Friday, 18 January 2013

Elusive Crochet Doilie


This pattern has come about due to some keen interest in a doilie by some lovely ladies in the “ “Krista” Crochet Group ” on Facebook.  All that could be found was a rather grainy photo and no signs of a pattern or designer could be found.  With myself also being curious I just had to reverse engineer this beautiful doilie and write up my version.  Photos will be added later once I have tested the pattern.

This pattern at this point in time has not been tested by me, but I hope to correct this sometime soon.  The pattern calls for colour changes and as this is a present for someone who only loves ecru coloured doilies (mine will be done entirely in DMC Petra Size 8 ecru).  I give no recommended hook size and will indicate what I used for my test piece once I have this done.

Abbreviations used:

US Equivalent
Round 1, etc.
ch – chain
double crochet
sc – single crochet
hdc – half-double crochet
dc – double crochet
sl st
slip stitch
slst – slip stitch

Foundation:  Ch6, sl st into 1st ch.

R1.     Ch3 (counts as first htr and ch1 space); 1htr in same ch as sl st, ch1, (1htr, ch1) twice in each ch of foundation; sl st into 2nd ch of beginning chain.

R2.     Ch6 (counts as first tr and ch3 space); (1tr, 3 ch) in each htr; sl st into 3rd ch.

R3.     Ch3, 1tr into same st as sl st, ch1; (2tr, 2 ch) in each tr; sl st into 3rd ch.

R4.     Ch3, 1tr into same st as sl st, 2tr in next st, ch2; (2tr in next 2 tr, ch2) repeat around; sl st into 3rd ch.

R5.     Ch3, 1tr into next st, ch3; 1tr in next 2 tr, ch2; (1tr in next 2 tr, ch3, 1 tr in next 2 tr, ch2) repeat around; sl st into 3rd ch. Fasten off colour 1.

Join colour 2 in any ch3 space of round 5.

R6.     Ch3, 2tr in same space, ch3; (3tr, ch3) twice in each 3ch space to last space; 3tr, ch3, 3 tr in last space, ch1, 1tr into 3rd ch.

R7.     Ch3, 4tr into same space as ch3, ch5; (skip next 3ch space, 9tr, ch5, in next 3ch space) repeat around back to first 3ch space; 4tr, sl st into 3rd ch.  Fasten off colour 2.

Join colour 1 in any 5ch space.

R8.     Ch6, tr in 5th tr, ch5; (dc in next 5ch space, ch5, tr in 5th tr, ch5) repeat around; sl st into 2nd ch.

R9.     Ch3, 1tr in same st, ch 5, 2tr in next tr, ch5; (2tr in next dc, ch5, 2 tr in next tr, ch5) repeat around; sl st into 3rd ch.

R10. Ch3, 1tr in same st, 2tr in next tr, ch4; (2tr in next 2tr, ch4) repeat around; sl st into 3rd ch.

R11. Ch3, 1tr in same st, 1tr in next 2tr, 2tr in next tr, ch3; (2tr in next tr, 1tr in next 2tr, 2tr in next tr, ch3) repeat around; sl st into 3rd ch.

R12. Ch3, 1tr in same st, 1tr in next 4tr, 2tr in next tr, ch2; (2tr in next tr, 1tr in next 4tr, 2tr in next tr, ch2) repeat around; sl st into 3rd ch.

R13. Ch3, 1tr in next 3tr, ch5, 1tr in next 4tr, ch1; (1tr in next 4tr, ch5, 1tr in next 4tr, ch1) repeat around; sl st into 3rd ch.  Finish off.

Join colour 2 in any ch5 space of round 13.

R14. Ch8, 5tr in same space, ch2; (5tr, 5ch, 5tr, ch2) in each 5ch space around; 4tr in first space, sl st into 3rd ch.

R15. Ch3, 10tr in 5ch space, ch7; (11tr, ch7) in each 5ch space; sl st in 3rd ch.  Finish off.

Join colour 1 in 5th ch of any 7ch space of round 15.

R16. (dc in 5th ch, ch5, 1tr in 6th tr, ch5) repeat around, sl st in first dc.

R17. As for R9.

R18. As for R10.

R19. As for R11.

R20. Ch3, 1tr in next 2tr, ch3, 1tr in next 3 tr; ( 1tr in next 3tr, ch3, 1 tr in next 3tr) repeat around; sl st in 3rd ch.  Finish off.

Join colour 2 in any 3ch space of round 20.

R21. As for R6.

R22. Ch3, 11tr in same space; 12tr in each 3ch space around; slst in 3rd ch.  Fasten off

Weave in any loose ends.  Block to shape and enjoy!

