Tuesday, 26 May 2015

LET'S PLAY - CROCHET VINTAGE - FREE PATTERN #1

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Here we go again!  More Let's Play - Crochet Fun!

Hope you all enjoyed the free crochet patterns from my Let's Play - Crochet Fun (see bottom of page for links) which I ran for eight (8) weeks?  

I've had a two (2) week break from blogging because I just had to finish a scarf I was knitting and I needed some well deserved me time (exploring and walking the countryside) which always gets the creative juices flowing.  AND it has paid off too!

My next installment of LET'S PLAY, is here ! 
and over the next few weeks I will take you on a vintage ride back to the 1970's.  

The stitch patterns I will be presenting here are my old time favourites from the 1970's when I first took to crochet, and as exciting as they were then, today I am going to update them a little!  Using a little bit of modern colours and yarns and/or threads.

I am ever so grateful that today we have a huge range of yarns available to us, not only in various colours, but also in various thickness, with lovely pure wool, pure cotton, pure silk, bamboo and the like, as well as numerous blends of these natural fibers, which help make our crochet projects so much more fun to make and play with!

For this week's vintage crochet stitch pattern #1, I have used a soft cotton yarn by Bendigo Woollen Mills, (which is an Australian company, and they ship yarn all over the world), but you can use any DK or 8ply yarn you have to hand.  I just happen to have loads of remnants left in my stash, so they are perfect for these little swatches.

Are you ready to join me?  Let's play and have some Crochet Vintage fun! 


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LET'S PLAY
Let's begin this FREE PATTERN #1, gather your yarns and hooks, get yourself a cuppa, and let's play, let's have some crochet fun!

YARN: BWM Cotton 8ply or any other DK yarn
HOOK: G-6 (4mm) 
NOTIONS: Scissors, Yarn needle

PATTERN DETAILS:
DIFFICULTY: Easy

TENSION/GAUGE:  Not critical to this pattern.  
If using other yarn please use recommended hook on yarn label.

PATTERN NOTES: Swatch  instructions are for one (1) colour. You can change colour every row.

This swatch pattern - uses multiples of 8sts plus 6, and then plus 3 for turning ch.  ie. 8 x 3 = 24;  24+ 6 =30;  30 + 3 = 33.  

You need to know how to crochet flat.  Colour change is optional. Stitch guide:  double crochet, treble crochet.

This pattern is written in 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.



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ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES

PATTERN STARTS:

With MC, 4mm hook 

Foundation Row:  Ch33.  

SPECIAL TIP:  I use a 4.5mm hook for the foundation chain row then change to 4mm in last 3ch (which count as the first dc).  This way my foundation chain does not end up tighter than the rest of the swatch.

Row 1:  (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in 6th ch from hook, *skip 3ch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in next ch, skip 3ch, (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in next ch, rep from * to last 3ch, skip 2ch, 1dc in last ch.  TURN.

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Row 2:  Ch3, *6tr in ch3-sp, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1-sp, rep from * end, ending with 6tr in last ch3-sp, 1dc in top of ch5.  TURN.


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Following Row 3 and 4 form the pattern

Row 3:  Ch3, *(1dc, ch3, 1dc) between 3rd and 4th tr of 6tr group, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1-sp, rep from * to end, ending with (1dc, ch3, 1dc) between 3rd and 4th of last 6tr group, 1dc in top of ch3.  TURN

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Row 4:  Ch3, *6tr in ch3-sp, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1-sp, rep from * end, ending with 6tr in last ch3-sp, 1dc in top of ch3.  TURN.

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Continue pattern with Rows 3 and 4 for required length.

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CHANGING COLOUR
To change colour in every row, fasten off at the end of each row.  Join yarn at beginning of row with standing double crochet in place of ch3.  Remember to turn work at end of each row.

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BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS 
BELOW IN THE COMMENTS 
OR 


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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
Copyright (C) 2008-2015 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.
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Friday, 15 May 2015

SUN HAT - SHORT and LONG BRIM

Sun Hat Crochet Pattern Short Long Brim

Imagine sunshine days and walking the Scottish countryside 
where you are surrounded by beautiful heather moors and mountain views.

It's these Scottish highland memories which inspired my latest sun hat design "SWEET HEATHER". I love seeing the countryside covered with the colours of heather in full bloom, just magic!  

SWEET HEATHER Sun Hat Crochet Pattern includes instructions for a short brimmed and a long brimmed hat, you can choose to make one or both.  Stay cool and protect yourself from the sun's rays during spring and summer.  

SWEET HEATHER Sun Hat design is unique and stylish, you can spruce it up for a special event, or garden party, or tone it down for wearing whilst gardening, summer holidays, or lounging by the pool.  

SWEET HEATHER crochet sun hat pattern is written for three (3) sizes - Toddler, Child and Adult - so you can make lovely colourful sun hats for the kids too!

