Spring Picnic Fingerless Gloves

Springtime Springtime, here we go.  

Time to say goodbye to snow.

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"How odd",  I thought to myself.   It is a beautiful Spring day out but, all the homes I see on my journey through the mountains, today,  are decorated with snowmen and wintry things.  In the warmth of this lovely afternoon, their winter decorations look so old and out-of-season.   Don't they realize it is Spring?  I came to the conclusion that they must have been too busy to take the old winter scenes off  their lawns.  Then, my travelling companion jiggled my memory and reminded me, lost in my own thoughts of Spring, that I was, indeed, still in the dead of winter here on February 18, in the scenic mountains of the Appalachian Region.

I am counting the days until it will be warm for longer than an afternoon.  But, until then, we could have a number of snowfalls to go before it is Springtime around here.  So, in the spirit of good friendship toward mother nature, who chooses to keep winter around when I am pleading from her to bring Spring now,  I will publish one last winter themed treat, a set of fingerless gloves.  They will be worked in the colors of pink and white with a checkered picnic blanket design (in honor of Spring.)

This is a knitting pattern but, if you are a crocheter, it is simple enough to work up.  Hope you will give it a try. Think warm thoughts, and Spring will soon be upon us.  Until then, stitch these warm but whimsical-designed gloves.

They will be free for two days on the blog then you can find them on Ravelry and Etsy in the coming week.

Any questions, just post on Facebook, @gmail or leave a comment below.

Have Fun!

 

 

 

“Spring Picnic” Fingerless Gloves

Copyright 2017 Loretta Ann Kfoury

 

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You will need the following supplies:

⬥1 skein Isaac Mizrahi Craft® in Isaac’s Colorways Merino Blend®                   

(3 oz/ 85 gr/ 213 yds/ 195 m), #3 light DK: “Hooray” (Main Color= MC)

⬥1 skein Isaac Mizrahi Craft® in Isaac’s Colorways Merino Blend®                     

(3 oz/ 85 gr/ 213 yds/ 195 m), #3 light DK: “Ivory” (Complimentary Color= CC)

⬥1 set of double pointed needles size 4 (3.5 mm) or circular needles 9” size 4

⬥1 size F crochet hook

⬥yarn needle

⬥stitch markers

⬥scissors

⬥counter (optional)

 

Gauge Swatch= 21 sts x 30 rows = 4”x 4” in st st.

 

Pattern Note: These gloves are for average adult size hands.

Work pattern in colorwork, or Fair Isle fashion, alternating colors according to charts provided.

Abbreviations:   

Rib Stitch = rib st

Stockinette Stitch = st st

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

K =knit

P = purl

rnd = round

pm = place marker

rm = remove marker

mrkr = marker

kfb = knit front back

dpns = double pointed needles

mc = main color

cc = second color

sm = slip marker

st(s) = stitch (es)

 

 

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Instructions:

With MC, CO 42 sts on circular needles or distribute sts evenly over 4 dpns, pm and join begin certain to keep fabric from twisting while joining.

 

Rnds 1-5: continuing with MC, K1, P1 rib st. (42 sts)

Rnds 6-9:  K rnds.

Rnds 10-13:  with MC and CC, K rnds in colorwork or, Fair Isle fashion following chart A.

Rnds 14-20: with MC only, K rnds.

Rnds 21: K20, pm for thumb, Kfb, K1, Kfb, pm, K to end. (44 sts)

Rnd 22: K rnd.

Rnd 23: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K3, Kfb, sm, K to end of rnd. (46 sts)

Rnd 24: K rnd.

Rnd 25: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K5, Kfb, sm, K to end of rnd. (48 sts)

Rnd 26: K rnd.

Rnd 27: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K7, Kfb, sm, K to end. (50 sts)

Rnd 28: K rnd.

Rnd 29: K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, k9, Kfb, sm, K to end. (52 sts)

Rnd 30: K rnd.

Rnd 31:  K to 1st mrkr, sm, Kfb, K11, Kfb, sm, K to end. (54 sts)

Rnd 32: K rnd.

Rnd 33: K next 21 sts, rm, place the next 14 sts onto waste yarn, rm

            CO 2 sts on right needle and join to 1st st on left needle to

            form glove, K to end of row. (42 sts)

Rnds 34 & 35: K rnds.

