Crochet Decorations for Inside and Out | Elizabeth Lovick | Skillshare
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6 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Icicles

    • 3. Flower Rings

    • 4. Ring Strings

    • 5. Flower Bunting

    • 6. Icicle Bunting

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About This Class

Icicles are super-easy to make, using only chain stitches and UK treble/US double crochet.  Make them in any thickness of yarn and hang them inside or out.  The flower rings need a few moe stitches, but they too are quick to make and can be used several ways.

Use the individual icicles are rings or the bunting for Christmas, birthdays and more.  Hang them inside or outside - they are built to withstand our island gales!

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Elizabeth Lovick

Knitting and Spinning Author and Teacher


I live and work on the small Orkney island of Flotta. I've been knitting, designing and writing since I was small and enjoy bringing traditional stitches to modern knitters. I have self-published several books, including Patterns for North Ronaldsay Yarn, The Gansey Workbook, The Fair Isle Workbook, Exploring Shawl Shapes and the Fine Spinning Workbook. I am the author of the best-selling 'The Magic of Shetland Lace Knitting' and 'Magical Shetland Shawls to Knit', published by Search Press in the UK and St Martins in the USA, both of which have been widely translated. I am the editor of 'Centenary Stitches', a book of patterns updated from the WW1 era.

And I have been teaching for ever! It has always been something I enjoyed doing, both in the academic world and in the world o... See full profile

