Thursday, August 25, 2016

"Ball center flower" .2 and .3

Last week, I shared a pattern for a "ball center flower" (I should have been more creative with the name ¬¬) to use along with the Crocheted Bracelet Cuff pattern I had previously shared. That flower had only one row of petals, I wanted to add a second row so I made a new version with a second row of petals. That new flower was made doing the center, fastening off and then joining again to do the petals, same as the original "ball center flower".
If you are doing the center in one color and the petals in another color, it makes sense that way, but if you are using the same color for all the flower, as I did in the first flower, it doesn´t make that much sense, a least not for me. It bothers me a little to cut the yarn and then join the same yarn to continue, so I figured how to do it all he way without cutting the yarn until the final F.O., hence the third version: Ball center flower.3!


:o)

I must say that the Ball center flower.2 (the one with two layers of petals) is slightly more difficult than the original "ball center flower", and that the Ball center flower.3 (no cut yarn) is a little more difficult than the ball center flower.2. That been said, let that not scare you! The flowers are simple enough for you to understand and be able to make them if you have ever made a crocheted flower before. Also this time I added more photos to make it easier to understand.

Ball Center flower.2

Start with center color:
Working in spiral. Mark first stitch of every round if you wish, moving the stitch marker every round to keep track of first stitch.
Rnd 1: sc 6 times in adjustable loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: [2 sc in ea sc ] arnd (12 sc)
Rnd 3: [sc in ea sc] arnd (12 sc) 
Stuff a little if you wish, you can use a piece of the same yarn for this purpose.
Rnd 4: working in back loops only: [sc 2 tog] arnd (6 sc)
F.O.
Now sew closed with tapestry needle. 


Ball center made and closed

First round of petals:
Working in spiral.
Rnd 1: join yarn on front loop of first sc of  3rd rnd of the flower center, working in front loops only: [ch 2, skip 1 sc, sl on next sc] around, join with sl st. (6 ch2 sp) [Please note that you have used here 6 front loops and skipped 6 front loops too. Those six unused front loops will be used for the second row of petals.]
Rnd 2: [sl st, ch 1, 1hdc, 2 dc, 1 hdc, ch 1, sl st] in first ch2 sp and around, sl st on first sl st made. (6 petals) 
F.O. Weave in all ends.


First round of petals made

First round of petals back.

Second round of petals:
Working in spiral.
Rnd 1: join yarn on first unused front loop of  3rd rnd of the flower center [As noted before], working in front loops: [ch 2, skip 1 sc, sl on next sc] around, join with sl st. (6 ch2 sp)


Note the unused front loops. A stitch marker is on the first one.

6 ch2 spaces made

Rnd 2: [sl st, ch 2, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st] in first ch2 sp and around, sl st on first sl st made. (6 petals) 
F.O. Weave in all ends.


Ta da!


Ball Center Flower.3

(Start making the center:)
Working in spiral. Mark first stitch of every round if you wish, moving the stitch marker every round to keep track of first stitch.
Rnd 1: sc 6 times in adjustable loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: [2 sc in ea sc ] arnd (12 sc)
Rnd 3: [sc in ea sc] arnd (12 sc) 
(First round of petals:)
Rnd 4: working in front loops only: sl st in next sc,[ch 2, skip 1 sc, sl on next sc] around, join with sl st. (6 ch2 sp) [Please note that you have used here 6 front loops and skipped 6 front loops too. Those six unused front loops will be used for the second row of petals. Also remain unused the twelve back loops of those scs.]
Rnd 5: [sl st, ch 1, 1hdc, 2 dc, 1 hdc, ch 1, sl st] in first ch2 sp and around, sl st on first sl st made. (6 petals) 


First round of petals made. Front...

...and back. Note all unused loops: 6 front loops and all back loops.

(Second round of petals:)
Rnd 6: sl st to first unused front loop of 3rd rnd [As noted before], working in front loops: [ch 2, skip 1 sc, sl on next sc] around, join with sl st. (6 ch2 sp) 
Rnd 7: [sl st, ch 2, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st] in first ch2 sp and around, sl st on first sl st made. (6 petals) 


Second round of petals made. 
Note that all back loops are still unused.

