Inspired by Lisa Hamblin's picot bookmark
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The following pattern is an original design by Judy
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Using size 10 thread, and size 7 steel hook:
Start with ch 11, join in first chain made to form circle.
First arm: (ch 5, sc in 4th ch from hook to form picot) 5 times, (ch 4, sc in 4th ch to form picot) 2 times, dc in ch between 3rd and 4th picot from hook, (ch 4, sc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next free ch between picots) 4 times. Finish first arm by making hdc in 3rd ch from joining in circle. do not break thread.
top of cross: ch 3, sl st in top of last picot on first arm, ch 1, sc in ch before sl st to form first picot. (ch 5, sc in 4th ch from hook to form picot) 4 times, (ch 4, sc in 4th ch to form picot) 2 times, dc in ch between 3rd and 4th picot from hook, (ch 4, sc in 4th ch from hook, dc in next free ch between picots) 4 times. Finish second arm by making hdc in 3rd ch from where you made hdc on first arm in circle, do not break thread.
2nd arm: same as top of cross, only substituting 3rd arm for anyplace I've specified the top of cross,and top of cross anyplace I specified the first arm. Do not break thread when done with this side either.
Bottom of cross: Start the same as the other two, with ch 5 picots (don't forget to sl st in the last picot on the 2nd arm for the first one - this is the one where you ch 3, sl st in the top of the last picot on the last arm, ch 1 then sc in the ch before the sl st to form the picot) - only this time do 10 picots before doing the 2 (ch 4) picots before turning and doing the dcs in the chs between the picots... the only difference is that when you get to the last picot, you'll need to ch 3, sl st in the first picot on the first arm (so it'll be attached all the way around), ch 1 then sc in the first ch from the picot you're making, hdc in the st you originally joined the beginning loop before finishing off and working in ends. That part's kinda tricky, keeping the hook and thread in the right spot so it doesn't get all tangled up in the rest of the cross while doing that last picot, dc and hdc - I have to fold the rest of the stitching out of the way, wrap the thread carefully, stuff like that.
Clear as mud? When I read my directions, I have trouble following them...
I don't find it necessary to block and starch this one - once you weave the 1/8" ribbon in and out, it seems plenty stable all by itself. One thing - the ribbon should start and end on the back side for both directions, so what I did was to weave the vertical one first, then weave around that when doing the horizontal one.... this will be much easier to see on the actual cross.
Tried it in thinner thread too - I have no idea if it's size 30 or 40 because it's some thread that's long since lost its' label, but I used a size 12 steel hook for that, and it came out very small and dainty.
With a little loop added to the top, these could also become christmas tree/easter tree ornaments (I'd probably go ahead and starch for that though, just to make sure it had enough body).