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Vintage Table Runner

Vintage Table Runner

Crochet Chronicles: 

My elderly Parents live with my sister or she lives with them….depending on how you wish to see it…:-) . Both of them are in their 80s and are active both mentally and physically. Though my Father suffers from Parkinsons ( He still hasn’t reached that stage where he needs help)…he is always positive and a wall of strength to all of us. My Mother holds our home together….and is such a superlative cook…that we look so forward to meal times. Now she has taught the lady who helps out at home, Vrindha all her culinary tricks so that even when she does become incapacitated…her darling grandsons will still get those scrumptious delights. Parents….What are we without them? Who will love us, care for us, worry about us and be there for us like them? As my Parents grow older and more feeble…..I feel this sense of fear and despair at facing a future without them.

But enough of such dark and despairing thoughts…The reason I wrote about my Parents is because, this particular runner was made at my Mother’s insistence. My sister bought a new dining table and a chest of drawers to go with it…and all my Mom’s old and beautiful collection of laces wouldn’t do for this. So My scrupulous Mom…who has exceedingly very high standards on what goes on her furniture rang me up and told me that she wanted me to make her a table runner.

I was so thrilled! I never thought that my work would ever be good enough for her….I know she loves pastels and white….so I made this one in shades of ice pink, peach, lolly pop pink and white, mint green, light yellow and white. Though the original pattern is all in white…I thought this made an interesting  picture. What do you think?

 

Materials Used:

Anchor cotton #20 in pastel shades and white. I used 5 balls of white and 10 gms and a little less of each of the other colors.

Hook 0.75mm I normally use 0.9mm to 1.25mm with #20 thread…but decided to experiment with a much smaller hook. I like the lacy effect, though hooking is hard on the hand.

Pattern:

Since this is a vintage pattern, there is no graph as such…but there is a written pattern at this link, below:

http://freevintagecrochet.com/doilies/7717-doily-pattern.html

And as Always…here is the photo tutorial….

Runner measures about 14 x 38½ inches.

Each motif measures about 3½ inches in diameter.

FIRST MOTIF

Starting at center, ch 6. Join with sl st to form ring.

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1st rnd: Ch 1, work 12 sc in ring. Join with sl st in 1st sc.

 

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2nd rnd: Ch 5 (to count as 1 dc and ch 2), * dc in next sc, ch 2. Repeat from * around, joining last ch-2 with sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-5 (12 sps).

 

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3rd rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc in same place as sl st, * ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, 3 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.

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4th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as sl st, * dc in next dc, 2 dc in next dc, ch 4, sc in next sc, ch 4, 2 dc in next dc. Repeat from * around. Join.

 

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5th rnd: Ch 3, dc in same place as 3 ch, *dc in next dc, 2dc in next dc,  ch 3, skip 3 ch, sc in next sc, ch 3, 2 dc  in next dc. Repeat from * around, ending with ch 3, tr in 1st sc.

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Here I have changed the pattern from the original a little…

6th rnd: sc in same stitch as ss, Ch 7,  sc in top of tr just made, * ch 10, 1 sc in center st of next ch-7. Repeat from * around. Join.

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7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make (4 sc, ch 4) 3 times and 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off.

 

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SECOND MOTIF … Work same as for First Motif until 6th rnd is com­pleted.

 

7th rnd: Sl st in next 2 dc, * in next loop make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc; ch 2, sl st in corresponding ch-4 loop on First Motif, ch 2, in same loop on Second Motif make 4 sc, ch 4 and 4 sc. Repeat from * once more. Complete rnd with no more joinings.

 

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Make 4 x 11 motifs, joining them as First Motif was joined to Second Mo­tif and leaving one large loop free be­tween joinings.

 

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Unfortunately..I was travelling while the next part was being hooked and the pics just didn’t come out right…..However the written pattern below will def help..

FILL-IN-MOTIF … Attach thread in center ch-4 loop of any large loop between joinings.

1st rnd: Ch 3, 2 dc where thread was attached, * ch 5, 3 dc in center ch-4 loop of next large loop. Repeat from * 2 more times; ch 5, sl st in 3rd st of starting ch-3.

