Thursday, August 21, 2014
Third time's the charm Pink Parasol
These are the things I kept telling myself while working on this parasol. It took my almost two months to get it done. I know! Me! Here's why.
I found this amazing vintage umbrella with a pink Lucite handle and just *had* to use it. But the ribs for this frame were light and whippy, and they just didn't stand up to the firm cotton I wanted to use.
Knitpicks Curio cotton was gorgeous, solid in the center, twirly on the edges. What more could I want, right?
As I began to tie it to the frame I realized I had crocheted 8 sections. The umbrella has 10. HEARTBREAK!
So, I frogged it. I did. I know.
It was just too tight. I tried various fixes... but the frame ribs just didn't have enough firmness to support the solid fabric.
Third time's the charm as they say!
Bernat Handicrafter Crochet Thread, 100% acrylic with a little more stretch.
I also switched patterns again, using Coats and Clark's Setting Sun doily... being careful to start with 5 repeats. Look at that wonderful star at the center!
Changing up the colors to divide the lace sections really sets them apart.
All in all, I was very pleased with how it turned out... and it was worth all the trial and error it took to get there.
Check out the pink handle!