Sunday, 5 October 2014

A little Downton Crochet Collar

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I think it's fair to say that I'm a big fan of Downton Abbey.  I could easily sit and watch it for hours, not just for the antics of Daisy and Lady Edith, but the sublime setting and glamorous clothes are beyond heavenly.   It's a bit hard to get away with Downton styling in everyday life, but I think this easy crochet collar may just be the thing to bring that time period into this millennium.

This is a very quick pattern that's easily completed in an hour or so and magically transforms the plainest top or jumper into a 20's masterpiece.

I chose Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply in Almond for this project and a 4mm crochet hook.


Chain 70 (if you want a smaller or larger collar,  the pattern requires multiples of 6 plus 4 extra chains)

The design for the collar is the Fairy Shell Stitch pattern from New Stitch a Day.

  1. Row 1:(Right Side): sc in 4th ch from hook, *skip 2ch, shell in next ch, skip 2ch, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch; rep from * across to last 6 ch, skip 2ch, shell in next ch, skip 2ch, [sc, ch 1, hdc] in last ch, turn.
Row 2ch 3 (counts as dc), 2dc in hdc, *[sc, ch 3, sc] in ch 2 sp, shell in ch 3 sp; rep from * across to last ch 2 sp, [sc, ch 3, sc] in last ch 2 sp, 3dc in 3rd ch of tch, turn.

Row 3:  ch 3 (counts as hdc, ch 1 sp), sc in 1st dc, *shell in ch 3 sp, [sc, ch 3, sc] in next ch 2 sp; rep from * across to last ch 2 sp, shell in last ch 3 sp, [sc, ch 1, hdc] in top of tch, finish.

Sew in ends, blockadd an elegant button, then attach or slip over a simple top and the transformation is complete.

Now if someone would be so kind as to  please bring me a cup of tea and a cucumber sandwich :-)

Happy crocheting


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