Yarn and Hook

Sea-Shell Skirt


This was written for an independent Australian yarn magazine in January 2018 called Indie road.

A great yarn lovers magazine with a luxurious feel and article’s encompassing everything Yarn related

Below you will find the free pattern

If you would like to support me you can purchase this PDF download on Etsy 

MATERIALS
– DK 8 ply 50% cotton
50% acrylic 350g in white (7 balls)
– 70cm waist, use a 5mm (H/8) hook
– 75cm waist, use a 5.5mm (I/9) hook
– Beads
PATTERN NOTES
This is an intermediate level pattern.
The skirt has 4 corners to make the back
longer than the front. Sl st to join does
not count as a stitch.

BY JODIE BOOTH
Difficulty: Intermediate

RND 1: Fdc 132. Join with a sl st in first fdc. Do not turn (132 sts).
RND 2:Ch 5, sk 2, sc, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times.
Ch 5, sk 2, sc, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times,
{ch 5, sk 2, sc, ch 5, sk 2, sc} 1st corner, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times.
Ch 5, sk 2, sc, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times,
{ch 5, sk 2, sc, ch 5, sk 2, sc} 2nd corner, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times.
Ch 5, sk 2, sc, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times
{ch 5, sk 2, sc, ch 5, sk 2, sc} 3rd corner *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times.
Ch 5, sk 2, sc, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times
{ch 5, sk 2, sc, ch 5, sk 2, sc} 4th corner *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times.
Ch 5, sk 2, sc, *ch 3, sk 2, sc* 3 times.
Sl st in same st as 1st sl st to join. Do not turn. (204 sts)
Rnd 3: Sl st into ch 5 sp, ch 3 (counts as dc), 9 dc into same ch 5 sp, sc
into ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc into next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc into ch 3 sp.
*10 dc into ch 5 sp, sc into ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc into next ch 3 sp,
ch 3, sc into next ch 3 sp, 10 dc in each of the next 2 ch 5 sps,
sc into ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc into next ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc into ch 3 sp*
4 times.
10 dc into ch 5 sp, sc into ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc into next ch 3 sp, ch
3, sc into next ch 3 sp, join with a sl st into 3rd ch. Do not turn.
(230 sts)
RND 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc in each of the next 9 dc, sc into ch 3
sp, ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp.
*1 dc in each of the next 10 dc, sc into ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch 3
sp, 1 dc in each of the next 20 dc, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch 3
sp* 4 times.
1 dc in each of the next 10 dc, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp,
join with a sl st into 3rd ch. Do not turn. (190 sts)

RND 5: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1) *dc, ch 1* in every dc from
previous round, join with a sl st into the 3rd ch.
Do not turn. (280 sts)
RND 6: Sl st over 3 sts to the 2nd ch 1 sp, ch 3, sk 1 ch sp, sc
into next ch sp, ch 3, sk 1 ch sp, sc in next ch sp, ch 3,
sk 1 ch sp, sc in next ch sp.
*Ch 5, sk 7 sts, sc in next ch sp, [ch 3, sk 1 ch sp, sc in
next ch sp] 3 times,
{ch 5, sk 1 ch sp, sc in next ch sp, ch 5} corner.
Sk 1 ch sp, sc in next ch sp, [ch 3, sk 1 ch sp, sc in
next] 3 times,* 4 times.
Ch 5, sk 7 sts, sc in next ch sp, *ch 3, sk 1 ch sp, sc in
next ch sp* 3 times. Ch 5, join with a sl st into 1st
ch. (277 sts)
RND 7: Ch 1, turn, sl st into ch 3 sp, 10 dc in ch 5 sp, *sc in
ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 10 dc inch 5 sp,
sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in next ch 3 sp, ch 3, 10 dc in
next 2 ch 5 sps,* 4 times, Join with a sl st into 3rd ch.
Do not turn. (346 sts)

RND 8: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each of the next 9 dc, *sc
in 3 ch sp, ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp, dc in each of the next
10 dc, sc in ch 3 sp, ch 3, sc in ch 3 sp, dc in each of
the next 20 dc,* 4 times. Join with a sl st into 3rd ch.
Do not turn. (250 sts)

RND 9: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1) *dc, ch 1* in every dc from
previous round. Join with a sl st into the 3rd ch.
Do not turn. (360 sts)
REPEAT ROUNDS 6 – 9 UNTIL THE DESIRED
LENGTH IS REACHED. To finish off make 1 sc in
each st around and weave in ends.
WAIST BAND
Rnd 1-3: Join yarn in any stitch, ch 1, sc in
every st, join with a sl st. Do not turn. (132 sts)

Rnd 4: Ch 4 (counts as dc, ch 1), *sk 1 st, dc, ch
1* 65 times. Join with a sl st into 3rd ch.
Do not turn (132 sts, inc. ch).

