ROAD TRIP a.k.a CROCHET BOWL DAY: 3

Today we will cover only 2 rows, and they are repeats of two previous rows, enjoy.

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Row 14: we have another easy row, chain 1 and do 5 DC in each loop. So each loop will have 5 DC separated by 1 chain.
Row 15: is a repeat, chain 3 and work in the back post and do DCC5tog which is 5 double crochet cluster 1 in each DC from the previous row, separate each one by 3 chains.

ROAD TRIP a.k.a CROCHET BOWL DAY: 2

Well how is it going? are you caught up yet? I hope so.

Today, we will continue our trip, adding more rows to our doily.
Row 9: slip stitch to go into the middle of our cone from the previous row then chain 3 and DC 4 for our first 5DC and repeat in each cone, remember there are no chains separating these groups of 5.

Row 10: in this row we are using the cluster stitch and the back post double crochet BPDC it is easy, you can google it for the visual.

Start by slip stitching until you reach the first DC from the previous row, then do a cluster in each back post of your DC from the previous row in other words you will have 5 open DC on your hook then loop over and draw through all 5 DC this is known as a DCC5tog  then chain 5 and repeat, close the row with a slip stitch at the top of the cluster.

Row 11: chain 3 then 1 DC cluster for our first pair of  DCC2tog then you chain 4 and anchor with a slip stitch in the space between each  DCC5tog from the previous row, chain 4 and repeat your  DCC2tog at the top of your  DCC5tog from the previous row. Close the row with a slip stitch.

Row 12: is super easy, chain 4 and anchor with a slip stitch in each space from the previous row, chain 4 and repeat. We won’t close this row.

Row 13: in this row we will learn to do the HDCC2tog which stands for 2 half double crochet cluster. Please use the last 4 chains (from the previous row) and go into the chain just before and just after the anchor from the previous row, when you have all the loops on your hook you yarn over and pull through all of them this will make your first pair of HDCC2tog then chain 4 and repeat, we will continue tomorrow . For all the visuals please check photographs or go to you tube.

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ROAD TRIP a.k.a CROCHET BOWL: DAY 1

Are you all here? do you have all your supplies ? if so, then Please board, choose any seat, relax, throw your anxiety out of the windows, think F-U-N and we will start promptly.

To start, let us chain 5 and close with a slip stitch to make our circle, next chain 3 then a DC double crochet to make your first pair of DC, then chain 2 and repeat at the end of the row you will have 5 pairs of DC separated by 3 chains, close the row with a slip stitch.

IMG_6064 Row 2: chain 6 then anchor in the space between the pair of DC, repeat. You should have 5 waves at the end of the row, then slip stitch in the same chain where you started the row.

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Row 3: chain 3 then do 5 DC in the space then chain 3 and anchor in the same anchor from the previous row, repeat. To close the row anchor in the first chain.

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Row 4: slip stitch into the loop and chain 3 then DC 4 for a total of 5 DC, repeat in each loop there is no chain in between these 5 DC, close with a slip stitch.

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Row 5: chain 4 and anchor in the 3rd DC which is the middle DC, then chain 4 and anchor in the space between each group of DC’s, repeat. Close the row by slip stitch in the first anchor.

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Row 6: chain 4 and anchor in the middle of the wave, chain 4 and repeat.
Row 7: slip stitch into the middle of the loop chain 3 and do 2 DC for a total of 3 DC chain 3 and repeat. Slip stitch to close row.

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Row 8: slip stitch into the middle DC from previous row, then chain 5 then a DC in the same stitch, this will make your first “cone” then chain 2 anchor with a SC (single crochet) in the space between the 3 DC then chain 2 and repeat the sequence, check photographs for a visual.

I am adding the gallery so you can see the sequence better. Remember any questions let me know or if you spot any errors, let me know 🙂

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CHRISTMAS CROCHET ALONG: DAY 1

Welcome Aboard!!! This is our last Road Trip of the year, a.k.a  Christmas Crochet Along.

