Sunday, May 2, 2010

Table Top Decoration

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

Good morning! It’s a cool, crisp, “hard to believe it’s May here” type of day in Arizona. A light breeze is blowing the trees and shaded clouds dot the horizon. I’ve had a wonderful time creating this next crochet pattern for all of you, and I’m really excited to share it.

When you look at a pattern for the first time, you want to notice the repeated sequence in it. This makes it much easier to follow your crochet patterns, and it gives you stopping points along the way. The sequence you will repeat in Table Top Decoration Crochet Pattern is: 2 rows half double crochet (hdc), 1 row extended single crochet (exsc), 1 row double crochet (dc), 1 row exsc, and 2 rows hdc, which equals a total of seven rows to make the pattern sequence.

*Important Tip: When you end each row, keep them even by making your last stitch in the top stitch of the your turning chains from the previous row. When starting a new row, the first stitch is not the turning chain, but the stitch right next to it.

You will notice that I’m not telling you what colors of yarn to buy. Each project you make should be yours, and color is a personal preference. For this project, you will need one main background color for your sequence rows (#3 thread), and 1 contrasting color for your weaving (4-ply yarn).

Table Top Decoration Crochet Pattern

Finished size: approximately 12 X 7 inches
Difficulty Level: Easy
Gauge: Approximately 6 half double crochet stitches per inch

You Will Need

1 skein (150 yards) #3, 100% cotton crochet thread

Hook size – .75 mm crochet hook (Mine is steel, but I’m pretty sure you can find them in plastic and wood these days too.)

4 yards 100% cotton, 4-ply worsted weight cotton yarn *Each yard will be folded in half so it has 2 strands and is approximately 18 inches long. (These strands can be made longer so they are easier to work with. You will be trimming the ends in the final steps of the project.)

8 beads with a large hole (I used wooden beads, but you can use whatever type you like as long as your 4-ply yarn will go through them.)


Step 1: Begin with a foundation chain of 70. When you start your first hdc row, be sure to keep your foundation chain straight as you work. This will enable your piece to lay as flat as possible upon completion.

Step 2: Hdc in 2nd chain from hook and in each stitch across. This is row 1.

Step 3 (Row 2): Ch 2, turn, hdc in first stitch and in each stitch across.

Step 4 (Row 3): Ch 2, turn, exsc in first stitch and each stitch across.

Step 5 (Row 4): Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet in row), turn, dc in first stitch and each stitch across. *Mark your dc rows with a crochet marker or contrasting thread as you complete them. This will make it much easier to finish the project.

Step 6 (Row 5): Ch 2, turn, exsc in first stitch and each stitch across.

Step 7 (Row 6): Ch 2, turn, hdc in first stitch and in each stitch across.

Step 8 (Row 7): Repeat Row 6.

Step 9 (Rows 8 – 28): Repeat Rows 1 – 7 in order, 3 more times. Finish off. Weave in loose ends.

Step 10: Weave your contrasting 4-ply yarn (over/under), in each double crochet row. Be careful that you don’t buckle the fabric as you do this. Adjust it as necessary, and keep your yarn even so it creates 2 horizontal lines across your piece.

Step 11: When the strands are woven through, make all of them even. Cut the loop so you can follow Step 12.

Step 12: At each end of your piece, straddle your 4-ply yarn around the end double crochet stitch. Insert the top strand through your bead, tying both the top and bottom strands together to secure it. Double knot both strands together to finish securing and putting the bead in place. To make this easier, I insert my crochet hook through the bead and pull the yarn back out of the bead.

Step 13: Trim 4-ply yarn so that ? inch remains as a tassel on each bead.

Step 14: Use your crochet hook to separate 4-ply strands at the ends of each bead.

Lightly steam your Table Top Decoration Crochet Pattern, shape and lay flat to dry.

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