Time to Crochet Something

Sorry, no beads included in this pattern. I do crochet with beads occasionally but this time I just wanted a nice scarf…or two, or three, or four!

It’s pretty obvious I bead a lot. Believe it or not, I get distracted and move on to other projects. My daughter has been working on some nice little crochet projects which got me interested in crocheting again. Check out her blog to see what she’s working on. I think she has a nicer crochet hook collection than I do.(https://oldballnchain.wordpress.com)

Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve seen and collected a lot of great scarf and cowl patterns. I actually found a stitch in a bunch of 6″ square samplers and I was hooked quite literally. It’s called a Tiffany stitch but it looks like a popcorn stitch. I adjusted the count for the 6″ square and made it a nice cowl. It’s a great beginner pattern and can be adjusted easily. Check out my Instagram for a work in progress picture.

7 oz. Worsted weight yarn
Size G hook
Work for 32 in. (approx. 9-1/2 in wide)
Chain 38
Row 1: SC in second chain stitch from hook; continue across. Chain 1 and turn (37 stitches).
Row 2: Work 2 DC in first SC stitch. *Skip 2 SC and work 1 SC, 2 DC in the next stitch.* Repeat work between asterisks until last 3 stitches. Skip 2 SC and work 1 SC in the last chain. Chain 1 and turn (12 scallops).
Row 3: Work 2 DC into the first stitch from hook. *Skip 2 DC, work 1 SC and 2 DC into the next SC.* Repeat work between asterisks until the last 3 stitches. Skip 2 DC and SC into the top of the turning chain. Chain 1 and turn (12  scallops).
Repeat Row 3 until the work is approximately 32 long. Add or subtract length to suit you. Leave an 18” tail of yarn for stitching the two ends together.
To create a natural drape, lay the work out. Fold the work in half by bringing one corner to meet the opposite corner. The work will “criss-cross”. With the tail and a large-hole needle, stitch the ends together working in the top stitches of each end.
Hope you enjoy this project as much as I obviously did. Let me know how it works out for you. I’d love to hear your comments.

 

 

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Color Theory…Simplified!

For me picking colors is the most time consuming part of any project. I go round and round with a bunch of different options and add and subtract colors and bead shapes until I come up with something that really makes me happy. When I teach, it’s a question that gets asked every time, “How do you come up with your colors?”. I also watch as students in my workshops are stopped dead in their tracks when it comes time to start making color decisions. It’s time to break it down and hopefully, make picking colors more fun.

Rule #1 – Don’t try so hard.
Seriously, go with what makes you happy. What colors do you live with every day? How is your house decorated, what do you wear, and what color do you naturally gravitate towards?
Work in your color comfort zone…at least for a while. Why go nuts trying to work with colors that do nothing for you; you won’t like the piece in the long run.

Save pictures of anything that appeals to you. I have a “clip” book of things that have great color combinations or a design layout that has some potential. Save anything that might prompt an idea later. I am fond of art deco, nouveau, and anything in jewel tones.

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Clip book. Where great ideas on little pieces of paper are kept.

Rule #2 – Less IS more.
There are so many wonderful colors out there but they don’t all belong together all of the time. Be selective. If you have a busy focal piece, pick a neutral and a main color. From the main color pick a second color in the same tone. If you must add another color, use it sparingly as an accent. Don’t forget contrast; adding a little light into dark or vice versa is a good thing.

If you’re afraid to jump into a project because you aren’t sure of the colors you’ve picked, try them out on a small piece of backing material, like Lacy’s Stiff Stuff. See what they look like next to each other. If they’re an odd shape, experiment with stitching them down and spacing.

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So many choices!

Rule #3 – Size and finish are always a factor.
Much like working with a couple of colors in the same tonal family, size and bead finish add visual interest to a piece. Mix up matte, iris and metallic finishes. Using all of one kind of bead doesn’t give your eye a chance to travel around the piece.

I don’t always get it right on the first try, in fact, I spend a decent amount of time taking things apart. Some of my bead friends think I’m a little crazy because I’ll start over a couple of times before I actually finish a piece. Like I always say, why spend all that time on a something if it’s not making you happy.

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Project gone wrong.