My Storybook Christmas Tree

imageThis pattern makes beautiful gift tags, bunting, tree decorations or book marks. I made my tree in MoYa 100 % cotton DK yarn from my stash with a 3 mm hook. This pattern is written in between my holiday obligations on request of whole lot of facebookers. So if there is a written mistake please bear with me as I am using holiday time and have limited testing opportunities. Hopefully everything is in order.

Abbreviations (American Terminology):
beg – begin, ch – chain stitch, cl – cluster, dc – double crochet, hdc – half double crochet, rep – repeat, rnd – round, sc – single crochet, sp – space, ss – slip stitch, tr – treble stitch

With colour 1, crochet 4 ch, ss in the 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: 1 ch, 6 sc in ring, ss in the 1st sc.
Rnd 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 3 ch, *1 sc in the next sc, 3 ch; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc = 6 loops.
Rnd 3: 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 3 sc in the next 3 ch sp, *1 sc in the next sc, 3 sc in the next 3 ch sp; rep from *to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 4: with colour 2; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next sc, 1 hdc in the next sc, 1 dc in the next sc, 2 tr in the next sc, 3 ch, 2 tr in the next sc, 1 dc in the next sc, 1 hdc in the next sc, *1 sc in the next 2 sc, 1 hdc in the next sc, 1 dc in the next sc, 2 tr in the next sc, 3 ch, 2 tr in the next sc, 1 dc in the next sc, 1 hdc in the next sc; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 5: with colour 3; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next sc, 2 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next dc, 3 ch, (2 dc cl, 3 ch, 2 dc cl) in the next 3 ch sp, 3 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next dc, 2 ch, *1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next dc, 3 ch, (2 dc cl, 3 ch, 2 dc cl) in the next 3 ch sp, 3 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next dc, 2 ch; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc.
Rnd 6: 1 ch 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next sc, 2 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next picot, 3 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next cl, 2 ch, (2 dc cl, 3 ch, 2 dc cl) in the next 3 ch sp, 2 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next cl, 3 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next picot, 2 ch, *1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next picot, 3 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next cl, 2 ch, (2 dc cl, 3 ch, 2 dc cl) in the next 3 ch sp, 2 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next cl, 3 ch, (1 sc, picot) in the next picot, 2 ch; rep from * to end, ss in beg sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 7: with colour 4: 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next sc, [2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next picot] twice, 2 ch, (1 sc, 5 ch, 1 sc, 8ch, 1 sc, 5 ch, 1 sc) in the next 3 ch sp, [2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next picot] twice, 2 ch, 1 sc in the next 2 sc, [2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next picot] twice, 2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next 3 ch sp, [2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next picot] twice, 2 ch, 1 sc in the next sc, stem: 7 ch, 1 hdc in the 3rd ch from hook, 1 hdc in the nect 2 ch, 1 sc in the next 2 ch, continue in rnd: 1 sc in the next sc, [2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next picot] twice, 2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next 3 ch sp, [2 ch, (1 sc, 3 ch, 1 sc) in the next picot] twice, 2 ch, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

The ‘Sunflake’ Square

When showing the square to my children and asking them what they would suggest the name should be, they immediately said that it looked like a snowflake lying on a flower. Then my son came up with the name of ‘sunflake’. I thought that it was really clever and creative and it actually sums up the design. The spike stitches in the flower petals give the impression of a ‘snowflake’

I used Vinnis Nikkim 100% cotton DK from my stash with a 3 mm crochet hook.

Abbreviations and Stitch Explanations (American Terminology):

beg – begin, ch – chain, dc – double crochet stitch, dtr – double treble stitch, fdc – front post double crochet, gp – group, rep – repeat, rnd – round, sc – single crochet stitch, sp – space, ss – slip stitch, st – stitch, tog – together

Spike stitch:

  1. Insert the hook through the work at the place indicated by the pattern.
  2. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop to the front.
  3. Complete the stitch as usual. Do not pull the yarn too tight or it will deform the work.

