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Friday, May 08, 2015

May Baskets and Pineapples; A Free Crochet Pattern for You

Several years ago I designed a set of doilies for Annie's Attic called 'Vintage Floral Doilies.' The publishing rights have now reverted back to me, and I am now happy to make these patterns available to you for free. I will be adding the other doilies in the set though the coming months, so please check back for the others. 
These are my original patterns, so they are written differently from the ones AA published, but they are the same designs.
Today, I have the second pattern in the set for you, May Baskets and Pineapples. I hope you will enjoy it!

 May Baskets and Pineapples Doily
by Elizabeth Ann White
for BellaCrochet
Skill Level: Advanced; for experienced crocheters
Size: About 17” across.
Materials:
Size 10 Cotton Thread:
  200 yards White
  75 yards Green
  50 yards each Pink and Rose
Fabric Glue
Heavy starch
Size 7 (1.65 mm) Steel hook
Special Stitches
For beginning small shell (beg sm shell) : ( ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch sp indicated
For small shell: (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in ch sp indicated
For beginning large (beg large shell) : (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch sp indicated
For large shell: (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch sp indicated
For double shell:  (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in ch sp indicated
For 3-dc cluster: Holding back last lp of each st on hook, 3 dc in ch sp indicated, yo, pull through all lps on hook.
For 2-dc cluster: Holding back last lp of each st on hook, 2 dc in ch sp indicated, yo, pull through all lps on hook.

Doily
Rnd 1: With rose, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring; ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 3) 6 times, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: For petals, (sc, ch 1, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch sp around, join.
Rnd 3: Working behind petals, ch 3, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 3) around, join with sl st in first ch.
Rnd 4: (Sc, ch 1, 5 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch sp around, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 5: Working behind petals, ch 4, (sl st between next 2 petals, ch 4) around, join with sl st in first ch.
Rnd 6: (Sc, ch 1, 3 dc, tr, 3 dc, ch 1, sc) in each ch sp around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.
Rnd 7: Join green with sc in tr of first petal of last rnd, (ch 4, dc in 4th ch from hook) 2 times, *sc in tr of next petal, (ch 4, dc in 4th ch from hook) 2 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 8: (Sl st, beginning small shell) (see Special Stitches)  in first ch sp, ch 2, *small shell (see Special Stitches) in next ch sp, ch 2; repeat from * around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. (12 sm shells made)
Rnd 9: Join white with sl st in ch sp of first sm shell, beg sm shell in same sp as joining, ch 3,  skip next ch-2 sp, *sm  shell in ch sp of  next sm shell, ch 3, skip next ch-2 sp; repeat from *  around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.
Rnd 10: Sl st across to ch sp of first sm shell, (sl st, beg sm shell) in ch sp of first sm shell, ch 4, skip next ch-3 sp, *sm shell in ch sp of next sm shell, ch 4, skip next ch-3 sp; repeat from * around, join.
Rnd 11: Sl st across to ch sp of first sm shell, (sl st, beg large shell-see Special Stitches) in  ch sp of first sm shell, ch 5, skip next ch-4 sp, *lrg shell in ch sp of next sm shell, ch 5, skip next ch-4 sp; repeat from *  around, join.
Rnd 12:  Sl st across to ch sp of first lrg shell, (sl st, beg lrg shell) in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 6, skip next ch-5 sp, *lrg shell in ch sp of next lrg shell, ch 6, skip next ch-5 sp; repeat from *  around, join.
Rnd 13: Sl st across to ch sp of first lrg shell, (sl st, beg lrg shell) in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 7, skip next ch-6 sp, *lrg shell in ch sp of next lrg shell, ch 7, skip next ch-6 sp; repeat from *  around, join.
Rnd 14: Sl st across to ch sp of first lrg shell,  (sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in  ch sp of first lrg shell (counts as first double shell), ch 7, skip next ch-7 sp, *double shell (see Special Stitches)  in  ch sp of next lrg shell, ch 7, skip next ch-7 sp; repeat from *  around, join.
Row 15: Now working in rows, for First Pineapple, ch 4, lrg shell in first ch-2 sp of first double shell, ch 3, lrg shell in next ch-2  sp on same double shell, skip next 2 dc, tr in last dc of same double shell; leaving remaining sts unworked, turn.
Row 16: Ch 4, lrg shell in  ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, 9 dc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, lrg shell in  ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 17: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, dc in next dc, (ch 1, dc in next dc) 8 times, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 18: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 3) 8 times, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 19: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 7 times, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 20: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 6 times, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 21: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 5 times, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 22: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 4 times, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn
Row 23: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 3 times, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 24: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3) 2 times, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 25: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, skip next ch-3 sp, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 26: Ch 4, lrg shell in ch sp of first lrg shell, skip next 2 ch-3 sps, lrg shell in ch sp of last lrg shell, tr in last st, turn.
Row 27: Ch 4, 3 dc cluster (see Special Stitches) in ch sp of each of 2 lrg shells, ch 4, sl st in last st. Fasten off.
Row 15: For Next Pineapple, working in remaining unworked stitches of Rnd 14, skip next ch-7 sp, skip next double shell, skip next ch-7 sp, join with sl st in first dc of next double shell, ch 4, lrg shell in first ch-2 sp of same double shell, ch 3, lrg shell in next ch-2 sp on same double shell, skip next 2 dc, tr in last dc of same double shell; leaving remaining sts unworked, turn.
Rows 16-27: Repeat Rows 16-27 of First Pineapple.
Repeat Next Pineapple 4 more times for a total of 6 Pineapples.

