Thursday, 22 January 2015

Star-like Flowery Coasters Pattern

Around 10 cms/4 inches from one side to the other.

Yarn: Alize Bahar Batik (sport weight) 100% Mercerized Cotton.
Hook: 3 mm steel hook.

The yarn I used is a Turkish brand. You can use any sport weight  yarn you love working with.

Terminology Used:
Terminology used is UK.
Double crochet
Single crochet
Half treble
Half double

 Stitch Abbreviations:
Sl st
Slip stitch
Double crochet
Half treble

Special Stitches:
Bobble: A bobble stitch is a group of trebles that are joined together at both top and bottom.  We are doing groups of 3 and 5 trebles to form our bobbles.

How to do your Bobble? This is for a 3 trs bobble. For the 5 trs bobble follow the explanation but do the number of repetition required that is mentioned in the parenthesis.

Wrap the yarn around the hook, insert the hook in the required stitch, pull a loop through, wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through the first two loops, leaving one loop on your hook, repeat 2 (4) more times in the same stitch. Then wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through all loops closing your bobble.

Note that at beginning of the rounds your chain 3 counts as your 1st treble. So you will start your bobble from “repeat 2 (4) more times…” till the end.

o   Chain 3 counts as your 1st treble, or you can start with a standing treble. Tamara from Moogly does explain in it in a very easy way. Find the tutorial of how to do it Here

Start with a chain 3 and sl st in 1st chain, or do a magic ring. There is a great video tutorial of how to do a magic ring again on Moogly which you can find here.

Round 1: Chain 3, 7 trs in the ring, sl st in the top of the beginning of ch-3. {8 trebles}

Round 2: Your bobble in this round will be the group of 3 trs.
(Check Special Stitches)

Sl st between the 1st and 2nd trs, chain 3, 1 bobble in same stitch as ch-3 (since it counts as your 1st treble), ch 1, * 1 bobble in the following space between trs, ch 1,* repeat from * to * 6 more times, sl st in 1st bobble. {8 bobbles/8 ch-1 spaces}

Round 3: Your bobble in this round will be the group of 5 trs.
(Check Special Stitches)

Sl st in any ch-1 space, chain 3, 1 bobble in same stitch as ch-3 (since it counts as your 1st treble), ch 3, * 1 bobble in the following ch-1 space, ch 3,* repeat from * to * 6 more times, sl st in 1st bobble. {8 bobbles/8 ch-3 spaces}

Round 4: Sl st in any ch-3 space, chain 3, 3 more trs in this same space, ch 2, * 4 trs in the following ch-3 space, ch 2,* repeat from * to * 6 more times, sl st in the top of the beginning of ch-3. {32 trebles/8 ch-2 spaces}

Round 5: Sl st in the 1st tr of any 4 trs group, chain 3, 1 tr in each of the following 3 trs, ch 4, * 1 tr in each of the following 4 trs, ch 4,* repeat form * to * 6 more times, sl st in the top of the beginning of ch-3. {32 trebles/8 ch-4 spaces}

Round 6: Sl st in any ch-4 space, to make your 1st petal chain 1, 1 dc - 1 htr - 3 trs – 1 htr – 1 dc, repeat the previous petal combination in each of the following ch-4 spaces (without the ch-1 step) till the end of the round making a ch 4 after each petal, sl st in the 1st dc. {8 petals/8 ch-4 spaces}

Copyright Notice: You have permission to sell your finished product. Please give me credit for creating the design by providing a link to my blog
You have permission to share this patter providing that you either share it from my blog (above link) or from my Raverly page

You are NOT allowed to rewrite, resell, distribute, or copy this pattern in any way. 

If you would like to know the story behind these coasters read about it here

Happy hooking everyone :D 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Star-like flowery crochet coasetrs and table runner.

Hello everyone,

Today I will be sharing with you my  star-like flowery coasters. My husband gave me money on our 4th wedding anniversary to buy yarn and do something for myself. So, I went to the shop and bought some mercerized cotton yarn in rainbow colours as it is kind of expensive to buy here. That was last October for your information :)

My plan was to do a bag for myself but that did not work out because it is a fine thread. So, I thought of doing a blouse only to find out it won't be that light to wear. I kept trying and trying, and ripping and frogging that I ended up with all those small balls of yarn :D

And I just didn't like anything I crocheted. Especially that I wanted to come up with my own design for whatever I do with this yarn. I ended up bagging the whole lot away out of frustration, telling myself to just let's forget about it for now and take it out later.

Which is exactly what I did last month. I got my bag, took the yarn out, and just started crocheting those star-like flowery things :)

I did a few and then thought of crocheting them together to make a table runner and that was the outcome.

It isn't quite blocked or even finished yet, and the lightning sucks at the moment because "sunny" Egypt is not so sunny at the moment. I couldn't take a decent picture with my mediocre photographing abilities :))

I have been trying to round it off or even square it up but again I didn't like my attempts. Seems like I am going to be one of those designers, so picky. Again I put it away, but I am planning to have a go at it next week and hopefully have it done with.

Let me know if you would like to have a written pattern and perhaps I would be courageous enough to put up a tutorial for the coasters.

Till then,
Happy hooking everyone,

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Zooty Owl's Road trip Scarf

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the very first post of this new year :)

Today I am going to tell you about a very lovely pattern by Ms. Zelna Olivier the designer and creator behind Zooty Owl Blog. She did this very feminine road trip scarf in just under two hours while taking a road trip by car, hence the name :)

I liked the pattern very much but as it is winter here in Egypt - not so cold I know to many of you since it doesn't snow or get below zero in here! But seems that it is getting there in just few years :) Anyways, I wanted to make a couple of shawls for my mom and my grandmom to wear at home in this cold weather and as Zelna's design was so simple and easy yet very elegant I decided to do it in a bulky yarn using a 6.00 mm hook. I used a 100% acrylic Turkish yarn.You can find the patter Here

This is the shawl I made for my grandmom. The shawls were suppose to be a surprise but my mom saw the yarn and my daughter spilled the beans to her. She said to me in front of her that this is nana's (that is grandmother in Arabic) shawl and my mom being one herself thought that it was her's. The look on her face was priceless, she was thrilled until I told her that this one is for her mom. I have to admit that I wasn't going to tell her that I am making one for her and keep it a surprise but seeing her deflated face I had to tell her I am making her one as well.

I even took her to the shop and let her choose the colour and that is what she choose :)

I bought some yarn to do one for myself and I might do it this weekend as I am freezing at the moment and need something to warm my shoulders :)

So, go take a look at the pattern and do one for yourself. Make it in bulky yarn and have something to keep you warm or in a light yarn and make something fashionable to wear in the upcoming spring or fall depending on where are you :)

Happy hooking everyone,