Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pretty Picot Paisley


There's a fun project going on over in the International Freeform Forum Group on Ravelry.

It's called Sensational Spirals and Pretty Paisleys...

Each week there is a new instruction for you. Then at the end of the season, you join together all your pieces to make - well, whatever you fancy!

The whole idea of freeform is that you don't follow a pattern. You just meander your way along, working whichever stitches most inspire you - until you've created a masterpiece...

Sometimes though, people don't really know where to start. Even experienced freeformers sometimes lose their mojo and need new inspiration.

Which is where a challenge like this comes in handy. If you don't know where to start, then just follow the instructions. And if half way through, you feel like you want to head off on your own tangent - then go for it.That's what freeform is all about.

Even if you feel like you need the safety net of a pattern all the way through... you'll end up with a bunch of pieces at the end of the season. And the way you choose to join them will be in your own unique style... You will have successfully completed your own UNIQUE one-of-a-kind piece!

And once again - that's what it's all about.


Got distracted for a minute there.

I wanted to tell you that I was chosen to design this weeks instruction piece.

So here it is, my Pretty Picot Paisley:

(Instructions are below the photo)


  • The sample uses 4 colours of 8 ply/DK weight yarn and a 4.0 mm hook.
  • The sample one I made measures 18.5 cm (7 1/4 in) by 13 cm (5 in).
  • Change yarn colour at the beginning of each round.
  • Join each round with a slip stitch into the top of the beginning stitch of the round, and fasten off.
  • Make a slip knot on your hook with the new yarn to begin each round.
  • Picot – ch 4, sl st into 4th ch from hook.
Start: Using Pink yarn make an AMR.

Round 1 (Pink): Ch 3 (acts as first dc), 11 dc into ring, tighten tail; join – 12 dc.

Round 2 (Blue): * hdc, ch 1; repeat from * around; join – 12 hdc, 12 ch-1 spaces.

Round 3 (Apricot): * hdc into ch-1 space, ch 2; repeat from * around; join – 12 hdc, 12 ch-2 spaces.

Round 4 (Green): * 2 hdc into ch-2 space, ch 1; repeat from * around; join, but do not fasten off; ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 2 ch, [hdc in next ch, ch1] 3 times, dc in next 6 ch; sl st into next ch-2 space – 24 hdc, 11ch-1 spaces, plus paisley tail.

Round 5 (Pink): Begin in the first sc at the end of the paisley tail. 2 sc in next 3 sts, 12 sc along remainder of tail; sc in each hdc and 2 sc in each ch-1 space around; 12 sc along the underside of the tail; join – 74 sc.

Round 6 (Blue): Work all sts through BACK LOOPS ONLY. [2 sc in next st, 4 sc] 3 times, 2 hdc, 2 dc, 2 hdc, [2 sc in next st, 4 sc] 8 times, [sc2tog] 2 times, 3 sc, [sc2tog] 2 times, 2 sc – 75 sc, 4 hdc, 2 dc.

Round 7 (Apricot): [2 dc, ch 2, skip 1] 23 times, 2 dc, skip 2, [2 dc, ch 1, skip 1] 2 times, 2 dc, ch 2; join – 54 dc.

Round 8 (Green): [2 sc, 2 sc in ch-2 space] 23 times, [sc2tog] 2 times, [sc in ch-1 space, sc2tog] 2 times, 2 sc in ch-2 space; join – 100 sc.

Round 9 (Pink): [4 sc, picot] 4 times, [4 sc, picot, skip 1] 15 times, [sc2tog] 4 times, picot, 2 sc, 2 sc into same st as beginning stitch of the round, picot - 21 picots.



Anonymous said...

love it

dotbinmo said...

Very Pretty! Is this the first piece?

laughing purple goldfish said...

Hey Dotbinmo...

Are you a member over at Ravelry?

If you look at the International Freeform Forum Group, there is a section for this "Sensational Spirals and Pretty Paisleys Challenge"... We are up to week 3, and there is one instruction per week...

Loren said...

Thanks for the plug, Sharon! And for sharing your wonderful design.

Anne said...

Great pattern Sharon! Thank you!

Lee Ann said...

What a pretty motif! Many, many thanks for posting this! :) :)

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Jolanda said...

Thank you for the beautiful pattern! With your instruction at hand I made one too, although I changed a bit. You can see it here: http://creatiefbezig.blogspot.nl/2013/10/paisley.html
Bye, Jolanda

goclaudia1965 said...

Thanks so much! I have been searching for this pattern!

Unknown said...

Absolutely gorgeous

Unknown said...

Lmbo!! By the time I got to the 3rd or 4th round, I had no idea what I was doing. Haha. But I figured, hey I'm crocheting freeform style and kept going. Mine's not as pretty as yours but it's really puffy & ruffley. LOL. I loved this pattern and will NOT give up!! ��

laughing purple goldfish said...

That's EXACTLY what you're doing Stacy... FREEFORMING IT!!!

Love your attitude, by the way...

It sounds like you'll nut this pattern out eventually - or at least have FUN trying...

Mel said...

I loved this pattern. It was super fun to work up and it's exactly what I was looking for! Thank you.

I'm fairly new to crochet - and it was easy to understand. I changed the color config and a couple of the rows a bit, I hope you don't mind.