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One Hour Fingerless Mittens – Crochet Pattern


Inspired by the One Hour Scarf by Laughing Purple Goldfish designs, I wrote a pattern for a “One Hour Hat” so that I could make a quick gift set.   I then felt compelled to write a pattern for One Hour Fingerless Mittens.  So here goes . . .

Fingerless glove

These can be made using any soft 8ply (DK) yarn.  Great for a quick gift, or to use up your stash leftovers.


Materials:

4 strands 8 ply (DK) yarn. [I used three strands of Panda Baby Lustre 8 ply which I had leftover from some baby items, and 1 strand of Cleckheaton Country Naturals 8ply. A very rough approximation of quantity is 15 grams of each strand for each glove.]

10mm hook (N/P)

Gauge: 7 DCs = 10 cms, 3 rows should give a height of 6 cms
Pattern is in US terminology.

Pattern:

ROW 1 – Holding 4 strands together, chain 15 - VERY LOOSELY.  This is important otherwise the thumb side of your glove will be very tight and short.

DC in 4th chain from hook and every chain across.  (13 DC – (first 3 chains counts as 1 DC))

ROW 2 – Chain 2 (counts as first DC), DC in same stitch and every stitch across (13 DC)

ROWS 3 to 7 – REPEAT ROW 2

OPTIONAL ROW 8 – REPEAT ROW 2 (Add row 8 for large hands, omit for petite hands)

LAST ROW – Chain 2 (counts as first DC), DC in same stitch and next 5 stitches.  HDC in next stitch, SC in next stitch, Slip Stitch into next stitch and each stitch to end, fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing the seam.

Fold in half.  Sew side using all four strands in yarn needle as follows: sew the first 10 cm (4 inches), leave a thumb gap of 4 cm (1 1/2 inches) [5 cm (2 inches) for larger hands], then sew the last 2 cm (3/4 inches).  Weave in ends.  Turn right side out.

Make 2

Make a matching set: The One Hour Scarf the “One Hour Hat” and these Mitts are all made with the same stitch design. You could embellish them with matching contrasting crochet flowers, or for a man, make the set in dark colours, eg. a mixture of blues or a mixture of browns.

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these instructions. We cannot be responsible for differences in individual stitching techniques or typographical errors.

Copyright © Stramenda | 2009 | All rights reserved.

One Hour Hat – Crochet Pattern


Inspired by the One Hour Scarf by Laughing Purple Goldfish designs, I have designed a “One Hour Hat” so that I can make a quick gift set.   I found the hat can be made in about 45 minutes.


It is actually nice and soft, I filled the inside of it to make it stand up on its own for the photo :-D


This hat can be made using any soft 8ply (DK) yarn. A great pattern for a quick gift, or to use up your stash leftovers.

The hat is worked holding 4 strands together.  You will need approx. 35 grams of yarn for each strand. Or approx. 140 grams in total.  I used three strands of Panda Baby Lustre 8 ply which I had leftover from some baby items, and 1 strand of Cleckheaton Country Naturals 8ply.

Materials:

4 strands 8 ply (DK) yarn.  (For best results, choose soft yarns).

10mm hook (N/P)

Gauge: 7 DCs = 10 cms, 3 rows should give a height of 6 cms
Pattern is in US terminology.

Pattern:

Holding 4 strands together, Join yarn to hook with a slip knot, leave a 6 inch tail.

ROW 1 – Remove the hook, enlarge the loop a little.  Reach through the loop with the hook, YO and pull through a loop.  Chain 3.  8 DC into loop.  Join with slip stitch to top of 1st ch3 (9 DC in total).  Pull slip knot tight to close.

ROW 2 – Ch2, 1 DC in same stitch, 2DC in each stitch to the end, join with sl st (18 DC)

ROW 3 – Ch2, 1 DC in same stitch, *1 DC in next st, 2 DC in next st* to end, join with sl st (26 DC)

ROW 4 – Ch2, 1 DC in same stitch, *1 DC in each of next 3 stitches, 2 DC in next stitch* to end, join with sl st (32 DC)

ROW 5 – REPEAT ROW 4

ROW 6 – Ch2, 1 DC in same stitch, 1 DC in each stitch, join with sl st

ROW 7 – REPEAT ROW 6 until hat reaches desired length.

Fasten off, weave in ends.

Make the matching set: The One Hour Scarf the One Hour Fingerless Mittens and this Hat are all made with the same stitch design. You could embellish them with matching contrasting crochet flowers, or for a man, make the set in dark colours, eg. a mixture of blues or a mixture of browns.

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these instructions. We cannot be responsible for differences in individual stitching techniques or typographical errors.

Copyright © Stramenda | 2009 | All rights reserved.