(Closing the center ball:)
Stuff a little if you wish, you can use a piece of the same yarn for this purpose.
Rnd 8: working in back loops of third round only: [sc 2 tog] arnd (6 sc)
F.O.

Now sew closed with tapestry needle. 
Weave in all ends.

Now your flower is completed!

Ball Center Flower.3 
(with two colors and only one round of petals)

(If you want only one round of petals omit Rnds 4 and 5 from previous pattern)

Rounds 1-3 made. The last 2 loops are still on hook, in place to switch colors.

Rounds 1-3 (yellow) then 6 and 7 (orange). 
The flower looks complete but still needs the ball closed and stuffed at the back.

Round 8 made.
The flower is complete!

4 flowers made
 :o)

Hope you liked it
Happy crocheting!





Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Ball center flower"

For my previous pattern: "Pretty in Pink" Crocheted Bracelet Cuff I made some flowers folowing the directions on some of my books and magazines, and when I published the pattern I added photos of the pages I used, but a kind reader called my attention that it could be a breach of copyright, so I looked for other sources to back the pattern and remove the pages' photos as I really didn´t mean to offend the authors of the books. I still left the photos of the books and magazine covers for you to use those if you are lucky to have them available or go buy them if you wish. 

One of the flowers I had made I called "Ball center flower", and I couldn´t find an easy pattern for something similar, so I made a smaller version of a flower I had designed in the past for  my Garden Baby Mobile.

It is not the exact same flower, of course, but it looks similar as it has the puffy center as well. It only has a round of petals, but still, I think I would have done this one instead, if only I had written the patern before!

This flower can be made with two diferent colors, or just one like the one in the photo below.


Ball Center Flower



Start with center color:
Working in spiral. Mark first stitch of every round if you wish, moving the stitch marker every round to keep track of first stitch.
Rnd 1: sc 6 times in adjustable loop (6 sc)
Rnd 2: [2 sc in ea sc ] arnd (12 sc)
Rnd 3: [sc in ea sc] arnd (12 sc) 
Stuff a little if you wish, you can use a piece of the same yarn for this purpose.
Rnd 4: working in back loops only: [sc 2 tog] arnd (6 sc)
F.O.
Now sew closed with tapestry needle. 

Petals:
Working in spiral.
Rnd 1: join yarn (same or diferent color, as you wish) on front loop of first sc of  3rd rnd of the flower center, working in front loops: [ch 2, skip 1 sc, sl on next sc] around, join with sl st. (6 ch2 sp)
Rnd 2: [sl st, ch 2, 2 dc, 1 tr, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st] in first ch2 sp and around, sl st on first sl st made. (6 petals) 
F.O. Weave in all ends.

Update: other versions of this flower on this post

I hope you liked it!
Happy Crocheting!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"Pretty in pink" Crocheted Bracelet Cuff

Hello, Hello!
I been wanting to share this new pattern with you for a while, but it takes a lot of time to translate my notes to something understandable :0P 
I made this pattern because my sister in law asked me if I could do a chrocheted bracelet cuff like several seen in the internet, she sent me some images and I searched for more, they all seemed beautiful, but.... I couldn´t find a pattern for any of those, at least as embellished as the ones she showed me. I found several patterns for very beautiful crocheted cuffs and wrist warmers but none of them matched my expectations... So, I had to make my own pattern and here I am sharing it with you :0)

So, hereby, I present my "Pretty in pink" crocheted bracelet cuff pattern, but first, I'd like to mention the stitched that you should know or learn to be able to make this piece:

Required stitch knowledge: *in american terms
Basic stitches: ch (chain), sc (single crochet), 2sc tog (2 single crochet together), hdc (half double crochet), dc (double crochet)

Special stitches:
- Broomstick lace crochet (Pick up row only), you can follow the instructions here (The whole tutorial is very good if you want to learn the Broomstick lace crochet stitch  but for the porpose of this pattern you only need to follow steps 1 and 2)

- Hairpin lace join: See here how to do it

- Star stitch: See my pevious tutorial about this stitch here

Now, on to the pattern!

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"Pretty in Pink" Crocheted Bracelet Cuff




According to the nature of this piece, it can be decorated as desired, colors can be modified, or just use one color instead, use more or less beads, and use more, less or none flowers. Be creative!

