a crocheted light shade

Fancy crochet light shade anyone?

Don't mind if I do.

This is another one of my WIPs that just dragged on and on and on. I'm not sure why.  I love everything about it; the colours, the yarn, the outcome, the finished article.

As you can see the light shade in Betsy's room was just awful.  AWFUL!

And now it's not! TA DA!

Slowly, slowly, girly's room is looking prettier. I wasn't one of those organised pregnant ladies who had the nursery fully decorated before the baby arrived.  Nope, not even close.  Couldn't be arsed, preferred to sit on the sofa eating Snickers.  In fact when she was born her room was just full of boxes.  It was awful.  I felt bad.   Also all my clothes and make up lived in that room and some of it still does but I'm trying not to be too lazy, whenever I get a free moment I do more nice stuff and I'm getting there.

This new light shade cover makes a difference, I always knew that instead of buying a new one I would cover this fugly thing up with some funky crochet - there can of course be no other way for a yarn addict.

It was super easy to make, all I did was crochet eight standard granny squares using some lovely Rooster Aran yarn and a 5mm hook.

The colours I chose were Cornish (cream), Custard (yellow), Strawberry Cream (light pink) and Brighton Rock (bright pink).

Pattern.

Use any variation of the pink, bright pink and yellow for the basic square.

Ch4, join with SS to form ring (or use magic ring method if you prefer).

Round 1. Ch2, 2tr into ring, 2ch, *3tr, 2ch, repeat from * twice more, join with ss to beginning ch2. Break off yarn.

Round 2. Join new yarn in corner space. Ch2, 2tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch, in that first corner space, *3tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch in next corner space, repeat from * twice more, join with ss to beginning ch2. Break off yarn.

Round 3. Join new yarn in corner space. Ch2, 2tr, 2ch, 3tr, 1ch, in that first corner space, 3tr in middle space, ch1, *3tr, 2ch, 3tr in next corner space, ch1, 3tr in middle space, ch1, repeat from * twice more, join with ss to beginning ch2. Break off yarn

Then using Cornish, join the squares together using the same pattern and joining as you go in whatever order you fancy, a good video tutorial on how to join as you go is here (I find it really difficult to explain in writing and watching this video makes a whole lot of sense).

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I kept checking for size to make sure that it would be slightly smaller than the shade, this way once looped, it should just slip on and stay put without the need for any further fixing.

I ended up with eight squares, I joined them all and did a further two rounds of edging in cream, this finished it off nicely, improved the sizing (the eight squares didn't quite make it all the way round the shade) and frames the squares nicely.

I then sewed all the bloody ends in.

and single crocheted the edges together to form a loop.  Like so.

Then I just slipped the loop over the shade.  Ta da.

Good eh?

I love it.  Hope Betsy does too once she's old enough to critique my work!

I've just spent the weekend learning how to do slip stitch knitting.  Not easy, still confused now.  Any tips?