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.
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 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.