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1. Introduction: homeless traffic here Northern lace. And today we're going to be looking at making some Croshere decorations that could be used Christmas that could be used for birthdays. Anything first thing will be making is the zika rings. They're very simple to make. Made on a metal ring, the inlay pdf. It tells you exactly what you need for each thing. You can also put a bell in the middle of them. The beauty of thes is they can be used inside and out on the They were originally designed to go on the community tree in beyond the floater where I live on young bombed the tree and nobody knew who done it as well as making the individual, um, battle flowers, whatever rings were also then, making a string of rings like that, you can, um I've used them all the same color. I'm away this one like this where you've got three different colors. And again these can be home from windows. They could be hung on the tree on the mantelpiece or water. We'll also then be making these little icicles. These are incredibly simple to make for these three only stitches you need are a chain on a UK trouble, which is a US double crow shape on these. You can then tie on for the floater Christmas tree outside. What we did is we kept the ends and just tied the ends around the branches of the trees. You can get rid of the ends if you so desire. Uh, will also be making those into bunting. Um, on there is a line of lots and lots of bicycles in different colors that could be hung up. I don't a fireplace or something or could go on a tree outside. If you use acrylic yarn than beauty of this year's, it could go out in the rain. There's always your tucked tightly. The winning doesn't matter, either. We have girls when we have trio on, all of decoration survived. No, the other thing you could do with the petals is to make bumping with them as well. It's all good into a grimace on these air attached just with little lots. And again, I'm using three different shapes off shit sizes of rings on. I've put these on randomly. You can put them on in a set order if you so desire to make one of thes rings as well as the chain and the crow shale. A trouble or double pressure? You need a couple of other stitches in UK terminology. You need a double Croshere for the ring. You need 1/2 trouble. Do you need to substance in American terminology, that single crow schaefer the ring on. Then you need the half double, uh, double Cochet on slip stitch again. All very easy. The I've used here, I've used decay on and I've used for millimeter hook You could make all of the's in other things. The icicles in particular could really, really nice in a thin young a crushing your appreciate cotton again. Just adjust your size of needle of hook until you get it right. The project is simply to make some of these things. Show us pictures of the finished article 2. Icicles: Now we're going to make one of these little icicles. These are dead. Dead, easy to make. All you need to be able to do is a chain on, then in UK terminology, trouble in U. S. A double crochet. You start off by doing the chain length you want. I've made some suggestions in the pdf as to how long you might make it, but it really is up to you. Um, on once you've done your chain in the usual way, you then do a travel into the fourth chain from the ring on a second trouble into that same Che. Now what we're going to do is go up the chain doing to troubles in one on three in the next , two in the next, three in the next. So I did, too, in that one. So I'm going to do three troubles into this one. If it will cope. Well, it's much easier when you haven't got a camera. Go. Don't worry. If it pulls like that, you can see the chain is being pulled by the time you finish off. That won't matter. It'll sort itself out when you go into the next one sided three and not so into this next one I'm going to do to trouble the one to Now I'm using sparkly on for this young with a sparkle threat. They're brilliant. Could to catch the light Don't use sequence. So sequence and crow she really don't work. So don't use a young with sequins in, But do use one of the sparkly ones I'm actually using. Some from the u K people will know I'm using it from from deals or pound shop. It's quite an amazingly good acrylic yarn for the price that you pay for it. Um, if you're going to have thumb outside, um, a critic is good, because again, the weather will not bother it. Um uh, wool is okay too. But any old bits will do. And again, I'm using double knitting. Here you can use bits and pieces off anything you like. Obviously the size will change. If you use crochet cotton, you'll get a much dainty a bicycle. If you use thick yard Well, it will be much champion, but basically you can do this with any bits and pieces. Now you can see there as I'm working, it's beginning to curl round Now what I'm going to do now is just go straight up to the top . There we are. I've gone up to the top. Now what I'm just going to simply do here is cut. You can make chains on the end if you want to. I'm just going toe cut the and the Andi bring it through. And then what I do is take the two ends and pull on their We've got our icicle. Now, if you're these are wonderful on trees outside on, you can simply use the two ends to tie them onto the branches off your your tree. Um or, um you can, um, bring the ends in on just we've thumb in and you can see here. I've got it says, use it. They say some. I made earlier all sorts of different lengths in the pattern. There is the instructions for those three different lengths, but you could make them longer or shorter, whatever you like. It's completely up to you on as I say, you can do them in all sorts off different. He comes 3. Flower Rings: what we're going to be making. No, uh, thes rings. Now they come in, I've got them in three different sizes. On we start off with a metal ring like this. Metal is much better than plastic. You can use these plastic ones which are just ordinary curtain rings. But trouble with that is that they are very heavy. Now. That's fine from indoor tree. But if you're going to put him outside than the weight of the metal ring makes them hang better in the weather. So first of all, you need a ring. Then you need your yawn on your hook. I'm using double knitting yang. Um, a lot of these I've done with a sparkly yarn. This happens to be a plane. What? We start off with a, uh uh, Slipknot onto the hook on that is the on. I've left a good eight inches or 20 centimeters on. That will be for possibility off tying it onto a tree. Now what we do is we're going to do D c double Croce in UK terminology, single Kroc a in American on. What we're going to do is take the your hook behind the ring, pick up the own on, then finished the stitch in the usual way. So we're doing that around the yard now. Round ring. Don't worry too much about tension. It will sort itself out. There is a PdF pattern for all of this. It tells you how many of the the stitches you need on the ring. If you have a different size ring, just make sure it's covered. You need a multiple of four. The exact number isn't terribly important. If you want picking on, you can use sticky on worsted yarn. Would be would work just about his work right? I've now done 32 Double Cochet single Crow Shea into the ring on. We finish that, then with a slip stitch into the 1st 1 Now, as I say, it doesn't have to be the numbers I've put on the pdf as long as it's a multiple of four and there's the slip stitch made, and now we're going to do the petal a bit on. We're using three different stitches. We start with and I say this in in UK first and then in us in new K terms, there's a double Cochet. Ah, half trouble on two travels on, then I have trouble again. That's the four different things. So that's the 1st 1 is a double trouble. Sorry, the 1st 1 is a double crow. Shea. The 2nd 1 is 1/2 trouble. Then there is to troubles into the same stitch and then 1/2 travel into the next stage. Now in us, that means there is first of all, a single Croshere. Then 1/2 double. Then two doubles into the same stitch and then 1/2 double again before we start the next one with a single Cruz J. So let's do that at the beginning. I'm not going to bother because I'm doing a a small stitch first. I'm not bothering with a chain the beginning. So there is the first stitch, the UK double you a single, and now we do the half trouble, which, if you remember, is you put the you put the yon round as though you are going to be doing a trouble. But when you come to bring up the loops off, you bring them all three off together. And now I see travel double in us. And