2017 has ended and a new year is upon us. I hope everybody will have a very creative and inspirational year. Make with your hands the things you like most and imagine the most beautiful objects you can create.
I have already something on my needles. The needles are ergonomic and new, and knitting is a challenge for now. My projects can be followed onto my Ravelry page if you are curious. I have also ordered some new yarn and i am looking forward to make a new object with it. For now, all of you a very nice day and a happy 2018.
I have made a intermediate piece or divider between the 2 C2C panels. I was afraid my work would not be long enough to serve as a table runner! The piece is very small only 30 stitches along and consists of short rows of all the colors and some overlay stitches in between the rows. I don’t know if it is a addition or not. But after crocheting part 5 i like it still. My goal was to make a chevron in between, but that was not easy to realize, so I went for short rows. to my surprise the overlay stitches in the last part of the Cal match mine stitches in the intermezzo part. There were a lot of loose threads to deal with in this part.
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.
I was early with my christmas preparations. Last year my husband suggested I should make a skirt for our christmas tree, but then there was no time enough. This year I started early november. I had a wonderful idea in my head, but is was not practicable. So I started at random with some red and green from a not so expensive yarn, that was in my stash. I used for the first rows a pattern, for I had no idea were to increase in the rows. So I followed a pattern that came along in facebook. It turned out to be rather easy. In the week that followed I let my hook do the job and a tree skirt was born. It is not the most beautiful object I made, but it will be nice under the christmas tree. The tree skirt is supported with 2 metal circles and a layer of fiberfill. Only I forgot the circles by decorating the tree. I put also some toadstools with lights in them under the tree.
The tree skirt is decorated with some overlay crochet, puff stitches and golden threads. The last row is a row of golden scallops. In the back is an overlap flap, but you can make if necessary a closure with buttons.
Again C2C crochet in part 5, only now in reversed direction. It was no real problem. I followed the triangles in part 4 so they were the opposite of those triangles. Still some blocks to many on the end of the panels. I could have corrected this, but then the triangles would been shifted. I am not totally satisfied with the color combination, it is a bit to green. I have this time not followed the color instructions, for my off white yarn was a bit to little for a big part C2C. But now I have ordered some more for there are still 3 parts to go.
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.