Thursday, 12 February 2015

Spring Daisies

Spring is almost here folks!  Believe it!  Despite all the ice and snow, there is a change in the air.

Won't it be nice to see our little ones dressed up in lighter, fresher colours?

Here is a set that I just completed, which uses my favourite Star Stitch (also known as Daisy Stitch to some), and which comprises a Diaper Cover, and Beanie Hat and a pretty set of leg warmers to fend off those cool Spring breezes.

Let me introduce you to:

Spring Daisies

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A pretty little set that can be made in any combination of colours, with a daisy/star stitch pattern that is delightful at any time of the year.  I think the lemon and white is just perfect for Springtime!


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To fit:
Newborn to 6 months

Materials:  150 grams worsted weight (aran/10ply) yarn in main colour and 50 grams in contrasting colour.  4mm and 5mm hooks; yarn needle; 3 buttons

Finished measurements:
Diaper Cover:  Waistband 19”-21”; Rise 13” -14”; Thighs 9”
Hat:  Circumference 12”-14”; Height from crown to brim 5.5”
Leg Warmers:  Circumference 7”; Length 6.5”

Gauge:  7 daisies and 4 complete rows of daisies (included hdc rows in between) = 4” on 5mm hook.; 12 sc and 16 rows of sc = 4” on 5mm hook.

Difficulty:  Easy

Abbreviations:  sc = single crochet; hdc = half double crochet; dc = double crochet; Star (see Special Stitches); hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 together; sl st = slip stitch; beg = beginning; rep = repeat; yo = yarn over.  MC = Main Colour; CC = Contrasting Colour; fphdc = front post half double crochet.

Special Stitch:  “Star St”:

At the beginning of a row:  Ch3, insert hook into 1 st chain from hook; pull yarn through; insert hook into 2nd chain from hook; pull yarn through; insert hook into base st of ch3; pull yarn through; insert hook into next stitch; pull yarn through; insert hook into next st; pull yarn through (6 loops on hook); yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook, Chain 1 to close up the Star stitch and make the “eye”.

In the middle of a row:  working with a previously worked double crochet: insert hook into 1st loop down from hook; pull yarn through; insert hook into 2nd loop down from hook; pull yarn through; insert hook into base st of dc; pull yarn through; insert hook into next stitch; pull yarn through; insert hook into next st; pull yarn through (6 loops on hook); yo, pull through all 6 loops on hook, Chain 1 to close up the Star stitch and make the “eye”.
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Top and bottom loop of double crochet – work beginning of star stitch into these two loops.  Note that when working the star stitch, you need to pull the yarn up to the same height as the other loops each time you draw it through.

Pattern is written in US terms, a conversion chart is included at the end.

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Pattern:  

Diaper Cover:

Row 1:  With 5mm hook and MC, make a hdc foundation chain of 50.  Alternatively, chain 51, hdc into 3rd chain from hook and to end.  (50)  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch4, trc in every stitch to end, turn.

Row 3:  Ch2, hdc to end.  Fasten off.

Row 4:  Attach yarn to 12th st from right hand side; ch3, Star St 13 times, dc into same st as completing last star st.  Turn.

Row 5:  Ch2, 2 hdc into each “eye” of the star made in the previous row.  Hdc into top of ch3 from prev row.  Turn.

Row 6:  Ch3, Star Stitch across 13 times, dc in top of ch2 from prev row.  Turn.

Row 7:   Ch2,  2 hdc into each  “eye”; hdc into top of ch3.  Turn.

Row 8:  Repeat Row 6

Row 9:  Ch2, hdc2tog in next “eye”; 2 hdc in next 11 eyes, hdc2tog in next eye, hdc into top of ch3.  Turn.

Row 10:  Ch3, Star st 12 times, dc into top of ch2; Turn.

Row 11:  Ch2, hdc2tog in next eye, 2hdc into each of the next 10 eyes, hdc2tog in next eye, hdc in top of ch3. Turn.

Row 12:  Ch3, Star st 11 times; dc in top of ch2.  Turn.

Row 13:  Ch2, hdc2tog in next eye, 2 hdc in next 9 eyes, hdc2tog in next eye, hdc in top of ch3, Turn.

Row 14:  Ch3, Star st 10 times; dc in top of ch2.  Turn.

Row 15:  Ch2, hdc2tog in next eye, 2 hdc into next 8 eyes, hdc2tog in next eye, hdc in top of ch3.  Turn.

Row 16:  Ch3, Star st 9 times, dc in top of ch2.  Turn.
Row 17: Ch2, 2hdc in each eye to end, hdc in top of ch3; turn.