Edging
Join green with sc in end of Row 15 on first Pineapple, *(ch 4, sc in end of next row)  12 times, ch 4, (sc, ch 5, sc, ch 7, sc, ch 5, sc) in sp between clusters of Row 27; working down remaining side of Pineapple,  ch 4, sc in end of  Row 27,  (ch 4, sc in end of next row) 13 times, (ch 4, sc in next ch sp on Rnd 14) 4 times, ch 4*, sc in end of first row of Next Pineapple; repeat from * 4 more times, repeat between **,  join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Basket (make 6)
Note: To work into spaces of Foundation, insert hook between the ch-3 and the dc of each space
Row 1: For Foundation, with brown, (ch 3, dc in 3rd ch from hook) 5 times (5 Foundation sps made); working in ch sps on one side of Foundation (see Note), ch 3, (dc, ch 2, dc) in each ch sp across, dc in first ch of first ch-3 of Foundation, turn.
Rows 2 & 3: Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, dc) in each ch-2 sp across, dc in last dc, turn.
Rows 4 & 5: Ch 3, sm shell in each ch-2 sp across, dc in last st, turn.
Row 6: Ch 3, lrg shell in ch sp of each sm shell across, dc in last st, turn.
Row 7: Ch 3, lrg shell in ch sp of each lrg shell across, dc in last st, turn, do not fasten off.
For Handle, (ch 4, 2 dc cluster –see Special Stitches- in 4th ch from hook) 20 times, sl st in first st of Row 7. Fasten off.
For Base of Basket, working in sps on opposite side of Foundation, join brown with sl st in first ch sp, beg sm shell in same sp as joining, sm shell in each ch sp across. Fasten off.

Posies (make 15 pink, 15 rose)
Ch 3, (dc, ch 2, sl st) in 3rd ch from hook (first petal made) (ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st) 4 times in same ch first petal was worked in. Fasten off.

Leaves (make 18)
With green, ch 4, 2 dc cluster in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in same ch first 2-dc cluster was worked in, ch 9, 2 dc cluster in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, ch 3, sl st in same ch last 2-dc cluster was worked in. Fasten off.

Finishing
1: Place Doily, Baskets, Posies and Leaves on blocking surface. Spray with starch, shape and allow to dry.
2: Glue 5  Posies and 3 Leaves to each Basket as shown in photo.

3: Glue Baskets to Doily between Pineapples as shown in photo.


Special thanks go to E. J. Miller, Jolene Ortiz, Debbie Peters, Karen Misiunas and Jewel Fernley for testing this pattern.

Copyright BellaCrochet 2011. All rights reserved. Please do not redistribute or share this pattern; do not post it on any website. You may share the link to the pattern only (and link shares are greatly appreciated, please tell your crocheting friends who might enjoy this pattern!) 

If you have enjoyed this design, I hope you will check out my other free patterns:

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Threadie's May 2015 Crochet Along (CAL)

I just finished my doily for the Threadie's Facebook group's monthly Crochet Along.
 
This month, we are making the stunning 'Summer Splendor' doily, designed by Denise Owen.
You can find the pattern here:
Summer Splendor

I decided to go a little nuts with the colors this month. I picked out all my favorite shades of pink and green, then added soft yellow as an accent color. I changed colors on almost every round. 