Materials:
- Fine yarn of colors "pink" (C), "burgundy" (A) and "eggplant" (B), or any color of your choice
-Small beads in colors red (#1) and transparent (#2), or any color of your choice
- Scraps of other fine yarns for decorative flowers.
- Crochet hook #2
- Sewing thread in color pink, burgundy or similar
- Sewing needle
- 3 buttons

Fitting note #1: The size of the piece depends on the size of the wrist that it is made for. To ensure a good fitting, measure the wrist and substract 1 inch (2.54cm) to that lenght, now make a ch that measures up to that new size (wrist measurement minus 1 inch). In this pattern that starting chain is 40 ch long. The inch substracted will be added at the end with the buttons and buttonholes sides, so the size does match the wrist size.
If your starting chain is bigger or smaller than 40 ch, please adjust the pattern directions to fit your chain number. 

Beading:
Some rows of the piece are made with beads crocheted in the stitches, for that purpose the beads must be threaded in the yarn in advance. As the pattern may need to be adjusted to your starting ch size, threading more beads than needed is recomended.

Thread:
80 or more #1 beads in color C yarn (80 = 2 times the starting ch #)
10 or more #1 beads in color A yarn 
10 or more #2 beads in color B yarn



For easier understanding, the pattern has been divided in different parts, refer to this illustration to identify each part of the piece:



Part 1: "central braid"
This pattern starts right in the wrist of the cuff and will "grow" on both sides. 
This "central" part looks like a "braid" and is formed by joining two rows of broomstick loops (Colors A and B).

Broomstick loops:
With color A:
Ch 41 (starting ch # +1)
Sc in second ch from hook and in ea ch through the end. (40 sc)
Pick up 40 loops. Refer to above mentioned tutorial if needed. 
Keep all loops in the "broomstick". Do not fasten off.
Repeat with color B.


(In this case crochet P hooks were used as the "broomsticks" instead of knitting needles, feel free to use knitting needles if available)

Using the hairpin lace join technique, join both colors, taking loops from each side two by two. Refer to above mentioned tutorial if necessary.
Do not fasten off.



Part 2:
Continuing with color A, ch 2, slst in last sc made with color B, Ch 1, working in opossite side of first 40 ch made with color B: sc in ea ch. (40sc) Do not fasten off, this side will we worked on later, this will be the side going upward from the wrist)


Part 3:
Continuing on the other side (Wrist to hand side)
With the color B, ch 2, slst in last sc made with color A, Ch 1, working in opossite side of first 40 ch made with color A: sc in ea ch. (40sc) . 
Change to color C, fasten color B. 

D-Rows 1- 5:
(D-Rows = down rows)
D-Rw 1: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only: sc in ea sc, adding a bead to each sc (push beads to the other side as this is the wrong side of the piece)

D-Rw 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn, [dc in next 4 scs, 2 dc in next sc] 8 times. (49 dc)
D-Rw 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in first dc, [Ch5, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc, Ch 6, skip next 3 dc, sc in next dc] 6 times. (12 ch spaces)
D-Rw 4: Turn, [Ch 5, sc in ch-6 space, Ch 6, sc in ch-5 space] 6 times, Ch 2, dc in last sc. (13 ch spaces) 
D-Rw 5: Ch 1, turn,  sc in first dc, Ch 3, sc in next sc, Ch 3, sc in ch-6 space, Ch3, sc in next sc, [Ch3, sc in ch-5 space, sc in next ch-6 space, sc in next sc] 5 times, Ch3, sc in last ch-5 space. (19 ch-3 spaces)

D-Rw 2 to D-Rw 5


Change to color A, fasten color C.

D- Rows 6 and 7: Jonquils edging
On next two rows work Jonquils edging, as seen here.
(Beads will be added on row 7)
D-Rw 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in the first ch-3 space, [Ch 3, 4 dc in next ch-3 space, Ch 3, sc in the next ch-3 space.] 9 times. 
D-Rw 7: Ch 3, turn, skip the ch-3 space, [sc in next dc, Ch 3, sc in next dc, Ch 3 (add a bead in the second ch), sc in next dc, Ch 3, sc in next dc, Ch 3, sc in next sc] 9 times.
Do not fasten off. 


