Giveaway Winners

You may remember that I offered these three crosses as a Giveaway. Thee crochet crossesWell sixteen people entered and I did the choosing today.

I know a lot of people use some sort of electronic chooser but I don’t quite trust things like that and like to do it the old fashioned way. However having put all the names on a list I did decide that it was easier to write numbers rather than names on slips of card. Numbered cardsAnd the numbers I drew out showed that the winners were……….

Chosen numbers

Now 16 belonged to Patricia Lang and I am not sure if she wanted one but I had included her at the end just in case. I have sent her an email but not had a reply, so, rather than delay an announcement, I decided to draw another card and I will make Patricia one if she had meant to enter. Chosen numbers plus extraSo now the list is:-

Carol D

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and

Ann Slay

I have sent each of you an email to request your postal address.

Here are the crosses with cords and tassels. Crosses with cords and tassels

Easter Giveaway

Following on from my making lots of Celtic crosses I have decided to offer three of them as a Giveaway. Three Celtic crossesOne each to three people.

This is open to anyone anywhere.

All you have to do is comment at the bottom of this post saying which of the three you would prefer.

I think that all would be suitable as bookmarks though the plain red cross is the thinnest.

If you would like me to add a cord and tassel as I have done to this one that I made for myself Celtic cross with tasseljust say so in your comment.

The Giveaway is open till the Second Sunday of Easter (23rd April) when I will choose the winners.

Celtic Cross revisited

Having made variations of the Celtic plaitwork bookmarks I decided to revisit my pattern for a Celtic Cross and see if I could do the same.

I notice that in my original pattern I used my 1.25mm hook. This time I have also been using a 1mm hook and later tried what I believed to be one that was slightly smaller again, though not by much.

The first thing I did was to add slip stitches to the edges. Celtic crosses with added slip stitchesLike with the bookmarks this does make the cross rather thick, maybe even thicker. I made the one with the purple stitches first and thought that it would maybe be better if the upright was longer so I increased the number of stitches in that part and made the one with the red.

Then of course I had to try one with a coloured edge.

This time I pretty much doubled the stitches for each section and came up with this. Celtic cross with purple edgingAlthough the cross is about the same height as the bookmark one. Above cross compared to bookmarkIt feels too large to be used as a bookmark and I think I will hang it up on a wall somewhere in the house.

I decided to try using #20 thread instead of #10 but I made a mistake and used the #10 red for the edging (which is a shame as I have lots of #20 red!) Two edged crossesThis would be useable as a bookmark or for a wall and in fact using the thicker cotton for the edge made it firmer. I am not sure what size hook I used as it was one of the ones I inherited from my mother. In those days each hook maker seems to have had their own system of numbering and I couldn’t work out what would be the metric equivalent.

I then tried making one of the original plain ones, still in what I thought was #20 cotton, so it came out smaller and a little firmer than the original. Two plain crossesI actually think that the smaller size hook is an improvement. I was previously using the smaller of the size hooks recommended on the label.

I have stiffened all the crosses with spray starch.

The original does seem to be the best for a bookmark.

I also wanted to examine the pattern more closely and see if I was choosing the right numbers of stitches so I worked a trefoil knot.Trefoil knotThis seemed to fit together just right!

I then went on to consider where I was putting the join, as although it should have come behind the circle it seemed to have a tendency to slip towards the next over part and so become visible. I am therefore adjusting my original pattern slightly to improve it.

Using my slightly adjusted pattern and some multi-coloured thread I made another cross. Multi-coloured Celtic cross

I am not sure which I like best but I unfortunately I think the plain ones work best as bookmarks.

Celtic Cross crochet pattern

This is a new improved version of the pattern. I find it easiest to work from an abbreviated pattern so that is what I give below with an explanation of the abbreviations. I hope it is easy to understand.

My original cross.Crochet celtic crossWhen I used #10 crochet cotton and a 1.25mm hook (Blue cross) it came out about 4 inches high and three inches wide. (10 x 7.5 cm) However using a smaller hook will give a firmer though slightly smaller bookmark. (Red cross)You could also try multi-coloured thread. For this I used a 1.25mm for the starting chain and a 1mm hook for the rest. I also increased the picot stitches from two to three.This is what I think of as the improved pattern.

