Monday, February 24, 2014

Crocheted Double Trellis Cowl/Infinity Scarf

Better late than never.  That has become one of my life's mottos.  I have always been sort of obsessed with getting things done on time.  But life gets complicated and I've learned that I have to adjust my expectations about myself (and others) or go crazy.  I'm still obsessed with living up to my commitments, I've just learned that I have to accept it may be on a different time table than I wished or envisioned.  And that's okay.

The last couple of weeks threw me a real curve.  Our sweet pug boy, Logan, was diagnosed with very aggressive osteosarcoma of the jaw. Without going into a lot of detail, we had to make a fairly quick and very difficult decision, and last Tuesday, Logan had surgery to have his entire left, lower jaw removed. Today, less than a week later, he is doing remarkably well -- he re-learned how to feed himself less than a day after surgery, he is getting around well, the swelling is down, and he is in great spirits.  Many thanks to wonderful veterinary surgical oncologist, Dr. Christine Warzee and the very caring staff at Animal Cancer & Imaging Center. He will start chemo soon and our hopes remain high that we will be enjoying his company for a long time to come.  Above you see a photo of Logan (right), post-surgery, taking a little siesta in the sun with his adopted sister, Yue Ying.

And now, on to belatedly honor a commitment I made at the beginning of January -- posting the pattern for the Double Trellis Cowl/Infinity Scarf that appeared in my post on October 14, 2012 titled "What is Gossamer?".

I've had a few people ask how to make it, and I've finally written up the pattern (posted below).  It is very easy.  You only need to know three stitches: chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

I also recently made a variation to this pattern to create my Lavender Seas Trellis Cowl/Infinity Scarf, which includes a bead crochet section.  At the end of the pattern, I've posted an addendum about how to do this modification for anyone who'd like to try it.

Double Trellis Crocheted Cowl/Infinity Scarf 
by Angela Saylor

Finished size:  Approximately 8 inches wide by 60 inches in circumference.

Filatura di Crosa Gioiello (30% Wool, 30% Mohair, 20% Nylon (Polyamide),10% Acrylic, 10% Cotton) 50 g = 220 yds (fingering weight) -  1 skein

US size D (3.25 mm)

Chain 50.

Row 1:  Double crochet (dc) in 10th chain from hook.  *Chain (ch) 3, skip 3 ch, dc in the next ch* .Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row,  ending with dc in the last ch. (You should have 11 "squares".)  Turn.

Row 2: Ch 4. Skip the first dc and the first ch 3 space, single crochet (sc) in the next dc, *ch 3, skip the ch 3 space, sc in the next dc*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row, ending with a sc in the 4th chain from the hook. Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 6. Skip the first sc and ch 3 space, 1 dc in the next sc, *ch 3, skip the ch 3 space, dc in the next sc*.  Repeat from * to * to the end of the row, ending with a dc in the last ch. Turn

Repeat Rows 2 and 3 until the scarf is about 60 inches long, or you have achieved your desired length.  End with Row 2. Fasten off, leaving about a 21 inch tail.

Thread the tail through a yarn or tapestry needle.  Line up the two edges so that the trellis squares match up identically.  Stitch back and forth between the two ends, sewing them together to create a circle.  Weave in the end and trim.

Instructions for variation with beaded inset:  Lavender Seas Trellis Cowl/Infinity Scarf (shown above)

For this variation, I used 2 skeins of Plymouth Vizions yarn (68%  Rayon, 29% Linen, 3 % nylon (polyamide))  50 g = 98 yds (DK weight) and a size H (5.0 mm).  You will also need 75 Number 8 glass beads in the color of your choice (A), and 39 number 6 glass beads in the color of your choice (B).

The foundation chain is 30, rather than 50 stitches, resulting in 6 trellis square across, rather than 11.  It is worked exactly the same as the directions above for the Double Trellis Crocheted Cowl/Infinity Scarf, but to a length of approximately 55 inches. Be sure your last row is a Row 3.

