Thursday 28 February 2008


with 2 options for the edging and a flower pin decoration 

This can be made in a day so could be that extra Christmas or Birthday present that you might need.

This one has been made in 2 colours of Marble and 2 colours of Life, 
but any 2 colours of chunky yarn could be used

Chunky yarn and
6mm hook

US Terms and UK Terms in brackets

James C Brett Marble Chunky
Stylecraft Life two strands worked as one

James C Brett Marble chunky in cols: MC 32 granny shell, MC 3 for the single dc stripe or MC 8 if you want a bigger contrast. 

They are very similar but one is slightly darker than the other
I have used this yarn a lot and it comes in a fabulous range of colours and also in DK as well,
if you prefer a slightly lighter weight scarf/mini shawl use the DK Marble and Life single strand

Scarf/mini Shawl in 2 shades of Marble
Ruffle and the centre of the flower in Life 

ROUNDS: 1,2, 4,5, 7,8, 10,11, 13,14, 16,17, 19,20, in Col.1 MC32

ROUNDS: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, in Col 2 MC3 or MC8

Using ch3 as the first dc at the beginning of all rounds.

Col 1, Ch5 sl st, into a circle

ROUND 1: 4dc [4tr], ch3, 4dc [4tr] into the circle.

ROUND 2: turn, ch3, 3dc [3tr], in the first stitch, 3dc [3tr], ch3, 3dc [3tr], in the point space, 4dc [4tr], in last st, Cut off and weave in ends.

ROUND3: turn col2. 2dc [2tr], in the first st, dc [tr], in the next 6sts, 
dc [tr], ch3, dc [tr], in the point space, dc [tr], in the next 6sts, 2dc [2tr],
 in lst st. Cut and weave in ends

ROUND 4: turn, col 1. 4dc [4tr], in the first st, miss 2sts, 3dc [3tr], in the next st, miss 2sts, 3dc [3tr], in the next st, miss 2 sts, 3dc [3tr], ch3, 3dc [3tr] in point,  miss 2sts, 3dc [3tr], in next st, miss 2sts, 3dc [3tr], in next st, miss 2sts, 4dc [4tr] in last st, 

ROUND 5: turn, col1. ch3, 3dc [3tr], in the first st, 3dc [3tr], in each of the side sp, 3dc [3tr], ch3, 3dc [3tr], in the point sp, 3dc [3tr], in the next 3sp, 4dc [4tr], in the last st. 
 Cut and weave in ends

ROUND 6: col.2
2dc [2tr], in the first st,
 1dc [1tr], in the next 15sts, 1dc [1tr], ch3, 1dc [1tr], in the point, 
 1dc [1tr], in the next 15sts, 2dc [2tr], in last st. (18 dc in total for each side) cut off yarn and weave in ends.

ROUND 7: turn, col 1. 4dc [4tr], in the first st, miss 2 sts, 3dc [3tr], in the next st, miss 2 sts, 3dc [3tr], in the next st, miss 2 sts....

 repeat until you get to the point, in the point space do 3dc [3tr], ch3, 3dc [3tr],
 repeat the miss 2sts, 3dc [3tr] in the next st until you get to the last st, 
4dc [4tr].

ROUND 8: turn ch3, 3dc [3tr], in the first st, 3dc [3tr], in the next 6 sp, 3dc [3tr], ch3, 3dc [3tr], in the point sp, 3dc [3tr], in the next 6 sp, 4dc [4tr],  between the last st. 

REPEAT: The 3 round pattern, 1 round of dc [tr], col2, 2 rounds of granny shells in col 1, until you have 21 rounds

3dc [3tr], in each st along sides of triangle, 
with 5dc [5tr], in the longer sts, 3dc [3tr], in the shorter sts,(the top edge),
 sl st to finish, weave in ends.


Ch5, sl st into a circle, 
ROUND 1: 18sc [18dc], into the circle, sl st to complete round,

ROUND 2: 20 loose sc [dc], over the top of the first round, sl st to complete round.

ROUND 3: ch3, 1tr [1dtr], in the first st, 2tr [2dtr], in the next 2sts, 1tr [1dtr], ch3 and sl st into the 4th st,
sl st into the next st and repeat for each petal, sl st to complete round.

Stitch a safety pin to the back of the flower.

 With a flower pin to hold it around your neck..
 made in James C Brett marble Chunky in two colours

Just 21 rounds plus a round of ruffles and it took me from late afternoon until just after midnight to make

I'm using Wendy Carnival in a red and turquoise shade for the new version and will the new edging stitch for the second mini shawl soon


 Multiples of 3sts for each pattern 

Ch 3, skip first 2 sts, 1dc [1tr], in next st, ch2, 3dc into holemiss 2sts, dc [tr], in next st, ch2, 3dc into next 'hole'....