It is so much fun to see all of the different color combinations folks are coming up with!
It is not too late to join us if you would like to. We would love to have you!
You can join the group here:
Threadies
I hope you will join us!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Pretty Pinwheel Doily: A Free Crochet Pattern for You

Today I have  a fun little pattern for you. The Pretty Pinwheel Doily is small and works up quickly, but the pinwheel gives it an unusual and whimsical style all its own. I think it is a great design for experimenting  with different color combinations. I hope you will enjoy it!
Pretty Pinwheel Doily

By Elizabeth Ann White
For BellaCrochet

Size: About 8 ½” across

Skill Level: Intermediate—for those who are familiar with working with size 10 thread and steel hooks, and who have a thorough understanding of the basics of crochet

Special Stitches:
For 2 tr cluster:  (yo 2 times, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull lp through, yo, work off 2 lps, yo, work off next 2 lps) 2 times, yo, pull through  all 3 lps on hook

For 3 tr cluster:  (yo 2 times, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull lp through, yo, work off 2 lps, yo, work off next 2 lps) 3 times, yo, pull through  all 4 lps on hook

Materials:
Size 10 Cotton Thread:
  150  yards Color A
  100 yards Color B
Heavy spray starch
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel hook

Doily
Rnd 1: With color A, ch 8, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 3, 23 dc in ring, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off. (First ch-3 counts as first dc; 24 dc made)

Rnd 2: Join color B with sc in first st, sc in each dc around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in each of first 2 sts, ch 20, (sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 20) around, join.

Rnd 4: Sl st in second sc, (sl st, ch 3, 11 dc, ch 2, 12 dc) in first ch-20 sp, (12 dc, ch 2, 12 dc) in each remaining ch-20 sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3. Fasten off.

Rnd 5: Join color A with sl st in first st, ch 3, dc in each dc around with (dc, ch 2, dc) in each ch-2 sp, join. Fasten off.

Rnd 6: Join color B with sc in first st, sc in each dc around with (sc, ch 3, sc) in each ch-2 sp, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will notice that the 12  ‘points’ of the Pinwheel have a natural tendency to twist. In the following round, you will twist each point and work into the   ch-3 sp at the center top of the point. The wrong side of the stitches on the previous 2 rounds will be facing you as you work Rnd 7.  Make sure that you twist each point in the same direction!
Twist each point as shown in photo when working Rnd 7

Rnd 7: Join color A with sl st in first ch-3 sp, (ch 3, 2 tr cluster—see Special Stitches—ch 5, 3 tr clustersee Special Stitches—ch 5, 3 tr cluster, ch 5) in same sp as joining, (3 tr cluster, ch 5) 3 times in each remaining ch-3 sp around, join with sl st in top of 2 tr cluster. Fasten off.

Rnd 8: Join color B with sc in first ch-5 sp, (2 sc, ch 3, 3 sc) in same sp as joining, (3 sc, ch 3, 3 sc) in each remaining ch-5 sp around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 9: Join color A with sc in first ch-3 sp, ch 10, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5) 2 times, *sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 10, (sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 5) 2 times; repeat from * 9 more times, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 10, sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 5, sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 2, join with dc in first sc for joining sp.

Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in joining sp, *(ch 3, 3 tr cluster) 6 times in next ch-10 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-5 sp) 2 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rnd 11: Join color B with sc in first ch-3 sp, (ch 3, 2 dc) in same sp as joining, (sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in each of next 5 ch-3 sps, sc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps, *(sc, ch 3, 2 dc) in each of next 6 ch-3 sps, sc in each of next 2 ch-3 sps; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.

Finishing
Place doily on blocking surface. Spray with starch, shape and allow to dry.


Rosina Smith made her doily in yellow and shaded purples; I think it is just stunning! Thank you, Rosina!

Jolene Ortiz created a gorgeous variation on this pattern by not twisting the points before working Rnd 7. I love it when folks get creative with my designs!

 Special thanks go to  Jewel Fernley, Jolene Ortiz and Rosina Smith for testing this pattern! I don't know what I would do without my wonderful testers!

If you have enjoyed this design, I hope you will check out all of my other free patterns:
 If you have enjoyed this pattern, I hope you will check out all of my other free patterns:
Copyright BellaCrochet 2015. Please do not redistribute this pattern in any way, or post on any website. You may share the link only. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Springtime Floral Candle Mat: A Free Crochet Pattern for You!

