Geometric Splash Shower Curtain

Jan 4, 2006
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by Shelby Allaho

Introduction

shower curtainIt all started with a quest to find the perfect shower curtain. I was looking for a modern print in colors that would complement my bathroom tile, but it wasn’t to be found.

Determined to have my dream shower curtain, I turned to crochet. I decided to buy a plain curtain and embellish it with crocheted motifs. I had so much fun with the curtain, that I carried the crochet theme through to the hooks as well. I chose to use cotton, mohair, wool and acrylic yarns. I like the mix of textures as I feel it contributes to the modern look I was seeking. Feel free to be adventurous when choosing a color and texture combination for this project. There are just 4 simple motifs involved in decorating this curtain, so you can be hanging it up in no time!

Materials List

  • Shower curtain (it may be one you already have, or you can use this project as an excuse to get a new one!)
  • If you want to cover your hooks as well, the pattern to cover them was created to fit “Forma” shower curtain hooks that can be purchased online.
  • The yarns used for the pictured curtain and hooks are as follows:
    • Color A: 1 skein (98 yds) of “Punto” (an Aran weight cotton/ acrylic/ viscose/ and polyester blend) by Schachenmayr in light gold (12)
    • Color B: 1 skein (98 yds) of “Punto” in charcoal grey (98)
    • Color C: 71 yds of “Bravo Color” (a DK weight acrylic) by Schachenmayr in cappuccino (92)
    • Color D: 60 yds of “Paris” by Ormo (a lightweight mohair/acrylic blend) in cream (7810)
    • Color E: 1 skein (162 yds) of “Bravo” (a DK weight acrylic) by Schachenmayr in heather grey (8295)
    • Color F: 17 yds of “Summer Country” (an Aran weight cotton/acrylic/viscose/polyester blend) by Schachenmayr in off white with flecks of brown and gold (02)
    • Color G: 22 yds of tapestry wool (a light worsted weight wool) by DMC in light turquoise (7692)
  • Crochet hook size F (3.75mm)
  • Transparent nylon thread for stitching the motifs to the curtain
  • Sewing needle
  • Tapestry needle

Notes

US terminology is used in this pattern
st(s)= stitch(es)
ch= chain
sl st= slip stitch
sc= single crochet
hdc= half double crochet
dc= double crochet
tr= triple crochet
rvsc= reverse single crochet (here are instructions on this stitch)
lp(s)= loop(s)
beg= beginning
fol= following
rep= repeat
sk= skip

The Pattern

Large Motif

large motifIn color A, ch 10.

All sts in the next 9 rows will be worked in the back lp only.

Row 1: Beg in 2nd ch from hook, sc. Sc in all remaining ch to end. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-8: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 9: Sl st in 1st 2 sts, sc in next 2 sts. Hdc in fol 2 sts. Dc in last 3 sts.

*Note: after changing colors in any of the motifs, the color from the previous round/row can be cut off.

Round 1: Change to color B. Please note, these sts will be worked around the center block. Insert your hook into the edge of the block at even intervals to pick up sts. To begin, turn your work so that the longest side is facing up. Ch 3, dc in same st and in next 13 sts, 2 tr in corner. Dc in next 2 sts. Hdc in next 5 sts, 2 hdc in corner. Hdc in next 11 sts, 2 hdc in corner. Sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 3 sts. Dc in last 3 sts. Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to end round.

Round 2: Change to color C. Ch 1, 2 sc in same st (the final sl st from round 1). Sc in next 15 sts, 2 hdc in fol st. Hdc in next 2 sts. Sc in next 6 sts, 2 sc in fol st. Sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in fol st. Sc in next 5 sts. Hdc in last 4 sts. Sl st in first sc to end round.

Round 3: Change to color D. Ch 3, dc in same st. Dc in next 16 sts, 2 dc in fol st. Dc in next 9 sts, 2 dc in fol st. Dc in next 13 sts, 2 dc in fol st. Dc in last 10 sts. Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to end round.

Round 4: Change to color E. Ch 1, 2 sc in same st and next 17 sts, 2 sc in fol st. Sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in fol st. Sc in next 14 sts, 2 sc in fol st. Sc in last 11 sts. Sl st in first sc to end round.