Celtic Cross Bookmark

Start with at least 158 chain. Ideally make a few more to allow for missing the odd one or miss-counting. Excess chains can be undone at the end.

You need to crochet into the loop at the back of the chain. (Method 4 in my tutorial.)

The starting chain should not be too tight or you will not be able to find the loops, especially the ones after working the corners. I found using a 1.25mm hook for the starting chain and then a 1mm hook for the rest of the cross worked best but you should maybe experiment to see what works best with your crochet style. I know I work a little more firmly than some.

I find it easiest to work with an abbreviated pattern, so here are the abbreviations.

UK

Corner = (2tr, dtr, trtr) into first ch, 3ch ss into 3rd ch from hook, (trtr, dtr, 2tr) into next ch.

V = 2tr into ch.

N  eg 12 = 1tr into each of next 12 ch.

First V = 3ch then tr into 3rd ch from hook.

US

Corner = (2dc, tr, dtr) into first ch, 2ch ss into 2nd ch from hook, (dtr, tr, 2dc) into next ch.

V = 2dc into ch.

N  eg 12 = 1dc into each of next 12 ch.

First V = 3ch then dc into 3rd ch from hook.

Pattern

(V 4 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 4 V V 4 V) x 3

then

V 12 V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V Corner V 1 V 1 V 12 V V 4 V

Tie trefoil knots first then interweave centre and sew ends together. Join should be underneath circle when cross is complete.

Here are a few diagrams to help you see how the different parts go but the crochet fits more tightly.Fitting cross diagrams

Then make circle.

Ch 24,

(V 1) x 12.

Interweave round centre of cross and position so join is underneath.

Adding circle diagram

For a bookmark you could add a cord at the top or bottom as I describe at the bottom of these patterns – https://rainbowjunkiecorner.wordpress.com/cross-bookmark-pattern/

To use as a bookmark this definitely needs to be stiffened though I think some spray starch is enough. It is necessary to pull the corners firmly and pull the strands into exactly the right place before stiffening.

 

I’m still thinking ‘celtic’!

I am not ready to start my blanket so I have been messing around with various small projects,: one of which was to continue with my idea of making a cross bookmark based on this silver cross my brother gave me a long time ago.Ideas for patternI refined and completed my ideas for a pattern and using some spare acrylic yarn created this.Trial in acrylicThe sun was so bright and I was in a hurry but I think this gives the idea.

This told me what I needed to do to tighten up the pattern and shorten the arms and then I found a way to make the corners pointier. So I experimented with some #10 cotton thread and got this.Trial in cottonJust clipped together for speed.

This enabled me to work out just what was needed and make a final one.Finished celtic crossI was very pleased with the proportions of this one.

I was a bit worried about the lower upright, when I had made it, because of the two long pieces being separate and thought that it would not be any good as a bookmark but stiffened with the spray starch it feels a lot better, so I may continue with the idea and maybe try making one with the circle in a contrasting colour.

You can’t feel it but what do you think?

Cross Bookmarks – two new edgings

My two new cross edges

When I originally made my cross bookmarks I never realised that the pattern would be so popular. I just wanted something to give my friends.

( The pattern page has been accessed over 16,700 times in the last two years since I created it!)

Having made the body of the cross I knew that it needed an edging to finish it off and I thought picots but as I wasn’t any good at picots (I am a bit better now) I decided to use the picot equivalent I had found in the pattern for a fan bookmark.

I never thought further than that. However having published my pattern on Ravelry I found that a few other people had projects using my pattern and as it makes me happy to think that my patterns are useful to other people, I went and looked at what they had made.

One lady who calls herself ‘Applie’ had chosen to create a different edging for her cross which opened my eyes to the possibility of different edgings.

Her edging was very pretty and ornate and I thought it might appeal to some people so I created the first of my new edgings to imitate the style of hers.

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Her blog ( http://appliejuice.wordpress.com/) is mainly about home schooling but she has quite a number of yummy recipes on there as well.

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I then decided that I would create a simpler edging but one that still used the idea of points rather than picots.

With Easter coming up I have been making a few more book marks using these edgings to replenish the stock at my church.

I made one all in the same yarn as Applie had done and two like Applie’s but with contrasting edgings

Crosses with my first new edgeand two with my second edging in contrasting colours.

Crosses with my second new edge I have created charts for these new edgings and I will show you them below and add them to the page with my Cross Bookmark patterns.

