challenge, grade A, lace

The pineapple lace

This is a youtube link only: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxQNdMlnurY

I’ll give this about an A-  There’s lots of stuff called the Pineapple motif, and many of them look completely different from one another. That said, since I don’t have tons of lace experience (just the Queen Anne’s lace from a previous post early last month, really) I went with one that had a video tutorial. The tutorial is VERY VERY specific, which is nice. It also sucks, because once I finished the first motif and knew I had the general idea, it’s pretty hard for me to memorize a 9 row piece of lace in which every row is different, and so I had to re-watch the entire tutorial again.

Rather than having to re-watch the tutorial every time (which takes a whole lot longer than having the pattern written out once you know what you’re doing), I wrote down all the steps for you, and for me (below).

The plan with this was to try this idea:

However, this particular lace motif doesn’t really fit with the design there. Plus, 1. I’m not using a tshirt, but a cami that never fit me. (Seriously, I ordered an XL and got a shirt that would fit my three year old better than me. Did you see that blog about ordering super cheap clothes from China? This was one of those.) Anyway. So it’s not totally working, but the lace is still pretty:

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I highly recommend using a yarn, at least for your very first motif, that is multicolored like this one. It really helps to know that you’re not pulling through the wrong strand if you’re pulling through several others, as you frequently have to do with this one.

That said, I also recommend you use a tighter weave than this particular yarn, as used in the video, because it really does come out looking nicer in the end. I’m using a baby yarn, and it’s so soft that you lose the detailing a bit as you work it. It’s really not meant for lace work.

I’m going to finish this and probably make it a scarf for now, and try another type of lace for the shirt. I could just go the simple route and buy some lace, but I like a little bit of a challenge.

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The written instructions for a Pineapple Lace Motif (#14) – again, I highly recommend viewing the video at least once, but the outside edges are the same on almost EVERY row, and it gets pretty repetitive after a while, and if you’re going to do the motif dozens of times or so, you want the written instructions until you’ve memorized them.

To begin, Chain 5, and slip stitch(sl st) into the first single crochet (sc) to form a loop.

R1:chain 2 in ring, then do a two double crochet (dc) cluster(cl), also in the ring. chain 2, and then a 3 dc cl in the ring. Ch 4, then another 3 dc cl in the ring, chain 2, and another 3 dc cl in the ring. You’ll end up with four clusters. Turn the work.

R2: *sl st into the 1st ch space from previous row and ch 2. Then, in the same space, do a 2 dc cl and chain 2, and a 3 dc cl * (this will be repeated at the beginning of every row until you reach row 11, hence the stars). After those two clusters, ch 2 and dc in the next ch space, ch2, and ^in the last chain space (between the last two clusters) 3 dc cl, ch 2, and another 3 dc cl and turn^

If you get that part, you’ve basically got the whole thing. However, the center of each row is a bit different from each previous row. There are only two rows where you’ll repeat previous rows.

R3: repeat * to * ch 2 into the next dc from previous row, dc 3x (in same stitch), ch 2, then repeat ^ to ^

R4: repeat * to * ch 2, dc into the prev row dc (1), and dc into the next dc, chain 3, dc into the SAME space as previous dc, and then dc in the next dc space. ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^.

R5: repeat * to * ch 2, do a sc in the first dc of previous row and a sc in each of the next 6 stitches. Then ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^

R6: repeat previous row exactly

R7: repeat * to *, ch 2, skip 1st sc and sc in the next five stitches, then ch 2 and repeat ^ to ^

R8: repeat previous row exactly

R9: repeat * to * ch 4, skip 1st sc, and sc in the next three stitches, ch 4 and repeat ^ to ^

R10: repeat * to * , in center st of sc from previous row, do a double treble stitch. then do the last ^ to ^

R11 (final row) begin usual sl st into 1st space, 2 dc cl, and then skip to last sp and do 3 dc cluster

If you are going to begin a second motif, ch 5 and sc into the bottom of previous motif (r11) for strong attach. If you are done, finish off and weave in the end.

Hope that helps! I’ve tried out the written version a couple of times, but feel free to let me know if I’m unclear anywhere.

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A lovely little cars blanket

This one does not have a pattern, so I cobbled a couple together, which I provide here.

To begin, you need to do a simple chevron blanket pattern. The width is up to you. Mine ends up being about 37 inches wide. To begin, chain 170 stitches.

In the first row, chain three more, and then in the third stitch from the hook, double crochet for seven stitches and  skip the next two stitches. In the 10th stitch begin to double crochet seven more. In the 18th stitch, double crochet once, chain 1, and then double crochet once more. Repeat this exact pattern all the way until the end of the row. There will likely be one or two at the end, just do a double crochet in those.

Repeat this pattern for as long as you like, (I used three skeins of 120 yards) and then use a darker gray for the road. I would have chosen a slightly lighter gray than I did, as the wheels blend in a bit in mine. Do three rows of dark gray, and then continue on in blue, or green if you prefer grass for the road sides.

After you have completed the length of your blanket (I made a baby sized, so roughly 40 inches, or 6-7 balls of yarn 120 yards each), then you need yellow yarn for the road line stitches. I did this completely free hand, and each stitch is about an inch in length.

Then, for the car pattern, the only free one I’ve found that makes any sense is here: http://amurushka.blogspot.com/2010/11/carapplique.html

I’m not in love with the grammar and capitalization, but she appears to be Russian. The clarity is actually perfect, so I have no issues there.

For the wheels: The wheels are not explained, so I did a magic circle, in round 1, crochet 6 single crochets in the circle (I didn’t attach)  then in round 2, 2 single crochets in each for a total of 12 stitches, and then in round three, do a single crochet in each for the third circle around, attach and finish off. Leave a long tail for sewing onto the cars. (I actually did that after I’d sewed each car onto the blanket. The circles were just perfect for wheels for these cars. 6 wheels, three cars.

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