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.
Row 2: ch 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, block, add 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 :-)
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