three dresses

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The other week I picked up a few of these bottles in Ikea thinking I could do something with them at some stage. This weekend we are having a party, and thinking of suitable and fun table decoration I remembered seeing similar bottles covered with crochet somewhere on the web a few weeks back. Armed with this beautiful cotton yarn from Scheepjes and a crochet stitch dictionary I set to work making my bottles pretty dresses to wear.

Would you like to try it too? Any bottle or jar will do…

Base is the same for any chosen vessel:

(UK Terms used throughout)

Ch4, ss to form a ring.

Rnd1: 8dc into ring, ss to join.

Rnd 2: 2dc in each st around, ss to join – (16dc)

Rnd 3: *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around, ss to join – (24dc)

Rnd 4: *2htr in next st, 1htr in each of next 2sts; rep from * around, ss to join – (32htr)

Rnd 5: *2htr in next st, 1htr in each of next 3sts; rep from * around, ss to join – (40sts)

Continue increasing as set, extending to 4, 5..sts between 2htr’s until base is large enough for your vessel.

Bottle 1 (left in photo): multiple of 2+1

Rnd 1: 2ch (counts as htr), [1ch, 1htr] in same st, *skip 1st, [1htr, 1ch, 1htr] in next st; rep from * to last 2sts, skip 1st, 2htr in last st, ss to join.

Rnd 2: 3ch, 1tr in first st (counts as tr2tog), *1ch, work tr3tog in next ch sp; rep from * to last sp, ending 1ch, tr2tog, ss to join.

Rnd 3: 2ch (counts as htr), skip first st, * work [1htr, 1ch, 1htr] into next ch sp; rep from * ending 1htr, ss to join.

Rnd 4: 3ch (counts as 1tr), skip first st, *work tr3tog into next sp, 1ch; rep from * to last sp, work tr3tog in last sp, 1tr, ss to join.

Rnd 5: 2ch (counts as htr), 1htr in first st, *work [1htr, 1ch, 1htr] in next ch sp; rep from * ending 2htr, ss to join.

Repeat Rnd 2-5 changing colour as desired until piece is large enough to cover your vessel.

Bottle 2 (middle in photo):

Rnd 1: 3ch (counts as tr), 2tr in same st, 1ch, *skip 2sts, 3tr in next st, 1ch; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 2: ss to first 1ch sp, 3ch (counts as tr, 2tr in same sp), 1ch, *3tr in next 1ch sp, 1ch; rep from * around, ss to join.

Repeat these 2 rounds, changing colour as desired, until piece is large enough for your vessel.

Bottle 3 (right in photo): multiple of 8

Rnd 1: 1ch, then starting in first st, *1dc in each of next 4sts, htr2tog in each of next 4sts; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 2 and all following rnds: *1dc in each of 4 htr2tog from prev rnd, htr2tog in each of 4dc’s from prev rnd; rep around, ss to join.

Continue working Rnd 2, changing colour as desired, until piece is large enough for your vessel.

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That’s it, all done!

Aren’t they pretty?

Have fun!

X.

easter table set – the big reveal

Easter Set Collage 1

Easter Set Collage 2

Hello lovely friends and readers, thank you for stopping by!

Another week has passed and brought us closer to Easter time. On Saturday I am off to the French Alps with a friend for some fresh mountain air, blue skies and hopefully some snow fun.

Before I am off I want to share my latest hot off the needles/hook project with you. Yes, my Easter table set is finished and I am really pleased with how it has turned out. Hope you like it too!

The table mats are knitted diagonally in simple garter stitch and the matching coasters are crochet in the round. I used one of my favourite cotton yarns for this project, Scheepjes Larra in yellow (7309) and grey (7327) and for a little Easter sparkle I added rows of Scheepjes Lizzy on the mats and a picot edging on the coasters in matching gold (03) and silver (02).

I will be writing up the pattern for this set whilst I am away ready for you next week. Why not get prepared by ordering the yarn between now and then so you are all set to get started right away next Thursday. You will need 2 balls of cotton and one ball of sparkle per set and these and many more luscious colours are available from the Deramores website here.

