DAY 4

How is everyone doing? are you totally caught up now? :-)

Okay today we start the second crochet gift cover. This one is more lacy so we need a little thinner yarn and this means it is going to grow a little slower.

But don’t be too concerned it will grow fast enough because we are going to have more open spaces.

To start please use the same starting rows as our first bottle ( you can find the instructions in Day 1 post), after you have the bottom of the bottle covered you continue here: chain 12 (the 2 extra chains will make your first DC of the pair then you in the middle of your DC pair from previous row, repeat. The pattern is 10 CH – 2 DC.

To close this row you need to make one DC and slip stitch on chain 2 (bottom up) of the starting 12 chains.

Next, we need to start fitting our bottle so we are going to do a taper. To taper we chain 5 and just like the last row we are saving 2 chains to make our first DC for our pair of DC.

Next, we do 1 DC in the middle of the loop from the previous row then we chain 3 and make pair of DC in the middle of the previous DC and repeat. The pattern is 3 DC – 2 DC and repeat. Close row.

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Next, we want to keep up the tapering effect:  we chain 4 and 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC in the single DC from previous row then chain 2 and instead of 2 DC in the pair from previous row you want to put only 1 DC in the middle. The pattern is: 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC – 2 ch and repeat. Close the row like we did before.

This row will finish the tapering effect. Your work should fit snug on your bottle and introduce a little texture.

Chain 3 and make a DC cluster of 5 DC in the cone we made of 1 DC – 2 ch – 1 DC from the previous row then chain 3 and repeat. Close the row with a slip stitch.

Next, we chain 6 and then DC one in the cluster start and another at the end of the cluster. then repeat.

When you reach the end of the row don’t worry about closing with a slip stitch just continue the same pattern but with a twist the 2 DC will be in the middle of the loop of the previous row.

Okay, that is enough homework for the weekend. As always check the photographs for a visual.

Have a safe and productive weekend, See You soon…

 

DAY 3

Is everyone caught up? YES!!!

Ok, now we want to put the finishing rows on our cover: please chain 4 and anchor in each space between the DC of the previous row. This is how we do loops or frills, continue for any amount of rows you want for your desired look.

I just did rows and rows until I had no more yarn. Then I went for more of my left over yarn and did a braid and string it through the holes and tied it off. Voila!! we just completed our first cover.

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So, this is all for today. Later when we have finished both bottles we will add some bling.

Have a great day and don’t stress it…..See You Soon… :-)

 

DAY 2

Day 2 is here already. Did you get to finish yesterday’s homework?? if not, take your time, work at your own pace and enjoy the journey.

Ok so we have covered all the labeling on the bottle and now we are going to go a little more “open” with our work.

Start by chaining 1 and 1 half double crochet (HDC) for your first pair of HDC, and each pair is going into a loop of the previous row, then close the row with a slip stitch (SL).

Next, chain 8 and anchor with a SL in each space between a pair of HDC, this is the pattern we will use until we reach to the shoulder of the bottle, no need to close row, when you reach the beginning of the row just continue until you reach the point where the neck of the bottle starts.

At this point we need to slim down, so we will chain 2 and 1 double crochet (DC) for a pair of DC then chain 1 and repeat in each loop of previous row, close with a SL.

Next, we are going to taper off even more: chain 3 then DC in each space between 2DC, the pattern is 1 DC – 1 ch, repeat and close with a slip stitch.

This will be all for now, see you tomorrow.

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DAY 1

Hello!! It is a beautiful day today, and we are very excited to start our Road Trip on this third Monday in September. We will be making crochet bottle covers for our Christmas gifts of wine or champagne or non alcoholic drinks.

Please take a seat and take out your supplies. We will start shortly.

To start, I want you to take a look at your bottle and see where the label is at, because we are going to cover those areas. You will need to add rows or decrease rows depending on the markings on your bottle.

My bottle is tall and slim so I am working my rows to cover all the labels. Keep this in mind because you are going to adjust this pattern for each bottle.

To start let us chain 10 and close with a slip stitch. Next chain one and half double crochet (HDC) 19 for a total of 20 then close circle with slip stitch.

Next, chain 5 and anchor with a single crochet between a pair of HDC from the last row. The pattern here is: 4 chains and the anchor is 1 single crochet.  At this point you may want to add two rows if your bottle is wider.

Next, we slip stitch until we are in the loop from the previous row, then chain 2 plus 1 DC (double crochet) for your first pair of DC, then chain 3 and repeat. The pattern here is: 2 DC – 3 CH, repeat and close row with a slip stitch.

Next, chain 1 and work single crochet (SC) into the loops and a SC between the pair of DC from the previous row. The pattern her is: 3 SC in loop and 1 SC between the pair of DC, repeat.

Now, you will need to SC in each space and continue this pattern for several rows, you may want to mark the end of the row or if you are into “No Stress” like me sometimes, then just go round and around. The only thing is you will need to keep fitting your bottle.

You want a snug fit, if it is too tight increase stitches and continue on your merry way until you have about 6 to 8 rows or 10 if you like the look.

When you reach this point you want to check where the end of the row is (if you did not mark it) then we are doing one row of HDC in each space, close the row with a slip stitch.

Next, we want to make the small loops: chain 4 and anchor, this time with a slip stitch NOT a single crochet. The pattern here is: 4 CH – slip stitch SS – repeat, no need to close just go around and around until you have covered all the labeling on the bottle.

Let us stop here so you can complete your work and relax. Check the photographs for a visual.

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ROAD TRIP!!

I have decided to have a very short trip next week. We will make 2 crochet bottle covers. One with a regular crochet design and  the other one will be a lace design.

You need to buy your wine or champagne or non alcoholic drink and choose your yarn. I would recommend you use up your stash, since this project is not a very large one.

I like a nice thin yarn for the lace one and you can choose a slightly thicker one for the second cover, just don’t choose chunky for this project it won’t make the cut :-)

Next, choose your 2 hooks, and keep them with your yarn, this will save you time. When you are doing two projects at one time sometimes your mind gets mixed up, please don’t laugh, it happens.

Next, choose your ribbons and if you are the ambitious type we may even do our own crochet bling :-) for this you will need thread and another hook and small Christmas balls.

So, start gathering all of your supplies and pack light, I am predicting this trip won’t have any mechanical breakdowns.

 

 

 

  

So start packing Artisans, we hope to have a grand time while we make our handmade Christmas gifts.

Have a nice, great and creative day, hugs!!!

 

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