Wednesday, 30 April 2008
Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Monday, 28 April 2008
The bag is in a lovely repetitious pattern; double crochet (single US) and a treble puff stitch (double US). The foundation chain is 20 chain giving 18 complete dc and 5 increases in the 19th stitch. This leaves a further 18 along the other side of the foundation chain. These 18 sts either side of the bag are the straight sides and must be counted off before shaping the base. The following 2 rows have 4 even increases at the curve. This is a pattern for a saddle bag and it must keep it's shape. The curving along the base edge is on 2 dc rows (not the puff stitch row or the dc row following that) and has 6 st increases evenly spaced around the curved edge between the two 18 st side rows.
The finished side piece has a dc hem along the top edge with the second row of dc in the front loop of the stitches. This gives a 'fold' for the hem to join the lining.
I'm sooo looking forward to finishing my bags and getting them lined. Trouble is I've run out of yarn for the turquoise bag (Texere are pretty speedy with deliveries) and I'll have used 6 skeins in total for the bag and then I'm finishing the handle in the Noro Daria Multi.
For the lining I'm going to use some fabric I bought from Suzi Q Quilts who are happy to ship to the UK and have a stunning range of cotton fabrics and crazee low prices (particularly for us sterling people!!!).
This pattern is super quick and easy to memorise so sitting on the train (or in the office or wherever) is hassle-free and no paper flapping in the breeze! Try it out and goooood luck.
Friday, 25 April 2008
All I ask of you is that, if you have some knowledge that you think is truly chaincreative then please, please send your comments and messages and I promise to follow it up. Now off you go, put your feet up and enjoy the read!!! Look forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Monday, 21 April 2008
This weekend I was rootling around in my overstuffed drawer of pending projects and stumbled on some yarns I bought from Texere. Some of the yarns they offer are quite unique to anywhere else I've found and include heavy linens and these 'gimp' yarns. Picasso gimp is an acrylic fibre yarn with the most stunning array of colours to choose from. It's very similar to Noro Daria which I've linked to Pavi yarns as supplier but can be found elsewhere. I understand that it was due to be discontinued by Noro but there do seem to be supplies out there. I made a little 'salad' of the Picasso and Noro yarns for the photo to give you a flavour of the colours available (Noro is multi-coloured). I had been squirreling these jewels away for a number of projects inspired by my Jack Frost Handbags which I've featured before (Jack Frost Bags 1 September 2007), but this time I actually used a pattern from Hiawatha yarns. Earlier in the year I made a make-up bag from the Noro using the Jack Frost book and a cross-stitch (created in a treble row by skipping a stitch, 3 tr, treble in the sk st) which I mentioned in Friday's post about the Jamin Puech bag. I think it looked sooo effective with that yarn and I'm planning to find another bag to try out. These patterns are for specific yarns available in the 40's called Corde or Cordette but they're dead ringers for these yarns pictured here.
Friday, 18 April 2008
Jamin Puech always inspires me, using a wealth of stitching, beading and (hooray) crochet (if you click on this link, go to About Us and find the lovely images there). Established in Paris by Isabelle Puech and Benoit Jamin, I do recommend even just going to look at these beauties for inspiration and ideas (that's for free). Knowing that the traditions are still encouraged is wonderful. Here's another example.
Wednesday, 16 April 2008
Among the wishes of the people I teach crochet to, the most frequent request is for tips on making trims. There are many ways to whip up something unique and a trawl through the pattern books always reveals little gems. I came across this book, Crochet Edgings and Trims by Sue Smith on Amazon at £9.99 which seems to have a wealth of ideas. You can even peep inside!!!
Monday, 14 April 2008
Friday, 11 April 2008
Another equally beautiful pattern (and don't you just love this picture) is Muir which I feel a particular affection for as Muir woods were a redwood grove in my native California.
Let me take this final week's post to say, have a good weekend and watch out for braids and finer crochet yarns next week. Eeekkk!!!
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
1. Aurelie Mathigot 2. Dudua 3. Jessica Polka 4. CP Store 5. Lots of vintage crochet!!! Now for etsy
6. Karin Eriksson 7. Peaceful Provisions 8. Rae Dunn 9. Bookhou 10. Amie King
Monday, 7 April 2008
Saturday, 5 April 2008
Friday, 4 April 2008
Wednesday, 2 April 2008
The first example is just in one colour and is simply a foundation row followed by the pattern. This is formed with slip stitches throughtout, alternately in the front and then back loop of the rows beneath. The placement of these is by setting your own pattern if you want but this description is for the top one pictured. 1st to 3rd rows the stitches of the pattern would be in the back loops and on the 4th to 5th rows the stitches of the pattern would be in the front loops. 6th and 7th rows would continue in the back loops and then 8th to 15th alternate 3 stitches in the back loops with 3 in the front ones. Stagger one stitch to the left in each row of the pattern so as to form oblique stripes. 16th to 17th rows are in the back loops with 18th and 19th in the front. The 20th row finishes with back loops. If you want to create your own pattern, mapping it out on grid paper is often a good idea.
The braid in the second example above does require plotting and is created by changing shades. The entire work is in slip stitch in the back loop. Both of these braids are quite difficult to work (hence their toughness) so a fine thread yarn is preferable although I have made this in a 4-ply cotton.