Summer is sweet & so are the flowers

Here on the west coast of Britsh Columbia we are experiencing a very mild summer indeed, which suits me very well as I basically wilt in the heat and can’t seem to accomplish much of anything. With this cooler summer I have been able to keep up my knitting and crocheting in comfort. I found a cute pattern for simple crocheted slippers and liked them when they were completed but I felt my pair needed a little something more and since I love gardening & flowers…

Here is my quick and easy pattern for dimentional crocheted flowers:

SIMPLE SUMMER FLOWER

First piece (bottom layer)

Round 1: ch 2, 12 sc in 1st ch, sl st in 1st sc to join (12 sc).

Round 2: ch1, (sc, ch 5, sc) in 1st sc, ch 1, *skip 1 sc, (sc, ch5, sc) in next sc, ch 1, repeat from *4 times (6 loops in total) sl st to 1st sc.

Round 3: ch 1, *(sc, hdc, 4 dc, hdc, sc) in ch 5 loop, repeat from * 5 times, sl st to 1st sc (6 petals).

Tie off and weave in ends.

2nd piece (top layer)

Round 1: ch 2, 5 sc in 1st ch, sl st to 1st sc to join (5 sc).

Round 2: ch 1, sc in 1st sc, ch 3, * (sc in next sc, ch 3) repeat from * 4 times (5 loops in all), sl st to 1st sc.

Round 3: ch 1, *(sc in sc, ch 3, sc in ch3 loop, ch 3) repeat from * 5 times (10 loops in all), sl st to 1st sc.

Tie off and leave long tail to stitch layers together. Stich to pin-backing or slippers or whatever you like! 

First post – free scarf pattern!

Ribbed Ribbon-Yarn Scarf                     

                      

Ladder-Ribbon and Trellis yarns, especially the metallic ones, are beautiful & elegant to work with.

This is a simple, long ribbed scarf with fringe at the ends, but because of the beauty of the multi-tonal ribbon-yarn it really works. This scarf is a wardrobe staple as it really adds a bit of a punch to almost any outfit from a dressy outfit to jeans & a tee-shirt. A fave!

Finished size: 2 meters + 6″ fringe at each end

 Needle: US 8 – 5.0 mm

 Yarn: I used Bernat Matrix (now discontinued)

 2 skeins = 280.0 yards (256.0m)

Good substitution would be Eros, Athena or another ladder ribbon or trellis yarn especially one of the metallic ones.

 Gauge:  varies depending on yarn used. Matrix is a sport weight but worsted weight would work just as well.

 Notes:

Cast on 16 stitches on 5mm needles
Knit in K2 x P2 ribbing.
Make as long as you like.
Mine is 2 meters before fringe.
6 inches of fringe added to each end –
Cut 32 -12 inch lengths of yarn
Take 2 -12 inch lengths of yarn, fold in half and with a crochet hook pull through at one edge of the end of the scarf. Then with the hook pull the tails of the strands through the loop. Give it a little tug to secure the fringe. Continue, spacing evenly across each end so that you have 8 fringes across each end of the scarf.