I’ve Got The Blues

But in a good way!

Sirdar soft cotton aran
Sirdar soft cotton aran

As a result of bargain hunting on eBay, my new old yarn arrived this morning, there are actually 5 balls, but I’m using one for a new design…more of that later. The yarn is Sirdar Soft Cotton aran, and it really is soft…and squishy…and yarny and…oh the joy of new yarn!

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Socktober

Unable to find pure cotton socks in a colour I like, and a price I can afford, I’ve decided to knit my own. The odd sock pictured above was to see if I could knit a heel…not bad for a first attempt. Now I’ve moved on to  the real socks, sneak peek below…more to follow later, at the speed I knit, probably a lot later!!

Socktober

Juliet’s Motif

American Crochet Terms used throughout.

Materials:
DK weight yarn in Blue and White
4.00mm hook

Finished Size:
A single motif measure approximately 2”/7cm across, the complete motif measures approximately 8”/20cm across

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – treble crochet
sl st – slip stitch
sk – skip
st(s) – stitch(es)
mc – magic circle
yo – yarn over
beg – beginning
2dctog – crochet 2 dc’s together (Work a dc in the stitch without completing the very last step (leave the last two loops on the hook), dc in the next stitch (as specified in the pattern) without completing the last step. You should have three loops on the hook, yarn over and draw through all the loops.)

1st Motif in Blue

Foundation Round: Into mc, 1ch, 6sc, sl st in 1st sc to join. (6 sts)

Round 1: 5ch (counts as dc2tog, 3ch), work a 2dctog in same place and next st, *3ch, work a 2dctog in same st as last 2dctog and next st* repeat from * to * 3 more times, 2ch, 1hdc in same st, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch to join (hdc and beg ch count as 2dctog).

Round 2: 5ch, 1tr in same place, *3ch, work a 2dctog in same place and in top of next 2dctog on Round 1, 3ch, 1tr in same place* repeat from * to * 5 times, 2ch, 1hdc in same place, sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch to join.

Round 3: 1ch, *1sc in space between 2dctog, 3sc in 3ch space, 3ch, 3sc in next 3ch space* repeat from * to * 5 more times, sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off, sew in ends.

2nd Motif in White

Work as for 1st motif until Round 3.

Round 3: 1ch, *1sc in space between 2dctog, 3sc in 3ch space, 1ch, 1sc in a 3ch space of 1st Motif, 1ch, 3sc in next 3ch space of 2nd Motif, 1sc in space between 2dctog, 3sc in next 3ch space, 1ch, 1sc in next 3ch space of 1st Motif, 1ch, 3sc in next 3ch space of 2nd Motif, finish as 1st Motif from * to * 4 times, sl st in 1st sc to join. Fasten off, sew in ends.

3rd Motif in White

Work as for 1st Motif until Round 3.

Round 3: 1ch, *1sc in space between 2dctog, 3sc in 3ch space, 1ch, 1sc in 2nd Motif 3ch space next to 2nd join with 1st Motif, 1ch, 3sc in next 3ch space of 3rd Motif, 1sc in space between 2dctog, 3sc in next 3ch space, 1ch, 1sc into join of 1st/2nd Motif, 1ch, 3sc in next 3ch space of 3rd Motif, 1sc in space between 2dctog, 3sc in next 3ch space, 1ch, 1sc in next 3ch space of 1st Motif, 1ch, 3sc in 3ch space of 3rd Motif, finish as for 1st Motif from * to * 3 times, sl st into 1st sc to join. Fasten off, sew in ends.

4th, 5th, 6th Motif in White

Work as for 3rd Motif.

7th Motif in White

Work as for 3rd Motif, then 1sc in space between dc2tog, 3sc in next 3ch space, 1ch, 1sc in 3ch space on 1st motif to join, 1ch, 3sc in next ch 3 space of last motif. Finish off as 1st motif from * to * twice, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Border

Round 1: Join Blue yarn to any outer join of White motifs, 1ch, 1sc around join in same place, *1sc in 3ch space, 7sc, 1sc in 3ch space, 7sc, 1sc in 3ch space, 7sc, 1sc in 3ch space, 1sc around join* repeat from * to * 5 more times omitting last sc, sl st in 1st sc to join.

Round 2: Sl st in each st around, sl st in 1st sl st to join.

Finish off and sew in ends.

© Shana Rae 2017

Flower Basket Coaster Crochet Pattern

American Crochet Terms used throughout.

Materials:
4 ply cotton yarn in 2 colours (sample used Colour A; white and Colour B; purple)
3.00mm hook

Finished Size:
Approximately 4”/10cm round

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Amulet Necklace Crochet Pattern

American Crochet Terms used throughout.