Front post double crochet:

  1. Wrap the yarn over hook, insert hook from right to left around the back of the stem of the next stitch and out at the front again.
  2. Complete the double crochet stitch.

Double treble crochet stitch:

Wrap the yarn three times over hook.
Insert the hook in next stitch.
Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through the first loop leaving five loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two loops.
Wrap the yarn over hook and draw through next two loops on hook. Repeat this step.
Wrap the yarn again over hook and draw through two last loops on hook.

Pattern: 

With Navy, make 4 ch, ss in the 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 3 ch, 11 dc in ring, ss in top of beg 3 ch. Fasten off.

Rnd 2: with Sunshine; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 3 dc in the next dc, *1 sc in the next dc, 3 dc in the next dc; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 3: with Navy; join in the 1st dc, 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 4 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st in the base of the next sc in top of the dc of rnd 1, * 1 sc in the next dc, 4 ch, skip 1 dc, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st in the base of the next sc in top of the dc of rnd 1; rep from * to end,  ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 4: with Cloud Blue; join at the back of the spike stitch with sc, 5 ch, *1 sc at the back of the next spike st, 5 ch; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc.

Rnd 5: 1 ch, 5 sc in every 5 ch sp to end, ss in the beg sc.

Rnd 6: 1 ch, *1 sc in the next 5 sc, 1 fdc around sc (behind spike st of rnd 3); rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 7: with White; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 1 fdc around next fdc, * 1 sc in the next sc, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 3 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 1 fdc around next fdc; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 8: with Navy; join in fdc, 1 ch, 2 sc in the same st, (3 dc in the next skipped sc of rnd 7) twice, *2 sc in the next fdc, (3 dc in the next skipped sc of rnd 7)  twice; rep from * to end, ss in beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 9: with Sunshine; 3 ch, 1 dc in the next st, 1 ch, *1 dc in the next 2 sts, 1 ch; rep from * to end, ss in top of beg 3 ch = 48 dc. Fasten off.

Rnd 10: with Navy; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 sc in the next 1 ch sp, *1 sc in the next 2 dc, 1 sc in the next 1 ch sp; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 11: with Cloud Blue; 1 ch, *1 sc in the next 8 sc, (1 sc, 6 ch, 1 sc) in the next sc; rep from * to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 12: with White; join in the 4th sc of the 8 sc gp, 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st and in the next sc, skip 3 sc, 12 dc in the next 6 ch sp, skip 3 sc, * 1 sc in the next 2 sc, skip 3 sc, 12 dc in the next 6 ch sp, skip 3 sc; rep from * to end; ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 13: with Navy; 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 4 sts, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made), 1 sc in the next 3 dc, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made), * 1 sc in the next 9 sts, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made), 1 sc in the next 3 dc, 1 spike st in 6 ch sp of rnd 11, (skip dc behind the spike st just made); rep from * to end, ending with 1 sc in the last 4 sts, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 14: with White; 1 ch, 1 sc in every sc and 2 sc in every spike st to end, ss in the beg sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 15: with Navy; join in sc after 1st 2 sc gp, 1 ch, *1 sc in the next 5 sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc, 1 dc in the next 3 sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc, 1 sc in the next 5 sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc, 1 dtr in next sc, 6 ch, skip 1 sc, 1 dtr in next sc, 3 ch, skip 4 sc; rep From * to end, ss in beg sc.

Rnd 16: 3 ch, 1 dc in the next 4 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 5 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in the next 6 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, *1 dc in the next 5 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 3 dc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next 5 sc, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc) in the next 6 ch sp, 1 dc in the next dtr, 3 dc in the next 3 ch sp; rep from * to end, ss in top of beg 3 ch. Fasten off.

Crochet Series # 5: Spiral & Joining

These two unusual rose patterns are in a class of their own. They are not formed by means of the classical rows that are rolled up or by the traditional layering. It might look daunting at first sight but by following the pattern closely, you will realise that it is quite easy.

