Finishing up the handmade festival sunshade
I worked on the bulk of the crocheted parasol over about a week to get to this point. There was some frogging and adapting the pattern to make it work with the dynamic open-and-close action of the parasol. The last of the finishing up, tying, tassels and pompoms took about another three days.
This crocheted parasol design needed a few more rows of pink crochet to reach the end of the ribs. After making sure the final canopy size would fit, I basically had a big woolly doily. I began working into the bulk of the fabric to create the finishing touches. Neon green wool to edge off the pink around the edge of the parasol, and I outlined some of the pineapples within the doily. The pink-and-neon lines were made by crocheting single stitch down the sides of the pineapple shapes.
Next step; tying the canopy to the ribs and tip of the umbrella
To attach the canopy to the ribs, I crocheted small cups to set on the tips of the ribs and sewed the canopy on to each individually.
In the photo above, you can see that the original parasol tip (the ferrule), is sticking out of the canopy, I planned on covering it last. *I think if I were to crochet another parasol, I would create the cover at this point, and work it onto the inner ring of the canopy to avoid future fitting, faffing about and sewing.*
Grabbed a quick photo (below) after strapping the canopy to the parasol completely; every step after the last tying and sewing was purely decorative. I crocheted over the ferrule in pink and topped it off with a neon green pompom, and added a few more yellow pompoms and blue tassels.
Here is the completed crocheted parasol!
Looking forward to finding another tatty-but-still-structurally-sound parasol to try another cover pattern on!
Still crocheting and posting on Instagram, find me @kellymarieartist