Wednesday, January 23, 2013

my favorite tree = )

This tree is along the trail my husband and I walk along.  I call it The Happy Tree.  = )

Sunday, January 20, 2013

my rose all finished up

I made this rose for my daughter because she loves both roses and pink = )

The rose pattern I used is the My Rose pattern that I have previously posted and the leaf is an Irish crochet leaf with chain 5 for a stem (so you can attach it to the flower stem).

As you can see there is a bead in the center of the flower.  I ran a long piece of wire through the bead and put the ends through the center of the rose. Twist the wire together.   I then put a loop or sorts at the end of the wire and crocheted around the loop then up the stem.  When I got to the point where I wanted the leaf to go (I made the leaf before hand) I crocheted it onto the stem.  A few more single crochet up the stem then I wrapped the thread around the wire just loose enough for my hook to fit through.  I then did 8 single crochet around that wrapped thread.  The next row was also 8 single crochet.  Row 3 has 2 single crochet per stitch giving you 16 stitches.  Row 4 has you alternating 2 single crochet in one stitch then one single crochet in the next stitch, then 2 single crochet in the next stitch and 1 single crochet in the next... that gives you 24 stitches.. about.  It now measures about the same as the unworked loops on the underside from the rose.

Chain 1 and put the hook through the next stitch and through an unworked  loop on the bottom of the rose.  Slip stitch.  Chain 4.  sc in second stitch from hook.  hdc in next chain, and dc in last chain.  Skip two green stitches and sc in the third green stitch and (making sure the green part fits correctly over the bottom of the rose) the corresponding unworked loop on the bottom of the rose.  Chain 4....   Do this all the way around.  When you only have 3 or so left to do, stuff the green thing with some cotton or batting before closing it up.

Here is a picture of the bottom of the flower.  I added a tag and threaded the ribbon from the tag between where the leaf is sewn onto the stem and where I tacked the middle-ish of the leaf to the green part.  

I wish I had twisted the green single crochet on the stem how I wanted it to look before I started making the bell shaped part that is under the rose... I know, I'm dazzling you with my technical terms... = )  Also,  I wished I had used a sturdier wire for the stem...  

Friday, January 18, 2013

crochet hook key chain attachment

Crochet hook key chain

Cheap crochet hooks in the sizes I use most + scroll saw + drill press with tiny drill bit + belt sander + some jewelry findings = crochet hook key chain attachment.  Now I don't need to take my good hooks with me anymore and risk loosing them. = )  

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Crocheted Tiara

                                                                My sweet baby girl = )

 Sugar'n Cream yarn calls for a 5.00 mm hook.  I used a 3.25 mm hook because I wanted the stitches tight.

Here are the written instructions.  A picture tutorial follows.

 Chain as many as you need for the tiara to fit the head it's intended for.  Join with a slip stitch to make a circle, chain one, then single crochet in the top loop only of the chain.

                                                            Join with a slip stitch.

                                                               Chain one, then turn.

                  This is what I call the pot holder stitch.. = )  Put the hook in the back loop of the stitch then
                      through the un-worked bottom loop from the chain..  Draw the yarn through for single

                                                         Here are about 3 stitches worked.

                                 When the row is complete, slip stitch where the arrow is pointing.

                                                                  Chain one and turn.

           Do this row mostly like the last one except put the hook through both loops on the top and then
                              through the un-worked loop from row 1.  This joins both rows together.

                                                                   Slip stitch here.

                                                  Continue slip stitching around for a bit...

                         Fold the tiara in half (with the row start/stop as the back fold) and count 18 stitches
                                      from the center front and mark it with a pin or something.
                                                           It doesn't need to be exact...

       When you get to your stitch marker, start working stitch pattern.  Here is the first bobble done.

                     Work the pattern to this point.. it is the (sc, ch 3, sc) just past the 7 treble crochets.

                                                                          Chain one.

                                                  Turn.  Single crochet in the chain 3 space.

                                      Chain 6 then single crochet in the top (4th) treble crochet.

                                               Chain 4 then single crochet in the same stitch.

                                             Chain 6, then single crochet in the chain 3 space.

slip stitch in the single crochet.


                                   Single crochet in the single crochet that is in the chain 3 space.

                                3 Single crochet, chain 3 picot, 3 single crochet in the chain 6 space.

             Work the stitches over to this point.  (single crochet in the single crochet that is in the chain 3 space)

                 Chain 1  then single crochet down in the same stitch as the single crochet that is the left side
                                                                of the chain 3 space...

                                      Slip stitch around to the end of the row and weave in ends.

                            Hopefully the diagram and the pictures will help this all make sense..