds !

….. I miss my crochet books a lot (especially the Japanese ones !), but I have to be patient and wait for our container from Indonesia, which is supposed to arrive on the 9th of October….
I was thinking about granny diamonds ( the same I used for these projects ) and their pattern was found on one of my crochet motifs' book…. Not having this book at the moment, I decided to have a look on Pinterest, where I found this pattern (written in Dutch) : here by Catherine.

My starting idea was to translate this pattern in English for you, so I left a couple of comments in the comment box for Catherine, but she didn't reply to me. If you have any struggle with Dutch crochet terms, I suggest you to have a look at this translation from US crochet stitches ( what I usually follow) into Dutch terms and abbreviations !!! If you scroll down that page, you can even find the correspondent  English crochet terminology !!!

Following the pattern, I crocheted my first granny diamond with a 4mm hook and using 2 strands (orange and dark grey) of 4 ply acrylics ….



As I don't change the yarn colour at the end of each round, "my pattern" is slightly different from the original one…. In fact, when I finish a round (completed after a slip stitch), I crochet 2 more slip stitches in the top of the second and third stitch of the shell, so that I reach the chain-1 space, where I crochet one more slip stitch and where I chain 2 or 3 as requested by the pattern!

Once finished the first diamond, I started a second one ….



…. and while crocheting the 4th round of this second diamond, I joined it with the first one using the join as you go method…





Then, I had 3 diamonds ….



…. and last night I did my first Halloween Star (!!!!), named in this way because of the chosen colours …







Before going to bed, I pinned my star ( 24 cm wide ) on a mattress and blocked it with the help of some iron steam !
This morning I added a decorative border, made of picots and single crochets ….






The picots at the top of the star points and in the joining points of 2 diamonds are made of 5 chains, while the picots in the chain-1 spaces are made of 3 chains !

Another use for the granny diamonds ( just 3 this time ) :








I joined the 3 pieces together with some single crochets, then I added a tassel (here, but not chunky!) and a chain in contrasting colour, helpful to hang your decoration anywhere!!!

Happy weekend, xxxx Alessandra

Today links : Link your Stuff ! , Busy Fingers showing off #59 and Craft Schooling Sunday !!!




19 comments:

  1. Nice diamonds! I could have helped you with Dutch-English English-Dutch terms:)
    Anyway, seems that you did a good job!

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  2. Thank you Andre'e!!!! Next time I'll remember that !!!! ;oD
    I just wanted the share the pattern translated into English, but without the OK from Catherine I felt it was not a good thing to do !!!!
    If I need you, I'll "call" you with no esitation !!!!
    xxxxxx Ale

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  3. I think the 9th of October is a great day for you all, I can imagine you miss a lot of your stuf. But this diamond star is great, byebye Francien

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    1. thank you for your empathy Francien !!!! ;oD
      Glad you like my star, too !!!!!
      xxxxxx Ale

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  4. Bellissima idea,la stella!Da fare anche in versione natalizia.Buon fine settimana,Ale!

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  5. My crochet hooks must have an inch of dust on them! You've given me an idea for some Christmas decorations (oops, I've said 'that' word)! Love them!! Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. thank you Chel!!!!! I would love to see your stars!!!!!
      xxxxxxx Ale

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  6. That's a long wait until October 9, the diamond is very beautiful. X Chantal

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  7. A beautiful star, Ale!
    I hope that your container arrives soon!
    Have a nice day!

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  8. Fun Halloween decoration! I like how you held the yarn double!
    Kate :}

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  9. The star is beautiful! Thank you for sharing this project with us !

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  10. such fun crocheting, thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday! I guess that orange star is about as close to fall as you're gonna get in Indonesia!

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    1. thank you Sara!!!
      you know what? We are no more in Indonesia!!! In fact, since the beginning of August we live in Maputo, Mozambique!!! ;oD
      xxxxxx ale

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  11. Such cute ideas Alessandra - I can understand you miss your craft books a lot - I would definitely miss mine too! They'll be with you before you know it :) :)
    Alison x

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  12. Wow you translated something from Dutch :) Awesome! I love both the star and the hanging ornament. Thank you for participating in mijn link party! You got featured!
    xx
    Barbara
    www.busyfingersbusylife.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow, super, Ale!! ♥ Very very pretty and a nice idea. Perfect colors for Halloween and fall :D. Oh and the little pendant with tassle is beautiful, too, so sweet!!

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