Rnds 36 & 37: Alternating with MC & CC, follow chart B.

Rnds 38 & 39: With MC only, K rnds.

Rnds 40-42: K1, P1 rib st.

Rnd 43: BO loosely, fasten off yarn leaving a 6”tail.

Shaping Thumb:

Evenly reload sts from waste yarn onto 3 dpns.  With crochet hook, pull yarn from skein through 5 sts on glove that are unworked near thumb and load them onto the 4th dpn.  Pm and join sts to close thumb.

Rnds 1-5: K rnds.

Rnds 6 & 7: K1, P1

Rnd 8: BO loosely. Fasten off yarn leaving 6” tail.

Weave all ends of yarn throughout fabric.






CHART   A:

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CHART  B:

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The Loop Stitch Tutorial

The Loop Stitch is a very simple stitch that lends to a lovely finished look that can be used for various effects.  On my blog, the loop stitch is replicating lush grass for the Le Jardin Springtime Afghan CAL.

So, Let's begin: 

 

Step 1: Insert your hook in the first sc, 

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Step 2:  Pull up a length of yarn (not too long) with your index finger, and take your hook, and wrap your hook starting from the right side of the front length of yarn and go to the right side of the back length of the yarn,

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Step 3:   And pull both lengths of yarn through the stitch,

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You will have three loops on your hook.

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Step 4:  Yarn over your hook

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Pull yarn through ONLY TWO of the loops on your hook,

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You will have two loops left on your hook.

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Step 5: Yarn over your hook and pull yarn through the two loops on your hook,

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You will be left with one loop on your hook. 

 

You will have completed your loop stitch and this is how it looks:

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Le Jardin Spring Afghan CAL Week Three

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HELLO and a Lovely Good Morning to You.  

  Can't wait for these flowers to bloom, once again, in a few weeks.  My wildflower garden was the most enjoyable garden to grow.  I began this particular flower bed just under a couple of years ago.  Not always a successful gardener, the wildflower batch I purchased in a sack, easily created that successful garden two seasons ago and every season since.  All I have to do is till the soil lightly, than, with my hands, in child-like fashion,  grab a batch of seeds and toss them around like magic fairy dust, waiting in anticipation for the explosion of all sorts of flowers to pop out of the ground and grow so quickly, it 'tis like magic.

I am thrilled with our third week and we are half-way through our afghan.  Hope yours is coming along. If you have any pictures of your work, please post them on my Facebook page www.facebook.com/purlsandshells/.  We would all love to see your progress, no matter where you are, even if you are just beginning today.

If it hasn't been too obvious, yet, after our last week, our afghan is going in the direction of a spring basket of flowers.  I have entitled last week and each week moving forward as the Le Jardin Springtime Basket Afghan.   Last week's basket weave stitch was the first hint, especially with the curled edging, made with the reverse single crochet stitch, like that of a wicker basket.  But, this week really seals it.  We are stitching the Loop Stitch for the effect of lush grass.  Whether it is the fresh spring grass that blankets the hills in my town (or perhaps yours,) it can be the faux, decorative grass found in the lovely Easter basket or Spring basket.

I found this stitch to be so rhythmic and just plain fun!!  I could have gone on forever with this section but, I had to put a halt on my enthusiasm only because I did not want the grass to dominate the basket section.  I was hoping that the grass would work as an accent just as it does in a basket for spring or Easter time.  I think that it succeeded in demonstrating that effect.

A tutorial is included and posted under the stitch guide.  It is a simple stitch and very methodical, so there shouldn't be too much concern for pulling off this stitch.

So, if you have any questions, please post on Facebook, e-mail me, or leave a comment below.  

Let's begin, then.

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Week Three

Le Jardin Springtime Basket Afghan

The Loop Stitch

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You will need the following supplies:

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m),medium-worsted weight size 4:  Sage

1 Crochet hook US size H/8

yarn needle

tape measure

scissors

 

 

Pattern notes:  For a tutorial of The Basket Weave Stitch please go to "Stitch Tutorials" at the bottom of the right column. 