Repeat to point of shawl
dc [tr], into ch3 point, ch2, 3dc [3tr], into hole, dc [tr], into ch3 point a second time, ch2, 3dc [3tr], into hole, miss 2sts, dc [tr], into next st, 

repeat pattern on second side
Ch 3, skip first 2 sts, 1dc [1tr], in next st, ch2, 3dc into holemiss 2sts, dc [tr], in next st, ch2, 3dc into next 'hole'....
repeat to next point

repeat double pattern in last st of 2nd side
Then repeat the pattern using the rows as the spaces instead of miss 2st spacing

continue to the end of the shawl edge.

Finish with 2dc [2tr], in last 'hole' the first ch3, replaces the last dc [tr], sl st into the first ch3 to complete.

NOTE: The last neck edge of shawl will be a little bit 'frilly' this is needed to accommodate the curve when worn

Tuesday 26 February 2008

SUNS SHINING...Yeeeeeeeeer!!

ATC' in quite a collection now!
Heard about Journaling jars yesterday!....sounds like a good way of getting the family history!!

Lovely morning here...Scrapaholic retreat getting closer by the day

Walk out with the camera l think need to catch the end of Feb on disc!!

Happy Scrapping x

Monday 25 February 2008

BUSY WEEKEND...knee deep in tiny bits of paper !

HAND CUT FLOWERS..experimenting over the weekend

Hadn't realised l hadn't posted a blog over time flies when you're having fun hey!!

Visit to Shrewsbury and the QVC Shop.....ooops promise l was only looking but they had a lot of lettering and peel off quotes and some lovely papers and a carry for 12x12 and.........oh dear l'm going to be poor if l keep buying stash when l'm 'ONLY LOOKING'!
County library visit threw up 8 brill scrapping books couple on txt n the script papers

Sunday spent making hand cut flowers and doing a new Art journal...Phil bought me 3 on Saturday lovely handmade recycled thick textured paper...doing an alphabet of scrapping....just enough pages to do the whole alphabet....last couple of pages will double up but love doing this album.....trying out stuff in it before using it in LO's

Finishing LO's that l started in the 1st couple of weeks of scrapping wording mainly

Happy Scrapping all x

Thursday 21 February 2008

Sleepy LO

LO papers are copies of embroidery l have done and a cushion (was just the right colour!)punched flowers and the photo mounted on an envelope for some journalling sleepy title was hand cut from the embroidery paper

PATTERN: Popcorn stitch/collar or cowl


There are a few variations in blog land, several on which let the last stitch go from the hook, then pick up the begining of the 'petal' and then re pick up the dropped stitch again before doing the chain spacing....why? Not necessary 

NOTE: the bigger the chain space say 3 ch space will give a sharper squarer looking 'petal'
No chain, or 1 chain space will give a rounder more puff like motif as below

Popcorn stitch is often used to form petals in flowers. But it looks very like a pleat with a chain space between
USA Terms in black and UK Terms in red brackets
4mm hook and DK yarn
NOTE: Most popcorns are done with a dc but I have used a treble to give a slightly bigger 'popcorn' or 'petal' for this pattern

Chain 4, sl st into a circle or do a finger wrap of 5 wraps

Round 1: ch2 counts as first dc [tr], 11dc [11tr], into circle sl st to complete round 
(12dc [12tr])

Round 2: 5tr [5dtr], into the 1st st,
turn the motif over, sl st into the first treble [firsts dtr],

 ch3,  5tr [5dtr], into the next st, turn to the back of the motif, sl st into the ch3 space, pull the yarn through and do 3ch sts as the space.

Repeat until you have a popcorn in each st, then sl st into the top of the first popcorn
Round 3: start in any ch3 sp, 3dc [3tr], 2ch, 3dc [3tr],  (corner), 2sc [2dc], in the next sp, ch1, 2sc [2dc],  in the next sp, 3dc [3tr], 2ch, 3dc [3tr], in the next sp,
 repeat until you have a square, sl st to complete the round.

Round 4; 1dc [1tr], ch2, 1dc [1tr], in each corner sp and 1dc [1tr], in each side stitch.
 Each side should have 13dc [13tr] and 2ch at each corner.
Make the motif to round 2 (flower)

ROUND 3: start in any sp, 3dc [3tr], 2ch, 3dc [3tr], (corner) 3dc [3tr], in next sp, repeat 5 more times (6sides)

sl st to complete round

A Collar Made in Linen Yarn 

The collar motif has a different centre start...

with a finger wrap of 4 wraps
Round 1:12sc [12dc], into the circle, sl st to complete

Round 2:2dc [2tr] into each st, (24sts)

 then continue with the Popcorns but in every other stitch 

This is a slightly less bulky look.

Make 18 popcorn squares and add chain ties

I took this linen yarn on holiday and bought so much yarn while there I had to finish this scarf so i could wear it home...over limit with my yarn purchases...ooops!
Bet you've heard that before?

happy hooking x