Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"V" Stitch Border

This is a border I created to finish off a CAL I was doing last year.  The Designer, April Moreland, designed a different square pattern for each month of the year.  She called it a Calendar-ghan, the patterns can be found on her blog, The Left Side of Crochet.  It was great fun to follow her instructions each month.  Oh, did I say that this was a mystery CAL.  :-)  April would put out the instructions a little at a time, then about mid month she would add a picture.  I had found this CAL before I had any yarn in mind, so the first few squares I did have pictures, but the instructions were well written and easy to follow (with or without the pictures).  When I found this yarn in the Craft Group's stash I was in heaven and thought of this CAL right away, and there was enough of the yarn to do the whole thing! 

After completing December's square, I turned my mind to assembling it.  I personally love the Flat Braid Method by Priscilla Hewitt, for joining squares.  Her basic instructions for this method can be found on her web site, under Afghan Edgings & Joinings.  Since I was using a DK weight yarn, I wanted to make this afghan a little bigger, so I altered the basic instructions from a ch 3 to a ch 5.  The border pattern should work with the basic instructions too.  The ch 5 base just gives the afghan a lacier look.

Stitch Definitions:

  •  V Stitch: (dc 1, ch 1, dc 1) in same stitch.
  •  Ch 3 Picot: ch 3, sl st in back 2 loops of the 3rd chain from hook.
Row 1: Join with sc in the chain space to the right of a corner (left of corner if left handed), sc in same space, [ch 4, 2 sc in next chain space]; repeat [ ] to side corner chains, Side Corner Join: ch 4, sc through both side corner chains, sc in 2nd side corner chain only; *repeat [ ] to next side corner chains, make Side Corner Join as above*, repeat * to * across side ending with [ ]; Corner: ch 4, (sc, ch 1, sc) in corner space; repeat from * to Corner 3 more times, ch 4, sl st to beg sc.

Row 2: Sl st in next sc, ch 4 (makes 1st dc and ch 1 sp), dc in same st, [sc in next chain space, sk 1, V stitch in next sc]; repeat [ ] to side corner join, Side Shell: sc in chain space, sk 1, 5 dc in next sc; *repeat [ ] to next side corner join, make Side Shell as above*, repeat * to * across side ending with [ ]; Corner: sc in next chain space, sk 1 (4 tr, ch 2 4 tr) in next ch-1 space; repeat from * to Corner 3 more times, sc in next chain space, sl st to 3rd beg ch.

Row 3: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4 (makes 1st dc and ch 1 sp), dc in same sp, [V stitch in next V stitch]; repeat [ ] to side shell, Side Point: sk 2, tr 1, (2 tr, ch 3 picot, 2 tr) in next st, tr 1; *repeat [ ] to next side shell, make Side Point as above*, repeat * to * across side ending with [ ]; Corner: sk 2, V stitch, sk 1, dc 1, (3 tr, ch 3 picot, 3 tr) in ch-2 sp, dc 1, sk 1, V stitch; repeat from * to Corner 3 more times, sl st to 3rd beg ch.

Designed and written by Carrie Au
Copyright 2010

Here is a picture of the completed Calendar-ghan too.

I took this picture without the flash to show off the textures that were worked into the designs.  April did an awesome job!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Here are a few things that I have done or finished up this spring.

This is a Lap throw, using the Short Row Tunisian technique.  Of course being in Austin I had to use UT colors.  I needed a third color so I chose brown for Mac Brown  :-)  The pattern design is by Kim Guzman in the October issue of Crochet World magazine

Tammy Hildebrand designed this wonderful Snowflakes Throw.  The tech editors did not do a very good job on her instructions so there are a few errors.  But after rewriting them correctly it was a breeze to complete.  I even got my sister to start one!  This is a free pattern at Red Heart.com or a tear sheet at Hobby Lobby.  The Hobby Lobby sheet does not have the border row instructions, and the web site still have some errors.  This is a shame because the pattern is quite simple and well done.  The end product brought a lot of ooohs and aaahs at the Craft Group.  It may become the silent auction or raffle item in this years craft fair.

Here is a link to my notes on joining the motifs together.

Sorry for the same chair in the photos, (you may see that a lot)  it presents the afghans nicely, and is where most of them are made.  lol

Monday, March 15, 2010

In the begining....

Well this is a new foray for me.  Just getting started with a thought... we will see were the tread leads us.  Joys to share, creations to show, and futures to dream.