Five Useful Cushions 300202

Five Useful Cushions 300202

Honiton Braid of Linen Thread - Manlove's No. 60 Linen Thread - Paget Hook, 6 1/2 or 7 size

Abbreviations; cji., chain; tr., treble; l. tr.. long treble; d. c. double crochet

The sailor collar here described may be worn by a lady or is quite suitable for children's wear, or it may be adapted to form a yoke for a muslin blouse, the V opening at the neck being filled in with finely tucked muslin, or strips of the crochet insertion sewn together. The neck-band could also be adorned with a strip of the insertion.

The muslin foundation is cut all in one piece, the tips of the fronts (which are shown turned back in Fig. 1), just meeting under the chin. The straight edge of the back is placed to the selvedge.

The insertion is reversed from the point of fastening, so that the right side of the crochet may come outside when the fronts are turned back. Therefore, the points for the fronts are wrong-side-up in working.

Commence from the fastening tips, leaving sufficient braid for the turn back, and make the rest into shape first; there can then be no mistake about reversing the work.

1st row. Outside edge. Into each oval of the braid work four sets of 2 tr., 2 ch. between each set. Work down to the bar and up from it to next oval with 7 ch., 3 d. c. over the bar. At the corners, 9 ch.

1st row. Inside edge. The same as just described, only at the corners the shape is now very decided, there being only two sets of " 2 tr." in each of the two extreme corner ovals; with no chain between right in the centre.

2nd row. Outside edge. Three sets of 2 tr., 2 ch. between, as before, in the three centre spaces. Beyond, at each end, 1 tr.,

7 ch., filling the previous "7 ch." with 7 d. c. (nine at the corners).

2nd row. Inside edge. The same, but with fewer d. c. in corners, one set of 2 tr. over each two ovals.

3rd row. Outside edge. Into each " 7 ch." at each end of the ovals 3 1. tr., no chain between the two sets where they close in. From them to the middle "2 tr." 2 d. c. each side, 2 ch. over the "2 tr." In the corner "7 ch.," three times, 3 1. tr., 7 ch. between each set.

Fig. 1. The collar completed, showing revers and position of medallions

Fig. 1. The collar completed, showing revers and position of medallions

3rd row. Inside edge. In the corner, the sets of 3 1. tr. in each 7 ch. come close with no chain between, four times, two in the centre, one each side.

Fig. 2. Medallion and corner of collar enlarged to show the working

Fig. 2. Medallion and corner of collar enlarged to show the working

4th row. Outside edge. In the 2 ch. over the middle of ovals 2 d. c, 10 ch. from them in the top of each "3 tr." make a tr. 7 ch. between each set. In the corner, 8 ch. between each set over the other chain.

4th row. Inside edge. In the corner from the 2 d. c. 10 ch., and 1 tr. in between the sets of "3 tr." (three times). No chain between them.

Finalrow. Outside edge. Each 10 ch., counting from the dip, 6 d. c, 6 ch., 3 d. c. 1 d. c. in between each tr. (not through the tops of them) in the 7 chain, 3 d. c, 6 ch., 3 d. c.

Final row. Inside edge. Fill the chain with double crochet only.

Cut the collar large enough to fold back sufficient material to take the whole scallop of crochet that requires to be sewn down. Fold over the edge of the muslin, and lay the crochet upon the double edge thus formed, seeing that each corner is quite correct, folding in a little more or less as needed. Tack firmly, then sew over the double crochet (not through the stitches; the cotton sinks in and does not show when pressed or washed). The doubled edge of the muslin is lastly cut carefully away from the wrong side.

Do not try to cut too closely, but rub back with the fingers the little ragged cutting, as it will ruffle up of itself afterwards, and so makes it stronger.

The medallions, or rings, are sewn down in the same way round their outer edge. A piece of muslin large enough to take the whole size is placed at the back when tacking in position, and afterwards cut away, thus forming a firmer substance into which to sew.

For the Medallions

Neatly join eight ovals of braid with needle and cotton into a round. Into the edge of each oval for the outside put 2 tr. four times, with 2 ch. between each set as before; 9 ch. down to each bar and 9 ch. away from the bar, 3 d. c. over the bar.

2nd row. Fill each 9 ch. with 9 d. c, 7 ch. 1 tr. to end, and begin each set of d. c, and in the three spaces 2 tr.

3rd row. Into each 7 ch., 7 tr., 18 ch. down to dip and 18 ch. from it; but over the oval 7 ch. 2 d. c. each side of the middle 2 tr. of the previous row, 2 ch. between.

4th row. In between each of 7 tr., 1 tr., that is three, then 7 ch., and 3 more tr.; 7 ch. to the 18, 1 d. c. in each (no chain between, so as to draw them close).

Over each oval 7 ch. down to and away from it. Filled with d. c. only, afterwards.

The inside of the rings can be seen from the illustration.