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May’s Pineapple-y Finish 🍍

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Look at “Catherine”. She’s so “yuge” I can’t even picture her properly. We don’t have a large enough table that can properly accommodate her full size! 😁

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She’ll be even more gorgeous (& yuge) once I’m done blocking 😍 Which, from the looks of it, is going to be a bit of a challenge 🤔

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And errr … wasn’t staying away from crochet a goal of mine for May? 🤣 Talk about a preposterous idea! 🤣

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Candy Cascade

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And she’s done! Fortunately, my husband was able to buy additional skeins of the same yarn on a recent trip to Singapore 🙂

My daughter was initially ambivalent about it, the skirt does feel like it looks – frilly and bulky. But she got used to it after a while 😀 The challenge is that the drawstring type of belt loosens up while she’s active so I might have to experiment with something sturdier.

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Meanwhile, I’m planning to make one for myself in a single color, maybe black or gray or deep red. This would be lovely worn over black leggings 🙂 As well, it is rather bulky and definitely has some weight, so I might experiment with lighter yarn next time.

Here’s the pattern link if you’re interested.

How about you? What loveliness are you crocheting?

 

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Crochet Exercise #2: Versatile Lace Insertion

This week my crochet exercise led me to this versatile beauty also found in the Priscilla Crochet Book Edgings & Insertions (pages 6 & 7) available for free at the Antique Pattern Library.

Despite her beauty, she’s really made up of only 2 rows. So simple, I could crochet her even while following my favorite crime series on TV 🙂

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When done I thought this one can certainly be more than just an insertion.

I can so totally see this as a whimsical headband, or starched up, beaded, worn as a choker or bracelet in deep colors.  I can even see this waking up drab closet items such as hats, bags, boring tees …?  The possibilities are endless! ❤

Here’s the version above embellished with 3 additional rows:

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Here I’ve written the pattern in US terms and based on my execution. Give it a try 🙂

Chain 9,

Row 1: dc in 1st ch, (ch 3, 1 dc in same ch) 3 times, chain 5, turn

Row 2: 1 dc in 2nd mesh below, (ch 3, 1 dc in same mesh) 3 times, chain 5, turn

Repeat row 2 for desired length.

To make the second (embellished) version:

Chain 5, turn

Row 1: 4 dc’s in every chain 5 space with ch 2 in between each

Row 2: same as row 1, ch 1, turn

Row 3: slip st to middle of 4 dc group, 1 sc in same st, 1 dc in next ch 2 sp, ch 3, 1 dc in same sp, make a picot on top of dc, ch 3, dc in same sp, sc in middle of next 4 dc group, repeat for length desired

Fasten off and do the same on the other side.

Note:  I ended mine with a sl st to the very end of the last 4dc group before fastening off.

Create happy! ❤

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Crochet Exercise #1: Scallops Lace Insertion

The only way to learn crochet is to crochet 🙂 So I got hold of some old crochet books that are available online for free at the Antique Pattern Library.  They have some really beautiful antique lace designs that I can practice on and collect for future use.

This one is found on page 5 of the book Priscilla Crochet Book Edgings and Insertions, and is referred to as Figure 10 insertion.

What is an insertion?

Based on my understanding, it is a strip of crochet fabric -usually in a different, eye-catching design- that we can add to projects for added oomph.

The pattern I chose for this exercise is made up of scallops and is quite easy to make, there are only 3 rows and connecting the scallops is very simple. Give it a try! 🙂

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The pattern is written in UK terms and, based on my execution, is as follows:

Chain 10 and join with a slip stitch. Chain 3.

Row 1 – 11 dc in ring (do not join!), chain 3, turn.

Row 2 – 1 dc in the next 4 dc’s, (chain 2, 1 dc in next dc) 6 times, chain 2, 1 dc on top of previous row’s chain 3, chain 6, turn.

Row 3 – 1 sc at base of chain 6 (forming a loop), *(chain 5, 1 sc in next dc) 7 times, chain 6, skip 3 dc’s, 1 sc on previous row’s starting chain 3, chain 3, turn*.

This finishes the scallop. Start back at the 1st row by making the 11 dc’s in the chain 6 loop.

 

To connect scallops:

Start at the end of the 2nd row of the 3rd scallop, as follows:

Chain 3, 1 sc in 2nd loop of previous scallop, chain 3, turn.

1 sc at base of chain 3 (on current scallop being worked), then repeat from * to *.

Continue happily along until desired length is achieved.

 

Do let me know how it turned out 🙂