Lace and Stars

After trying a few lace crochet samples, I finally graduated from making crochet samples to actually making things.  But first the lace.  This lilac one is Marielle lace which would be ideal for an airy scarf.

The Duchess lace is a little denser and looks slightly different on each side.

 

 

 

 

 

The Picot Trellis lace is a more traditional pattern made with cotton thread instead of yarn.  This was challenging from the standpoint of using a much smaller hook which my joints weren’t really happy about.

The Star stitch was the basis of making a crochet hook case. You can clearly see on one side the holes in the stars.

The second side is where the hooks are inserted.

Unfortunately, my new ergonomic hooks didn’t fit.  But it does make a nice roll or it can be folded over to lay flat.

Finished with a chain tie.

I was a little bummed that my hooks didn’t fit, but I found another use for it.  I’m thinking of mounting it and hanging it.  I just haven’t figured out how to do it yet.

My next project was really challenging.  I saw this online and wanted to try it but had difficulty understanding the written instructions.  Of course, I turned to You Tube and found a couple of videos that got me through it.  It’s called a Starburst Hot Pad created by Loretta Schepp.

It started out making four  squares like these.

Then adding more of a design.

Now came the tricky part crocheting them all together.

Then folding part of the design inward to create the starburst.

 

A closeup.Here it is after being flattened out a bit. 

I used a variegated Caron Sweet Roll for this and was pleased how well the yarn worked with the design.

Needless to say I’m not using for a hot pad.  I will find a spot to hang it.

 

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20 Responses to Lace and Stars

  1. Nada Vukadinovic says:

    Glad you are enjyoing crochet. You got some lovel patterns and the star burst flower is magnificent. I agree it deserves a special place and should not be damaged by using on hot pots or pans.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Nada! The crochet has been a nice change since I can do it while watching tv. But I’ve been anxious to get back to felting, I will definitely find a special spot for the hit pad.

  2. Lyn says:

    Yes – it’s far too pretty to be used as a hot pad! Love the colours too – the white really makes them sing.
    The crochet hook roll is good – I see what you mean about the ergonomic hooks though – however it keeps earings in place and would be ideal in your travel case.
    The Marielle lace would make a beautiful scarf. It would look good as a ‘skinny’ scarf.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Lyn! The hot pad colors go perfectly with my kitchen and of course are favorites because they are “ocean” colors.

      I already made a jewelry roll a while back for travel, but right now I find the star case useful on my makeup stand so I’m not digging for my favorites. 🙂

      I had considered a scarf with the Marielle lace and may still do it. It’s the right width for a skinny scarf.

  3. Crocheting is also lovely to do, you ‘ll get results faster and there are lots of options.
    I like your flowers, almost the colors of my pod 😉
    Once i tryed out all kind of stitches in flowers( 3-D) and finally i made a stola of it, very colorful.
    So …if you want to make something else but a hot pad…

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Jifke! The pod and the hot pad are favorite colors of mine. There certainly plenty of options with crochet. It’s nice and portable, too. A flower stole sounds lovely. If you have pictures of it please post on the forum.

  4. You are becoming the queen of crochet! Did you think about combining your crochet piece as part of a large collage?

  5. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Cathy! I’m sure I’m not the queen. There are plenty of experts I’ve learned from who do this full time. I’m more interested in getting back to felting.

    I have considered piecing some of the samples together or possibly felting them, but haven’t taken it any further.

  6. koffipot says:

    Very pretty samples Marilyn. The Trellis picot is very pretty, though it does look a bit tricky.
    The star stitch is lovely too and makes a very useful little roll-up whatever you decide to put in it. and I see Pansy faces in the hot pad. you can’t put something hot on a pretty Pansy face! 🙂

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Judith! The tricky part of the trellis lace was getting into those tiny stitches. LOL
      You’re right! Absolutely nothing hot will find its way on to the pansy face. 🙂
      You’re right I’m sure I can come up other uses for the star stitch project.

  7. ruthlane says:

    Looks like the sample making has paid off!

  8. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    Thanks Ruth! It certainly helped me get back in the groove and build some confidence to tackle bigger projects.

  9. Flextiles says:

    Very pretty! The picot trellis lace could work well incorporated in felt, as I’ve found you need quite large gaps to allow for the shrinkage.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Kim! I imagine it would. I may give it a go. It probably would look nice as a decoration on a small purse.

  10. lawlovely says:

    Reblogged this on Yarnsage and commented:
    Samples are a good way to use up scrap yarn as well as to practice certain patterns before making it into a project.

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Lawlovely! You’re right practice is always good. I’ve found some of the patterns I wouldn’t want use for a big project after making the samples.

  11. I like the final piece. I think it would look lovely hanging on the kitchen wall as the never, never hot pad.

  12. zedster66 says:

    Wow, Marilyn, I was superimpressed with the hook case and then amazed by the Starburst hotpad! I didn’t expect it to turn out like that 🙂 Any plans to try really big hooks with chunky wool?

    • Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

      Thanks Zed! I may make another star case with heavier yarn and a bigger hook for the ergonomic crochet hooks. The starburst pad was indeed a challenge, but I’m happy with how it turned out. It will look nice on my kitchen wall. 🙂

      No immediate plans for chunky yarn and big hooks at the moment. I’ve accumulated so much yarn now I don’t know that I could justify getting more.

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