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Vintage Flower Basket

Flower Basket

 

This Flower Basket is of a vintage patern with girly frills skirting both the top and the bottom of the basket.

I am pasting the original pattern here but will give you a photographic explaination on how to work ths very pretty and extremely easy pattern…It’s so easy that I finished this in just 4-5 hours.

It’s a great adn unusal pattern to use to give gifts of chocolate, flowers, scented soap bars, little aromatherapy oils and scents etc…….

Materials Needed are:

#10 Aunt Lydia’s thread….it comes in 100 gm balls…but you will need jsut 1/3rd of it.

Hook 1.75mm is what I used ..you can go utp to 2:00mm

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plastic wrap

A cardboard roll  or any hollow pipe cut to size to hold the shape of the basket

wood glue/quickfix/ a very strong starch spray

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To decorate the basket 

Ribbons/bows/satin flowers,buttons/stars etc

Pattern

Here there are 2 patterns…I am doing only the first one now. In this post since the pattern has been given in such detail, I am not going to write out each row…rather I have taken pics as I made this and have used them here to help you along.

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Method:

Row 1:

3ch…then 23 dcs into a 5chain loop; ss.

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Row 2:

3ch, dc in same space; dc; 2 dc in same space;,dc until end then ss.

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Row 3:

Same as Row 2

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Row 4:

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Row 5

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Row 6: 

Once the required base is acquired….you need to get the basket to build upwards….so cut the thread and begin to hook in the back loop only.  The pic below is form the internet and not my own…but it will help illustrate what back loop and front loop is.

 

Rows 7  to 15:

 

 

 

 

 

Row 16:

Now from here on up to the 23rd row the top of the basket widens like a funnel…Follow the stick count carefully…

Row 17 to 23: Pls refer to the pattern above

 

 

Top Ruffle

Row 24 to 27: Please check the  pattern above…

 

Bottom Ruffle

Please check the pattern above…

Handle

Please check the pattern above…

 

Blocking

Use a mixture of  Fabric gum and quick fix….and paint it over the basket allowing the mixture to soak into the thread.

Folllow the instructions as above to shape the basket.

Add some pretty bows, buttons and flowers….fix the handle and You have a very pretty basket.

Evening Glory – A Beaded Scarf

Evening Glory – A Beaded Scarf

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Crochet Chronicles

I went shopping in Mangalore with my crochet buddy Viraja and bought this lovely mustard Kurti/Tunic top. It was pretty on it’s own but needed something to sass it up….thus began my voyage into another bout of pattern hunting…..then I came across a a post by another crochet buddy Meena Krishnamurthy who had used this variation of the ripple stitch to create a lovely Afghan…..And while she had done hers in different colours I wanted a black…a jazzed up black….so I used bronze shaded seed beads to create a totally different effect.

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Materials used:

DMC #30 – 100 gms( 2 balls)

Seed beads of your preference…( the amount depends on the amt of beads you wish to add) – Approx 150 gms

Hook – 0 .9mm

Abbreviations Used:

ss- slip stitich

sc – single crochet

sk – skip

dc – double crochet

ch – chain

tr – treble crochet

Crochet Chart: 

( courtesy the internet, and shared by Meena Krishnamurthy)

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Method

Think of how wide and long you wish the scarf to be. Then calculate the number of chains you will have to make for the required width plus 3 ch( the last part takes the work up to the next row.)

This one is calculated by multiples of 10 plus 1. because at every 11th stitch the ripple effect is created in the 2nd row

First decide where you want the beads to be in the pattern. Then calculate the amt of beads that you will need. String in the beads. Sometimes you may find it difficult to string in all the beads in one go and that is alright. String in as much as you can and then when you have done in the beads on the thread and but still need to add a few more, just cut the thread and stitch it in. String in all the beads that you need and then ss and continue.

Written Pattern

Row 1:

Chain in 131 plus 1…altogether 132; then sc in 131 chains.

Row 2:

^(Chain 3, *skip 1 sc, dc in next sc, 1 ch*,repeat ** 4 times; 2 chain, dc in same sc as previous dc( making a ‘V’ shape); Since a ripple effect in crochet s caused by peaks and dips……This causes the pattern to lift to  peak…..and the next set of stitches will cause the dip.

*sk sc, 1 ch,  dc in next sc*, repeat ** 3 times, sk 3 chs, dc in next sc)^

Repeat ^^ until the end of the row…….end with a dc.

I crocheted in the beads, here as I did this row…2 beads per stitch.

Row 3:

3 ch up, sk one ch, a dc  each in next the  8 stitches, 3 ch, dc in the same stitch as previous dc…..making a ‘V’….A peak

*7 dcs in each of the next 7 stitches, sk 1 ch, 2dc and 1ch; dc in each of the next 7 stitches;…….a dip……..3 ch, dc in the same stitch as previous dc…..making a ‘V’*.

