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Bruges crochet lace

I have recently tried Bruges crochet lace for the first time and I absolutely love it. Although simple, it’s endlessly creative when combined with other crochet techniques. The only limit is your own imagination.

Bruges crochet lace was developed as a method of imitating the appearance of a vintage handmade bobbin lace known as “Bruges lace”. Bruges crochet lace is much less complicated than the traditional vintage bobbin lace making technique.

Traditionally, Bruges crochet lace has been made with white cotton and linen thread, but almost any yarn of any colour can be used. Bruges crochet lace is a really easy technique, even for a beginner. The basic ribbon/tape can be used as a simple edging for many projects; such as garments, linens, shawls, scarves, tablecloths and much more.

You can make a simple piece by joining basic strips, or you can make more complex pieces requiring curved turns and arches.

The basic Bruges crochet lace ribbon/tape is a thin crocheted strip, composed of rows of double crochet stitches which can vary from 3 -5 or more, depending on the width of tape required. Each row is separated by a number of turning chains that stand out in arches, which creates a lacy effect, but are also functional connecting links that give the desired shape. The real beauty and creativity of Bruges crochet lace ribbon/tape comes into its own when you add shape to make the lace turn and curve.

This method of creating lace tape is quite simple but the resulting lace is very beautiful, both alone or when combined with other crochet techniques.


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Crochet Capa-Cuello – Neck Coat – Neck Cape – Capelet No.2

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Having made my first Capa-Cuello back in August this year (https://grippingyarns.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/crochet-capa-cuello-neck-coat-neck-cape/), I stated that it was my intention to make many more in lots of different colours and designs. So for the second one, I thought I would try a design of my own. I decided that my design had to be worked in the same manner as the original. In one continuous piece from the front opening edge, as this resulted in a really nice fit.

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I have always liked the pineapple motif and thought it would be a perfect addition to the design, as it is very adaptable and always looks very nice. However, it proved to be quite a challenge to fit the pineapple motif into the fixed number of rows required for sectional repeats of the design. But I think it worked out very well in the end. Finally, as with the previous Capa Cuello, I finished the project by working five button loops along the right front edge and crocheted five buttons, which I attached to the left front edge to close the front.

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This project was very easy to crochet. The size of the garment is determined by the number of pattern repeats. I worked 10 repeats for my project but obviously this number can be reduced or increased as required.

I think my design is just as beautiful as the original.



 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Bed jacket, crochet, Scarf, Shawl, Uncategorized, Wrap

 

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Knitted Scarf

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The inspiration for this scarf came from the Arabella shawl by Skeino. The shawl is made in a fine Merino yarn, and is knitted in garter stitch, using the technique of short rows to create triangles of different colours. A lacey row connects each triangle with the next to create a beautiful shawl. I thought this technique would make a great scarf.

There is an official Arabella Scarf http://www.skeino.com/knitting-kits/arabella-scarf.html which is very nice. However, I wanted the design and shape of the Arabella shawl, only scarf sized. I also wanted it made in thicker yarn.

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I used the free pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/arabella-shawl, making only a few changes. I cast on only 78 sts, used yarn in two colours only, cast on only 10 sts on the change yarn row, and worked 26 triangles of the same size to achieve the length I required. My scarf measures approximately 60 inches long at the cast off edge and 9 inches wide.

To make my scarf:
Yarn Type: 100grm DK Acrylic hand knitting yarn in each colour (black & Grey).
Needles: 4.00mm (UK8) circular knitting needle.
Method: Follow the free pattern.

The video below may also be helpful.

My scarf is unusual and drapes beautifully!

 


 
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Posted by on October 30, 2016 in Knitting, Scarf, Shawl, Wrap

 

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Crochet Capa-Cuello – Neck Coat – Neck Cape – Capelet

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I’m always cold and find my aches and pains become worse with the colder weather. I suffer particularly badly with neck and back pain. Even on a warm summer day, I can have a problem with a draft as a result of sitting near an open window or driving with open car windows. The easy answer, you would think, is a scarf or a shawl. However, I can’t always deal with the bulk of a scarf or shawl, and certainly not when indoors.

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I think I’ve found the perfect thing for my neck problems. It’s called a Capa-Cuello (Spanish) which, according to Google, translates to “Neck Coat”.

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The original design has no front closure. I think the video suggested that the opening is held together by a broach. However, I did not want to do this. So I worked five button loops along the right front edge and crocheted five buttons, which I attached to the left front edge to close the front. I think it looks a lot better and is much more practical for everyday use.

