Sunday, November 16, 2008

Pineapple Shawl Update and Photography

When you are a self publisher, there are so many aspects, from start to finish, that go into the completed product you offer for sale. Photographing my designs is probably the most difficult and tedious task of all the work I do. As I show you the update of my finished pineapple shawl, it might give you a bit of insight into how the same item can photograph under different circumstances. It can be very, very frustrating at times! Since this crochet project for for FUN, though, I did not follow the usual 'professional' techniques I normally apply, and boy did it make a difference!
I started this Pineapple Shawl almost 3 years ago using Bernat Berella '4' worsted weight yarn and an H (5mm) hook. The pattern comes from an old chairback. It really works up fast with the larger yarn and hook! PLEASE NOTE, though, that you need to correct the first few rows of the pattern in order for the Pineapple Shawl to come out right! On ROW 1, you need only 16 dc including the ch-3, which then gives you 32 dc for ROW 3.
These are important changes to the pattern that are NOT listed!

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I like the photo above the best for lighting!
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The pattern is available HERE. Don't forget the changes to the pattern!

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BTW, HINT: For professional results, you need to control your lighting and photograph your items under the same circumstances as much as you can! My shawl is white as you know, not blue!

In the end, I gave my Pineapple Shawl to my mom. I completed it while she was recuperating after her accident in the hospital. It got rave reviews from the nurses! When she was transferred to a rehab facility, she was able to wear it every day when they got her out of bed to take her to therapy or took her down to her meals in a wheelchair. It was perfect because as she was recovering, she needed to be warm, but it was also so very important to me that she look pretty while she was recovering! And she did! and does! So this pineapple shawl will always be very special to me!
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Fashion Doll Gown with Cape


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Fashion Doll Dress with Cape &copy 2008


By Jocelyn Sass

Fashion Doll Dress with Cape is copyrighted by Cute Crochet 2008

You may print it for your personal use, but you may not copy, distribute it, or sell it. You may link to the main page of Cute Crochet from your personal website, if desired at: http://www.cutecrochet.com.

Materials: Crochet Cotton Size 10, Southmaid 350m:320, 1 ball #494 Victory Red, 1 ball White;
Metallic Kint-Cro-Sheen 100 yds, 1 ball #126N (red and green variegated);
#3 Steel hook;
size 4/0 snaps, 5;
sewing & tapestry needles;
matching thread

Gauge: 8 sc and 10 rows = 1 inch; 3 dc shells = 2".

BODY Row 1: Beg at neckline with Vicotry Red, ch 21, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn. (40).

Row 2: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) across, ch 1, turn. (60).

Rows 3-6: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (60).

Row 7: (Sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc) across, ch 1, turn. (80).

Rows 8-10: Repeat Row 3. (80).

Row 11: Sc in first 10 sc, ch 2, skip next 15 sc, sc in next 30 sc, ch 2, skip next 15 sc, sc in last 10 sc, ch 1, turn. (50 sc, 4 ch).

Row 12: (Dec over next 2 sc) twice, sc in ea sc and ch across to last 4 sc, (dec over next 2 sc) twice; ch 1, turn. (50).

Row 13: Dec over first 2 sc, sc in ea sc across to last 2 sc, dec over last 2 sc, ch 1, turn. (48).

Row 14: (Sc in next 2 sc, dec over next 2 sc) across, ch 1, turn. (36).

Rows 15-23: Repeat Row 3, at end of Row 23, join with a sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn. (36).

Rnd 24: Working in Front Loops Only around, 2 sc in ea sc around, join, ch 1, turn. (72).

Rnd 25: 2 sc in ea sc around, join, do not ch 1, turn. (144).

Rnd 26: Ch 3, 4 dc in same st, skip next sc, sc in next sc, skip next sc, (5 dc [shell] in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc, skip next sc) around, join to top of starting ch-3, ch 3, turn.

Rnd 27: 4 dc in first sc, sc in center dc on next shell, (shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell) around; join to top of starting ch-3, ch 3, turn.

Rnds 28-39: Repeat Rnd 27, changing to Metallic Variegated in last st of Rnd 39, join, ch 3, turn.

TRIM Rnd 40: 5 dc in first sc, sc in center dc of next shell (6 dc in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell) around; join, and fasten off.

UNDERSKIRT Rnd 24: Join White with a sc in first free loop left from Rnd 24 of Skirt, sc in same loop, 2 sc in ea loop around, join, ch 1, turn. (72).

Rnd 25: 2 sc in ea sc around; join, turn. (144).

Rnds 26 & 27: Repeat Rnds 26 & 27 of Skirt.

Rnds 28-52: Repeat Rnd 27, changing to Metallic Variegated in last st made of Rnd 52, join, ch 3, turn.

TRIM Rnd 53: With right side facing, join Metallic Variegated with a sc in first st on opposite side of starting ch; sc in ea ch across. Fasten off.

Sew 3 snaps to back opening.

CAPE Row 1: With White, ch 25, 2 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea ch across, ch 1, turn. (48).

Row 2: (Sc in next sc, 2 sc in next sc) around; ch 1, turn. (72).

Rows 3-18: Sc in ea sc across, ch 1, turn. (72).

At end of Row 18, ch 3, turn.

Row 19: 4 dc in first st, skip next sc, sc in next sc, (skip next sc, 5 dc in next sc, skip next sc, sc in next sc) across, changing to Metallic Variegated in last st made, ch 3, turn.

Row 20: With Variegated, 5 dc in first sc, sc in center dc of next shell, (shell in next sc, sc in center dc of next shell) across to last 2 sts, sl st in top of starting ch-3. Fasten off.

NECK TRIM: With right facing, join White with a sc in first st on oppostie side of starting ch; sc in ea sc across. Fasten off.

Sew 2 snaps to back opening of cape.
This pattern is copyrighted by Cute Crochet &copy 2008



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