Sunday, 28 August 2016

Herringbone Crochet Infinity Scarf

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There's a certain joy in having a sister who spins.  A visit usually involves looking at recent skeins, fleece and rolags and if I'm lucky I get to take a little treat home with me to play with, and that's exactly what happened last time Louise and I got together.  My souvenir from this visit was a gorgeous skein of yarn in beautiful muted tones of greens and pinks which had been spun end to end and Navajo plied.


I always find coming up with a pattern for gorgeous yarn more challenging than with plain wool.  I like the pattern to take a step back so that the yarn is the star of the show, and it can take a while to find just the right stitch for the yarn.  In this case I stumbled across the Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch for another project and immediately new it would be perfect to show of the lovely muted hues of Louise's skein.



Herringbone Half Double Crochet
Abbreviations
ch: chain
hdc: herringbone half double crochet:

Step 1: Yarn over.
Step 2: Insert hook in next stitch.
Step 3: Yarn over and draw through stitch and first loop on hook.
Step 4: Yarn over, draw through remaining loops.


For video instructions of this stitch go to New Stitch A Day

Pattern
Chain 15
Row 1: hdc into second chain from hook, turn
Row 2: ch 2 (forms first hdc), hdc into next stitch and continue to end of row
Row 2 forms pattern

Continue to end of Skein, slip stitch to join and sew in ends.




The Herringbone pattern is very subtle, but is a great textural stitch for showing off what is a particularly lovely yarn.  The project only uses one skein and is a quick and simple weekend project.

Happy Crocheting

Deb











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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Quick and Chunky Crochet Hat

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I've never had the pleasure of using T-shirt yarn before.  I've seen it in the shops of course and all over the Internet, but until there was a sale at my local Lincraft I hadn't really been too tempted to give it a try, but boy I'm glad I did.  I found it really easy to work with and its chunky nature is brilliant for quick projects,  This hat took a couple of hours one afternoon, and is a very simple cluster pattern, with additional rows of double crochet.  One size fits most.


What you will need:
Size 8 Crochet Hook
2 x 100g balls of T-shirt yarn. (One ball got me to half way through the last round of the hat, so you will only need a very small amount of the second ball)


Cluster patterns:

Double cluster:  Work 1 dc into stitch/space as instructed leaving two loops on the hook.  Work second dc in same stitch/space until 3 loops remain on hook, yarn over and draw through 3 loops on hook.

Triple Cluster:  Work 1 dc in stitch/space as instructed leaving two loops on the hook.  Work second dc in same stitch/space leaving 3 loops on hook, work 3rd dc in same stitch/space leaving 4 loops on hook.  Yarn over and draw through 4 loops on hook.



Pattern

Chain 4, join with slip stitch to first chain to form circle.

Round 1:  Ch 3, 1 Double Cluster into ring, Chain 2, *1 Triple Cluster into ring, ch 2* Repeat from * to * 5 times and join with a slip stitch to join top of first ch 3.

Round 2: Ch 3, 1 Double Cluster in same space as slip stitch from previous round, ch 2, *Triple cluster in next chain 2 space, ch 2* Repeat from * to * around hat to give 12 clusters.  Slip stitch to join top of first ch 3.

Round 3: Ch 3, skip first double cluster, *2 dc into next chain 2 space, 1 dc in next triple cluster* Repeat from *to* 2 dc into next chain 2 space, slip stitch to top of chain 3.  To give 36dc, with first chain 3 counting as a dc.

Round 4: Ch 3, 1 dc in each of the next 7dc, 2 dc in next dc.*1 dc in each of the next 8dc, 2dc in next dc* Repeat from *to* 2 more times.  Join with a slip stitch to top of first chain 3 to give 40 dc.

Round 5:  Ch 3, 1 Double cluster in slip stitch space, *ch 2, skip 3dc spaces, Triple Cluster in next dc space*, repeat 5 times, skip 1dc, triple cluster in next dc space, *ch 2, skip 3dc spaces, triple cluster in next dc space* repeat  5 times.  Skip 2 dc space, triple cluster in next dc space, slip stitch into first chain 3 to give 15 clusters.

Round 6:  Ch 3, skip first double cluster, *2 dc into next chain 2 space, 1 dc in next triple cluster* Repeat from *to* 2 dc into next chain 2 space, slip stitch to top of chain 3.  To give 45dc, with first chain 3 counting as a dc.

Round 7: Ch 3, 1 dc in each dc around, join with a slip stitch into top of first chain 3.To give 45dc, with first chain 3 counting as a dc.

Round 8:  As per round 7

Round 9: Ch 1, 1 sc in each dc around, join with a slip stitch into top of first chain 1.

Fasten off.

Abbreviations:

sc:  Single crochet, dc: Double Crochet, ch: Chain


Happy Crocheting

Deb



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