Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Fling Cowl

I have been working all week on this pattern. This is a pattern that has taken on a lot of different forms from what it is today.


I wanted a cowl that had different textures. A lace part and a solid part. I started with the white lace part. Then I cut a t-shirt into a long strip and sewed it up. It did not look the way I wanted it. I then took the cowl apart and added a blue lace panel next to the white lace panel. Then I thought to myself what if I combined the white and blue together to make the solid piece. At that, I found the look I was looking for.



Summer Fling Cowl

Yarn: lace weight yarn, two colors. Each color will be worked separately for the lace motifs and the two strands of colors will be worked together for the solid piece. 

Hook: steel hook 3/2.50MM

Notions: yarn needle

Gauge: 

Size: 5 inches wide and 56 inches long before sewn together. 
 
Special sticthes:
Picot: ch 5, sl st into the stitch just made.
Joining picot: ch 2 sl st in to the picot of the first motif, ch 2, sl st into the dc just made

Pattern

Lace motif:

Round 1: {Ch 5, tr3tog in the first ch of the ch 5, ch 4 sl st into the first ch}, repeat {to} 3 more times, sl st into each of the first five chs, so that you end up on top of the first petal. (4 petals)

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the top of the tr3tog, (ch 9, sc on top of the next petal) repeat (to) once, ch 9, sl st into the starting sc. 

Round 3: Sl st into the ch 9 sp, ch 6, (2dc, ch 5, 2dc) in the ch 9 sp, ch 3, dc in the same ch 9 sp, {dc in the next ch 9 sp, ch 3, (2 dc, ch 5, 2 dc) in the same ch 9 sp, ch 3, dc in the same ch 9 sp}, repeat {to} two more times, sl st into the third ch of the first ch 6. 

Round 4: Sl st into the ch 3 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 5, 3dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot, {3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 5, 3dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot}, repeat {to} two more times, sl st into the starting ch 3. Finish off. 

Joining motif for one side:

Repeat round 1-3 of the lace motif

Round 4: Sl st into the ch  sp, ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3dc, ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of 1st motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, joining picot, 3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1, (3 dc, ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of the 1s motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the next ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot, {3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 3, (3 dc, ch 5, 3dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, picot}, repeat {to} 1 more time, sl st into the starting ch 3. Finish off.

Joining motif for 2 sides:

 Repeat round 1-3 of the lace motif

Round 4: Sl st into the ch  sp, ch 3, 2 dc in the same ch 3 sp, ch 3, {(3dc, ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of 1st motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1, 3 dc in the ch 3 sp, joining picot, 3 dc in the next ch 3 sp, ch 1, sl st into the ch 3 of the first motif, ch 1}, repeat once, (3 dc ch 2, sl st into ch 5 of 1st motif, ch 2, 3 dc) in the ch 5 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in the 3 ch sp, picot, sl at into beginning dc. Finish off. 

Make 10 motifs in color 1 and 10 motifs in color two


Solid piece

Putting the two colors together and working them on the hook at the same time. 
 
Row 1: Ch 30, hdc in the 2 ch from the hook, and hdc in each ch across for a total of 29 hdc.

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch here and throughout), hdc in the first hdc, {ch 1, sk 1 hdc, hdc in the next hdc}, repeat till the last hdc.

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in the first hdc, hdc in the ch 1 sp, {ch 1, hdc in the next ch 1 sp}, repeat till the last ch 1 sp, hdc in the the last hdc.

Row 4: Ch 1, hdc in the first hdc, {ch 1, hdc in the next ch 1 sp} repeat till the last sp, ch 1 hdc in the last hdc. 

Repeat rows 3 and 4 till your desired length. 


Assembly

When the lace and the solid piece are finished wip stitch them together with a yarn needle so that they make a long tube.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer "Vacation"

The Great thing about having a crochet business is that you can work and travel at the same time. Also when your husband is a student the only time you get to travel is in the summer and that week during Christmas. Right now we live 6 to 10 hours away from our families so we really wanted to see everyone that we haven't  seen in over a year.

This desire has resulted in a wild month long trip for my daughter and I. My husband gets to enjoy two weeks of it with us. We will be flying for the last leg of our journey. That meant I had to pack for a month in a carry-on and personal item. I told my husband, "You expect a creative person to live out of a carry-on for a Month!" Why yes, yes he did.

I had a few misgivings out of it. I watched videos and read blogs on how to live out of a carry-on. I felt a little better. I have to say 2 and a half weeks in I'm doing pretty well.
I decided I would pack small projects to work on. So I packed A half yard of linen fabric, a sandwich bag of embroidery thread, a hoop, two skeins of Simply Soft yarn, and my case of hooks.

With the two skeins of yarn I made a sweater vest, that I am writing a pattern for. I ended up finishing it and leaving it at my dad's to pick it up at Christmas time. That also gives me a little more room in my bag.
The first embroidery project that I made was this one. The pattern is found at NeedlenThread.com . I'm pretty happy with it. I'll iron it out and make it pretty when I get home.


The one I am working on now did not have an original site that I could find. It is also coming out well. I still have 10 more days left of my trip so I know I will have some more to show. I hope you find inspiration in the fact that this creative lady is living out of a carry-on for a month and surviving!