Monday, 22 June 2015

LET'S PLAY - CROCHET VINTAGE - FREE PATTERN #5

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Hello Week #5 of Crochet Vintage

DID you enjoy crocheting last week's ALTERNATING SHELLS crochet stitch?  

Did you have fun with Week #4 ?  I  hope you had fun changing colours and playing with the stitch pattern. 

I can imagine using the Alternating shells stitch in a lovely summer vest or cardigan, or as part of a little girl's dress.  I love how easy it is to crochet this stitch and can imagine using it for so many projects, scarves, bags, garments, and home decor.  

In the past, I have crocheted a circular cushion cover using the Alternating Shells stitch, so easy to adjust when increasing the size of the circumference.  I love it!  Have a quick look here.

This week #5

I have a lovely CLUSTER V-STITCH from my vintage 1970's stitch collection.  (It was my mother-in-law who taught me this stitch in 1974, and I used it to make a baby blanket.) 

This Cluster V-stitch is a stitch you can play with.  I will show you how to crochet a swatch with the basic stitches.  

Then we will have a bit of fun, I have added extra instructions on how to change the sequence of the stitches to create a slightly different pattern, using the same basic stitches.  

You can find the ALTERNATIVE CLUSTER V-STITCH instructions at the end of this post.  

Have some fun crocheting and using the stitch sequence either way, basically you get two (2) different patterns from one.

You will find this CLUSTER V-STITCH an easy stitch to master; simple, quick and quite meditative, and of course you can change colour in every row if you wish.

Are you ready to join me?  Let's play and have some Crochet Vintage fun! 


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Yarn:  Debbie Bliss BELLA  Hook:  4mm

LET'S PLAY - CROCHET VINTAGE - CLUSTER V-STITCH


Let's begin this FREE PATTERN #5, gather your yarns and hooks, get yourself a cuppa, and let's play, let's have some crochet fun!

YARN: Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK or any other similar yarn
HOOK: G-6 (4mm) 
NOTIONS: Scissors, Yarn needle

PATTERN DETAILS:

DIFFICULTY: Easy

TENSION/GAUGE:  Not critical to this pattern.  
If using other yarn please use recommended hook on yarn label.

PATTERN NOTES: Swatch instructions are for one (1) colour. You can change colour every row OR whenever you wish.

This swatch pattern - uses multiples of 6sts (plus 4 for foundation row),   
ie. 6 x 3 = 18;  18 + 4 = 22.  

You need to know how to crochet flat.  Colour change is optional.
Stitch guide:  chain, v-stitch, cluster v-st.

This pattern is written in USA - American Crochet Terms.

USA - American Crochet Terms
UK - British Crochet Terms
Ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc =double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
dtr = double treble
ttr = triple treble
sl st = slip stitch
st/sts = stitch/es
cont = continue
rep = repeat
rnd = round
beg = begin/beginning
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn round hook
FDC = foundationless double crochet
FTR = foundationless treble crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Edc = extended double crochet
BL = back loop
blo = back loop only
FL = front loop
flo = front loop only
BPdc = back post double crochet
rtrb = raised treble back
FPdc = front post double crochet
rtrf = raised treble front
Abbreviations List ©2015  Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet.  All rights reserved.

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PINK SWATCH:  Wendy Supreme DK - GREEN SWATCH:  Debbie Bliss BELLA-  4mm hook 

ADD THIS PATTERN TO YOUR RAVELRY QUEUE AND FAVOURITES


PATTERN STARTS:


SPECIAL STITCHES:
  
Cluster V-stitch (CLV): (dc3tog, ch2, dc3tog) in same st or space.

dc3tog:  [Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw through all loops on hook.

V-stitch (V-st):  (1dc, ch2, 1dc) in same st or space

SPECIAL TIP:  I use a 4.5mm hook for the foundation row then change to 4mm hook in last 3ch.  This way my foundation chain does not end up tighter than the rest of the swatch.



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Foundation Row:  Ch22.


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Row 1:  1dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, CLV in next ch, skip 2ch, V-st in next ch, rep from * end, ending with 2dc in last ch.  TURN.


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Row 2:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same st, V-st in each ch2-sp to end, ending with 2dc in top of ch3.  TURN.


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Row 3:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same st, *CL in next ch2-sp, V-st in next ch2-sp, rep from * to end, ending with 2dc in top of ch3.  TURN.


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Continue pattern repeating Rows 2 AND 3 for desired length.

CHANGING COLOUR

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Change the look of the pattern stitch, by changing colour every row or whenever you desire.  When changing colour begin the row with a 'standing dc' instead of Ch3, and end with 2dc in last dc, instead of top of ch3.

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ALTERNATIVE CLUSTER V-STITCH


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Yarn:  Debbie Bliss ECO BABY  -  Hook: 4mm

Foundation Row:  Ch22.

Row 1:  1dc in 4th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, CLV in next ch, skip 2ch, V-st in next ch, rep from * end, ending with 2dc in last ch.  TURN.

Row 2:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same st, V-st in each ch2-sp to end, ending with 2dc in top of ch3.  TURN.

Row 3:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same st, *CL in next ch2-sp, V-st in next ch2-sp, rep from * to end, ending with 2dc in top of ch3.  TURN.

Row 4:  Rep Row 2.

Row 5:  Ch3 (counts as 1dc), 1dc in same st, *V-st in next ch2-sp, CL in next ch2-sp,  rep from * to end, ending with 2dc in top of ch3.  TURN.

Continue pattern repeating Rows 2 to 5 for desired length.


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BE CREATIVE
PLAY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

YOU ARE WELCOME TO SHARE YOUR CREATIONS 
BELOW IN THE COMMENTS 
OR 


Enjoy!
ciao, ciao!
Barbara Summers Hand Knit and Crochet   www.crocknit.com
Copyright (C) 2008-2015 Barbara Summers - All rights reserved.
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