Monday, 29 April 2013

Crochet Notes - Dahlia Cushion



The Dahlia Cushion - so called because the popcorn circles are like pompom Dahlias.

Yarn:
DK - Stylecraft Life
4 ply - sock yarn
cotton sewing thread

Hook:
3.5mm

Cushion:
16 inch cushion - £6 from Matalan

Pattern Notes:

  • I always start each round with 3 chain to represent the first treble and I always finish each round with a slip st into the top of the 3 chain. 
  • I did the popcorn st by doing 4 trebles and then taking the loop off the hook, putting in the top of the first treble - then back into the loop and pull it through the first treble. 


Centre Square:
  • Using 4 ply - 4 chain - slip st to form a ring.
  • R1 = 12 trebles.
  • R2 = 2 trebles into each of the twelve spaces.
  • R3 = 4 treble popcorn st into each of the twelve spaces, 3 chain in between each popcorn st.. 
  • R4 = 4 treble popcorn st into each space and the top of each popcorn bobble from R3 - 3 chain in between popcorn st. (24 bobbles).
  • R5 = Change to DK - Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 3 treble into each 3 chain space - 5 clusters between corners. 
  • R6 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 1 treble 1 chain into alternate spaces between stitches. 
  • R7 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 2 trebles into each 1 chain space - 9 spaces between corners. 
  • R8 = change back to 4 ply - Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 1 treble 1 chain into alternate spaces between stitches. 
  • R9 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 3 trebles into each 1 chain space. 
  • R10 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 2 trebles into each space between clusters. 
  • R11 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 3 trebles into each space between clusters. 
  • R12 = Change back to DK - Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 2 trebles into each space between clusters. 


Small Squares:

(Based on the pattern Popping Flower 6 inch square by Amanda Wheeldon)

  • Using 4 ply - 4 chain - slip st to form a ring.
  • R1 = 12 trebles.
  • R2 = 2 trebles into each of the twelve spaces.
  • R3 = 4 treble popcorn st into each of the twelve spaces, 3 chain in between each popcorn st.. 
  • R4 = Change to DK - Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 3 treble into each 3 chain space.
  • R5 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 1 treble 1 chain into alternate spaces between stitches. 
  • R6 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 2 trebles into each 1 chain space. 



Completion:

Sew the outer squares together, then sew the centre square in place.

Using DK do a round of - Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - 2 trebles into each 1 chain space.
Using 4 ply do a round of - R6 = Corners 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble - half treble in to the space between each stitch.

Weave in ends.

Pin to cushion cover and sew on using cotton thread. 


Friday, 26 April 2013

WIP Report 30

How many WIPS?

Shadow Sox
Summer Garden Sock Blanket
Dahlia Cushion
Violet Dahlia Cushion


How many WIPs started since last report?

Geranium Flower Cushion
Violet Dahlia Cushion
Dahlia Cushion

How many WIPs completed since last report?

Coal Face Necklace - see here for details.
Plum Blossom Cushion - see here for details.
Geranium Flower Cushion - see here for details.

Gallery

Violet Dahlia Cushion - early days.......
This is made up of two 4 ply yarns together for the purple and a DK. It has the little violets on one side and it will have the Dahlia pattern (see below) on the other side.

Dahlia Cushion
I have christened this the Dahlia cushion because the red bits look like pompom Dahlias. 

Summer Garden Sock Blanket

This blanket is made up of leftover sock yarn and other left over yarn from 4 ply projects - each circle is turned into a square with a white DK. I don't aim to sew it together anytime soon as I have a lot of projects I'm working on or planning using 4 ply. Eventually I aim to group colours together and sew them in diagonally so that they all merge into each other.

There is no real progress on Shadow Sox.


Sunday, 21 April 2013

Crochet Notes - Geranium Flower Cushion




Yarn: Stylecraft DK - 100g, 4 ply merino 100g

Hook: 3.5mm

Cushion: From Matalan £6 - 16 inc cushion

Geranium Flower Square:

I'm sure a pattern for this exists somewhere already but I kinda made it up as I went along. I called it the Geranium Flower because the red flowers reminded me of Geraniums - simple really!

The Geranium Flower:

The flower part is made in the same way as rounds 1 to 3 of the African Flower Hexagon (demonstrated on my African Flower Bag post).