 

Abbreviations:   

Chain = ch  

Single Crochet = sc

Slip Stitch = sl st

Front Post-Double Crochet = FPdc    

Back Post-Double Crochet = BPdc

Double Crochet = dc    

Yarn Over = yo    

Stitch(es) = st(s)

 

Instructions:

To set up the Loop Stitch Rounds, you need to create a chain to build the future Loop stitch rounds upon.  The illustrations will assist you in placement of that foundation chain.

Round 1: Flip the fabric over to the back, and you will see the remaining loops behind the double crochets you made in the previous Section #5.  

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Join with a sl st in a corner space,

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ch 1, sc in same space made for ch 1.

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Sc in each loop across to next corner, when you reach the corners, 3sc in the middle dc of the 3 dc you made in the corner of the previous row.

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Repeat sc in each loop and the method for each corner around the entire perimeter to the beginning.  Join with sl st in the original sc made in the beginning.

 

Round 2: Ch 1, sc in the same space as ch 1.  sc in each sc around.  When you reach a corner, 3sc in the middle sc of the 3sc placed in the corners of the foundation chain.

Round 3: You will create the loops in this round.  In order for the loops to be on the right side of the fabric, you must work on the back side of fabric facing you as you are stitching.  Ch 1, begin the loop stitch (see stitch tutorial guide).  Work loop stitch around to beginning, join with sl st in first sc st of first loop made in beginning.

Round 4-7: ch 1, same as round 3.  Fasten off after round 7.

 

 

Hope you have as much fun as I did making this section.  

Any Questions, just post on Facebook, send a message @ gmail or leave a comment below.

See you next week.

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Amigurumi - Kawaii T.V. Decoration

Hi Friends!  Here's a little treat, easy to work up in a day and a super fun decor for your home, car or office space.  Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. This little amigirumi T.V. is in the Kawaii fashion (items that are cute.)

Hope you enjoy.  It should provide for that instant gratification we all need from time to time. Choose any color you wish and don't forget the blush on the cheeks.

 

AMIGIRUMI TELEVISION

KAWAII STYLE

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**It is recommended that if you use this toy for a child, do not give to a child under the age of seven and ONLY use safety eyes for seven and above age children.

You will need the following supplies:

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m), medium-worsted weight size 4: Off White

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m), medium-worsted weight size 4: Light Country Blue

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m), medium-worsted weight size 4: Pastel Pink

Black Embroidery Floss

Pastel Rose colored powder for blush

Safety eyes with plastic stop-back

1 Crochet hook US size F/5

2 double pointed knitting needles size 6

yarn needle

tape measure

scissors

 

Abbreviations:   

Chain = ch  

Single Crochet = sc

Slip Stitch = sl st

 

Stitch(es) = st(s)

 

Instructions:

For the side panels:

Chain 6.

Row 1 (foundation row):  sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across to end of row, ch 1, turn.    (5 sc)

Row 2:  sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Row 3:  repeat row 2 until fabric strip is 14 1/2 " long (approx. 70 rows total).

 

For the Face pieces (make 2):

The face front and back will be a piece in the size of 12 rows by 20 sts across.

Chain 21.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across to end of row, ch 1, turn.    (20 sc)

Row 2:  sc in each sc across, ch 1, turn.

Row 3- 12:  repeat row 2 . Fasten off.

 

For the antennae (make 2):

With your double pointed knitting needles, make two 3 inch I-cords.  Fasten off and leave a tail.  Make a knot at one of the ends to form a ball.  

 

For the base:

With your crochet hook, chain 4, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, do not turn fabric rather, work down opposite side of foundation chain and sc in each remaining chain- this will form an oval shape.  Repeat sc in each sc around, fasten off.

 

For the Feet (make 4):

Ch 2, 4sc in 2nd ch from hook, working in the round - 2sc in each sc around. Fasten off.  Leave tail for joining.

 

Joining The Parts:

Join each face piece strip in this manner:

Make certain all pieces have the fabric on right side facing you (see post on determining the right side of the fabric.)

Take the left edge of one of the pieces ad match it up with the left edge of the strip-panel piece starting from the bottom.         DSCN1667     DSCN1667

 

Pin together and work around the piece, pinning as you go along on all four sides

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Join the fabric strip together by whip stitching with yarn needle and a length of yarn.

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With Light Country Blue yarn,  in the first corner, join with sl st and sc in the same sl st space.  

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Sc in each sc of the face piece and the matching stitches of the pink panel piece.  

