Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Snowflake Ornament 103013


By M. J. Joachim
The ruffle effect on this snowflake gives it a bit of a wispier feel, similar to a real snowflake, I think. I used size 3 doily thread and plastic white beads I picked up from the craft store a while back. My steel hook was 1/2.75. However, you can make many sizes of this same ornament, adjusting thread and hook size. You can also add glistening beads or other embellishments, to personalize your project. I chose the white on purple, because I think it goes well together and had these materials on hand.
This pattern was created using the tulip stitch. Minor adjustments were made to create the desired outcome, but that’s where my inspiration came from today.
Step 1:  Chain 20, form ring by slip stitching in 1st chain
Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc) make 2 more dc in center of ring
Step3:  Chain 4, make 3 dc in ring (9 times); chain 4, join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc

Step 4:  Chain 8, make 3 dc in 4th chain from hook
Step 5:  Make (1 sc + 3 dc) in first chain of chain 8
Step 6:  Slip stitch in next chain 4 space, repeat Steps 4 & 5
Step 7:  Slip stitch in 1st dc of next dc group, repeat steps 4 – 6 around; join with slip stitch to first slip stitch in previous round

Step 8:  Chain 3, *insert hook in 8th chain of previous row’s chain 8; attach bead, yarn over, draw through bead and all loops on hook; chain 8, repeat from * working counter-clockwise around perimeter. Finish round with chain 8 and join with slip stitch to base of 1st bead.

Step 9:  Slip stitch into next chain 8 space, chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), make 2 more dc in same loop
Step 10:  Make 1 triple + picot (chain 2, slip stitch in first chain); make 3 more dc in same chain 8 loop
Step 11:  Make {3 dc + 1 tr + 1 picot + 3 dc} in each chain 8 loop around; join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc

Step 12:  Chain 20, slip stitch in same place to make loop; chain 3 + sc in loop (9 times); join with slip stitch to 1st slip stitch in round
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
Thank you so much for visiting me today. I hope this Snowflake Ornament series gives you lots of pleasure and makes it easier to prepare for the upcoming holidays.
M. J.
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Monday, October 28, 2013

Snowflake Ornament 102813


By M. J. Joachim

Today’s project came to me while I was drinking my coffee. True to form, I pulled out my notebook and started sketching. Later, when I had time to work out the details, a few stitches were adjusted, completing the final snowflake ornament.
Step 1:  Chain 6, form ring by joining with slip stitch to first chain
Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), make 11 more dc in center of ring; join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc
Step 3:  Chain 3, make (1 bullion stitch, chain 2, 1 bullion stitch) in same space
Step 4:  Chain 4, make (1 bullion stitch, chain 2, 1 bullion stitch) in 3rd dc from hook – 2 corners made
[Repeat Step 4 around, ending with chain 4 and joining to top of 1st bullion stitch in round]
Step 5:  Slip stitch into chain 2 space; make beginning corner (chain 3 + bullion stitch + chain 2 + bullion stitch) in chain 2 space; make 7 dc in chain 4 space
Step 6:  Make corner (1 bullion stitch, chain 2, 1 bullion stitch) in next chain 2 corner space, followed by 7 dc in chain 4 space
[Repeat Step 6 around, joining with slip stitch to 1st bullion stitch in round]
Step 7:  Slip stitch into corner, make beginning corner – chain 3, (bullion stitch, chain 2, bullion stitch)
Step 8:  Chain 2, make (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 sc) in first, third, fifth and seventh dc; chain 2, make corner in corner chain 2 space
[Repeat Step 8 around, ending with chain 2 and joining with slip stitch to 1st bullion stitch in round]
Step 9:  Slip stitch into Chain 2 corner space, chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), make 4 more dc in same place
Step 10:  Chain 3, sc in next dc – repeat to corner; chain 3 make 5 dc in corner
[Repeat Step 10 around, ending with chain 3 and joining to top chain of 1st dc in round]
Step 11:  Slip stitch in next dc; single crochet in following dc
Step 12:  Chain 15, sc in same dc to make loop
Step 13:  Chain 1, turn, make 20 sc in chain loop
Step 14:  Turn, join with slip stitch to 1st sc in loop
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
M. J.
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Snowflake Ornament 102513


