A pretty shawl and an observation of I think I’m a bit masochistic…….

Ok maybe I don’t think but know I am. XD So after completing a beautiful shawlette test pattern and wrapping up a few odd ball Wips I’ve had laying around because of said shawlette I’ve decided instead of starting christmas presents I’m going to take on more “other” projects…..I’m insane I know.  I realized that I have about oooohhhh three weeks to start and finish all of my christmas gifts which amount to 6 crochet objects, about 20 homemade cards, homemade chapsticks, painted mugs, with some homemade cooking. Now I know a lot of you are going good GOSH!!! woman what are you thinking being online and doing your blog instead of getting to those gifts! To be honest it doesn’t stop there. 😀 I have signed up for another pattern test, signed up for a amigurumi swap, and I volunteered to help my mom with some projects. Oh yeah glutton for punishment am I!

 

So this is the shawlette test that I finished for DesiLoop and oh my it is heavenly! It is about 4 1/2ft long at the top, the bottom is about 10 1/2ft from tip to tip, and it’s about 2ft deep. This shawl works up beautifully quick and is really pretty with minimal pattern headaches.  The pattern is a combination of written and charted. It is written for the first few steps of each chart so that you can get an idea of how it will flow. Once you get the gist of the chart the written ends and you just follow the chart. I love love love how clean this designers chart was! There was no squinting trying to figure out what any of the stitches where along with a nice key. I would recommend her pattern to anyone who has a love of shawlette’s or doilies! This pattern can be done easily by an adventurous beginner who isn’t afraid of charts.

Call me the bag lady

So for the last few months I have been making a bajillion and one bags. Ok more accurately I’ve only been making like nine bags it just feels like a bajillion when your using the same pattern over and over and over. I ran across this pattern while searching through ravelry. Usually my process of finding patterns is I use one very generic keyword and then start clicking pictures I like or going through forums until I stumble upon random little gems. 🙂 Now I can’t exactly remember how I got to this page suffice it to say it was probably in a weird convoluted way. After spending oh about an hour on this site clicking away on patterns I decided to try this bag. It looked like the simplest one of the lot…..meaning it was the easiest chart to read.

All of the patterns on this site are charted and only a few out of each category actually have english instructions to actually go along with them. Those instructions are bare and I mean BARE minimum. A lot of interpretation goes into using there patterns. This pattern was done over the course of my vacation during down time or at night when I couldn’t sleep. It is a no brainer pattern as it is one large granny square. I did end up changing the pattern around a bit as my yarn I have a filling was a good bit thicker than there yarn. I took off about ten rows if I remember correctly. ^^; I also had to do the decreases wonky as my math was different because I took off so many rows. Once I figured out the math I took a 16×32 in. piece of cloth and sewed up the sides half way, ironed the seams all the way to the top, and handstitched it into the bag using an invisible stitch. Once I got to the handles I sorta eyeballed a pleating and proceeded to finish it up with whip stitching for the pleated areas.

I would recommend this pattern for a really advanced beginner crocheter and upwards along with some basic sewing knowledge. The reason I would say really advanced is it introduces charted crocheting with charted decrease’s which if you’ve never seen can be a little confusing. Especially in a japanese crochet chart, think minimal instructions. Otherwise this bag turned out really cute! I even sold this bag already which surprised me since in my personal opinion it was a wee bit eye glaringly 80’s style as that pink is really really neon. Though I have it on good authority that the 80’s style is so in from my younger sister. What do you reader’s think?

80's Glam bag

Rows 6 and 7 of Diamond ridges hat

Alright so before I become any more less motivated about that hat here is my attempt at explaining row 6 & 7 of Diamond Ridges Hat. If anyone needs a walk through of row 5 this is a great youtube video! Now mine is most definitely not a high quality video or even high quality photo’s. I did this all using word pad and MS Paint on my vacation so I don’t want to hear any complaining! 😛 I have had one very lovely lady use my really limited walk through and from the picture I have to say she did great!

Instructions:

1. For row 6 start with your ch 3 to start the first cluster you will start your *first cluster by doing the first half of the cluster around the last cluster in row 5. When doing this you will YO and insert hook through both of the fpdc that create that cluster (see paint doc. purple line behind gray) YO pull through, YO pull through two loops. YO insert Hook through first cluster in row 5 (Blue line behind gray)Yo pull through, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through all three loops.
1.DC in st that is right behind the second fpdc in your cluster.(green DC symbol looks like a F)
2.DC in next st
2.Your next cluster will start in the cluster behind your DC you made(a.) and in the Next cluster(b. will be second diagram in document with purple lines)
3.The red line in the paint document is the cluster you just made in diagram 2. Behind that cluster you should have a st that is dead center DC in that st and the next st that is part of the cluster you fpdc. (will be the purple filled in ovals marked 1 and 2)*

*repeat till you get to diagram 4.
After joining the last two clusters from row 5 you will DC just like the directions for 1. into the two purple filled circles. After that slst into the blue filled circle which would be the 3 st in the ch 3 you did at the beginning.

1a. For row 7 start with your ch 3 DC in the next two sts. (green f looking things) then do your *cluster (purple line behind black, red represents the cluster you made) then DC in the purple filled in st. Next is the two DEC. YO insert hook into first yellow filled in st, YO pull through, YO pull through two loops, YO insert hook into second yellow filled st, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last three loops left on hook.
2a. After doing that (1) DC next st, (2)Cluster, (3,4,5)DC in next 3 st.*
*repeat through last cluster , slst in 3 st in the ch 3 from the beginning.

 

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Have fun my pretties and hopefully this will help!