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When you reach a corner, 3sc in each corner.  Continue with a sc in each stitch around  all four sides.  

 

Join with sl st in beginning sc, fasten off and weave tail in.

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Before attaching the second face piece, add eyes, smile and eyelashes embellishments with embroidery yarn and basic running stitch for eyelashes and smiles.  If you use toy eyes instead of embroidery stitches for the eyes, you must use the safety eyes sold at local craft stores.  It is recommended that if you use this toy for a child, do not give to a child under the age of seven and ONLY use safety eyes for seven and above age children.

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Now attach the second face piece to the block in same manner as other face piece.

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Joining the antennae and base:

Pull the yarn tail of the antennae through the top of the base and leave the tail underneath the base.  Repeat with the other antennae and tie the ends together underneath the base. Join the base and antennae piece to the top of the box with a whip stitch.

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Joining the feet:

With yarn tail and yarn needle, attach feet to bottom of box by whip stitching feet edges to box.

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Front Post Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Welcome to the Purls and Shells Stitch Classroom.  Today, we will learn how to do a Front Post Double crochet stitch.

 

Step One: Begin with a row of double crochet stitches.  

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Step Two:  Yarn over and chain 3 (this counts as a double crochet).

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Step Three:  

Insert your hook between these two double crochets, (fig. 1)  and behind the second double crochet (fig.2) and out the other side of the second double crochet (fig. 3).

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                       (figure 1)

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It will look like this with your hook.

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Step Four:   Yarn over (fig. 4),   and draw yarn through and behind the double crochet in front of your hook (fig. 5).  You will have 4 loops on your hook (fig.6).

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                        (figure 6)

 

 

Step Five:  Yarn over (fig.7),  and pull through two loops (fig. 8),  you will have two loops on your hook (fig.9)

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Step Six:  Yarn over (fig. 10), draw yarn through two loops on your hook (fig. 11), you will have one loop left on your hook (fig. 12).

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This is the end result, your three double crochet will extend out to the front of your fabric.

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Welcome Back For The Le Jardin Afghan CAL Week Two

Hello, hello!  And thanks for stopping back at the Purls and Shells Studio afghan CAL week.  Hope all is going well for you in your life.  I am ready to skip to summer.  This is a shot of a gigantic sunflower growing near a lovely coffee shop I visit periodically.  Remember, our summer project to come will be a VW Bug - van with lots of hippy daisies - stay tuned.

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How did week one work out?  Any questions?  Feel free to leave comments.  I would love to see posts of the first afghan piece worked so far. 

Well, week two I hope you will find whimsical.  This week we are adding section 5 ( working backwards from 6-1 as section 6 is the center).  The stitch for section 5 is the Basket weave stitch. 

The design for this stitch resembles a springtime wicker basket.  I chose a light lavender color as springtime always makes me think of light pastels-lavenders, pinks and green tones.  Well, one idea lead to another and a Spring basket motif in the basket weave stitch fit just right.  Perfect timing for us, here, where we are at an unseasonable 72 degrees in the middle of February!

I have also chosen to trim this section in the Crab Stitch, also called the Reverse Single Crochet Stitch. This will complete the look of the wicker basket.  Just as  a wicker basket has a rolled trim, this stitch will give the same appearance.

A stitch tutorial for the Basket Weave stitch  and the Crab Stitch will be under the "Stitch Tutorials" section in the column on the right.

Not too much more to say for now, so let's begin.

And by the way, one of my three furry muses tried to help in the filming of these tutorials....

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This little kitty of ours is named Meowth- yes, after the famous Pokemon in Team Rocket.  Here, he doesn't trust that I now what I am doing and needs to guide me as to where to insert the hook before photographing the demo.  His paw is lifting and pushing my finger over to the proper placement to demonstrate which stitch to insert the hook in.


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Here's my little survivor keeping me company...

 

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And my little chunk-a-lunk just couldn't stay up into the wee hours while I stitched away.

 

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Week Two:  

Springtime Basket Pattern with 

The Basket Weave Stitch 

 

You will need the following supplies:

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m), medium-worsted weight size 4:   Light Lavender

1 oz. Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m), medium-worsted weight size 4:       Off White

1 Crochet hook US size H/8

yarn needle

tape measure

scissors

 

Pattern notes:  For a tutorial of The Basket Weave Stitch please go to "Stitch Tutorials" at the bottom of the right column. A tutorial for this stitch will be posted 10:00 am February 8, 2017. 

