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Continuous Crochet

Although I actually like joining motifs and weaving in loose ends (LOL!), I can understand why some people would prefer not to. Imagine some 200 or so motifs … :)

Then I saw some photos of a master-class on continuous crochet at Osinka.ru. The motifs are crocheted and joined together without cutting the yarn, to make a lacy tunic. Step-by-step photos of the master-class may be found here.

The technique reminds me of some of the techniques in antique Irish crochet laces. Instead of cutting the yarn, a long loop or several chains are made to move to a different area of the crocheted piece.

Then just recently, I saw that Duplet-Crochet now has an issue devoted to continuous crochet! It is Duplet XL Continuous Crochet Patterns 1. Here are some images from the magazine (below).

Snapshot from FRESH Duplet Special XL Release Continuous Crochet Patterns 1.

Snapshot from FRESH Duplet Special XL Release Continuous Crochet Patterns 1.

The magazine has 21 master-classes and 285 patterns. The text is in Russian language but the patterns are in international crochet symbols. If you haven’t yet learned how to read crochet symbols, don’t be intimidated by them. Here’s a chart explaining the symbols in the English language.

Snapshot from FRESH Duplet Special XL Release Continuous Crochet Patterns 1.

Snapshot from FRESH Duplet Special XL Release Continuous Crochet Patterns 1.

Someday, I will give this continuous crochet a try. :)

Another motif in Irish crochet.

New in-progress: Irish crochet motifs for a mantilla

MOD Zhurnal 533, crochet motif and coffee!

MOD Zhurnal 533, crochet motif and coffee!

Just started a new project a few days ago.

I am continuing exercises in Irish crochet by working these motifs. I have made a couple of them now using patterns from MOD Zhurnal 533, a Russian-language knit-crochet fashion magazine.

I use hook 0.95 and DMC Traditions cotton thread size 10. The padding cord is 4 strands of Cannon cotton thread size 8.

Hopefully, these motifs will be joined together to make up a veil or mantilla. I plan to use filling-in pattern with clones knots.

The finished motif choker.

Using MOD Zhurnal Motifs to make Jewellery

I gave MOD Zhurnal a try and last week, the magazines arrived in the post! I got the two all-crochet issues, No. 533 and No. 524.

My new Russian-language crochet fashion magazines.

My new Russian-language crochet fashion magazines: MOD Zhurnal 524 and 533, and Duplet 124.

The MOD Zhurnal magazines are rather different from the Duplet magazines. While the colour model photos in Duplet are not accompanied by the actual patterns for making them, the MOD Zhurnal models have patterns. However, one must bear in mind that the patterns are in Russian language and in crochet symbols.

To show you how the MOD Zhurnal models and patterns are presented in the magazines, I will provide here one example.

Here is model no. 4 from MOD Zhurnal 533.

Model no. 4 from MOD Zhurnal 533.

Model no. 4 from MOD Zhurnal 533.

And here (below) is a snapshot of the pattern for the modelled top. I have edited this image so that the texts and charts from the other models are not shown on the page. This will make the patterns less confusing.

Pattern instructions, charts and schematics for model no.4.

Pattern instructions, charts and schematics for model no.4.

The above pattern includes the written instructions (in Russian language), the symbol crochet chart for the motifs, and a schematic showing the measurements for the top (left, right from and back sections) and the sleeves.

If you don’t read Russian, you will have to rely mostly on the photos and crochet symbols charts and schematics to make this top. You should be able to crochet the motifs and have some knowledge and experience of joining the motifs together with crochet netting.

Often, I use the motifs in Duplet and MOD Zhurnal for making my own designs of clothes and accessories. Here is an example where I used the motifs shown above to make a choker. It is a fairly simple appropriation of the motifs.

The choker is tied at the back with simple crochet chain with beads.

The choker is tied at the back with simple crocheted string with beads.

I finished this choker in one evening. I used a crochet hook size 1mm and dk weight baby camel yarn. The motifs consists of: (1) large lacy leaf, (2) small lacy leaf, (3) normal leaf, (4) large flower with curled and flat petals, (5) small flower with curled petals.

Here is another view of the choker showing the motifs and their arrangement (below). As you can see, there are two large lacy leaves, two normal leaves, one large flower and one small flower. Plus a chain with beads for ties.

Here is how I arranged the motifs together to form the choker. Experiment with other arrangements.

Here is how I arranged the motifs together to form the choker. Experiment with other arrangements.

To read the crochet symbols, you must become familiar with what the individual symbols stand for. Refer to this chart from Duplet magazine, and a previous blog post, Learning to Read Crochet Symbols the Duplet Way.

Luckily, some of the models in MOD Zhurnal magazine are accompanied by detailed photographic step-by-step. For example, the same MOD Zhurnal 533 include a netting join tutorial of this beautiful dress designed and created by Olga Krivenko.

Modifications

Did I make any modifications to the patterns in the magazine?

Yes, but only very minor ones. I omitted the dc’s for the stem nearest to the lacy leaf so there is a small hole there. I prefer this to a solid stem.

The finished motif choker.

The finished motif choker.

Anyway, I am very happy with this new piece of crochet jewellery and there are many more motifs and inspiration from MOD Zhurnal.

If you would like to make this crochet jewellery using a written version of this pattern, just let me know so I can try and write down the pattern. Nevertheless, I consider it best for crocheters to start reading both written and symbol patterns and to get right into modifying as the first step to making your own designs.