Thursday, 30 May 2013

WIP Report 32


How many WIPs? 4


Shadow Sox
Summer Garden Sock Blanket
Purple Star Cushion
Thai Palace Cushion


How many WIPs started since last report? 3


Candy Floss and Popcorn Cushion

Purple Star Cushion
Thai Palace Cushion

How many WIPs completed since last report? 4


Violet Flower Cushion
Violet Dahlia Cushion
Granny Tribute Cushion
Candy Floss and Popcorn Cushion

Gallery



Purple Star Cushion - will only need eight hexagons to complete it (one side only).  I wish I'd realised that before I made 22  inner circles:)

Shadow Sox - the heel is turned and I'm winging my way to the toes.

Thai Palace Cushion - I haven't begun the crochet yet - but here is the plan. It based on a photo I took at the Royal Palace in Bangkok. 

All complete: 

Violet Flower Cushion
Violet Dahlia Cushion
Granny Tribute Cushion
Candy Floss and Popcorn Cushion

Here is the link to find out more - Cushion Crochet Notes

Candy Floss and Popcorn
Granny Tribute


Violet Flower Cushion and Dahlia Cushion

No update on the Summer Garden Sock Blanket - it's just waiting for the next batch of left over sock yarn. 

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Crochet Notes - Candy Floss and Popcorn Cushion

Side 1

Yarn: 
Odds and ends of pink DK
100g Garn Yarn Tiger Boucle
200g Stylecraft Life DK for the white frames. 

Hook:
3.5mm for the DK
4mm for the Boucle

Equipment:
Pins / sewing cotton / needles / 18 inch zip / 18 inch cushion pad

Instructions for side 1

Make 5 large boucle circles as follows.
  • Using 4mm hook - chain 5 - slip stitch to join ring.
  • 3 chain, 11 trebles, slip stitch into top of 3 chain to form a ring.
  • 3 chain 1 treble into space, *1 chain 2 treble into next space, repeat from * all the way round - slip stitch to join round.
  • 3 chain 2 trebles into space, * 2 chain 3 trebles into next space, repeat from * all the way round - slip stitch to join round. 
  • Fasten off

Make 4 small boucle circles as follows:

  • Using 4mm hook - chain 5 - slip stitch to join ring.
  • 3 chain, 11 trebles, slip stitch into top of 3 chain to form a ring.
  • Fasten off.
Make 16 popcorn circles as follows:


  • Using 3.5mm hook - 4 chain - slip st to form a ring.
  • R1 = 3 chain 11 trebles.
  • R2 = 3 chain 2 trebles - popcorn stitch (take stitch off hook, pick up loop from top of 3 chain, put stitch back on hook and slip stich them together), *2 chain, 3 treble popcorn stitch into next space, repeat from * all the way round, slip stitch to complete round. 
  • R3 = 4 treble popcorn st into each of the twelve spaces, 3 chain in between each popcorn stitch, slip stitch to complete round, fasten off. 


Arrange circles as required.

Framing the circles and joining them together.

Framing the small boucle circle:

  • Using 3.5mm hook join into space with a slip stitch and white DK.
  • 3chain slip stitch into space - repeat all the way round = 12 loops, slip stitch into first slip stitch to complete round. 
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, *2 trebles into next space, 2 trebles into next space, 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, repeat from * to complete round.
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, *3 trebles into next space, skip a space 2 chain, 3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, repeat from * to complete round.
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, *3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, repeat from * to complete round.
  • Fasten off
Framing the large boucle circle:
  • Using 3.5mm hook join into space with a slip stitch and white DK.
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, *1 chain 5 trebles into next space, 1 chain 5 trebles into next space, 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, repeat from * to complete round. 
  • Fasten off. 
Framing the popcorn circles:
  • Using 3.5mm hook join into space with a slip stitch and white DK.
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, *1 chain 3 trebles into next space, 1 chain 3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, repeat from * to complete round. 
  • 3 chain 2 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, *3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles into next space, 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, repeat from * to complete round.
  • Fasten off

Joining the squares:

I used the join as you go method from Lucy of Attic 24, I had to adapt slightly when joining in the large boucle circles as they had 10 trebles per side and the other squares had 9 trebles per side. 

Keeping the clusters of 5 trebles correct - I did 3 trebles join stitch, 4 trebles join stitch, 3 trebles join stitch.  


Instructions for side 2

Make 4 large boucle circles. 
Make 5 medium sized boucle circles.
Make 16 popcorn circles.
Arrange them then frame and join them.

I framed the medium sized boucle circles in exactly the same way that I framed the popcorn circles.

Completion:

  • Using 3.5mm hook join into space with a slip stitch and white DK
  • 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles, *1 chain 3 trebles into next space, 1 chain 3 trebles into next space, repeat from * to complete round. 
  • Weave in ends.
  • Pin sides together lining up stitches.
  • Using white DK and 3.5 mm hook do a round of double crochets on three of the sides only (corners 3 dc 2 chain 3 dc).
  • Now you have 3 sides joined and one side open.
  • Open zip and pin in place, sew in using cotton.
  • Stuff with cushion pad and hey presto - all done!!!!!!!!!

Side 2


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Garden Diary - 19th May 2013

Whilst inspecting my suburban patch this morning, I realised how cheap my bed is at this stage of the year. Let's take a wander and I'll explain.

Hollyhocks were grown from a £2 pack of seeds last year and are now rampaging along the full length of this bed.
The Green Alkanet just grows and I'll probably pull it out soon but the dark blue flowers are quite pretty.
The Aqualegias self-sow all along this bed in May and are so pretty. 

