Thomas (one4k4) wrote in design_yer_own,

A small introduction

Afternoon, folks.

I've been crocheting for a while now, ever since I was a child. To me, it's like origami, math, and an erector-set all rolled into one. No pun intended.

Before I search the archives, troll around, and make myself as invisible as possible. ;) I figured I would ask a small question of advice. I would like to give my girlfriend, with whom I will soon live with, something sweet for the new house she is purchasing. An idea came to mind and since the general theme is going to be "Irish" (being that we're both of Irish decent), I thought I could crochet a nice table runner for the hardwood table she has.

Looking around, and to be honest, not much time was put into it as I am on lunch break, I thought I could find a nice pattern of a runner with a Celtic border and a claddagh in the center.

No luck.

So I set out on the task of designing one.

Does anyone have any thoughts and advice?

Thanks in advance!
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Lots of 'em!

First off...are you planning on doing filet-work for it? If so, your design process is going to be very simple.

The center medallion, your claddagh, is going to be the most ornate, as it has the most curves. Go get yourself some 1/4 inch graph paper, find an image of the claddagh approximately the size you're going to want to crochet it (if a bit small; 1/4 blocks ends up being 40-wt. thread). Put it on a light-board (if you can't see through the blocks) and trace it through. After you have a general idea, you can fill the boxes in half, whole, or empty, to result in your final image.

If you planned on double-crochet, using 10-wt. crochet cotton and a #8 steel hook will result in a mesh that is approximately three per inch, and have three DC per block, or two chains for an empty. Treble crochet will probably work better due to the intricacy of the design, but you're going to want to go down to 30 wt. and a #10 steel. The advantage to doing treble-blocks is that you can have them one quarter, one half, three quarters, or completely full, which will make the realisation of your design a lot easier.

The Celtic border will be fairly easy as well, and in fact most filet-crochet books have some sort of Celtic knotting.

If you've done any sort of pattern transfer before, you might look to a cable knitting guide for your border also.

If you need more detailed information than that, just let me know...filet crochet a personal favourite!
Wow! Thanks!

I played around with some filet last night, and I think I like it very much. :)

It was a double-crochet swatch, but I think I'll try a trebel and something in 30wt too. (used 10)

Thanks again for the advice. :)