If you make an item using this pattern you may sell the item or give it away as a gift.  If you like the pattern you may post a link to the pattern on this page.  As this is a free pattern you may not sell the pattern for profit nor place a copy of it elsewhere, simply use a hyperlink to this page.  I have taken my time to make sure this pattern was correct at time of posting, however, if you see any mistakes let me know and I will make corrections accordingly.  In time I hope to add a chart of this pattern for those whom prefer to follow a chart rather than written instructions.  If you make this item send a photo in for inclusion in this blog post with created given to the crocheter.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Wow has it been this long since I posted!

I know it has been a while since I last posted, but I have been busy being back at work. I am currently working on some new designs including some rather cute machine knit flowers. My endeavours into the fibre arts now include Knitting Boards and I am even enjoying a "Block of the Week" Crocheted throw. Photos and maybe a pattern or two to follow.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Fruit with Attitude for the Teacher

I have finished knitting the last of the fruit with the help of my creative kids.  Patterns will hopefully be up in a couple of weeks after exams are marked and reports are written. 

Here is the fruity class of 2011.  The apple in front has a lot of attitude, so look out for him and Bashful Banana is a rather shy girl.  Note how she is wearing her peel pulled up.

Fruit Medley Class Photo

Apple Friends Forever

Merry Melon and Alan Apple are
 very tough lads in their workboots

Bashful Banana is about to pirouette 
off  into the distance on her ballet slippers

Ainslie (5) even discovered that they stack with ease as well.

Watch out Ainslie that stack
is about to topple over

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Apple with Attitude for the Teacher

My daughter (Ainslie – 5) loves making things for her teachers.  With the end of the school year approaching fast she decided that she would like to knit an apple for one of her teachers and give that apple some attitude.  This apple is soon to be joined by a Bashful Banana for her second teacher and a Merry Melon for her Teachers Aide, so look out for them in future posts.  This apple was knit on the original Bond knitting machine that belongs to my 6 year old son (Alan).  It has been specially shortened to 25 needles for him.  The apple can be knit on any Bulky machine just check your gauge by knitting a swatch.

Please be considerate in using this pattern as I have spent many hours developing and testing it.  You may make a copy for personal use, but not post elsewhere on the web or sell this pattern.  Apples made from this pattern should be made as gifts for teachers or for that fruit lover in your life, but not sold for profit.

Yarn:  Worsted weight red or green (8 ply Australia, 4ply US);  Oddments of plain green for leaf and brown for stalk

Other items:  Pipe cleaners (approx. 16 cm in length;  Dimensional fabric paint; 
                     Goggle Eyes

Gauge:  20 sts 28 rows to 4” using KP2

Abbreviations: KP = Key Plate;  COR = Carriage on right;  COL = Carriage on left; 
RC = Row Count;  HP = Hold Position;  K = Knit;  FWP = Forward Work Position;  
Rs = Rows or Rounds;  st = stitch;  sts = stitches;  St st = Stocking stitch; 
dec = decrease;  inc = increase;  WP = Work Position

Hang hem on 25 needles and knit 8 rows with waste yarn.  Knit 1 row with ravel cord ending COR.  K1 row with main yarn and set RC to 000.  COL

Row 1: Push 8 needles on right edge into HP and K1 row.
Row 2: Push 2 needles on left edge into HP and K1 row.
Row 3: Push 2 needles on right edge into FWP and K1 row.
Row 4-9: Repeat rows 2 and 3 ending COR.
Row 10: Push 8 needles on left edge into FWP and K1 row.

These 10 rows represent a completed wedge.  Knit till 8 wedges have been completed (RC = 80)
Remove from machine on waste yarn leaving a long tail of main yarn for grafting.
Draw tail of yarn through edge stitches and fasten tight.  Graft starting row stitches to last row stitches.  Firmly stuff the apple.  Draw tail of yarn through edge stitches and fasten tight. 

Pick up three stitches from the centre top of the apple (the end were the tail of yarn is).  Hang weights from the bottom of the apple.  Knit a 1 ½ inch length of i-cord with the brown yarn (approx. 10 rows).  You may need to hand knit off the first 3 rows.  Cast off the 3 stitches to form a flat end for the i-Cord.

Optional Attitude
You may decide to leave the apple plain or to give it some attitude.  To turn this apple into a fruity person with attitude knit some i-cord arms and legs with matching feet and hands.   Placement of legs and arms is up to your own personal preferences.  The ones on the apple shown have been placed so that from one side we see an apple with attitude and on the other side just a plain apple.