D-Rw 6 and 7


Continuing on the wrist upward side....

Change to color C, fasten color A. 
U-Rows 1-3:
(U-Rows = up rows)
U-Rw 1: Ch 1, turn, working in back loops only: sc in ea sc, adding a bead to each sc (push beads to the other side as this is the wrong side of the piece)

On next two rows work the Star Stitch: 
U-Rw 2: Ch 3, turn, insert hook in second chain from hook and pull up a loop, insert hook in next chain and pull up a loop, insert hook in first sc and pull up a loop, insert hook in next sc and pull up a loop, YO and draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to close star and form an eyelet, *insert hook in previous eyelet and pull up a loop, insert hook in same sc as last loop made from previous star and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next sc and pull up a loop] twice, YO and draw through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1, to close star and form an eyelet* repeat between * and* across. (20 "half" stars)
U-Rw 3: Ch 2 (counts as firts hdc), turn, hdc in first eyelet, 2hdc in each of next 18 eyelets, hdc in last eyelet, hdc in 3rd chain from previous row. (40hdc)
Change to color B, Fasten color C.

U-Row 4: picot edging:
On next row work a picot edging , adding a bead on each picot, as follows:
U-Rw 4: Ch1, turn, sc in first sc, sc in next sc, [sc in next sc, ch 3 (adding a bead on second ch), sl st to same sc (picot made), sc in next 3 sc] 9 times, sc in next sc, picot st in same sc, sc in last sc. Do not fasten off.

U-Rows 1 to 4


Buttons and Buttonholes sides:
Next step is to form the sides for the buttons and buttonholes, at this point, both unfinished yarn tails should be on opossite corners of the crocheted piece.

Fitting note #2: on the finish piece, the measurement from top button's center to the other side, including the full lenght of the correponding buttonhole, should be equal to the desired wrist size (complete measurement) . If the desired wrist size is not reached with the following instructions, please feel free to add or reduce the amount of rows, on this sides, so the finished piece fits correctly. 


Buttonholes side:
Continuing with the color A yarn (at the end of the jonquils edging):
Rw 1: Crochet evenly spaced scs through all the row ends, up to the last row end (picot edging).
Rw 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc, 2 sc tog in last two scs.
Rw 3: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog in firs two scs, sc in ea sc across.
Rw 4- 6: Repeat rows 2, 3 and  2 again.
Rw 7: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog, now work three buttonholes(*) evenly spaced wih scs, and 2sc tog in last 2 scs. *Buttonholes: scin sc, ch 8, sc in next sc.
Fasten off.

Buttons side: 
Continuing with the color B yarn (at the end of the picots edging):
Rw 1: Crochet evenly spaced scs through all the row ends, down to the last row end (jonquils edging).
Rw 2: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog in firs two scs, sc in ea sc across.
Rw 3: Ch 1, turn, sc in ea sc, 2 sc tog in last two scs.
Rw 4: Repeat rows 2.
Rw 5: Ch 1, turn, 2 sc tog in firs two scs, sc in ea sc across, 2 sc tog in last two scs.
Fasten off. 
With sewing needle and matching thread, sew the three buttons on the corresponding place, guided by the buttonholes on the other side.
Weave in all ends.



(The background on this photos is not relevant, is a page of an italian magazine I used for the flowers, I just needed a place to put the piece for the photos as I took them in the car)

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Decorations:
The finished piece can be left like that or decorated with a variety of flowers, in this case, three flowers were made: a millefiore, a rose and a "ball center flower". The flowers used for decoration were taken from two different sources mentioned below, but sources to similar flowers are given as well in case you don't own this book and/or magazine.

Millefiore (made with fucsia color yarn) I followed the instucctions on page 6 of "201 crochet motifs, blocks, projects and ideas" book by Melody Griffiths:

I highly recommend this book!

But a very similar flower can be found in this blog, where Joey Bailey, the blogger, explains how to make a very nice necklace:


Rose (made with light pink yarn) and "Ball center flower" (made with pink yarn), both taken from "Punti all'uncinetto, Speciale fiori in rilievo" italian magazine:


My mother brought it back from Italy, I don't know if it widely available.

