Sunday, 30 December 2012

Crochet Edwardian

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Crochet Adventures



You just never know were crochet will take you, it is always surprising. I sometimes find myself crocheting the odd garment or accessory I never ever imagined OR if I had imagined it, I dismissed the idea totally for such simple reasons as:  have no time; will take too long; OR simply can't be bothered; not interested in going down that path.

AND yet every now and then, the time comes when circumstances take me down this road, a road where I am given the opportunity to stretch myself and explore those areas of crochet I never had time for before.

This is one of those times, where among other numerous projects, of knitting and crochet, I have also managed to crochet these..... 
a choker and fingerless mittens, with a focus on Edwardian fashion.

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WHY?  The reason is simple, I had a need for some accessories for an outfit to be worn to a special "dress-up evening".

The choker is edged with a beautiful fringe from Nicky Epstein's book Crochet on the Edge

I am using a fringe pattern called "fancy lanterns" just super perfect for my choker, of course I adjusted the stitch, to allow for widening at the lower end, and I designed a complimentary pattern at the other end, the top end.  

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The beads and black border were added as an after thought, however I think they turned out fine, even though I have never used bead work in my crochet before.  So another first... and the black thread around the edge compliments the piece perfectly.  I also chose to use chiffon ribbon to tie the choker in the back, this too was an after thought.  Talk about ploughing into this project without giving it much thought beforehand... LOL

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Of course during the making of the choker, I decided I ALSO needed some mittens, and to speed things up I chose a simple stitch for the mittens, gave them a smaller version of my choker edging at the cuff edge, with even smaller edging versions at the fingers and thumb edge.  

I also edged with black at the cuff and placed one single bead at the side, to bring the two pieces together.

EDWARDIAN Mittens Crochet Pattern


You will be happy to hear....  I have now written up the pattern for the mittens (without the bead and black edging at the cuff).
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A simple mitten which you can embellish with your own ribbons, bows, buttons, etc.  be creative and add a personalised look.

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Pattern Details:

"Simply perfect" EVENING fingerless mittens, Edwardian-style mittens.  
Easy design with a delicate simple lace pattern at cuff, finger and thumb edge.  
Make them with or without thumb.
Crochet in the round, no seams to sew.  
Wear the mittens on either hand.  
Pattern is the same for both left and right mittens.
  • Size:  Ladies S/M = Small to Medium (Hints on adjusting size available with pattern)
  • Basic Stitches:  single, double crochet
  • Yarn: DMC Petra 5 OR any other similar yarn
  • Hook:  1.5mm 
  • Terminology:  US crochet terms; metric hook sizes.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.


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CROCHET MITTENS "EDWARDIAN" pattern is available
from my online stores

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Enjoy every moment,
focus on every stitch,
create a masterpiece....

Enjoy!
Ciao, ciao!


Copyright © 2008
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.
All rights reserved.


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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Crochet for Men - the MAN hat

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The latest MAN HAT...

with "echoes" of 
art deco in the design

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PHOTOGRAPHY:  (C) Britt Spring


Simply perfect for your man

WHOEVER he may be

whether the DARLING in your life

OR your DEAR old dad  


Pattern Details:
Yarn:  Jarol British Wool Aran
Hook:  5mm
Sizes:  S/M/L
Description:  The chunky texture stitch in this hat adds extra warmth and elasticity to the fabric.  It's perfect for winter walks in the woods or along a bracing seafront.


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The design for this crochet hat was inspired by the beautiful art deco lighting in the now refurbished Whitstable cinema. 


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Alas no longer a cinema but a Wetherspoon pub and beautifully decked out with an amazing art deco interior. I just love it. Now let's get on with the crochet man hat.




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ECHO Man Hat pattern was published 
in the


YOU CAN now PURCHASE 

ECHO Man HAT Pattern

from 

my online stores

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AVAILABLE IN 

USA or UK Crochet Terms



Enjoy every moment,

focus on every stitch,

create a masterpiece.




ciao, ciao...

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

TIME TO KNIT...

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A CHANGE IS AS GOOD AS A HOLIDAY...   Every now and then, I need a break from crochet, so of course I turn to knitting. And this time I just wanted to knit something fast and super easy. Best way to achieve this was with a CHUNKY YARN and an UNCOMPLICATED PATTERN.  This is what I came up with... a knit hat with a chunky concertina style rib...

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I made this hat for my darling (naturally he always needs more hats)..... and because he is blessed with a bald head and has a sensitivity to natural yarns, I choose a 10% Wool 20% Alpaca 70% Acrylic yarn, which he can manage to wear without needing a cotton lining to protect his scalp.


This yarn is super chunky and I did not use the needle size recommended on the yarn label, I dropped down a few sizes, quite a few actually.  The label recommends a NEEDLE size of 10mm (US 15), however I went ahead and used 6mm (US 10), which gave me a nice chunky warm hat (without big holes between stitches).

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The yarn is Wendy "Serenity" Super Chunky 100g, 80m (87yd) and they have a nice selection of thirteen (13) colours - from cream to black, pink to purple, and teal to blue, basically enough colours to satisfy everyone.

I liked the look and feel of this knit hat, sooo much.... I have also made myself one, in purple.  Check it out below.


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The best thing about this knit hat pattern .... it is knit flat on straight needles... you don't need to use double-pointed needles, or circular needles, simply knit each row, and then whip stitch the seam.  AND it takes no time at all to complete.  So, so easy... you have to give it a try.


