11.08.2012

Finished the Lace Tunic top


Pattern from: Interweave Crochet 2004
Materials: Cannon cotton thread size 8, 6 balls, MB864
Crochet hook size 2.5mm

Sewed a lining for my lace top ;)

 
I already finished the lace top, and I sewed a sheer fabric lining at the skirt part. Its not very neat, but from the outside no one can tell ;) 
I'll be posting a modeled shot of my top soon!
More details of this project on my previous posts:
http://mycottonthreads.blogspot.com/2012/11/pineapple-lace-pattern-on-tunic-or-dress.html
http://mycottonthreads.blogspot.com/2012/10/lace-tunic.html

11.02.2012

Pineapple lace pattern on tunic (or dress)

I've made a lot of progress on the lace tunic. The pattern is very interesting and I could go on and on if I had nothing else to do :p. But as expected, I ran out of thread. I already guessed I didn't have enough of the gray thread, but I really wanted that color.
Meantime, here's what I made so far using up 5 1/2 balls of Cannon thread.

pineapple crochet lace

10.31.2012

Lace Tunic

I'm working on a designer dress pattern using Cannon thread. This design first appeared on 2004 crochet magazine and was a free download some years back...now its for sale as a single pattern.
I chose this pattern since it looks challenging, yet doable. I was only a bit worried about using size 8 cotton thread, since it would mean a lot of trial and error and adjustments to the pattern.
Surprisingly, it wasn't much trouble to modify the pattern. I just went ahead and did it, and I had to finish the bodice so I can see what needs to be adjusted.
The first one was quite small, though I can still put it on. I am a size 32", but for this I followed the size 34" on the pattern. I used 2.5mm hook.

Lace dress bodice

After I made the above bodice, I think I figured out how to make it right the next time.
So, I followed size 36" on the pattern and added another row for the base. I made the neckline lower, and also made less solid shell pattern and changed to lace pattern ahead. I added 3 rows on the sleeve edge too...
Here's my current attempt at finishing my lace tunic :)
I'm using Cannon MB864 (about 6 balls is needed), crochet hooks 2.5mm for the bodice and 2.5mm / 3mm for the skirt part.



9.22.2012

Mini flower doily or jar topper - free pattern



crochet mini doily

Here is another mini doily/jar topper design I came up with. The other one can be seen here.
Doily is 5 inches in diameter and would fit a jar lid that's about 2 1/2 inches in diameter.


Mini flower doily or jar topper 
copyright Mimi Alelis, 2012
(Please do not distribute my patterns in any manner or form.)
This pattern can only be found on this link:
http://mycottonthreads.blogspot.com/2012/09/mini-flower-doily-or-jar-topper-free.html

Materials
Cannon cotton thread, size 8 (can be substituted with size 10 thread), (note: one ball will make about 6 mini doilies)
Crochet hook size 2mm (or 3/0)
1/8 inch satin ribbon, 18 inches long
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Finished size: about 5 inches diameter
Stitches used:
ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, 2-dc cluster3-dc cluster,
dc2tog = double crochet together the next two stitches

Doily
Start with ch 6, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring,
Rnd 1: Ch 1, 14 sc in ring, sl st in 1st sc to join.
Rnd 2: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), (dc, ch 1) in each sc around, sl st on top of beg ch 3. (14 dc, 14 ch-1 sp)
Rnd 3: Ch 1 (2 sc, ch 1) in each ch-1 sp around, sl st in 1st sc. (28 sc, 14 ch-1 sp)
Rnd 4: Sl st to the next ch-1 sp, ch 2, dc in same sp, ch 5, 2-dc cluster in same sp, (2-dc cluster, ch 5, 2-dc cluster in next ch-1 sp) repeat around, sl st in 1st dc. (14 ch-5 loops)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, sc in ch-5 sp, dc in next cluster st, ch 3, (dc in next cluster st, sc in ch-5 sp, dc in next cluster st, ch 3) repeat around, sl st on top of beg ch-3.
Rnd 6: Sl st to the next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc in same sp, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each of the next ch-3 sp around, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 7: Ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2 (dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2) repeat around, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 8: Sl st to the next ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 5, (sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 5) repeat around, sl st in 1st sc.
Rnd 9: Sl st on the next 2 chs, (sc, ch 3, sc) in same loop, ch 5, [(sc, ch 3, sc) in next loop, ch 5] repeat around, sl st in 1st sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Insert tie in ch-2 spaces on rnd 7.