For the first new edging.

Edge no. 1 chart
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and the alternative.

Edge no. 2 chart
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I am inclined to think that these new edgings give a more professional look to the cross bookmarks. What do you think?

A Bonanza of bookmarks

This could be considered a follow on from my previous post, though really there is no connection.

Lately, in between other things, I have been crochetting some of my cross bookmarks in different coloured cottons. I added a tassel; as if people don’t like it they can always remove it but it’s harder to add one.

I decided to do this because although I don’t want the bother of doing something like having an Etsy shop, I thought that if I donated a few of my cross bookmarks to my parish, they could be sold to help parish funds and so I made eight bookmarks.

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I made three using my pattern no. 1

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And five using pattern no. 2.

Four similar

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and one in red with a white border.

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I wasn’t entirely happy with this last one as the red shows through the white. However two of the bookmarks were snapped up almost immediately when I showed them to a couple of people I know at church, including this one. Another bookmark was bought on Sunday.

So now I should maybe make a couple more!

April Montage

In April, I continued making squares for the CAL but got a bit behind because of pain in my hand.

I made bookmarks for the people who had commented most on my blog as part of my one year anniversay giveaway and bought lots of lovely coloured crochet cotton for this and future projects.

I also had a go at beaded knitting and made a pair of pretty slippers.

I went back to Portsmouth Dockyard with some of the family and saw HMS Warrior, an exhibition of costumes from the film ‘Les Miserables’ and also went out to Southsea for a ‘Dalek Invasion’.

Then at the end of the month I finished knitting my Buff®. and received a lovely surprise in the post from Patricia at DaniellaJoe’s

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Cross Bookmark patterns

I had intended to work on a couple of nominations for awards that I’ve had in the last few weeks but family matters have rather occupied me, so instead I am going to do something else that I have been intending to do for a long time and that is to add a US version of my Cross Bookmark patterns to the Top Menu.

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You will find it under ‘MY PATTERNS’

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Easter cards

I made some crochet cards at Christmas with removable stars but it seemed to me after I had got into making bookmarks that cards incorporating removable bookmarks would be even more worthwhile.

Now I am not really an Easter card sending person but where people have sent me cards in the past, I have felt the need to respond. So I decided that Easter cards incorporating cross bookmarks would be something I could make for this year as I only had a few to send.

Now one of the Easter cards I get is from people who are, as far as I know, not at all religious, so for them I made this card. Quite quick and simple because I wasn’t sure what to make and as time was running short (they live in the U.S.) I had to buckle down and produce something. 🙂

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But I had already started on my cross bookmarks for my christian friends.

As with the eggs, I started by looking on Google for ones I liked and used that as a way in to some free patterns.

http://www.crochetnmore.com/bonniescrossbookmark.htm

http://craftpals.com/bible-crafts/cross-bookmark.shtml

I expect you can see their influence in what I chose to make in the end.

However both these patterns used dcs (UK trs) and when I started making them in my #20 cotton I felt that the stitches were too small and decided that I wanted to make the same shapes (reminiscent of the pineapple ‘shell over shell’) but using trs (UK dtrs).

So using the picture from the first link as a starting point I made this:-

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As you can see, on my cross the arms are further up and there are less ‘shells’ as mine are longer.

I liked the idea of a contrasting edge, that I had adopted from other pictures I had seen, but overall I was not entirely happy with it as I felt the stitches were too loose and that made it too flimsy so I decided to try again with my #10 cotton.

I only have one ball of this so I abandoned the contrasing edging and produced this:-

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This was much better (I had used the same size hook). I had also decided that a picot edge could look quite appealing and adapted the method of making picots from the ‘fan bookmark’ pattern.

The other pattern I had found had had a positive centre and so I made another cross this time starting from a central boss.

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Finally I got out a smaller hook and made a cross similar to the first cross, though using the second pattern and a picot edge this time.

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This was acceptable.

I will add the patterns at the bottom of the post.

At first I hung the bookmarks on my Easter tree but it the meantime I went to ‘Paperchase’ and bought some folded card and matching envelopes as I had for Christmas.

I would have preferred a slightly less acid green but I bought three lots anyway, brought them home and printed a greeting inside.

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Then all that was left was to attach the bookmarks to the front of the card, which I did in a similar way to those I made at Christmas but more simply.

