A new mosaic pattern from Tinna, which you can use to make all kinds of fun projects. The pattern comes with both written instructions and charts for how to work it both flat and in the round.
I started this new year of 2022 happily settling into our new home. During the move I of course found some hidden treasures in the attic and one of those was the beautiful Sjónabók – a book that features a collection of cross stitch patterns found in old manuscripts collected in Iceland in the 17th and 18th century. And what a treasure indeed! I got caught up in these patterns and was inspired to do something traditional Icelandic. The result was my FROST pattern, which literally jumped off my hook!
One of the most traditional cross stitching pieces found in icelandic homes is the bell pull, which we call klukkustrengur. Apparently these were used abroad as actual bell pulls, to call the servants. Well, here we had no servants (or if so, then we were the servants to the Danish ourselves!) and the only thing remaining of its original purpose is the name, which I had actually often wondered about and never quite understood until now!
So, here the bell pulls were just long narrow embroidery pieces used to decorate homes. Ask any icelander and they‘ll confirm that these were found in ALL respectable grand-mother‘s homes around the country! I absolutely love these and have actually collected them for years, but never made one myself. So I took great care when designing FROST to have the pattern work so that it looks the same both vertically and horizontally, and this way you can make a FROST bell pull by working it sideways and thus only having the ends at the top and bottom of your piece. So even if alas I have no servants to call, I am now finally making my very own bell pull!
You can of course use the flat version to make a FROST scarf, wrap or a rug too, and then the same applies, to work it sideways and use the ends for fringe! Or you can make a blanket of course. I then included the FROST in the round version too, so that you can make a cushion, bag or cowl as well.
Yarn & hook:
You can use any yarn you like for this pattern and a hook that suits your yarn. Frost can be used to make various projects, both worked flat and in the round. You will find yarn stats table for FROST on page 38, with stats for one repeat of the pattern in various yarn types.
I’m made the original Frost bell pull on a 1.75 mm hook using Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush. I did 6 x 2 repeats and used only 1 ball of each color. The bell pull measures 52 cm long and 17 cm wide.
38 ST & 38 rows = 10 cm (4 inches)
Using recommended yarn and a 1.75 mm hook.
Abbreviations (US terms):
ST = stitch/stitches
SS = slip stitch
CH = chain stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
XDC = extended double crochet
FPDC = front post double crochet
FPXDC = front post extended double crochet
2tog = 2 ST worked together
Frost is a continuous pattern that’s worked in repeats of 32 stitches and 32 rounds or rows, so you can really use this to make a project in any size you like.
Furthermore, you can use this pattern to make various projects, for example a cowl, a pillowcase, a purse or a bag, when working it in the round. But you can just as easily work it flat and make a scarf, a blanket, a rug, place mats or potholders.
To decide on how many repeats, you need for you project, the best way is to start by making a small swatch (just 1 repeat) of the pattern, using the yarn you have chosen. Then you can measure how large your repeat is and take it from there, adjusting this to the size you want your project to be. This way you can also measure how much yarn you need for one repeat, and then multiply that with how many repeats you will be doing total. That way you will know approximately how much yarn you will need for your project. The pattern includes a yarn stats table in various types of yarn and the amount you need of each for one pattern repeat.
You will need at least two colors and I recommend using contrasting colors.
To give some specific color tips, I would recommend using a solid color for either A or B and a smooth color fade both the other. I obviously did a color fade for both colors, which is another option. Just always remember to keep a good contrast between colors A and B, that way the pattern will reach its full potential in my opinion.
This pattern consists of continuous mosaic pattern, which can be worked for any size you like, and comes with written instructions for how to work it both flat (page 8) and in the round (page 23), as well as user-friendly charts for both versions.
If lefthanded, you can follow the chart from left to right and do the slanted stitches in the same direction as shown on the chart. If lefthanded and following the written pattern then you work the slanted stitches in the opposite direction to what the text reads, then you can always double check by looking at the chart.
PLEASE NOTE: WHEN THE PATTERN INCLUDES VARIOUS PDF FILES, THEY ARE DELIVERD TO YOU IN A ZIPPED FILE. TO ACCESS THE PATTERN, YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE A SOFTWARE THAT ENABLES YOU TO OPEN A ZIP FOLDER.