doily jar topper

8.20.2012

Rattan Stitch Triangular Wrap

There are different ways of creating crochet fabric using cotton thread. Using various stitches will show different looks, texture and drape. If you want to make a more drapey fabric using cotton thread size 8, you can use bigger hooks than you normally use. I've been able to use up to 4mm hook for a single strand of Cannon cotton thread. It will not work with any stitch pattern...but with some experimentation you'll see that it works with simple mesh patterns. The result looks like a knitted lace fabric.
Here's my first completed project using such a technique (if I may call it that...)
The stitches used here are chain, single crochet, extended single crochet, and double crochet.


Materials:
Cannon cotton thread, size 8, 175m /ball, MB104 (maroon red), 4 balls
Crochet hook size 4mm

I made the shawl again, since I gifted the first one. This time I didn't do the edging round...the raw edge looks nice too.


4.15.2012

Cellphone pocket with flap top


Here's another cellphone case I made using two strands of Cannon thread. For this I used two shades of blue and crochet hook size 3mm (5/0). It was based on this pattern by Lydia Busek.
This is made in one piece, with a flap top. I did a bit of surface crochet for embellishment.

 

4.02.2012

Mini doily or jar topper - free crochet pattern


Here's a pretty little doily that's also a jar topper. Doily is 5 inches in diameter and would fit a jar lid that's about 2 1/2 inches in diameter. (also shown in photo are the denim thread ties that I made from recycled denim jeans)


Here's a blue one on a jar. I used ordinary 1/8-inch satin ribbon as tie.

Mini doily or jar topper, 6-petal flower 
copyright Mimi Alelis, 2012
(Please do not distribute my patterns in any manner or form.)
This pattern can only be found on this link:
http://mycottonthreads.blogspot.com/2012/04/mini-doily-or-jar-topper-free-crochet.html


Materials
Cannon cotton thread, size 8 (can be substituted with size 10 thread), (note: one ball will make at least 8 mini doilies)
Crochet hook size 2mm (or 3/0)
1/8 inch satin ribbon, 18 inches long
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Finished size: about 5 inches diameter
Stitches used:
ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet, 2-dc cluster, 3-dc cluster,
dc2tog = double crochet together the next two stitches


Doily
Start with ch 6, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring,
Rnd 1: Ch 2, 2-dc cluster in ring, ch 3, (3-dc cluster, ch 3) 5 times, sl st on 1st dc-cluster.
Rnd 2: Ch 3, 2 dc in same st, ch 3, (3 dc in next dc-cluster, ch 3) 5 times, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 3: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each of next 2 dc, ch 2, dc in next ch-3 space, ch 2, (2 dc in each of the next 3 dc, ch 2, dc in next ch-3 space, ch 2) 5 times, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc2tog, dc in next dc, dc2tog, ch 2, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2, (dc in next dc, dc2tog, dc in next dc, dc2tog, ch 2, 3 dc in next dc, ch 2) 5 times, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 5: Ch 2, dc in next dc (counts as dc2tog), dc2tog, ch 2, (2 dc in next dc, ch 1) 2 times, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2, [dc2tog twice, ch 2, (2 dc in next dc, ch 1) 2 times, 2 dc in next dc, ch 2] 5 times, sl st on top of 1st dc.
Rnd 6: Ch 3, dc in next dc, ch 2 (dc in each of the next 2 dc, ch 2) repeat around, sl st on top of beg ch 3.
Rnd 7: Sl st to the 1st ch-2 space, ch 1, sc in same sp, ch 5, (sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 5) repeat around, sl st in 1st sc.
Rnd 8: Sl st on the next 2 chs, (sc, ch 3, sc) in same loop, ch 5, (sc in next ch-5 loop, ch 3, sc in same loop, ch 5) repeat around, sl st in 1st sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends. Insert tie in ch-2 spaces on rnd 6.

