Ever since I started posting pictures of my crocheted covered stones (or rocks or pebbles, I've stopped considering the difference nowadays), I get a few emails and comments from people about how they'd love to try this out. I'm not so good at writing out tutorials, so if there is anything I need to explain further, feel free to let me know!
So, you need these items.
A stone you like, a hook, a needle and some cotton yarn.
A pair of scissors would be nice too.
I usually do freestyle, but for the purpose of this tutorial,
I will use a book which will show you two patterns for you to try out.
I got this book three years ago when living in Japan.
Often had to stop myself from going to the craft store right after I got
my pay because I could possible empty out my wallet buying
these beautiful books!
The pattern is from Ondori.
So, I chose this pattern here.
And this one!
Should be simple.
A few people have asked my for patterns.
And here's the reason why.
I follow Japanese patterns.
Don't like them written in English.
Too weird for me.
If you need help with these crochet symbols, try this.
So, I started with the first pattern.
As you can see, it's not big enough to cover the stone/rock/pebble nicely.
I decided I would follow the pattern of the third tier of the second pattern.
Now the size looks better.
I chain stitched around the motif to create a circle.
And then double crocheted it.
Now the lace covers the surface of the stone.
Every time you reach the edge, it is time to reduce your stitches.
I reduce the number of chain stitches each tier.
It's really trial and error.
You have to make sure it fits the rock a little tight or just right at this stage.
Once I get to the underside of the stone,
I fit the stone right into the crochet work and
try to lock it in tightly with as little chain stitches as possible.
By now, it is finished.
But I like to add a circle of single stitches to finish off.
It's really up to you how you do it.
Once you are happy with your work,
snip off yarn leaving behind a tail to tie off and tuck in.
Top 3 Important tips:
1- Having a basic foundation in crocheting granny squares and motifs is helpful.
(If you need some basic patterns, I'm happy to share a few privately with you, just email me)
2- Try to crochet to the edge of the rock.
3- Once you get to the edge of the rock, it is time to reduce stitches.
This part relies a lot on trial and error. But practice makes perfect!
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