Sunday, April 23, 2006

Sharing favorite stitches and free patterns

Hi Everyone,

We have had rain for 3 straight days, and I know the grass and flowers need it badly, but I long to see the sun.  It is so gloomy.

In the past few days, on a crochet list that I belong to, there has been a discussion about designers sharing their patterns.  There seems to be some misunderstanding here, as I see it.  We designers usually sell our designs to magazines or book publishers, once that is done, we are not at liberty to go sharing the patterns with others, free of charge.  We hope that they will buy the publication that the design appears in. 

That said, I do have some free patterns on my web sight, which many people use for charity knitting, www.margarethubertoriginals.com , and  which I am happy to share with any one who wants them ( two pictures above).

Thinking about this subject though, I thought that it might be fun, from time to time to share some of my favorite stitches.  Pictured above is a stitch called Tunisian and Shells.  I really like this stitch.  Below are the instructions on how to do it.

TUNISIAN STITCH WITH SHELLS: Chain multiple of 8 plus 4

Row 1 (shells):  4 dc in 4th ch from hook *skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next ch, skip 3 ch,  9 Dc in next ch: rep from * end sk 3, 1 sc next ch, sk 3, 5 dc in last  ch. Ch 1 turn.

Row 2: (right side) (tunisian st): *(draw up a loop in next st and retain loop on hook) 5 times (6 loops on hook), draw up a loop in next st and draw this loop thru first loop on hook forming an upright st or bar.  (yo and thru 2 loops) 5 times *.  There are 6 bars and 1 loop on hook.  **the loop on hook counts as the first st. so skip the first bar, retaining  loops on hook, draw up a loop in each of the next 5 bars (6 loops on hook), draw up a loop in next st and thru first loop on hook, (yo and thru 2 loops) 5 times.  Rep from ** twice.  Insert hook in 2nd bar, yo and thru bar and loop on hook (1 st bound off), bind off 4 more sts, 1 sc in next st.  Rep from * , ending bind off 5 sts, sc  in top of turning ch.  Ch 1 turn.

Row 3: Sk 1st st (ch 1 counts as 1st st), 1 sc in each st across, sc in turning ch, ch 3 turn.

Row 4:  (first part of shell row):  Yo, draw up a loop in 2nd sc, yo and thru 2 loops on hook, (yo anddraw up a loop in next st, yo and thru 2 loops) 3 times, yo and thru 5 loops on hook, ch 1 tightly to for eye of ½ shell * ch 3, sc in next st, ch 3, (yo and draw up a loop in next st, yo and thru 2 loops) 9 times, yo and thru 10 loops on hook, ch 1 tightly to form eye of full shell; rep from * end ch 3,sc in next st,ch 3 (yo and draw up a loop in next st, yo and thru 2 loops) 4 times, yo and thru 5 loops, ch 1 tightly to form eye of ½ shell. Ch 3 turn.

 

Row 5:  (second part of shell row):  4 dc in eye of first ½ shell, sk ch 3,  1 sc in first sc, sk ch 3,  *9 dc in eye of next shell, sk ch 3, 1 sc in next sc, sk ch 3; rep from * end,  sk ch 3,  5 dc in eye of last ½ shell, ch 1 turn.

 

Repeat Rows 2 thru 5 for pattern.

Have fun

Margaret

1 comment:

Debi Stoll said...

In this post and another about tunisian crochet you refer to pictures that are not there. I am most eager to see these pictures.

Debi