Old Time Market Place



Hey there everyone. Recently we all went to see a theatre group called “The Cinquanta” who replicate an old time market place, placed in the late 1800′s to early 1900′s in Italy, as a moving museum. All the equipment pieces are actual antique pieces from the time. The group also sang folks songs of the day. It was very interesting and the children loved it !

If you are a spinner, please note the antique spinning wheel design and related pieces :-)

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This performance was at the Lygon St Festa, and so we filled up on yummy Italian delights and home-made icecream. Yum !!

Make your own crochet hook, carve it, whittle it!


Recently I started experimenting with carving my own crochet hooks. It is difficult to get afghan (tunisian) crochet hooks that are wide enough or long enough. So with just a paring knife and some old 120 sandpaper, this was my first attempt at any hook :

Now, for my second attempt, I introduce, my new afghan hook !!

She’s about 10mm in width, and a massive 47 cm long !!! She’s not totally straight, but the width is even all along. I finished her off with 800 sandpaper so she’s actually shiny even before painting, and after a test run, the hook head is pointy enough and deep enough, and she works beautifully !! Super silky smooth too !

I’ve always wanted a wider and longer afghan hook, and I managed to whittle one out of a very long twig. The yarn on this hook is a super thick yarn :-) You see, with tunisian (or afghan) crochet, you must have a hook several sizes larger (in width) than your yarn. Since you can only get hooks usually up to 5mm in width, the yarn had to be very fine to prevent the work curling. Hooks any larger than this usually have to be ordered from overseas at great expense. A friend recently paid $65 for one after allowing for differences in the exchange rate, and also postage. (Note: Afghan (tunisian) crochet hooks must be long because the stitch is worked in two passes. The first pass holds all the stitches onto the hook, and the second pass takes them off, hence the need for a lengthy hook.)

She’s not yet totally refined. She needs a light coat of clear paint, and I’m wondering what to do with the end. I can either drill a little hole and put a cable in with superglue, or I can find a nice decorative knob to either screw in or glue on.

She’s longer than my keyboard !! The photo does the hook no justice. It is actually very smooth and has a beautiful grain.

I envisage that if I start using pre-manufactured dowels from the hardware store, I can have a longer and straighter hook, any width I want ! Basically as long as I want !! The question is: How long is too long?

Crochet Eyelash or Feather yarn Scarf Pattern


It was my mum’s birthday recently, and although she’s not a yarn lover, she does love eyelash and feather yarns. So I crocheted her an eyelash scarf. Most people don’t try crocheting with this yarn, but here is an easy way to succeed.

The bonus of making this scarf in crochet, is that it won’t morph into a super skinny scarf under its own weight like the knitted ones do:-)

You will need four balls of feather or eyelash yarn.

With a 10mm (N/P) hook, hold one strand of eyelash yarn, and chain the desired length of the scarf (put the chain around your neck as you would wear your scarf, it should just reach the top of your hips). You are making the scarf vertically.

Change hooks, the rest of the scarf is made using a 9mm (M/N) hook.

The first row is the most difficult, after this you will breeze through it. DC (US terminology) into the third chain from hook, and every other chain. Pull the strands apart to see the chains when necessary.

At the end of that first row, chain 3 and turn.

Now DC into the gaps in between the DC posts. Just feel for them. Or stretch the work out and hold it up to the light. Easy peasy. Put 1 DC in every gap.

At the end of each row, chain 3, turn, DC in same stitch and every other “gap” in the row for each row. (See the note below if you’d like a SLOTTED scarf). If not, continue making rows in DC until you have the width you like. (When you need to attach the next ball of yarn, just knot it to the previous strand and continue).

(NB: A slotted scarf is a scarf with a small gap in it, so that you can pull one end of the scarf through to secure it snuggly around your neck, without having to knot or wrap it to wear it, it does sit very nicely this way).

For a SLOTTED Scarf . . .
If you like, you can make a slot in the scarf for easy wearing. This is easily done. When you have crocheted half your desired width (it doesn’t matter if the slot is not totally centred), put the scarf around your neck, and place stitch markers where you’d like the slot to be, according to how close to your neck you would like your scarf to secure. When you reach the first stitch marker, stop making DCs and chain four, and skip four stitches (gaps), and crochet a DC into the next stitch (gap) after the missed four, then continue making DCs. On the next row, when you reach the chains, DC into each chain. Then continue the rest of the row in DCs. Keep completing rows until you have the width you desire for the scarf.

Sewing in Ends – How to do it with Eyelash and Feather yarns

You can’t really sew in ends with feather or eyelash yarn, as they will slip out with the wearing. Make knots in any joins of any ends that are hanging close to the work, to prevent unravelling. Then cut the ends to about a centimetre (half an inch) away from the knot, and fluff it up so it blends in with the scarf.

Wallah !! Wear it with pride ! Happy birthday mum !

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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these instructions. We cannot be responsible for differences in individual stitching techniques or typographical errors.

Copyright © Stramenda | 2008 | All rights reserved.