Easy Window Wrap

Inspired by the success of the Blanket Wrap we have now completed the Easy Window Wrap.

Pattern 42 v1

This pattern is an easy one – hence its name – and is perfect for those cooler summer nights…

Pattern 42 v2

…or winter subtropical days, depending on where you live! The pattern is on sale at Ravelry.com if you’d like it.

 

 

 

Decreasing Stitches Within the Row

Mee-ow to you all. It is I, Mimi.

008Naturally since I showed you how to increase stitches yesterday, today you’ll want to know how to decrease stitches. When working within the row there are 2 ways.

The first and most often used is to crochet two (or more) stitches together and it is written in patterns as tog, eg 2dctog.

To do this we start the first stitch but we do not finish it and instead keep the last two loops on the hook like this:

L2 Decrease 1

Then we start a new stitch in the next loop along on the previous row like this:

L2 Decrease 2 When we have 3 loops on the hook we pull the yarn through to complete the job.

L2 Decrease 3

Now if you look at the stitch we have just made closely, you will see that even though there are two stitches below there is only one loop, therefor only one stitch will be crocheted in the next row.

L2 Decrease 4

So that is crocheting stitches together.

The other way to decrease is to leave out or skip (sk) a stitch entirely like this:

L2 Decrease 5

This may seem easier, but this technique is not usually used because it leaves holes.

However, in certain pattern styles, such as lace or the zig zag of Chevron where the missed stitch(es) creates a V pattern, this second decreasing stitch approach is used.

L2 Decrease 6

Any questions?

Interesting Opportunities

Pattern 6 photo 1
In March I was asked if I would like to sell some of my jewelry in an inspiring local gift store called Interesting Things. This shop sells all sorts of ornaments, jewelry, small furnishings, clothing and items that just canPattern 5 photo 2‘t be categorized. Most of the products are handmade Balinese artifacts and are hand picked and imported by the owner, Terrie.

This new opportunity has not only brought sales but the chance to do some custom made jewelry for people who want adaptions from my original designs. For example these earrings based on the flag of Australia’s indigenous people.

Pattern 25 photo 1

The shop will soon be moving to a new premises, and going through some exciting changes. As part of this I am working with Terrie on some special new jewelry for the relaunch.

At this stage all I’m prepared to say is that I am experimenting with beads in my crochet!

Pattern 29 photo 4

Not- Too – Little Black Dress

Pattern 24 photo 2They say every woman needs a little black dress. Well, when you reach a certain age and size, you don’t want that black dress to be quite so little, so this is my solution. Pattern 24 photo 1Pattern 24 photo 3

This is a close up of the stitch work. It is a little bit different but not too hard to do.

The dress is on sale at Ravelry.com for anyone who wants to make one.