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Hello! I’m Cornel and I blog about things that inspire me, things I’ve made and Craft Share, the craft group I started in 2009.

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Entries in patterns (23)

Wednesday
Sep212011

one cozy tea cosy

Inspired by Ingrid's beautiful blanket on her Wood and wool stool-blog, I crocheted 'till the early hours of this morning to finish my first tea cozy.

For all my friends on Craft Share, here's the pattern for the circle (or square) motif in Afrikaans:

Ingrid teemus motief

Hekel 4 ks met 3,5mm-hekelpen in kleur A. Gebruik dubbelbreidraad.

Las die laaste ks met ‘n gls aan die 1e ks om ‘n ring te vorm.

1e rdte: Hekel 3 ks, hekel 11 lb in die ring. Las die laaste lb met ‘n gls in die 3e ks. Heg af.

2e rdte: Las kleur B tussen 2 lb van rdte 1. Hekel 3 ks, hekel 1 lb in dies sp. *Hekel 2 lb in vlg sp tussen lb*, her van *tot* nog 10 keer. Las die laaste lb met ‘n gls in die 3e ks. Heg af.

3e rdte: Las kleur C in sp tussen 2 lb-grp van rdte 2.  Hekel 3 ks, hekel 1 lb in dies sp. *Hekel 1 ks, hekel 2 lb in vlg sp tussen 2 lb-grp*, her van *tot* nog 10 keer. Las die laaste lb met ‘n gls in die 3e ks. Heg af.

4e rdte: Heg kleur D in enige 1 ks-sp van rdte 3. Hekel 3 ks, hekel 3 lb in dies sp. *Hekel 4 lb in vlg 1 ks-sp*, her nog 10 keer. Heg af. Werk al die los punte weg.

Vir ‘n vierkant:

4e rdte: Heg kleur D in enige 1 ks-sp van rdte 3. Hekel 3 ks, hekel 2 hlb in dies sp. *Hekel 1 ks, hekel 3 hlb in vlg 1 ks-sp, hekel 1 ks, [hekel 2 lb, 1 dsl, 1 ks, 1 dsl, 2 lb] in vlg 1 ks-sp, hekel 1 ks*, hekel 3 hlb in vlg 1 ks-sp**, her van *tot** nog 2 keer, her van *tot* een keer, . Las die ks op pen met ‘n gls in die 3e ks. Heg af. Werk al die los punte weg.

Tuesday
Aug302011

crochet a flower square in one colour

A friend on Craft Share's face book page asked for the flower square pattern in one colour. I tried it with a 4mm crochet hook and soft cotton string that I bought at a stationary shop some time ago. Think it's time for tea ...

Use one colour in double knit 100% cotton and a 3,5mm crochet hook.

Loosely chain 3 (counts as first treble of round 1).

Round 1 (inside of flower): Work 15 trebles into 3rd chain from the hook.

 Join with a slip stitch to the 3rd chain.

Round 2 (petals of flower): Slipstitch into space between 1st and 2nd trebles of round 1.

 Chain 3 (counts as first treble of round 2).

Work 3 trebles into the same space as the slipstitch.

 *Skip the next 2 trebles from round 1 and work a group of 4 trebles into the next space between trebles*.

Repeat from * to * until you have 8 groups of 4 trebles each.

Join with a slip stitch to the 3rd chain made that started round 2.

Round 3 (square): Slipstitch into the space right below, between last and first 4 treble-group of round 2.

Chain 3 (counts as a treble).

Work 2 half trebles and 1 treble into the same space as slipstitch.

*(3 trebles, 2 double trebles, 3 trebles) into the next space between petals to form the corner.

(1 treble, 2 half trebles, 1 treble) into the next space between petals.*

Repeat from * to * 2 more times.

In the last space between 2 petals work (3 trebles, 2 double trebles, 3 trebles).

Join with a slip stitch to the 3rd chain made that started round 3.

Round 4: Chain 1. Double crochet in the back loop of the next 7 stitches of round 3.

Work 2 double crochet into next stitch of round 3.

*1 Double crochet into the back loop of each of the next 11 stitches.

