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Archive for July 11th, 2017

Two funky crochet patterns from Hello, Crochet

In this unusual crochet book, each pattern is used as a base for four different interpretations, depending on your style – bohemian, artistic, contemporary or romantic.

The patterns range in difficulty, and include pretty things for yourself, your home, babies and children, and for use as gifts.

There are also suggestions for using the same pattern for more than one project.

The perfect book for anyone who loves to crochet.

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Mini Petals
Combine the two designs, one with a two-dimensional flower and the other one with a three-dimensional flower, to create texture and an interesting pattern.
Size: 8 x 8 cm
Colours: Two colours are used for these patterns
Difficulty rating: Relatively easy

FLAT MOTIF
With colour 1; crochet 4 ch, join into ring with ss in 1st ch.
Rnd 1: 3 ch, 7 dc in ring, ss in top of beg-3 ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 2: with colour 2; 5 ch, *1 dc in next dc, 2 ch; rep from
* to end, ss in 3rd of 5 ch.
Rnd 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 2 sc in 2 ch-sp, *1 sc in
next dc, 2 sc in 2 ch-sp; rep from * to end, ss in beg-sc.
Fasten off.
Rnd 4: with colour 1; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 dc in next
sc, 2 tr in next 2 sc, 1 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, (1 sc
in next sc, 1 dc in next sc, 2 tr in next 2 sc, 1 dc in next sc,
1 hdc in next sc) 3 times, ss in beg-sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 5: with colour 2; join yarn in 1st dc with 1 ch, 1 sc in
the same st, 1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next
2 sts, 1 spike st (in rnd 3) in next 2 sts, (1 sc in next
2 sts, 2 sc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 2 sts, 1 spike st in
next 2 sts) 3 times, ss in beg-sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 6: with colour 1 (work in back loops); 3 ch in st just
after the spike st, 1 dc in the same st, 1 hdc in next sc,
1 sc in next sc, 2 ch, skip 2 sc, (1 sc in next sc, 1 hdc in
next sc, 2 dc in next sc, 2 tr in next sc, 1 picot, 2 tr in
next sc, 2 dc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc, 1 sc in next sc,
2 ch, skip 2 sc) 3 times, 1 sc in next sc, 1 hdc in next sc,
2 dc in next sc, 2 tr in next sc, 1 picot, 2 tr in next sc, ss
in beg-3 ch. Fasten off.
Rnd 7: Complete this rnd for the 1st motif only.
Crochet the 2nd and following motifs together in
this rnd. With colour 2; join yarn in 2 ch-sp with 1 ch,
1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in next 6 sts, (1 sc, 5 ch, 1 sc) in
next picot, 1 sc in next 6 sts, [1 sc in 2 ch-sp, 1 sc in next
6 sts, (1 sc, 5 ch, 1 sc) in next picot, 1 sc in next 6 sts]
3 times, ss in beg-sc. Fasten off.

Rose Hat

Perfect for wearing while cutting roses for the house, this hat is made with variegated yarn that looks faded for real old-world charm. The little roses on the side band are reminiscent of roses on an antique porcelain tea set. Wear this hat for a romantic, relaxed look.

Difficulty rating: Easy
Yarn
• 2 x 50 g Elle Premier 4 ply
Bleuet
• 1 x 50 g Elle Premier 4 ply
Millstone
• 1 x 50 g Elle Premier 4 ply
Moss
Crochet hook
3–3,5 mm
Finished size
Adult hat approximately 60 cm
Special technique
Crab stitch (see page 161)
Notions
• Stitch marker
• Tapestry needle
• Scissors
Note
See anatomy of hat on
page 46.

PATTERN
TIP OF CROWN
Use Bleuet for rnds 1 and 2 of MOTIF 1 on page 198 and
continue in Bleuet with:
Rnd 3: ch 3, (work 4 trs in next ch-sp, tr in top of 3 tr-gr) 7 times,
work 4 trs in next ch-sp, ss in 3rd ch at beg of rnd 3.
Rnd 4: ch 3, [tr 2 tog, ch 3, tr 3 tog] in same sp as last ss of rnd 3,
(ch 3, skip 4 trs, [tr 3 tog, ch 3, tr 3 tog] in next tr) 7 times, ch 3,
ss in top of 1st tr-gr of rnd 4.
Rnd 5: ch 3, (work 4 trs in next ch-sp, tr in top of 3 tr-gr) 15
times, work 4 trs in next ch-sp, ss in 3rd ch at beg of rnd 5.
Rnd 6: ch 3, [tr 2 tog, ch 2, tr 3 tog] in same sp as last ss of rnd 5,
(ch 2, skip 4 trs, [tr 3 tog, ch 2, tr 3 tog] in next tr) 15 times, ch 2,
ss in top of 1st tr-gr of rnd 6.
Rnd 7: ch 3, (work 3 trs in next ch-sp, tr in top of 3 tr-gr) 31
times, work 3 trs in next ch-sp, ss in 3rd ch at beg of rnd 7,
fasten off.
SIDE BAND
Use pattern for MOTIF 1 on page 198 and crochet:
Rnd 1: Millstone
Rnd 2: Moss

 

Hello, Crochet

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