Abbreviations and stitch explanations (American Terminology):

ch – chain, dc – double crochet stitch, sc – single crochet stitch, ss – slip stitch, st – stitch, tch – turning chain

Spike stitch:

  1. Insert the hook through the work at the place indicated by the pattern.
  2. Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop to the front.
  3. Complete the stitch as usual. Do not pull the yarn too tight or it will deform the work.

#9 Spiral rose

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The spiral rose is formed by working a flat spiral base of single crochet stitches and then working 3 double crochet stitches around the stems of the single crochet stitches. The rose forms a small tower. It is important to do the base in a larger hook in order to work easier around the stems later on.

Crochet the first part with a larger hook.

Start with 4 ch, ss in the 1st ch to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 8 sc in ring, do not join with ss, but continue in the rnd.

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Rnd 2: (1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc) 4 times.

Rnd 3: (1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) 4 times.

Rnd 4: (1 sc in the next 3 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) 4 times, ss in the 1st sc. Fasten off.

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Continue with smaller hook.

Start at the 1st sc and work now in every sc as follows:

Crochet 1 ch around the 1st sc, 3 ch, 2 dc around the same sc, 3 dc around the 2nd sc, 3 dc around the 3rd sc, etc. to end. Fasten off.

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This is the rose from underneath:

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# 10 Joined Rose

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This rose is more open due to a layer that is joined in the centre of the rose. Use the markers and the pattern is quite easy.

Start with 23 ks.

Row 1 (colour 1): 1 sc in the 2nd ch from hook, 2 sc in the next ch, (1 sc in the next ch, 2 sc in the next ch) 10 times, turn.

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Row 2: 3 ch, 1 dc in the same st, 3 dc in the next sc, (skip 1 sc, 2 dc in the next sc, 3 dc in the next sc) 4 times, skip 2 sc, 5 dc in the next sc, skip 3 sc, place marker in the centre skipped sc, (5 dc in the next sc, skip 3 sc, place marker in the centre of 3 skipped sc) 3 times, 5 dc in the last sc, turn.

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Row 3 (colour 2): 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, (2 dc in the next dc, 3 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 2 ch, skip 2 dc) 5 times, (2 dc in each of the 3 dc, 2 ch, skip 2 dc) 4 times, 2 dc in next 3 dc, 1 sc in tch, turn.

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Row 4: 1 ch, 1 sc in the next 2 dc, (1 ch, 1 sc in the next dc) 3 times, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st over next 2 ch (= 1 sc between 2 skipped dc of row 2), [1 sc in the next 2 dc, (1 ch, 1 sc in the next dc) 3 times, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st] 4 times, [1 sc in the next 2 dc, (1 ch, 1 sc in the next dc) 4 times, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st] 4 times, 1 sc in the next 2 dc (1 ch, 1 sc in the next dc) 4 times, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 sc in the last sc. Fasten off.

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Row 5 (colour 1): (= short string): join yarn in the 1st st with marker and crochet 3 ch, 4 dc in the same st, (5 dc in the next st with marker) 3 times (= 4 groups of 5 dc), turn.

Row 6 (colour 2): 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, (2 dc in the next dc, 3 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 2 ch, skip 2 dc) 3 times, 2 dc in the next dc, 3 dc in the next dc, 2 dc in the next dc, 1 sc in the tch, turn.

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Row 7: 1 ch, 1 sc in the 1st sc, [1 sc in the next 2 dc, (1 ch, 1 sc in the next dc) 4 times, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 spike st over the next 2 ch and between the 2 dc skipped in row 5] 3 times, 1 sc in the next 2 dc, (1 ch, 1 sc in the next dc) 4 times, 1 sc in the next dc, 1 sc in the last sc. Fasten off.

Start with the single scallops, with right side inwards and roll up. End with the double row and sew together at the bottom.

Crochet Rose Series #4: Shabby & Lace

Today I share with you two beautiful roll up rose patterns, which are worked in rows and then rolled up, sewn together to form roses. These roses have an almost vintage classical feel and will make delicate brooches or other accessories.