 

Abbreviations:   

Chain = ch  

Single Crochet = sc

Slip Stitch = sl st

Front Post-Double Crochet = FPdc    

Back Post-Double Crochet = BPdc

Double Crochet = dc    

Yarn Over = yo    

Stitch(es) = st(s)

 

Instructions:

Round 1:

Begin with the Off White color yarn and starting from the bottom of section 6, in the remaining loops from the foundation chain, join with a sl st in the corner loop, ch 1, sc in same space as ch 1 made, sc in each remaining loops across to the 2nd corner, 3 sc in corner space, turn 1/4 way and working across the bias edge of the fabric - evenly space 53 sc across to next corner, 3 sc in this next corner, turn 1/4 way and sc  in each sc across to next corner, ch 3 in that corner space, 1/4 turn and evenly space 53 sc scross last side to last corner, 2 sc in that last corner in same space as first sc made in the beginning.  Join with a sl st in the 1st sc made in beginning.  

Round 2: 

ch 3, dc in same space as the ch 3 space, dc in each sc around.  When you come to a corner, 2 dc in the middle sc of the 3 sc made in the corner from the previous row.  2 dc in last sc and 1 dc in the same space as ch-3 made in the beginning of the round, sl st in top of ch 3.

Round 3:

Ch 3, dc in same space as ch 3, dc in next dc FPdc in next 3 dc, BPdc in next 3 dc  repeat * to * around (including corners) to ch 3 made in the beginning of the round, 2 dc in that ch 3 space.  

Round 4:

Ch 3, dc in same space as ch 3, dc in next dc BPdc in next 3 dc, FPdc in next 3 dc  repeat * to * around ( including corners) to ch 3 made in the beginning of the round, 2 dc in that ch 3 space.  

Round 5: The pattern switches here to just standard dc stitches.      

Ch 3 , dc in the next 2 dc, dc in each of next 64 dc across to next corner, 3 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 62 dc across to next corner, 3 dc in next dc, dc in each of next 64 dc across to next corner, 3 dc in the next dc, dc in each of next 62 dc across to last corner, 2 dc in same ch 3 space made in beginning of round.            

 

Edging:  Your direction changes for this stitch.  You will now be working clockwise around fabric piece.  This is the crab stitch also called the reverse single crochet.  

Ch 1, working back down row, crab stitch in next dc and in each dc across, working around in the same manner including corners (no extra stitches in corners necessary).

Have Fun and leave a comment if you have questions or observations.

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Criss-Cross Heart Stitch Tutorial

♣  Good Day, Good Day ♣ 

Today we are going to master the stitch known as the Criss-Cross Stitch, sometimes called the Cross Puff stitch. 

It looks complicated but, it utilizes a familiar "tall stitch" you are most familiar with if you have been following my CALs and that is the 'double crochet.'  Two of them are criss-crossed forming a heart shape, very puffy on the front and flat on the back.  

So, let us begin.

You must begin the pattern stitch on the wrong side of the fabric.  Check out 'the right side of the fabric' tutorial before you begin.

 

Step One:  Chain 2 at the beginning of the row.  Chaining 2 gives you the row height so your beginning is                   the same height as the rest of the future stitches you will make in your row.

 

                   Insert hook in next stitch and half-double crochet (hdc) in that stitch and the next one                            after that.

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Step Two:  Skip one stitch (where the pointer is).

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Begin your stitch in the next stitch - where the pointer is in this illustration. 

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Step Three:  Yarn over (as in the image above) and insert your hook in the stitch.

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 Pull yarn through the back of the fabric -

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And to the front of the fabric.  You will have three loops on your hook.  Leave them on your hook.

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Step Four:  Yarn over-

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and go back in the same stitch (you pulled the yarn through) and draw the yarn from the back through to the front of the fabric.

You will have five loops on your hook.  Leave them on your hook.

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Step Five:  Yarn over and draw the yarn through all five loops on your hook.  You will finish off with one loop on your hook.

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Step Six:  Yarn over, again-

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Insert your hook in the first skipped stitch (where the pointer is)

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Grab the yarn from behind and pull it trough to the front of your fabric.  Work loosely here so you have height to the yarn when you pull it through the fabric.

