Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hussif photos

The hussif closed
The button loops are knotted and the wooden
beads are covered with an embroidered stitch.

One side open
This is the needle case. The roses are embroidered.
The background is machine quilted. I forgot the
name of the embroidered stitch on the sides.

Second flap opened to
reveal the compartments


Close-up of center
The compartments are: thimble holder, pin cushion,
tape holder, scissor holder, and button holder.

Fully Open
I finished this baby earlier this year. I began it over four years ago
but put it away to start another project. All that was needed was to
complete the embroidery on the inside edges. How silly is that!!

Pattern on Blog

I've made the fish pattern available directly from the blog. I hope I haven't made typing errors, but no one is perfect. If you have questions about the pattern, please email.

I plan to make different versions of the fish and will upload photos as I make them. Just a note regarding the eye. The fish in the image has the bead crocheted into the work. I didn't explain that part and I don't know when I will have time to explain it since it needs diagrams to help explain the technique.

Available from Blog...Irish Crochet Fish Pattern!

Design my Mindy Al-Aaraji © 2007
Adapted with Permission

ch= chain; slst= slip stitch; sc= single crochet; hdc= half double cochet; dc= double crochet; lp= loop; x= repeat

Eye

Ch8, slst to first ch. 17sc in ring. Mark the front lp of the 11th sc.

Body

Work in back lps of stitches. Row 1: sc in next sc (first sc made in ring). *Ch3, sc in next sc* (5x), ch 5, turn. (5 ch3 lps); Row 2-4: sc in first ch lp, *ch3, sc in next ch lp* (4x), ch 5, turn. (5 ch lps); Row 5: sc in first ch lp, *ch3, 1 sc in next ch lp* (3x), ch2, 1 dc in last ch3 lp, ch3, turn. (4 ch3 lps + 1 lp); Row 6: *sc in ch3 lp, ch 3* (2x), ch2, 1 dc in last ch3 lp, ch3, turn. (3 ch3 lps + 1 lp); Row 7: sc in ch3 lp, ch3, sc in next ch lp, ch 2, 1 dc in last ch3 lp, ch3, turn. ( 2 ch3 lps, + 1 lp); Row 8: sc in ch3 lp, ch 2, 1 dc in last ch3 lp, ch 5 turn; Row 9: sc in last ch2 lp. Fasten off.

Turn work so that back is facing and the eye is located to the right. Attach thread in first ch3 lp made in Rnd 1: work 18 sc evenly along this side of the fish, 5 sc in the end lp, 18 sc evenly spaced along other side and ending at eye. Work in back lps of sc of eye, 1sc in next 5sc, ch 3, slst in next sc, ch 3, 1sc in next 5 sc; Rnd 2: *sc in next 3 sc, ch 3, slst in 3rd ch from hook (picot)* until 5 picots are made, 1sc in next 3sc, ch 3, 1sc in next 3 sc, ch 5, sc in same sc, 1sc in next 2sc, ch 3, 1sc in next 3sc, *ch3, sc in 3rd ch from hook (picot)*, 1sc in next 3sc* until 5 picots are made, end with slst in the head. Fasten off.

Eye Fin

With front of work facing, attach thread to marked 11th sc of the 17sc made in ring. In first sc work: ch2, 1dc, ch5, slst in 5th ch from hook (picot), 1dc; in next sc work: 1dc, ch 7, slst in 7th ch from hook, 1dc; in next sc work: 1dc, ch 5, slst in 5th ch from hook, 1dc; 1hdc in next sc; in next sc work: 1dc, ch 5, slst in 5th ch from hook, 1dc; in next sc work: 1dc, ch 7, slst in 7th ch from hook, 1dc; in next sc work: 1dc, ch 5, slst in 5th ch from hook, 1dc; ch 2, slst in next sc. Fasten off.

Small Fin

Attach thread to a ch lp. Refer to photo for placement. Slst, ch 2, 1dc, ch5, slst in 5th ch from hook, *1 dc, ch 7, slst in 7th ch from hook* (2x), ch 2, slst in ch lp. Fasten off.

Tail

Row 1: Slst to first ch3 lp, ch1. In ch5 lp work: 5dc, ch2, 5dc, slst to next ch3 lp, ch1, turn; Row 2: slst in first dc, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 1dc in next 4dc; in ch2 lp work (1 hdc, 1sc, 1hdc), 1dc in each of next 5dc, turn; Row 3: ch10, slst in 7th ch from hook, dc in first dc, dc in next st, ch7, slst in 7th ch from hook, dc in same st as last dc, *dc in next dc, ch5, slst in 5th ch from hook, dc in same st as last dc* (2x), 1dc in next st, ch3, slst in 3rd ch from hook, dc in same st as last dc, 1hdc in next st, 1slst in next st, 1hdc in next st, dc in next st, ch3, slst in 3rd ch from hook, 1dc in same st as last dc, *dc in next st, ch5, slst in 5th ch from hook, 1dc in same st as last dc (2x), (2 ch 5 picots), *dc in next st, ch 7, slst in 7th ch from hook, dc in same st as last dc* (2x) ending with a ch3 instead of dc, slst in same st. Fasten off. Hide ends.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Finally Finished the Hussif

I have finally (I believe it has been 5 years) finished the husif (anther word for housewife). I'll take a photo of it later since my camera has died...yes died...my daughter killed...yessss, killed it. After taking hundreds of senseless photos, it decided it had had enough and died. Button happy fingers should not have a camera in their hands!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Irish Crochet Snowflake Pattern Link

A viewer wrote me about the Irish Crochet Snowflake pattern looking for the link. I had not realized that I didn't put the link to the actual design. Most viewers had simply asked for the terms which is why I have that link located to the right of the blog.

Just follow the link to see the snowflake. I'll also add it to the blog for future interests.

Enjoy!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Links to books

I've finally added the links of the books again to the blog. I think the problem was that when my website exceeds its viewing limit, that dreaded "sorry we cannot find this page" appears. All I can suggest is that if you get this message, please try again next month. The same applies to viewing the Irish crochet collar "In The Making" and the "Triple Thread Technique".

As far as he fish pattern is concerned...I still haven't been able to upload it yet, but I will get around to it eventually.