Sunday, 16 April 2017

Vintage crochet motif.

This is my version of an old motif. As close as possible from a photo which is on pinternet. Experianced crocheters will be able to follow.


Vintage Crochet tablecloth motif.

Chain 6. Join to make a ring.
1: (Dc2, ch2)x6
2: 2dc in each dc in group, dc in first of next dc group, 2ch, x6
3: 1dc in next 3 dc, 4dc in last dc of group; 1dc in first dc of next group, 2ch x6
4: 1dc in next 6dc, 4dc in last dc of group; 1dc in first dc of next group, 2ch, x6.
5: 1 dc in next 9dc, 4dc in last dc of group; 1dc in first dc of next group, 2ch, x6.
6: 1 dc in next 9dc, cluster of 1dc worked in next 3 dc closed together, 2ch, 1dc in last dc of group, 2ch, 1dc in the same dc, 1dc in first dc of next group, 2ch; x6.
7: 1dc in next 6dc, cluster of 1dc worked in next 3 dc closed together, 3ch, 1dc in cluster, 1dc in next dc, 3ch, 1dc in same dc, 1dc in next dc, 3dc, 1dc in same dc, 1dc in first dc of next group, 3ch; x6.
8: 1dc, cluster of 1dc worked in next 5 dc closed together, 5ch, 1dc on cluster, 1dc on next dc, 5ch, 1dc in the same dc, 1dc on next dc, 5ch, 1dc in same dc, 1dc in next dc, 5ch, 1dc in same dc, 1dc in first dc of group, 5ch; x6.
9: Picot on cluster, 7ch, picot on next dcs, 5ch, dc on next dc, 5dc in loop, 3ch, 5dc in same loop, 1dc in next dc, 5ch, picot on next dcs, 7ch; x6.
















Thursday, 13 April 2017

Kathy Shawl


A friend Kate sent me a book where there were the instructions to make Elizabeth Zimmerman's Pi shawl. Based on this idea of increasing stitches every few rows  I made this shawl thinking of her.




Kathy Shawl.

I used size 4mm dp needles then a circular needle as size increased.
100g medium weight baby yarn for this shawl.
Cast on 9sts
Knit 1 round.
yo, k1.(72sts.)
1-3: Knit.
Yo, k1, repeat to end of round. (18sts)
Rounds:1-3: Knit.
Yo, k1, repeat to end of round. (36sts )
Rounds1-6: Knit
4: K5, yo, s1, k2tog,psso, yo.
5: Knit. 6: K2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, yo.
6: K2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, yo.
7: Knit.
8: K4, yo, sk2p, yo, k1.
9-12: Knit.
yo, k1: 144.
1-3: Knit.
4: K5, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo
5: Knit.
6: K2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, yo.
7: Knit.
8: K4, yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k1.
9-11: Knit.
12: Yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5.
13: Knit.
14: K3, yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo.
15: Knit.
16: Yo, s1,k2tog,psso, yo, k5. 17-24: Knit.
yo, k1. 288sts.
1-3: knit

Start lace pattern:
1: K3, * (yo, K1) six times, K6, rep from * to last 9 sts, (yo, K1) six times, K3. (432 sts).
2-4: Knit.
5: (K2tog) three times, * (yo, K1) six times, (K2tog) six times, rep from * to last 12 sts, (yo, K1) six times, (K2tog) three times.
6-8: Knit.

Repeat rounds 5-8 for 16 times.

Start sideways lace edging: with each of the last ssk on the rows you will be binding off one of the stitches from the circular needle. I used a dp to make turning easier.


Cast on 8sts.
1: K2, yo, k2tog, yo, k4, ssk. (turn at end of every row)
2: K10.
3: K2, yo, k2tog, yo, k5, ssk.
4: K11.
5: K2, yo, k2tog, yo, k6, ssk.
6: K12.
7: K2, yo, k2tog, yo, k7, ssk.
8: K13.
9: K2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, ssk.
10: K14.
11: K2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, ssk.
12: K15.
13: K1, (ssk,yo)x2, ssk, k2, yo, s1, k2tog,psso, yo, k2, ssk.
14: K14.
15:  K1, (ssk,yo)x2, ssk, k6, ssk.
16: K13.
17:  K1, (ssk,yo)x2, ssk, k5, ssk.
18: K12.
19:  K1, (ssk,yo)x2, ssk, k4, ssk.
20: K11.
21:  K1, (ssk,yo)x2, ssk, k3, ssk.
22: K10.
23:  K1, (ssk,yo)x2, ssk, k2, ssk.
24: K9.
Repeat these 24 rows until all of the stitches on circular needle have been worked. (36 repeats.)