After you fasten off, string the beads onto your remaining yarn skein as follows:  25 (#8) glass beads in color A, 13 (#6) glass beads in color B, 25 (#8) in A, 13 (#6) in B, 25 (#8) in A. 

For Beaded section: Using a slip stitch, attach your yarn to the beginning of the row of one end of the scarf, right side facing you. 

Row 1: Ch 1, sc in the first dc, *three sc in the next ch 3 space, sc in the next dc*. Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row, ending with a sc. You should have 25 sc in the row.  Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, bead sc (bsc) in each sc across. 25 bsc in color A.  Turn.

Row 3: Repeat Row 1.

Row 4: Ch 1, *1 bsc, 1 sc*; repeat from * to *, placing a bsc in every other stitch until you reach the end of the row. End with a bsc.  13 bsc in color B and 12 sc.  Turn.

Row 5:  Repeat Row 1.

Row 6:  Repeat Row 2.

Row 7:  Repeat Row 1.

Row 8:  Repeat Row 4.

Row 9:  Repeat Row 1.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 2.

Row 11:  Repeat Row 1. 

Fasten off.  Leave a tail about 21 inches long.  Sew the ends together as directed in the Double Trellis Crocheted Cowl/Infinity Scarf instructions.

I hope that you enjoy this pattern!  Feel free to use it for any purpose you wish, but I ask that you please give me credit for the design, and if you reference it, please link back to this site.

Tell me about your experiences with this pattern, and I would love to see photos, if you would care to share them!



In response to a comment, below, I am posting some photos of the beginning and ends of the rows, as I work them.  I hope it will be helpful.

Beginning of Row 1

End of Row 1
Beginning of Row 2
End of Row 2
Beginning of Row 3
End of Row 3
A few completed rows

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Heart-y Fun: Crocheted Valentine's Jewelry and Accessories

One of my favorite holidays, Valentine's Day, is just around the corner.  I've been using crocheted heart motifs to create some new jewelry and a little bag to celebrate.

The blog, Little Birdie Secrets, had an adorable and simple little crocheted heart pattern that I adapted to create these two pair of earrings.  Since I was working with wire, or a combination of wire and fiber, I liked the fact that this pattern used a very easy stitch pattern of only a single round.

Here are my Lavender Blue Dilly earrings, made using amethyst copper wire and mixed shades of lavender blue glass beads:

These Color of My Heart earrings are crocheted using a double strand of peach copper wire and mixed-color metallic embroidery floss.  Metallic finish glass beads that match the flecks of color in the floss are worked into the crochet stitches. The dangling hearts are Swarovski Crystal.

I made a bracelet to match these Color of My Heart earrings.  There is a silver metal chain underlying the crocheted stitches.  I actually crocheted the metallic floss, using single crochets, around the sides of the chain -- something like crocheting around both sides of a crocheted foundation chain.  Then down the center, I used the peach copper wire to crochet a chain, attaching it, at each point where the underlying silver chain links intersected, adding a Swarovski crystal heart at intervals.

I adapted the crocheted heart motif from the Heart Sachet pattern by Kristin Nicholas in Crochet Red: Crocheting for Women's Heart Health (Sixth & Spring Books 2013) to create a design for a small, heart wristlet bag.  

The wrist strap is removable.

The bag is lined with eggplant-colored, wool felt which picks up some of the deeper-toned flecks in the yarn.

This earring and bracelet set, Romantic Elegance, does not use crocheted heart motifs; rather, I focused the design around the Swarovski Elements silver crystal heart pendants and the Swarovski Elements crystal pearls in tones of peach and silver.  The pearls are encased in WireLace ribbon, also in shades of peach and silver.

Hope you enjoy an especially Happy Valentine's Day!

A New Nesting Spot for Gossamer Tangles: The Yellow Door Art Market

On February 1, 2014, my daughter, Betsy, and her husband, Matt, helped me set up my new display space at the Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley, MI.  Just thought I would share a few photos of the new space.

If you're ever in the area, you should visit.  It's a great little shop, filled with wonderful objects created by local artists.