Several years ago I designed a set of doilies for Annie's Attic called 'Vintage Floral Doilies.' The publishing rights have now reverted back to me, and I am now happy to make these patterns available to you for free. I will be adding the other doilies in the set though the coming months, so please check back for the others. 
These are my original patterns, so they are written differently from the ones AA published, but they are the same designs.
This doily begins with an Eyelet Foundation. If you are not familiar with this technique, you can find a tutorial here:

eyelet foundation
Springtime Floral Candle Mat Doily
by Elizabeth Ann White
for BellaCrochet

Skill Level: Intermediate—for those who are familiar with working with size 10 thread and steel hooks, and who have a thorough understanding of the basics of crochet
Size: About 11” across
Materials:
Size 10 Cotton Thread:
  200 yards Shaded Green
  100 yards each Pink and Yellow
  Small amounts lavender, rose and black
Fabric Glue
Heavy starch
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel hook


Special Stitches:
For Beginning Shell (beg shell), (ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in st or ch sp indicated
For Shell, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in st or ch sp indicated
For 2 tr cluster, (yo 2 times, insert hook in st or sp indicated, yo, pull lp through, yo, work off 2 lps, yo, work off next 2 lps) 2 times, yo, pull through  all 3 lps on hook
To work ‘shell in shell’ work into the ch-2 sp at the center of the shell indicated.


Candle Mat
Note: To work into Foundation spaces, insert hook between the ch-4 and the tr of each sp
Rnd 1: With Shaded Green, for Eyelet Foundation (ch 4, tr in 4th ch from hook) 24 times, join with sl st in first ch to form a circle of 24 ch sps; working in ch sps around circle (see Note), (sl st, beg shell-see Special Stitches) in first ch sp, shell in each ch sp around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.

Rnds 2 &  3: Sl st to center of first shell, beg shell in first shell (see Special Stitches), shell in each shell around, join.

Rnd 4: Sl st to center of first shell, beg shell in first shell, ch 1, (shell in next shell, ch 1) around, join.

Rnd 5: Sl st to center of first shell, beg shell in first shell, ch 2, (shell in next shell, ch 2) around, join.

Rnd 6: Sl st to center of first shell, beg shell in first shell, ch 3, (shell in next shell, ch 3) around, join.

Rnd 7: Sl st to center of first shell, beg shell in first shell, ch 4, (shell in next shell, ch 4) around, join.

Rnd 8: Sl st to center of first shell, beg shell in first shell, ch 5, (shell in next shell, ch 5) around to last shell, shell in last shell, ch 2, join with dc in top of ch-3.

Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in first ch sp, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 7 times in next shell, *sc in next ch sp, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 7 times in next shell; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 10: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) 7 times, *sc in next ch sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch sp) 7 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Rose (make 6)
Rnd 1: With pink, ch 4, 9 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (10 dc made)

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 2, skip next st, (sc in next st, ch 2, skip next st) around, join with sl st in first sc. (5 ch-2 sps)

Rnd 4: For petals, (sl st, ch 2, 4 dc, ch 2, sl st) in each ch-2 sp around, join with sl st in first sl st.

Rnd 5: Working behind petals and only in skipped sts of Rnd 2, ch 1, sc in first st, ch 4, (sc in next st, ch 4) around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 6: For petals, (sl st, ch 2, 6 dc, ch 2, sl st) in each ch-4 sp around, join with sl st in first sl st.

Rnd 7: Working behind petals into ch sps of Rnd 5, ch 2, (insert hook between 3rd and 4th dc of next petal, sc in ch sp, ch 4) around, join with sl st in first sc.

Rnd 8: For petals, (sl st, ch 2, 8 dc, ch 2, sl st) in each ch-4 sp around, join. Fasten off. 

Daffodil (make 6)
Rnd 1: With yellow, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 3) 6 times, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: For petals, work (sc, ch 3, 2 tr cluster, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 2 tr cluster, ch 3, sc) in each ch sp around, join.

Rnd 3: For center, working in ring between sc of Rnd 1, ch 2, sl st in ring, ch 4, (dc in ring between next 2 sc, ch 1) 5 times, join with sl st in 3rd ch of ch-4.