On this trip we want to learn new techniques and stitches that will help us become expert crochet artists.

Please take out your supplies and let us start: I chose only 2 colors for this ball but you can change-up the colors to your liking. 

We will learn to change colors to and to decide what we like best: To carry the color or to pick it up at the end.

Start by chaining 10 then closing with a slip stitch, to make a circle. 

Next row,  chain 1 and half double crochet (HDC) in the back loop of the stitch please of each HDC from the row below. Slip stitch to complete the row.

Now, we want to add your highlight color, and there are several ways to do it but I am doing it by adding my new color directly on the hook, then pulling through the new color, check photographs.

So chain 5 and anchor in every other HDC from previous row, this time we are anchoring directly in the space between HDC, anchor with a single crochet (SC), at the end of the row you must have eleven spaces.

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Now, we have a little tip to keep the colors neat: to close the row we are going to slip stitch and switch the colors, and slip stitch again with the new color, then chain 2 and crochet 3 double crochet (DC) for a total of 4 DC in each loop from the previous row, separate each group of 4 DC with one chain: 4 DC – 1 ch – 4 DC- repeat. 

Your work should lay flat, if it starts to pucker up then you know you are missing stitches and you need to unravel and see where you went wrong, no big deal. In this row we did not “carry” the second color, but we are going to do so in this next row.

Next, slip stitch and the color that must be on the hook is your accent color. chain 5 then anchor with a SC, you notice that this first loop is always 1 stitch longer than the others right? that is because it will be the closing this row.

Next, we will “carry” the dominant color meaning we will be working over it, this is the technique they use in tapestry crochet.

Please continue the same pattern of 4 DC – 1 ch – 4 DC repeat. Your work will start to bowl up this is good. Place the ball we will be covering on your work it should fit like a beanie on your head 🙂

Continue this pattern until you have covered most of the ball. 

Tomorrow we will finish it with a different stitch.

Do you like to “carry” the second color or just “pick” it up at the end?? If you ask me, I will tell you that I prefer to pick it up at the end. I crochet faster like this, the messy look is on the wrong side so it shouldn’t matter too much 🙂

 

 

 

DAY 4

How is everyone doing? are you totally caught up now? 🙂

Okay today we start the second crochet gift cover. This one is more lacy so we need a little thinner yarn and this means it is going to grow a little slower.

But don’t be too concerned it will grow fast enough because we are going to have more open spaces.

To start please use the same starting rows as our first bottle ( you can find the instructions in Day 1 post), after you have the bottom of the bottle covered you continue here: chain 12 (the 2 extra chains will make your first DC of the pair then you in the middle of your DC pair from previous row, repeat. The pattern is 10 CH – 2 DC.

To close this row you need to make one DC and slip stitch on chain 2 (bottom up) of the starting 12 chains.

Next, we need to start fitting our bottle so we are going to do a taper. To taper we chain 5 and just like the last row we are saving 2 chains to make our first DC for our pair of DC.

Next, we do 1 DC in the middle of the loop from the previous row then we chain 3 and make pair of DC in the middle of the previous DC and repeat. The pattern is 3 DC – 2 DC and repeat. Close row.

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Next, we want to keep up the tapering effect:  we chain 4 and 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC in the single DC from previous row then chain 2 and instead of 2 DC in the pair from previous row you want to put only 1 DC in the middle. The pattern is: 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC – 2 ch and repeat. Close the row like we did before.

This row will finish the tapering effect. Your work should fit snug on your bottle and introduce a little texture.

Chain 3 and make a DC cluster of 5 DC in the cone we made of 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC from the previous row then chain 3 and repeat. Close the row with a slip stitch.

Next, we chain 6 and then DC one in the cluster start and another at the end of the cluster. then repeat.

When you reach the end of the row don’t worry about closing with a slip stitch just continue the same pattern but with a twist the 2 DC will be in the middle of the loop of the previous row.

Okay, that is enough homework for the weekend. As always check the photographs for a visual.

Have a safe and productive weekend, See You soon…

 

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