For legs: 
Using earth brown yarn, pick up 4 stitches, using top and bottom of 2 sts making sure the bottom of the apple is facing away from the machine.  Knit 30 Rs of i-cord.  Change to green or red and KP1.  K1 row increasing 1 st at each edge (6 sts).  K 10 rows St st. 
Toe: Short row dec to 2 ndls in WP and then Short row inc to all ndls back in work.
K 2 rows St st. 
Heel: As for toe. 
Knit 3 rows St st.  On next row dec 2 stitches and knit row.  Cast off. 
Sew seams of foot inserting a rolled up pipe cleaner inside the foot.  Shape the foot as either a ballet slipper (girl - shown) or boot (boy).

For arms: 
Using earth brown yarn, pick up 4 stitches as for the legs and knit 25 Rs of i-cord.  Change to green or red and KP1.  K 2 rows St st. Inc 1 st at each end of next row. K 3 rows.  Complete short rowing as for toe.  K 3 rows.  Dec 1 st at each end of next row. K 2 rows. Cast off.  Sew seams of mitts.

Make sure legs are knit, so that the shoes face in the correct direction.

To give the apple some extra character, give the apple a face using either dimensional or puff paint.  Maybe try a set of fancy goggle eyes.

To give the apple more shape attach a doubled over piece yarn to just under the stalk.  Thread both strands of yarn through the centre of the apple from top to bottom making sure that the strands exit separated by at least one stitch.  Pull firmly to form an indent on the apples top.  Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.

If you need further clarification of this pattern leave a message below.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Lanofix Knitting Machines

It has been awhile since my last post and I have been busy designing and collecting vintage items from the 40s and 50s.  My latest addition to the knitting machine collection is a Lanofix "Mininitter".  It's an unusual machine in that it has no carriage, but can knit stocking stitch with ease and other stitches by manipulation.  These machines were produced in the later 40's to very early 50s in Italy.  With an advertisement for the machine being produced in 1949 (

The Lanofix company of Negri Milano first started production of knitting machines in 1938.  I also have in my collection the first model Lanofix made by this company.  It knits garter stitch as well as stocking stitch and other stitches by hand manipulation.  The photo for this machine is below.

Lanofix 1938 Model with complete set of tools

This machine was given to it's original owner as a wedding present in 1943.  She was not sure if was new or not, but I suspect that it may have been a second hand machine at that time due to World War 2 and lack of production facilities.  The machine was only used once and then packed away as she preferred to knit with needles.  This appears to be the case with many of these vintage knitting machines.

Here are some photos of the Lanofix "Mininitter" before cleaning.  All it will need is a light dusting, hooks polished and a light oiling.  The machine appears to have had minimal usage and then been stored away.

Lanofix "Mininitter" unboxed
Lanofix "Mininitter" Tension dial and Latch Hook Bar

Lanofix "Mininitter" Tools and manual

The Lanofix machine was also produced as a double bed machine in the early to mid 50s.

Lanofix Double Bed Machine, with weights, clamps,
transfer combs, and other tools in original pouch.
There is even the table top from the table that was
originally bought new with the machine in the mid 50s.

Please note that I am unable to provide valuations for these machines as it depends on overall condition, vintage knitting machine market and potential buyers.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Despicable Me "Minions" Hat (Almost!) - Miners Lamp Hat

My adventures into knitting the Despicable Me hat for my son's has been very long.  The first hat was way to big to fit the one eye in between the ends of the eye strap, so I went with a smaller size and a rolled brim.  To my surprise and that of my 10 year old I came up with a totally different idea.  The pictures below are of the 2 miners hats that I came up with as a great mistake.  Don't worry I am still working on the Despicable Me hats and there won't be alot of differences to the way they are knit from these hats (except no rolled brim).  The hats have been knitted in different colours with a large 3D Miners lamp on the front. The pattern for the miners hat will follow in a later posting along with the adaptations for the Despicable Me Minion hats.

This is Callison (10) wearing his miners hat.  The rolled brim makes the brim of the hat stick out just like that of a miner.  The hat and the miners lamp were knit entirely on the Ultimate Sweater Machine.  The only finishing was whip stitching the lamp to the hat and using ladder stitch on the back seam.

The red miners hat was knit by Callison on the Ultimate Sweater Machines and was knit up in less than 2 hours.  It is an easy pattern and anyone will be able to knit it up either on any bulky knitting machine or by hand.

Friday, 29 July 2011

What I have been up to with knitting

I have just returned to work, so posts will probably be once a month at this stage. Soon to come will be a pattern for not one, but 2 versions of a Minion hat just like the Minions from Despicable Me.  Callison (10) has asked for his to have one eye and a blue mowhawk.  Alan (6) wants his to have two eyes.  I hope to have this pattern up in the next few days time permitting.
Oh and that cute horse that I knit up (as seen in my profile picture) has finally been published in "Country of Maine News and Views".  This is a publication for machine knitters.  Just click on the link for their website in my "sites of interest" and order Volume 6 Issue 1 for the pattern for Hamish the Sock Horse.
Happy Crafting with Fibre