I loved knitting this chunky concertina rib, I decided to turn it into a scarf (cowl) pattern as well.  However, this time I turned to my favourite circular needles and knit in the round, and wow what a great scarf.  I used James C. Brett "Passion" Chunky, 100g, 146m (160yd), 70% Acrylic 30% Wool, the colours are fantastic and create a beautiful striped effect.  I used two balls (200g) to make a scarf long enough to go around the neck twice. See photo below.


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So, cool.... I loved the subtle colour change, combined with the chunky rib so much, I made three (3) scarves... LOL  Each scarf is a different colour, and I think they will end up under the Christmas tree for some lucky people... (or I keep them for myself??)


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And for everyone else, I have written up the pattern, yes it is a KNIT pattern, NOT crochet, and yes it is my first KNIT pattern made public.


I hope you enjoy knitting these as much as I did.

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Here are the details for the pattern:

KNIT HAT
  • Size:  Adult - Medium and Large
  • Yarn:  Wendy "Serenity" Super Chunky (1 ball) 
  • Needles:  6mm

KNIT SCARF

  • Measurement: approx. 
  • Yarn:  James C. Brett "Passion" Chunky (2 balls)
  • Needles:  6mm

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RIBS Knit Cowl Scarf and Hat Beanie PATTERN available from my on-line stores

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Enjoy every moment, focus on every stitch, create a masterpiece.

ciao, ciao.

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

GIFT OF GIVING - SMALL IS GOOD

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You know that saying
"good things come in small packages"

which is the opposite of "the bigger, the better"

literally means:
the size of things, doesn't always indicate the quality.

With this thought in mind I've come up with these  
precious little gift bags
for those precious little gifts

 like jewellery
airline tickets,  
diamonds
gold nuggets.

  Well a girl has to have dreams.  Right?


These little crochet gift bags take no time at all,
you could have a bag load by the end of the week.

These crochet patterns are quick and the patterns are easy,
you can adjust to whatever size you desire.

AND you can customize and adapt the pattern 
to different yarn weights and hook sizes.

Try it and see.... make them wider, longer, bigger if you wish.

I have laid out the basics... it's up to you to play and have fun!


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CROCHET GIFT BAG "PEARL"

PATTERN DETAILS:
Skill Level:  Easy
Yarn:  DMC Petra 5
Hook:  2.5mm
Stitches:  hdc, dc
Gauge/Tension:  not critical for this pattern
Measurements:  4in (10cm) L X 2.5in (6.5cm) W
Terminology:  USA - American crochet terms


USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.

START of PATTERN

Rnd 1:  With MC, Ch13, 3sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each st to end, 5sc in last ch, sc in each st along other side of ch, 2sc in same st as beg 3sc, join with sl st. (30sts)

Rnd 2:  Ch2, hdc in BL of same st, *hdc in FL of next st, hdc in BL of next st, rep from * around, miss last st, join with sl st.  


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Rnd 3-12:  Rep Rnd 2.



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DRAWSTRING RND
Rnd 13:  Ch3, dc in each st around, join with sl st.

INCREASE RND
Rnd 14:  Ch1, sc in same st, *2sc in next st, sc in next 4sts, rep from * around, join with sl st.  (36sts)

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Rnd 15-17:  Rep Rnd 2.  Change to CC

DECORATIVE EDGE
Rnd 18:  *Ch2, 2hdc in same st, skip next st, sl st in next st, rep from *around, join with sl st.

Finish, cut yarn and hide ends.

MAKE DRAWSTRING
With CC, make a chain approx. 14ins long.

With yarn needle thread the drawstring through the drawstring rnd, two dc at a time.  

Hide yarn ends of drawstring.

NOW GO GET THE COMPLETE SET OF GIFT BAG PATTERNS

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Enjoy every moment,

focus on every stitch,

create a masterpiece..
.
.
ciao, ciao...



Friday, 19 October 2012

It's CROCHET MAGIC... MAGIC 7

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MAGIC COASTER CROCHET

Here is my super special MAGIC coaster, you may ask why is it magic?  Well, because it is based on multiples of seven (7). Yes that's right a crochet coaster with not six (6) and not eight (8) but seven (7) multiples.


I tried real hard to fit it into 6 or 8 multiples, but it kept insisting on being a SEVENSo, I gave in and stayed with it,  forced myself to add some colours and was amazed at the outcome. Hope you like it too?



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This is a great little coaster which would suit any celebration, CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR, EASTER and SPECIAL OCCASIONS. 

You can change the mood by changing the colours, and end up with an amazing variety of coasters created from one crochet pattern.



MAGIC Coasters could just be the perfect gift for giving, maybe this Christmas?

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QUICK and EASY crochet coasters for your celebrations - make your coasters with one, two, or three colours to bring out a variety of patterns within the one coaster.

POINT OF INTEREST:   

Did you know in the human brain, seven is a magic number?

Countless psychological experiments have shown that, on average, the longest sequence a normal person can recall on the fly contains about seven items. This limit, which psychologists dubbed the "magical number seven" when they discovered it in the 1950s, is the typical capacity of what's called the brain's working memory.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news178220995.html#jCp



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PATTERN DETAILS:

  • Skill Level:  Easy 
  • Yarn:  DMC Petra 5 or similar yarn
  • Hook:  2mm
  • Stitches: single, half double and double crochet
  • Gauge/Tension:  Not crucial
  • Measurements:  approx. 4in (10cm) diameter
  • Terminology:  USA - American crochet terms


MAGIC COASTER Crochet Pattern

is available  from my online shops

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Do come and have a play with the
MAGIC COASTER Crochet Pattern
use as many colours or as few as you dare!

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Enjoy!
Ciao, ciao!

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