Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Free pattern: Lacy Daisy Applique

  What are butterflies attracted to? Flowers! The Cotton Candy Butterfly applique needs accessories, and it just seemed right to create some flora for the fauna. Flowers are a pretty uncomplicated thing to crochet, but what I'm looking for is something simple, yet different.

  I was determined to design the "perfect" daisy to pair with the butterfly. Making up my mind became the most difficult process. I wanted something like a traditional daisy, but with more flair; maybe even a little elegance. I also couldn't decide on a size, and then thought it would be cute to mix various sizes or layer them together. Since I couldn't chose which I prefer, I just kept making more.

  First, I'll provide a simple base pattern for an average daisy; one that's probably been used by countless crocheters around the world for an untold number of decades. It produces a compact, traditional geometric daisy. I would have used this simple pattern for the project I've been working on, but it didn't suit my taste.

  Following the basic pattern is the new and improved Lacy Daisy and its variations. You can mix and match the centers for a different look, and there is an optional border available for each version. Plus, who says you have to make white and yellow daisies? Use those scraps to make any combination of your choice.



Skill Level:
Easy - intermediate

Materials:
Steel hook size 7 US (4 UK)
Size 10 crochet thread
Needle to weave in ends

Gauge:
1 row, 2 tr = 1/4" x 1/4" (1 cm x 1 cm)

Stitches and abbreviations:
Slip stitch  (Sl st)
Chain  (ch)
          - stitch (st)
          -space (sp)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Triple crochet (tr)


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Directions for Basic Daisy:

Basic daisy worked in single crochet.
Round 1:
With color A, ch 2 (c/a 1 sc), 10 sc in farthest ch from hook. Insert hook in same st, pull up a loop. Yarn over with color B, pull through 2 remaining loops on hook. Cut color A.

Round 2:
With color B, *Sl st in next st, ch 2, 1 dc in same st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Bind off, weave in ends.
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Directions for Lacy Daisy:


*Note: If using the lacy center, be sure to use Round 2 for lacy center. All other versions will use Round 2 for other centers. For your favorite version, simply follow directions for when to continue for a border or to bind off.

Round 1 - Double crochet center:
With color A, ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 11 sc in farthest ch from hook. Insert hook into beg ch-4, pull color B through with a sl st.

Version 4 with double crochet center

Round 1 - Triple crochet center:
With color A, ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), 11 sc in farthest ch from hook. Insert hook into beg ch-4, pull color B through with a sl st.

Version 4 with triple crochet center

Round 1 - Lacy triple crochet center:
With color A, ch 4 (counts as 1 tr), ch 2, {1 tr, ch 2} 5 times in farthest ch from hook. Insert hook into beg ch-4, pull color B through with a sl st.

Version 4 with lacy triple crochet center and border
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Round 2 for Lacy triple crochet center:
With color B, *(Ch 3, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st) in same st, sl st in ch-2 sp.* Repeat from * to *  5 more times.  Continue for other versions. For version 1: Continue to border 1.1, or bind off, weave in ends.

Round 2 for other centers:
With color B, *(Ch 3, 2 tr, ch 3, sl st) in sa
me st, sl st into next st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times.  Continue for other versions. For version 1: Continue to border 1.1, or bind off, weave in ends.

Top row, left to right: Version 1 with triple crochet center and border; version 2 with double crochet center, no border. Compare sizes with basic daisy; bottom.
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Round 3:
*Ch 5, (1 tr, ch 2, 1 tr) in sp between tr posts. Ch 5, sl st in next 2 sl sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Continue for other versions. For version 2: Continue to border 2.1, or bind off, weave in ends.

Version 2 - Both with borders. Left: Triple crochet center. Right: Lacy triple crochet center.

Round 4:
*Ch 7, (1 tr, ch 3, 1 tr) in ch-2 sp. Ch 7, sl st in ch-5 st, sk 1 sl st, sl st in next sl st.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Continue for other versions. For version 3: Continue to border 3.1, or bind off, weave in ends.

