Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Crochet Shower Puff

 

This week is the penultimate week in the Spa Gift Basket series and I bring you a pattern for a shower puff.   This makes a great addition to the Spa Basket Gift and is very easy to make.   This used a little more cotton than the scraps I had lying around, but since I had bought a load of this particular cotton for another project that didn't end up happening, I did manage to make this shower puff from my existing yarn stash.   I decided to make this using two strands of double knit cotton held together, but you can vary the weight or thickness of the yarn and it will just vary the size of the puff.

I used some James C Brett Glisten cotton as it has that nice glitter strand running through it, which also adds some exfoliating properties to the puff.  The hanging thread is made using Romanian point lace cord (you can check out my youtube video for it) and then the rest is just straight forward double and single crochets.   This is one of the more time consuming projects in the spa gift set, but I definitely think it's worth it.   I have been using mine for a few weeks now and love it.   It holds a huge amount of water though if just left in the shower so don't forget to allow is sufficient time to dry in between uses.   It is also easily machine washed on a low temperature, although I wouldn't use a drier for it due to the glitter parts running through it.   If you use normal cotton though it might be easier to try and dry it in a drier.

The pattern for this Shower Puff can be found below, and I hope you will join me for the final part (and my favourite pattern) of the Spa Gift Basket, my Tunisian Waffle Head Towel.   See you next week,

Vicky x

Shower Puff 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this ---

·        James C Brett Cotton in DK – 2 balls in lilac and a small amount of white as a contrast colour

·        5mm hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

                                                                                             

 

 

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        Dc – double crochet

·        Romanian Point Lace Cord (see YouTube video)

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

 

 

3.  Pattern

Puff – Hold 2 strands together, to start 1 strand white and 1 strand purple

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Work 35 cm of Romanian point lace cord, then slip stitch to the start of the cord to form a ring, ch 2

 

2

8 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sl st to form a ring

8

3

(sc inc) x 8, sl st and cast off

16

 

From this point onwards, work with 2 strands of purple

 

4

4 DC in each stitch to end of round, sl st and ch 3

64

5

4 dc in each stitch to end of round, sl st and ch 3

256

6

4 dc in each stitch to end of round, sl st and cast off

1024

 

Sew in all ends.

 

  

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Tunisian Wash Cloth


 This wash cloth uses a double ended crochet hook and is worked in two directions with two different colours, to create a completely different effect to regular Tunisian Crochet.   I chose, once again, to use up some odds and ends from my cotton stash and since these wash cloths don't use a lot of yarn, they are great for destashing.  In this example, I chose to use some blue and purple cotton and the colours work really well together.   It took a little while to get the hang of using the double ended crochet hook, figuring out when to turn was tricky, but by half way through the wash cloth I had it sorted and had developed a good rhythm. The great thing about this design is you only need to know the Tunisian simple stitch, the textures and patterns are created simply through the turns and colour changes.

I finished this wash cloth off with a simple border  consisting of a round of single crochet in purple and then a round of shell stitch in the blue colour.   The stitch counts were not perfect for the shell stitch border, so it was a little fudged, but that doesn't really notice in the finished product, and it fits in fantastically as part of the Spa Gift Basket project.

The pattern for this Tunisian Wash Cloth can be found below, and I hope that you will join me next week for the release of the next Spa Basket pattern, the shower puff.   See you then,

Vicky x

 

Reversible Tunisian Wash Cloth

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this ---

·        Paintbox Cotton DK –  small amounts of any 2 colours you choose

·        6mm double ended Tunisian crochet hook

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

 

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Ch – chain

·        TSS – Tunisian simple stitch

·        RP – return pass

·        Sl st – slip stitch

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Shell stitch – (5 double crochet in the same stitch, skip 2 stitches and single crochet in next stitch, skip 2 stitches) rep ( to )

·        Corner shell – 7 double crochet in the same stitch

·        MC – main colour

·        CC – contrasting colour

 

 

3.  Pattern

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

in MC ch 22

22

2

TSS in MC, turn

22

3

RP  in CC

22

4

TSS in CC, turn

22

5

RP in MC

22

6-46

Repeat rows 2-4

22

47

Tunisian cast off

 

48

Sc around the edge in MC

 

49

Shell stitch in CC, placing a corner shell in each corner, sl st and cast off.