A similar rose to the one I made can be found here, where they explain how to do a super cute Mini rose hair clip:



For the "Ball center flower": I made a smaller version of the flowers I made for my Garden baby mobile pattern, actually called it like that: "ball center flower", and it can be found in my next post
This is the flower:


Update: another version of this flower, with 2 rounds of petals, can be found here:



Finishing:
With sewing needle and matching thread, sew three beads to the center of the Millefiore. 
Then sew the flowers to the crocheted bracelet cuff.

Here is how it looked like after sewing the flowers I made:




Enjoy the finished Crocheted Bracelet Cuff!
:0)



I hope you liked it!
Happy Crocheting!


Update: I removed all photos that contained patterns or explanations from books or magazines, but added links to tutorials and patterns available for free.


Thursday, August 4, 2016

*.*.*.Star Stitch Tutorial.*.*.*


First of all: There are several star stitch tutorials around, I know! So, why making yet another new tutorial when there are enough on the internet?

A/ In a few days I will be sharing a new pattern for a crocheted bracelet cuff and in this pattern I make two rows with this stitch, so, as I wrote my notes in understandable terms, I wanted to find a tutorial where someone showed how to do the star stitch to share it with you, fair enough, right? Well.... I couldn´t find one where they made the star stitch the way I did it... (Probably there is one around, just that I couldn't find it) 

So here we go... 

In case you are already familiar with the star stitch, I´ll describe what I do, so you can compare it with what you do ;-)
 I start with an even number of stitches.
If the pattern allows it, I prefer to have a foundation row of stitches other than chains, in this tutorial I use scs as the base.
This pattern is to work the star stitch in rows, not rounds, so one row will show the front side of the stitches and the next row will show the back side of the sitches. 
I work the pattern in two rows: a first row: where the stars start forming  (this will be the right side of the piece) and a second row: where the stars are "completed" with 2 hdcs on each eyelet.
On the forming row, I pull up 4 loops each time, pulling the yarn through a total of 5 loops on hook to form the eyelet.

Ok, now to the tutorial... 

To start, make a even number of chains, in this case I made 18 ch:

then, ch 1, turn, make one sc on each ch. (18 sc) 

 Make three chains to start the first row, and turn the piece:

Insert hook in the second chain from hook and pull up a loop (2 loops in hook):

Now, insert the hook on the next chain and pull up a loop: (3 loops on hook):

Insert the hook in the first st from the base row and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook):

Insert the hook in the next st (*Pay atenttion to this stitch, where you insert the hook, we will need it later on) and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook) :

Yarn over hook (Y.O.) and pull the yarn through all 5 loops on hook:

Then ch 1, to close the star and form an "eyelet" (First "half" star made)

To make the next "half" stars: insert the hook in the eyelet just made, and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook)
Then insert the hook in the last stitch where you pulled the last loop for the previous half star (*The same stitch that I previously told you to pay attention to) and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook):

Insert hook in next st and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook):

Insert hook in next st (*) and pull up a loop (5 loops on hook):

Yarn over hook...

...and pull through all 5 loops on hook:

Ch 1 to close the star and form an eyelet:

Continue this way across (9 "half" stars formed):

For the "completing" stars row: Ch 2, turn (this will be the wrong side of the piece):

Hdc in first eyelet: 

2 hdc on each eyelet, until the second last one. Here you can see the hook inserted in he second eyelet in the process of making an hdc:

Continue with 2 hdc in each eyelet as explained before:

On the last eyelet make just one hdc, and make one hdc in the 3rd chain from the previous row (18 hdc):  

For subsequent rows, same instructions apply, Ch 3, turn:

Insert the hook in second ch from hook and pull up a loop, insert hook in next ch and pull up a loop, [insert hook in next st and pull up a loop] twice (5 loops on hook), Y.O. Pull yarn through all 5 loops on hook, ch 1 to close star and form an eyelet:

Continue across (as directed before, for each star stitch you will be pulling loops on the previous eyelet, the last stitch used on previous star, and the next 2 stitches):

Ch 2, turn:

Hdc in first eyelet, 2 hdc in ea eyelet to second last, 1 hdc in last eyelet:

1 hdc in 3rd ch from previous row:

Tada! Star stitch made! (in this photo you see the wrong side of the piece):

Star Stitch diagram:



Hope this helps! 
Happy Crocheting!