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Granny Star Decoration November 30, 2010

This tree decoration grew out of the snowflake decoration I blogged the other day.  Again it is a modified granny square.  This time it uses a granny pentagon as a base with a modified final round. I have included photos of each round as a visual guide.  This too take minutes to complete.

Round 1:  Chain 6, slip stitch into first chain to create a loop.

Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as treble throught out), 2 trebles into the ring, chain 3.  *3 trebles into the ring, chain 3**.  Repeat *-** 4 times.  (5 groups of 3 trebles made.) Join with a slip stitich in first 3 chain of the round.

Round 2 complete

Round 3: Slip stitch into the next 3 chain space from the previous round.  Chain 3, 2 trebles into the chain space from the previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same chain space, chain 1.  *3 trebles into the next 3 chain space from the previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same chain space, chain 1.**  Repeat *-** 4 times.  Join with a slip stitch in first 3 chain of the round.  (10 groups of 3 trebles made.)

Round 3 complete

Round 4: Slip stitch into first 3 chain space from the previous round.  Chain 1, (1 double crochet, 1 half-treble, 1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble, 1 half-treble, 1 double crochet) in same chain space, chain 1, *slip stich in next 1 chain space, chain 1,  (1 double crochet, 1 half-treble, 1 treble, 1 double treble, 1 treble, 1 half-treble, 1 double crochet) in next chain space from previous round, chain 1.** Repeat from *-** 4 times.  Slip stitch into final  1 chain space, chain 1, slip stitch into first dc to join.

Round 4 complete and hanging loop added

Finishing:  If you want to add a hanging loop, slip stitch into first double treble of round 4, chain 25, slip stitch into same double treble and fasten off.

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Granny Snowflake Decoration November 28, 2010

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Another quick Christmas Decoration Pattern I wanted to blog.  If you can make a basic granny square, you can make this in minutes. I have included photos of the rounds as a guide (with my shadow making a guest appearance) but it is basically a granny hexagon with a modification in the final round.

Round 1:  Chain 7, slip stitch into first chain to make a ring

Round 2: Chain 3 (counts as a treble throughout pattern), 2 trebles into ring, chain 3, *3 trebles into ring, chain 3** Repeat *-** 5 times.  Slip stitch into top of 3 chain which began the round. (6 groups of three trebles)

Round 2 complete

Round 3:  Slip stich into first 3 chain space of previous round, chain 3, 2 trebles into the same chain space from previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into same chain space, chain 1, *3 trebles, 3 chain, 3 trebles in next 3 chain space, chain 1** Repeat *-** 5 times.  Slip stitich into top of 3 chain which began the round. (12 groups of three trebles)

Round 3 complete

Round 4: Slip stitch into first 3 chain space of the previous round, chain 3, 3 trebles into the same chain space from previous round, chain 3 and join into 3rd chain from the hook to create picot, 3 trebles into same chain space from previous round, chain 1. Slip stitch in next 1 chain space from previous round.  Chain 1. *4 trebles into next 3 chain space, chain 3 and join with a slip stitich into 3rd chain from the hook to create picot, 3 trebles into same chain space from previous round, chain 1.  Slip stitch in next 1 chain space from previous round.  Chain 1.**  Repeat from *-** 5 times, .  Join with slip stitch into top of 3 chain which began the round.

Round 4 complete and hanging loop added

Finishing:  If you would like to create a hanging loop for your snowflake, slip sitich into 3rd treble of the first point from round 4, chain 25 and join with slip sitich into 5th treble from round 4.  Fasten off.  Pull picots to create sharp edges to the snowflake points.

 

Gingerbread Man Decoration November 14, 2010

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I have spent this week knocking out Christmas decorations to be sold at a charity event in December.  I have been raiding books, magazines and websites for inspiration but there were quite a large number of patterns that I just wasn’t happy with.  One of the items that gave me the most problems was a Gingerbread Man. None of the patterns I found came out right when I tried them so, in desperation, I made up my own.   I hope to get the chance to blog some of the other patterns I have written before Christmas but I thought I would start with my Gingerbread Man as I am really rather pleased with him.

Gingerbread Man

I used DK weight wool and 3.5mm hook but I think it would work as well with adjustments for the yarn you have on hand.

Round 1: Using brown yarn make magic loop, 6 dc into ring.  Join with slip-stich

Round 2: Chain 1, 2 dc in crochet in each stitch round.

Round 3; Chain 1, 1 dc in first stitch, 2dc in next stitch to the end of the round.  Head done.  Do not fasten off

Body

Row 1:  Chain 1, dc in in next 3 stitches.  Turn. (3 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 1, 2 dc in first stitch, dc in next stitch, 2 dc in final stitich.  Turn. (5 stitches)

Row 3: Chain 1, dc in first stitch,  2 dc in second stitch, 1 dc in middle stitch, 2 dc in next stitch, dc in final  stitch.  Turn.  (7 stitches)

Row 4-11: 1 dc in every stitch and turn.  Do not fasten off.

Legs:

Row 12: 1 dc in first 3 stitiches. Turn.

Row 13- 18: 1 dc in each stitch and turn. (3 stitches)

Row 19: 1 dc in each stitch and fasten off.

Attach yarn at other side of the body and repeat rows 12-19 to create the second leg.

Arms:

Row 20: Attach yarn at Row 2 of the main body.  1 dc in next 3 stitches/rows and turn.

Row 21-25: I dc in each stitch and turn. (3 stitches)

Row 26: 1 dc3tog and fasten off.

Repeat rows 20-26 for other arm.

Finishing:

Attach white yarn and work one dc around the outline of the piece.  Attach beads or sequins for facial features and buttons or embroider details.  Attach a small piece of yarn or ribbon at the top for hanging.  You may wish to starch the piece to give it some rigidity.

 

Socks November 4, 2010

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I have had my first foray into making socks using the pattern for Shell Socks featured in the September Issue of Inside Crochet. (I would put a link but they don’t have a great presence online which is a shame.)

The pattern was quite straight forward and the large size seemed big enough to cover even my dirty great plates.  For my first attempt I used the lovely Noro wool I had bought a few weeks ago.  There were far more colours in the skein than I realised so they are bit of a rainbow extravaganza.

Feeling flushed with success I went back for more sock wool and found this lovely Regia wool in my local yarn shop.

This is what's left of the second ball

I have made the second pair for my Mum.  Thankfully her feet are much smaller than mine as, even moving up a hook size, this yarn made a slightly tighter and smaller foot.  If I use this wool again, it is something I will have to bear in mind.

The cold weather can do its worst now as me and mine are sorted for bed socks.

***Up-date*** It transpires that the heel on the second pair was too tight so I had to unravel and restitch them.  It’s not a long job but I am suprised at how wildly different a guage I got with the Regia wool.