 

  

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Tunisian Crochet Honeycomb Wash Mitten

 

This week is the third week of the Spa Gift Basket Patterns, (you can find the pattern for the Tunisian Basket here and the Tunisian RIB washcloth here) and this week I want to share with you my Honeycomb Face mitten, also made in Tunisian Crochet in the round.   In case you hadn't figured it out, I got some new double ended Tunisian Crochet hooks with some of my Christmas money and I used these Spa Basket Patterns as a way to figure out using them.   This Honeycomb wash Mitten was the first time I had worked the honeycomb stitch and the round and I fell in love with it.   I already knew that the Tunisian Crochet honeycomb stitch was my favourite Tunisian stitch, but working it with two colours in the round made me love it even more.

I chose to use black for the outside pattern and a sparkly lilac for the return passes, which gives the colour in the background, and I absolutely love how this gives the mitten a stained glass effect.   This is something I have plans to experiment more with in the future, changing the background colours to see what stained glass effects in multiple colours I can achieve.   This honeycomb wash mitten is a very simple repeated pattern and will be easy enough to adjust if you have a smaller or bigger hand you want to make it for.   So long as you understand how to make the Honeycomb stitch (a repeating pattern across two lines of simple stitch and purl stitch) and you are familiar with working in the round, then this should be easy for you.

The pattern works fine so long as you always have a chain of even numbers, then the offsetting of the stitch alternation across the two rows works continuously around and you don't have to worry too much about where the start and end of your rows are.   Once your desired length is reached, then you can cast off your Tunisian crochet and sew the top of the mitten shut.   Using the sparkly yarn for this pattern also helps give this mitten a bit of an exfoliating touch, although it would work just as well using plain cotton too.   For this I used double knit cotton and it only uses a small amount of any colour so is another perfect pattern for using up those odds and end in your stash.

The pattern for the Honeycomb wash mitten can be found below and I hope that you enjoy making it as much as I enjoyed designing it.  Join me next week for another pattern for your Spa Gift Basket.

Vicky x

Honeycomb Face Mitten

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this ---

·        Paintbox Cotton DK – small amounts in any 2 colours you choose

·        6mm double ended Tunisian crochet

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

  

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Ch – chain

·        TSS – Tunisian simple stitch

·        TP – Tunisian Purl Stitch

·        HS – honeycomb stitch ( 1 TP, 1 TSS around for 1 row, 1 TSS, 1 TP for the next row, alternate the rows)

·        Sl st – slip stitch

·        RP – Return Pass

·        MC – Main colour (black in picture)

·        CC – Contrasting Colour (lilac in Picture)

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for this mitten, just work as you normally would, as long as it fits on your hand (test at ch stage) it will be fine)

·        Some knowledge of working Tunisian crochet in the round is require for this pattern.  I will not go into that here, you may use youtube as a guide.  

·        The finished mitten is approximately 12cm wide (24cm round) and 20cm tall.

   

4.  Pattern

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

Ch 40 in MC and sl st to form ring

40

2

TSS in MC

40

3

RP in CC

40

4

HS in MC

40

5

RP in CC

40

6-52

Rep rows 4 & 5

40

53

In MC cast off

 

 

Sl st the top of the mitten together and cast off

 

 

Sew in ends

 

  

