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.
C2C or corner to corner crochet, is not my thing. In this part of the Cal it is all about C2C. I hadn’t done it before. The C2C technique was not very difficult to do but also not very easy at first. It is concentrated working and paying attention on where to keep the threads. I completed part 4 of the Cal in time, but due to other projects I had no time to blog about it.
After the start of the first panel in part 4 I came into trouble with my work, so I had to frog. This happened a few more times. Then I realized that the top of the center triangle had to be in the middle of the wrap and align other elements. But it didn’t happened in my piece, simply because I forgot a few stitches to skip. After three attempts of frogging my work was nearly perfect. Although I followed the instructions thoroughly, and skipped some more stitches, on the end of panel 1, there appeared more blocks than necessary. Had I started with three blocks on the right side instead of 2 The piece should have been better.
Panel 2 went more easily, but here also 2 blocks too many popped up. But the triangles did lign up with the triangles in panel 1, and now I hadn’t made mistakes with skipping stitches.
The dividers were also a challenge, because there have to be 113 stitches on each C2C panel side. I decided not to follow the instructions, for I could not memorise them accurately. Instead in each block I made 2 or 3 stitches alternated. I divided the panel side in four parts with stitch markers and in each part I made 28 sc stitches. this four times. Make in the middle also an extra stitch and you count 113 stitches.
I am now going to do part 5, but hesitated a bit because it is again C2C only the other way around. This will be a challenge I think for In part 5, I have to make the triangles aligned in the same order to the triangles in part 4.
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.
It is fun to make the Persian Tiles in the way I do. Each Tile is different from the other tiles. And each has it own emanation. But it is also complex to make them in this way. The color combination is still unique for each tile. But after a few tiles, I made a scheme with all the colors and rows in excel and each time I start a new round I look onto my scheme to see if I have used the colors in this round or if I hasn’t. In the beginning I chose random colors, but after a while I noticed some colors were used twice in the same round. That is not a great problem and it is sometimes necessary to make a good color combination, but I like to avoid that kind of thing. If you look at the octagons I made, you see that everyone has it own appearance and emanation. I am very curious how the whole blanket will look whenever ready. I am showing now four different Persian Tiles and in the pictures so you can see how they show.
Finished the little square patches of Part 3 of the Spirit of Life Cal. The middle circle is the trickiest part and cost some time to make, the rest is very easy straightforward crochet. But each square cost me almost a day, but that is due to all the projects I am busy making. If I could spend all hours in a day to crochet or knitting, there should be much progress in my projects. Now I am doing crochet in the day hours between other things I have to do. Knitting and simple crochet is for the evenings. The zip-joining is also not very difficult, but joining the squares to the basic piece was more a problem, for the left side was a bit longer than the right side, so I had to do it all over. I am still not totally satisfied, maybe I do it one more time, I haven’t weaved in the threads so I can do it again. My concern lies by the edge, part 2 is a bit smaller than part 1 and 3, maybe blocking would help, but I don’t like to block each part over and over, so I wait till the whole wrap is finished.
I have already started with part 4. Never have done C2C before, but the first steps were easy going.
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.
I have finished part 2 and started with part 3, but I have so many projects on my hook and needles, I hadn’t had enough time this week to work on the Cal. Now I am a little bit behind. I started the first medallion of the 4 squares of part 3 yesterday, and although it is a bit of confusing, with the 2 colors alternating, it was fast made. if you know overlay crochet it has to be no big problem to make the medallions. The remaining rounds will also be not difficult to make. Today I made the squares. Only the medaillons in the middle are a bit tricky, the rest is straightforward crochet.
Part 2 finishing was also no great problem, after awhile you know exactly how to make the stitches in the mosaic part and the rows that followed would also be easy going. The mosaic part looks very nice. In the triangles I see little devil heads coming to life.