Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ONE PIECE EASY BOLERO (child & adult sizes)




free crochet pattern for child bolero
free crochet ladies bolero pattern

ONE PIECE EASY BOLERO (child & adult sizes)


 This bolero is a quick project – and it can be made in several sizes.  I’ve made it first for a little girl (Size 26”) and then again for an adult (Size 33”). 
Neither pattern are originally mine.. these are just my notes for my creations.  As many a times, we find that the yarns used in the original pattern do not match our Indian available yarns, here are my notes with those inclusions.


GIRL’S BOLERO / SHRUG



free crochet child bolero pattern

This is NOT my pattern and for the original pattern, please visit the link below http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/girls-bolero-shrug

Materials used : Vardhaman millennium, DK ply ; about 70 – 80 gms ; with a 4.5 mm crochet hook
Size made : Chest size 26”
Skill level : Intermediate, advanced beginner

Notes : The little girl’s bolero and the ‘big girl’ bolero are basically the same idea.. the main difference is that in the lil girl’s bolero, the designer has not used a pattern for the square back piece.  So if you want the patterned back, please read the first few lines of the ladies bolero.

Now how does one figure out how big a back needed ?? 
Well, as you will see from diagram below, the square back portion should cover all of back – so if you get an approx across back in that square, your creation will fit the young ‘un you wish to make this for J

There is a small difference in the back portions for kid and adult bolero :
For the adult bolero, back is larger, so you will only use part of this back portion for the armhole.
For the child bolero, you will go along the top edge, then chains for one armhole till bottom edge, again work along the bottom edge and make chains for the other armhole, attaching at the top edge where you’ve started. 
So a quick diagram to re-iterate what I’ve explained.



Finally, I used only one colour for my kid bolero (original pattern uses two colours), and followed the pattern with our Vardhaman yarn, and it’s worked out well for me J.  Hope you have fun making it as well.


LADIES BOLERO / SHRUG


free crochet ladies bolero patternfree crochet ladies bolero pattern


This is NOT my pattern and for the original pattern, just my notes on making this pattern.  

Materials used : Baby 4-ply by Stylecraft ; about 90 gms ; with a 4.5 mm crochet hook
Stylecraft is not an Indian yarn, however, I find that this yarn is similar to our regular unbranded or Oswal 4 ply acrylic yarn, Vardhaman baby soft yarn, or Oswal Cashmilon yarn.
Size made : Chest size 32” (I’ve done the square = 35 cm x 35 cm)
Skill level : Intermediate to advanced 

Stitches used :
fsc : Foundation Single crochet : To refresh your knowledge of the fsc, do visit the superb video by Tamara Kelly at this link -    http://www.mooglyblog.com/foundation-single-crochet-fsc/   J

Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual start with the ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely enw way of starting a dc row.   Do take a look at this self explanatory video
In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue to use your ch-2 or ch-3 start. However, please note that all instructions will be given assuming that you are using this chainless dc start.

Small shell : (dc, ch 1, dc) all in the same st or ch-sp
Large shell : (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Abbreviations used :
fsc : Foundation single crochet                                     dc : Double crochet
ch : Chain                                                                                 sl-st : Slip stitch

We make this ladies bolero, as we do for the small child’s one – by first making the square at the back, then working in a round to make the bolero.

So before we rush off to make this, I’d like to give you a diagrammatic idea of what we’re going to do.


Now the original pattern chart shows 3 sizes for this back portion of 35 cm, 37 cm and 39 cm for a Small, Medium and Large size.  The pattern for the back is in multiples of 5, so make the first row to equal the S,M or L size you wish accordingly.
Per my calculations, the S is a 32-33”, just for information. J

AND,(like you don't have enough numbers and ideas spinning in your head) here's another idea.  For  this project I suggest you lay down a t-shirt or top that fits you well, and mark out how you want this back.   I always find that using a template helps a lot in visualising your end result. 

OK so first we will work on the pattern for square back.

Row 1 : Start with fsc in multiples of five. Turn.  

Row 2 : sc in 1st fsc, ch 5, sk next 4 dc, sc in next fsc ; 
*ch 5, sk next 4 fsc, sc in next fsc* ; 
rep from *to* till 2nd last fsc, sc in last fsc. Turn.