Rnd 4: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first ch-1 sp, ch 3, (sc in next ch sp, ch 3) around, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Posy (make 14)
With Rose, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, sl st) in 3rd ch from hook (first Petal made; all Petals will be worked in the same ch as First Petal); (ch 2, dc, ch 2, sl st) 4 more times in same ch as First Petal was worked in. Fasten off. (5 petals)

Butterfly (make 4)
Rnd 1: With Lavender, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 1, (sc in ring, ch 3) 8 times, join with sl st in first sc.
Rnd 2: (Sl st, ch 3, 4 dc) in first ch sp, (sl st in next sc, 5 dc in next ch sp) around, join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off. (8 wings made)

Fold 10” strand of Black thread in half; fold Butterfly in half, matching wings to form 2 sides with 4 wings each. Wrap folded thread around center of Butterfly; pull ends through fold and tie in a knot. Trim black thread, leaving 1” ends for antennae.

Finishing
1: Spray Candle Mat with starch. Shape and allow to dry.

2: Glue Roses, Daffodils, Posies and Butterflies to Candle Mat as shown in photo or as desired. 


Copyright BellaCrochet 2011. All rights reserved. Please do not redistribute or share this pattern; do not post it on any website. You may share the link to the pattern only (and link shares are greatly appreciated, please tell your crocheting friends who might enjoy this pattern!) 

Special thanks go to E. J. Miller, Jolene Ortiz, Debbie Peters, Karen Misiunas and Jewel Fernley for testing these patterns.

If you have enjoyed this design, I hope you will check out my other free patterns:

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Spotlight on a Crocheter: Jennie Gaskin

Jennie Gaskin loves to talk crochet and says her involvement in crochet is precious to her. This is fortunate for all crocheters, since Jennie provides an invaluable resource for us all, especially the Threadies. Jennie owns and operates Country Yarns, a mail order business selling crochet leaflets and pattern books, and she specializes  in patterns that are hard (if not impossible) to find  elsewhere.
Here is an order that Anne Kroner Cho recently received from County Yarns. Anne says Elizabeth Hiddleson is her favorite designer, and when she discovered Country Yarns, her husband told her to go ahead and order 20 books as an early Mother's Day and Birthday gift!

photo used courtesy Anne Kroner Cho

Here is Jennie's story:

Here is a little background on me, in case some of you have no idea who I am , LOL! I have been a Threadie since the age of 12. I learned from my mother on size 30 thread, probably because she needed her size 10 for herself. I've been married and sitting on this 120 acres of pasture and timber for 45 years this coming April 4th. 
Back in 1982, hubby decided I needed more adults to talk to so he built me a little needlework shop across the driveway from our house, using mostly leftovers from when we built our home back in '77. The lady in our tiny, tiny town who sold yarn in their general store had just retired and closed the store, so it was a good time to do that. The shop was only 16 x 24, and some of that was storage so there wasn't much room but it made me happy. 
It wasn't long before we had to enlarge (and then enlarge again!)  after  I started carrying craft supplies for the groups (scouts, school, church, etc.) in our area. I was a Girl Scout from way back, and I knew how hard it could be to figure out crafts for the groups so I started putting together little inexpensive individual kits for the leaders. It was a blast, and I had so much fun over the years until I finally had to close the shop in 2007 for family reasons.  The best pats on the backs were from leaders and teachers; one teacher told me that her class "bad boy" came to her one day and thanked her for getting the kits to make beaded Christmas tree ornaments.
In the meantime I had become very friendly with the sales reps at LA and discovered that with the new ownership back then there had been changes in their reprint policies! Before, when inventory on a title ran low they would just do a reprint. Now, they discontinued many of their titles when inventory ran out. Ack! So I started watching their inventory list and started buying what I could afford of certain "good" titles, like the Patricia Kristoffersen titles and even older ones, especially thread titles because nobody seemed to be printing many anymore.
I also sell a large selection of Elizabeth Hiddleson pattern books. 
Not everybody even knows who Elizabeth Hiddleson is. She was just a "threadie" like all of us, except that (like a few of us) she had a creative side and loved to fiddle with her doilies and turn out something new. Her son told me that she would come home from work (I think she worked as a bookkeeper in the shipyards in Vallejo, which is across the bay from San Francisco) and sit in her chair and crochet until time to start supper.  
Elizabeth Hiddleson