Rnd 5: Ch 2 (counts as hdc) hdc in every st
and ch, join with a sl st. Do not turn. (132 sts)
Finish off.
LONG TAIL CORD
With a 5mm (H/8) hook and 3 metres of yarn,
make a slip knot in the middle of the 3 metres.
Using both strands of yarn:
Step 1: Wrap tail yarn around hook from front to
back, (two loops on hook).
Step 2: With working yarn, yarn over and pull
through both loops, (one loop on hook).
Repeat until the desired length is reached.
Attach beads and thread the cord through
round 4 of band.

 

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Crafts, Crochet

Hearts

Hearts seriously who doesn’t love them?

I have just released the Heart blanket that can be made from crib size up to a king you can find the pattern on Ravelry or Etsy

I started to design this Heart Triangle Shawl / Scarf back in Feb 2017 and of course i could not just stop with the Shawl, (keep reading there’s more) you can make this as a big wrap shawl or a small bandana style bib

What i used:

Yarn: DK, 8 ply

Hook size: H (5 mm)

Or any weight yarn and the appropriate hook works well for this project.

US Stitches/Terminology Used

Ch = Chain

Sc = Single crochet

MR = Magic ring

Dc = Double Crochet

Sp = Space

Sk = Skip a stitch

Rep = Repeat

sts / st = Stitch /es

dc3tog = 3 double crochet together

dc5tog = 5 double crochet together

Skill level: Easy – Intermediate

I had to also make a Poncho because little girls in hearts ❤ available in Size child 1 all the way up to a woman’s 22

You can even add a hood like the very cleaver #Fullhandsfullheart did

This gorgeous pink one below was made to fit a size 22 adult

vestIt is written for a 1-2 year old with “Hints” for bigger sizes 

You can add arms to make it a cardigan (not included in the pattern)

a long scarf

and a Market bag

I have this continuous granny heart pattern with my testers It should be available to purchase in a week’s time

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If you can not wait I have this 8X8 inch square that would make a cute cot size blanket Oh the possibilities are endless

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Yarn and Hook

How to make front and back post stitches

How to do a Front post double crochet

Step 1: Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the indicated stitch on the row below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the next stitch

The hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the double crochet that you’re working around.

Step 2: Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch.

You now have 3 loops on the hook.

Step 3: Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.

One front post double crochet (fpdc) is complete.

How to do a Back post double crochet

Step 1: Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from back to front between the posts of the first and second double crochet in the row below, and then from front to back again between the posts of the second and third stitches.

The hook should now be positioned horizontally in front of the double crochet that you’re working around.

Step 2: Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch.

You now have 3 loops on the hook.

One complete back post double crochet

Step 3: Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.

You’ve made one complete back post double crochet (BP dc).

How to do a front post treble crochet

Step 1: Yarn over twice.

Steps 2: Insert your hook front-to-back through your work, positioning the post that you want to crochet around in front of the hook.

Step 3: Yarn over again and pull through. There will be four loops on your hook

Proceed as normal with your treble crochet stitch: Yarn over and pull through the first two of the four loops on the hook.

Yarn over and pull through the next two loops on the hook.

Yarn over and pull through the final two loops on the hook.

How to

Special stitches and techniques I think every crocheter should know!

Special stitches that you should learn! seriously they will improve your crochet.

Most of my patterns have one of these stitches what am I talking about? The foundation single and double crochet of course.