Except that to form the Geranium I only used one colour (although I did use a variegated yarn).

Framing the flower with a square:

Using the DK.

Round 1
Double crochet in between the 4th and 5th trebles from the previous round.

4 chain

long double crochet into the gap between the clusters of 8 trebles - as shown on the picture.

Slip stitch into first double crochet to finish the round.



 Round 2

Slip stitch into 4 chain space -  2 chain - to represent first double crochet, half treble, two trebles - all in the 4 chain space.

*Next four chain space - two trebles, half treble, double crochet.

Next four chain space - double crochet, half treble, two trebles - repeat from * all the way round.

Slip stitch into first DC to finish the round.



Round 3

Slip stitch into gap between first double crochet and first half treble. 3 chain (to represent first treble).

2 trebles - you should now be at the gap between clusters - this will become corner 1. 
*2 trebles, 2 chain, 2 trebles

Treble into each of the next 11 gaps - you should now be at another gap between clusters - this will be corner 2. Repeat from * to finish the round - ending with a slip stitch into the first treble. 


When I did the reverse squares with the 4 ply on the outer rounds - the changes I made were:
  • Round 1 - 5 chain instead of 4 chain.
  • Round 2 - 3 trebles instead of 2 trebles.
  • Round 3 - You have to treble into 14 gaps instead of 11.

The edging:

I used the join as you go method - but if I did this pattern again I would just sew them together because I think I would have got a neater finish. 

Once the 25 squares were joined together I did a round of trebles in the DK - doing corners of 2 trebles, 2 chain, 2 trebles.

Then I did a round of double crochet in the 4 ply.

Construction:

I pinned the cover to the cushion cover with the zip open, then sewed it on round the edges. 
Finally I pressed it and hey presto - it was finished:)

The reverse side



Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Knitting Digest - part 5

The Patterns


It was whilst I watched my mum in the 1970s that I learned to knit and crochet, I did a little blog post tribute to my mum here. I have many happy memories of going through my mum's pattern collection, going to a variety of wool shops with her and choosing patterns for her to make for me. So it is with much fondness that I bring to you the patterns from the Knitting Digest 1976.


More of a blanket than a wrap - but useful for our long cold winters in the UK. 


Two timeless jumpers and useful hat patterns. 
The jumpers may be standard children's wear but the overall style is definitely 1970s. 

Another timeless children's pattern - standard 1970s haircut and Chopper bike. 

Nice colour blends on these stripy jumpers - one with a built in hood and one with a matching scarf. 

One for the babies - aahh - she is probably about 36 now:)
Hmm I'm not sure I'd make the effort to knit this up! More of a dressing gown really.

However - I love this granny blanket. 

And last but not least - for the man in your life a trendy jacket.
 I do hope you have enjoyed going through the September 1976 Knitting Digest Magazine with me.




Sunday, 14 April 2013

Crochet Notes - Plum Blossom Cushion


Yarns: 

Oatmeal - Stylecraft Life DK - 100g
Plum - Rico Essentials Merino DK - 100g
Purple - leftover Lang 4 ply sock yarn (used double) c. 25g

Cushion: 

£3.99 bargain from Poundstretcher. (16 inches)

Instructions


Flowers: 

Use the African Flower Hexagon - this time I added a round of trebles - on the points of the flowers I did 2 trebles 2 chain 2 trebles - just to make them more defined.



I did 22 hexagons and I hand sewed them together.

Edging:

I did around of trebles - with the exception of the straight edges along the top of the two hexagons that poke out on the top and the bottom on the above picture - here I did double crochets.

Then I did and extra row of trebles on the indented bits between the two hexagons that poke out along the top and bottom. I started with a 3 chain and finished with a double crochet into the straight edge - this seemed to blend in well.

Construction:

Next I sewed all the ends in.
Then I pinned the African Flower fabric to the cushion cover that I had bought - keeping the zip open.
Then I hand stitched them together - here is the reverse side of the cushion.


Then I blocked the cover and hey presto - it was all complete:)

Friday, 12 April 2013

Crochet Notes - Coal Face Necklace





Using the Crochet Necklace with Buttons by Alessandra Hayden pattern I adapted it to suit my preference for beads over buttons.