Double crochet in the next stitch.*

Repeat from * to * 3 more times. Double crochet in the back loop of the next 4 stitches.

Join with a slipstitch to the chain that started round 4.

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

Thursday
Jul072011

hexagon daisy pattern

Use double knit yarn and a 3,5 or 4mm crochet hook

Using colour A, chain 3

Round 1:

Work 11 trebles into the 3rd chain from the hook (in other words, the first chain made), join with a slip stitch to the top of the 3-chain. Fasten off.

Round 2:

Insert hook between any 2 trebles from round 1 and join colour B to round 2.

Chain 3. Crochet 2 trebles together.

*Chain 1. Working in the next space between trebles from round 1, crochet 3 trebles together.*

Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Chain 1. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 3-chain. Fasten off.

Round 3:

Insert hook between any 2 treble groups from round 2 and join colour C to round 2.

Chain 3. Crochet 2 trebles into the same space.

*Chain 1. Crochet 3 trebles into the next 1 chain-space (between the next 2 treble groups from round 2).*

Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Join with a slip stitch to the top of the 3-chain. Fasten off.

Round 4:

Insert hook between any 2 treble groups from round 3 and join colour D to round 3.

Work a double crochet into the same space.

*Chain 3. Double crochet into next 1-chain space (between the next 2 treble groups from round 3).*

Repeat from * to * 10 more times. Chain 3. Join to first dc of round 4 with a slip stitch.

Round 5:

Still working with colour D, chain 3.

*Work 1 treble into each of the next 3 chains.

Treble in the next double crochet.

Treble into the next chain.

(1 treble, 1 double treble) into the next chain.

(1 double treble, 1 treble) into the next chain.

Treble into the next double crochet.*

Repeat from* to * 5 more times, leaving out the last treble of the repeat.

Slip stitch to the top of the 3-chain.

Fasten off and weave in all loose ends.

Friday
Jun242011

Round cushion using trebles (English terms)

A friend of mine, Daphne (who crochets up a storm on blankets, hats - you name it) gave me a copy of The Golden Hands Book of Crochet Patterns (published 1972!). Their Rings-of-colour cushion looks really easy to do. Trebles (in English crochet terms) is the same as double crochet (American terms) is the same as langbene (Afrikaans).

Have fun this weekend, whether you crochet or not! C x

Sunday
Mar132011

craft share on friday 11 march

Have to say, I've enjoyed every single Craft Share since the 4th of September 2009! This week Anneke, Annelize, Jeanette, Karen, Marie, Maryna, Sonja and myself enjoyed the novelty of sitting around a table with friends, doing something we all love. People I meet often tell me that the art of chrochet is near extinction. They have NO idea what is really going on! Have a look at what we did here. If you'd like to try the chrocheted rose Marie did (bottom row centre), click on this link and scroll down untill you see the pattern. Hope you have a chance to sit back and relax this weekend. C x

Thursday
Jun172010

crochet for kids

Saturday
Jun122010

doing things we love

Crocheted this hat today with left-overs. Find the pattern here. Changed it slightly.

Wednesday
May052010

cozy hand and wrist sweaters

It might look like Right Hand won, but being cozy this A/W (*) is more important than winning, isn't it?

* Autumn and winter in the southern hemisphere

Here's how:

You’ll need 50g Double knit (preferably boucle) yarn, 5mm (US size H) crochet needle, one or more place markers

Note: Your hand and wrist sweaters will be cozy if your wool is and if you crochet loosely. Just try. You’ll also be working in the round – a technique used in making Amigurumi toys.  If this is your first time, enjoy!

I’m writing this pattern in English crochet terms. For the American pattern, replace double crochet (dc) with single crochet (sc). The only other stitch used is slip stitch (sl st). Easy peasy.

Weaving ends in neatly will make your cozy hand and wrist sweaters reversible!

