Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crocheted Mobius Scarf

Last week I agreed to write an article about how to crochet a Moebious Scarf. Well, no, I didn't know how, but it's crochet. I've been crocheting for over 60 years, and the internet is overflowing with information. Sure enough, I found several "how to" tutorials and wrote my article featuring the easy way, crochet a strip the length and width you want the scarf, Bring the right top end to the left bottom end and vise versa and sew the ends together. I also discovered that Moebious is the correct AP spelling even though the three dictionaries I checked said it was Mobius. Ahhh, I love writing articles. I learn so much!

OK, article submitted and approved, but the other way kept bugging me.  In my head I couldn't picture it.  I found several free patterns, but when I tried to work them up I didn't like the way they turned out. The one thing all the patterns had in common was "choose a stitch that looks the same on both sides" and none of the patterns did. I decided to use a basic eyelet stitch.  I crocheted the base chain to the length I wanted the scarf, turned and worked in eyelet stitch one row. Then I laid the first row out flat making sure there were no twists and joined the top of the last eyelet stitch to the bottom of the first stitch of the first eyelet chain.  I didn't bother to try to sew up the end at this point.  I just worked the second row along the bottom the the starting chain.

When I reached the end of the starting chain, I was on the outside of the strip directly across from where I started. It finally sunk in! You go around the "circle" twice before you come back the starting point.
In the picture I've shown you three rows.  Two done in gray, one on each side of the starting chain, and one row of black.  Every time I come back the the starting point I'm so pleased with myself I just can't wait to crochet another round.  Yes, I'm easily amused.

Here's a link to the directions that started my quest.  She says she had to turn at each row to keep the Moss Stitch from curling.  I think NOT turning is half the fun, so I just chose a different stitch.  Oh, and I didn't sew up the end of the start row, I just crocheted the other side of it together when I got there.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

News Designers at BPB

BeadPatternsBoutique has two new designers!. Come on by and see what they have to offer.

Valerie of Romina Designs has a beautiful bracelet and fabulous ring pattern to share with you.

Bethel of Bethel's Wild Wanderings doesn't have a shop set up yet, but she's shared a beautiful Autumn Leaves Cuff pattern. She's working on more patterns.

Debbie, of Debger Designs has been a busy little bee and graced the site with several new patterns over the last few weeks.

Stop by and see the patterns of all our designers at BeadPatternsBoutique.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beaded Snowflake Collection

I've wrapped four beaded snowflake patterns into one collection plus I've added a free mini snowflake surprise as a bonus.

The snowflakes are Bugle Snowflake, Lacy Snowflake, Triple Picot Spiked Snowflake and Herringbone Snowflake.

The pattern for the Triple Picot Spiked Snowflake is made with a single color, but I've added a graph showing the placement for a rainbow of pastel transparent colors to accent it.
You can find this collection at Bead Patterns Boutique or The Bead Coop.

If you bead any of these patterns, I'd love to see your work.  Send a picture to the contact e mail on the pattern and I will feature it on my FaceBook Fan page and on my personal FaceBook page.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Triple Picot Spiked Snowflake

I've finished another beaded snowflake ornament. I worked this one with a rainbow of accents and alabaster white beads, but it can be worked in any color you choose.

 The pattern for this Triple Picot Spiked Snowflake is worked in modified netting and the pattern is available at BeadPatternsBoutique. There is a picture of it in all white there too.

The pattern is fully illustrated step by step with text to explain the illustrations.

Now I'm working on compiling all four of my snowflake patterns into an e-book which will be available in another week if the weather stays cool enough I can stand to be at my computer.


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