I've been on a number of cruises and loved them all! I find vacationing on a cruise, either a four day or week long excursion very affordable. There is plenty to do, from spa treatments, tanning on the ship deck, and indulging in yummy food. To save more money, book a modest cabin room and you'll sail away for a few hundred dollars per week.
To get in the mood for a cruise, I like to crochet a few accessories. With one ball of Aunt Lydia's Double Strand Thread, you can make this 3 piece set. But, you'll get four uses out of these three projects though, as the shopping bag does double duty as a travel pillow!
If you're a beginner, try the headscarf first, and then practice your picots for an edging. It grows quickly!
The Shopper/Pillow pattern is perfect for the worker who has confidence in knowing the basic treble crochet and wants to take this stitch to new heights. There is one round of post stitches for texture. You will also learn how to attach a secondary piece to the bottom using crochet stitches.
A quickly made bookmark is just two rounds and a tail. Eight treble clusters make the petals.
Caribbean Cruise Set
Aunt Lydia's Double Strand 300yds/274m size 3 100% cotton yarn
One ball # 0443 Victory Red/Mexicana
Or you can hold 2 strands of #10 cotton together as one unit
Hook size F/3.75mm
Quadruple Treble (quad tr): yarn over hook 5 times, insert hook into indicated stitch, pull up a loop, *yarn over and pull up 2 loops, repeat from * 5 more times
Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc) : yarn over, insert hook from back to front, swing hook around post of stitch to back of indicated stitch, yarn over, and pull up loop, (yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times.
Shell: 3 double crochets in one stitch
Picot: Chain 3, single crochet in 3rd chain from the hook. (picot made).
Beginning Treble Cluster (beg trcl): Chain 4, yarn over 2 times, insert hook into space, yarn over and pull up 2 loops, yarn over and pull up 2 loops (2 loops left on hook); yarn over twice, insert hook into next sc, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook. What you are doing is merging 2 stitches into 1 stitch.
Treble Cluster (trcl)
Yarn over 2 times, insert hook into next sp, yo and pull up through 2 loops 2 times, (2 loops left on hook); yo twice, insert hook into next sc, yo and pull through 2 loops 2 times, (3 loops left on hook); yarn over 2 times, insert hook into next sc, yo and pull through 2 loops 2 times, yarn over and pull through and pull through remaining 4 loops on hook.
ch -chain stitch
sl- st slip stitch
dc- double crochet
tr- treble crochet
Duel Duty Fold-Up Shopping Bag and Travel Pillow
Rnd 1: Ch 5, join with a sl st to first ch to form a ring. Ch 1, 9 sc in the ring. (9)
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc. (18)
Rnd 3: Ch 3(counts as first dc), dc in each of next 2 sts, ch 2, ( dc in each of next 3 sts, ch 2) 5 times. Join to top of beg ch-3. (3 dc in each group)
Rnd 4: Ch 3, dc in same place, dc in next st, ch 2, (2 dc in next dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in last dc) 5 times. (5 dc in each group)
Rnd 5- 8: Rep rnd 4. You will be increasing one dc in the first and last dc. (7,9,11,13 in successive groups)
Rnd 9: Ch 3, (dc in each dc, 2 dc in each ch) around. (90 dc)
Rnd 10: BPdc around each dc. (90 BPdc)
Rnd 11: Ch 9 (counts as first quad tr and ch 4), skip each of next 4 sts,(quad tr in next st, ch 4, skip each of next 4 sts) 17 times. Join with a sl st to 5 th ch of beg ch- 9. (18 quad trs).
Rnd 12: Ch 5, (counts as first tr and ch 1) tr in same st- a partial shell made, [in next quad tr, (tr, ch1, tr, ch1, tr,-shell made) ]17 times, in sp of partial shell workm( tr, ch 1) to complete shell. Join to 4th ch of beg ch-5.
Rnd 13-22: Rep rnd 11 and 12 alternately.
Rnd 23: Sc in each tr and ch-1 sp (there will be 5 scs across each shell). (90 sc)
Rnd 24-25: Sc in each sc.You will now be working the handle.
Rnd 26: Sc in each of next 25 sc, ch 45, skip each of next 6 sc, sc in each of next, 39 sc, ch 45, skip each of next 6 sc, sc in each rem 24 sc.
Rnd 27: Sc in each of next 25 sc, hdc in each of next 45 chs, sc in each of next 39 sc, hdc in each of next 45 chs, sc in each rem 24 sc.
Rnd 28: Sl st in each st around. Fasten off.
Fold Over Bottom
Rows 1-9: Rep rows 1-9 of Bottom. Ch 1, turn.
Row 10: (Joining round) Sl st in first st. Holding piece right sides tog with Bottom, and working through both edges, sl st in each of next 70 sts, leaving last 20 stitches unworked. Fasten off. Flip over bag, leaving handles exposed, Draw one handle on each side through a ch-2 sp on Bottom.
Row 1: Ch 60; 3 dc in 3rd ch from hook; * skip next 2 chs, 3 dc-shell in next ch; rep from* across, turn. (20)
Row 2: Ch 1, skip first dc, sl st in next 2 dc and in sp bet first 2 shells, beg shell in same sp; * shel in sp bet next 2 shells, rep from * across. (19)
Row 3-19; Rep row 2, having one less shell per row. 2 shells at the end of row 19.
Row 20: Ch 1, skip first dc, sl st in next 2 dc and in sp bet first 2 shells, (ch 3, dc, ch 3, sl st in sp). Fasten off and weave in ends.
Row 1: Ch 80, working across row 1,sc in first ch sp, p, sc in same sp, sc in shell, ( p, sc in next ch sp, sc in next shell) 18 times, ch 80. Fasten off and weave in ends.
Rnd 1: Ch 8, join with a sl st to form ring. Working around ring, beg trcl, ch 4, ( trcl, ch 4) 7 times. Join to top of beg ch-4. (8 trcls)
Rnd 2: Sl st in first ch-4 sp, ch 1, 6 sc in same sp, (skip trcl, 6 sc in next ch-4 sp) 7 times. Join to first sc. Do not fasten of but continue with the tail.
Ch 45, sl st in 6 th ch from the hook ( counts ch-5 loop) and in each rem 39 schs. Fasten off and weave in ends. With rem thread, cut 4 equal pieces, about 5 inches in length. Fold in half. Pull folded end through the ch-5 loop and feed the long lengths through. Tighten knot. Trim ends evenly