Crochet cotton - I used DMC Petra No. 5
1.25mm hook
50 beads for dangles
60 seed beads for extra decoration
Collapsible head bead needle
Yarn needle
Neck fastening clasp









  • Thread 50 beads onto cotton in the order you want. 
  • Chain 50 stitches for neckband.
  • Begin dangle - chain 5 - add bead, chain 5 add bead, chain 5 add bead, chain 5 add bead, chain 5 add bead, chain 5 - slip stitch into first chain of the first set of 5 chains to form a dangle. 
  • Chain 5 for space between dangles. 
  • Repeat until you have 10 dangles.
  • Chain 50.
  • Chain 2 for first half treble. 
  • Half treble into each chain along the row to form the band. 
  • Attach neck clasp
  • Add seed beads in groups of two if you wish - using collapsible head bead needle.
I think the possibilities are endless with this pattern:)


Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Knitting Knotes - Stained Glass Gloves

Gloves to match Stained Glass Scarf and Stained Glass Hat 


I had just enough yarn left over from my stained glass scarf and hat to make a matching pair of gloves - so it seemed silly not to give it a go.



I based my design on this basic pattern for gloves that I picked up in Pollards back in 1982. You can see I have used this pattern many many times:) 







Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn and Stylecraft Life DK
Needles: 3mm and 3.75 mm
Pattern: Any basic glove pattern.

Instructions

Cuff

  • Cast on 40 sts in DK and 3mm needles.
  • Knit 7 rows in stocking stitch.
  • Knit 4 rows in stocking stitch in Noro.
  • Change back to DK, Knit 1 row then knit 5 rows in reverse stocking stitch - beginning with a knit row.
  • Change to Noro knit 4 rows in stocking stitch.
  • Repeat so that you have 4 Noro stripes - ending with the 4th row of reverse stocking stitch in the DK.
  • Next row increase 5 stitches evenly across the row in DK. 

Hand

  • Change to 3.75mm needles - the colour change chart is below. 
  • Change to Noro and stocking stitch for 4 rows. 
  • Change back to DK, Knit 1 row then knit 5 rows in reverse stocking stitch - beginning with a knit row.
  • Follow pattern for thumb shaping etc.
  • Knit all fingers in DK in reverse stocking stitch. 

Other Notes

To keep the hands simultaneous with the colour change in the Noro - I unraveled the yarn  and wound it in to  single colour balls. I also knitted the gloves at the same time so that I knew how much of each colour I had to play with. To help with left and right hands - I sat in an armchair and put the left hand to the left and the right hand to the right, well it stopped me getting mixed up. 



Monday, 8 April 2013

WIP Report 29


How many WIPs? 4


Shadow Sox
Summer Garden Sock Blanket
Coal Face Necklace
Plum Blossom Cushion

How many WIPs started since last report? 4


Ollie Owl Blanket
Cranberry Squash Cushion
Stained Glass Gloves
Plum Blossom Cushion

How many WIPs completed since last report? 4


Stained Glass Hat


Using The Wurm to make a matching hat for my Stained Glass Scarf. 
I used Stylecraft Life DK and Noro on 3.25mm. I did 110st cast on.

The addition I made to the pattern was an extra knit row to start the black sections so that I didn't get the colour join on the wrong side.






Ollie Owl Blanket - for details see here.











Stained Glass Gloves


To complete the set I had just enough Noro left to make these in The Wurm style. (They look better on!) I will posting some Knitting Knotes soon to show you how I put these together. )

Here is the complete full set.


Cranberry Squash Cushion - see Crochet Notes Cranberry Squash Cushion.


Plum Blossom Cushion - only just started.


No updated pictures on Summer Garden Sock Blanket, Shadow Sox and Coal Face Necklace. 

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Crochet Notes - Cranberry Squash Cushion

What to do with leftover sock yarn!

Having just bought a new duvet cover in very similar colours, I couldn't resist turning left over yarn from my Cranberry Squash Sox into a matching cushion for my bed. 




Instructions
Yarn: 4 ply sock yarn, DK - Stylecraft Life
Equipment: 3mm hook, yarn sewing needle, 16 inch square serviette, 16 inch zip, 16 inch cushion pad, needle and cotton.


