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Dec 5, 2011 20:41:56   #
John Dornan
Well this one was finished last night. it is a cover for a bottle. years ago i crocheted some cuffs and a collar for a cardigan using a pattern that was called "astrakan stitch"
so i searched the net for the "How to" (because i can't remember what book it is in) but wouldn't you know i couldn't find the dam thing. i basically remember that it was done with rows of dc (your sc) and various lengths of chains so I created this tree with that in mind. I did change to doing 1 row of tr(your dc) and the other with 10 chain loops. if someone finds the original instructions would you post them for me.
i have played with one of the pictures in my PhotoImpact program to send you all greetings for the festive season.
Have a great day, regards, JOHN
xmas tree bottle cover
xmas tree bottle cover...
a closeup of the decorations
a closeup of the decorations...
the tree and bottle
the tree and bottle...
merry Christmas to all
merry Christmas to all...
Dec 5, 2011 20:47:00   #
sand dollar
Really creative, And merry Christmas to you too.
Dec 5, 2011 20:50:22   #
What a wonderful card - and a Merry Christmas to you as well.

The tree is fantastic and all the decorations. That would be more of a present than the bottle inside. Just lovely.
Dec 6, 2011 05:13:49   #
i love the way you keep coming up with all the new stitches and different projects - another great one - love the tree ! :)
Dec 6, 2011 05:14:54   #
What a great idea - love it!!
Dec 6, 2011 06:33:52   #
"Seasons Greetings" to you too John. I'm always amazed by the items you produce. Your an inspiration to us all.

Dec 6, 2011 07:21:27   #
Another delightful Christmas tree, lovingly decorated John. A Very Merry Christmas To You Too. Leonora.
Dec 6, 2011 09:08:01   #
Nice one John, Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Gee
Dec 6, 2011 09:22:52   #
John, as always what a fantastic job!!! I Love that you are so creative and fun. Merry Christmas to you, may yours be filled with many blessings.
Dec 6, 2011 10:05:48   #
As always John, something beautiful and different. Thank you and many more merry Christmases to you.
Barbara Walker has a fur stitch in her first treasury.
Loop stitch
Rows 1, 2, 3, and 4--Knit
Row 5 (wrong side)--*Holding 3rd finger of left hand over yarn behind work, K 1 so that yarn forms a loop around finger) but do not sl this st from needle; then transfer the st just made back to left needle and k2 tog-b (the st just knitted and the original st)); then remove finger from loop to make another loop in the next st as before; rep from * in every st,
Row 6--K-b every st across row

More often I have done it with crochet using double crochet and every other row for the loops to make a nice plush. McCalls had a pattern for a vest in the 50s that had you wrap the yarn around a piece of cardboard to make a long openwork ladder between the rows of Tunisian st crochet
And one more---the man who wrote "Men Who Knit and the Dogs Who Love Them" came up with a way to do it in knit from the front. K through st pulling the loop through as long as you like, twist the loop until it twists back on itself (like making cord). Slip the end of the loop back on the left needle and knit the two stitches together.
Dec 6, 2011 10:14:28   #
Merry Christmas and peace to you, John. Try googling the spelling of the stitch as "astrakhan stitch." Google knows that I can't spell and will offer suggestins.
Dec 6, 2011 10:25:44   #
Merry Christmas to you also, John!
Dec 6, 2011 13:22:45   #
Merry Christmas John!!! U Rock!!!
Dec 6, 2011 16:35:01   #
Mar 18
A very Merry Christmas to you also John, keep up the good work--------I always look for your creations. God be with you for a Happy, Healthy New Year. M ^j^
Dec 7, 2011 01:20:48   #
Really cute and Merry Chirstmas to you too :-D
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