Why will the improve your crochet? well let me tell you

#1 No more starting chains!! How annoying are they! not to mention they don’t actually look that flash

#2 They look great

#3 They have more stretch

#4 Did I mention NO MORE STARTING CHAINS!!!

ch sc

 
How to do a foundation single crochet

Step 1: Ch 2
Step 2: Insert your hook into the first chain stitch.
fsc1
Step 3: Yarn over and pull through one loop (chain made)
Fsc2
Step 4: Yarn over and pull through one loop again

fsc5

Yarn over and pull through both loops to make a single crochet

row fsc

How to do a Foundation double crochet stitch:

Step 1: Ch 3

Step 2: Yarn over, insert hook into the first chain, Yarn over, pull through loop. (chain made)fdc2

Step 3: Yarn over, and work as a double crochet (dc).
Step 4: Yarn over, insert hook into top two sts at the base of the just completed dc.

fdc3

Step 5: Yarn over, pull through one loop (chain made) Yarn over, work as a double crochet.

 
Repeat step 4- 5 until you have the stitches you need.

fdc row
And another is the Long Tail Chain Cord 

How many times have you had to make a chain cord? they really do not look great, sure you can SC in each stitch but seriously why?. Or maybe you have tried the icord wow how fiddly is that!

Let me introduce you to the long tail chain cord

With a H/8-5mm hook 2 meters of DK yarn will make a 1 meter long cord

Let me show you using two different coloured yarns my tail is the pink and my working yarn in purple

Make a slip knot

1

Step 1: Wrap tail yarn (pink) around hook from front to back, two loops on hook (i know i have 3 but i am using two strands so you can easily see what i am doing)

2
Step 2: With working yarn (purple) yarn over and pull through both loops, you should have one loop on hook

3And repeat

5

 

6

and voila we have a nice easy cord

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Repeat until you get the desired length,

Blocking your crochet

Blocking is an important step toward making your crocheted pieces look more professional.

It’s a way of finishing your projects using moisture and or heat depending on the yarn. Proper blocking of a crocheted garment or accessory can go a long way toward making it look and fit better, and it can help pull it back into shape,

Blocking helps to set the stitches and can even enhance the drape of the fabric.There are different methods for blocking crocheted pieces, Choosing the correct blocking method depends on what the item is and what type of yarn or thread is being used. Also, certain Yarn’s might not be suitable for blocking.

I make at least one Christmas ornament every year and every year I get less and less left over when I am packing up!! They seem to like walking out the door with my visitors, without blocking they would not hang right.

I will do another blog post on how I stiffen them

Getting Started

You’ll need a blocking board or foam mats, rustproof pins, a steamer or steam iron, a spray bottle, and your yarn or thread labels. A blocking “board” needs to be a flat surface that’s large enough to hold the piece or pieces you want to block.

Choose Your Method

Blocking methods may be described as wet, dry or cold. The actual method you choose will vary depending on your yarn. Always consult the yarn label.

Most natural Yarns such as wool, cotton, linen and mohair may be either wet or dry blocked.

Some synthetic Yarns like most acrylic yarns can only be wet blocked, never use hot steam.

Novelty and metallic Yarns may need special care and may not be suitable for blocking.

Wet blocking is suitable for those Yarns which can be washed. Thoroughly wet it and gently squeeze out excess water. Do not wring or twist! lay the piece out flat, and gently pat and shape, Pin the piece securely in place using rust-proof pins Leave the piece undisturbed until it is completely dry.

Dry blocking is suitable for Yarns which can tolerate moisture and heat (steam). Pin the piece into the desired shape and size on the blocking board. Pins should be close together and evenly spaced so as not to distort the fabric. Blocking wires also work well.

Cold blocking can be used for Yarns which can tolerate moisture but not heat. Pin the piece into shape on the blocking board as you did for dry blocking. Mist with a spray bottle of clean water until the piece is completely wet.

 

Crafts

12 Crafts in 12 Months a journey of discovery

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In 2017 my friend Tash (and probably my most loyal supporter) and I decided we need to get together and try new crafts (you should see our pinterest boards) as opposed to only getting together to drink Vodka! which always turns into a sleep over as we live 40 mins away from each other.
We both love the idea of crafting but never get the time, Me a Mother of 3 boys under 8, and Tash who works full time has 3 cats and has a hubby that actually likes to spend time with her!
So 2018 was going to be the year whoo hoo

Well it did not start great at all. January was a bust and never happened. With the Christmas rush of visitors and family moving closer yay, It’s so nice to be able to see my Nephew his wife (Hana) and their baby my great niece more often!!

And to be able to add another Girl to our craft days
So we book in for Feb 10  just us 3 girls NO Children or Men!!