2nd rnd: In next ch-5 loop make 4 sc, ch 5 and 4 sc, * 4 sc in next loop, ch 2, sl st in last ch-5 loop, ch 2, 4 sc in same loop as last 4 sc. Repeat from * around. Join and break off. Press through damp cloth. Starch lightly and press.

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Crochet Rose

Crochet Rose

 

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Crochet Chronicles:

Aren’t roses beautiful? I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love this glorious genre of flowers. And this is seen in the profusion of patterns created and posted by so many talented crocheters . So today I thought let me make a little rose to go with the hairband that I posted here last week.  This pattern is a very simple one and a very popular one as well….

Materials Used:

Red Rose Thread #10

Hook : 1.5 mm

Tapestry needle

Method:

Depending on how big and how many layers you want your rose to be…Hook in chains in multiples of 3….each 3 chains represents a petal. I am making a little rose to fit in with the hair band that I made.

Hook in 39 chains plus 3. Total 42 chains.

Row 1:

3 ch, skip 3 chains and dc in 4th chain; *3ch, skip 3chains and dc in 4th chain*….continue ** until the end. what you get is a pattern like a ladder…….with 3 chain loops.

 

Row 2:

Now we create the petal on top  of first row.

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Now, slowly roll the petals using the ladder part as the stem. Make sure that when you roll the petals around each other it forms not the shape of a rose. Use a tapestry needle to sew the stem and the inner petals in place so that it stays together.

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And voila…You have a lovely little rose…:-)

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Here are some graphs to make roses uses different combinations of stitches in almost the same way.

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Just to practice do try to make some of the other roses as well…..Enjoy yourselves..and above all ..Keep that smile on..Love and Hugs…:-)

Spider Stitch Scarf

Moon Beam Scarf

 

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 Crochet Chronicles

Crocheted another scarf for my sis, who decided that after the black one….she wanted one in white….and a crochet pal of mine Rajeswari S Sekar shared this pattern, just then. Didn’t think much of it initially but then, it started showing possibilities…especially since I was to fly to Kochi soon and the only hook that I could take on board was a bamboo 2.00mm hook. And I just happened to have a cone of cotton yarn…Chinese ( not easy to hook with and not as good quality as the Indian cotton cone…but suited this project).

As I said, it slowly evolved into a very interesting  project…and this is how it was done…

 

Abbreviations

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

tr – treble crochet

sk – skip

Total Size of this Scarf :

Width – 30cms/ 1 ft

Length – 4 ft

 

 Diagram

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Method

1. Chain in the required amount of stitches, in multiples of 10 plus 2…

2. sc in 3rd chain from hook; 3 ch, sk 3 chs; dc in next chain, 2ch, dc in same chain as the first dc( creating a ‘V’ stitch); 3 ch, sk 3 chs;  scs in next 3 chains; 3 chs, sk 3 chs,; scs in next 2 chs.

3. 6 ch up; 5 dcs into 2 ch loop; 4 ch; sc in the 2nd sc of the 3 secs in the first row; 4 ch; 5 dcs in 2 ch loop; 4 chain; sc in last chain  of first row.

4. 6 ch up; 5 sc in each dc of 2nd row;  5 sc in ech of the dcs of previous row; 3 chs; tr crochet in 5th chain of previous row.

5. 3 ch up, dc in treble of previous row; 3 ch; sc into next 5 dcs; 7 ch;  scs in each of the next 5 dcs; 3 chs; 1 tr in 5th chain of previous row.

6. 3 ch up 1 dc into the tr of previous row; 3 ch; sk first sc; secs into next 3 scs; sk next sc; 3ch; dc into  4th ch, 2 ch,  dc in 4th chain( creating another ‘V’);  3 ch;sk first sc; secs into next 3 scs; sk next sc; 3 ch; 2 dc into 4th chain of previous row.

7. 3 ch up; 2 dc into first dc of previous row; 4 ch;  sk first sc; sc into next sc; sk next sc; 4 ch; 5 dcs into 2 ch loop; 4 ch; sk  first sc; sc in next sc; sk next sc; 4 ch; 3 dc into first ch of first 3 ch up.

8. 2 ch up, sc in next 2 dc; 7 ch sc in next 5 dcs; 7 ch; 3 scs  in next 3 stitches.

Repeat from Row 2 to Row 8, until yo get required length.

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