3.09.2012

Striped Shells Glass Cozy - free pattern

I made this design a few years ago, for our livelihood project. Now we are going to make it again...so I made some samples and took pictures.
This is easy to make, and would fit several shapes and sizes of glasses since it could stretch a bit. The addition of a stripe makes it more attractive, but you can also skip the stripe and crochet continuously in one color.

crochet glass cozy


Striped Shells Glass Cozy
copyright Mimi Alelis, 2012
(Please do not distribute my patterns in any manner or form.)
This pattern can only be found on this link:
http://mycottonthreads.blogspot.com/2012/03/striped-shells-glass-cozy-free-pattern.html


Materials
Cannon cotton thread, size 8 (can be substituted with size 10 thread), main color (MC), one ball, 50gm (note: one ball will make at least 4 glass cozies)
Cannon cotton thread, size 8 (can be substituted with size 10 thread), contrasting color (CC), (about 1/4 ball is enough to complete a set of 4 glass cozies)
Crochet hook size 1.5mm (use a bigger hook to make a bigger size glass cozy)
Yarn needle to weave in ends
Finished size: about 4 inches across top, measured flat

Glass Cozy
Note: Ch 3 at the beg of rnds counts as dc.
Start with ch 5, sl st in 1st ch to form a ring, 
Rnd 1: Ch 3, 14 dc in ring. Join with sl st to beginning ch 3. (15 dc)
Rnd 2: Ch 3, dc in same st, 2 dc in each dc around, join. (30 dc)
Rnd 3: Ch 4 (counts as dc and ch 1), dc in next dc st, (ch 1, dc in next dc) repeat around, join. (30 dc with ch 1 space in between)
Rnd 4: Sl st in next ch-1 space, ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in each ch-1 sp around, join. (60 dc)
Rnd 5: Ch 3, dc in same st, ch 2, 2 dc in same st (shell made), [skip 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc - shell) in next dc] repeat around, join. (15 shells)
Rnd 6: Sl st in ch-2 sp, ch 3, dc in same sp, ch 2, 2 dc in same sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in each ch-2 sp around, join. (15 shells)
Rnd 7: Repeat rnd 6, change to CC at the end of rnd.
Rnd 8: Repeat rnd 6, change to MC at the end of rnd.
Rnds 9-14: Repeat rnd 6, change to CC at the end of rnd 14.
Rnd 15: Ch 1, [(2 sc, ch 2, 2sc) in ch-2 sp, sc in space between shells] repeat around, join with sl st to 1st sc.
Fasten off and weave in ends.


3.04.2012

Black Crochet Cotton Tunic Top

Finally finished!
crochet black tunic

Materials
Coats Manila Bay Cannon, mercerized cotton thread size 8, black, 7 balls (175m/ball)
Crochet hook size 2.5mm
Finished size: 34" bust
Pattern: Shapely Tunic Top


2.15.2012

Crochet cellphone cases with Cannon threads

I've made several designs of crocheted cellphone cases using Cannon threads. Some are made using one strand, while most were made with two strands and worked tightly using 2.5mm hook. I love the thick fabric created when working with two strands, though its a bit hard on the hands to work tight.
Here are my recent creations crocheting with two strands of Cannon thread.

I used my Chic Cellphone purses pattern for this, but I modified it a little. I was going to make another cellphone case, but I wanted to finish it faster so I made it into a coin purse instead :p

Now here's a rather impromptu project I made. I had the inspiration weeks ago, and when I needed something cute, I made this:




2.14.2012

Almost done with black crochet tunic...

Here it is, with one more ball to be worked up:


Finished length would be about 26 inches.

2.11.2012

Teeny, Tiny Heart - free pattern



Teeny Tiny Heart
copyright Mimi Alelis, 2012

Materials
Cannon cotton thread, size 8 (can be substituted with size 10 thread), red
Crochet hook size 1.5mm
Yarn needle
Finished size: 1/2 inch

Heart
Note: Leave at least 6 inches tail at the beginning and end, for more finishing options.

Row 1: Ch 3, 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook, turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, 2 dc in same st, sl st in next st, ch 1, 2 dc in next st, ch 1, sl st on top of beg ch 3. Fasten off.


Finishing: With a bit of sewing skill you can -
use the tail end to sculpt the heart to emphasize the heart shape.
use the tail end to add a bead.
use the tail end to sew it on as applique.



I Heart U pattern details here.