Sunday, 17 August 2014

Semiserious list - for my personal use only -

 
Just in case I'd tat another mystery doily, this is a list of my dos and don'ts.

WHAT TO DO
1) follow the pattern
2) follow the same pattern choosen in point 1)
3) take your time and plenty of patience. As Jane said, that should have been called "the Patience Doily".
4) print a polar grid, it should have at least 8 sections.
5) better to keep picots' size the same along rings. I noted imperfections in my doily due to a wrong choice in the first 2 rounds. That's not true for chains, at least for me.
6) go visiting aunts. Even if they haven't a solution, they have always nice words for you.
7) RELAX! They're only ring and chains, after all.

WHAT TO DON'T
1) follow the pattern. Experimenting is the greatest part of the fun.
2) be negative. It's very easy to make mistakes with this pattern. But, again, learn from inspirational and supportive aunts: try to go further.
3) put the doily inside a box for a while. That's worthless, even if the box is pyramidal.
4) start 2 mystery doilies in the same month. The great mystery is that the second will turn out VERY different from the first one (refer to point 1).



Ciao,
Ninetta

Thursday, 14 August 2014

italian mixed salad



That's what I did with the pattern. It was a lot of fun, but next time I promise to follow Patty Dowden's instructions from start to end (…).



My gauge: 10 ds with thread dmc size 40 measure 1 cm.

GENERALS: all rings are 3-3-3-3.
All short chains between rings are 3 ds.
All long "S" chains are:
- coming from outside to internal cluster of rings: 7ds, join to previous "S" chain, 6ds, normal picot, 7ds, lock join to ds of last ring, reverse work, 6ds, small picot, 6ds.
- coming from internal cluster of ring: 6ds, join to previous "S" chain, 6ds, leave space for a picot, first half of ds, 1ds, reverse work, adjust last ds and do 6ds more, join to last picot of previous ring, 6ds, normal picot, 7ds.

ROUND 1) I've followed Vickie Reynolds' indications for clusters' repetitions. Total external repetitions: 8.

ROUND 2) the same. Total external repetitions: 16.

ROUND 3) the same. Total external repetitions: 32.

ROUND 4) I've followed Patty Dowden's indications for clusters' repetitions. No changes in my stitches' count. Total external repetitions: 48.

ROUND 5) I've started some variations. Outside clusters are all formed by 5 rings. Inside clusters are: 6 rings, 6 rings, 5 rings, then repeat the sequence; central ring of a cluster of 5 is joined with a swirl join, taking 2 picots of previous round: second last ring and second ring of 2 clusters below. Total external repetitions: 48.

ROUND 6) Outside clusters are all formed by 6 rings. Inside clusters are: 6 rings, 6 rings, 6 rings 5 rings, 5 rings (this pair is joined as clusters in the 3rd round); then repeat the sequence.
Total external repetitions: 60.



Round 7???

Ciao,
Ninetta.

Monday, 11 August 2014

aunt's collar - pattern for the edging - Part 2

After the previous post, you should have reached the upper right corner. Now there is a chain of 4 picots separated by 3ds, join to the central picot of the square's corner and tat another 3ds:
I joined with a lock stitch, but this is not a must, because now you're going to join to last picot of previous chain:
From now on, all chains will be the same length as in squares: 5 picots (considering a join as a picot too) separated by 3ds.

The rest of the edging recall the motif used as a corner in the square: RW and start a ring. Rings are even the same 3-3-3-3-3-3, but you should be careful where they are joined to the square motif. First ring is joined after the first 3ds to the central picot of the chain in the square.
pic 10

Then RW and start the chain. After 3ds, join it to the last picot of previous chain. Continue the chain.
Then, that's the same as in the corner of a square. You would not use a second shuttle, after the chain DO NOT Reverse Work and start the ring with the same shuttle. The outer ring is joined to the last chain in its last picot. So, the ring is 3ds, join to the last picot of previous chain, 3ds, then repeat  1 picot, 3ds, for 4 times.
Then, RW and start the inner ring that is joined to the previous inner ring at its second picot.

Then reverse again work and start the second chain, like in the corner of the square. (Refer to pic 15.) That chain is joined to the outer ring, so for the chain : 3ds, join to the last picot of outer ring, 3ds, then repeat  1 picot, 3ds  for 4 times. 

pic 15
(RW) Start a ring and join its 2nd picot to the 4th of previous ring, AND its 3rd picot to the central picot of the second ring. Tat 3ds, picot, 3ds. Attention now: you must join the central picot of the chain in the square:
Then the pattern is very repetitive. RW, start the chain. After 3ds, join it to the last picot of previous chain. Continue the chain. Do not RW, join to the central picot of the square's corner and tat another 3ds. Join to the last picot of previous chain, then continue with 4 picots separated by 3ds. RW and start again from pic 10.

Each pointed motif is repeated for the length of the collar. You should note that the connection point between squares is tatted the same as in the collar's corner, your left bottom side in the pic 18. BUT the chains are NOT JOINED.
pic 18
 This is the connection point between squares:
Start another chain, BUT don't join to previous chain:

Then restart another pointed motif.

When you reached the upper left corner of the collar, make a chain as usual, join to the central picot of the square's corner ring and tat another 3ds, join to last picot of previous chain and TAT ONLY 3 PICOTS MORE. That will take to the starting point of the edging.
RW, start a ring: 3ds, picot, 3ds, picot, 3ds. Join to the square motif at the next picot of square's corner ring. Continue the ring: 3ds, picot, 3ds, picot, 3ds. Close the ring, RW, make the last chain of 3ds, picot, 3ds, picot, 3ds. Cut and tie.

You should be proud of your new collar. I'm not. It's unwearable. :(


Ok, let's start a real collar then!

Ciao,
Ninetta.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

aunt's collar - pattern for the edging - Part 1

This is the tutorial for the edging around the square motifs. I've taken too much photos, then there will be 2 posts for this tutorial.

PART 1:  side closer to the neck.

In the next picture I pinned picots that are going to be joined: I started joining from pin number 1.
With a shuttle wound CTM, start a ring: 3ds, picot, 3ds, picot, 3ds. Join to the square motif (pin number 1). Continue the ring: 3ds, picot, 3ds, picot, 3ds.

This side, all rings are 3-3-3+3-3-3 (5 picots, considering a join "+" as though a picot). Rings join to square motifs in their central picot.

pic 1
RW and start a chain of 3ds, picot, 3ds. Reverse again and start another ring. This one is joined to previous after the first group of 3ds, to the last picot of previous ring, AND it is joined to the square motifs in pin number 2:
Then RW and start a chain a bit longer: 3ds, picot, 3ds, picot, 3ds. RW and start another ring, NOT joined to previous ring, but joined to the square motif in pin number 3:
RW and start again a short chain of 3ds, picot, 3ds. RW and start another ring. This one is joined to previous after the first group of 3ds, to the last picot of previous ring, AND it is joined to the square motifs in pin number 4. Then a longer chain follows: 3-3-3 :

Then they are all repetitions, till the last square, restarting from pic 1.
[ end of part 1 ]

Ciao,
Ninetta

Friday, 8 August 2014

Thursday, 7 August 2014

aunt's collar - 2 motifs joined

I pinned joining picots.
They are central picots of corner's rings and central picots of chains.

Ciao,
Ninetta

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Lady Scissors

She felt neglected. I had to give her a sop.
pattern is quad 13

Thank you very much for your nice comments. I'd say that each of you is a treasured aunt, aren't you?
Ciao,
Ninetta