Abbreviations and stitch explanations (American Terminology):

ch – chain, dc – double crochet stitch, hdc – half double crochet, rep – repeat, sc – single crochet stitch, sp – space, ss – slip stitch, sp – space, st – stitch, tch – turning chain,

Puff stitch:

  1. Wrap the yarn over hook and insert in the next stitch, wrap the yarn over hook and draw yarn the desired length of the puff stitch. You should have three loops on the hook.
  2. Repeat step one in the same stitch twice.
  3. Wrap the yarn over hook and pull through all the loops on the hook.
  4. Wrap the yarn over hook and pull through the loop on the hook to secure the puff stitch.

Picot: 3 ch, ss in the 1st ch

#7 Shabby

This pattern is based on the rose pattern similar on Fionitta.com and the one I have used in my Rose Mandala pattern. I have changed it a bit to make the petals more frilly and something different.

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Start with Pink and make 119 ch.

Row 1: 1 dc in 8th ch from hook, *2 ch, skip 2 ch, 1 dc in next ch; rep from * to end, turn. (= 38 sps).

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Row 2: (3 ch, puff st, 3 ch, ss) in the 1st sp, *(ss, 3 ch, puff st, 3 ch, ss) in the next sp; rep from * up to last 12 sps. Fasten off. Join with Green in the dc directly after the petal just completed, [2 ch, 1 sc in the next dc, 2 ch, 1 sc in the next dc, 6 ch, ss in the same sc (forms the leaf loops)], 6 times with the last loop in the tch sp. Fasten off and do not turn work.

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Row 3: Join again with Green with sc at the same place as previous row in the 1st green sc, [(3 dc, 2 hdc, 1 sc, picot, 1 sc, 2 hdc, 3 dc, ) in 6 ch loop, 1 sc in next sc] 6 times. Fasten off.

Roll the rose as follows: start with Pink with right side inside. End with the leaves joining each other perfectly. Pin and sew.

#8 Lace

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This rose is formed with 3 rows. I have changed the colour with each row to create depth and make the rose more interesting.

Start with colour 1 (darkest) and make 56 ch.

Row 1: 1 dc in the 6th ch from hook, *skip 1 ch, (1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) in the next ch; rep from * to end, turn. Fasten off.

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Row 2: with colour 2 (medium): 3 ch, (1 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) in the 1st 2 ch sp, *(2 dc, 2 ch, 2 dc) in the next 2 ch sp; rep from * up to the last sp, (2 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc) in the last sp, turn = 26 2 ch sps). Fasten off.

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Row 3: with colour 3 (lightest): 3 ch, 5 dc in the 1st 2 ch sp, *skip 2 dc, 1 sc between the 4 dc, 6 dc in the next 2 ch sp; rep from * to end, ending with 1 sc in the last st. Fasten off.

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Roll up with right side to the inside and sew together as you roll.

Crochet Rose Series #2: Lucie & Anna

These two patterns represents the fragile and delicate beauty of my two grandmothers, who are both in their late 90’s. They have a vintage feel to them and are also deep roses, meaning suitable for flower arrangements and not brooches. Both these roses are formed by making loose petals and sewing them together.

Abbreviations (American Terminology):

beg = begin, ch = chain, cl = cluster, dc = double crochet, hdc = half double crochet, rnd = round, sc = single crochet, ss = slip stitch

#3 Lucie

This rose has 16 loose petals – 3 in the darkest colour, 4 in the next colour and 9 in the lightest colour.

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Petal:

Start with 4 ch, ss in the 1st ch to form a ring.

1st rnd: 1 ch, 6 sc in ring, ss in the 1st sc.

2nd rnd: 1 ch, 2 sc in every sc, ss in the 1st sc (= 12 sc).

3rd rnd: 1 ch, 1 sc in the 1st sc, 2 sc in the next sc, (1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc) 5 times, ss in the 1st sc (= 18 sc).

