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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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How to Read A Crochet Pattern -1

How to read a Crochet Pattern – 1

(Diagram & Written)

One of the most important tools to learning crochet after learning the stitches is to know the symbols and abbreviations representing each stitch.  In lesson 1, where we learnt, the chain stitch…..I had given you a chart showing the symbol of each stitch that we learnt, and in every lesson following, I have shown you the abbreviation of each stitch…I am sharing that here again.

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Crochet Abbreviations:  These are used in written patterns. Almost all vintage patterns are written and it is impt to know these abbreviations if you wish to do some beautiful heritage work. Here is a table of abbreviations:

 

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Annie’s catalog has a very detailed description of how to read a written pattern….here is the link:

http://www.anniescatalog.com/crochet/learntoread.html

How to work this pattern out: This is the diagramtic pattern for a granny square:

 

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As you can see the stitches used here are:

Chain(ch) Double crochet (dc) and slip stitch(ss)

This is how you work this pattern out.

I suggest that  you take a print of the symbol  and abbreviation chart. Holding these charts just next to the diagram…..recognise the symbols shown in the diagram, so reading this particular diagram would be as follows…..

Row 1: Basic knot; chain 4 ; Slip stitch in first stitch a ring is created.(lesson 1)

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Row 2: Chain 3, 2dc into the ring;  *2ch 3dc*(3); 2ch; ss. (*2ch, 3dc*(2)………this means you make 2 chains  and 3dc 2 more times, that is 3 times in all)

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Row 3: Hook in 3 more ss.  3 chains in first chain after dc of previous row. 2dc in 2 chain,loop; 2ch; 3dc in 2ch loop.

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1 ch.; *3dc in 2 ch loop 2 ch 3dc in same 2ch loop 1ch* (2); ss   Hook in 3 more ss in the next 2dc and first ch of the previous row.

Chain 3 from the ss in the first ch of the previous row. 2dc in 2 chain loop; 2ch; 3dc in the same chain loop; 1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop. *3dc in 2ch loop; 2 ch; 3dc in the same chain loop;  1ch; 3dc in 1ch loop* (2).  

 

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There……. now, your Granny square is ready.

Use the abbreviation chart to understand the abbr. that I have used here.

Keep searching through  the internet for patterns with diagrams and written patterns and practice them with the skills you have gained here…..soon you will be able to read crochet with ease….and then who dares to stop you?…:-D!!!!