Row 3 : dc in 1st sc, 5 dc in ch-5 sp ; *ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, 5 dc in next ch-5 sp* ; rep from *to* till end, dc in last sc. Turn.



Row 4 : sc in the 1st st ; 
*ch 5, sk next 4 dc, sc in the next dc ; ch 5, sk both ch-2 sps and sc, sc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Turn.



Row 5 : dc in 1st sc ; ch 2, sc in the 1st ch-5 sp ; ch 2, 5 dc in the next ch-5 sp ;
*ch 2, sc in next ch-5 sp ; ch 2, 5 dc in next ch-5 sp* ; 
rep from *to* till last ch-5 sp, dc in last sc. Turn.



Row 6 : sc in the 1st st ; *ch 5, sk next 4 dc, sc in the next dc ; 
ch 5, sk both ch-2 sps and sc, sc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Turn.



Rep Rows 3 - 6 till your back fits that template you've made earlier.  
Note : In the last row, work sc’s in such a way that you get the original number of sts you started with in the first fsc row. 

Right so we’ve made the back piece, now we will work in rounds and get the sleeves and front ‘vest’ bits in.  
So once more a quick explanation of what we’re going to do – 
We will work a set of chain along both the sides of this square which will be your armhole. The designer has given instructions of leaving 17.5 cm from the top (of back square) for armhole. 
May I suggest that if the 17.5 cm opening does not work for you, please use a half round armhole  measure.


Body of Bolero
Note : As we’re using the original chart for guidance, and the first row of chain has not been numbered, I am calling this first row as a start round.

We are now going to work in a round all around the square we've made, creating the armhole spaces as we go around.

Start Round : sc in 1st st ; *ch 5, sk 4 sts, sc in next st* ; 
rep from *to* till end of this row ; 
then make a long ch in multiples of five (that equals half your round arm) ; 
sc in st about 18 cm from top (or the length from top that equals to half your round arm) ; 
rep from *to* till you reach the opposite side of your square where your armhole is needed, and leaving the space for your armhole with the chains ; 
rep *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Pl note  
(A) that the ch shown for armhole is diagrammatic representation and not actual st count
(B) For reference : My calculations : Round armhole = 14” ; ch number made = 35 ; attached onto top of the 5th set of 5 dc (the 5 dc in the 5 ch-sp we’ve done on back)
(C) Ensure that you keep this chain flat before attaching.
(D) Silly but practical – when you’ve finished your armhole opening, slip on to check that it fits comfortably – else now’s the time to make the changes needed J


Round 1 : small shell in the 1st sc , ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; *ch 3, large shell in next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, small shell in the next ch-5 sp ; ch 3, sc in the next ch-5 sp* ; rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.



Round 2 : *small shell in small shell ; ch 3, large shell in large shell ; ch 3* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 3 : *large shell in small shell ; ch 3, large shell in large shell ; ch 3* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 4 : *large shell in small shell ; ch 4 * ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 5 : Rep Round 4

Round 6 : *large shell in small shell ; ch 5 * ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 7 : *large shell in large shell ; ch 3, 2 dc in ch-5 sp ; ch 3* ; 
rep from *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.

Round 8 : *large shell in large shell ; ch 3, small shell in ch-5 sp ; ch 3* ; 
rep from *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st. 

Round 9 : Rep Round 7

Round 10 : *large shell in large shell ; ch 3, (dc, ch 2, dc) all in ch-5 sp ; ch 3* ; 
rep from *to* till end. Join with a sl-st to the 1st st.


Rep Round 10 till you have a bolero of the size desired.

The designer seems to have done 20 (20, 22) lines in total for S (M , L) , I think.
However and I have done a total of 19 lines for my bolero. (which as I mentioned before, has been made for Size 32-33”)

So may I suggest that after you complete your creation, pl run one line of sc or reverse sc (crab stitch, which will also give a super finish) around your armhole. 

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, and you’ll achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc. 

Hope you've enjoyed this pattern write up too as much as I have had in making it, and I wish you all the best in your project.  Do add /follow me so you can get all my future ideas and patterns direct to your inbox.