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This project was very easy to crochet. The size of the garment is determined by the number of pattern repeats. I worked 12 repeats for my project, but obviously this number can be reduced or increased as required.

To make my Capa – Cuelo:
Yarn Type: 125grm DK Acrylic hand knitting yarn.
Needles: 5.00mm crochet hook.
Method: Follow the video below.

The video tutorial is in Spanish, but the person demonstrating is very good and can be followed easily. I found that this is best done with the sound off. I watched the video twice in order to understand the basics, then watched a third time, pausing the video to write down firm instructions on paper to work from.

I think my Capa-Cuelo is beautiful. It can be made with any weight yarn, for example, lighter weights for spring/summer. I intend to make many more in lots of different colours and designs.



 
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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Bed jacket, crochet, Scarf, Shawl, Wrap

 

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Crochet Flower Motif

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I was given the instructions (which consists entirely of the scrappy diagram below) for this motif by a friend. It was used by her mother to make a beautiful evening jacket. Neither my friend nor her mother knew of it’s origins but thought that it came from a rather old book of crochet patterns.

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The most interesting thing about this motif is that it is worked from the outside in? Most crochet motifs are worked by forming a very small ring in the centre and working out to the edge of the finished motif. This motif starts with a large outer ring of 48 chains, then the inner part of the diagram is worked, and each of the seven chain loops are joined at the centre…

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…to form a small motif.

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The double crochets and picots are then worked around the outer edge to finish the motif.

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The finished motifs are then linked by crocheting together at the picots. This is a huge plus in my book, as I hate sewing motifs together!

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This is a beautiful little motif, which makes a very delicate looking fabric that would be perfect for shawls, stoles, shrugs or anything that would benefit from being worked in light lacy fabric.


 

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Knitted Scrap Yarn Scarf

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Having made my Cowl, I was left with a small amount of very pretty yarn, which by itself, was of very little use. I found some off-white/cream coloured yarn in my scrap box that would complement the variegated yarn used to make the Cowl, but there was still only a small amount of yarn. The colours looked so well together that I just had to make something with them! I decided to make a short scarf that I thought would just be long enough to reach around my neck and tuck into my coat. It turned out to be much longer than I expected and looks really nice!

To make my scarf:

Yarn Type: DK Acrylic variegated yarn dappled with muted shades of green, peach and beige, plus off white/cream yarn, both left over from a previous project.

Needle Type: UK size no. 8 (4.00mm) circular knitting needles.

Method: Cast on 120 stitches and work 30 row bands of plain knit (stocking stitch), first in the variegated colour then 30 rows in the off/white colour. Repeat until the resulting tube-shaped fabric measures 58 inches, finishing with the variegated colour.
Work a further 3 rows kitting 2 stitches together each time.
Next Row: Knit 2 stitches together each time while casting off.
Next Row: Pick up 120 stitches at cast on edge then work 3 rows knitting 2 stitches together each time.
Next Row: Knit 2 stitches together each time while casting off. This has the effect of rounding off the ends of the scarf.
Then add what looks like a cross between a fringe and a pompom to finish it off (too large to be called a tassel).



 
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Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Knitting, Scarf

 

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Knitted Cowl Neck Scarf-Hood-Hat

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More commonly referred to as just a “Cowl”, the Cowl neck scarf is a functional, elegant, and versatile accessory that works with different looks and changing weather. It is a cross between a scarf and a hood and is very simple to make. Ready-made Cowls come in various sizes; making your own allows you to choose the size most appropriate for your needs. It is worn draped around the neck like a scarf, or pulled up over the hair and lower face to resemble a hood.

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When worn as a hood it provides warmth for the neck, ears and top of the head and protection from rain or snow.

 

To make my Cowl:

Yarn type: DK Acrylic variegated yarn dappled with muted shades of green, peach and beige, left over from previous projects.

Needles: UK size no. 8 (4.00mm) circular knitting needles.

Method: Cast on 240 stitches and work knit 2, purl 2 ribbing until the fabric measured 30 inches; this provides just the right amount of drape for my height. If you are quite tall or require a more bulky look, simply increase the number of rows knitted.

Then fold the fabric back onto itself to form a giant cuff and pick up and knit the stitches from the cast on edge together with the corresponding stitches on the needle and cast off in rib.

 

 


 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Cowl, Hat, Hood, Knitting, Scarf

 

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