Archive for July 24, 2012

Starry Night–House #2!

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End view of house

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Working first row of roof

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Roof rows completed

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Work turned, now ready to begin making wall

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Slip stitches worked to keep roof firm (keep it from stretching), and for use later in securing outline stitches to

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First row of wall (single crochet) showing where to place stitches, BEHIND previously made, larger slip stitches

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Basic house structure and windows finished. Let the sewing begin!

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Windows attached

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Decorative stitching and outline stitches completed

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Imagine that!! They fit together perfectly! Two little houses finished, only eight to go....

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And finally, the progress chart

Continuing from where we left off last time….

House #2:

For this one let’s start with the end of the house and make a triangle. With a soft tan color from Bernat called ‘Antique’, chain 12. For first row, work 10 half-double crochets, in FRONT loops only. Continue to work in hdc, decreasing once at each end until, you have 1 stitch left. This is the peak of the roof.

Now, turn and work DOWN the left side of the triangle to start the roof. The roof will be worked in single crochet, back loops only. Every other row, decrease on the side which will be the top (peak) of the roof, and increase on the opposite end (bottom of roof). Work 18 rows, until you had 9 ridges.

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Now, for the wall….Switch to a size or two larger hook (I used I), and turn so as to work across the BOTTOM of the roof. You will be working into the ends of the roof rows just worked, on the INCREASE (bottom) side. Slip stitch in the end of every other row, into the TROUGHS between the RIDGES. (11 sts). (We will work a decorative, contrasting color into these slip stitches later).

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Switch back to smaller hook size. (I’m using H). Turn and work back across, into ends of rows again. Previously made slip stitches will be lying on the front (right side) of the rows of sc ridges. Working below and behind them into the smaller loops that appear on the ends of each row, whichever loops appear handy and will allow you to pick up stitches evenly, work 18 sc stitches across.

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Turn, switch to hdc and, working in front loops only, work 4 rows.

Basic structure of House #2 all finished!! Now, for some teeny-tiny windows. With yellow, make two squares in simple afghan (tunisian) stitch, 4 stitches by 4 rows. Sew these to side of house and use brown stitches to create the appearance of four panes.

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Let’s add some shading and highlights…. With desired colors (I used rust, sage green, brown, dusty blue), embroider short, straight stitches along each trough between ridges of roof. With brown, work sc, slip stitch, or slip stitch/chain combination (in any way that you think looks good) around all edges that will be exposed. Don’t be concerned about the missing lower right corner of house, and don’t bother to outline it. House #1 will be fitted into this slot when all the pieces are assembled.

Guess what? We have our second house completed!! Only eight more houses and a church, and then, we’ll be ready to make trees. Lots and lots of trees!!

Last, but not least, our progress chart, to show how much we’ve completed. Maybe tomorrow I can make TWO small houses!