OR you could run a round of picot in the centre of the last set of ch-sps.  
So you could work a (ch 3 , sc+ picot in the next ch-3 sp) all around as well.

How to do a picot stitch : A neat video link to refresh this procedure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GGlzZZl3I8

Have a super day ! J

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Monday, 25 August 2014

BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE SHELLED SKIRT


free crochet skirt pattern

BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE SHELLED SKIRT


Following my absolutely brilliant try (at writing out and making at top speed) a pattern I’d gleaned from the net.. here’s my next one.. and hopefully this one too will thrill you as much as it’s making me smile.. and I’ve not even begun.  
This one appears really easy- peasy.. there are only two pattern bits.. one for the top waist portion and one for the lower shelled bit.. so.. yaay .. let’s get on with it.

As always I request you to *please* go through alllllllllllll my detailed notes before you start (just to save you the trouble of writing to me with questions that are probably answered here already :) )


Materials used : Anchor Cotton knitting yarn #00089 ; (used about 3.5 balls total), with a 3.5 mm crochet hook
For Indians : Our lovely Indian White rose knitting cotton and Red Rose knitting cotton yarns are a good substitute.  I’d also suggest Alize cotton yarn – and you can get all of this with an easy mouse click on the top right hand side of this blog (read : Click here to buy yarns Online)

For Non-Indians : The other international knitting cotton yarns I’ve used of this thickness are Milford Soft knitting cotton, Sullivans knitting cotton , DMC Petra knitting cotton , Hilaza Rustica Eclat & Aunt Lydia  Cotton 10 knitting cottons.  
Technically the yarn I’ve used would use a  2 – 2.5 mm crochet hook but I like the extra stretch that a larger hook gives a yarn.


Size :  To fit UK size 10-12 / US size 6-8

Stitches used :
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet : This is a unique way of starting a project directly with a row of double crochet stitches.  This makes your whole project neat and even.. in a way that you need to do once, to agree!  If you are familiar with fsc, you’ll wonder why you never used this start before !


Chainless dc start : Instead of the usual dc row start with ch 2 or ch 3, I’d like to introduce this lovely new way of starting a dc row. Do take a look at this self explanatory video at http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ In case you are unhappy with this start, do continue with the usual ch 2 or ch 3 start.  However, all instructions are given assuming that you’re using this chainless dc start.  

Chainless Treble crochet : A really lovely way to start a row stitches without the ch 3 or ch 4 start, and this is the chainless treble crochet.  This unique way of starting makes your project even- in a way that needs to be seen for you to agree with me.  Do visit the self explanatory link to learn this fascinating new start.

In case you are unhappy with this start, or do not like it, do continue with the usual ch-3 or ch-4 start.  However, all instructions will be given assuming that you are using the chainless dc start.




Abbreviations used :  Using U.S terminology
fdc : Foundation Double Crochet               rep : Repeat
dc : Double crochet                                         trc : triple/treble crochet
ch : Chain                                                              sk : skip
st : Stitch                                                               sl-st : Slip Stitch


Instructions (Using U.S terminology)
This pattern is worked in rounds from the first round, with a small loop hole in which you can thread either a cord made from the same material as skirt, or a slender belt.  As this is worked in rounds, you need to ensure that the skirt goes around the hips of the person you're making it for, and then the corded belt on top will give you a lovely ruffled skirt.
You could also decide to fit in a zipper around the back of your skirt.  In this case, you will start with half your round waist measure,  work in rows back and forth for a few rows till your project will slip around hip, then join project and work in rounds again.


I have given instructions below, assuming that you too, like designer will be working in rounds from the start.


Start with fdc to go around hips, in multiples of 10
Keeping this chain flat, join ends.  We will work in rounds through pattern.

Note : If you decide to start with a regular chain (and I urge you again to try fdc), then work in multiples of 10  ; join and work dc all around.  IF adding a zipper and working first few rows then start with multiples of 10 + 2, and work your 1st dc in the 3rd ch from hk.  Work dc all the way to the end and then count to see that you have multiples of 10.