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

Spring Tunisian Crochet Basket Pattern

This week is a continuation of the Spa Gift Basket pattern series.   Last week we kicked things off with the Tunisian RIB washcloth and this week I want to share with you the Spring Tunisian Crochet Basket Pattern which you can use to put in everything you make (and any extra goodies you like).   This basket was the part of the spa set that I actually spent the most time on.   It took me forever to find a stitch pattern on the outside that I was happy with.   I knew from the start I wanted the basket to be made using my new double ended Tunisian Crochet hooks, and I also had some knitcraft In the Zone yarn in yellow and white set aside to give it a nice spring feeling.   But the real struggle is was finding a stitch count I was happy with.  After experimenting with stitches that were new to me and also stitches that I already knew, it turned out that what looked best was the good old Tunisian simple stitch and after figuring that out the rest of the basket was easy.

Getting Crochet Baskets to hold their shape can sometimes  be tricky, and for this basket I chose to line it with a fat quarter fabric in yellow and white which I had lying around.   In between the fabric and the crochet I used plastic tapestry canvas to help the basket hold its shape.   Finally I added a few strands of some raffia in a contrasting lavender colour tied around the outside and I love how this just finishes off the basket.   The colours, and pattern really help to give this basket a definite spring feeling and made this the perfect basket for my spa gifts to go in.   However, this basket is multi functional and can really be used for putting in anything you like, I have also used it as storage for Lily's hair bows too!

If you are crocheting the spa basket along with me and have already made the washcloth from last week then you will find the pattern for the Spring Tunisian Crochet Basket Pattern below.   Please join me next week where I will release the pattern for the Honeycomb Face Mitten.   See you then,

Vicky x

Tunisian Spring Basket 

1.  Materials and Resources

Below is a list of everything you will need to make this ---

·        Knit Craft in the zone 100g balls in the following colours

o   yellow

o   white

·        8mm double ended Tunisian crochet hook

·        1 large sheet of plastic tapestry canvas

·        1 fat quarter to line the basket

·        Small amount of raffia for decoration

·        Tapestry needle

·        Scissors

·        Stitch marker

2.   Stitch List

Below is a list of all the stitches (and their abbreviations) featured in this pattern.  All terms used are American.

·        Sc – single crochet

·        Ch – chain

·        Sc inc – sc increase

·        m/c – magic circle

·        sl st – slip stitch

·        TSS – Tunisian simple stitch

·        RP – return pass

·        MC – main colour

·        CC – contrasting colour

 

3.  Notes

Here are a few handy tips to help you with the pattern.

·        There is no specific gauge for this basket, just work as you normally would.   It may end up a slightly different size to mine, but that doesn’t really matter.

·        Some knowledge of working Tunisian crochet in the round is require for this pattern.  I will not go into that here, you may use youtube as a guide.  

·        The finished basket has a diameter of 24cm and a height of 12cm.


4.  Pattern

Basket Base – work holding 1 strand of white and 1 of yellow together

Row

Instruction

Stitches

1

8 sc in m/c

8

2

(sc inc) x 8

16

3

(sc, sc inc) x 8

24

4

(2 sc, sc inc) x 8

32

5

(3 sc, sc inc) x 8

40

6

(4 sc, sc inc) x 8

48

7

(5 sc, sc inc) x 8

56

8

(6 sc, sc inc) x 8

64

9

(7 sc, sc inc) x 8

72

10

(8 sc, sc inc) x 9

80

11

TSS in MC (white)

80

12

RP in CC

80

13-32

Repeat rows 11-12

80

33

Tunisian cast off in MC and sl st.  Sew in ends

 

 

To finish;

·        Cut out the plastic canvas so you have a disk to go on the bottom of the basket and a length to go around the inside of the side.

·        Cut out the fat quarter a little larger than the canvas to allow for a seam allowance.

·        Sew the rectangle sides together to make a ring which will fit around the inside edge

·        Sew the rectangle to the circle at one end.

·        Insert the plastic canvas inside the basket and put the lining on top of that.  Sew the lining to the top of the basket to secure in place.

·        Decorate by tying a few strands of raffia around the basket in any colour that compliments your basket.

 

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