Sunday, 30 December 2012

Crochet Edwardian

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Crochet Adventures


You just never know were crochet will take you, it is always surprising. I sometimes find myself crocheting the odd garment or accessory I never ever imagined OR if I had imagined it, I dismissed the idea totally for such simple reasons as:  have no time; will take too long; OR simply can't be bothered; not interested in going down that path.

AND yet every now and then, the time comes when circumstances take me down this road, a road where I am given the opportunity to stretch myself and explore those areas of crochet I never had time for before.

This is one of those times, where among other numerous projects, of knitting and crochet, I have also managed to crochet these..... 
a choker and fingerless mittens, with a focus on Edwardian fashion.

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WHY?  The reason is simple, I had a need for some accessories for an outfit to be worn to a special "dress-up evening".

The choker is edged with a beautiful fringe from Nicky Epstein's book Crochet on the Edge

I am using a fringe pattern called "fancy lanterns" just super perfect for my choker, of course I adjusted the stitch, to allow for widening at the lower end, and I designed a complimentary pattern at the other end, the top end.  

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The beads and black border were added as an after thought, however I think they turned out fine, even though I have never used bead work in my crochet before.  So another first... and the black thread around the edge compliments the piece perfectly.  I also chose to use chiffon ribbon to tie the choker in the back, this too was an after thought.  Talk about ploughing into this project without giving it much thought beforehand... LOL

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Of course during the making of the choker, I decided I ALSO needed some mittens, and to speed things up I chose a simple stitch for the mittens, gave them a smaller version of my choker edging at the cuff edge, with even smaller edging versions at the fingers and thumb edge.  

I also edged with black at the cuff and placed one single bead at the side, to bring the two pieces together.

EDWARDIAN Mittens Crochet Pattern


You will be happy to hear....  I have now written up the pattern for the mittens (without the bead and black edging at the cuff).
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A simple mitten which you can embellish with your own ribbons, bows, buttons, etc.  be creative and add a personalised look.

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Pattern Details:

"Simply perfect" EVENING fingerless mittens, Edwardian-style mittens.  
Easy design with a delicate simple lace pattern at cuff, finger and thumb edge.  
Make them with or without thumb.
Crochet in the round, no seams to sew.  
Wear the mittens on either hand.  
Pattern is the same for both left and right mittens.
  • Size:  Ladies S/M = Small to Medium (Hints on adjusting size available with pattern)
  • Basic Stitches:  single, double crochet
  • Yarn: DMC Petra 5 OR any other similar yarn
  • Hook:  1.5mm 
  • Terminology:  US crochet terms; metric hook sizes.
This pattern can be adapted to other yarns.


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CROCHET MITTENS "EDWARDIAN" pattern is available
from my online stores

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Enjoy every moment,
focus on every stitch,
create a masterpiece....

Enjoy!
Ciao, ciao!


Copyright © 2008
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.
All rights reserved.


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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Crochet for Men - the MAN hat

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The latest MAN HAT...

with "echoes" of 
art deco in the design

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PHOTOGRAPHY:  (C) Britt Spring


Simply perfect for your man

WHOEVER he may be

whether the DARLING in your life

OR your DEAR old dad  


Pattern Details:
Yarn:  Jarol British Wool Aran
Hook:  5mm
Sizes:  S/M/L
Description:  The chunky texture stitch in this hat adds extra warmth and elasticity to the fabric.  It's perfect for winter walks in the woods or along a bracing seafront.


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The design for this crochet hat was inspired by the beautiful art deco lighting in the now refurbished Whitstable cinema. 


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Alas no longer a cinema but a Wetherspoon pub and beautifully decked out with an amazing art deco interior. I just love it. Now let's get on with the crochet man hat.




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ECHO Man Hat pattern was published 
in the


YOU CAN now PURCHASE 

ECHO Man HAT Pattern

from 

my online stores


AVAILABLE IN 

USA or UK Crochet Terms



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Enjoy every moment,

focus on every stitch,

create a masterpiece....




ciao, ciao...

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