You will have three loops on your hook, leave them on your hook.  
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Step Seven: Yarn over, again.

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Insert back into same skipped stitch, Grab yarn from behind and pull through to the front of the fabric.

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You will have five loops on your hook.

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Step Eight: Yarn over and pull yarn from behind the fabric through to the front.

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You will have one loop on your hook and have completed the stitch- with a puffy heart!

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Your Criss-Cross Puffy Heart stitch is complete!!!!

Congratulations!!!



 

 

 

 


Half-Double Crochet (hdc)

♥  Good day to you, my yarn friends  ♥ 

I hope all is well for your life today

This is the half-double crochet tutorial that can be used for the Le Jardin Springtime afghan CAL.  Of course, it is here for you to assist you anytime and will always be listed under the "Stitch Tutorials" section.

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This is what the half-double crochet looks like.  It is  simple stitch known as a "tall stitch".  It is an easy stitch to master and becomes  favorite of most.  It is the one stitch, so easy to create, that one could use as their only stitch technique in their repetoire of stitches.  It's texture gives a thick warm fabric with a lovely elegant distinction from all other tall stitches like the double crochet and treble stitches which can be very "legg-y".

So, let us begin the half-double crochet stitch tutorial.

 

Step one:  Yarn over (yo) your hook 

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Step Two: Insert your hook in the next chain (or stitch).

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Step Three:  Yarn over and pick up yarn in back of chain or fabric with your hook.

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Step four:  Draw yarn through the stitch to the front of your foundation chain or fabric.  You will have three loops on your hook.

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Step Five: Yarn over your hook once more.

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Step six:  Pull yarn through all three loops on your hook.

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Step Seven:  You will be left with one loop on your hook.  

                     You have just completed a half-double crochet.

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Just repeat these steps for every other half- double crocheted called for in your pattern.

Congratulations!!

 

 

 

 


Welcome to the Le Jardin Springtime Afghan Crochet-Along

Good Morning and welcome to the Purls and Shells Studio.  Welcome to our first day of the Le Jardin Afghan CAL.  It was quite an adventure for me as I experimented with numerous textures, yarns, colors schemes and patterns.  Yes, there was much frogging ( rip-it, rip-it) but, I hope it has resulted in making smart decisions on what worked and what did not.

It was very hectic in the PS Studio this past January 2017.  Wow, we are already through the long winter month of January.  We experienced polar temperatures and ice storms.  I hibernated for three days plus in some cases.   That is difficult for me as I am a very outdoors-y individual.  I just love the fresh air, sunshine and activities of the outdoors.  It was this afghan and my thoughts on springtime that avoided any possible cabin-fever I should have developed in that time.  

I hope to add photos of inspiration in later blogs but, the polar weather was not exceedingly inviting - despite my love for the outdoors.  On days where temps are below 10 degrees and reaching to 5 - Below, I receive my warmth from my stout little kitty, Sagwa-

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Who together with my other kitties, Miss Buttons (who has fought heart failure four times this past December, 2016 through this January- we are very blessed that she has survived, and whom Sagwa  

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has been caring after for weeks,) and lastly our third rescue and our little Pokemon Meowth who is weird and fidgety but, very lovable!!,  all provide all the love and warmth I need.  And they love the yarn balls, don't they?  Any cat owner can attest to that fact.

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Well, all that said, let's get on with it.

 

This is the beginning of the Le Jardin Springtime Afghan Crochet-Along.  This is an afghan with a floral motif in both color and pattern. This project will begin today, February 1, 2017 and will continue for seven weeks to March 22, 2017,  just in time for the first day of Spring.  This calendar schedule will include a week for each section (six sections in total), with a seventh week dedicated to seaming, where necessary, the proper technique of weaving in tails, and the process of blocking your finished project.

Each section will be posted on these dates:

February 1, 2017 = Week One;

February 8, 2017 = Week Two;

February 15, 2017 = Week Three;

February 22, 2017= Week Four;

March 1, 2017 = Week Five;

March 8, 2017 = Week Six;

March 15, 2017 = Week Seven and Final Week.

these weekly posts will include supplies and stitch guides, patterns and tutorials.  Please feel free to ask any questions by leaving a comment in the blog comment space below.  Or, you are welcomed to leave any inquiries on my e-mail: purlsandshells@gmail.com.  I would love to see photos of your work in progress, especially if you have altered the colors to suit your preference and decor.

