“Wicker Basket”Crochet Pattern

13178674_10154029975611885_2643472324618950876_nThis year for Mother’s Day I made my daughter & daughter-in-law these felted crochet Wicker Baskets.  Quick to make in Super Bulky yarn with a 15mm hook, you can felt them in your sink using a bit of dish detergent to help the process! The Baskets can be used to put a vase of flowers or a potted plant in… or how about using one in your bathroom to hold guest hand towels?13177155_10154029975401885_493676877885393692_n

SIZE, NOTES, MATERIALS

NOTE: US/CANADIAN TERMS USED

I did not measure my baskets; they are approximately 6 inches wide and 6 inches high after felting.

You will need approximately 2 ounces of Super Bulky 100% wool. I used vintage White Buffalo 6 strand unspun roving, which is no longer available, but you can use Briggs & Little “Country Roving,” Custom Woolen Mills “Prairie Wool Bulky 6-Strand” or other similar yarns. [White Buffalo Unspun: 122 yards (112 meters); 227 grams (8 ounces)]

15mm and 6mm crochet hooks

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INSTRUCTIONS for Wicker Basket

Using the 15mm hook:

Round 1.  Chain 2; in 2nd chain from hook work 7 single crochet; slip stitch in the first stitch to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [7 stitches]

Round 2.  Work 2 single crochet in each stitch; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [14 stitches]

Round 3.  *Work 2 single crochet in next stitch, 1 single crochet in next; repeat from * to the end of the round; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [21 stitches]

Round 4.  Back post single crochet in each stitch to the end of the round; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.  [21 stitches; this round is worked as “back post single crochet” because it gives a really nice edge on the bottom of the basket]13177675_10154029976571885_7152070352822707505_n

Rounds 5 – 10.  Work 1 single crochet in each stitch to the end of the round; slip stitch in the first stitch of this round to join; chain 1 but do NOT turn.

Round 11.  Work 1 slip stitch in each stitch to the end of the round; fasten off, weave in ends.

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FELT the finished piece in your preferred way of felting.  Though some people like felting in the machine, I prefer felting by hand in the sink or in a bowl. There are tons of photo and video tutorials for felting–try a search on YouTube or Google:) I  run some very hot water in the sink, add a squish of dish detergent (I used Sunlight brand this time; Dawn works well also, for me), then roll, squeeze, etc. until felted.  It helps to rinse and squeeze occasionally in cold water before plunging back into hot–I make several changes of water.  The shock of the water temperature changes helps the felting process.

FLOWER WITH LEAF

I added a flower for trim, which I also felted.  For this I used the same yarn with a 6mm hook. It is worked in one piece.

Step 1: Chain 11; slip stitch in the 11th chain from the hook [the first chain you made]; *chain 10, slip stitch in the same stitch you made the other slip stitch in; repeat from * 3 times more–you should have 5 petals; Step 2: chain 11; slip stitch in the 2nd chain from the hook, single crochet in the next, half double crochet in the next, double crochet in the next, half double crochet in the next, slip stitch in the next [leaf made]; Step 3: chain 5 or 6 for the stem.  Fasten off.

TIE FOR TRIM AND BOW

I used the 6mm hook and the same yarn, and made a long chain which I felted–don’t forget that it will shrink quite a lot in felting, so make it longer than you need it to be when finished.  I left a foot long tail on each piece, rolling it in my hands to make it more like yarn–when that was felted I cut if off the thicker chain, and used it to fasten the flower to the basket, sewing it in a couple of places.  I threaded the chain strip through the holes in the basket, then tied in a bow.13094359_10154029975526885_1133094453296738478_n

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Happy Easter from Fiver the Rabbit

Here is a cute little Bunny Egg to celebrate Easter this year.  Fiver is named after a hero in one of my favourite books, Watership Down.  He will hop into your life in double quick time because he is made with super bulky yarn and a 6.5mm hook!

I also include the pattern for a smaller rabbit egg, and some notes for how I dyed the wool fleece in the photos using spices from my kitchen cabinet.

Hop on over to Ravelry to see how you can get the pattern free for Easter Sunday and Monday, March 27 & 28/2016–after that he is just $1.95 Canadian (a great deal for US buyers!!).  I live on disability benefits, and the income from my patterns and selling finished items helps with bills, food, and other essentials as well as making it possible to buy a little fibre and yarn to continue making new designs and items.

Fiver the Rabbit on Ravelry

Easter Bunny Photo

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Mini Mystery KAL

Countdown Shetland Style Mini Mystery KAL

A spur-of-the-moment Mystery with just this ONE clue!