The sets are really easy and quick to make, and you can easily rustle up enough for a complete Easter table setting.

Hope to see you here next week for pattern sharing!

X.

 

easter table set – the story so far

Easter Set WiP

 

Hello dear readers, how have you been? I hope you all had a great week.

I had a lovely time with my sister visiting, spending many hours catching up whilst drinking tea, eating cake and knitting…a lot!

Sadly, as always when having a lovely time, the week went by in a flash and my ‘little’ sis has gone back to Germany already (sad face!)

Even though we did a lot of knitting I didn’t get much time to work on my Easter Table set using my beautiful Scheepjes Larra and Lizzy yarns. I have made a good start though and really like the look and feel of it so far. Finger’s crossed I have it done by next week to show you the completed set in a proper Easter table setting.

Have a lovely weekend all!

X.

easter table set

Easter Collage

Hello everyone, welcome to March! This month we will celebrate the official beginning of Spring with gardens and countryside coming to live again. Days are definitely getting longer and, when the sun is out, warmer and Easter is just around the corner.

Thinking ahead to Easter and decorating the table for a lovely family get together over lunch or afternoon tea, I have started working on a festive little table set with a wee bit of added sparkle.

Ever searching for the perfect mercerised cotton yarn I think I have finally found it. This is Larra by Scheepjes, 100% mercerised cotton and available in 49 shades. The yarn has a sheen that is soft and subtle and is an absolute joy to work with as it doesn’t split and is easy to handle. I am adding a little glitz by using small quantities of Lizzy which unlike so many other sparkle yarns is made up of 80% Viscose and only 20% Polyester and comes in amazing 11 colours.

Test swatching is complete, sketches have been drawn and the Maths worked out. Knitting will commence shortly and hopefully by next week I have some progress to report and show.

Come and see me again then. Have a good week, fingers crossed for some sunshine!

X.

bloom – a new granny square design

Bloom Collage

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s a grey and very wet day here in North Wales, how has it been where you are? Better I hope!

I needed something to cheer me up! What better way than working with beautiful yarn in stunning fresh colours and hook in hand. This is what I came up with…I hope you like it? I am calling it “Bloom”, just like this gorgeous new yarn by Scheepjes.

Bloom is a soft unmercerised 100% Cotton Yarn. It is spun in a special way with a hollow core making it very light in weight, with absolutely no splitting. Perfect for blankets and other homeware, it works up pretty quickly using a 5mm hook, is washable at 40C and is available in a stunning array of 24 colours. Go and check it out here.

Today I like to share the pattern for this blooming pretty square with you. You could make a cushion, a blanket or even mix and match this raised square with my flat flower square, available here . The possibilities are endless, so let’s get started…

Bloom

(UK Terms used)

Ch8, ss to form a ring

Rnd 1: Ch3 (counts as tr), 2tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made, *3tr into ring, 6ch, ss to top of tr just made; rep from * 6 times, ss to join (8- 6ch-sp’s)

Fasten off. Join new colour at any 6ch-sp.

Rnd 2: *12tr in 6ch-sp, skip 1tr, ss to next tr; rep from * around, ss to join (8 petals)

Fasten off. Working from behind petals join new colour by ss to st just fastened off.

Rnd 3: Dc into same st, *5ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd, 3ch, dc in next ss of prev rnd; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 4: SS to first 5ch-sp, 3ch (counts as tr), [2tr, 3ch, 3tr] in same sp, 3tr into 3ch-sp, *[3tr, 3ch, 3tr] in next 5ch-sp, 3tr in next 3ch-sp; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 5: Ch3 (counts as tr), 1tr in each of next 2sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] into corner sp, *1tr in each of next 9sts, [2tr, 1ch, 2tr] in corner sp; rep from * twice, 1tr in each of next 6sts, ss to join.

Fasten off. Join new colour (I used first colour) at any st.

Rnd 6: Work 1dc in each st around, working 3dc in corner sp.

Weave in all ends.

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Have a blooming great weekend!

X.