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Wine Bottle Cozy

Here is the wine bottle cozy I crocheted for my Mother-in-Law for her birthday.  She loved it.

The Yarn was Red Heart Collage and the color is Landscape Green.

I just love how the greens and pink of the yarn were blended and came out so pretty.

I added the ruffled rows around the top to make it more ruffly after the draw string is pulled.

The two beads on the draw string are two of my lampwork (handmade) glass beads.

 

Here is the pattern I used: http://www.yarntomato.com/patterns/wine-bottle-cozy/

I made a few changes. I skipped rows 12 and 13, (the two rows where you add the beads) because I was not adding beads.  I did 6 rows of sc after changing from the bottle bottom and starting up the sides, but that was going too slow, so I changed to dc and crocheted to 9 inches from bottom.  Then switched back to sc for the last 1/2 inch.  For the top edge, after I finished the pattern, I wanted it more ruffly than the pattern called for, so I did one row of sc working 3 sc in each stitch to force it to ruffle and then another row of sc working 2 sc in each stitch, continuing to force it to ruffle.

Then made my draw string and added two of my handmade (lampwork) beads to the ends of the drawstring after I threaded it into the cozy.

Happy crocheting.

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Freeform Crochet, My Scarf, Part 2

Continuing on with my Freeform scarf made with the scrumbling technique.  (See previous post for part 1) Quite interesting fibre arts, to say the least.

The pic above depicts my scrumbles numbers 4 and 5.  (Pics of #’s 1, 2 and 3 in previous post). Number 4 is the one on the left.  I attached the pink and started kind of at the center top of the previous scrumble.  From there I went to the blue and black yarn, then to the left of that add the teal, then the peach and lastly the purple.  Creating a half arch coming up and off of the previous scrumble containing bobbles, fans, ruffles and open spaces.

Scrumble number 5 came about as the scarf was now needing support so it would hang better.  I started on the right hand side of Scrumble #3 with the pastel blue/pink/white yarn, then to a darker pink, and then the blue/back textured yarn, it contains bobbles and shell scollops.  Then I left a lot of open spaces and created a ruffly effect in the blue/black yarn at the top, which is created with ch sts and sl sts.  It connected to #4 at the top left, attaching it to the purple.

Scrumble number 6 is the left hand scrumble in the pic above.  For #6, I again started on the left/top side with the purple and this one went straight up for a bit, then it started curving over to the left and then curved way over and back to the right.  It is mostly bobbles, sc, dc, and lacy open work with chs and sc, ending with the extremely textured brown/red/tan bulky yarn, which I have fallen in love with for scrumbling.

The scrumble to the right of it is actually #8, it was made after Scrumble #7 in the pic below, and it is open and lacy and I only used 2 colors in it.  It contains ch sts and sc only, then attaches to the lower and upper scrumbles with slip stitches.

Scrumble number 7 is the center top scrumble starting with the white yarn, which by the way, I have not used previously.  I crocheted a ch arch with the white and worked off of that, wrapping sc and dc around the chain to create the curve with a bit of scallops in it.  This one was worked up through the teal on the left and the blue/black textured yarn on the top right.

I then came in and added #8, (see pic above) the cream and pink lacy scrumble, which connected numbers 6 and 7 together on the right hand sides.

Scrumble #9 is the variegated round scrumble in the upper right hand corner of the pic above, outlined with pink yarn.  This is a bullion circle stitch and the first time I have incorporated it into the scarf, and then goes up to the left with some bobbles.  Below is a close up pic of Scrumble #9.

It connects numbers 7 and 8 together and allows them to hang better.

Scrumble #10 begins on the right, and contains only 2 yarns, blue/pink/white yarn and the purple yarn.  It comes across the tops of #9 and #7.  It is some double crochet shells which ruffle by going behind the with a short ch st and forcing them to ruffle up.  I then came behind them with the purple, working dc behind the shells and 3 sc in each dc and another row of 3 sc in each sc to force the ruffly effect at the top of the purple, the purple chs it’s way across and catches the teal with a sl st, then works around the teal in sc.

Here is a pic of the whole scarf so far.  It is about half done.

I have been having so much fun creating this.  I will work on it some more and create another blog post as it continues.  We will see where it goes next.

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