Saturday, March 29, 2014

Floral Table Runner Update

Okay, I promised some updates on my current project. If you recall from my initial post  on this table runner, I only had a chart to go by. No directions...just a chart, crochet cotton, and my trusty steel hook. Sometimes that is all a girl needs!

Table runner in progress
This is what I have done so far. I'm not even a quarter of the way done. I would say that it's about 1/16 of the way, which means I still have a long ways to go. Sigh!

 It would probably go a lot faster if I would stop pulling out rows of crochet to fix an error I made two rows earlier. Of course I wouldn't have that problem if I would go to bed when I am suppose to instead of staying up late crocheting. It's hard reading charts when you are very sleepy.  Despite all this, it is coming along and it looks beautiful. I can only imagine how beautiful it will look when I finish.

Based off of what I completed so far, the entire project is slightly over 19 inches in width. I only have about 7 1/2 inches done of the height, which means the finish project should be close to 120 inches or 10 feet. I'll provide the final measurements once I am totally complete with the project. Like I mentioned earlier, I only have a chart to go by, so everything else is trial by error.

So what is everybody else working on?

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Filet Crochet: Floral Table Runner

This beautiful floral filet crochet chart is my current project. I'm really excited about it.
I found this lovely while cruising through Pinterest (I swear I spend WAY too much time there) and fell in love. While the chart is very simple looking, I can imagine the finish product in my head. It is stunning!

The chart is a website in Russian or some other Slavic language, so I do not have much else to go on. It's okay though. I know I am totally up for this challenge!

I'm using natural crochet cotton and my trusty steel hook size US 3/2.1mm. As with any filet crochet project, I started with the bottom row. Since the site did not have any instructions to get me started, I did a little trial and error in starting out. First I did what any smart lady would do, I googled "filet crochet starting chain."  It returned many articles from "," so I settled on their article How to Figure the Starting (Foundation) Chain for Filet Crochet, which sounded very promising. I'm not sure if the issue was with me or the instructions, but it did not work out. If you can figure out their instructions and get it to work please let me know.

For those that don't want to go through the trouble, you can learn from my mistake. After many starting attempts this is what I ended up doing to get a good foundation: Chain 65 stitches and double stitch in the 8th chain from the end, which means count 8 stitches backwards from the 65 stitch. When I am about half-way done or so, I'll post some pictures showing my progress.

You will need to know how to increase stitches, which sounds a bit intimidating for beginners. It's not that hard. I'm a visual learner, so I found this quick little demonstration video. After watching this a couple of times, I was off the lounger to crochet away. Later in the project I'll have to learn the lacet stitch.  Once I make it through that part of the challenge I'll post my lessons learned.

So who is with me on crocheting this beautiful table runner? If, you're coming along for ride I would love to see pictures of what you've done. Happy hookin' and stitchin'.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Easter Filet Crochet

Back in late January, I posted about a project I was working on. It was a beautiful filet crochet pattern with lilies and three crosses on the hill that I hoped to finish in time for Easter. I found it for FREE on In that post, I promised to post pictures of my work in progress, but never got around to it. Sorry! Good news is I finished it way before Easter, so I have a nice center piece. I am so happy about it. :)  Here's a picture of it. Not to brag or anything but it's not too shabby if I say so myself.

My beautiful creation.
Filet crochet is fairly easy to do and you can create so many different designs using only a few different types of stitches.

The final product ended up being about 21 inches long and 18 inches height. If you study my version against the original one, you'll notice some minor differences. About halfway through I noticed I did a mistake. In order to fix it, I would have undone multiple lines of crochet. Not one or two, but A LOT of lines I worked on over multiple days. I opted to press on, and blend the mistake in. I bet you can't find it!

For this project I used basic white crochet cotton with stainless steel hook size US 3/2.1mm. One ball of crochet cotton will provide more than enough thread to complete this project.

Happy hookin' and stitchin'!

Update: The site no longer works, but you can find the instructions here from an archived version of the page. The chart is available below.
3 crosses and lilies



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