here we're doing two into the same now on the pattern. You'll see for the larger rings. The rings like this, you actually do three into the ring. Not too. So there have you done are too. And now we've got that half trouble again, which is started. So it's a trouble. But then take all three loops off together, and then we start that sequence again. On that is the the petrol on. Now, what we simply do is go all the way around. Um, until we come back to beginning. And now I've come nearly to the end. I've just got the one, uh, last half trouble to do well, well on, then. I'm just finishing off by putting a slip stitch into that first stretch there. If you get to the end and find that you've got too many or too few of stitches in the first row, then you can just just fudge it. It's only a decoration. It doesn't matter if it's not exactly right now just to finish off, then we're going to do a chain. Um, the number you've got on chain will depend on how you want to use it for ah, hanging loop like this. Then I do 30 chain. If I'm going to use it to make one of the rings, then I just need eight chain. But I say this one on it does not. Some other things you can do with these and different numbers of James say, that's as many as I want. Um, then I just finish by a slip stitch into beginning of the round. And this is the problem with with these, you've got to watch it, because sometimes okay, curls around. There we are. We've got it right at that point, It's a question of cutting your yard on again. Cut it with a good eight inches, 20 centimeters so that you can decide exactly what you're going to do it. Now, what we do next is, um, on the back, you can just, um, we've the's in and you can see that you can As you weave it in, you congest tighten that up there to make it look good. The other thing you could do with the first starting one, um, is I've got here some bells of different sizes and different colors. Um, on you can put a bell inside that, um, this is a small ring on the silver ones are quite big for that. So it will be one of those I suspect, Um, I've also got some small green ones, which would do. But what we do here is just, um, pop that through that First that, uh, on then finish off, leaving it just a little bit like that so that it couldn't ring nicely on again. You just we've in the end after that. Now, don't do put bells on if you're leaving them outside because they will rust. But if you're using them inside, then you can put a bet on life. And there we are. That's just finished off the top there. Um, and you've got a nice little decoration. 4. Ring Strings: they're here. We're using those same flowers on rings to make just a hanging decoration off three in a row. What you do is you make your individual rings in the usual way. Um and then what you do is at the end, just have a small number off chains. Um, I tend to do about 80 year six or eight, that sort of thing. Andi, I do. All of my three. You can do the same size, same color. Or you can have one like this where you've got different colors involved. Um, make your individual ones on, then put them out. Andi with See you weave in your starting end on. Then the chain with the end that's on the chain. Attached them opposite the chain from the next one up. Now, in the middle size one, we've got 2468 rings, petals, And so the chain will be between those two petrels. Okay, Now, on this one here, the big ring. We've got 24689 petals. And so the chain is attaching to the center of that petrol on. That means then, when it um hangs, it will hang directly down a to the end. Here again, you can do what you like. I've got the 30 chain into a loop on. Those could be hung individually that look nice, hung on either tree or in the window or whatever again. You can put bells in some if you want to or not. But those are the chain of rings. 5. Flower Bunting: one thing you could do with your flowers is make bunching Now one. What I've done already is the chain. I've done it a long as I want to pull us a bit longer because I can always cut it short on . Then there two possible ways of putting these on. You can simply put them on like that on that way, it's very easy for them to move. It may be too easy for them to move, so a better way might be to put them under the string on Theun Puller around. So you've actually got 1/2 hitch now. It is possible to move that, but it won't slide. If I do this, it won't slide. Do with E that one. You see, I can't do because you can't get the whole of the ring through that. So that's no good. Let's try this one under. Think it through and pull your half inch and then you could flatten and you couldn't do as many of thes as you like on there. You can move thumb, so if you're wanting to put them up over a fireplace or something, put them all on to begin with. Uh, somethin. When you've got it in place, you can just adjust the distances between them. The other thing you can do if you're doing going to be doing this, is to make the chain length different lengths so that some come down. More lovers, infinite variety, a very, very simple bunting, either for Christmas or for birthday or whatever. There's lots of things you could do with it, but that's the basic idea. I'm for my bunting. Here. You can see I have just taken the rings randomly. So sometimes there's a sequence Sometimes I've got to together. If they aren't crying quite right. What you can do at the end is just swap one or two around. So again you can either do it in a very regimented way or in a very random way, whichever suits you better. And that's now ready toe 6. Icicle Bunting: now going to make some bunting using the icicles. I've started the chain. You wanted a length on the end. If in doubt, do a longer end when you think you might need because you can always cut it off and then just not it. So do a longer And first of all, um, you you can Either they out your that the ones you're going to use the icicles in the order already or you can just have a pile of them and take them at random. It doesn't matter what you do, it's up to you. Let's say we're going to use these now. What I've done in each of these is I have got rid off the ends I've woven in the end. So what I'm going to do now is just use a double Kocian UK single Croshere in the US just doing I'm going to do three along that end trouble. 123 Attach it there like that on. Then I'm going to do the distance I want between them. If in doubt 10 centimeters four inches is about right, you may want them closer together. You may want them further apart, but as I say most commercial bunting tends to have things for inches. Don't send me to the bar. That's about right. And then you pick up the next one and do exactly the same thing using you D c o c. One to three and again, you can have thes at the same distance apart. Or you could have some closer apart in some further apart. The one thing about doing it this way is that you can't. Once you've done it, you can't slip the mullahs the way we've done it with the with the flowery petal thing is, you can slip them with this. You can't if you want to be able to slip them well at the when you come to the end of doing it, icicle. Just do a short, say, eight inch chain on slipped stitch to the beginning there. So you've got a little loop, which you can then run onto your your check. So just carry on as long as you like until you've got your nice Once you've got a what you want, then just adjust the top. They tend to have got a bit flattened as you have bean holding them to crow Shea the attachment to the chain. So just turned around. Um um Well, well, that's put all the icicles on the chair, and what I'm ending up by doing is piece of chain at the end for attaching it to wherever I'm gonna put it. And again, as I said before, if in doubt, do it slightly longer than you think you need, because you can always cut it off. It's more difficult to add things. I could just finish off that by running the end down through there. Hey, we have ah, bunching. You can see that. I've used the bicycles in a pretty round manner. That's the other end. I basically happen in a fire and picked him up in some places, you can see we've got the three colors together in other places. We've got to the same. Um uh, We got very stiff. Thanks. Um, so that is you icicle Bunty. And this again looks wonderful outside. Wrapped around, um, a small tree round the round branches. A small trick or attached to a larger tree. Great for a community tree. Project, as I say, was originally designed for young bombing the floater, um, tree on. We made lots off off the white icicles which we hung on in the dead of night, and nobody knew who done it.