Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Kiss Me Mr Darcy Wrist Cuffs Tutorial

Behold!



Another addition to my wrist cuff obsession....

Kiss Me Mr Darcy! (you know he wants to!)




My first pair of cuffs, Do The Fan Dance are a more basic version with just one frilly edge, but these ramp up the style factor a teensy bit. 

Would you like a pair?
Great leaping Mozarts you do!

Will I make them for you?
Pfft! Make em yourself!

It's not hard! Intermediate, maybe. Beginning. Hmmm, give it a go. I guarantee if you're a beginner, you'll be able to shed that humble moniker as soon as you're finished and declare yourself beginner no more!

I had a wee little fun while making these and created a stop motion animated video. My first ever. So it's a bit wobbly.


The main body of the cuff is super duper easy and is fairly similar to the Do The Fan Dance wrist cuffs...

Don't be put off by this seemingly loooooooong tutorial.  They are actually very quick to make and not too hard.  I just always like to include LOTS of photos to show what I'm doing.


Tools of the Trade

3ply crochet cotton
2.5mm crochet hook
2mm crochet hook
Scissors & needle for sewing in your ends


Stitches used are in American Terms

Sk- skip
Sl st- slip stitch
Ch- chain
Sc- single crochet
dc- double crochet

The Cuff

To start take your 2.5mm crochet hook and ch 34.  (I use a larger hook for the beginning chain to prevent any tightness as you start to work with the chain.)

Then switch down to a 2mm hook.

Row 1: Dc in the 4th ch from the hook.  Dc in each ch across.  Ch 3, then turn.


Row 2-25: dc in each dc of the previous row across to the end. Ch 3, then turn.  At the end of the last row of your cuff, don’t tie off as you will then fold the piece widthways and slip sitch the 2 ends together to form your cuff.
I have crocheted 25 rows to fit my chubby little wrists, but please check your measurements and crochet more or less rows accordingly.

The Subtle Frilly Pretty Bit on the Elbow End

Turn your work 90 degrees so you are now working around the rim of the cuff. 
This will be the soft shell edging on the elbow end.

Row 1: Ch1, then work 2 sc in each dc post around. Continue around, then join with a sl st to the beginning ch 1.
Row 2: *Ch3, sk 2sc, sc. Repeat from * to the end. Sl st in the beginning ch.
Row 3: Sl st into the ch 3 space. In each Ch 3 space *sc, 2 dc, sc. Repeat from *  to the end. Sl st into the beginning of the row. Finish off.

The Main Double Frilly Fantabulous Bit on the Hand End


Turn your work now to the other holey end bit where your hand will stick through.  Join your crochet cotton on one edge where your joining seam is (so all the beginnings and ending happen in one place).

The front fan pattern is worked up in a space of 10 stitches. To ensure the pattern works around completely and even with no half fans at the end you may need to add in extra single crochets.

STEP 1:

Ch 1 & Sc evenly all the way around the cuff edge. Generally you will work 2 sc per dc post as shown in the photo below. BUT in order to ensure you finish in 10s, you may have to work some extra scs in. This pattern used 25 rows of DCs. Therefore with 2 scs per dc post, I would have ended up with 50scs.  Perfect.  
But if you use more or less, then sneak in extra scs evenly around the cuff.
Better to increase than decrease as this will give a nice flared out effect.

STEP 2:

NOW FOR THE BACK FRILL!!!
No need to finish off your previous colour. If you're comfortable, leave that attached for when you start work on the front frill.

Attach your back colour (mine is a lighter green).
Row 1: WORKING IN BACK LOOPS ONLY , ch 1, sc in same sp, then sc around. Sl st in beginning sc.
Kiss Me Mr Darcy Crochet wrist cuff
Back loops only!

double crochet cuff
SC all the way around
Now continue working in both loops.
Row 2: Ch3, 5dc, ch x 2, sk 2 sc, *dc, dc, 2 dc, dc dc, ch x 2, sk 2 sc. Repeat from * around to end, then sl st in top of beginning ch3.

Row 2
Row 3: Sl st across to Ch2 space.  Ch 3, 2 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc. Then *Ch 2, in next 2 ch sp (3 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc). Repeat from * to the end. Then sl st in top of beg ch 3.