Materials:
4 ply cotton yarn (sample used Patons 100% Cotton 4 Ply)
Contrast thread or yarn for sewing
3.00mm hook for the main part
2.50mm hook for the cord

Finished Size:
Approximately 2”/5cm in height

Abbreviations
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
sl st – slip stitch
inc – increase
dec – decrease
st(s) – stitch(es)
beg – beginning
yo – yarn over
mc – magic circle
inc – increase
BLO – back loop only
2sctog – single crochet 2 stitches together

Amulet
Base

Foundation Round: Into mc, 1ch 6sc, join with sl st into 1st st.

Round 1: 1ch, 2sc in same place, inc in each st around, sl st into BLO of 1st st. (12 sts)

Round 2: 1ch, in BLO 1sc in same place, working in BLO, 1sc in each st around, sl st into 1st sc. (12 sts)

Segments
6 will be made in total working around the 12 sts of the base.

1st Segment

Row 1: 1ch, 1sc in same place, 1 sc in next st, 1ch, turn. (2 sts)

Row 2: Inc into each of the 2 sts, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 3 – 4: 1sc in each st across, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 5: 1sc, then inc in each of next 2 sts, 1sc into next st, 1ch, turn. (6 sts)

Row 6: 1sc in each st across, 1ch, turn. (6 sts)

Row 7: 1sc, 2sctog twice, 1sc into next st, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 8 – 9: 1sc in each st across, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 10: 2sctog twice, 1ch, turn. (2 sts)

Row 11: 1sc in each st across. Fasten off. (2 sts)

2nd Segment
With right side facing, join yarn into next st after 1st Segment, repeat Rows 1 – 11 of 1st Segment.

3rd Segment
With right side facing, join yarn into next st.

Row 1: 1ch, 1 sc in same place, 1sc in next st, 1ch, turn. (2 sts)

Row 2: Inc into each of the 2 sts, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 3 – 4: 1sc in eact st across, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 5: 1sc, inc in next st, 4ch (this will be the loop the cord will be threaded through) inc in next st, 1sc into next st, 1ch, turn. (6 sts)

Row 6: 1sc in each st across ensuring 4ch loop is to the front, 1ch, turn. (6 sts)

Row 7: 1sc, then 2sctog twice, 1sc into next st, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 8 – 9: 1sc in each st across, 1ch, turn. (4 sts)

Row 10: 2sctog twice, 1ch, turn. (2 sts)

Row 11: 1sc in each st across. Fasten off. (2 sts)

4th & 5th Segment
With right side facing, join yarn into next st, repeat Rows 1 – 11 of 1st Segment.

6th Segment
With right side facing, join yarn into next st, repeat Rows 1 – 11 of 3rd Segment.

Joining segments together.
Sew in all ends before joining segments. Making sure you have the right side facing, join yarn into the BLO of 1st sc at the top of a segment.

Round 1: 1ch, 1sc in same place as join, working in BLO 1sc in next st, then in each of the sts around, sl st in 1st sc. (12 sts)

Round 2: 1ch, 1sc in same place, then 1sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc. Repeat this for 4 rounds, then fasten off.

Using a contrast yarn, oversew the sides of each segment together, using cross stitches to add detail.

Top

Foundation Round: Into mc, 1ch, 6sc, join with sl st into 1st st to join.

Round 1: 1ch, 2sc in same place, 2sc into each st around, sl st into 1st sc to join. (12 sts)

Round 2: 1ch, 1sc in same place, 2sc, inc, *3sc, inc* around, sl st into BLO of 1st sc to join. (15 sts)

Round 3: In blo, working into same place as join, ch 1, 1 sc, then sc around, sl st into 1st sc to join. (15sts)

Round 4: 1ch, 1sc in same place, 1sc in each st around sl st into 1st sc to join. (15 sts)

Round 5: 1ch, 1sc in same place, 5ch (this will be the loop the cord will be threaded through), 7sc, 5ch (this will be the loop the cord will be threaded through), 7sc, sl st into 1st sc to join. (15 sts)

Round 6: 1ch, 1sc in same place, 1sc in each st around, sl st in 1st sc to join, fasten off. (15 sts)

Cord
The Crochet Cord, is the one used in this pattern. You could also work 6sc into a mc and sc in each st until you reach the desired length. Alternatively you could use a plaited cord.

Once the cord is complete, feed the ends through the 5ch loop on the top, then into the 4ch loop on the segments, sew into place on the segments only allowing the top to be opened.

Amulet Necklace

© Shana Rae 2017