By M. J. Joachim

Today’s project came about as a result of wanting to use up small balls of left over yarn. Scrap yarn is great for making fun little trinkets like coasters, flowers and Christmas ornaments.
Looking at this particular project, it occurs to me that one could add a small picture, bead or charm to the center. Even a hanging earring would work well, especially if you lost one and only have one left. If adding a picture, I would attach a small piece of felt to the back, leaving an opening at the top. This way you can switch out the photo as desired.
Step 1:  Chain 12; form a ring by slip stitching into 1st chain
Step 2:  Chain 1, make 16 single crochet in ring; join with a slip stitch to 1st sc
Step 3:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc); make 2 dc in same sc
Step 4:  Chain 2, make 3 dc in third single crochet from hook
[Repeat Step 4 four more times; chain 2, join with slip stitch to top chain of 1st dc]
Step 5:  Slip stitch in next dc, chain 4 (counts as 1st triple); make 4 more triple in same stitch
Step 6:  Chain 2, single crochet in next chain 2 space
Step 7:  Chain 2, make 5 triple crochet in 2nd dc from hook
[Repeat Steps 6 & 7 around, ending with chain 2 and joining to top chain of 1st triple]
Step 8:  Slip stitch in each of next 2 triple; chain 12, slip stitch in same triple to make loop
Step 9:  Chain 1, turn; make 15 sc in same loop, join with slip stitch to 1st sc
Finish off. Weave in loose ends.
These are so quick and easy to make, you can probably produce a whole bunch, just in time to give as gifts for Christmas. No time like the present to get started on those, after all.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. It’s always so good to see you here.
M. J.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bell Edging


By M. J. Joachim

This pattern was adapted from an old pamphlet I received recently from my husband’s grandmother. It would make a pretty trim on holiday towels, pillowcases and table linens, as well as a festive garland for Christmas.
Step 1:  Chain 12, double crochet in 3rd to last chain from beginning 
Step 2:  Chain 2, double crochet in 1 chain of original chain 12
Step 3:  Chain 3, turn; make 9 dc in next chain loop space
Step 4:  Chain 2, double crochet in 3rd chain from hook (center [3rd] chain on following chain 5 loops)
Step 5:  Chain 5, turn; double crochet in next dc
Step 6:  Chain 1, dc in 2nd dc from hook
[Repeat Step 6 three more times]
Step 7:  Chain 3, turn; make 2 triple crochet and 1 double crochet in first chain space
Step 8:  Make {1 dc, 2 tr, 1 dc} in each of next 3 chain spaces
Step 9:  Chain 2, dc in 3rd chain from hook of previous row
Step 10:  Chain 5, turn; double crochet in next dc
Step 11:  Chain 2, double crochet in next stitch
[Repeat Steps 3 – 11 for continuous pattern.]
This pattern is a great way to use up small balls of yarn or crochet thread. Embellish this pattern with beads and charms to make it really festive, so you can hang it on the tree.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. I hope you’ll have as much fun making this bell edging as I do.
M. J.
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Horizontal or Vertical Rows 10/23/13


By M. J. Joachim

I’ve been playing with my yarn again, trying to create a nice all-over tablecloth pattern that’s easy to make quickly and easily. This is what I’ve come up with so far; I think it would also make a nice pillow overlay or perhaps a panel for a sweater. 
Foundation:  Make a multiple of 12 chain + 3 more chain to count as 1st dc; double crochet in 4th chain from hook
Step 1:  Chain 1, dc in 2nd chain from hook
[Repeat Step 1 across row, ending with 1 dc in last chain]
Step 2:  Chain 3 (counts as 1st dc), turn; double crochet in next dc
Step 3:  Triple crochet in next chain loop, dc in next dc
[Repeat Step 3 across row, ending with 1 dc in top chain of last dc in row]
Step 4:  Chain 3, turn; dc in next dc
Step 5:  Chain 1, dc in next dc
[Repeat Step 5 across row, ending with 1 dc in top chain of last dc in row.]
Repeat Steps 2 – 5 for pattern.
Thank you for visiting Lots of Crochet Stitches. Please let me know how you might use this stitch pattern and what you think of my design.
M. J.
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No part of this blog or pattern may be reproduced or copied for monetary gain. Links to this blog and pattern are more than a little appreciated.