Unfettered Shrug

hesje4This 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.

hesjeIn 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.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

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Spirit of Life Cal 3

SoLCal pt2I 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.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Baby Knittings

I like to knit sweaters and cardigans for very little children and babies. Last year I made some items from the klompelompe book. I made a beanie and a vest, called granddad’s vest from a ball of Stylecraft special DK named silver. The klompelompe designs are very easy patterns and they look great on babies and small children. I have also made a nice pink dress, a bolero and some more vests.

Knitting is a relaxing thing to do and you can combine it with some television series. If you haven’t tried it you should do one day.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Baby Link outfit

babylinkoutfi3A year ago I made this nice baby Link outfit. It was a gift for a newborn child. The hero Link is a figurine in the nintendo games of Zelda. While making, I didn’t knew if the baby would be a boy or a girl.  So I choose for the Link outfit, because it would fit both. It was a lot of fun making the clothes. And a great surprise as a baby shower gift.

Yesterday I was amazed with a picture of the little one in the Link outfit. And I remembered I hadn’t wrote about it on my blog, because it had to be a secret.

At the time of searching for a nice pattern, I found out, that  Joanna Rankin already made a baby link outfit. It was designed for an small baby of 3 months. I made the outfit for a baby of nine months or elder, for I liked the idea that the child would crawl in the outfit around the house.  So I had to adjust the design and the measurements.

The outfit consists of a baby trouser,  a cardigan that has closure onto the back, a pointed cap, a belt with buckle and sock booties. All is knitted on needles 4. For the belt and the boots I used a doll outfit pattern from Annette Heffords, named Alistair Wizard and for the cardigan, cap and trouser I used the pattern of The Legend of Baby Link by Joanna Rankin as an example.

The outfit was knitted on 2 needles 4, with Scheepjes Colour Crafter, in the colors Leiden and Franeker. This is a very soft acrylic yarn. The booties and arm sleeves were knitted with SMC Bravo, color Brown, a more sturdy acrylic yarn. The body of the cardigan is knitted in one piece with buttonholes on the back. The sleeves were knitted together and are sewed later on into the armpits. The belt was made with a special stitch combination so it will keep his form. Also the buckle is knitted. Because the buckle is a bit heavy, I had to pin it onto the cardigan. The booties were also knit on 2 needles and later on the seams were joined. The symbol of Link, the triforce is also knitted into the body

It was really a fun project and I am happy the outfit is used. I have no notes found about the outfit, so if you want to make the outfit, you have to use your own imagination. the  pictures and the patterns of Joanna Rankin and Annette Heffords

Greetings Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 2

SoL2Wednesday came the second part of the Spirit of Life Cal online and I started with this piece right away. The first 4 rows were easy, but then it became more difficult, for I had never made mosaic crochet before. It was soon very clear that working with the hook like I tend to do, with the pattern on my tablet wouldn’t work this time. So I printed 4 pages of the written pattern and the block diagram. I was hoping it would be easier to crochet. But it still confused me how the pattern would go. On this moment I crochet the first stitches of the pattern carefully and in the following repeats I follow the first crocheted part.

Making this piece of the Cal costs so a lot of time. It will be successful if you work slowly and concentrated. I have only occasionally frogged a row. I am now working on row 18.

My yarn D and F are different in texture. F is thinner and more flexible than D. Following the pattern for yarn D (Catania cotton) means I have to reduce the chains, because the stitches are longer. For yarn F (Drops Flora) I can follow the pattern and make 2 or 3 chains in between the other stitches. I also run out of yarn D. This was already anticipated, for I had only 1 skein of this color, but it took also more yarn than was foreseen in the pattern.  I have ordered some more balls of this yarn so I am prepared for the future parts.

I like the pattern very much, the colors match nicely. I think the designers have had much trouble in written the pattern down and making all the stitches corresponding. But it is still hard to follow, but whenever done you have a nice piece.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Persian Tiles 1

Jane crowfoot designed the Persian Tiles blanket. For more info visit the following website. http://janeknits.blogspot.nl/2015/08/persian-tiles.html

This month a new kit of the Persian Tiles Blanket came on the market. The tiles were executed in all kinds of sweet colors, like fuchsia, lemon and buttermilch. The packet name is Eastern Jewels. It was a very attractive blanket to see. A lot of people ordered the kit. Because I just finished a blanket and had ordered some more stylecraft special dk to fill my stash, I had no feeling to order the kit. I also don’t like the very sweet colors of the kit. But I had a box full of leftovers of the previous projects, so I decided to make my own colorful Persian Tile blanket. The pattern is easy to follow. The pattern could be a bit dull if all the tiles are of the same making. But making them from scratch and stash is a fun part to do. Each Tile has it own character. I show you the first 2 tiles. Not all the threads are already weaved in.

Greetings, Elzeblaadje

Spirit of Life Cal 1

proeflapjeThe Spirit of Life Cal is on its way. The first part was published last week and today part 2 will be published on the website of LillaBjorn. I decided to make the spirit of Life wrap with yarn from my stash. That was a bit difficult because there was little information about the used yarn. I think they want to sell a lot of yarn packets. But for me it was a challenge to find still some similar yarn in my stash. Luckily I had just ordered some alpaca and cotton yarn and it looked like they had the special colors I was looking for. So I made a swatch of the chosen materials and it turned out to be exactly the gauge of the Cal. But I still hadn’t decided to join in. There were so many other projects on my hook and so many things I liked to do, that another Cal would be too much work. So it took a couple of days to convince myself and then I just started with part 1.

I used the dutch translation. But maybe i had better read the original pattern for the dutch pattern was a bit confusing, Because the colors were named A, B,C and so on, I made my own color-card. Still it was hard to read the pattern and see If I had the correct color and was doing the right stitches in a row. But all went well, there were a few problems. First it is difficult to keep the edges of the piece straight. It is easy to lose a stitch or to make an extra stitch, so counting your stitches is the message. Also the special stitches of row 21, were to tight, so I made an extra loop in the stitch to compensate. Still there were some loops visible in the join. Also I started this piece with yarn B and hook 3,5 mm, because this was a cotton yarn and less flexible and the yarn was thicker then yarn A. the whole piece I made with hook 3.0 mm.

The used yarns were SMC catania color cotton and Drops Flora, a alpaca wool mix. The color combination looks a bit like the volcano kit.

On the picture you can see both sides of the piece and the color-card. The colors of the yarn are a bit different on this picture.

Greetings Elzeblaadje

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