Pebbles and patterns

Hello again,

It’s hard to believe that a scrap of cotton crochet can transform a stone into a thing of beauty. Admittedly they are those most sought after North Sea cobbles but nevertheless ….

unadorned

unadorned

I just pootle along with a bit of thread and a tiny motif, adding a round of double crochet here a few chain there until the cover looks big enough.

five rounds in

five rounds in

Then comes the moment of truth …. which stone or pebble will fit best inside?  A tug at one end, a little easing at the other and it’s in, ready to be secured with a couple more rounds.

it just kept growing and growing

it just kept growing and growing

Suddenly, what was just a trial piece is too nice to undo and so another crocheted stone appears on the hearth!

…. And another one – these are addictive!

Star by Ros Badger

Star by Ros Badger

There have been a couple of patterns in Crochet magazines recently … this design by Ros Badger featured in Issue Ten of Simply Crochet. I also found some online: Margaret Oomen has a few super patterns such as Sunburst, Shamrock and Radii on her website but others don’t seem easy to track down. This is frustrating because the detailed lacy patterns on these pebbles on Pinterest and other sites are so lovely that I just want to be able to try them myself.

sunburst and radii

sunburst and radii

I covered two stones for my daughter last week and they blend very well into her bathroom rock collection.

rock collection

rock collection

What’s more the backs of these stones are beginning to look a bit more professional – less trial and error involved as I get used to the shapes.

getting neater

getting neater

These covered stones are so lovely to do as each one turns out slightly different from the rest and the colours and shapes vary such from stone to stone. The other satisfying thing is that one can be completed in an evening.

Well, I’m off now to keep track of my other projects.

Back soon,

Jenny x

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