I came across a cute little pattern while I was browsing through a Victorian era magazine online and as I’m watching the clock waiting for the New Year to roll in out here on Vancouver Island I decided to write it up and offer it as a mini-mystery!

I haven’t finished knitting my samples yet… when I do, I will add photos in my Ravelry Group.  When I’m fairly certain there are no errors in the pattern I will add photos and update it, too!  If you spot any errors please let me know:)

Please add to Favourites, queue, link to it on Ravelry, and I hope you’ll share your photos on Facebook or in Ravelry.  Let me know if you need help!

Countdown shetland style photo

 

 

 

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“Skuuzi Moi” Koozie Drink holder

This pattern is available to knit or crochet–make sure you choose the right pattern!

CROCHET pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/…/skuuzi-moi-koozie-drink-holder-cro…
KNIT pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/…/skuuzi-moi-koozie-drink-holder-knit

IF YOU WANT ME TO MAKE ONE for $20 plus shipping, please send me a message on Facebook to tell me the colours, plus get a postage quote.

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Skuuzi Moi Koozie Drink Holder: Looking for a quick, fun gift to make? Pattern in crochet OR knit on Ravelry… please…

Posted by West Coast: Super, Natural on Saturday, 12 December 2015

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: BONUS PATTERN

The versatile BONUS SQUARE pattern will be useful for a variety of purposes.  It uses the Insertion Pattern from the Victorian era counterpane design, it is a simple lace on a background of Moss stitch (also called ‘seed stitch’ sometimes), with garter stitch as well.

NOTE: The pattern has been UPDATED to add a “MITT 2” pattern.

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Make 1 to make a cotton wash cloth, or make 2 and sew them together to make a potholder–make sure the lace insertions are not back to back, to avoid burned fingers!

You could make an afghan or blanket by knitting up a lot of squares and piecing them together in patchwork–it would be a great stash buster!

Use them in your worsted weight yarn of choice to make a pair of fingerless mitts. So that the mitts look the same on the top, there is a “MITT 2” pattern. 

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Fold in half and use a bodkin (yarn needle) to sew them up with the Lace Insertion forming a cuff around the top.  When sewing together: sew about 1 ½ inches, then leave about 1 ½ to 2 inches open for a thumb hole; sew the remainder.  I will post more photos tomorrow:) I am still knitting mitt 2.

Needles & Gauge

8 inch square or women’s average/8 inch fingerless mitts. If you need smaller mitts, use 4mm needles. For larger mitts, either use larger needles or knit extra rows before you cast off.

Size 4.5mm needles or whichever size you need to get a gauge of 16 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch.  The 32 stitch cast on edge should be 8 inches.

Yarn

To make a kitchen accessory, use worsted weight cotton.  For a woman’s winter accessory, approximately 50g worsted weight yarn in your choice of acrylic, wool, cotton, etc.

Abbreviations

k = knit

p = purl

yo = yarn over

k2tog = knit 2 together

Instructions for cloth, afghan square, or MITT 1.

Cast on 32 stitches.

  1. knit.
  2. knit.
  3. k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k3; k16.
  4. k16; k3, p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2.

5 – 10.  Repeat rows 3 and 4 three times more.

  1. k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2; k16.
  2. k16; k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p5, k2.

13 – 18.  Repeat rows 11 and 12 three times more.

19 – 50.  Repeat Rows 3 – 18 two times more.

51, 52.  Knit.

Cast off:  *k2tog, slip stitch from right needle back to left needle; repeat from * until only 1 stitch is left, fasten off.  Cut yarn leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.

MITT 2

Cast on 32 stitches.

  1. knit.
  2. knit.
  3. k16; k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k3.
  4. k3, p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2; k16.

5 – 10.  Repeat rows 3 and 4 three times more.

  1. k16; k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2.
  2. k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p5, k2; k16.

13 – 18.  Repeat rows 11 and 12 three times more.

19 – 50.  Repeat Rows 3 – 18 two times more.

51, 52.  Knit.

Cast off:  *k2tog, slip stitch from right needle back to left needle; repeat from * until only 1 stitch is left, fasten off.  Cut yarn leaving a long yarn tail for sewing.

I hope you have enjoyed this bonus pattern:)

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SORRY FOR THE DELAY FOR LAST PART OF FLEURS DE LIS FOR PARIS KAL

I deeply regret that poor health prevented me from completing the pattern over the last week.  If you were waiting for the last part of the pattern, I can only apologize for the delay and present it now.  Later today I will give you a little bonus pattern FREE by way of showing my gratitude for your patience and to celebrate the FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT.