I planted Pansies from last year's winter tubs and they are a vibrant spectacle all along the edge of the bed despite being 2 years old now. 

From the top right - the Euphorbia self-seeded, as did the Aqualegias and Bluebells. The Daisies were given to me by a friend. 

So pretty and all free :)

I thought I had lost this Hosta as it didn't come up last year. 

Likewise this Hosta - I'm not sure why they didn't appear last year but I'm glad they're back.

In amongst the Daisies and Aqualegias are self-seeding Rose Campions and self-seeded Lupin.

More of last year's Pansies with a self-seeding Nigella. 

Friday, 17 May 2013

Crochet Notes - Granny Tribute Cushion



Yarn: Odds and Ends of DK and 120g white DK for framing of the square

Hook: 3.75mm

Cushion: Re-vamping an old one

Granny Square:


I called this the Granny Tribute Cushion because it is a tribute to the Knitting Digest Magazine that I wrote about recently, one of the patterns was this granny square blanket for the garden. 


The five blog posts about the Knitting Digest from September 1976 can be found here.

First I dug out all of my odds and ends of DK that are green or blue and I bought some white DK for the frame. I decided to follow the principle that each square would have a green round, a light blue round and a dark blue round - all framed with the white. 



Next came the task of making 50 squares - 25 for each side and I decided to use the join as you go method. 

I haven't made a granny since I was a child but it's not something you forget - so here's how my mum taught me:

  • Make 4 chain and slip stitch to form a circle. 
  • Round 1 - 3 chain, 11 trebles, slip stitch into top of three chain.
  • Round 2 - slip stitch into gap - 3 chain, 2 trebles, 2 chain, 3 trebles into same space = corner 1- skip over next three trebles - 3 trebles, 2 chain 3 trebles = corner 2. Repeat for corners 3 and 4. Slip stitch into top of 3 chain. 
  • Round 3 - Slip stitch into 2 chain space, 3 chain 2 trebles 3 trebles - 3 trebles into space - 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles. Complete round in the same manner - slip stitch into top of 3 chain. 
  • Round 4 - Slip stitch into 2 chain space, 3 chain 2 trebles 3 trebles - 3 trebles into space - 3 trebles into space - 3 trebles 2 chain 3 trebles. Complete round in the same manner - slip stitch into top of 3 chain. 





In the end I decided to do the middle bits first so that I could spread out the colours - then I used the join as you go method for the white Round 4.

To finish I did an edging round in white:
Corners - 3 treble, 2 chain, 3 treble
Edging - 3 trebles in each space.






I sewed one piece of fabric to the cushion cover - leaving a small lip sticking up.

Then I sewed the second piece of fabric to the lip - the picture below shows the second piece of fabric being attached. on the zip side I just attached the crochet fabric either side of the zip so that I can still open it.


And hey presto - here is my second patio cushion (here is my first - also made of odds and ends), one more to go - so watch this space:) x


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Crochet Notes - Violet Dahlia Cushion


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

Hook:
3.75mm

Cushion:
55cm cushion (Dunelm Mill £9.99)

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. 

Small Squares (12) :

(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. 


Centre Square:
  • Using doubled 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 trebles into each 3 chain space.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
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.

Attach fabric to cushion cover.




Monday, 13 May 2013

Crochet Notes - Violet Flower Cushion


Yarn: 

4 ply - used double ( I used Stylecraft Life and Malabrigo Sock Yarn)
DK - Stylecraft Life DK

Equipment:

3.75mm hook
55cm cushion pad / cover (Dunelm Mill £9.99)
needle and thread

Flower Square:

I did 17 with the doubled up 4 ply in the middle and 8 with the double knit in the middle. (25 in total)

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 Violet I only used one colour.

Framing the flower with a square:

Using the DK to frame the flower.

Round 1

  • Double crochet in between the 4th and 5th trebles from the previous round.
  • 5 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 5 chain space -  2 chain - to represent first double crochet, half treble, three trebles - all in the 5 chain space.
  • *Next 5 chain space - two trebles, half treble, double crochet.
  • Next 5 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).
  • 3 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 14 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 doubled 4 ply on the outer rounds - the changes I made were:
  • Round 1 - 4 chain instead of 5 chain.
  • Round 2 - 2 trebles instead of 3 trebles.
  • Round 3 - You have to treble into 11 gaps instead of 14.

The edging:

I sewed the squares together.

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 doubled 4 ply.

Completion:

Sew fabric to a cushion cover. 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

WIP Report 31


How many WIPs? 5 (My maximum)


Shadow Sox
Summer Garden Sock Blanket
Dahlia Cushion
Violet Dahlia Cushion
Granny Tribute Cushion


How many WIPs started since last report? 1


Granny Tribute Cushion



How many WIPs completed since last report? 1


Dahlia Cushion

Gallery

Granny  Tribute Cushion - using up odds and ends for a patio cushion.
The Violet Cushion and the Violet Dahlia Cushion - just waiting for the right backing material to finish them off. 

Shadow Sox and Summer Garden Sock Blanket - no real change.

Dahlia Cushion - see here for Crochet Notes:)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Garden Diary - 4th May 2013

I have hardly done any Garden Diaries this year because there hasn't been a lot happening until now. Finally however the warmth is beginning shine on my patch of suburbia and the ground has burst forth with colour.

Bluebells - always a pleasure to behold. 

Hollyhocks - grown from seed last year - so should flower this year. 



The Magnolia shedding its spring blossom.


Beautiful and delicate bleeding heart. 

First Aqualigia of the year to flower. 

Cheeky pansies and bluebells. 

The belle of my bed at the moment - Euphorbia.


The last of the Fritillaries. 




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