The patterns will be free on my blog for the duration of the project weeks.  Then you may purchase each week individually as a digital download (pdf) or a printed copy of the entire project in the form of a booklet at my Etsy store.  I hope you join me for the entire journey.  Let's have fun and begin our first week now.

 

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Week One:  The Criss-Cross Heart Puff Stitch

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You will need the following supplies:

1 skein Caron Simply Soft®  (6 oz/170.1 gr/ 35 yds/ 288 m), medium-worsted weight size 4: Off White

1 Crochet hook US size H/8

yarn needle

tape measure

scissors

 

Pattern notes:  For a tutorial of the Criss-Cross Heart please go to "Stitch Tutorials" at the bottom of the right column. A tutorial for this stitch will be posted 10:00 am February 2, 2017. 

 

Abbreviations:   

Chain = ch  

Half-Double Crochet = hdc    

Two Crossed Double Crochet = 2Cdc    

Yarn Over = yo    

Skip = sk      

Stitch(es) = st(s)

 

Instructions:

Chain 74.

Row 1 (foundation row): hdc in 3rd ch from hook, hdc across to end of row, turn.                                                (72 hdc)

Row 2:  ch 2 (counts as a hdc here and throughout the pattern), hdc in next 5 hdc, *sk next hdc, work 2Cdc (pattern stitch) in next hdc and in skipped hdc (see stitch tutorial), hdc in next 6 hdc *,  repeat * to * to last 5 hdc, hdc in last 5 hdc, turn.

Row 3:  ch 2, hdc in each st aross, turn.

Row 4:  ch 2, hdc in next 2hdc, *sk next hdc, 2Cdc in next hdc and skipped hdc, hdc over next 6 hdc *,  repeat * to * to last 7 hdc, hdc in next 4 hdc, sk next hdc, 2Cdc in next hdc and skipped hdc, hdc in last 2 hdc. turn.

Row 5:  ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Row 6:  ch 2, hdc in next 5 hdc, * sk next hdc, 2Cdc in next hdc and in skipped hdc, hdc in next 6 hdc*,  repeat * to * to last 5 hdc, hdc in last 5 hdc, turn.

Row 7:  ch 2, hdc in each st across, turn.

Row 8:  ch 2, hdc in next 2 hdc * sk next hdc, 2Cdc in next hdc and in skipped hdc, hdc in next 6 hdc,  repeat * to *  to last 7 hdc, hdc in next 4 hdc, sk next hdc, 2Cdc in next hdc and in skipped hdc, hdc in last two hdc, turn.

Repeat rows 5-8 until fabric measures 18 inches long.  Fasten off.

 

 

 

Hope you will enjoy this puffy heart pattern.  

♥♥After all, love begins in the spring♥♥

 

Remember to leave comments and questions below or leave your inquiries at my e-mail above.

Please join us again on February 8, 2017 for week two of our Le Jardin Afghan.

 

 


 


How to Tell which is the Right-side of Crochet Fabric

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In order to recognize the right-side of a piece of crochet fabric, or your crochet project, is to look at the side you tail is on.  The tail you made when first making your slip knot, in order to begin your foundation chain, should be on the left side.  Thus, the side that is facing you is the right-side of the fabric when the tail is on your left.

 


The single crochet in the Back Loop Only

Let's begin with a little lesson on what the back loop is.  

When you are stitching, you usually are eyeing the sides of the fabric.

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Tip the fabric over toward you so that you can see the top of the row you are working on.  What you are seeing are little " v " shaped stitch.  This v-shape is made up of two legs, also called loops.

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This is the front loop.  It is the loop closest to you.

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This is the back loop.  It is the loop farthest from you.

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Normally, in a single crochet, you will begin your stitch by putting your hook under both loops.

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In the Rib Stitch, you start out your single crochet variation by inserting your hook in the back loop only.  

The one farthest from you.

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Then you grab your yarn from the back of the work, pull it through the back loop and continue to complete the single crochet stitch as you normally would.  Continuing to work through all the rows in the back loop only create that ribbed effect.