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Dawn Jones
Custer Cottage
Wichita, Kansas  67217
316-680-1615
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I Will Wear Lace
As I approach an older age, I will wear lace, lace, lace.
No, not just the weathered and beige,
all kinds and colors and styles;
even the funny ones that bring on big smiles!

I will wear it as much and as often as I can,
some made by machine and some made by hand.
While making my outer shell look gentle and refined,
it is covering the flaws of old age and time.
Dawn Jones



Free Patterns

Fingerless Gloves/Cuff Pattern
Made with hand spun yarn and manufactured yarn.

Using hand spun lumpy/bumpy yarn, (I used my kid mohair yarn), Chain 16 stitches with size G crochet hook, and single crochet in the 3rd from the hook making a double crochet.  Double crochet in the back of each stitch along the chain.  You should have 14 stitches all together, counting the chain at the beginning of the row.  Continue in this manner until the piece you have is 6 inches long or long enough to go around your wrist comfortably.   Slip stitch the last and the first rows together making the cuff.  On one end of the cuff, single crochet around the edge.  Evenly space 7 chain 6 single crochet loops followed by a single crochet.  In each of these loops, single crochet 10 stitches.  Just above these loops, make 6 more with a chain of 8.  Single crochet 8 stitches, chain 3, and single crochet 8 more stitches in each of the chains.  Bind off









With manufactured mohair yarn, (I used Angel which is mohair and silk), cast on 60 stitches onto size 6 knitting needles, using 2 extra strands.  Knit 2 rows.  Purl one row.  This is the top of the cuff since it has the extra support from the extra strands of thread and the extra knitted row.  Continue in the stockinette stitch pattern until your piece measures 5 inches.  Bind off.  Stitch the side seam up.  This side seam may be left unstitched between the 1/2 inch mark and the 2” mark of the seam if you want to extend the thumb out.  I would suggest that the hole be single crocheted around for extra support.  Stitch this part into the cuff approximately 1/2" down on the inside of the cuff.

If you have questions, please give me a call or e-mail me.
Dawn Jones
dawn@custercottage.com










 
Doily Head Hats

By

Dawn Jones

 

I noticed that one of the popular spinning magazines recently had an article on blending wool at the wheel.  Well, for years, I have done this, but in my case it was called, “too lazy to go downstairs and use the drum carder!”  I like to use natural colored wool, and a bright colored wool at the same time.  I don’t blend much, I allow a little dab or speck of the colored wool to go through the orifice randomly along with the naturally colored wool.  I hold both colors in my left hand and manipulate the wool with that hand.  The right hand I use to control the twist and amount of  wool allowed into the wheel.  I generally use two plies, but only one ply would need to be two-toned.   I crochet hats using a vintage doily for inspiration.  I have pictures for you to view and a pattern for one of the hats.  As you see, I used buttons and trim for embellishments.  One of my trademarks I use is to single crochet at least once around the crochet posts of the last row so the hat will have more stability and not  pull out of shape. 

 

Doily Head Hat Pattern

Materials required: 

Crochet Hook:  Size e crochet hook, or size best suited for you.

Yarn:  130 yards of  sport weight yarn.  Mine is approx 15 WPI.  I made this hat  3 times, twice with home spun yarn and once with Noro Maiko yarn which is 35% wool, 30% kid mohair, and 35% silk. 

Embellishments:  (Optional) button, pin, or  millinery flower arrangement for the side, approximately 32 inches of velvet ribbon for weaving in and out of the stitches along the lower row of the hat, and  22 inches of 7/8” grosgrain ribbon for finishing the bottom inside of the hat. 
Gage:  The gage is 4.75 stitches to the inch.

Begin at top center:  Chain 6 stitches and join in a circle.

Row 1:  Chain 2 and make 19 half-double stitch in the circle.                 
Row 2:  Chain 2 and make a half-double stitch at the base of this chain 2.  Make 2 half-double stitches in each of the 19 stitches from the first row.

Row 3:   Chain 6 stitches and make a single crochet stitch between the 5th and 6th stitch of the previous row.  Chain 5 stitches and make a single crochet stitch between the 10th and the 11th stitch of the previous row.  Continue chaining 5stitches and making a single crochet stitch after every 5 stitches throughout this row. 

Row 4:  Sip stitch one stitch into the first loop made in the previous row from the chain stitches.  Then chain 2 stitches followed by 7 half-double stitches into each loop made from the chain stitches in the previous row.  Continue to make 8 half-double stitches in each loop.  This would make 64 stitches.  Slip stitch into the top of the chain 2 stitches at the beginning of the row. 

Row 5:  Slip stitch through the top loops of the next 3 stitches.  You should be at the center of a loop.  Chain 7 stitches and attach this chain at the center of the next loop, between the 8th and 9th stitch.  Chain 6 stitches and join at the center of the next loop, between the 16th and 17th stitch.  Continue until you have made it around the circle with chains. Slip stitch into the top of the next first chain 2 stitch.

Row 6:  Chain 2 stitches and make 9 half-double stitches in the loop.  Make 10 half-double stitches in the following 8 loops.  Slip stitch into the top of the first chain 2 stitch. 

Row 7:   Slip stitch into the top of the next 4 stitches.  You should be at the center of a loop.  Chain 9 stitches and attach this chain at the center of the next loop, between the 10th and the 11th stitch.  Chain 8 stitches and attach the chain at the center of the next loop, between the 20th and 21st stitch.  Continue around the top of the hat in this same way, to complete the circle. 

Slip stitch into the first chain. 

Row 8:  Chain 2 stitches and make 11 half-double stitches in the loop.  Make 12 half-double stitches in each of the following loops.  Slip stitch into the top of the first chain 2 stitch.  There should be 96 stitches.

Row 9 through Row 22:  Chain 2 stitches, half-double crochet into each of the following stitches throughout the row.  Slip stitch into the top of the first chain 2 stitches. 

Row 23:  Single crochet through the stems of each of the half-double crochet stitches in the last row.  Slip stitch into the first stitch of the row.

Row 24:  Repeat row 23.  Fasten off all loose ends.  Embellish as desired.

I placed a grosgrain ribbon around the bottom on the inside of the hat.  This was just to give it a little finished look.  The  ribbon has to be gathered when it is sewn in, or it will not stretch with the fiber.  My millinery flowers are put on with a pin, so they are removable when you wash the hat.

 

I hope you enjoy this pattern and if you find any mistake or unclear instructions, please let me know. 

 

 
These first three hats are made from this pattern.  The other hats are made using the doily head concept. 
 
 
This hat has a brown and pink ribbon along the bottom.
 The following two hats are made with the speckled wool, blending at the wheel. 

 A vintage button is used in the next pattern.
 
The last two hats have velvet ribbons for accent and interest.
 
 

 

 
 
 







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