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Allison: I'm Allison Whitlock and today we're creating a bit of bedroom ambience using just a few stitches and a lot of yarn with the group Crochet Nation. Now Michelle, is the first time that you guys have come together, pulled your talents and created an entire room from crochet? Michelle: Yes it is. Because we all have our own individual style. So we wanted to come together and create an ambience for bedroom. So we used our own individuality, we add our own individuality to the room. So my specialty is blankets. So that’s why this is so easy and so fun for me. Allison: And you're going to show us exactly how easy it is. Michelle: Yes I am. Allison: Michelle’s coverlet is a beautiful bed top. You can crochet it as part of a bedroom set, but like all today’s projects, it’s stylish enough to stand on its own. The materials for this coverlet are 25 skeins of Lion Brand’s incredible ribbon yarn in city lights. Or a comparable yarn. And a size N crochet hook. Don’t worry about the size of this project, it may take a while, but the pattern is as easy as can be. Easy as can be. Show me how easy it is. Michelle: Well, what we have here, this is basic. This is real easy. This is or single crochet stitch. This is all this is. Allison: How did you work out the size? Michelle: Well what I did was, I did trial and error. I crochet and then I put it on the bed. Allison: See how long it is? Michelle: Right, just to measure the size of the bed. And if it wasn’t the size that I wanted, then I would crochet a little bit more. Allison: Chain more. Michelle: Chain more until I got the desired length that I wanted. And then, once I achieved that, then I just went back in and started forming my base. So what I did was, I crochet the desired number of rows that I wanted. And then I started making my loops. Allison: Okay, and today the one that you made is actually a twin size bed. You can format this to any size of bed. Michelle: Yes, you can do any size that you want. I just chose a twin because it was quick. Quicker and smaller. Allison: Okay. So show me how you start making the pattern. You guys have all sort of altered this winter pane pattern according to your project. So tell me how many chains you are using? Michelle: You can have, your chains can be a small or large as you want it to be. I chose to do a chain 10 because I wanted mine kind of large. Kind of loopy. So I chained 10 and then I chose to connect to every 6. I want a kind of sizeable space in between, so I chose to go in every 6 space. So I counted, 1-2-3-4-5-6 and then I connect. I connect with a single crochet stitch and then I would chain 10 to achieve that. Allison: Skip 5 stitches and go into the 6th. Michelle: Exactly, skip 5 stitches and then go into the 6th. And you just repeat that throughout. You just repeat that 'til you get to your end of your project. Allison: Okay, and then how do we turn around and make the second row? Michelle: The second row. Allison: So you can really see this sort of diamond shape. Michelle: Yes. I wanted to create this like lattice look. So what I did was I did my chain 10 as I did. And what I do was connect it at the top of the loop. And you don’t have to do any kind of counting, you just grab the top of the loop and stretch it to judge the middle of the loop. And then just work it out. And what I do was, you connect it with a single crochet stitch. Allison: Seems pretty easy. Michelle: It’s very, very easy. My daughters could do this. Allison: Excellent. Now Gwen, tell me about the first time that Michelle came to your Crochet Nation meetings? Gwen: You should have seen her, she hauled in this huge bed spread. It was intricate, double sided. We are all amazed and then she said she can't make a hat. We couldn’t believe it. Female: I was truly amazed at the fact that she made this beautiful blanket or comforter or bed spread, whatever you want to call it, in an F hook which is like the smallest hook that you can use. Gwen: Little tiny one. Female: So we tease her all the time, and we finally got her to use a bigger size hook. Michelle: They forced me to use this. Allison: Well good, because it’s faster. Michelle: Yes. I must admit, yes. Allison: So let's leave on to the sides. And you’ve just repeated, started working up the side in this single crochet border again. Michelle: Yes. Yes I did. And to achieve that is you work to the end of your project. And then, what I do was, like say this is my bottom, I would create a side to match my bottom. Allison: Okay, so the same thickness of the border, you're just going to repeat that same amount of single crochet. Michelle: Exactly. Allison: Okay. Then just work around. Michelle: Yes. You just work around. Allison: So we're looking at the corners of the bed and I've noticed that you’ve done something really special there. Michelle: Yes. What I did was I created a split in the coverlet so that it would drape over the mattress elegantly. I wanted it to look very nice. So, what I do was I created a stopping point by stopping at the top of the bottom of the border. And then I just started going back and forth on it, and that’s what created that slit in there. And it looks nice. Allison: Really nice. Michelle: I'm very proud of it. Allison: Well you should be because it’s really beautiful. It looks fantastic. Michelle: Thank you. Allison: You're a very talented little lass. Michelle: Thank you very much.
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