4th rnd: 1 ch, 1 sc in the 1st sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next 2 sc, 1 hdc in the next sc, 2 ch, ss in the 1st ch, 1 hdc in the next sc, 1 sc in the next sc, 2 sc in the next sc, (1 sc in the next 2 sc, 2 sc in the next sc) twice, ss in beg 1 ch. Fasten off.

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Fold the centre petal en sew the other 2 dark petals around to the central petal.

Fold the other 4 petals in the same way slightly overlapping each other and sew to the dark petals.

Fold the 4 light petals overlapping each other slightly and sew around the previous 4 petals.

Sew the last 5 petals to the outside of the rose.

#4 Anna

This rose used a lot of yarn and I almost used a whole ball DK (50 g).

The rose has 10 petals.

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Petals:

Start with 5 ch, ss in the 1st ch to form a ring.

1st rnd: 3 ch, 13 dc in ring, ss in top of 3 ch.

2nd rnd: 3 ch, 1 dc in the same st, 2 dc in every dc to end (= 28 dc).

3rd rnd: 1 ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 8 dc, skip 2 dc, 6 dc in the next dc, skip 1 dc, 1 sc in the next 2 dc, skip 1 dc, 6 dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in the next 9 dc, ss in the 1st sc. Fasten off.

 

Crochet the 2nd and the rest of the petals in the same way up to the end of rnd 2.

3rd rnd: ch, 1 sc in the same st, 1 sc in the next 8 dc, skip 2 dc, 6 dc in the next dc, skip 1 dc, 1 sc in the next 2 dc, skip 1 dc, 6 dc in the next dc, skip 2 dc, 1 sc in the next 2 dc, ss in the 8th sc of the 1st petal, 1 sc in the next 4 dc, ss in the 4th sc of the 1st petal, 1 sc in the next 3 dc, ss in the 1st sc. Fasten off. (2 petals are thus joined together at 2 places).

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Join the other petals the same way.

Roll the petals with right side facing and sew at the bottom together as you roll.

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Colourful picture frames

Display your loved ones in colourful crochet frames and use all those left over yarns in your stash.

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(Project: Vrouekeur Magazine 2014)

What you need:

Elle Pure Natural Cotton DK (50 g balls): small quantities in different colours

3.5 mm crochet hook

Metal bangles

Photos

Felt material

Glue gun with glue stick or strong craft

Needle, scissors, stitch markers

 

Size of the inner frame

7 cm in diameter

 

Abbreviations (American teriminology)

beg – begin

ch – chain stitch

cl – cluster

dc – double crochet

rep – repeat

rnd – round

sc – single crochet stitch

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

 

Pattern:

Red, turquoise and lime green frame:

 

With 3,5 mm hook and colour 1, crochet 72 (or multiples of 6) sc around bangle, close with ss in 1st sc. Place marker in this stitch, because there is no turning in the rounds.

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 1 sc in back loop of every sc, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in the back loop of every sc, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 3: *4 ch, ss in the same st, 1 sc in the back loop of next 6 sc, rep from * to end, ss in beg 4 ch.

Rnd 4: 3 ch, (2 dc, 1 ch, 3 dc) in 4 ch loop, 1 ch, *(3 dc, 1 ch, 3 dc) in the next 4 ch loop, 1 ch, rep from * to end, ss in top of beg 3 ch.

Rnd 5: *2 ch, (3 dc, 1 ch, 3 dc) in 1 ch sp, 2 ch, 1 sc in the next 1 ch sp, rep from * to end, ending with 1 sc in 1 ch sp. Fasten off.

 

Green and pink frame:

With 3,5 mm hook and colour 1, crochet 80 (or multiples of 10) sc around bangle, close with ss in 1st sc. Place marker in this stitch, because there is no turning in the rounds.

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 1 sc in back loop of every sc, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in the back loop of every sc, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 3: *6 ch, skip 4 sc, 1 sc in next st, rep from * to end, ss in beg ch.