I haven’t been able to knit for the last week, so my tote is not finished.  When I am caught up in knitting I will post photos.  If you need help, please write to me on here or (quicker response time) on Facebook.

To help you see how the insertions are sewn to make an afghan, here is the original illustration again.  If you want a Tote Bag larger than just the 2 squares, you could add insertions to each square and then sew on a longer strip to form the bottom, sides, and shoulder strap–see my note at the bottom re: that long strip.

fleurs de lis in Godey 1862 illustration

Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Insertion Stripe

Abbreviations

k = knit

p = purl

yo = yarn over

k2tog = knit 2 together

Instructions

Cast on 16 stitches.

  1. knit.
  2. knit.
  3. k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k3.
  4. k3, p1, k1, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k2.

5 – 10.  Repeat rows 3 and 4 three times more.

  1. k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2.
  2. k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p5, k2.

13 – 18.  Repeat rows 11 and 12 three times more.

Then: 

  • For the short pieces that join your squares into a strip: repeat Rows 3 – 18 until you have knit 88 rows of the pattern, then knit 2 rows and cast off. Sew one piece to the cast on edge and one piece to the cast off edge.
  • For the long piece that goes between the strips: repeat Rows 3 – 18 until it is as long as required, then knit 2 rows and cast off. These long strips are sewn up between the joined squares.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR TOTE BAG made with 2 Counterpane squares.

  • For a tote bag shoulder strap/sides/bottom piece: CAST ON 16 STITCHES AND DO NOT KNIT ROWS 1 & 2. Just begin with Row 3 instead, continue through Row 18, then repeat Rows 3 – 18 until the insertion stripe is long enough to go around 3 sides of the square AND form a shoulder strap as long as you like.  DO NOT knit two rows, just cast off.  Sew the cast on/cast off edges together, being careful not to twist it; put this seam in the bottom/centre and sew to 3 sides of your 2 squares.
  • If you want to, knit one short piece and sew it to the top of one square, to form a flap for the bag.
  • Crochet a button loop in the centre of the top on one square (or if you want to use 2 buttons to close, make 2 where you want them!) then sew a button on the front of the bag.

Beautiful Counterpane orig fleurs de lis insertion

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Fleurs de Lis for Paris: Week 2

After the weekend off, I hope knitters are ready to complete their Fleurs de Lis for Paris counterpane square.  Whether you use it to make a counterpane, an afghan, a pillow, a tote, or even a washcloth—I hope you have found the design an interesting connection to the past.

The Fleurs de Lis “Beautiful Counterpane” is another historic design found in unrelated magazines.  The first time I saw it was in the English The Ladies Companion & Monthly Magazine, 1862.  However,  I recently came across another publication of the counterpane pattern in the United States Godey’s Lady’s Book and Magazine, 1862.  Though the illustration isn’t included right beside the pattern in the English publication, it was possibly included at the beginning of the month—and these haven’t been scanned properly so are not visible.  The only difference in the wording of two publications is in the materials—in the US version, the brand name of the cotton has been omitted.

The brand name of the cotton gives us a clue about the likely designer of the Beautiful Counterpane.  A prominent English designer, Matilda M. Pullan, also know by her pen-name “Aiguillette,”was associated with the Derby firm of Messrs. Walter Evans and Co. and many of her patterns recommend using Boar’s Head cottons–while in England, in fact, she sold the cotton both at her shop and by mail.  Mrs. Pullan was for years the “editress” of the Women’s pages of The Ladies Companion & Monthly Magazine, though she emigrated to the States at the end of the 1850s–and indeed died of ovarian cancer in 1861.  She was never associated with Godey’s magazines, though her designs appeared in them often–apparently without permission.  However, her patterns continued to be published in many magazines and it seems fairly likely that the designer of the “Beautiful Counterpane” was, indeed, Mrs. Pullan.

We will likely never know for certain how or why the pattern appeared in two unrelated magazines, but we can be thankful that it has survived for over 150 years so that we, too, can knit it!

fleurs de lis in Godey 1862 illustration

On Wednesday I will write out the pattern for the Insertion Stripe that goes between the squares if you are making an afghan or to use for a tote handle, bottom, and sides if you are making a tote bag.

The final pdf of the entire pattern, with all the rows together, will be available next weekend in my Ravelry store.

Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL: Week 2

The final rows of the Fleurs de Lis for Paris KAL do not need to be written out again because they simply repeat the previous rows in reverse beginning with Row 49:

after you knit Row 52, you knit Row 49 again, then Row 48, then 47, 46, 45, 44, etc. 

After you have completed Row 1, cast off.

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