Mrs. Hiddleson sold volumes 1-15, and Delena Byrd (her daughter) sold volumes in the higher numbers. Then Mrs. Hiddleson started on the "A" series for herself, so they both ended up with about an equal number of volumes and individual patterns. Delena passed away, and Delena's daughter Shirley Siracusa took over her mother's part.  On top of the 49 volumes, there are about 300 individual patterns, and I'm pretty sure I have all except one of them which nobody seems to have.
At the time, Lily Mills was selling EH books along with their thread, and they were the ones who advertised EH books in the Workbasket. That was because Mrs. H. recommended and "advertised“ Lily threads in her books, and it was a mutually beneficial arrangement. When Lily Mills quit, that meant there were no more advertisements,  so naturally sales went down because nobody knew they were still being published! 
I heard through the internet grapevine that Shirley was still selling the books, so I wrote her a letter and asked her if she wholesaled the books because I would like them on my web site. Her reply said that she would actually like to sell them all at one time because she was moving into a smaller house and wouldn't really have room for them. She was on the verge of having them hauled to the dump!!!!! *gasp* Nooooo!!! 
So I talked to my husband and asked if I could borrow that much money from our savings, and his only question was, "Can you sell them?" Could I sell them??  You bet! I got back in touch with Shirley to tell her we were interested. She told me there were about 200 book boxes full. Yikes! 
Okay, my husband works for a moving & storage company and he could figure out how to get them here from California (to Louisiana). A week later, Shirley called back and said, "Jennie, I have some bad news." Uh oh, she's found somebody who can afford to pay lots more than me. But it was other news - there were more like 300 (!) boxes. Okay, George can handle that. We sealed the deal, and when they showed up there were 328 boxes, not just book boxes but double stack book boxes, like the boxes that copy paper comes in but slightly larger! And a  (small) water heater box full of loose patterns. And in that box was what I called my Golden Easter Eggs - two Japanese EH books!! Apparently, Mrs. H. had made a deal with Ondori to let them publish her patterns in special books with just her patterns in them. And best of all, Ondori charted them all! These were only patterns from her first 15 books. (I've since gotten the other ones from Japanese Yahoo auctions, and you wouldn't believe how much the Japanese were bidding on them against me!) So I got volumes 16 through 49 from Shirley, although a couple of them were very low in stock and volume 24 was sold out. 
The books mentioned Wheeler Publishing in Vallejo, so I decided it couldn't hurt to call them and see if they were still in business or maybe could at least tell me how to get in touch with the Hiddlesons. Rita Burke, the owner of Wheeler (I think that was her maiden name), is a delightful 80+ lady who still went into the office every day and enjoyed a busy life. She told me where the Hiddlesons were (they had moved to Arkansas with Mrs. Hiddleson who was in her 90s then), and she told me that she had a printing of volumes 1-A through 10-A that a missionary in Japan had ordered and would pick up when he came back to the states for a visit, but something happened and he never picked them up or paid for them. She was happy to sell them to me and ship them to me. Thankfully, this was not 7 TONS like the last shipment! 
I got in touch with the Hiddlesons in AR, and they had boxes of books and patterns that they had hauled to AR from CA,  but because they couldn't advertise and mail wasn't being forwarded after all that time, they hadn't sold them. They were glad to sell them to me, so hubby and I drove up to AR and picked them up.
Unfortunately, Mrs. H was in the nursing home by that time so I didn't get to meet the Doily Pattern Queen herself. But I did get to hear about her from her son and daughter-in-law! She was designing back in the 1940s (maybe even longer) and selling her patterns to Lily, American Thread, and Coats & Clark, but as you all know those companies didn't name their designers on the patterns. Mrs. H was interviewed by the Vallejo newspaper (I have a copy) and she told them, "Call it vanity, but I wanted to see my name with my designs." 
Mrs. Burke told me that Betty, as she called her, came into the business "sometime in the mid 50s" with 2 doilies and a hand-written pattern. She had already been to another business in town and HE hadn't wanted to bother with it. Mrs. Burke said she could photograph the doily against a black background and have the patterns typed for her. After that, Mrs. H advertised the pattern in a "weekly newspaper" (probably something like the Grit newspaper, if you remember it) for 25 cents, and she sold all 1,000 copies in 2 weeks! Her daughter-in-law Carolyn said that it was either the year before or the year after she and Bill got married, so that puts it in the mid 1950s.
So, here I was with all these books, sometimes a couple thousand of one title but only a couple hundred of another. Luckily, I got in touch with a distributor who sold to Hobby Lobby, and HL wanted them! With that money, I had reprints of volumes 3 and 24 made by Wheeler Printing from the original plates (!) which they still had because they did so many reprints through the years for Mrs. H and for Lily Mills. Lily would call Wheeler and order a printing of certain volumes, which they sold through stores to help sell their threads, and Mrs. H would get royalties on those books too. 
When I have reprints made of either the volumes or the individual patterns, I paid Mrs. H (and now her son) royalties on the reprints too. It's the right thing to do. I just wish I had the money to get them all reprinted *sigh*
Mrs. H's last patterns were all published in Decorative Crochet and Magic Crochet (look in the early 1990s editions), because she didn't have to write out the patterns. She just sent them the doilies and they "wrote" the patterns and charts themselves. Her goal was to have a final volume 50, but with Lily Mills not advertising for her anymore it became financially impossible. I would love to realize that dream for her, but it doesn't look like we'll ever get to do it. But at least we have a dream!

