Part 6 of the Spirit of Life Cal consists of 4 squares. The central circle of the square is a flower. It is a complicated flower to crochet. After three squares i was comfortable with the pattern and didn’t looked upon my paper. Also this time the last round of the square is made with half dc stitches, otherwise the squares became too big. No real problems were encountered in the making of the squares and the constructing of the band to the main body. I have played a little bit with the colors and replaced dark green with a light green.
Do you remember my secret garden blanket? It is finished and almost ready to hang on the wall. In the last post i made a edge of roses. I had the idea that some water in my garden would be nice so I made two rows of ditches with some flowers like the yellow lis on the banks of the ditch. It is not so complicated to make. But there are a lot of rows to crochet.
What to do with crocheted flowers? You can decorate other things with them or you can start a new project and make a tote especially for your flowers. So I made this small summer bag, with sunflowers, asters and leaves, with a hint to the autumn, some leaves are yellow and brown. The bag is made from strong fabric and can hold some shopping items. Only one side is decorated. So when using the bag show the beautiful flowers and every body will be jealous on your nice bag. The flowers are made with SMC Catania Fine and Catania Color, hook 2.0 mm. for attaching I used my sewing machine. The leaves are sewed along the midrib, the flowers along the hearts of the flowers. And i have ironed them a little bit.
All panels of the Frida’s Flowers Cal are now made! I just have finished the 5 hexagons of part 7, Frida’s Bouquet. Now I have to assemble all pieces in a superb blanket. But first I have to eliminate all loose threads of the remaining 10 pieces. this gives lot of work to do.
Part 7 is a mix of all other panels, a little flower on top, leaves, red petals and a background piece, of yellow and white. The flower is the cosmos flower of the first piece. It is just a little flower on top of a bigger flower, surrounded with more yellow and white flowers, the bouquet.
This time there were 5 pieces to make. I made the little flowers in different colors, first lime and soft peach in two flowers and meadow and white in two others and lime and white in the last flower (this will be the centerpiece). The leaves get the same colors as the top flowers. The second row of the leaves was the most difficult to make, counting my stitches wouldn’t help, I always missed one. Only missing a stitch doesn’t matter for the next rounds. I found also the yellow color of round 9 a bit to much yellow. And then I forgot to make the blue bullion stitches, but I have corrected that later. Only on the pictures they are still absent.
Taking stock of all the hexagons, I concluded that a few colors were used very minimal, like copper and raspberry. Also I have used only 1,5 skein of midnight. So there is 1,5 skein left for the edging.
If you are going to start the blanket later on, it is a good idea to look into my Ravelry account for the exact length and weight of yarn I used. Maybe you have some leftover yarn that will replace the minimal colors copper and raspberry.
I am working hard to make all the pieces of the Frida’s Flowers before a certain date. So I am laying all my other projects aside and use all my free time to crochet on the pieces. In a few days I made all the six pieces of part 6, the ring of roses.
First I made one to find out if there are difficulties in the making. But the first rounds in which the flower is crocheted are easy enough.
Then we encounter the bullion stitch, after a bit of exercise I found out the the easiest way to make this stitch is to twiddle the yarn at the base of the needle 4 times and then pulling the yarn through with the thumb on the twirls.
The second problem is the making of the leaves in 2 colors of green, the first round was going alright, but the second one gives me problems. On the point of the leaf, the hook struggles with the yarn and is difficult to pull through. Also the six stitches after this point were difficult to execute, I always seem to miss one.
The last rounds of the hexagon piece were no problem at all, only I found it easier to fix the leaf point to the last round by not skip the middle stitch but by crocheting the point to this stitch. I hope this will not give me problems by fastening the pieces to each other.
All six pieces are now made, up to part 7.
I am relieved and happy, because the Lily Pond Blanket is finished and the result is better than I hoped for. The last time I blogged I wrote about my frustration with the joining of the squares. But this is all behind me.
The third row took a lot of time joining the squares and panels, and when I finished it, my light blue yarn was also diminished to a very small amount. Also the third row and the center part couldn’t be joined easily, for there was a gap. So with the leftover yarns I made some extra rows around the center part and also around the inner side of row three. I also made in advance the border around row 3. And then it was time to join the 4 seams between center part and row three. I used meadow this time and it was an easy but time consuming job. To my surprise the blanket turned out to be square and straight, the extra rows did the job and the blanket is formed well.
The last job was clipping the threads of the seams. What was an easy job to do. The blanket will go to my brother and friend and they will hang it on the wall of there workplace. My work is done 🙂
I am frustrated! Making the Lily Pond Blanket together is a whole bunch of work. First I discovered that the blue colored yarn meant to crochet the squares together was difficult to see. I have poor eyesight, So I had to switch to another color, but after three lines I found out that the light green color I had chosen, was not sufficient for another line. I had no feeling to frog the lines I already had crocheted, because it took much time to make them. I used therefore an other similar color for the last line, light blue and frogged 1 line and made these also light blue. So the center 9 squares are now divided by two green and two blue lines
I has also used the light blue yarn for the next square part of the blanket, this includes the panels from part 1 and some flowers. Luckily I found out that my panels were broad enough, I didn’t have to make another row around the center squares, as I feared after finishing these panels. Well the first 9 squares and the second row of the blanket cost me two evenings and also some hours in the day to complete.
The third square row of panels and flowers is costing even more time. First I had to frog the dark blue lines I already crocheted on the sides of some panels, than I had to make new lines of light blue on the panels sides, that is were I stranded this afternoon. Now I still have to combine the last 8 flowers and the 8 panels and after that is done, to crochet this third part of the blanket and the center part in one piece. And there is still a lot of threads to make invisible and an edge to crochet before the blanket is finished.
In the pictures part 1 and part 2 finished, look at the blue lines 🙂
Have a nice weekend, Elzeblaadje