Repeat ** until the end of the row….end with a dc.

Row 4:

3 ch up, sk 2 dcs; (dc in the next dc, ch 1) x 3; *sk one chain, one dc in the next chain, 3 ch one dc in the same chain as previous dc…A peak

sk one ch, ch 1, (dc in next dc,ch 1) x 3; sk 4 dc; dc in next dc, ………Dip………(skip one ch, 1 ch) x 3; *

Repeat **until the end of the row end with dc

Row 5:

Chain up 4, sk one ch, ch 1, treble in next dc; ch 1, sk 1 ch, treble in next stitch; ch 1 , sk 1 dc, dc in dc, sk 1 ch , ch 1, dc in dc;

Repeat Rows 1 to 5 until you get the required length.

Edging

Here’s a pic tutorial on how to make a curly tassel.

http://www.crochetspot.com/how-to-crochet-curly-fringe/

And here’s the video tutorial….

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Beaded Black Vest

Beaded Black Vest

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Crochet Chronicles:

The sad part about crocheting in black is that it doesn’t photograph very well, unless you have professional lighting. When a dear Friend’s daughter was asked what colour she would like her vest to be in she replied…Black. And as this was my present to her….I wanted her to have what she liked.

I tried using an Anchor cotton#20….but found that it wouldn’t hold shape unless it was starched. But when I tried it in Red Rose Cotton….it worked very well…but I found the swatch dull as ditch water…..

This was clearly a case for those lovely black Japanese tube beads and  black crystal beads. So I called them in and they arrived full of zeal and a great sense of duty to enliven this pretty pineapple patterned vest……:-))!!

Material Used:

Red Rose cotton #10 – 100gms

Hook size 1.5mm

Beads: Japanese tube beads – 64 nos for each motif….to be threaded in before you start crocheting. So 1280 in all .

1 Black Crystal Beads for the centre of each motif. So 20 in all.

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Pattern:

The measurements I used were to fit Shoulders – 36 centimetre; waist – 23 centimetre and the total length  – 50 centimetre.

I had downloaded this pattern a long time ago…..but now have lost the link…..I suggest that you try livenetinternet.

Here is the pattern.

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I made 20 squares.

Decide on where you would like the beads to be. I like things to be understated….esp garments and accessories. So as I mentioned earlier, I used only 64 Japanese cylindrical beads for each square motif and one black crystal bead in the centre of the motif.

The order in which to thread in the beads

First thread in 64 tube beads and then 1 black crystal…so that when you make that first ring you can loop that crystal bead into the centre of the motif first.

 

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When you reach the last row of the second motif …hook in that row while joining it to the first motif. Thus if you need 3rows and 4 columns of motifs for the back…..Keep adding on newer motifs to the already hooked one by using the final row of the motif being worked on as the joining agent.

 

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After joining the motifs, crochet in a border of double crochets all around each of the front pieces and the back portion. This helps define ur work as well as to help it lie down without the edges curling up.

 

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The 2 pics below show the 2 front and 1 back portions of the vest.

 

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Then join the pieces with either  whipping stitch or single crochet stitches.

Once the 3 pieces are joined…..crochet in a border on the free edges….comprising of the edge each of the 2 front pieces along with nape (back) and the bottom edge of all 3 pieces.

The Edging

After working in the dc border slip stitch and finish.

Then Chain 1 up and a sc in the same stitch; *15 chain skip 12 dcs, sc*( Repeat**  until a looped border is made )…Slip stitch.

Then , Chian 1 up, sc in same stitch, *sc into the 15 chain loop, 3 chain picot, sc*(repeat ** in the same loop 4 more times. Repeat this on all the loops. The below picture gives you an idea of how the border is to be done.

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This is a lovely vest…especially if you add beads to it….Those lovely subtle Japanese beads  adds to the look of the vest….A nice finish …for a very special, night out .

 

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How to make a Beaded Bracelet using ch stitch.

How to crochet a beaded bracelet using ch, ss and basic knot

1. Thread the required number of beads…I used 8 large wooden beads here….and then made a basic knot.

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2. Chain 5 stitches and then pull the bead in..yarn over(yo) pull through the loop and you have the first bead  fixed.

 

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3. Chain 5 stitches and pull in the bead and repeat as before..

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4. Continue until you get the required length.

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5. Then keeping the last loop on the hook…..push ur hook through the first chain and do a slip stitch.

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6. You now have a bracelet ring and now you need to cut the excess yarn and tuck the rest in securely.

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7. Voila…..You have your first crochet project and also learned how to crochet with beads in a very basic way….

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