My neighbor asked me to make her a pair of warm gloves and they had to be purple. It was a challenge to make them. First they had to match a favorite scarf, but purple is a difficult color. So I lend the scarf and went to a wool shop. The lady in the shop advised me to buy two different kinds of yarns, that matched the scarf. At home me and my neighbor Ana choose the alpaca yarn. Then I had to find a pattern that matched the yarn. I also didn’t want to knit on four needles or circulair needles. But most patterns are knitted in the round. Luckily my Sister in Law found me a sirdar pattern of gloves knitted with two needles and with the same size my yarn needed. So I started knitting and within a week the gloves were ready. Afterwards a few things could be better. Like the thumb and the fingertips, but that is for a second pair of gloves. For more details visit my ravelry page!
Last weeks I was very busy with knitting. From my needles came a little bolero for my niece, she is 9 years old and loves to dance. I was inspired by te knitwear of Katie Jones and made a bolero in her style. The bolero is knit with needles 4 mm and with Stylecraft special dk (total 1 skein) and it is all knit with cables and different stitches, I like the puff stitches. Some parts are crocheted, arm holes and front band. The colors were raspberry, storm blue, citron, white and turquoise. No pattern is available. My niece was very glad with the bolero gift.
My Mystical Lantern scarf is finished. I have made it in an other way than Jane Crowfoot suggested in her pattern. When I was laying the grannies in a row, it occurred to me that pairing them in duo’s and lengthwise formed a nice scarf and was easy to perform. The grannies were first paired and the with a contrasting color crocheted to each other. On the ends one single granny was adjusted to close the scarf. In total 30 grannies were made. The yarn is Scheepjes Colour Crafter. The used colors (8) are to be found i my Ravelry project page. The scarf is a bit blocked by the warm hand method. On the photos this was not yet happened. I think, I will buy a jacket that will match the scarf
A few months ago I became enthusiastic over the Mystical Lantern Shawl of Jany Crowfoot. So I made some Mystical Grannies with Scheepjes Colour Crafter. But Something else came along and I forgot all about the grannies. But today I am continuing with the project. Only I I am not going to make a triangular shawl but I will form the grannies in a ribbon kind of shawl. My grannies are zo big that two of them in a straight line are broad enough for this kind of shawl. I counted 17 grannies in my project, but I have to make at least 10 more for the shawl. Yesterday I put the grannies together and it looked very nice.
The last 2 weeks I have been knitting on several projects from the Klomplompe book. I made from the patterns in the book a summer-dress, a bolero and top for a 2 year old little girl. First I made the summer-dress. I used Stylecraft special DK color apricot. The skirt seemed a bit dull, so I knitted a band of ajour in it. It looks a bit like Butterflies. The top of the dress is also in ajour. I knitted it 2 times because The first time the top was too small. second time I used a larger needle by the cast off and a few stitches more. The result was now better. I also made a closure or placket on the backside of the dress. The dress was finished with wooden flower buttons
The bolero was in color cream an a bit difficult to make. I didn’t understand the chart at first and made a mess of the first pattern. I pulled it out and started all over. Whenever I did understand the pattern it was easy to go, just counting the stitches every time did it.
The top was made from the remnants of the yarn. I made a flat back, with no flaps, crocheted an edge and made with the knitty mouse a cord to put through the edge. The ajour pattern was already used in the bolero, so I encountered no problems this time. I used in total 2 balls, but you have to buy 3 balls whenever using different colors.
In december I made this nice sweater as a present for a very little boy. It is size 1 year and is knitted with 2 colors Stylecraft Special DK , waterfall and white. On the front size i also knitted two polar bears. I like to knit and alternate it with a crochet project. Such a little sweater is a fun project to make. The pattern’s size can be found on the Jessica Tromp website. The closure is on one of the shoulders.
This week I finished a blue crocheted cardigan. It was not my first hooked cardigan. I have made a few some years ago. But this one was specially made and designed by myself. After making some blankets this was a real challenge to do. A hooked garment becomes often a bit heavy and thick. I avoided this by using an open stitch structure. For the band, edges, cuffs and shoulders i used the moss stitch or granite stitch. An easy stitch with the advantage that the piece will be straight and neat. It takes a lot of yarn, but not so much as only single crochet. The main stitch I used is a variation on the granite stitch and also a net stitch. Instead of single crochet, half double crochet is hooked. Take great care to crochet the edges very neat. I changed the row by making 2 single crochet in the last space and 2 ch, turn and put the hook in the first space after these last sc’s and make a sc followed by a 1 ch.
For the measurements I used a pattern of Jessica tromp and the grannies are from the book Granny squares crochet. The granny is named star 1. I made 20 grannies for the cardigan. 10 where used on the waist side and the other 10 on the upper sleeve sides.
- Make first the grannies, 22 in total, each granny is 4 inch
- Crochet 10 – 12 of them together for the waist (I made 11 and 2 halves)
- Crochet the waist band from the grannies downward in moss stitch
- Crochet the front sides and back side in main pattern upward from the grannies
- Crochet in moss stitch the shoulders on the front sides and secure them to the back
- Crochet the neckband in moss stitch
- Crochet in moss stitch the left and right front band, don’t forget to make buttonholes, best is to crochet the bands alternately so they become equal in size
- Crochet the sleeve grannies to each other
- Crochet downwards the sleeves in main pattern, decrease every fourth row
- Crochet the cuffs in moss stitch
- Crochet a few rows on the top side of the grannies
- Crochet or sew the sleeves into the armholes.
- Sew a few buttons to the front band
The yarn I used is Stylecraft Special DK, 7 -8 balls, and hook 4.0 mm, Colors used were, silver, storm blue, white and some leftover yarn in different colors.