Check out this video on how to keep your chain flat without twisting when working with a longer chain length


Round 1 : trc in 1st 2 dc ; ch 2, sk 2 dc, trc in next 2 dc ;
* trc in next 2 dc ; ch 2, sk 2 dc, trc in next 2 dc* ;  
rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Round 2 : dc in the 1st 2 trc ; dc in the next 2 ch ; 
*dc in the next 2 trc ; dc in the next 2 ch* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.


Round 3 : Rep Round 1

Round 4 : Rep Round 2

CHART WITHOUT NOTATION 


WAIST BAND ROW


Large shell : (4 dc, ch 2, 4 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Small shell : (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) all in the same st or ch-sp

Round 5 : large shell in 1st dc ; 
*ch 3, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc ; ch 3, sk 4 dc, large shell in next dc ; 
ch 3, sk 4 dc, sc in next dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Round 6 : sk 1st 2 dc (of large shell), dc in next 2 ; small shell in ch-2 sp ; 
dc in next 2 dc ; sk last 2 dc ; 
*ch 2, sc in 1st ch-3 sp ;  ch 4, sc in next ch-3 sp ; 
ch 2, sk 1st 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc ;  small shell in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 2 dc ; 
ch 2, sk next 2 dc, sc in next ch-3 sp ; ch 4, sc in next ch-3 sp* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Round 7 :  sk 1st 2 dc , dc in next 2 ; small shell in ch-2 sp ; 
dc in next 2 dc ; sk last 2 dc ; 
*ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, sc in ch-4 sp ; ch 3, sk ch-2 sp, sk 1st 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc ; 
small shell in ch-2 sp ; dc in next 2 dc* ; 
rep from *to* till end.  Join with sl-st to 1st st.

Rep Rounds 6 & 7 till you have a skirt of the length you are happy with... and that's it... our pattern is done.  
A simple two row / round repeat.  Cool, huh?



CHART WITHOUT NOTATION
 FIRST ROUND OF SHELLS COMPLETE

AND ON COMPLETION OF A FEW MORE SHELL ROWS


Finishing :
Make two cords to go through the holes you’ve made on your waist band.  Your cord should be about one and a half times the width/circumference of waist made. 
To make cord, make a chain about 1.5 times the width of waist, and dc in each ch back to the 1st st.  Rep this for the second cord as well.
Loop into the holes / loops made on your waist band. 




How to make a rounded cord : View the video link below for a really simple way to make a rounded cord handle for your handbag.  http://vimeo.com/88972371
OR
How to make an I-cord : A neat way to make an I-cord in this video by June at http://www.planetjune.com/blog/how-to-crochet-an-i-cord/

Of course, you could also, (like I have) take the easier option and just loop in a convenient thin belt you have at home. J

Weave in all ends and wear with pride. 

I’ve enjoyed writing this up and sharing it with you.  Hope you’ve had as much fun making the project too.   

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

BEANIES, BERETS, BABY TURBAN ‘N MORE - 1


free crochet headwear patterns

BEANIES, BERETS, BABY TURBAN ‘N MORE - 1



Headwear is fun.  Headwear is creative.  Headwear gets the ‘brain juices’ flowin .. you take a simple bit of yarn, using your hook .. tie it up in a few knots, and voila! Before you know it .. you’ve got something to cover the head!  How lovely is that??! J

Here is a selection of head wear ..  for beanies, berets and a really really cute and easy baby turban.  Enjoy J

Some of these pattern links given below are my original patterns, and some of them are just some super freebies I’ve found floating on the net… which I’ve tried out.  For those that I’ve tried (and / or tweaked), I’ve written down my comments and notes. 
Just for your information, these are yarn weight specifications as per CYCA.



1. Crochet Baby Turban

free crochet baby turban pattern

For this lovely project, I used the free pattern from http://thismamamakesstuff.com/crochet-baby-turban-pattern-tutorial/

Materials used : Vardhaman Baby Soft  (4-ply yarn)~ 25 gms ; 4 mm crochet hook
Size : 0-3 months
Skill level : Easy , beginner  

Changes made : Did one last row of reverse sc / crab stitch at the end for a rounded finish.

