Monday, February 20, 2012

Crocheted Lace . . . Sorta . . .





I'm not really into a lot of lace.  Sure, it has a time and place, and little touches of it can be quite elegant, but generally speaking it just isn't me.  That means that I tend to shy away from crochet patterns with the word "lace" in the title.  Plus, I don't really have any yarn or thread that would be appropriate for lace.  (When it hits a rock bottom price at Michael's, or shows up at my Dollar Tree, or I stumble on some in some other way then I might pick some up!)  However, while flipping through a library book I came across a lace pattern with violets in between lots of trellis work.  Those violets looked awesome--and I thought that they were "me" so I decided to adapt the pattern to something that I would like.


My original idea was to take a couple of rows of the lace pattern and make a year round open and airy scarf/belt.  I planned on using a cheerful color of yarn that should work for any season.  I wanted it to be fairly skinny and long to allow for various wrapping, draping, and tying combinations.


Not having the finer crochet thread, I opted to use some of my Peaches and Creme pink and purple yarn.  It is easy to work with and 100% cotton.  First I worked some trellises (pretty much just chains and single crochet--dramatic and yet simple).  They looked pretty cool, but it was a little too big open for me using the larger hook and yarn combination; plus, I really wanted this project to be skinny and if I had two rows of trellis, a row of violets, and two more rows of trellis it would be pretty wide.  So I scratched the trellis work and opted for a row of single crochet to work the violets into.  (That is one nice thing about crocheting--if something doesn't turn out how you'd like all you have to do is unravel it.  No biggie.)


Then I began working on the violets.  They are mostly constructed of treble puffs.  I had to make a couple of changes to the pattern here and there to account for all of the differences (yarn, hook, trellis vs. single crochet, etc).  Two of the petals are worked in the first row with the other three being worked into the next row.


Once the two rows that create the violets were finished I mirrored the beginning rows and finished with slip stitches all around.


Overall, I like the finished product!  I think it is cute (and if you don't agree with me, that's okay!).  I do think that I would like to try this project again with a finer yarn and smaller hook.  I also think that these violets could be pretty worked into an afghan.  But that is a project for another day!


Check out my Facebook page for a few more pictures and the original crocheted lace pattern.  I'd be tickled pink if you "like" me!




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17 comments:

  1. Love this color pink! It looks striking against the black! Great job!

    -Samm @ LittleHouseintheBigD.blogspot.com

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  2. Don't you just love these blog hops where we get to find and meet new blog friends? Glad I found you. I'm a new follower and I would love if you stopped by and followed back, so we can stay connected. Lori

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  3. Hi,
    I am a new GFC follower. I found you on a grow your blog hop. I would love for you to stop by my site and follow me as well. Also check out our giveaway for a $170 Technogel Pillow if you are interested. Thanks
    http://www.chunkyandmonkeymd.com

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  4. Stopping by from the Grow your blog {blog Hop}! http://queenofsavings.com

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  5. this is lovely. I do a little crochet also. Very nice. I am a new follower. Would love to have you follow the Linky Tools on my blog. It's very easy to install if you would like to have it on your blog. I hear that the Google Connect is going to be deleted soon. Best wishes, Linda

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  6. I love it! So adorable. Stopping over via the blog hop! So nice to meet you! New follower :)

    Lindsey
    outofalabaster.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow! this is beautiful! I love the yarn you chose. The lacey open-work is gorgeous!

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  8. I think it is really pretty. I've never seen another one like it.

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  9. Beautiful! I love the color. I am a new follower. Thanks for stopping by. Great getting to know you!
    Julie @ Singing Three Little Birds

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  10. Great color & the delicate flowers look great next to the black. Thanks for linking to my Craftastic Monday party:)

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  11. This is so neat! I've recently started crocheting again and have been looking for more ideas to trim out a blanket I'm working on, this will be perfect!

    I'd love it if you linked up with me this week and shared this with my readers :)

    you can find the link up here: http://goteamduncan.com/2012/02/whatcha-got-wednesdays-link-up/

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  12. Nice work with those violets and the color is perfect for them.
    I love changing crochet patterns to suit myself. I think that's more fun than just following the pattern all the way through.

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  13. That is such a pretty scarf/belt! Great work!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  14. This looks so great with that black. It gives the whole look a bit of an edge. Thanks for sharing this on BeColorful's Motivated Monday
    pam

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  15. Amazing! I have no clue how to do any of that crochet or knitting stuff! I can't believe how cool your design is too! So glad to have stopped by!

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  16. Thank you for showing it off at our craft party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party
    Appreciate your contribution, and when you get around doing it, also the link back to our site, so others can find our party too.

    HAVE A GREAT WEEK!

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    1. Thank you, Rose! I added the link--sorry it took me so long. For some reason that button was giving me trouble last week. Probably my fault. But it is there now. Have a great day!

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