Make 12 circles as follows:
  • Cast on 5 chain - slip stitch to form a ring.
  • 3 chain , 11 trebles - slip stitch into third of 3 chain.
  • 3 chain 1 treble then 2 trebles into the spaces between each treble from the first - slip stitch into third of 3 chain. 
  • 3 chain 2 trebles, then 3 trebles into the spaces between the two trebles on the row below - slip stitch into third of three chain. 
  • Repeat last round adding 1 chain between each cluster of 3 trebles. 
  • Fasten off
Make 1 large circle as follows:
  • Complete as above but don't fasten off.
  • Next round has clusters of 3 trebles with 2 chain in between each. 
  • Next round has clusters of 3 trebles with 3 chain in between each.
  • Last round has clusters of 4 trebles with 3 chain in between each. 
Turn circles into squares:
  • Using cream  DK - attach with slip stitich crochet to space at beginning of round - 1 chain.
  • Do 3 chain.
  • Double crochet into space - repeat all the way round and join with slip stitch.
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles (to form corner).
  • 3 treble into space x 2.
  • 3 treble 2 chain 3 treble.
  • Complete round as above and you should have a square.
  • Do another round in the same manner - fasten off. 
I used Lucy from Attic 24's join as you go method to join the squares. 




Fitting the large circle:
  • Join DK with a slip stitch 
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles to form a corner.
  • 1 chain 2 trebles 1 chain into space x 2
  • 1 chain 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles to form corner.
  • Complete round in this manner to form a square. 
  • Next round is formed by 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles in the corners and 3 treble clusters separated by 1 chain all the way round. 
  • The next two rounds are formed in the same way omitting the 1 chain in between. 
  • Joining round - using the join as you go method attach the middle square to the inside of larger square.





The edge:
  • Join DK with a slip stitch in the middle of a corner - 3 chain 2 treble 3 treble to form a corner. 
  • Do clusters of 3 trebles all the way round - with 3 treble 2 chain 3 treble corners. 
  • Repeat this round 3 times or until the square is slightly larger than the serviette.
  • Edging round - slip stitch into the corner space - 2 chain (for first half treble), double treble x 2, half treble - half treble, double treble x 2, half treble
  • In each space all the way round - half treble, double treble x 2, half treble.

The back:
  • I used a serviette (new) to be the backing. Serviette's are useful as they already have a neat edge. 
  • I pinned 3 sides together and sewed them in using sewing cotton, I had the edging poking over the top of the backing.
  • I then pinned the zip into place (opening it first) and sewed it in. 

Here is the reverse side - looking quite neat. 


Friday, 5 April 2013

Knitting Digest - part 4

Food and Fashion

Glorious Food............

To be honest the 70s were not reknowned for their culinary delights, I always think of Findus Crispy Pancakes and Angel Delight, that said my mum was a good cook and an especially good baker so we didn't eat a lot of Birds Eye and Findus meals. Although I do remember eating the Vesta packet curries which I thought were really exotic - do they still make them?

Back to the Knitting Digest magazine from 1976 then........



Pages 40 and 41 contain some lovely recipes for bottling up the harvest and preserving it over winter. I shall definitely have a go at the Apple Chutney and Mint Jelly, watch this space:)



Page 62 has Blackberry Jam and some good cook notes for making jam (something else I learnt from my mum - we always went blackberrying in September). 



On the back page is an advert for another magazine "Home and Freezer Digest" and just look at the first selling point - flavoursome recipes by Mary Berry:)

Fashion - turn to the left, fashion - turn to the right!



Pages 22 and 23 - an article on patchwork and another jewellery, encouraging us to wear tiny miniature keys on a necklace - hmm not sure about that one. I also had a hair styling kit similar to the one in the photo - not that I was any good with it. 



Pages 50 and 51 - how to use up scraps - very thrifty. This time a necklace made of patches - looks like something from Jackie magazine. And what is happening in the world of knitting fashion with links to TV programmes about knitting (I actually remember these!) Oh someone please bring back a knitting and crochet TV programme:)

Next time the patterns on offer in the magazine. 

Knitting Knotes - Vienna Christmas Market Hat

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