Version 3 with border and triple crochet center.
Round 5:
*Ch 9, (1 tr, ch 4, 1 tr) in ch-3 sp. Ch 9, sl st in ch-7 st, sl st in next 2 sl sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Continue to border 4.1, or bind off, weave in ends.


All examples of version 4. Top left example is worked with double crochet center, no border. This will be the same size as version 3 worked with triple crochet center and border (see previous photo).
Border 1.1:
*Ch 1, 3 sc in ch-3 sp, 3 sc in sp between tr posts, 3 sc in following ch-3 sp. Ch 1, sl st in each of next 2 sl sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Bind off, weave in ends.

Border 2.1:
*Ch 1, 5 sc in ch-5 sp, 5 sc in ch-2 sp, 5 sc in following ch-5 sp. Ch 1, sl st in ch-5 st. Sl st in each of next 2 sl sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times.

Border 3.1:
*Sl st in next ch, ch 1. 6 sc in ch-7 sp, 7 sc in ch-3 sp, 6 sc in following ch-7 sp. Ch 1, sl st in each of ch-6 and ch-7 sts. Sl st in each of next 2 sl sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Bind off, weave in ends.

Border 4.1:
*{Sl st into ch-9 sp, ch 1} 7 times. {Sl st into ch-4 sp, ch 1} 4 times. {Sl st into ch-9 sp, ch 1} 6 times. Sl st into ch-9 sp, sl st into ch-9 st. Sl st into next 3 sl sts.* Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Bind off, weave in ends.

Version 4.1 combined with version 2.1, both with lacy center.

Version 4 with version 1.1
  As you can see, there are quite a few combinations to be made. Hopefully, you'll have an easier time making a decision than I did. Happy crocheting!


Friday, January 31, 2014

Double Free Pattern: One Round Hearts

  Valentine's day might be on the way, but these cuties can be used year-round. What could you do with mini hearts? Originally, they were designed to be part of my new applique series. However, once I finished them, my imagination was left with a few other ideas.
  These would be adorable added to a bag or clothing, used as confetti, or to accent a wrapped gift. Plus, I made a few more than I needed, so I'll be experimenting with making jewelry from the leftovers.


  A small pattern like this is a great way to use up those scraps! They're only one round a piece, so make some in any color your *heart* desires.
  Speaking of scraps, during this project I made an attempt to use up the remainder of some thread I had lying around. I didn't foresee any issues with that...

  I ran into a slight problem while designing this pattern. Do you notice the difference in the size of the pink hearts? No, they weren't made from a different pattern. I have mystery thread! About a year ago I picked up this pink thread on clearance. The label stated size 10 crochet thread, exactly the same as the burgundy pictured here with the pink:



  You can clearly see that the pink thread is thicker and produces a larger swatch. Within my thread stash are multiple colors of the same brand; also a few other brands. None of my other size 10 thread is the same size as this stuff. This appears to be size 3 crochet thread. So, in the pattern, I give the gauge for both sizes of thread; whatever size the mystery pink may be. Either way, the pattern still works for both sizes, so use size 3 if you have it.

Skill Level:
Easy

Materials:
Size 10 crochet thread

Steel crochet hook, size 4(UK)?*
  *I'm using my mystery hook along with my mystery thread. "Made in England" is printed on my hook, so I can only assume this is a US size 7. I've yet to solve this problem, and I apologize for using it to design a pattern again. It belonged to my great-grandmother, and its my favorite hook to use.

Needle to weave in ends

Gauge for Mini Heart:
Entire piece measures 3/4" (2 cm);
Pink heart measures 1" (2.5 cm)

Gauge for Tiny Heart:
Entire piece measures 1/2" (1.2 cm);
Pink heart measures 3/4" (2 cm)

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)

Directions for Mini Heart:


To begin: Ch 4, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Ch 2, 3 dc in same st. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch. (3 dc, ch 2, sl st) in following ch. Skip last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Directions for Tiny Heart:


To begin: Ch 4, join with a sl st to beg ch.

