Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Poinsettia Christmas Pattern


A Free Crochet Pattern


I am behind on the times. Last week I had a pattern that came out in Crochetvolution. You can find it here!


 Isn't it beautiful! I decided to watercolor it to make the design really pop. I was not disappointed. When I was done I thought that it would also make a really great Christmas ornament, so I got to work. 




The pattern is very close to the original, I only changed the chs, to make it more rounded. I'm also pretty happy with it too.


 Materials

  • Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet (Size 10); [100% Cotton, 400 yds/336m per ball] less than 1 ball.
  • Size 6 steel hook
  • starch
  • balloon

Notes:
Make 2 sides, do not finish off on the second side.



Round 1: Ch 5, sl st in beginning ch to form a loop, ch 1, 12 sc in loop, sl st in first sc. (12 sc)

Round 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc here and throughout), (dc, ch 3(also counts at a dc here and throughout this row), sl st) in same st, {sl st in next two st, (dc, ch 3, sl st) in same st,} repeat { to} 4 more times. (6 groups of 3 dc), sl st in next 2 sp and up the first dc.

Round 3: Ch 3, dc in same sp, 2 dc in next 2 st, ch 1, {2 dc in the next 3 st, ch 1} Repeat {to} 5 more times, sl st into beg. dc. (6- 6 dc groups)

Round 4: Ch 2, dc in next st (decrease just made), dc in next 2 st, dc2tog in next two st, dc in ch 1 sp, { dc2tog, dc in the next 2 st, dc2tog,  dc in ch sp,} Repeat {to} 4 more times, sl st into beginning dc. (6 leaves and 6 dc)

Round 5: Ch 2, dc in next st (decrease just made), dc2tog in next st, ch 1, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1, {2 dc2tog in the next 4 st, ch 1, 3 dc in the next dc, ch 1} repeat {to} 4 more times, sl st into beginning dc. (6 groups of 4 and 6 groups of 3 dc)

Round 6: Ch 2, dc in next st (decrease just made), ch 2, 2 dc in the next 3 dc, ch 2, {dc2tog, ch 2, 2 dc in the next 3 dc, ch 2} repeat {to} 4 more times, sl st into beginning dc.  (6 groups of 2 and 6 groups of 6 dc)

Round 7: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), sc in next sp, ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next 2 dc, dc2tog, ch 2, sc in next sp, ch 2, {dc in dc2tog, ch 2, sc in next sp, ch 2, dc2tog, dc in next st, dc2tog, ch 2, sc in sp, ch 2 } repeat {to} 4 more times, sl st in beg dc.

Round 8: Sl st into sp, ch 1, {(sc in sp, ch 2) twice, 2 dc2tog, (ch 2, sc in next sp) two times, ch 2} repeat {to} 5 more times, sl st into beg st.

Round 9: Sl st into sp, ch 1, { (sc in sp, ch 2) twice, dc2tog in dc, (ch 2, sc in next sp) 3 times, ch 3} repeat {to} 5 more times, sl st into beg. St. Finish off. Weave in ends.

Joining the two sides
After round 9 of the second side, Ch 2, sc in a ch 2 sp of the first side, ch 2, sc in the next ch 2 sp of the second side, keep repeating till you come to the last ch 2 on each side, ch 2 and sl st into the beginning sc, finish off. Weave in your end.

To starch it
 I like to use a sugar starch. It is one part water and 2 parts sugar that is heated up on the stove till all the sugar is dissolved. With 1 cup water, 2 cups sugar I can get about 10 ornaments starched. When the mixture is heated though I will take it off the heat and dip my ornaments in the starch till it is completely saturated.

Then I will insert a balloon, blow the balloon up and tie it. Then I just hang the ornament to dry. It usually takes about 3 days. When the starch is dry I just pop the balloon and take it out. For this ornament I made some fabric bows and tied them with ribbon to hang on the tree.

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12 comments:

  1. A balloon, now why haven't I thought of that. I have heard that the sugar solution will draw ants and mice if you store this, say with the other Christmas decorations. Have you found this to be true?

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    1. Try a mixture of 1/2 and 1/2 Elmer glue and water. Works great!

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  2. I have heard that also. When I store them I store them in an 18 gallon tote. I will sometimes even put them in a gallon zip-loc bag, then put them in the 18 gallon tote. I always make sure I tell people when I give them as gifts to store them in an air tight container. I have had some of mine for over 5 years and I have had no problems. The first time I made one of these: http://crochetvolution.com/archives/spring-2012-archives/lacey-japanese-lantern I used the sugar starch. It has been out in the open for 3 years and it has also Not been eaten by animals....yet.

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  3. Wow! These are amazing!!! With the sugar starch, would it melt a little and get sticky if stored in an attic?

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    1. I have not had any problem with stickiness. I have noticed that after a few years they start to lose their stiffness, But you can just soak them in warm water till they become soft and start the stiffening process over again.

      If you are worried about using a sugar starch I have seen were people use wall paper glue instead.

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    2. You can use equal parts of Elmer's Glue for crafts (if you can still find it) and Water. If mixture is still too thick, you can add more water.

      I've used both methods and have had better luck with them staying stiffened with the glue/water mixture. I store mine in the attic in a plastic tote (live in the deep South) and have had no problems with insects or heat. Some of my snowflakes, etc. are about 20 years old!

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  4. You can use equal parts of water and Elmer's White Craft Glue. If mixture is still too thick, you can add a little more water.

    I've used both methods and have had better luck with the water/glue mixture. I store my items in a plastic tote in my attic in the deep South and have had no problems with insects or stickiness from the heat. Some of my snowflakes, etc. are over 20 years old and are just now showing signs of needing to be redone!

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  5. use 50/50 Elmer glue and water and it days clear, this works great for my project

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  6. Are there any updates to the pattern? Working on my first one and it seems that on row 2 the repeated stitches should be (ch 3, dc, ch 3, slst).

    And on row 4 I found it kept the shape better to do a ch 1 on each side of the dc in the ch 1 space. This also helped to distinguish between the leaves and looked more like the photo.

    Beautiful ornament!

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  7. I use plain wood glue...equal parts water/glue it dries clear.

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  8. Is there a printer friendly version of this pattern?

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  9. I will have one next month! It's in the plans and schedule.

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