Kathy shawl



Kathy shawl

Pi shawl





Friday, 24 March 2017

Remembrance

Today is doubly sad to me. It was a sad anniversary already but also a very dear online friend has left us today. She had been suffering for a while. 

She testknit some of my designs and we had many things in common. Our love for dolls and knitting as well.



I had recently made a mini doll shawl based on a pattern in a book she gifted me. Now I am working on a big version with thoughts of her worked into every stitch. I knew this was coming but didn't think it would be so soon. 



I will miss you Kate, my dear friend. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Lacy Shrug for 13-16 inch dolls

Lacy Shrug:


Shrug pattern


doll shrug




Notions:
lace weight yarn.






Needles: US 0/ 2mm. (or those you need to obtain gauge)
Darning needle.
Stitch markers or waste yarn.

Difficulty:


Gauge: 8 sts x 16 rows = 1 inch. In garter stitch

Garter stitch section is 4”.
Width is 8”.

Abbreviations:
Co: cast on.
Bo: bind off.
K: knit
St-stitch: Sts- stitches
K2 tog: Knit two stitches together as one stitch.
K3 tog: Knit three stitches together as one stitch.
Double yo: double yarn over. Wrap yarn twice around needle. This stitch will be knit as one stitch through one yo on following row. It only gives a slightly bigger yo for a lacier effect.

Stitch count varies from row to row. You should have 60sts again after row 20. (Counting double yo as one stitch!)

Cast on 60sts.

1: K2, double yo, k2tog, k3; turn.
2: K7.
3: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k47.
4: K2, double yo, k2tog, k3; turn.
5: K7.
6: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k46.
7: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k47.
8: K1, k2tog, double yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k46.
9: K1, k2tog, double yo, k3tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k2; turn.
10: K10.
11: K2, double yo, k1, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k47.
12: K1, k2tog, double yo, k3tog, double yo, k1, k2tog, double yo, k2; turn.
13: K10.
14: K2, double yo, k1, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k47.
15: K2, double yo, k3, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog; turn.
16: K11.
17: K2, double yo, k5, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k45.
18: K2, double yo, k3, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog; turn.
19: K11.
20: K2, double yo, k5, double yo, k2tog, k1, double yo, k2tog, k47.

Repeat rows 1-20 for a total of 8 times.

Knit one row. (60 sts).
Bind off loosely.









Sew lace edges together. I used a simple overcast stitch. Look at photo. The same row is joined start and end forming arm opening.









Patricia Renwick © Copyright March 2017.
All rights reserved. You may sell items made from this pattern but not the pattern. Please respect my design rights. 

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Seems like Spring

Mild weather and sunny days. Feels like Spring although weather should be cold again next week it seems!.

 First Wild asparagus.

Asparagus plant. 
 What is called "lingua di cane" in dialect: dog's tongue! It does look a bit like one.

 Mimosa.
 Plum blossoms.

"Pirainu" wild pears. 

 My celery cut off is growing.

 Cat going for a walk with DH!

Exploring where the hens are.


 Hens!
 A man with his Dog!

Walking through the olives.

See you soon!

Friday, 20 January 2017

Belle

I have been busy working on uploading a new pattern today. I decided to call the dress "Belle" like one of my Disney Animator dolls. As usual it is available on Ravelry.


Disney Animator pattern



It is a pretty lacy dress which is relatively quick and easy to make. Knit flat topdown with a simple lace pattern on the skirt. 

Animator Belle


These dolls are so much fun to dress. It can become addictive. 


Disney Animator

Now I need to start working on some other projects though! Be back soon!

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Blue Tits and Mulan!

The weather has recently been cold with rain, hail and snow. Most unusual for us.

I started feeding the birds from my window. Although it is hard to take a photo I managed to snap this one. 

Bird feeding


There are several who come. Most are blue tits but others arrive as well. 


My doll collection is still growing. I found Mulan on Ebay. Description said she was dirty and ok for "spare parts!" Well I just couldn't allow that! I put in an offer for half of the small amount they were asking and it was accepted within minutes. I wondered just how dirty and poor condition she was!


She arrived yesterday. Actually the only thing wrong was her matted hair!



A wash and combing session soon fixed that. Boo lent her a clean dress until I have time to make her something especially for her! 

Here she is:



Isn't she beautiful now? I think she is really happy to have arrived here!


Mulan disney doll