So now the decision of what to make? where should we meet? What food drinks etc?
Well the food was easy another friend had made a cob loaf dip so I messaged Sanne “Hey how do you make that dip thingy you made at that BBQ,” and as soon as i hit send I thought how have i not thought to invite her to our craft days she loves DIY and has a candle business, and then we were 4

And another craft we could all learn candle making.

What did we make? Macrame plant holders

from left to right Tash, my great niece, Me, Sanne and Hana

We did managed to make a Macrame plant hanger each it was harder than we all thought it would be. But that may have been the wine……

This weekend we are going to be making Nail Art you know hammer, nails, wood and yarn we will see how it goes …….. stay tuned

Craft #2 Nail Art! 

What a success! we all accomplished out nail art pieces NOT! haha well nearly, It took a few glasses of wine to get motivated

but with hammers in hand we did finally got started 2 1/2 hours after we arrived, tummy’s full and all caught up on the everyday stuff that had happened in between seeing each other last

Hard at it trying to get the stubborn nails in

On to the yarn wrapping

Tash’s cacti

Sanne’s nearly finished Lenyx

Hana’s & for her bedroom wall and below my heart for my Great niece

April 14 we made be making dream catchers!

Craft #3 Dream catchers!

Knowing that we would be making dream catcher I got in the grove by designing 3 new mandala patterns

This is # 1 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hanging-mandala

#2 Diamond hanging mandala is doing well on Ravelry and was in the top 50 “hot right now Patterns” and can be found here https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/diamond-mandala-dream-catcher

 

#3 and finally Cockle shells mandala

These are all made to hang using a hula hoop and are a huge 78cm round!!

We all made something to eat Sanne made a delish salad with sweet potato, chick peas and quinoa, Hana made club sandwiches some scrummy garlic cream cheese and salami bites, Tash made an apple slice and I made ginger slice after we had had our full, we got on to the serious business of learning a new craft

Hana had me make her a centre for her Dream catcher and it turned out great it is now hanging proudly on her Bedroom wall.

Sanne managed to complete hers on the night and as you can tell she was super stoked to beat us all haha

Unfortunately Tash did not finish hers and I am still waiting for a pic ……………

May 27th we will be making Jam!!

Jam

Well May has come and gone that was quick!

Jam was a lot easier than we all thought



Rhubarb and apple

Ingredients

10 stalks of rhubarb, which was about 5 cups of chopped rhubarb

3 apples, unpeeled and diced – which was about 3 cups diced

1 cup of water

2 cups of sugar
Put it all in a large pot and simmer for fruit is soft
Whilst it is simmering wash jars and boil them to sterilize 

The second one was Blackberry

This was probably the easiest as we just used frozen berries  
Ingrediant

2 cups of frozen berries
2 cups of suger
1 cup of water
1 packet of jamsetta

Put all ingredients in a pot and simmer for around 15-20 mins mash the fruit and transfer to sterilised jars, Turning the jars upside down helps to seal them!

June we will be doing wood etching!!

In June we failed to meet so never got a chance to do wood etching

July we did Photo onto wood transfers

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This was a fun experiment none of us had done this before so it was a learning curve

Supplies needed to transfer a photo to wood:
Unfinished Wood Painting Panel the smoother the better(so we found out)
Photocopied Image on Regular Copy Paper (you must use a photocopy of your image or it will most likely not turn out correctly)
Mod Podge
Sandpaper
Clear Glaze Spray
*If you want the wood grain to show through, use regular Mod Podge Matte. If you want a white background with no wood grain showing through, use Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium.

Step 1: Apply a generous amount of the transfer solution to the image. You’ll need a thick layer.

Step 2: Press the image, photo side down, onto the wood panel. Rub firmly to smooth out the image and remove air bubbles. Let it dry completely. Ours took 12 hours

Step 3: Use a damp cloth or sponge to wet one section of the paper at a time. Begin rubbing gently to remove the paper and expose the transferred image below. I like to remove the top layer first, let it dry slightly, and then repeat the process as needed to remove the “fuzzies” that were left behind.

Step 4: Once you are satisfied with the image, sand the edges lightly. Seal the photo to wood transfer with a finishing spray.

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August was Canvas painting

We thoroughly enjoyed this more than we thought although one of us did go to art school, we would and I will definitely be doing more of it

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September 22 we will be up to 6 members and are doing Fluid art