Thank you, Jennie, for sharing your story with us. I admire and appreciate all you have done for crocheters everywhere, and I know we all hope someday your dream of printing volume 50 will come  true!
You can find Jennie at:
 Web site:  http://www.countryyarns.com
 Blog:  
http://countryyarnscrochet.wordpress.com/


Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Garden Doily: A Free Crochet Pattern For You

Hidden deep in an enchanted meadow, the Easter Bunny has a secret garden. A magical garden where he grows his most lovely and special Easter eggs. He has given me permission to re-create his garden in crochet, and share the pattern with you. We hope you will enjoy it!
Easter Garden Doily

By Elizabeth Ann White
For BellaCrochet


Size: Doily is about 13” across. Flower Egg Holders hold a medium size egg.

Skill Level: Intermediate—for those who are familiar with working with size 10 thread and steel hooks, and who have a thorough understanding of the basics of crochet

Gauge: Rnds 1-5 of Doily are 2 ½” across

Materials:
Size 10 Crochet Cotton Thread:
  150 yards Shaded Greens for Doily and Leaves
  50 yards each of 5 different colors for Flower Egg Cups
  25 yards each of 5 different colors for Roses
5 Artificial eggs
Heavy Spray Starch
Glue
Size 7 (1.65mm) Steel Crochet Hook

Special Stitches:
For Beginning Small Shell (beg sm shell): (Sl st, ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st or ch sp indicated
For Small Shell (sm shell): (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in st or ch sp indicated
For Beginning Large Shell (beg lrg shell): (Sl st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in st or ch sp indicated
For Large Shell (lrg shell): (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in st or ch sp indicated

Doily
Rnd 1: With shaded green thread, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form ring, ch 3, 11 dc in ring,
join with sl st in top of ch-3. (12 dc made)
Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join. (24)
Rnd 3: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in next st, (2 dc in next st, dc in next st) around,
join. (36)
Rnd 4: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 2 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each
of next 2 sts) around, join. (48)
Rnd 5: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, dc in each of next 3 sts, (2 dc in next st, dc in each of
next 3 sts) around, join. (60)
Rnd 6: Ch 1,  sc in first st, (ch 5, skip next st, sc in next st) around to last st, ch 2, skip last st,  join with dc in first sc.
Rnds 7-10: Ch 1, sc in first ch sp, (ch 5, sc in next ch sp) around, ch 2,   join with dc in first sc.  
Rnd 11: Beginning small shell (see Special Stitches) in first ch sp, ch 1, (small shell—see Special Stitches—ch 1) in each ch sp around, join with sl st in top of first ch-3. (30 small shells)
Rnd 12: Sl st to center of first shell, beg sm shell in first shell, ch 1, (sm shell in next shell, ch 1) around, join.
Rnds 13-14: Sl st to center of first shell, beg sm shell in first shell, ch 2, (sm shell in next shell, ch 2) around, join.
Rnds 15-16: Sl st to center of first shell, beg lrg shell (see Special Stitches) in first shell, ch 2, (lrg shell­­­­see Special Stitches--in next shell, ch 2) around, join.
Rnd 17-18: Sl st to center of first shell, beg lrg shell in first shell, ch 3, (lrg shell in next shell, ch 3) around, join.
Rnd 19: Sl st to center of first shell, beg lrg shell in first shell, ch 4, (lrg shell in next shell, ch 4) around, join.
Rnd 20: Sl st to center of first lrg shell, beg lrg shell in first lrg shell, (ch 4, lrg shell in next shell) around, ch 2, join with hdc in top of ch-3.
Rnd 21: Ch 1, sc in joining sp, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 9 times in ch-2 sp of next lrg shell, *sc in next ch-4 sp, ch 1, (tr, ch 1) 9 times in ch-2 sp of next lrg shell; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. (30 scallops made)
Rnd 22: (Sl st, ch 1, sc) in first ch 1 sp of first scallop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 9 times, *sc in first ch-1 sp on next scallop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 9 times; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.   