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PATTERN DETAILS:
DIFFICULTY:  Easy Intermediate
SIZESA = Toddler;  B = Child;  C = Adult
YARN USEDRowan Cotton Glace ● 5ply 100% Mercerized Cotton 
NOTIONS:  E-4 (3.5mm) and D-3 (3mm) hook, Yarn needle
PATTERN NOTES:  Hat is worked top down in the round.  Each round is completed before changing colour.  Instructions in this pattern are for a two (2) colour hat.  This hat can be made using one, two or more colours.  Photographs accompany the written instructions at the end of this pattern.  
PATTERN for Flower motif   NOT included.

THIS PATTERN IS WRITTEN IN USA American CROCHET TERMS.

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---ooOoo---


Pattern is available from my online stores

CRAFTSY    RAVELRY    and    ETSY



Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

LET'S PLAY - CROCHET FUN - FREE PATTERN #8

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PART 3 OF SPRING Boho Bracelet

Week #8 of Let's Play - Crochet Fun

THIS WEEK #8


If you have been following this blog in the last few weeks, you will know that this week #8 is about the final stage of SPRING Boho Bracelet.  I mentioned previously that this bracelet design has three (3) parts -  Part 1 presented in Week #6 and Part 2 presented in Week #7 and Part 3 presented here today in Week #8.


Let me just say I wish all those mums out in the world who celebrated Mother's Day yesterday a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY.  Personally I had a lovely weekend away, and I hope you all enjoyed your special day too!

Now, let's get on with Part 3 - Building on the last two free bracelet patterns we are going to add an extra round this week, with a slight change in round 3 as well.  This is a perfectly simple spring crochet project, and you can have lots of fun by changing colour as much as you like.  Of course we also end up with a wider bracelet or wrist cuff this week.

Boho Bracelet is perfectly suited for stash busting those odd bits of cotton threads and yarns lurking in the back of your yarn stash - I have made mine with remnants of mercerised cotton thread DMC Petra 5.  

The DMC Petra mercerised cotton creates delicate looking crochet bracelets which are comfortably soft to wear, and at the same time very sturdy and durable, you can leave them on during bathing or swimming, absolutely perfect for summer holidays in the sun.

How did you go in week #6 and week #7? Did you enjoy making the two versions of Spring Boho Bracelet? If you did,  you are most welcome to share your creations with us here, below in the comments, or you can share on my CROCKNIT Facebook Page, I would love to see your crochet handwork, and I am always happy to answer any questions in regards to the patterns.


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LET'S PLAY
Let's begin this FREE PATTERN #8, gather your yarns and hooks, get yourself a cuppa, and let's play, let's have some crochet fun!

YARN: DMC Petra 5 Cotton
HOOK: 2.5mm
NOTIONS: Scissors, Yarn needle

PATTERN DETAILS:
DIFFICULTY: Easy
Sizes: One size - Adult wrist - 6in (15cm) - size is adjustable

PATTERN NOTES: Boho bracelet is designed with an easy foundation row. Then worked round the foundation row.

You need to know how to crochet in the round.  Colour change is optional. Stitch guide: single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet.

This pattern is written in 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.

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ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES

PATTERN STARTS:


With MC, 2.5mm hook

Foundation Row
Rnd 1:  *Ch3, dc in 3rd ch from hook, rep from * 9 times (10 loops).  


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Rnd 2:  Ch3, 1sc in 1st loop, *(ch3, 1sc) in next loop, rep from * to end of foundation row, (ch3, 1sc) 3 times in last loop, continue along other side of foundation row, (ch3, 1sc) in each loop to beg loop, ending with (ch3, 1sc, ch3) in beg loop, invisible join with in 1st ch of ch3.  Fasten off and hide ends.  


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Change to CC1

Rnd 3:  Join yarn with standing sc in ch3-sp, at one end, 1sc in same ch3-sp, *(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch3-sp, 1sc in next ch3-sp, rep from * to end, 2sc in last ch3-sp, ch2, 2sc in next ch3-sp, continue along other side, **(3dc, ch2, 3dc) in next ch3-sp, 1sc in next ch3-sp, rep from ** to end, ending with 2sc in last ch3-sp, ch2, join with invisible join in 1st sc.   Fasten off and hide ends.  


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Rnd 4:  Join yarn with standing sc in ch2-sp, at one end, ch6, *(1sc, ch2, 1sc) in next ch2-sp, ch3, 1sc in middle of next sc, ch3, rep from * to last ch2-sp BEFORE END, ch6, (1sc, ch2, 1sc) in ch2-sp at end, continue along other side, ch6, rep from * to end, ending with ch6, (1sc, ch2,) in ch2-sp at end, join with invisible join in 1st sc.   Fasten off and hide ends.  


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Make a drawstring with discs for Bracelet:  

Disc

Rnd 1:  Ch2, *8sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st.  (8sts)
Rnd 2:  Ch2, 1hdc in same st, 2hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.**


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Drawstring:  Chain 35

Thread the drawstring through ch2-sp at each end of bracelet, cut yarn/thread leaving a 45in tail and crochet the second disc.  


