This blog is all about a cardigan I made in the autumn. It is a while back, because the project was lying on s shelf for I couldn’t find proper buttons.
My idea was to make a cardigan covered with sunflowers all over the body. I started looking for a sunflower granny pattern. I found a lot of them but they all were not fitting. some were to big, others to complicated or with too many petals. In the end I made the granny pattern myself, a bit like I had found some but with an adjusted pattern. Now they fitted nicely in my cardigan.
After the first row of grannies was assembled I adjusted my idea, more sunflowers would be too much, Already a row of sunflowers is a bit overwhelming. I made the cardigan without sleeves, for in autumn a cardigan is still a bit too warm to wear. I found a nice yarn with a copper color. And the small edges are in a gold color. The yarn is Stylecraft Special DK, for more details see my Ravelry page.
Making a sunflower granny is not difficult to do. I have written the pattern down, but because I have changed it a bit later on it is not ready to publish yet.
I wanted buttons with flowers, but the ones I found were much too big for the button holes. So I sewed smaller wooden buttons to the front edge and although they aren’t sunflowers, they look nice.
The sunflower pattern will soon be available in my pattern section.
Again a part of mosaic crochet, this time the colors are green (catania) and natural (Flora). There were no great problems this time, although I misread a few blocks in the written pattern but with the help of the diagram of the mosaic I found the right direction and everything went well. I like the green/natural combination of colors. First I wanted to use the lighter green, I had used in the squares, but the amount of yarn was too small and there was no second skein.
The last part of the Spirit of life Cal was easy going, just straight forward crochet with a bit of overlay crochet. The overlay stitches resembled the stitches in my intermezzo part, so it all went well.
The edge will be the last part and I am afraid I have too little yarn left to make the edge as in the pattern is written. I think I make an edge of my own.
Part 6 of the Spirit of Life Cal consists of 4 squares. The central circle of the square is a flower. It is a complicated flower to crochet. After three squares i was comfortable with the pattern and didn’t looked upon my paper. Also this time the last round of the square is made with half dc stitches, otherwise the squares became too big. No real problems were encountered in the making of the squares and the constructing of the band to the main body. I have played a little bit with the colors and replaced dark green with a light green.
2017 has ended and a new year is upon us. I hope everybody will have a very creative and inspirational year. Make with your hands the things you like most and imagine the most beautiful objects you can create.
I have already something on my needles. The needles are ergonomic and new, and knitting is a challenge for now. My projects can be followed onto my Ravelry page if you are curious. I have also ordered some new yarn and i am looking forward to make a new object with it. For now, all of you a very nice day and a happy 2018.
I have made a intermediate piece or divider between the 2 C2C panels. I was afraid my work would not be long enough to serve as a table runner! The piece is very small only 30 stitches along and consists of short rows of all the colors and some overlay stitches in between the rows. I don’t know if it is a addition or not. But after crocheting part 5 i like it still. My goal was to make a chevron in between, but that was not easy to realize, so I went for short rows. to my surprise the overlay stitches in the last part of the Cal match mine stitches in the intermezzo part. There were a lot of loose threads to deal with in this part.
I fell in love with the tree elves of Alan Dart. The tree trimmers of Alan Dart are very small dollies, they will not take many hours to make. It is knitting, but a experienced crocheter will make them also in no time at all just by looking at them. But I like knitting and small pieces don’t make me afraid. so I made two Elves the last weeks.
The making of the elves from the little pieces is a bit complex. I had problems with the mattress stitch, because the pieces are so little. But you can use other stitches as well. The used yarn is Phildar pronostic + and some small amounts of Scheepjes invicta and a little bit of golden yarn. The elves are knitted on needles 3.0 mm. The elves are about 20 cm high.
Because it is Christmas Time, I decorated the Elves with golden yarn. Furthermore I put some pipe cleaners in arms and legs and now they can sit and climb up and down the tree branches of my christmas tree.
I was early with my christmas preparations. Last year my husband suggested I should make a skirt for our christmas tree, but then there was no time enough. This year I started early november. I had a wonderful idea in my head, but is was not practicable. So I started at random with some red and green from a not so expensive yarn, that was in my stash. I used for the first rows a pattern, for I had no idea were to increase in the rows. So I followed a pattern that came along in facebook. It turned out to be rather easy. In the week that followed I let my hook do the job and a tree skirt was born. It is not the most beautiful object I made, but it will be nice under the christmas tree. The tree skirt is supported with 2 metal circles and a layer of fiberfill. Only I forgot the circles by decorating the tree. I put also some toadstools with lights in them under the tree.
The tree skirt is decorated with some overlay crochet, puff stitches and golden threads. The last row is a row of golden scallops. In the back is an overlap flap, but you can make if necessary a closure with buttons.