Flower Egg Holder (make 5 of  different colors)
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 11 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (First 3 chs count as first dc; 12 dc made)
Rnd 2: (Ch 3, dc) in first st, 2 dc in each st around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.  (24 dc made)
Rnd 3: Working this round in back lps only, ch 3, dc in each st around, join.
Rnd 4: Beg sm shell in first st, skip next 2 sts, (sm shell in next st, skip next 2 sts) around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.
Rnd 5: Sl st in next st, beg sm shell in next ch-2 sp, sm shell in ch-2 sp of each sm shell around, join.
Rnds 6-7: Sl st in next st, beg sm shell in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, (sm shell in ch-2 sp of next sm shell, ch 1) around, join with sl st in top of ch-3.
Rnd 8: Sl st in next st, beg sm shell in next ch-2 sp, (ch 2, sm shell in ch-2 sp of next sm shell) around, join with hdc in top of ch-3 to create joining sp.
Rnd 9: Ch 1, sc in joining sp, ch 1, (dc in ch-2 sp of next sm shell, ch 1) 5 times, *sc in next ch-2 sp between shells, ch 1, (dc in ch-2 sp of next sm shell, ch 1) 5 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. (8 scallops made)
Rnd 10: Ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times *sc in first ch-1 sp on next scallop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.
Base
Rnd 3: Working in remaining lps of Rnd 2, join with sl st in first st, beg sm shell in same st as joining, (ch 2, skip next 2 sts, sm shell in next st) 7 times, join with hdc in top of ch-3 to create joining sp.
Rnd 4: Ch 1, sc in joining sp, ch 1, (dc in ch-2 sp of next sm shell, ch 1) 5 times, *sc in next ch-2 sp, ch 1, (dc in ch-2 sp of next sm shell, ch 1) 5 times; repeat from * around, join with sl st in first sc. (8 scallops made)
Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times *sc in first ch-1 sp on next scallop, (ch 3, sc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times; repeat from * around, join. Fasten off.


Rose (make 5 of  different colors)
Rnd 1: Ch 4, 9 dc in 4th ch from hook, join with sl st in top of ch-4. (10 dc made)
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in each st around, join with sl st in first sc.
 Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, ch 2, skip next st, (sc in next st, ch 2, skip next st) around, join with sl st in first sc. (5 ch-2 sps)
Rnd 4: For petals, (sl st, ch 2, 4 dc, ch 2, sl st) in each ch-2 sp around, join with sl st in first sl st.
Rnd 5: Working behind petals and only in skipped sts of Rnd 2, ch 1, sc in first st, ch 4, (sc in next st, ch 4) around, join with sl st in first sc.  (5 ch-4 sps)
Rnd 6: For petals, (sl st, ch 2, 6 dc, ch 2, sl st) in each ch-4 sp around, join with sl st in first sl st. Fasten off.

Leaves (make 5)
With shaded green, ch 6, sl st in first ch to form ring; ch 1, *2 sc in ring, ch 10, in 6th ch from hook work (2 tr, ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, 2 tr, ch 4, sl st),  sl st in remaining 4 chs of ch-10*; repeat between * and * 2 more times for a total of 3 leaves, join with sl st in first sc. Fasten off.

Finishing
1: Place doily on blocking surface. Spray with heavy starch, shape and allow to dry.
2: Spray each Flower Egg Holder with heavy starch, shape and allow to dry.
3: Glue one set of Leaves to bottom of each Rose. Glue Leaves and Rose to top of an artificial egg. Allow to dry.
4: Place one egg inside each Flower Egg Holder. Place Flower Egg Holders evenly spaced around doily (Flower Egg Holders can be glued in place if desired; I did not glue mine.)

 Copyright BellaCrochet 2015. All rights reserved. Please do not share or redistribute this pattern. It is for personal use only. You may sell items made from this pattern, but not the pattern itself. 


 Special thanks  to the Easter Bunny's helpers and my wonderful testers, Jewel Fernley, Jolene Ortiz, E.J. Miller, and Rosina Smith!

Happy Easter!
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