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Make second disc:  Rep from * to ** of Rnd 1 and 2.  Hide ends.

Adjusting the size:
Make the bracelet, approx. 1in (2.5cm) shorter than wrist circumference, this allows for stretch factor of cotton yarn.  The drawstring helps adjust the size too.
  
This pattern = 10 loops in foundation row = measures 5in (12.5cm) to fit 6in (15cm) wrist.


To make larger increase number of loops in foundation row; for example -  12 loops = measures 6in (15cm).  For this pattern to work you need to have an even number of loops in your foundation row.


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BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS 
BELOW IN THE COMMENTS 
OR 


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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
Copyright (C) 2008-2015 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

LET'S PLAY - CROCHET FUN - FREE PATTERN #7

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PART 2 OF SPRING Boho Bracelet

Week #7 of Let's Play - Crochet Fun

THIS WEEK #7


If you were here last week, I mentioned that this bracelet design has three (3) parts -  Part 1 presented in Week #6 and Part 2 presented here today Week #7 and Part 3 will be revealed in Week #8.  

So here we go - Part 2 Another simply perfect little accessory project for some spring crochet fun, we continue with this lovely easy bracelet pattern, and we make the bracelet a little wider this week.  

Boho Bracelet has been made with remnants of cotton thread DMC Petra 5 and is perfectly suited for stash busting those odd bits of cotton threads and yarns lurking in the back of your yarn stash!  

The DMC Petra mercerised cotton creates delicate looking crochet bracelets which are comfortably soft to wear, and at the same time very sturdy and durable, you can leave them on during bathing or swimming, absolutely perfect for summer holidays in the sun.

How did you go last week? Did you enjoy making the first Spring Boho Bracelet? If you did,  please do share your creations with us here, below in the comments, or you can share on my CROCKNIT Facebook Page, I would love to see your crochet handwork, and I am always happy to answer any questions in regards to the patterns.

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LET'S PLAY

Let's begin this FREE PATTERN #7, gather your yarns and hooks, get yourself a cuppa, and let's play, let's have some crochet fun!

YARN: DMC Petra 5 Cotton
HOOK: 2.5mm
NOTIONS: Scissors, Yarn needle


PATTERN DETAILS:

DIFFICULTY: Easy
Sizes: One size - Adult wrist - 6in (15cm) - size is adjustable

PATTERN NOTES: Boho bracelet is designed with an easy foundation row. Then worked round the foundation row.

You need to know how to crochet in the round.  Colour change is optional. Stitch guide: single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet.

This pattern is written in 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.
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ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES


PATTERN STARTS:


With MC, 2.5mm hook

Foundation Row
Rnd 1:  *Ch3, dc in 3rd ch from hook, rep from * 9 times (10 loops).  

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Rnd 2:  Ch3, 1sc in 1st loop, *(ch3, 1sc) in next loop, rep from * to end of foundation row, (ch3, 1sc) 3 times in last loop, continue along other side of foundation row, (ch3, 1sc) in each loop to beg loop, ending with (ch3, 1sc, ch3) in beg loop, join with sl st in 1st ch of ch3.

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Rnd 3:  2sc in ch3-sp, *7dc in next ch3-sp, 1sc in next ch3-sp, rep from * to end, 2sc in last ch3-sp, ch2, 2sc in next ch3-sp, continue along other side, **7dc in next ch3-sp, 1sc in next ch3-sp, rep from ** to end, ending with 2sc in last ch3-sp, ch2, join with invisible join in 1st sc.   Fasten off and hide ends. 

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Make a drawstring with discs for Bracelet: 
Disc
Rnd 1:  Ch2, *8sc in 2nd ch from hook, join with sl st.  (8sts)
Rnd 2:  Ch2, 1hdc in same st, 2hdc around, join with sl st in ch2.**
Drawstring:  Chain 35
Thread the drawstring through ch2-sp at each end of bracelet, cut yarn/thread leaving a 45in tail and crochet the second disc. 
Make second disc:  Rep from * to ** of Rnd 1 and 2.  Hide ends.

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Adjusting the size:
Make the bracelet, approx. 1in (2.5cm) shorter than wrist circumference, this allows for stretch factor of cotton yarn.  The drawstring helps adjust the size too. 

This pattern = 10 loops in foundation row = measures 5in (12.5cm) to fit 6in (15cm) wrist.
To make larger increase number of loops in foundation row; for example -  12 loops = measures 6in (15cm).  For this pattern to work you need to have an even number of loops in your foundation row.



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Have some fun, have a play!  
and 

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS 
BELOW IN THE COMMENTS 
OR 
HERE ON MY CROCKNIT FACEBOOK PAGE


more  LET'S PLAY - CROCHET FUN - FREE CROCHET PATTERNS:  

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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
Copyright (C) 2008-2015 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.