The last 2 weeks I have been knitting on several projects from the Klomplompe book. I made from the patterns in the book a summer-dress, a bolero and top for a 2 year old little girl. First I made the summer-dress. I used Stylecraft special DK color apricot. The skirt seemed a bit dull, so I knitted a band of ajour in it. It looks a bit like Butterflies. The top of the dress is also in ajour. I knitted it 2 times because The first time the top was too small. second time I used a larger needle by the cast off and a few stitches more. The result was now better. I also made a closure or placket on the backside of the dress. The dress was finished with wooden flower buttons
The bolero was in color cream an a bit difficult to make. I didn’t understand the chart at first and made a mess of the first pattern. I pulled it out and started all over. Whenever I did understand the pattern it was easy to go, just counting the stitches every time did it.
The top was made from the remnants of the yarn. I made a flat back, with no flaps, crocheted an edge and made with the knitty mouse a cord to put through the edge. The ajour pattern was already used in the bolero, so I encountered no problems this time. I used in total 2 balls, but you have to buy 3 balls whenever using different colors.
In december I made this nice sweater as a present for a very little boy. It is size 1 year and is knitted with 2 colors Stylecraft Special DK , waterfall and white. On the front size i also knitted two polar bears. I like to knit and alternate it with a crochet project. Such a little sweater is a fun project to make. The pattern’s size can be found on the Jessica Tromp website. The closure is on one of the shoulders.
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.
7 April was the start of the Lily pond CAL from Stylecraft yarns. Because I liked the blanket idea I am participating in the CAL. The first part is a piece of water. I turned out very nicely. The picture is a bit less color-full than the real piece. I have also a problem. The lily pond Blanket is a kind of granny blanket, so every piece has to be a certain size. But my piece of water is too large. I can do several things like starting all over, make more rows, crochet with less stitches, but it all depends on the squares, so I have to wait till I made a square and knows its size. An other problem was forgetting to order a nice blue color. But now I have time to do it still.