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Crocheted frames

These little crocheted frames are a unique way to display special pictures.

You will need
• Elle Premier Natural Cotton DK in moss, peach and candy
• 3,5mm crochet hook
• A3 size firm cardboard
• craft knife, glue, double-sided tape
• tapestry needle, scissors, pins
• 5 pictures of your choice

Abbreviations

ch                    chain stitch
dc                    double crochet
htr                   half treble
rep                  repeat
rnd(s)             round(s)
sl st                 slip stitch
sp(s)               space(s)
st(s)                stitch(stitches)
tr                     treble

NOTE For frame 2, cut a square 11 x 11cm from cardboard. For frame 4 cut a circle 11cm in diameter and for frame 5 a circle 7,5cm in diameter. For all three, draw a line 1cm in from the edge and cut out the centre.

To crochet frame 1
Work 52 ch and join with sl st in 1st ch.
1st rnd: 2 ch, *1 tr in each of next 3 ch, 2 tr in next ch*, rep to end, tr in base of 2 ch, sl st in 2nd ch at beg of 1st rnd.
2nd rnd: *2 ch, sl st in next tr*, rep to end, sl st in 1st 2 ch-sp of 2nd rnd.
3rd rnd: *5 ch, miss one 2 ch-sp, sl st in next 2 ch-sp*, rep to end, sl st in base of 1st 5 ch of 3rd rnd. Fasten off. Darn in all the loose ends.

To crochet frame 2
Make a slip-knot and *work 36 dc along one side of frame 2*, rep for other 3 sides of frame, sl st in 1st dc.
1st rnd: *[5 ch, sl st in 3rd ch from hook, htr in next ch, tr in next ch, miss 5 dc, sl st in next dc] 6 times, sl st in next dc*, rep from * to * 3 times more, fasten off. Darn in loose ends.

To crochet frame 3
Work 44 ch and join with sl st in 1st ch.
1st rnd: *1 ch, 1 dc in each of next 10 ch, 3 dc in next ch*, rep from * to * 3 times more, sl st in 1st dc of 1st rnd.
2nd rnd: 1 ch ,dc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 11 sts, 3 dc in next st,* 1 dc in each of next 12 sts, 3 dc in next st*, rep from * to * twice more, sl st in 1st dc of 2nd rnd.
3rd rnd: 1 ch, dc in same sp, 1 dc in each of next 13 dc, 8 ch, sl st in 1st of 8 ch crocheted, *1 dc in each of next 15 dc, 8 ch, sl st in 1st of 8 ch crocheted*, rep from * to * twice more, dc in next dc, sl st in 1st dc of 3rd rnd. 4th rnd: Sl st loosely in each of next 12 dc, 15 dc in 8 ch-sp, *sl st loosely in each of next 14 dc, 15 dc in 8 ch-sp*, rep from * to * twice more, sl st in next dc, fasten off. Darn in loose ends.

To crochet frame 4
Make a slip-knot and work 110 dc around frame 4, sl st in 1st dc.
1st rnd: *6 ch, miss 8 dc, sl st in next dc* all around frame, ending 1st rnd with sl st in base of 1st 6 ch.
2nd rnd: *[sl st, 1 ch, 1 dc, 1 htr, 5 tr, 1 htr, 1 dc, sl st] in next 6 ch-sp*, rep from * to * all around frame, ending 2nd rnd with sl st in 1st ch of 2nd rnd. Fasten off. Darn in loose ends.

To crochet frame 5
Make a slip-knot and work 80 dc around frame 5, sl st in 1st dc, 1 ch, dc in same sp.
1st rnd: *miss next dc, dc in next dc*, rep from * to * all around frame, ending with sl st in 1st dc of 1st rnd.
2nd rnd: *5 ch, miss 1 dc, sl st in next dc*, rep from * to * all around frame, ending with sl st in 1st ch of 2nd rnd.
3rd rnd: sl st in next 2 ch,* 7 ch, sl st in next 5 ch-sp*, rep from * to * all around frame, ending with sl st in 1st ch of 3rd rnd. Fasten off. Darn in loose ends.

To make
For frames 1 and 3:
Cut out a 1cm- wide cardboard frame to fit. Apply glue to front of cardboard, pin the crocheted piece to the frame, leave to dry and remove the pins. For frames 1-5: Trim pictures to fit frames, glue picture to back of frame and leave to dry. Attach to the wall with double-sided tape.

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