15 Feb

crochet spring garland

64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.indd

…bring spring inside to adorn a table, tie back a curtain or decorate a mirror… 

You will need:

3.5mm crochet hook

Cotton knitting yarns (dark and light green, dark and light yellow, natural, pale blue)

Fine dark embroidery cotton (for butterfly bodies and antennae)

Tapestry needle

Scissors

Spray starch

Iron

Abbreviations

hk = hook

rnd = round

st = stitch

ch = chain

dtr = double treble stitch

hdc = half double crochet stitch

sc = single crochet stitch

sl st = slip stitch

tr = treble stitch

dtr = double treble stitch

To start with…

Stalk (make 1):

Using green cotton yarn, crochet a simple chain 1.5m long. Make a loop with the tails of the cotton at both ends.

Leaves (make 14):64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.indd

Ch 5, dc in 2nd chain from hook, 1 hdc in next, 1 dc in next, work (2 hdc in last, ch 2, dc in second ch from hook, 2 hdc) in last ch. Working now on the opposite side of foundation ch, 1 dc in next, 1 hdc in next, dc in last. Fasten off with sl st in the first dc of rnd.

 

64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.inddPrimroses (make 11):

Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring.
Round 1: Change colour, ch 1, 1 tr into next st, *2 tr into next st; repeat from * into next 4 sts, sl st into 1st st to complete round.
Round 2: Change colour, ch 1, *3 tr into next st, ch 1, sl st into next st, ch 1; repeat from * until 5 petals completed, 3 tr into next st, ch 1, sl st into next st, cutting the yarn to 5cm and pulling it all the way through.

Finish off all ends with a tapestry needle.

 

 

64-65 CROCHET GARLAND.inddButterflies (make 6):

Ch 4, sl st into 1st ch to make a ring.

Ch 4, work 3 dtr (double treble) into ring, ch 6, sl st into ring, ch 6, work 3 dtr into ring, ch 4, sl st into ring, ch 3, work 2 tr into ring, ch 4, sl st into ring, ch 4, work 2 tr into ring, ch 3, sl st into ring, cutting the yarn to 5cm and pulling it all the way through on the last sl st (image 3). Use a darning needle to stitch a body and antennae onto each butterfly with a length of the fine dark embroidery cotton.

 

…and finally…

spring garland finishing - jemima schlee

Finish off any remaining loose ends. Following the instructions on the can, starch and press your pieces with a hot iron. Lay your crochet chain out, and arrange your pieces along its length. Using a tapestry needle, attach all the pieces to the chain.

 

 

25 Oct

Crochet easter eggs

Crochet Speckled Eggs-2

…I’ll have half a dozen pretty please!…

You will need
1 x 50g ball of white cotton double
knit (DK) yarn
Scraps of blue embroidery threads
(in three different shades from light to dark)
 4mm crochet hook
Stitch marker
Hollowfibre or cotton stuffing

Abbreviations
st(s) stitch(es)
ch chain
ss slip stitch
dc double crochet

Pattern note
These instructions are for a plain egg. Use various amounts of blue embroidery threads with the white cotton to create speckled variegated tones and stripes. Simply cut a length of embroidery cotton and crochet doubled with the DK cotton.
Using crochet hook, ch 2 (counts as a st), dc 5 into second ch from hook, ss into first st. 6 sts.
Mark end of round with a stitch marker.
Round 1: 2dc into each st to end of round. 12 sts.
Round 2: 1dc into each st to end of round. 12 sts.

Round 3: *1dc into first st, 2dc into next st, rep from * to end of round. 18 sts.
Round 4: 1dc into each st to end of round. 18 sts.
Round 5: *1dc into next 2 sts, 2dc into
next st, rep from * to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 6: 1dc into each st to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 7: *1dc into next 3 sts, 2dc into
next st, rep from * to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 8: 1dc into each st to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 9: 1dc into each st to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 10: 1dc into each st to end of round. 30 sts.
Round 11: *1dc into next 4 sts, skip the
next st, rep from * to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 12: 1dc into each st to end of round. 24 sts.
Round 13: *1dc into next 3 sts, skip the
next st, rep from * to end of round. 18 sts.
Round 14: *1dc into next 2 sts, skip the
next st, rep from * to end of round. 12 sts. Stuff firmly.
Round 15: *1dc into next st, skip the next st, rep from * to end of round. 6 sts.
Hook the thread through all remaining stitches and tie off.

…five more to go!…