I was inspired with the knittings of katie Jones and wanted to make something similar, just for fun. So I knitted this small baby sweater in four colors, with cables, moss stitch, holes, bobbles and ridges. On the back came in the middle a nice looking bunch of flowers.
The yarn is Scheepjes Colour Crafter, a very soft acrylic yarn. The colors where salmon, white, light green and lavender.
Just a simple baby sweater. I made it last year for a very sweet boy in the family. I have used only blue colors and white. The yarn is cotton and the technique is knitting in stocking stitch. Very simple and very easy to make. The front and the back are knitted in a square and the buttons are on a shoulder. I like to knit between the crochet, because it relaxes me and a straightforward piece is easy to combine with watching the telly.
My Spirit of Life wrap or table runner is finished! The last part was a nice edge and it was finished before christmas. Because of activity’s on other projects my blog was a bit quiet the last months or so. But I show you the results in this post.
The edge is rather simple, due to the fact I was running out of yarn. I haven’t followed the instructions on this part but made it on the way. It is constructed of several rounds of 1 sc ch 1, alternated with rounds of only sc. Mostly the cotton rounds were 1sc, ch1, and the wool rounds 2 sc in each ch space.
The wrap is very warm when used as a wrap and she is very long. A bit toot long to be used as a table runner. My table is rather small. I am very pleased with the result.
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.
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.
It is finished, the unfettered shrug. It was less work than anticipated but it took also more yarn than anticipated. 4 skeins of 150 m long cotton (durable double four) were exactly enough for this shrug. My hook was 5.0 mm
I was wrestling with the waistband, because the first time it became to wide, the second time to small. After three attempts I made the waistband in another pattern, 1 row of sc alternated with a row of hdc, repeating a few times to a height of 5-7 cm. I skipped the holes.
The order of the edges were waistband, collar edges and arm edges. But in making the collar edges, you have to fasten them to the waistband and therefore make the edge a bit skew, but I overlooked it in the pattern. Furthermore you have to make a curve on the frontside in the collar edges to follow the panels. Also not clear in the instructions. Because of overlooking the fastening of the collar edge to the waistband, I had to sew the collar to the panels, otherwise they should drag the panels too much. I could have frogged the collar edges but wasn’t in the mood to do it all over. Maybe had I looked to the picture of the backside I hadn’t made this mistake. Arm edges gave no problems. Only there were lots of threads left to weave in.
Last to do was finding a few buttons in my buttonbox, that suit the shrug. That was not a great problem. 3 big black buttons finished the shrug. One of them is on the inside of the front panel.
My greatest concern was, should it fit. Luckily it did perfectly.
This post is about crochet and stars. The stars or hexagon grannies are put together to form the unfettered shrug. (I still don’t know exactly what the meaning of the pattern title is in dutch). The shrug was first published in a magazine this spring.
The stars have to be made first. I am making them from a thick cotton yarn (durable double four) in the color petrol and hook 5.0 mm. The hook is one of my cheapest hookies. but it is a very smooth hook and that is what I need with this yarn.
The pattern of the stars is not very difficult but you have to be concentrated to make one of them, for there are many changes in the pattern. Luckily there is a chart which can be followed. I have simplified the pattern a bit, because the yarn made the original stars very stiff. In the central flower petals I decreased 1 dc in each petal and in the third round I make 5 sc in stead of 7 sc in each loop. The half stars are made almost the same, with the same decreases and there I decreased also some chain stitches. 10 instead of 11.
The stars and the half-stars are assembled to form 2 panels. The panels will form a small kimono that can be weared over a t-shirt or blouse.
In each panel there are 8 stars and 8 half-stars. The stars are 16 cm when ready. I misread the instructions about joining the stars. I have now tried several methods of joining, but sewing is still the most beautifully method. I have done almost one panel.
I am not yet finished with this project. A lot has to be done, but I will write about it in another post and show the kimono when ready.