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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

pins

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.

Crochet Hair Band

Crochet Hair Band

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Crochet Chronicles:

I don’t have a little girl and I don’t have friends who have little  girls…..All my pal’s daughters, are all grown up and would throw a fit if I even mentioned hair bands…So I have had to use my thick skull as a measurement for this one…:-) Measure your little Princess’s head from the bottom of the left earlobe  all the way across to the bottom of the right earlobe.

Materials Needed for the Hair Band: 

Laura Kitting Cotton  in any color of your choice

Hook : 3:00mm

Nature’s Cotton Yarn

Hook : 2.5 mm

( I haven’t mentioned the amount of yarn required because it is really very minimal)

Elastic(optional) I have used satin ribbon. You can fix a piece of elastic ribbon to attach the two end of the hair band.

Pattern:

You can use any pattern that you wish in 1 or 2 rows to make that band. Since this blog post is for beginner’s I have used  half double crochet(hdc) and double crochet(dc)

Row 1

Make a chain of 75 plus 2. total 77 chains. The last 2 chains are the ones that will create one side of the hair band and will carry you to the next row.

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Row 2: 

hdc in every ch to the end, 3 chs up

 

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Row 3:

dc in every hdc to the end, 2 chs up

 

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Row 4:

hdc in every dc to the end..cut the yarn and tuck the ends into the band.

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Row 5:

The actually works all the way around except at the two ends…

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Add a thinner thread to create a lacey, shell effect around the hairband. I used Nature’s cotton yarn..with a 2.5mm hook.

add the yarn to the first hdc on one side.

3 ch, 2 dc, in the same hdc;

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Skip 2 hdc, ss into the third hdc,

*3 ch and 2dc into same hdc as ss

Skip 2 hdc, ss into the third hdc*.

Continue ** until end of row. then at the turn hook in hdc, 2ch, hdc; 2 ch hdc;

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Then, ss in hdc; then continue **, again at the turn – hook in hdc, 2ch; hdc, 2dc; hdc; ss.

Now attach the required lengths of ribbon/yarn / fabric to both the end of the band , so that you have equal lengths of these on both the sides so that you can tie it and the nape of the neck securing the hair band safely.

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Different ways to make the hairband even more beautiful.

I have used a ribbon and pulled it through the middle dcs of the hairband. You can make a crochet rose or a crochet heart  to accentuate this.

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Try different things for e.g.; a crochet butterfly, or  a satin ribbon flower, a piece of metal jewelry , a brooch anything really….play with your imagination…:-)

There…wasn’t that easy to do? Using the same stitches you can change the pattern ..instead a block of dcs and hdcs you can create a ladder like pattern by hooking in chains in-between the dcs… You can make the hairband much wider or thinner. You can use beads. You will remember how we learnt to use beads and crochet in one of our first lessons.

I hope you practice and make a few hairbands…you can shorten the length of the hairband and use it as a choker ..would’t that be lovely?