Saturday, August 14, 2010

Catherine Wheel Stitch in Wool & some talk about Threads

Back again to writing about Catherine Wheel Stitch. Please note, it was worked in thread for the Crochet Coin Purse. The effect will look different with wool. I have some old pics, clicked after the bag turned old :( (Never thought much about clicking snaps, until I realized those things are getting old).

There's one more pic with a closeup. But by then the bag was so old, that I had to click a snap of the reverse side of the bag's flap.

That's what I don't like about working with wool - it doesn't last long enough and so I switched to using thread instead.

But I am still on the lookout for good thread. If anyone comes across thread as thick as wool (slightly thinner is okay), please, let me know.

I really regret taking months at times and finishing a crochet work, which looks dull in no time. In fact, the very day it's completed I start feeling it looks dull. But with thread crochet, it's more like eyes beware, plus wait for many more months before the work completes.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Filet Crochet - White Mesh Vest

This one's my all-time favorite (also mentioned in my other blog). I actually worked this pattern thrice - in different colors. Some have asked me for the pattern several times (I don't mind sharing, bcoz I would never have this Jacket if Vrinda aunty had not shared this with me) but unfortunately, this one's a kind of crochet where you need to go by the instructions down to the T.

Unlike the Catherine Wheel pattern which had just 5 rows of instructions, in this one, each row is unique and the instructions are quite lengthy. That's when I created the below graph to make it simpler.


  • The jacket starts from the Top Left corner (marked an arrow).
  • Plz ignore the border edging done around the vest, that's done after finishing the vest. The border edging does not include the lower scalloped shape.
  • Follow the diagram vertically starting from top left.
  • The stitches used are the basic Chain, Single Crochet, Double Crochet & Treble Crochet
  • To begin, ch 51. DC in 4th ch from hook, work 1 dc each in next 2 dc. Ch 6, skip 6 ch. sc in each of next 5 ch. Ch 6...
  • Please refer diagram for complete instructions.
  • The mesh pattern is worked with a gap of 2 ch.
  • For the long stitch that appears as a line from the center of the flowers is worked in Treble Crochet.
  • To create the steps like lower edging, add 6 ch, work dc in 4th ch, followed by dc in 5th & 6th ch.
  • To begin the part around armholes, add chain, count 3ch per cell (as per diagram).
  • Edging is worked in 3 rows of SC.
  • The front edges may be either stitched together or buttons could be added.
Also, in the diagram ignore the part marked in red - that creates extra long arm holes.
I know, these instructions may not help much, but I hope the diagram lays a framework to create a similar jacket.

This jacket would require around 150 grams of wool.