Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pineapple doily

Petite Pineapple Doily
Crochet Pineapple Doily
After completing a few time consuming projects, I am preoccupying my time with smaller projects. Sometimes you just need to take a break to gather up the energy to tackle future large projects. Besides there is no satisfaction like completing a project and admiring your handy work. With small projects, I am able to get to that satisfaction sooner!

Right now pineapple doilies seem to have captured my attention. You can work them up fairly quickly and they always look intrinsically beautiful. I have done pineapple doilies in the past using different patterns, but I was in the mood for something different.

Petite Pineapple Doily
Pineapple Doily under different lighting
There's only one thing to do when that mood hits, search Pinterest!

After spending way too much time and pinning multiple future projects, I found this cute little "Petite Pineapple Doily" pattern from an archived website on the Way Back Machine. If you're not familiar with the Way Back Machine, it's a site that crawls the Internet taking "snapshots" of webpages in an attempt to archive the Internet. While the original website is gone, it's patterns live on. Nothing really dies on the Internet.

Anyways, back to crocheting. I worked this one up in about a day. I am very please with how it turned out. In fact I am about half way through with a second one. This pattern inspired me to come up with my own version. It's very brave of me. Once I work out the details and write down the pattern I will share it with you.

If you're interested in giving it a shot or just want to pin it as a potential future project you can click on the pin below. You can also follow me on Pinterest to find other free projects and inspiration.

Follow Hookin' and Stitchin''s board Doilies on Pinterest.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Project Complete: Floral table runner


I finally finished my filet crochet table runner!

I am so, so proud of myself. This thing has been a source of much frustration over the past few months, but I persevered on. I made it! Now I can sit back admire the beauty of my hard work. To give you an idea of how agonizing this project has been to me, just know that it was my inspiration for the Frog It! post.

Technically I finished it last month, but I only got around to taking and editing photos of it recently. I was traveling and taking a break from this blog, but not from crocheting.

For those interested in trying to replicate my success, you can start out with my initial post about this project. You can easily pin the chart below. I slightly modified the pattern by removing one column, since the chart did not have the flower properly centered. It had an additional column. Most people probably will not pick up on it, but it bothered my undiagnosed OCD. So, I got rid of it. It's my project, I can do what I want. That's how I roll.

If you're going to follow the chart as is, you'll need to start off with a chain of 68 stitches. I'm working on a chart showing my modifications, which I'll post here once it is done.

If you complete this beauty, by all means leave a note in the comments so I can follow you. Happy hookin' and stitchin' my happy hookers.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Victorian style heirloom filet crochet project

From the 1890 The Royal Crochet Worker, No.1.
I have been on a filet crochet kick lately. With the completion of my latest major project (to be featured in an upcoming post!), I'm in the market for a new one. Through my online searches I noticed that Victorian style heirloom filet crochet is starting to become very popular, especially framed ones. The end results are a stunning, beautiful design using a combination of double crochet and chain stitches.

Since I'm looking at starting a new filet project, I thought I would give a Victorian style heirloom bread cloth a try. It certainly would make for a much loved Christmas present this year. Here is what I'm looking at.
March 1867 Bread Cloth from Duck Mini Farm

There is a stunning "bread" piece from the 1890 The Royal Crochet Worker, No.1. available on the Antique Pattern Library. If you're into old time crochet patterns that are free, you should check out their collection. The chart is not all that great, but it is still easy to follow.

Over on Duck Mini Farm's webpage, there is a chart and instructions for a 1867 version, which has a simpler, classic design. The chart has a cleaner look so it is easier on the eyes when following along the lines. It also has a companion butter cloth to go with it.

I'm going to give both of them a try. Of course I'll present them in future posts so you know how well (or frustrating) they go. Do you know of a similar pattern you could share? If so, please let me know in the comments.

Happy hookin' and stitchin' everybody!