Row 3
Row 4: Sl st across to Ch 2 sp between the 2 3dc clusters. Ch 3, 2 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc. Then *Ch 3, in next 2 ch sp (3 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc). Repeat from * to the end. Then sl st in top of beg ch 3.

crochet wristlet
Row 4

Row 5: Sl st across to Ch 2 sp between the 2 3dc clusters. Ch 3, 2 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc. Then *Ch 2, then in the ch 3 sp, sc in the middle of the ch 3 sp to also crochet around the previous 2 row chains.  Then Ch 2, and in next 2 ch sp between the dc clusters (3 x dc, ch 2, 3 x dc). Repeat from * to the end. Then sl st in top of beg ch 3.
See photo below for close up.
Kiss Me Mr Darcy Wrist Cuffs
Row 5
Row 6: Ch 1, Sc in same space, *then 3 sc (one in top of 2 dcs, then 1 in next ch), 
ch 3, sc in next ch, sc in each of the next 3 dcs, 
sc in the next 2 ch, 
sc in sc of previous row, 
sc in next 2 ch, 
Repeat from * to the end. Sl st in beginning ch. Finish off.
free pattern
Row 6- looks like a crown!

Done! Sort of. One last frilly bit!
This is worked the same as the Do the Fan Dance Cuffs, so I've pinched those photos...

STEP 3: 
Row 1: Pick up the previous colour, ch 1, sc in same sp, then sc in EACH FRONT LOOP all the way around.
Row 2: WORKING IN BOTH LOOPS:  Ch1, sc in same space, then sc in each of the next 4 sc of the previous row, *Ch3, sk 2 stitches, sc, ch 4, sl st back into the same space to create a loop. Ch 3, sk 2 stitches, 5 sc. Repeat from *. Continue to the end, then join with a sl st to the beginning ch1.

crochet wristlet
See that cute little loop and the skipped stitches and all that jazz? 

wrist cuff crochet
Now Row 2 is finished! Not much further to go...
 Row 3: Now we want to create a little pyramid of scs.  So after joining up with the first of the 5 scs of the previous row, sl st to the 2nd sc (essentially skipping the 1st) and Ch1, then sc in that and the next 2 scs of the previous row (scs in the middle three stitches).  *Ch4, join with a single crochet to the 4ch loop of the previous row, ch4, sl st back into that loop, ch 4, sl st back into that loop, ch 4, sl st back into that loop. Now you made a shamrocky looking thing! Then Ch 4, sk the chains of the previous row AND the first sc of the 5 scs, 3 sc in the next 3 scs of the previous row.  Repeat from *.  When you've gone all the way around, join with a sl st into the beginning ch 1.


free crochet pattern
So skip the first sc, the 3 scs, skip the last sc. 

free wristlet
Chain 4, sc to the loop, ch 4 again....

do the fan dance wrist cuffs
And join back into the loop...

luck of the irish crochet
After doing this 2 more times you have a little shamrocky thingo!
 Row 4: Now To begin Row 4, finish Row 3 by joining to the beginning ch 1, then slip st to the middle of the 3 scs, ch 1, then sc in the same space. *Dc over to the first loop in your little shamrock skipping the next sc and all the chains. Dc again into the first shamrock loop, ch 1, then 2 dc into the same shamrock loop. 
Then in each of the next 2 loops (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc), then sk the chains of the previous row & the first sc to do 1 sc in the 2nd sc. Repeat from * around to the end. Then join with a sl st to the 1st sc.


Now To begin Row 4, finish Row 3 by joining to the beginning ch 1, then slip st to the middle of the 3 scs, ch 1, then sc in the same space.

From that sc, sk the next sc and chains to dc into the first of the 3 loops


Ch 1 then 2 more dcs into the loop (2 dcs, ch 1, 2 dcs)

Do the same thing in the other 2 loops as well.

kiss me mr darcy wrist cuffs
Then sc into the middle sc of the 3scs of the previous row to complete this part of the fan!
Done!  
Well, first sew in your ends.
Now you're really done! 

Wrist cuff crochet tutorial

If you'd like to try my other more simpler version Do the Fan Dance, it looks like this:


If you make yourself a pair or two, show them off! Pop on over to my Red Haired Amazona Facebook page and post your pictures, or just say hi! I love seeing what everyone is making and meeting new peeps!

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5 comments:

  1. Ooh. They are so pretty. I have been trying to teach myself to crochet. (Going to do a post on it.) They look a bit beyond me at the moment.

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  2. So pretty and elegant. Love the tutorial, so well detailed.

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  3. Gorgeous cuffs, just wish I could crochet!

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  4. Oh I love these! Such a pretty design and thank you so much for the great tutorial. I'm going to try and make a pair.

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  5. beautiful! wish i could crochet but thanks for pattern might do it in the future :) xx

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