Every Day, Filet Crochet…

The weather has been nonstop rain, the past few days, and I’ve been feeling the need to make myself useful. I’m getting married this summer (some of you may have noticed my new ring in my mittens post) and I’ve been preparing to move, and begin married life. Hence, I’ve been thinking of what I’ll need, and how much of that I can make by myself. So it happened that I found myself sketching up a design for a laundry bag.

  I started working on it, and it’s not finished yet, but what really makes this project is the stitch I’m using, which is Filet Crochet! Most of the time, when you see a project in filet crochet, you’ll see lovely patterns, clever pictures, etcetera. However, I really like the basic netting that filet stitch makes, and it’s absolutely perfect for my laundry bag.

All you do is:

chain the length you want for whatever you’ve got going, any multiple of 3. Then chain 7 more, and double crochet in the 8th chain from the hook. Then chain 2, skip 3, and double crochet. Chain 2, skip 3, repeat. I found a pretty clear tutorial video on youtube, which as many of you may know, is where I go when I want to learn a new stitch. From my experience, the crochet-ers on youtube are a pretty helpful bunch! <3

Anyway, I’m sure loving the nice netting-like product that filet crochet makes!

 

To keep your fingers (and mine!) warm.

 

Well, it has been  unseasonably warm, lately, until recently. When it got to below freezing, and my hands got very chilly. SO, I made mittens!

~~~~~~~~~~~

ch=chain

sc=single crochet

dc= double crochet

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Using Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand yarn (less than a whole skein in any size I’ve seen) and a G hook:

  1. make a magic circle, sc 6.around it. (rnd 1)
  2. dc 2 per stitch for 2 rounds. (rnds 2+3)
  3. dc 1 per stitch for 6 rounds. (rnds 4-10)
  4. chain 15 from one side of the pouch, attatch it at the other side with a dc, and dc 6 rounds. This forms the finger pocket that flips back. 
  5. ch 9 on the thumb side, and dc around 2 rounds.
  6. decrease 3 on the thumb tip for 2 rounds
  7. decrease 4 in  the thumb tip on the next round
  8. then decrease 1 the next 2 rounds.
  9. dc 6 rounds for the wrist area, (if you want it longer, do a few more rounds) then sc 2, sl 1, then cut off and weave in.
  10. dc 2 rows on the edge of the finger pocket, so that there’s a slight overlap and your palms won’t get a chilly breeze. ^_^
  11. sl through an sc on the first round, then ch 3 and sl, cut off and tie it on, so that now you have a little loop of the tip of the finger pocket. (Make as big as necessary for whatever buttons you choose, since this is the button loop.)
  12. repeat the last step on the tip of the thumb.
  13. fold back the the finger flap to know where to place the button, then sew it on. Then fold back the thumb (after putting the finger flap back out) and place the other button where it should be.
  14. Repeat for the second mitten, making sure the thumbs are on opposite sides, so that the finger pockets flip backwards from your palms.

 

 

A Basket Case!!

Actually, a basket scarf.
Basketweave Scarf by Bonnie Irene

I saw this tutorial on youtube for a basketweave, and I was thinking about the lovely yarn I’d just gotten to work with, and the thought occurred to me to combine the two!

So, here it is: a Bi-color Basketweave Scarf.

Basketweave closeup

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
fpdc = front post double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
sl = slip stitch
st = stitch

Materials
2 colors Peaches & Cream – 1 skein each
J hook

Directions:
Row 1: Holding both colors together, ch 122 (multiple of 8 + 2). Then, using only color 1, ch 2 and dc across. (122 dc) Turn.
Rows 2-5: Ch 2, dc in first dc. [Fpdc in next 4 sts, bpdc in next 4 sts] across until 1 st remains; dc in last st. (122 sts) Turn.
Rows 6-9: Ch 2, dc in first dc. [Bpdc in next 4 sts, fpdc in next 4 sts] across until 1 st remains; dc in last st. (122 sts) Turn.

Finish off color 1. Repeat rows 1-9 with color 2, working from the middle chain out in the opposite direction.

When you get almost to the end of your yarn (and most skeins of peaches & cream that I can find aren’t very big) simply sl in the st after your last fpdc or bpdc and weave in your ends. Dont worry if it’s in the middle of the row, since it’ll stop at the same point on the other side as well.

Enjoy! 😀