Wednesday, 16 April 2014

TA-DAH : a waist apron for a FOXY LADY !!!!!!

What do you say ????? Did you ever think about that ?????? ;oD
A lot of you thought about blankets ( why not ? Maybe the next one!!!), I was thinking, at the very beginning, at a tea set and then at a "Linus blanket" ( do you remember The Peanuts ? Charlie Brown? Snoopy? etc…..!), but then I had this idea : a waist apron…. mumble mumble…. is it possible?
I had to try and so I did !!!!

What I liked about the idea was that it was really simple to carry out !!! In few hours it was done !!!!

My "model" helped me to take a lot of pictures, just to show you how it fits on ….

The first thing that I added to my foxy fabric was the edging ( figured out by myself!!!), starting from one side (red), then the bottom (blue) and last the other side (purple)…

How to crochet the edging :

I took a 2,5mm hook (same size used for the panel) and with the red yarn I made a slip knot on the hook. I started to work along the right side (when you wear it, but it is considered as the left side -tricky, I know- when you work on it!), inserting the hook in the corner of the square that will be used even to crochet the waistband of the apron ( see picture #6, starting from the top of this post).

In this corner, after inserting the hook, make a single crochet (US crochet terminology!).
In the first shell, made of 3 double crochets, make a slip stitch in the first stitch, then chain 3 and make a double crochet in the same stitch! In the second stitch, crochet only 1 double crochet. In the third (and last stitch of the shell) make 1 double crochet, chain 3 and crochet a slip stitch in the same stitch.
Make a single crochet in the chain-1 space of the mini granny square and then repeat the same pattern of the first shell in the second one.
Crochet a single crochet in the second corner of the square and make another single crochet in the first corner of the second mini granny square !
Repeat this simple pattern until the end of the side. In the last corner of the last square, after the single crochet is done, simply fasten off !
Trim in all the ends.

I wanted this apron to be frivolous, but not too much, that's why I opted for a "squared" edging rather than one with scallops.

If you prefer a more "lacey" result, just change the pattern crocheted in each shell:
slip stitch in 1st stich, then chain 3
double crochet in 2nd stitch, then chain 3
slip stitch in 3rd stitch

I would love to hear from you about your choices and experiments! ;oD

What about the waistband and the two ribbon-like strips to tie at the back/front ???

This time I worked with 2 strands of yarn (black and pink) and with a 4mm hook, to make both the waistband and the strips more durable.

Waistband and strips

Working with the front facing you, make a slip knot on the hook and insert it in the first corner of the first granny square at the top right. Make a slip stitch and chain 3, then 1 double crochet in the same starting corner. You are going to crochet shells made of 2 double crochets each, with no chain-1 spaces in the between.
When you reach the second corner of each square, just crochet 1 double crochet and do the same in the adjacent first corner of the next granny square : these two "separated" DCs will form a shell!
You'll finish this first row of DCs shells with a shell in the last corner of the last granny square.
Turn your work and chain 3, then crochet 1 double crochet in each stitch until the end of this row (2nd row).
Turn your work again and chain 3. Repeat the same pattern used in row 2.
At the end of row 3 don't fasten off, but crochet 5 or 6 single crochets along the lateral edge of the waistband: you are going to crochet your first strip of the apron! Turn your work and crochet 5/6 DCs in the previous single crochets. repeat this row until you reach the desired length for your strip. I worked 55 rows and to finish the strip nicely I made one scallop ! Fasten off .
To start the second strip, make a slip knot on the hook and attach the yarn at the base of the waistband at the other side of your work (front facing you). Make 5/6 single crochets and repeat the same pattern used for the first strip (scallop included). Fasten off.
Trim in all the ends.

To find out all the links "foxy" related, please look HERE !!!!! Thank you !!!!

xxxx, Alessandra

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  1. An apron! That is a surprise, a great choice!!!
    Love your model too!

