I have participated in the Ross Poldark Blanket Cal. So the last 2 months I was busy with crocheting the panels and squares of the blanket. I made it from my stash, although I had to order some extra skeins of certain colors. Because i was out of silver and didn’t liked the grey colors I have replaced them with sage and cloud blue, also copper and mocha were replaced with claret and gold, and black with midnight. In one block I have used a little bit of raspberry. The color names you can find bij Stylecraft special dk acrylic yarn.
For the pattern I used the dutch written version. In the description I sometimes had to look on the pictures, because nowhere was written in which stitch in the underlying row or round, a bpdc or fpdc was anchored. That was a bit annoying, But luckily there was a big picture of the square of panel in which you could see all details.
I have used 12 and a half skein of yarn, but I think there is also a half skein of threads left. The last week I was very busy with all the loose threads to finish off and to sew the seams together. That was more work than crocheting the panels itself. And there is still a row to be done.
The edge I created myself is very simple, just some little dots and row of sc stitches. I ended with a a row of midnight sc and each 6th stitch a fptc.
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.
In december 2016 it was present time, so I made some gifts to unwrap on Christmas. But the presents had to be small and light for they had to travel overseas in a suitcase. It was difficult to imagine what the family would like to have. Nowadays everybody has all kinds of things so what present is there to give. My idea was to make a slipcover to put in a ladies bag in which you can protect your phone or you can put some other item in, like a smal box of paper handkerchiefs ore something else.
The slipcovers, I made three for three ladies, where all made from nice colorful cotton. I use often SMC Catania for it has a nice shiny touch. Every cover is made from 2 small Granny squares. They were combined to a small case. After joining them I made a bottom and an upper part with a flap wherein a buttonhole was made. The granny pattern came from a book, but it was a bit too big, so I altered the last rounds of the grannies. Most work came afterwards, the threads hanging loose.
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.
I made the nine squares of the fools in love collection of Polly Plum, and constructed a cushion cover out of it. I am not totally satisfied. I had to do the last rounds all over, they had not all the same amount of stitches, and the green yarn was a bit thicker than the other yarn colors, so the square turned out to be a bit larger. I have also a round of dc’s changed into hdc’s for the square had become too large. Maybe with cotton they should have been all a like, In the pattern, I read them on my tablet, I missed a color scheme and a picture by each description. I had a lot of scrolling to do.
>fools of love squares
This autumn I made a blue white shopping bag for a relative of my daughter. Because it was a secret project I haven’t yet blogged about it. Th bag was inspired by some old dutch tiles in delft blue coloring. When I found out that the blue color was also available in cotton, I started the project. First I made 6 different grannies. They are my own design for I couldn’t find a nice pattern that resembles the tiles nicely. The idea was to make more grannies, but my time was limited so I made only the six and worked from there to the bag. The bag itself is a simple net pattern. The bag was finished with a band of hearts. I also reinforced this band and the handles with some cord in it. The used cotton is SMC catania color. I hope that the receiver will like the bag and use it frequently.