Tuesday, 26 May 2015

LET'S PLAY - CROCHET VINTAGE - FREE PATTERN #1

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Here we go again!  More Let's Play - Crochet Fun!

Hope you all enjoyed the free crochet patterns from my Let's Play - Crochet Fun (see bottom of page for links) which I ran for eight (8) weeks?  

I've had a two (2) week break from blogging because I just had to finish a scarf I was knitting and I needed some well deserved me time (exploring and walking the countryside) which always gets the creative juices flowing.  AND it has paid off too!

My next installment of LET'S PLAY, is here ! 
and over the next few weeks I will take you on a vintage ride back to the 1970's.  

The stitch patterns I will be presenting here are my old time favourites from the 1970's when I first took to crochet, and as exciting as they were then, today I am going to update them a little!  Using a little bit of modern colours and yarns and/or threads.

I am ever so grateful that today we have a huge range of yarns available to us, not only in various colours, but also in various thickness, with lovely pure wool, pure cotton, pure silk, bamboo and the like, as well as numerous blends of these natural fibers, which help make our crochet projects so much more fun to make and play with!

For this week's vintage crochet stitch pattern #1, I have used a soft cotton yarn by Bendigo Woollen Mills, (which is an Australian company, and they ship yarn all over the world), but you can use any DK or 8ply yarn you have to hand.  I just happen to have loads of remnants left in my stash, so they are perfect for these little swatches.

Are you ready to join me?  Let's play and have some Crochet Vintage fun! 

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LET'S PLAY
Let's begin this FREE PATTERN #1, gather your yarns and hooks, get yourself a cuppa, and let's play, let's have some crochet fun!

YARN: BWM Cotton 8ply or any other DK yarn
HOOK: G-6 (4mm) 
NOTIONS: Scissors, Yarn needle

PATTERN DETAILS:
DIFFICULTY: Easy

TENSION/GAUGE:  Not critical to this pattern.  
If using other yarn please use recommended hook on yarn label.

PATTERN NOTES: Swatch  instructions are for one (1) colour. You can change colour every row.

This swatch pattern - uses multiples of 8sts plus 6, and then plus 3 for turning ch.  ie. 8 x 3 = 24;  24+ 6 =30;  30 + 3 = 33.  

You need to know how to crochet flat.  Colour change is optional. Stitch guide:  double crochet, treble crochet.

This pattern is written in USA - American Crochet Terms.


USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.


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PATTERN STARTS:

With MC, 4mm hook 

Foundation Row:  Ch33.  

SPECIAL TIP:  I use a 4.5mm hook for the foundation chain row then change to 4mm in last 3ch (which count as the first dc).  This way my foundation chain does not end up tighter than the rest of the swatch.

Row 1:  (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in 6th ch from hook, *skip 3ch, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in next ch, skip 3ch, (1dc, ch3, 1dc) in next ch, rep from * to last 3ch, skip 2ch, 1dc in last ch.  TURN.

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Row 2:  Ch3, *6tr in ch3-sp, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1-sp, rep from * end, ending with 6tr in last ch3-sp, 1dc in top of ch5.  TURN.


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Following Row 3 and 4 form the pattern

Row 3:  Ch3, *(1dc, ch3, 1dc) between 3rd and 4th tr of 6tr group, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1-sp, rep from * to end, ending with (1dc, ch3, 1dc) between 3rd and 4th of last 6tr group, 1dc in top of ch3.  TURN

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Row 4:  Ch3, *6tr in ch3-sp, (1dc, ch1, 1dc) in ch1-sp, rep from * end, ending with 6tr in last ch3-sp, 1dc in top of ch3.  TURN.

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Continue pattern with Rows 3 and 4 for required length.

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CHANGING COLOUR
To change colour in every row, fasten off at the end of each row.  Join yarn at beginning of row with standing double crochet in place of ch3.  Remember to turn work at end of each row.

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BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS 
BELOW IN THE COMMENTS 
OR 


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Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
Copyright (C) 2008-2015 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.

Friday, 15 May 2015

SUN HAT - SHORT and LONG BRIM

Sun Hat Crochet Pattern Short Long Brim

Imagine sunshine days and walking the Scottish countryside 
where you are surrounded by beautiful heather moors and mountain views.

It's these Scottish highland memories which inspired my latest sun hat design "SWEET HEATHER". I love seeing the countryside covered with the colours of heather in full bloom, just magic!  

SWEET HEATHER Sun Hat Crochet Pattern includes instructions for a short brimmed and a long brimmed hat, you can choose to make one or both.  Stay cool and protect yourself from the sun's rays during spring and summer.  

SWEET HEATHER Sun Hat design is unique and stylish, you can spruce it up for a special event, or garden party, or tone it down for wearing whilst gardening, summer holidays, or lounging by the pool.  

SWEET HEATHER crochet sun hat pattern is written for three (3) sizes - Toddler, Child and Adult - so you can make lovely colourful sun hats for the kids too!

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PATTERN DETAILS:
DIFFICULTY:  Easy Intermediate
SIZESA = Toddler;  B = Child;  C = Adult
YARN USEDRowan Cotton Glace ● 5ply 100% Mercerized Cotton 
NOTIONS:  E-4 (3.5mm) and D-3 (3mm) hook, Yarn needle
PATTERN NOTES:  Hat is worked top down in the round.  Each round is completed before changing colour.  Instructions in this pattern are for a two (2) colour hat.  This hat can be made using one, two or more colours.  Photographs accompany the written instructions at the end of this pattern.  
PATTERN for Flower motif   NOT included.

THIS PATTERN IS WRITTEN IN USA American CROCHET TERMS.

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Pattern is available from my online stores

CRAFTSY    RAVELRY    and    ETSY



Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
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