Round 5: Rvsc in each st around. Sl st in 1st st to end round. Fasten off.

Rep to make a total of 10 large motifs.

Square Motif

square motifIn Color C, ch 7.

Row 1: Beginning in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2-5: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sc in each st across.

Outline: Stitches will be picked up around the edge of the square, as in round 1 of the large motif.

Turn work so that the left side of the square faces up.

Change to color B. Ch 1, *sc in next 5 sts, 2 sc in corner*. Rep from * to * 3 more times around. Sl st to first sc to end. Fasten off.

Rectangle Motif

rectangle motifIn color E, ch 12.

Row 1: Beg in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2 and 3: Sc in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in each st across.

Outline: Stitches will be picked up around the edge of the rectangle, as in round 1 of the large motif.

Turn work so that the left side of the rectangle faces up.

Change to color A. Ch 1, *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in corner, sc in next 10 sts, 2 sc in corner*. Rep from * to * once more. Sl st to first sc to end. Fasten off.

Small Square Motif

small square motifIn color F, ch 7.

Please note that all stitches in the next 4 rows will be worked in the back lp only.

Row 1: Beg in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch to end. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 2 and 3: Sc in each st across to end of row. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sc in each st across to end of row.

Outline: Stitches will be picked up around the edge of the square, as in round 1 of the large motif.

Turn work so that the left side of the square faces up.

Change to color G. Ch 1 *sc in the next 4 sts, 2 sc in the corner*. Rep from * to* three more times. Sl st to first sc to end. Fasten off.

Weave in loose ends on all motif pieces with the tapestry needle.

Finishing

It is a good idea to block your pieces. I pinned mine (with rust proof pins) to an ironing board, then spritzed them with water and left them to dry.

After blocking, it is time to pin all motifs to the curtain so they can be sewn on. You can pin everything on and then start sewing, or you can do one type of motif at a time, so you won’t have so many pins in your lap. I recommend using a heavy piece of cardboard under the motif you are sewing, so that everything remains flat as you are stitching. Using transparent nylon thread, stitch just inside the border around each motif. Make a secure knot and weave the ends in a little before cutting the thread.

See the placement guide (below) for the suggested arrangement of the motifs on the curtain. You can use this arrangement, or create your own for a different look.

Curtain Hook Covers

hookRound 1: In color A, ch 2, then 7 hdc into 1st ch. Sl st in top of beg ch 2 to end round. – 8 hdc

Round 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in same st and each fol st around. Sl st to first sc to end round. – 16 sc

Round 3: Change to color B. Ch 1, 2 sc in same st, 1 sc in fol st, *2 sc in next st, sc in fol st.* Rep from * to * 6 more times around. Sl st to first sc to end round. – 24 sc

Round 4: Change to color E. This round will be worked in the back lps only. Ch 1, sc in same st, sk next st, * sc in fol st, sk next st *. Rep from * to * around. Sl st in both lps of beg sc to end.

At this point you should weave in all loose ends, as the next round will almost close up the opening.

Round 5: Ch 1, sc in same st, sk next st, *sc in fol st, sk next st*. Rep from * to *around. Sl st to beg sc to end round. Fasten off.

Round 6: This round will be worked in the front lps that remain from round 4. Using color E, insert your hook into the first lp of round 4. [Ch 1, sc, hdc, sc] in this lp. *Sc in next 5 lps, [sc, hdc, sc] in next lp*. Rep from * to * twice more. Sc in last 5 lps. Sl st to first sc to end round. Fasten off.

Rep to make a total of 12

Detail embellishments

For each of the covers you will need to:

  • Thread your tapestry needle with color C. Working in the small holes created between rounds 3 and 4, make a running stitch (up through one hole and down through the next) all the way around the circle. Make sure not to pull it too tight, as you want this to show as a detailed outline of round 3.
  • Thread your tapestry needle with color G. Come up in the center hole of the center circle and go down in one of the small holes created between rounds 1 and 2. Rep this around to make a star. Weave in and trim all ends.

To cover the hooks, place as much as you can of the disc part of the hook into one of the covers you have completed. Then with a crochet hook, grab the remaining edges of the cover and pull them up and around the disc. Now you can straighten it on the hook. Finally, the best part, the moment you have been working for… the curtain is ready to be hung and admired!


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