Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mayflower Lace Stitch Diagram (pattern update)

 
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  I thought it would be fun to re-work an old design of mine, the Mayflower Lace scarf, in a different yarn and hook size than originally used. I came across a tutorial I had forgotten about making when I pulled up the pattern... I immediately felt like deleting the post because it's so horrible, but I think I'll leave it up just in case you want to check out the old way I made stitch charts. ðŸ˜³ It seems embarrassingly unprofessional to me now, but it worked for those that needed help back then. It may even still be helpful to see the geometric pattern without all the symbols, but... Now that I've found Stitch Fiddle, it's time to make this graph the right way.

  I also realized that the tutorial linked in the pattern and graph posts no longer exist, so the whole thing is a mess! I was working on rewriting the pattern and recreating the tutorial with Caron Cotton Cakes, and I even tried to make the pattern a bit easier by working in between the stitches instead of directly into them. I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue with what I started because I wasn't quite happy with how the stitch looked with all the changes... Then Hurricane Irma hit us and my work got tossed in bags and bins.

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  Until I find it again and make up my mind, I hope you can enjoy the better chart! This diagram may be a bit confusing at first glance because I created a new symbol to represent the modified stitch... If you need additional help, I did find my original tutorial still available in video form (it's just a slideshow of the picture tutorial). That is a step-by-step lesson for the whole project, so just skip ahead to about 3:00 to see how to work the modified stitch. You can also avoid using the modified stitch and work a regular long single crochet in its place, which will make the stitches a bit more lacy. Find the original written pattern for the whole scarf here.



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  Skipping that modified stitch might make the pattern easier, but I just love the extra texture added by the post-like stitch. Made in worsted weight yarn, it all comes together to make something both lacy and bulky at the same time.

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  If I was to work the stitch in a lighter weight yarn, I think I would like to use the regular long single crochet to create an extra-delicate fabric. Are you interested in experimenting with this stitch in different yarns? I'd love it if you share a photo of your work on Crochet is the Way's Facebook page.

Happy Crocheting!

4 comments:

  1. Never heard of a long single crochet stitch let alone a modified one - had a look at the video to get to understand the stitch. Guess I'm a bit narrowminded, alsways but falling back on the basic stitches such as sc, dc, hdc, etc. I was very proud when I tried the love knot (which is adorable indeed) but never made a second item with this stitch. Hmmm? Maybe I should put this on my to-do-list.
    Big hug,
    Marjan

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    1. Marjan, you are far from narrow minded! Do you not write patterns in two languages? ;)
      Just like the many names of the Love Knot itself, the long single crochet used in the stitch is often called a different name - I've heard other crocheters call it a vertical love knot, closing love knot, or use the term "bring a love knot up" from a stitch. I'm sure there's more I haven't heard of as well.
      Perhaps I'm too technical at times... The closing "love knot" is indeed a long single crochet stitch, therefore I find it difficult to call it anything else. The Love Knot is one of my favorite stitches, but it does irritate me that it has so many names.
      I would love to see you use this stitch sometime. With all your beautiful creations, I know you'd make something wonderful with it!

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  2. Like Marjan I have never heard of the long single crochet stitch, but it looks very nice! And your chart looks very clear to me.
    I try never to read my first posts again, because I also want to delete them then :-)
    But to use those ideas again or improve charts or patterns, that's a very good idea of you!

    Take care and enjoy your weekend, Sigrid

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    1. Thank you, Sigrid! I often go back to my notebooks to look up old patterns, but who knows where they are right now... Sometimes it's better to hit "publish" and never look back. ;)
      Hope you have a great weekend, too.

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