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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Crochet Lavender Sachets ... and waiting for the delivery man ...

These days I seem to spend my life waiting for deliveries. The principal culprit in all of this is my lovely husband, who has a really bad internet shopping habit. Wild horses won't drag that man to a bricks-and-mortar shop, but boy does he know how to burn his plastic on-line! Most of what he buys is boring tech-stuff that I never even knew we needed, but someone has to be on duty when the precious consignment hits the doorstep. And today, that honour falls to Maxi and me. And we're more than just a little bit bored with how it's cramping our style.


The problem is we're here:





When we'd really like to be here:


Or here:


Of course, it helps that it's raining outside and blowing a gale (no surprise there, we're in London and it's February), but still we'd like to have the option of going on one of our 'Big Out-of-Doors Adventures'.

To pass the time, because I can't seem to settle my head for any proper work, I've been playing about with scraps of wool.


After my efforts the other day with the Skinny Heart Lavender Sachet I got to thinking that it might be nice to make some smaller lavender sachets to use with my woollen jumpers, which are always vulnerable to moth attacks.

What do you think?




It's a variation on the Skinny Heart that I wrote about before, but this one is smaller and not quite so skinny - more of a Sweetheart heart (of the fizzy sweets fame).

I added a rosette flower, which borrows more from the prize rosettes down at the pony club than anything Mother Nature ever conceived of. It's very quick and easy to make as I used treble stitch for speed. I'm aiming for a lot of sachets in as little time as possible.




If you'd like to have a go at my variation on a theme here's what you need, and how to go about it.

A: to  make the heart sachet

Materials

Small amounts of double knitting in main colour and contrast

3.5 mm crochet hook

Pattern

The number shown in brackets is the number of stitches that you should have in each row. I am using English terminology, so if you're on the other side of the pond you may have to make allowances for the lingo.
At the end of each row you should chain 3 to turn, which is not included in the instructions below.

First side


  1. Chain 2
  2. 2 Treble Crochet (TC)  into second chain. (2)
  3. 2 TC in each stitch. (4)
  4. 2 TC into first stitch. 2 TC. 2 TC into last stitch. (6)
  5. 2 TC into first stitch. 4 TC. 2 TC into last stitch. (8)
  6. 2 TC into first stitch. 6 TC. 2 TC into last stitch. (10)
  7. 2 TC into first stitch. 8 TC. 2 TC into last stitch. (12)
  8. 2 TC into first stitch. 10 TC. 2 TC into last stitch. (14)
  9. TC entire row. (14)
  10. TC entire row. (14)
Large lobe of heart
  1. TC 7.
  2. TC 7.
  3. TC 2 together. TC 3. TC 2 together. (5)
  4. TC 2 together. TC 1. TC 2 together. (3)
  5. TC 2 together. TC 1. (2)
  6. Cast off and work other lobe of heart. 
Small lobe of heart
  1. TC 7, with the large lobe held to the right hand side.
  2. TC 2 together.TC 3. TC 2 together. (5)
  3. TC 2 together. TC1. TC 2 together. (3)
  4. TC 2 together. TC 1. (2)
  5. Cast off. 

Second Side

Rows 1 to 10 for main body of heart as above.

Small lobe of heart.
  1. TC 7.
  2. TC 2 together. TC 3. TC 2 together. (5)
  3. TC 2 together. TC1. TC 2 together. (3)
  4. TC 2 together. TC 1. (2)
  5. Cast off.
Large lobe of heart (made with small lobe on the right hand side)
  1. TC 7, with the small lobe held to the right hand side.
  2. TC 7. 
  3. TC 2 together. TC 3. TC 2 together. (5)
  4. TC 2 together. TC1. TC 2 together. (3)
  5. TC 2 together. TC 1. (2)
  6. Cast off and weave in the loose ends.
Join together with contrasting yarn using DC stitch.

Stuff partly with toy filling, and with dried lavender heads wrapped in kitchen muslin to keep them from spreading through the body of the sachet. You can see how I wrapped them up here: Skinny hearts

B: to make the rosette flower

Materials

Small amount of 4 ply wool for the centre
Small amount of double knitting for the petals
My plan in using different thicknesses of wool was to make the petals bunch chunky like on a rosette.
2 mm crochet hook.

Pattern

Chain 4 in centre colour (green in my case), and join with a Slip Stitch.
Chain 3 and make 11 TC into chain 4 loop.
Change to petal colour (pink double knitting wool in my case).
Slip Stitch to join. Chain 3, 1 double treble crochet (DTC), Chain 3 into the same stitch as the original slip stitch. *Slip stitch into next stitch, Chain 3, 1 DTC, Chain 3, all into same stitch*. Repeat from * to * all the way round to create 12 petals. Fasten off, weave in ends - or leave them loose and trim like the tail of a rosette - and attach to the crochet heart.

I have used English terminology here, but I think the following is an accurate translation of the terms into American terminology:

English Double Crochet = American Single Crochet
English Treble Crochet = American Double Crochet
English Double Treble Crochet = American Treble Crochet

Anyway fingers crossed for my delivery to arrive some time before I need to leave for the school run,


Bonny x

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