Row 18: Ch3, Star st 9 times, dc in top of ch2.  Turn.

Row 19:  Ch2, 2 hdc in each eye across, hdc in top of ch3.  Turn.

Repeat rows 18 & 19 to 11” ending with a star st row.

Next Row:  Ch2, hdc in same st as ch2 (increase made), 2 hdc in each eye to end, 2 hdc in top of ch3.  Turn.

Next Row:  Ch3, Star st 10 times, dc in top of ch2, Turn.

Next Row:  Ch2, hdc in same st as ch2, 2 hdc in each eye, 2 hdc in top of ch3.  Turn.

Next Row:  Ch3, Star st 11 times, dc in top of ch 2.  Turn.

The diaper cover should now be 13” long.  If not, work 2 more rows then continue as follows:

Ch2, 2hdc in each eye across to end, hdc in top of ch3; Turn.  ch1, sc all around the diaper cover; working (sc, ch1, sc) into outer corners.  Sl st to beg sc.  Change to CC on last sl st.  Turn.

Ch1, sc all around the edge of the cover once more with contrasting yarn, sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Weave in ends, sew on 2 buttons and your diaper cover is complete.

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Hat:

With 4mm hook and MC

Row 1: Make a magic ring; Chain 2 (does not count as 1hdc), hdc 8 into ring, sl st to beg hdc. (8)

Row 2: Ch2, 2 hdc in same stitch as ch2, then 2 hdc in each stitch around, slip stitch to beg hdc (16)

Row 3: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next st; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next st;*; rep from * to *to end, sl st to beg hdc (24)

Row 4: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 2 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 2 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (32)

Row 5: Ch2, 2hdc in same stitch as Ch2, 1 hdc in next 3 stitches; *2 hdc in next st; 1 hdc in next 3 sts;*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg hdc (40)

Row 6:  Ch3, work star stitch around (as in “Special Stitches”) (20 stars); sl st to beg ch3.  TURN.

Row 7:  Ch2, 2 hdc into each “eye” of the star made in the previous row.  sl st to beg Ch2.  Turn.

Repeat Rows 6 and 7 to 4”.

Change to contrast colour.

Repeat Rows 6 and 7 once in contrasting colour; change back to MC on final sl st.  Turn.

Next Row:  With MC, Ch1, sc in same st  and every st to end, sl st in beg sc.  Do not turn.

Next Row:  Ch1, (sc, hdc, dc) all in the same stitch; sk 2 sts; *(sc, hdc, dc) in the next st; sk 2 sts*; rep from * to * to end, sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Simple Flower:  

With 4mm hook and CC; make a magic ring.  Ch1, work 10 sc into the ring, sl st to beg sc.  Pull yarn to close magic ring, and fasten off CC.

With MC, attach yarn to any stitch and Ch1.  Work 3 dc and another Ch1 into the same st; sk 1 st; sl st to next st.  *(Ch1, 3 dc, Ch1) into same stitch; sk 1 st; Sl st to next st*.  Repeat from * to * until you have a total of 5 petals.  Sl st to beg sc, and fasten off.  Sew on a button to the front of the flower to match the buttons on the diaper cover.  Attach the flower to the hat and weave in ends.

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Leg Warmers:  Make 2 the same.

Row 1:  With 4mm hook and MC, make a foundation sc of 22 sts (alternatively, chain 23, sc in 1st chain from hook and to end (22).

Join to the other end with a sl st to form a circle, being careful not to twist.

Row 2:  Ch1, hdc into same st; *fphdc in next st; hdc in next st*; rep from * to * around, fphdc in last st; sl st to beg hdc.  

Row 3:  Repeat Row 2

Row 4:  Change to contrasting colour; Ch3 and work star stitch around, (11 stars); sl st to beg ch3.  Turn so that you are now working on the inside.

Row 5:  Ch2, 2 hdc in each “eye” of the stars previously worked; sl st to beg ch2, change back to MC on sl st.  Turn.

Row 6:  Ch3 and work star stitch around, (11 stars); sl st to beg ch3.  Turn.

Row 7:  Ch2, 2 hdc in each “eye” of the stars previously worked, sl st to beg ch2.  Turn.

Repeat Rows 6 and 7 until work measures 5”.  Change to CC.

Repeat Rows 6 and 7 once more in CC, change back to MC on last sl st.  Do not turn on the final row.

Next 3 Rows:  Ch1, hdc in same st; *fphdc into next st; hdc into next st*; repeat around to end, finishing with a fphdc; sl st to beg hdc.

Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Your set is complete!



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Monday, 9 February 2015

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