Happy Easter

This year I made never-ending cards to send to the couple of people I send a card to, so I thought I would share one with you.

Outside Second side Third side Last sideAnd to finish I will share with you the cake I made this Easter.

Not a simnel cake this year. My son saw a cake on a food programme on TV and really wanted to have one (and it also includes marzipan!) so I made one for him.Battenberg cakeAnd a closer look! Battenberg cake closerA plain and chocolate Battenberg with nine sections instead of the normal four!

March Montage

I realised when I had finished the montage that I had left out one week of the CAL but I liked the montage so much otherwise that I decided to leave it as it was.

I can see that, apart from the CAL, I have spent this month on mostly frivolous stuff, so it’s no wonder I that I haven’t started any of my more serious projects.

It’s been fun though 🙂

Making covers for phone and iPod, Easter cards, Easter eggs and even a little Easter rabbit.

Only serious thing is my bed socks. They you may notice are knitted. I do do knitting as well as crochet; it just seems that crochet has really excited me lately.

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This seemed fuzzy everytime I reduced it so it is actually a large photo this month.

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.