Rnd 4: *4 ch, 1 sc in 6 ch loop, (3 ch, 2 dc cl, 3 ch, ss in sc) 3 times in the same sc, 4 ch, 1 sc in next 6 ch loop, 3 ch, ss in 1st ch (= picot), rep from * to end. Fasten off.

 

Orange frame:

With 3,5 mm hook and colour 1, crochet 72 (or multiples of 8) sc around bangle, close with ss in 1st sc. Place marker in this stitch, because there is no turning in the rounds.

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 1 sc in back loop of every sc, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in the back loop of every sc, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 3: *5 ch, skip 2 sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc, rep from *to end, ending with ss in beg ch.

Rnd 4: 4 ch, [(1 dc, 1 ch) 3 times, 1 dc] in the same 5 ch loop, *skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, [(1 dc, 1 ch) 4 times, 1 dc in 5 ch loop], rep from * to end, ending with 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, ss in 3rd of beg 4 ch. Fasten off.

 

Finishing:

  1. Cut a felt circle with 8 cm diameter.
  2. Cut a photo of 7 diameter.
  3. Glue the photo onto the felt circle.
  4. Stitch the felt circle onto the back of the frame.

 

Flower fun

I did this bag in 2014 for Vrouekeur Magazine and it is still very popular and not too difficult. The Afrikaans pattern is available on Vrouekeur’s website, but I thought it will be helpful if the pattern is also available in English to be accessible to more people. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. vka2016128164030

What you need:

  • Elle Premier Cotton 4 –ply (50 g-balls): 3 balls lime green, 1 ball light pink and 1 ball dark pink.
  • 3 mm crochet hook
  • 30 cm green lining
  • Small amount of stuffing

 

Size: 20 x 20 cm.

 

Abbreviations (American crochet terminology):

ch – chain stitch

cl – cluster

dc – double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

rep – repeat

rnd – round

sc – single crochet

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

st – stitch

 

Flowers (crochet 12)

With light pink, crochet 4 ch, ss in 1st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: 1 ch, 12 sc in ring, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 2: (3 ch, 2 dc-cl in next sc, 3 ch, ss in next sc) 6 times, ss in next sc (= 6 leaves). Fasten off.

Rnd 3: This rnd is formed with dark pink at the back of the flower.

Insert hook through the 2 sts at the back between the leaves and work 1 sc, (4 ch, 1 sc between the next 2 leaves) 5 times, 4 ch, ss in 1st sc.

Rnd 4: (1 sc, 1 hdc, 5 dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc) in every 4 ch sp, ending with ss in 1st sc. Fasten off.

 

Green bag

With 3 mm hook and lime green, crochet 53 ch.

Row 1 : 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in every ch (= 52 sc).

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in every sc.

Rep row 2 till 114 rows are completed.

Stitch the flowers onto the bag, only up to row 52.

 

Side panels (crochet 2)

Start with 11 ch.

Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in every ch (= 10 sc).

Row 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in every sc.

Rep row 2 till 52 rows are completed. Do not fasten off.

Pin the side panels to the bag. Crochet sc through both pieces.

 

Border

Start with the side panel, 1 sc in side panel, *skip 2 sts, 6 dc in next st, skip 2 sts, 1 sc in next st, rep from * to end, ss in 1st sc. Fasten off.

 

Handles (crochet 2)

Start with 7 ch, ss in 1st to form a ring.

1 ch, 1 sc in every ch, do not end with ss but continue with 1 sc in every sc in the round until the tube is 26 cm. Fasten off.

Close the one end of the tube and fill the tube with a small amount of stuffing. Be careful not to stuff the ends too stiff.

 

Pin the handles at the top on the inside on both the front and back panels, 6 cm from the sides and stitch.

Cut 1 panel of 40 cm x 28 cm from the lining.

Fold the lining with right sides facing each other and stitch the side seams.

Stitch the base corners (see illustration) and fold inside out.

Corners

Place the lining bag inside the crochet bag and fold a small seam at the top edge towards the inside. Pin and stitch to the crochet bag.