Ch 1, 3 sc in same st. (2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc) in next ch. (3 sc, ch 1, sl st) in following ch. Skip last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Free Pattern: Cotton Candy Butterfly

  I couldn't resist picking up the rainbow pastel thread which makes this applique. At the time, I had no idea what I would use it for. I finally received my inspiration from my kid, but, that's a story for another day...

  This beautiful butterfly is made in two pieces, then a border is added while joining. The pattern seems a bit strange, but is fairly easy to follow. The shape of the wing is created with a ripple stitch.

  My favorite thing to concentrate on while designing a pattern is versatility. The wings of this applique can be re-positioned a bit to change the look of the butterfly, or to cover more or less material. Plus, this is only Part One of a series of designs which can be mixed and matched together in your own combinations. Any of the pieces can be made in a color of your choice.


  The finished piece measures 3 3/4" (9.5 cm) tall
5 1/2" (14 cm) at widest part of wing, with wings spaced apart;
                                             


4 1/4" (10.8 cm) at widest part of wing, with wings against body.



Skill Level:
Intermediate

Materials:
Steel crochet hook size 4
Size 10 crochet thread (I used DMC Traditions, color 5109)
Needle to weave in ends

Gauge:
1" x 1" (2.5 cm x 2.5 cm) = 10 dc, 4 rows

Stitches:
Chain (ch)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Double crochet 2 together (dc2tog) - Yarn over, insert hook into designated stitch, pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, insert hook into next st, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook.

Directions:
Make 2.
With hook size needed to obtain gauge, ch 50, join with a sl st in beg ch.

Row 1:
Working into ch-sps: Ch 2 (counts as 1 sc, ch-1), (2 dc) in next 2 sts. 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. (Dc2tog) twice, ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1. (Dc2tog) twice, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc) twice, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn.

Row 2:
Ch 1, sk ch-1, 1 dc, (2 dc) in next 2 sts. 1 dc in each of next 2 sts. (Dc2tog) twice, ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc, ch 1, sk 1. (Dc2tog) twice, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc) twice. 1 dc, ch 1, sk ch-1, 1 sc. Ch 1 (counts as 1 sc), turn.

Rows 3 - 5:
Repeat Row 2. Bind off, weave in ends.



Joining:
  Match together the 30 remaining sts of each beg ch, with tips of wings pointing away from you. Skip first chain of each piece, join together with a sl st through front loops only of both sts. Working through front loops only of both chains: (Ch 1, sl st) in next 14 sts. Working into both loops of only the chain nearest to you: (Sl st, ch 1) in the next 7 sts, sl st into the last ch. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 1. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 2. Ch 2, 1 sc in turning ch of row 3. Ch 1, 1 dc in turning ch of row 4. Ch 2, 1 dc in beg ch of row 5. Ch 3, 1 dc in ch-1 sp. Working around: Ch 4, 1 dc in first dc. Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc, ch 1, 1 dc. Ch 2, 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc. 1 sc in each of next 11 sts. Ch 2, (1 dc, ch 2) in next 4. (1 sc, ch 1) twice, sk ch-1 sp, 1 sc in each of next 5 turning chs. 1 sc in each of next 3 chs. Working across to second piece: 1 sc in each of next 3 chs. 1 sc in each of next 5 tuning chs. Ch 1, sk 1, 1 sc. Ch 1, 1 sc. (Ch 2, 1 dc) in next 4. Ch 2, 1 sc in each of next 12 sts. Ch 1, 1 sc, (ch 2, 1 dc) in next 2. Ch 3, 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc. Ch 1, 1 sc, ch 1. 1 sc in turning ch of row 3. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 2. Ch 1, 1 sc in turning ch of row 1. Ch 1, {sl st, sk 1} 7 times, sl st in last ch. Bind off, weave in ends.

Pin into place. Attach with needle and thread to whatever you wish.

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