Thursday, March 15, 2012

Venetian Table Runner


I just love the textural contrast of wood and fiber, so I crocheted a table runner to accompany the tea light holders; and here they are in their new home!

The (free) 1915 Venetian Square pattern can be found HERE, and for those of you on Ravelry, the pattern page is HERE.


The crochet specifics:
Red Heart Classic Size 10 thread, color- natural
1.65 mm hook
Joined squares on-the-go: I joined every picot except the center picot in the corners by chaining first two chains of picot, removing hook, inserting in corresponding picot, drawing up loop again, chaining one, and finishing picot stitch.
Final runner size- 4x10 squares, 11.5 in x 28.5 in


Here's a shot before I blocked the piece.  This goes to show how important blocking is, and how much of a difference it can make!  See how wonky and lumpy it was?


You don't even need anything fancy for blocking... I use some of those interlocking kids' floor mats because they are waterproof, and are the perfect material for sticking t pins in.  And remember, just like wood clamps, you can't have too many t pins!!  I just pinned it out, sprayed it with water, let it dry, and unpinned it the next day.


Overall, great pattern!  It was so fun to see the result after blocking.  And how cool is it to use a pattern from 1915?!

20 comments:

  1. Seriously cool! 1915?? That's awesome! It looks great too btw. How long did it take you to make this?
    xo,
    wink

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  2. Wow!!! You know I always love your makes, Kate, but this one is extra-specially impressive! It looks like it must have taken sooooo long!!!
    Wow again!!!
    Carly
    x

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  3. Absolutely gorgeous! You did a beautiful job!

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  4. I love it, it is so beautiful as is your crochet.

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    1. Thank you so much, you are so kind!
      Kate :}

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing the pattern!

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    1. Thank you so much!
      Happy crocheting!
      Kate :}

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  6. Thank you for the links and project!
    See also my vintage version here:
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/153623508/thread-crochet-vintage-doily-rectangular

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    1. updated post
      http://e-crochet.blogspot.gr/2011/10/blog-post_3766.html

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  7. Beautifully elegant! Pleasure to see!

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  8. This is beautiful! I'm inspired to attempt it myself. If you don't mind could I ask a question about the pattern and how you interpreted it? In Round 6 for the square, it uses "sc around post of dc" a few times. How did you do that?

    Thanks so much :)

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    1. Thanks! It's been awhile, but I believe by the end of round 5 you have a big mesh square, and will start crocheting around the whole square. Crocheting around the top of this mesh square you will be able to sc into the dc like usual, but when you finish the top of the square and start crocheting around the next side of the square, you will have to sc around the post of the dc- kind of like crocheting into a space. Does that make sense?

      I'm going to be gone this weekend, but if you are still having trouble, email me, and I'll try to send you some pictures to help explain as soon as I can!!

      Hope this helps!
      Kate :}

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  9. I made placemats like this from a different pattern several years ago. I'd like to do a tablecloth with them and can no longer find my pattern to join them together and add to them, so I was very excited to find your pattern. In my previous pattern they were joined on the diagonal which gives it a different look. Thanks for posting this pattern!!! Barbara

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    1. Oh great! I'm glad I could link to the pattern for you! (I can't take credit for this being mine!) Your placemats sound beautiful! I'd love to see them!!
      Happy crocheting!!
      Kate :}

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  10. beautiful work! thanks for sharing! i saw this same pattern used in a pullover top. just lovely!

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    1. Thanks! Oh, I bet that was really pretty!!
      Kate :}

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  11. Actually, this Venetian Lace square originates in Bohemia prior to 1900. One of the earliest patterns for this square can be found in Sophie Tatum LaCroix’s first publication titled Old & New Designs in Crochet Work, Vol. 1, pg. 6, St. Louis Fancy Work Co., St. Louis, MO 32 pages. {World Cat #11507822}. It was reprinted in 1915, but it's a very old pattern.

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    1. Wow, that's incredible, thanks for sharing!
      Kate :}

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