Crab stitch / Reverse single crochet : (Reverse sc) : This is your regular single crochet st, but done in reverse.  So instead of moving ‘clockwise’ as we regularly work, you move anti-clockwise or counter clockwise, to achieve a slightly ‘bumpy’ single crochet, which is your reverse sc. 

2. Vaada slouch

free crochet headwear patternfree crochet slouchy patternfree crochet slouchy pattern




This is my original design.
Get this free pattern at  http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/vaada-slouch/93602
The pattern has been written using U.S terminology.

One evening, while watching the lovely rom-com “The Vow”, in the last frame, Rachel McAdams wore this really cute slouchy.. and she looked so beautiful.. and oh so lost.. it was a tug on the heart strings (no wonder Channing Tatum looked all  lost too.. or just a great actor?? J).. so anyway, this is my take on that slouchy.. my “Vaada slouch” (Vaada meaning “Vow” in Hindi – and I vow that this is an easy pattern for you to follow as well J

Materials used : Tested using Vardhaman millennium DK ply yarn , 50 gms with 4.5 mm crochet hook ; Vanna solids, worsted weight acrylic, 0.75 skein/100 yds with 4.25 mm crochet
Size : Free size, easily adaptable for any size.
Skill level : Easy , beginner


3. Leher beanie

free crochet beanie patternfree crochet beanie pattern



This is my original design.
Get this original free pattern at http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/lehar-beanie/95670

The pattern has been written using U.S terminology and comes with a chart and photos

This beanie has been designed for a friend’s son, who loves going on treks and arranges adventure tours.  This young man, like the wave, is a calm, easy-going person – who broke all ‘moulds’ that Society creates and made a different life for himself.  He’s off yet again, on another adventure, and could use this warm hat.  This hat is part of set that includes a matching scarf.

Materials used : This pattern has been tested using 4-ply light fingering yarn, about 25 gms each of 2 colours, with a 4.5 mm crochet hook ; Caron Simply Soft and Pound of Love with a 4.5 mm crochet hook.

Size : Free size, easily adaptable for any size.
Skill level : Advanced beginner, Intermediate (as marked by tester, due to the multiple colours)

4. Teer beret & slouch


This is my original design. 

Get this pattern at http://www.craftsy.com/pattern/crocheting/accessory/teer-beret--slouch/95678

This design can be adapted to make either a beret or a slouch. It also has a matching scarf.
The pattern has been written using U.S terminology and comes with a chart and photos

Materials used : This pattern has been tested for the beret using Vardhaman millennium DK ply yarn ~45 gms with a 4.5 mm crochet hook ; Colourmart DK weight yarn ~84 gms with a 4.5 mm crochet hook ; Life DK Prints by Stylecraft ~50 gms with a 4.5 mm crochet hook ;
For slouch : Vardhaman millennium DK ply yarn ~90 gms with a 4.5 mm crochet hook ; Pound of love ~100 gms with a  4.5 mm crochet hook ; Primo from Premier yarns ~ 90 gms with a 4.5 mm crochet hook

Size : Free size
Skill level : Intermediate, advanced beginner (as marked by testers)


5. Very Berry Headband


And let’s throw in a headband for good measure. J

This is my original design.  Get the pattern at https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/patterns/very-berry-headband/188020


For best results, suggest using two colours of yarn, but this pattern is so cute and easy, it will show in one colour of yarn as well.

Materials used : This pattern has been tested using Vardhaman millennium DK ply ~ 15 gms each in 2 colours with a 4.5 mm crochet hook ;
Robin Paintbox DK wool ~25 gms with a 4 mm crochet hook ;
Unbranded 4-ply acrylic fingering yarn ~10 gms each with a 4 mm crochet hook ;
Snuggly Wuggly ~ 0.30 oz each colour with a G crochet hook ;
Stylecraft Special DK ~ 10 gms with a 4 mm crochet hook ;
Bernat Baby Sport Ombre ~ 1 oz (90) yds with a 4 mm crochet hook ;
Oswal mills 4-ply fingering weight yarn ~10 gms each with a 4 mm crochet hook ;
Bernat softee Baby Ombres with a 4 mm crochet hook ; and Red Heart Super Saver worsted weight ~1 oz using a G crochet hook

Size : Free size
Skill level : Easy, beginner

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Have a great weekend too J

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