Saturday, 12 May 2018

Crochet Notes - Tudor Rose, Cappuccino Lace and Daisy Loop Bed Topper





Using Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky and Rowan Aran Cotton with a strand of lace added.
6mm hook. (8 balls of blackcurrant and 1 teal.)

I wanted to use up my leftover Wendy Cotton Supreme (I way over ordered for a jumper project).

I used 3 squares from Crocheted Granny Squares (Twenty to Make)

In the middle 4 Tudor Rose squares.



Then 4 Cappuccino Lace squares.


Then 4 Daisy Loop squares.


This was completed with a couple of rounds of trebles. 
I left it simple because I might add to this in the future. 


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Crochet Notes - Over the Danube



Whilst in Vienna last November I managed to stumble across a yarn shop just 100 metres from the Hotel Stefanie (where I was staying with my friends), it was called Wollmeile and the lady was friendly and helpful.

I bought myself 3 balls of Pro Lana - Kid Seta. It looked as though it was a mixture of cream and brown, but it turned out to have red and mustard hidden inside. As you can see I didn't use the mustard, it just doesn't suit me.

I started off using a knitted pattern but quickly switched to Over the Williamette although I did not do everything in order after the first "star band". However I used all the same instructions until the last row, I was running out of yarn so I just did double crochets to finish instead of the pointy bit.

Really pleased with the result, I used all 3 balls except for the mustard and a 4.5 mm hook.




Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Crochet Notes - Picnic Bag






Pattern: Nursery Granny Square from Val Pierce's Book here.
Hook: 3.75mm
Pompom Trim
Aldi Shopping Bag


I made 36 squares using up oddments of blue and green DK.



I sewed each set together for the four sides and crocheted round the edge in a colour to match the bag.


The floor panel was completed using an old favourite, see perfect pencil case here.
I did the base in Aran yarn.

I then crocheted the sides together and sewed them to the bag, adding a row of trebles around the top.

I made the handles with a base chain of 80, Aran in the middle and DK around the edge - all trebles.

Then I sewed the pompom trim on.




I then filled it with bowls, plates, cutlery, a cool box, napkins, tea towel, glasses and a citronella candle.

Just need some sun now. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Knitting Knotes - Updated Christmas Jumper 2016



I decided my Christmas Jumper 2016 was due for a makeover.


The original is here.

However, I made it quite big and I have managed to loose some weight, so it needed adapting. Also it didn't really sit right, but my new Winter Jumper 2017 did sit right, so I decided to use that as the basis of the new version.

I frogged it back to the armhole decrease then picked it up and made it the same amount of stitches (with a few decreases here and there). I also shortened the sleeves by 6 rows to match the 2017 jumper.

I did the neck 2x2 rib to match the rest of the jumper and I cast off on row 24.

It now sits much better and I have heaps of yarn left over. 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Knitting Knotes - Updated Ogden Pompom Shawl




I decided to revisit this project and use up the leftover blue cashmere - I also wanted to change the blue pompoms to black. It is now much more sumptuous than before and the cashmere isn't going to waste.

In total I used:
3 metres of black pompom trim.
1 50g ball of Drops Alpaca DK
1 100g ball of Dream in Colour Jilly with Cashmere

Original version

It is called the Ogden Pompom shawl because I bout the yarn in Ogden, Utah on my travels. If you are ever in Ogden do visit Needlepoint it is quite simply the best yarn shop I have ever been to. My poor hubby was sat on a bench outside for ages.

However, he soon cheered up when we found the train museum, which was well worth the visit - loved it. Here are two of the trains.



Sunday, 8 April 2018

Knitting Knotes - Venetian Silk Waffle Beanie





I picked up a ball of Lane Grawitz - Storm G (100% Silk) whilst in Venice, (at Lellabella here) with no clue what I was going to do with it.

I then had some Stylecraft Malabar Aran left over in a similar colour, which has a silk content, so naturally I put them together and waited to get inspired.



I didn't want stripes of yarn, but then came up with the idea of a waffle beanie - except, instead of purling used Storm G as a Fairisle yarn.


Hat 

4.5mm circular and double pointed.

100 sts and 29 rounds 1 x 1 rib in Malabar

Knit 1 round - Malabar

For the waffle pattern:
Round 1 - Knit in Malabar
Rounds 2 and 3 - K2 in Malabar, K2 in Storm G -



I did the pattern for 37 rounds before decreasing for the crown.

R38 - K2, K2tog all Malabar - to end = 75 sts
R39 - K2 Malabar, K1 Storm G to end
R40 - K2 tog Malabar K1 Storm G = 50sts
R41 - K in Malabar (break off storm G)
R42 - K2 tog all round = 25 sts
R43 - Knit
R44 - Knit 2 tog all round = 13sts break off yarn and thread through.





Thursday, 5 April 2018

Knitting Knotes - Spring Jumper 2018







Yarn: 600g Stylecraft Alpaca
Needles: 3.25mm and 3.75mm for rib, 4mm for Body, Cable needle
Pattern: Improvised, for the pattern panel I used a trailing vine from a child's cardigan here

Measurements:
to armhole - 40 cm
full length - 64 cm
chest - 126cm



Back:

Cast on 118 sts with 3.25mm needle
Knit 1 x 1 rib with odd needles (3.25 mm and 3.75 mm) for 20 rows
Increase to 138 sts

Change to 4mm needles

Foundation row (right side) - purl 17, pattern 11, purl 16, knit 4, purl 16, pattern 11, purl 16, knit 4, purl 16, pattern 11, purl 17

Wrong side - Reverse purl and knit stitches as set to keep stocking stitch effect.

Work 40 cm - decrease for armholes:

Cast off 5 sts at beginning of next 2 rows.
Dec 1 st each end of next 6 alt rows = 116 sts**

Work straight to 63cm
Divide for neck - 34 each side - middle stitches on holder.

Cast off 17 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Match other side.

Front:

Work as for back to **

Work Straight to 58 cm
Divide for neck 39 sts each side - middle stitches on holder

Dec 1 st at neck edge of 5 alt rows = 34 sts
Knit to 63cm
Cast off 17 sts at beg of next 2 rows
Match other side.

Sleeves:

Odd needle rib as above - 59sts 1x1 16 rows

Purl 1 row - right side
Inc 4 sts to 63 sts

Set row counter to 0 - Inc 1 st each end every 4th row X 9 = Row 36
Knit to Row 98
Cast off 5 sts at beg of next 2 rows = Row 100
Dec 1 st each of every row x 15= Row 115
Dec 1 st on alternate rows x 6 = Row 127
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 4 rows = Row 31
Cast off

Neck:
Start at top left
Pick up 15 down front left - pick up middle stitches from holder - 15 up front right.
Pick up 6 down back left - then from holder then 6 up back left neck.

142sts

1x1 rib x 14 rows

dec 2 sts at shoulder seam each side on rows 7 to 11 = 122sts

Cast off.

Crochet Notes - Tudor Rose, Cappuccino Lace and Daisy Loop Bed Topper

Using Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky and Rowan Aran Cotton with a strand of lace added. 6mm hook. (8 balls of blackcurrant and 1 teal.)...