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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Pink hearts and lavender sachets ...

Are you in the mood for lurve, or do you just like to self-indulge in pink hearts and lavender. I don't need much encouragement to doodle in yarn. And with St Valentine's Day just around the corner I'm having a little play to keep myself entertained. How do you like my lavender sachet?




Just read on for the instructions. 


A: to  make the heart sachet

Materials

Small amounts of 4 ply cotton in main colour and contrast. I used our own-label, Costa Brava Knitting 100% Organic Cotton in Pink Soda (main colour) and Powder Pink (contrast)

2.5 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 1 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 the two sides together with contrasting yarn using Double Crochet (DC) stitch. Work all the way around the hearts in DC, and when you finish, work a slip stitch into your first DC, chain 1, and work your way back in the opposite direction in Reverse Double Crochet stitch. When you're part way round, stuff the heart partly with toy filling, and with dried lavender heads wrapped in kitchen muslin to keep them from spreading through the body of the sachet. 


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 (yellow in my case), and join with a Slip Stitch.
Chain 3 and make 11 TC into chain 4 loop.
Change to petal colour (light blue here).
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 using a contrasting button for the centre.

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

All the best for now,

Bonny x

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