.. for those of you who aren't readers of 'Inside Crochet' (I can highly recommend it, there are always several patterns I want to do each month!), I promised you a share in the projects that I've been publishing alongside my monthly column. This month is all about eating 'al fresco' with my little family. We enjoy nothing better than supper in the garden and these pebbles are perfect weights for the tablecloth and napkins - they make pretty paperweights on my desk too!
Using fine linen or cotton thread (Namolio linen, Anchor mercer cotton no. 8) and a 1.25mm hook, make 6ch.
Rnd 1: sl st into 1st ch to form a ring, 13dc in ring, sl st in 1dc to close.
Rnd 2: *6ch, sl st in 4th ch from hook, 2ch, miss 1 st, sl st into next st, repeat from * 7 times.
Rnd 3: sl st into next 3 ch, *7ch, sl st into 4th ch from hook, 2ch, sl st into st before picot from prev rnd, rep from * around, finishing with sl st into 1st of original 7ch.
Rnd 4: sl st into next 2 ch, *9ch, sl st into 4th ch from hook, 2ch, sl st into st before picot from prev rnd, rep from * around, finishing with sl st into 1st of original 9ch.
The size of your pebble will dictate how many rounds you need. Continue as per the pattern, stretching your crochet over your pebble to see how much further you need to go and whether or not you need to increase your number of chain between picot each time.
Sl st up to next picot, work approx. 6ch followed by a sl st into next picot around, finish with sl st into original 1ch.
Position pebble on top of crochet disc and work sl st up 3ch to middle of first 'arch', then work a reduced number of chain between each 'arch', working a sl st into each ch sp. I worked just 3ch between each which was sufficient to secure the pebble.
This image shows the back of one of the other pebbles, but the principle is the same. You are dramatically reducing your stitch count to draw the cover over the pebble and keep it in place. You should be able to stretch the cover off the pebble to wash when necessary. Any questions, just message me below ;) xxx