Abbreviations: ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, st = stitch, sts = stitches, tog = together, yo = yarn over

Base chain: Loosely ch 26, join with dc into the first ch made, attach marker to the dc just made (check if the circle fits over your hand; if not, chain more loosely or use a 6mm needle)

Row 1-17: dc into every dc for 17 rows (always insert hook into back loop of each st unless directed otherwise), move your marker as soon as you’ve made the first dc of the next row

Note: At this point you should fit your cozy hand and wrist sweater. Your marker indicates where your wrist (the base of your thumb) will be once completed. Feel free to add a few rows or remove some (easily said but not done if you’re using boucle yarn).   

Row 18: 2dc into first dc (move marker to between 2dc), complete row with a dc into every dc

Row 19: dc into next 25 dc’s (move marker to first dc of the row), 2dc in next dc, 1dc into next dc to complete row

Row 20: dc into first dc of row (move marker), 2dc in next dc, 1 dc into every dc to complete row

Row 21: dc into every dc (remember marker)

Row 22: 2dc into first dc of row (move marker to between 2dc) , 1 dc into every dc to complete row (30 stitches)

Row 23: dc into next 26 dc’s, 1dc into next dc through both loops of st, ch 4 loosely, skip 8 dc and dc in next through both loops of st (move marker to dc just made)

Hand (start counting rows from 1 again for “hand”)

Row 1: dc into next 23 dc’s reverting back to insert hook into back loop of st (move marker to every 1st dc of new row made), 1 dc into every ch made to complete row 1

Row 2: dc through both loops of next dc, complete row with dc in every dc into back of st

Row 3-9: dc into every dc (move marker to every 1st dc of new row made)

Row 10: (dc2tog, 1dc into next 4 dc) 4 times, dc2tog, sl st next 4 st, cast off

Thumb

Base row: For this row you should insert needle through both loops of sts

Join yarn to first dc of 8 missed when you ch 4, 1ch 1 dc into same space, dc into next 7 dc, dc into every dc made on 4ch (catch at least 3 loops for strength), for last dc of base row insert hook first through 2 loops in the ‘gap’ and then through first dc made for base row, yo and pull through 2 loops on hook, yo and pull through last 2 loops on hook, move marker to dc just made

Next 4 rows: dc into every dc made reverting back to insert hook into back loop of st (move marker to every 1st dc of new row made)

Last row: dc2tog, dc into next 4 dc, dc2tog, sl st next 6 dc, cast off

Weave in all loose ends

Friday
Apr302010

oh joy!

After two months of bohemian luxe it was time to change the setting in the entrance of The Fabric Library’s Johannesburg showroom. For me it’s always a toss-up between pleasing people (I refer to them as “they”) and doing what I like. Besides being a non-conformist at heart and really stubborn (my Taurean nature maybe?), “going where no-one I know has ever gone before” usually wins. With the occasional “will they like it?” right before the final installation.

This time my hubby (the managing director of The Fabric Library) gave me 4,5 meters each of a plum and a wine-colored cut velvet. It lay in my workshop for about 6 weeks without inspiring me. Fabric usually tells me what it wants to be (am I lucky or what?), but no conversation from these 9 meters for a long time. It was only after I crocheted the monochromatic hexagons that I started hearing a faint whisper. A brain storming session with Mandy (Olga’s eldest daughter) introduced a full conversation between me and the cut velvets.

And  (oh joy) do I like the end result!

The two pieces of cut velvet became slip-covers for two occasional chairs that act as the anchors in this little scheme, but the piece-de-resistance is a domestic machine-knitted “table cloth” in left-over double knit yarns patched with some of The Fabric Library’s newly released designs (I just LOVE the irony).

My other favorite is a crocheted doily called Heart’s Desire from the Purple Kitty Yarns free pattern website, painted on the wall with the help of a very talented textile designer and showroom manager, Holly (thanks, doll). The secret of painting doilies of this size on walls must surely be my trusty overhead projector, which always ends up adding drama to these special projects I take on.

Here’s to beautiful fabrics, hand-crafted goodness, a healthy dose of giving-your-imagination-wings and some gypsy romance!

Monday
Apr262010

weekend crochet 

I often get as much pleasure from giving a loved one something handmade, as receiving something precious myself.

(for a similar pattern follow this link)