    1. Thank you Andree'!!!!!! I just wanted to try something different and not yet in my repertoire !!!!!
      Xxxxxxxxxxx Ale

  2. Great, I really didn't expect it. It looks really great and yoy will be the best kitchen mum ever. Hihi!! Love from Holland, X Tinie

  3. Tutto avrei pensato,ma non a un grembiule!Molto originale!Giá ti vedo aggirarti tra i fornelli come una volpina!:-)))

  4. I say what a good idea, genius!
    Love X Chantal

  5. lol.... an apron! Never thought at this choice. Don't make a mess when you are preparing dinner, poor fox, haha. Love the edging! byebye Francien.

    1. I think I'll wear it just after all the mess in the kitchen is done!!!!! ;oD
      xxxxxxxx Ale

  6. Never would have guessed that! Clever!
    Kate :}

  7. I never would of thought that it was going to be an apron - that's so creative. It looks great Ale. :)

  8. Amazing work!! Super cute!
    Happy Easter!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  9. Oh my gosh Ale, super duper cute!!! Great work!!!

  10. Great idea, and a really unusual use for mr Foxy.

  11. Ale, this is awesome!!!!! Love, love it and I can't imagine you won't wear it without a smile. :)

  12. Aww, so fun Ale! I love it!! xo Heather

  13. oh you clever girl! love your fox!

  14. Lovely idea Alessandra! Pretty and foxy at the same time - ingenious :) :)
    Alison xx

  15. Such a fun idea! I love your mannequin photos too, Ale!
    Helen xxx

  16. Well Alessandra I thought your foxy work was beautiful before but now it is positively stunning as an apron, what a wonderful idea, I would not have thought of doing this. Thank you also for the tutorials for the edging which was very clear and illuminating. Have a wonderful Easter Alessandra and I look forward to your next creation. Sending you lots of hugs and loves

    1. Thank you my dear!!!!!
      Happy Easter Dorothy, xxxxxx Ale

  17. Hi Ale, that is it!! Sarah xo

  18. Ohhh Allessandra this apron is adorable!Such a good idea!Really beautiful(I'm a bit jealous,ha,ha as a fox lover!)....;-)Maybe...sometimes?!?!?Why is there so much to make and so beautiful...why is my wish/and to-do list soooo long?!?!?I must reach an age of 100 or more to make all the things I would like to make!Ha,ha,ha....I wish I could stay home from work but still got payed for it, to be busy in a creative way all day long...that would feel like a paradise I think! ;-) ...still keep on dreaming of winning the lottery...whaaahaaha!Well you still have to got dreams ;-)

    greats from Holland!

  19. OHHH I just love it! Looks so great! What a cool idea!

  20. That's so funny! I thought it was the size of a blanket :-); that would be one giant of an apron!!
    I love it and it's a great idea! Have a great easter weekend dear Ale, love from Mirjam.

    1. Thank you Mirjam!!!!!
      Enjoy your Easter time, xxxxxxx ale

  21. So cute - and such a clever idea!

  22. Gorgeous apron.
    No matter from which angle you look, the fox keeps staring at you. It's a funny little bugger.

    Ahh! I didn't know you were foxy. This is just the beginning of a whole new life, right in front of you.
    You go, foxy Ale!

    1. ;oD !!!!! I'm not that foxy….. I just wanted a catchy title for my post!!!!! eh! eh! eh !
      xxxxxxxxx Ale

  23. Applause, the fox is ready!! And what a great idea this apron is, really pretty!! ♥
    Easter greetings

  24. Great idea and I love the bright colors!

  25. really cute, this will have to be your posh apron! it will look nice hanging in the kitchen too, Heather x

  26. Troppo bello ! Mi chiedevo da un po che cosa avevi in mente , ci avresti potuto fare anche un quadro !

  27. Wow! It turned up fantastically !

  28. Quirky! Such a pleasure to see this apron. Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding What does the fox say - do you know the song? Tee hee this is totally cool!

  29. Yes, I know that silly happy song!!!!!! ;oD
    I'm so glad you like my apron, too!!!!!!
    xxxxxxxx Ale

  30. Yay, foxy is finished! Such a lot of work there Ale, well done he's brilliant! And the shawl you've designed it's fantastic will be a book soon don't you think?! :) x


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