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Giving me three cards to send to people.

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Realising that up to now I have not made any bookmarks for myself I made a cross bookmark using the second pattern with my pastel rainbow mix #20 cotton.

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Having bought myself a 1mm hook this was a lot easier than the one for the cards made in #20 cotton as I was then using a smaller hook out of the ones inherited from my mother that was probably .75mm or less.

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The patterns are very straightforward.

Pattern 1

UK version

I used a magic loop to start as I am finally getting to like it but you could use a four chain loop if you prefer.

To make the upright.

Start: Into the loop work, 4ch (=1st dtr), 3dtr, 2ch, 4dtr, 4ch and turn.

Row 1: Work 3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr into 2ch gap of row below then 1dtr into fourth chain, 4ch and turn

Repeat this row until you have made 14 shells, omitting the 4ch on the last row, and finish off yarn.

To make the arms.

Now working into the 4ch gap between ninth and tenth shells for one and the dtr gap between ninth and tenth shells for the other.

Join thread at the right, 4ch, 3dtr, 2ch, 4dtr , 4ch and turn

Then repeat row 1, three times , finishing off the last row as before, unless you are making the edging in the same colour when you can leave the thread for the second arm to continue working the edging.

[I find it very hard to find a suitable needle to sew in the ends of crochet cotton, as if the eye is big enough to thread then the needles is hard to force through the fabric. But here by creating an edge you can crochet over all the ends but the last and so save some work.]

To create an edging.

Using the same or a contrasting thread and turning the cross over but

Starting where you are, work 1ch then (dc,2ch, dc) twice into each of the 4ch or dtr gaps round the edge. ( I only worked the (dc, 2ch, dc) once either side of the inner corners of the cross shape as that keeps it flatter.)

For the ends of the arms I worked (dc, 2ch, dc) into the first 2 dtrs, then dc into the next dtr, 2ch, dc into the gap. Then the reverse for the other side.

To finish off, I used a double strand of thread and crocheted a chain of about twenty six stitches, joined the last six ch in a loop with a slst and worked dcs all the way round the loop. I found this took about 1.5m doubled.

But you could work this at the bottom of the cross if you prefer or add a tassel.

Pattern 2

UK version

I used a magic loop to start as I am finally getting to like it but you could use a eight chain loop if you prefer.

To make the centre.

Start: Into the loop work, 4ch (=1st dtr), 2dtr, 2ch then  (3dtr, 2ch) seven times. Join with a slst into the fourth chain.

To make the arms.

Row 1: 4ch then 3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr into gap to the left, dtr into ch nearest 1dtr of row below. 4ch and turn.

Row 2: Work 3dtr, 2ch, 3dtr into 2ch gap of row below then 1dtr into fourth chain, 4ch and turn

Repeat Row 2 until you have made 3 more shells (that’s four in total for the arm), omitting the 4ch on the last row, and finish off yarn.

Rejoin the yarn to make two more arms as above then finish by doing an arm with an extra four shells to make the upright but do not finish off the yarn unless you are using a contrasting colour.

[I find it very hard to find a suitable needle to sew in the ends of crochet cotton, as if the eye is big enough to thread then the needles is hard to force through the fabric. But here by creating an edge you can crochet over all the ends but the last and the one at the beginning and so save some work.]

To create an edging.

Using the same or a contrasting thread and turning the cross over but

Starting where you are work 1ch then the edging for the end of the arms thus:  dc, 2ch, dc into the first 2 dtrs, then dc into the next dtr, 2ch, dc into the gap. Then the reverse for the other side.

The work dc,2ch, dc twice into each of the 4ch or dtr gaps round the edge. ( I only worked the dc, 2ch, dc once either side of the inner corners of the cross shape as that keeps it flatter.)

And the edging for the end of the arms as described above.

To finish off, I used a double strand of thread and crocheted a chain of about twenty six stitches, joined the last six ch in a loop with a slst and worked dcs all the way round the loop. I found this took about 1.5m doubled.

But you could work this at the bottom of the cross if you prefer or add a tassel.

I hope this doesn’t sound too complicated, it is really straightforward once you get into it.

I have included the relevant patterns but only in a UK version because I don’t really know if they are likely to be of interest to anyone. If anyone thinks I should do a US version or a more precise version or should include it in my patterns at the top, please let me know.