Native American Crochet

This week I will focus on the second part of my Crochet Decorations for Home Series about Cushions.   This week I want to share my Native American Crochet Inspired Cushions.   I have always been fascinated by history and tribal societies and I love the artwork many of those societies have, especially Celtic and Native American art.  As I have browsed through various crochet patterns and stitches I often saw Native American patterns that I wanted to try and the cushions seemed the perfect time to do it.

I started with the Apache Tears pattern choosing purple as the edging colour I began by working out the starting chain needed for my cushions.   I had to make sure that it would be in multiples of 7 so the pattern would work and also long enough to cover the cushion properly.   Once I had figured it out I then worked a few rows of purple as a base before starting the Apache Tears stitch in rainbow colours starting at the end of the rainbow.   The pattern is actually not as complicated as it appears to be and is repetitive enough that once I had completed a few rows I didn’t need to refer to the pattern again.  The pattern requires you to mostly work in the back loops although the long stitches work in the front hoops and as long as you figure that out the rest falls into place.

For my 16″ cushion I ended up with a starting ch of 63 plus 1 to turn and 64 rows in single crochet (the long stitches go below the rows so don’t count).   I made two pieces, one for the back and one for the front, although the front piece had an additional 8 single crochet rows at the top to provide the flap.  The cushion was put together in the same manor as last weeks cushions, using single crochet to join the pieces and create the flap.   The major difference between this cushion and last weeks is the tassels.   Since every row in this cushion is cut at the end and you start with a new piece (you cannot do this pattern working both sides) you are left with a lot of ends.   The easiest thing for me to do with the ends was to tie them together to create side tassels and then trim them.   I think it adds to the tasseled effect you see in Native American clothing.

The second cushion I made was the Navajo Diamond Pattern.  Again I used the rainbow colours but rather than having a different colour per row I changed colours every 9 rows to give a different effect.   The pattern is worked in a similar way to the Apache Tears, cutting the wool at the end of every row rather than working the back, and so I also made tassels for this cushion.   You can clearly see the diamonds in the Navajo Pillow compared to the arrow effect on the Apache Tears and it was just as repetitive and easy to work up using the back loops for the single crochet stitches and the front loops for the longer stitches.

Native American Rainbow Cushions
Native American Rainbow Cushions

I love the look from both these pillows, and although they use rainbow colours rather than the traditional Native American colours, I think they look great and tie in with the other cushions I have made.   I definitely would like to make both these patterns again using more traditional Native American colours, although perhaps something different to cushions.

I hope that you have enjoyed the concluding part to my Crochet Decorations for Home – Cushions and maybe I have inspired you to use the Native American Crochet Patterns for something yourself.

See you next week.

Vicky x

 

Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress

This week I want to share with you my Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress.   An idea came to me a while ago for this dress and for the first time in a long time, this dress ended up exactly as I saw it in my mind.   I think I was browsing Pinterest on day and looking at all the granny squares and I have seen this pattern for many blankets, cardigans, jackets, bags and even some skirts and dresses, but they are almost always as squares put together and meant to be worn in the winter.   The weather is lovely in the UK at the moment and I had some amazing 4ply (sport weight) wool lying around in my stash that I wanted to use to create this dress.

Rainbow Granny Dress
Rainbow Granny Dress

The dress worked up quickly, although I always find that the granny stitch does and having Lily around meant I could occasionally try it on her to check it was fitting (even if she acted like I was torturing her!)   The body and skirt part were the easy part, and I was really pleased that the number of rows I picked for each stripe worked out being the perfect length for both sections.   I love the finishing neck and hem lines in the white shells, it reminds me of fluffy clouds around a rainbow in the sky.    It was actually the straps that I spent most of the time playing around with trying to get them how I wanted them to be, but I am now really pleased with them even if they do fall down a bit on Lily.   (I purposely made it slightly too big so that it would last all summer for her, she seems to be growing all the time at the moment.)   Although there are a lot of strands of the straps  did show through the shell decorative edge, I knew I wanted a button or something to mark the front of the straps and the white flower with the red button really works well.   I did try other colour buttons but the red definitely looked the best.

I have written up the pattern for this dress and it is really simple.   In  fact this pattern is so simple and fun to make that I might well make more in different colour combinations and I love the idea of making it adult sized, although that would require a lot more wool!  f you would like to try this pattern then please follow this link to find it here.   I would love, as always, to see any pictures you make of this dress, but for now here is one of Lily enjoying it (she calls it pretty!).

Rainbow Granny Dress
Rainbow Granny Dress

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my Rainbow Crochet Granny Stripe Summer Dress as much as I enjoyed making it.  See you next week.

Vicky x