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Crochet Cushion – Interlocking Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

This project is the second of two cushion/pillow designs I’ve been working on. The requirements for both cushions/pillows are that, the designs are “non-girly” and the finished size must be 20×20 inches.

The inspiration for this second design came from a black and white photo which I can no longer find, I think I first saw it on Photostock.

Materials for this project:
Yarn: 300grms of burgundy and 125grms of green Acrylic DK yarn
Needles: 3.50mm crochet hook.
Cushion/pillow pad 20×20 inches. (firm over-stuffed)

Firstly, I worked a plain filet swatch in each colour to calculate the final size of the cushion. Then, I created the above chart/graph as a pattern/guide to work from.

For the front of my cushion:
I worked a foundation row of 64 cells in the burgundy colour yarn and 63 cells in the green colour yarn, then followed the chart/graph.

For the back of my cushion:
Using the burgundy yarn only, I worked 66 rows of 100 double crochets and fasten off. The resulting fabric is plain, yet textured perfect for the back of the cushion.

To join back and front:
Using the burgundy yarn with front and back together, right side facing and working through both the back and front I worked single crochets evenly around the cushion, working 2sc in each filet cell and 4sc in each corner until 3 sides are joined together. I then inserted the pad and continued working single crochets around to join the fourth side, sl st in the top of the beginning ch, fasten off and weave in the ends.

I did not create an opening to remove the cover for cleaning as both the yarn and pad are synthetic, making the whole cushion machine washable.

As with the previous design, I loved every minute of working this project and could not put it down.

 



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Crochet Sample Swatch Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

This design uses the technique of intermeshing crochet – double filet crochet, and is intended for a 20×20 inch throw pillow/cushion. The sample swatch represents one quarter of the overall design, and was not only necessary to determine the ultimate size of the finished project, but also to work out the pattern for the design. This proved a lot easier that I had originally thought it would be.

The above design chart was adapted from an old hand drawn copy of the chart shown below. I am unaware of the origin of the old chart.

My sample swatch measures 10¼”x10” (not blocked). I used a 4mm crochet hook and Double Knitting yarn, left over from a previous projects.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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Crochet Geometric Design – Interlocking crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Intermeshing Crochet

I have once again been experimenting with geometric designs using the technique of intermeshing –double filet crochet. The inspiration for the above design came from the chart below, which I found in a box of old charts. I think it was a machine knitting chart at one time.

In my opinion, the experiment has turned out very well, and I intend to use the design to make an Afghan. But I think this would also be a great design for a throw cushion/pillow.

My sample swatch measures 19.5” X 13” I used a 4.mm crochet hook and DK yarn left over from a previous projects. Unfortunately, I ran out of black yarn and had to substitute navy yarn in order to complete the design.

This design is reversible.

 



 

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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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Crochet Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan/Blanket/Throw Part 2

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I’ve finally finished my Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan, inspired by the Harley Davidson tartan and doesn’t it look great? I absolutely love it, my family love it, it’s wonderfully cosy, the black yarn is so very soft, and the fabric is also very thick. It’s guaranteed to keep you warm.

Having completed the mesh, I needed to weave the design…

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There are different methods of completing the woven design, such as weaving lengths of crocheted chains, or slip stitching through the mesh. However, I choose to use strands of yarn for the weaving process, as this gives the design more of a “woven fabric” look. Cutting the lengths of yarn for weaving was very labourious and I found it almost impossible to cut uniform lengths.

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The weaving process was simple, but I found the only way to achieve a uniform result was to work on a flat surface (e.g. a large dining table). I also found the best tool to use is a double ended crochet hook. I tried using a normal crochet hook, weaving one or two cells at a time, but that drove me crazy. I also tried a latch hook and a mattress needle, but the double ended hook gave the best result.

To make my Afghan/blanket/Throw:
Finished measurements: 64” x 54” excluding fringe.
Yarn Type: 100% acrylic Aran knitting yarn, 1860g in colour Black, 320g in colour Grape, 320g in colour Silver Grey and 200g in colour White.
Needles: 5.00mm crochet hook.
Method: Work a foundation chain to length required and follow the chart shown in Part 1.

To Weave:
Lay the completed mesh on a flat surface (e.g. a large dining table) so that the rows are running side to side, then working from one end of the surface to the other, and allowing approx 6 inches of yarn for a fringe at each end, weave 6 strands of yarn through the cells of the mesh, alternating over and under the filet mesh posts.
Next row(opposite to previous row) weave the 6 strands of yarn through the cells of the filet mesh,alternating under and over the filet mesh posts. Woven rows should be the same as colour design as the filet mesh. Finally, knot fringe and cut to desired length.

This is a very simple beginners project that gives a very satisfying result. I would advise anyone to try it!

Happy Holidays!

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2015 in Afghan, Blanket, crochet, Throw, Uncategorized

 

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Crochet Woven Filet Mesh Tartan/Plaid Afghan/Blanket/Throw Part 1

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Ever since I first saw a woven crochet tartan Afghan two years ago, I have wanted to try to make one. The technique appeared to be quite simple, and I quite like tartan/plaid. However, it took a very long time for me to decide on a design because, although I like tartan/plaid, I am not fond of overly bright colours or busy designs. The inspiration for my Afghan came from the Harley Davidson tartan.

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The basic design was quite easy to work out as it basically consists of stripes of contrasting colour, of varying widths, and crossed at right angles against a solid colour background.

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Having worked out my design, I now needed yarn….

The yarn I chose to use is 100% acrylic Aran. I’ve never used Aran for crochet before, but I chose Aran because I wanted my design to have a more chunky and oversized look. My favourite colour is black, I think it adds drama to everything and is therefore perfect for the base colour of my Afghan. The other contrast colours I’ve used are Grape, Sliver Grey and Cream. Unfortunately, I had to use two different brands of yarn as I was unable to obtain all the colours in the same brand. I am a bit worried about how this will affect the finished project as the black yarn is considerably softer than the contrasting colours.

So finally, on 8th October this year I started my first woven crochet Afghan. I have almost completed the filet mesh base, with only 12 inches to go. If all goes well, I hope to have the weaving done by Christmas.

How will it turn out? Watch this space!

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2015 in Afghan, Blanket, crochet, Filet crochet, Throw, Uncategorized

 

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Rhapsody Afghan – Intermeshing Crochet – Double Filet Crochet – Interlocking crochet

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The inspiration for this Afghan came from a knitting chart I found at http://www.rucniprace.cz/knitting-patterns-free/knitting-pattern-029.php

I came up with many variations on the basic design and it took quite some time to decide which variation I would finally use.
Once I had made a decision about the design I had to create a chart to work from (I hate writing patterns… they go on forever).
I use a computer spreadsheet to create my charts and once created, the charts often require tweaking in order to make a particular design work in yarn.

What I mean by “tweaking” is that I make amendments to the original design chart (I call them “tweaks”).

I print a copy of the chart and mark my tweaks on the copy as I work through a sample of the given design (I always work a swatch). I am unable to show these amendments/tweaks on the chart due to the limitations of my computer software.

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In this instance, as can clearly be seen, the number of cells in the “L” shapes of the finished design is 6 across and 6 up or down. However, the chart shows 5 across and 6 up or down. The same goes for the number of cells separating the “L” shapes, in the finished design there are 11 cells. However, the chart shows 9 cells.

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The design: Worked over multiples of 8 cells plus 1
Afghan measures: 66”x 41” (not blocked)
Yarn Type:1 cone of 4 ply Acrylic machine knitting yarn in Black and 1 cone of 4 ply Acrylic machine knitting yarn in Denim.
Needles: 3.50mm crochet hook.



 

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