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Long Crochet Vest

Long Vest 4I saw a really cool crochet vest on an online shopping site and thought to myself “no need to buy, I’ll make one for myself!”.  I had some chocolate brown 4ply cotton leftover from another project so decided to use that, and embarked what turned out to be a nearly 5 month project!

I have to say that one of the reasons it took so long was a certain element of disillusionment.  The “pattern” wasn’t really a pattern.  i.e. it was incomplete and was more of a guide that the lovely Natalia Kononovahad put together and shared online.  There were bits that I just couldn’t follow, and so there was an element of having to make it up as I went along.

Furthermore, I woefully underestimated the cotton required, so the ‘leftovers’ weren’t enough.  To add more pain to the issue, the additional cotton I bought was a different batch and a different colour…something that I hadn’t noticed until too far into the making.

I knew going into this project that there was a element of unknowns.  The lady who put together the guide fully disclosed that it was incomplete.  However all of the issues I had to deal with along the way, then compounded by the colour mismatch, meant that this was probably the most unenjoyable project I’ve done to date.  Oh, and I think I made it too long!

It’s also why I finished it in mid March this year, but only just blocked it and tried it on yesterday (in July).  Hopefully I’ll wear it when summer comes along.  I do think it looks ok, but would prefer it one granny square row shorter.

Oh well….onwards and upwards!  Lessons learnt!  🙂

If you want the pattern, try this link: http://www.outstandingcrochetblog.com/2014/06/freepatterncrochetlongvest.html

A number of the links I had no longer work, and of course I can’t share the copy of the pattern that I copied down at the time.  I see that the lady who put together the guide (Natalia Kononova) has now got a similar long vest pattern for sale on her site which looks amazing.   http://www.outstandingcrochet.com/.



Cotton Christening Blanket

Cotton Blanket 1I had only ever crocheted using wool as the yarn, and wanted to give Cotton a try.  It seemed to me that the detail of the stitches was more apparently with cotton so presented quite a different look to wool.

I decided to go with a Granny Square blanket so toyed with some ideas and finally settled on a pattern which I blogged about a short while ago.  That in itself was an new experience because I had somewhat ‘winged’ the pattern and when I drew it out it was complex enough that I wasn’t confident that someone else would be able to follow it.  Thanks to AmigurumiBB who trialed it for me, I ironed out the awkward bits and posted the final version:  “Stunning Cotton Granny Square

Cotton Blanket 3Well, several months later (Yip!  It took me that long!) I have finished the blanket.  What a mission!  The granny square was so detailed that on average I only made 1 per evening.  Mind you, I did make some other bits and pieces in between, such as the gorgeous baby blanket for a friend of mind and Minon hats.

I stitched the squares together, rather than crochet them.  I really like the border that I went for…but that’s probably another post sometime later……

I hope you like the blanket.  My next issue is wondering what to do with it……..

Stunning Cotton Granny Square

Cotton SquareSeveral weeks ago I asked for volunteers to trial a new pattern that I had put together.  Such is the blogging community, I quickly had some skilled crochet’ers come to my aid.  The results were a number of beautiful granny squares, and some great feedback.  Based on this feedback, I have tweaked the original pattern and finally actually written the pattern up rather than it being in picture only.

You can download the pattern here: Cotton Square Pattern

 Cotton Granny Square

Width: approx 5”
Length: approx 5”

Panda Regal 4 Ply Cotton

Ch = Chain
Dc = Double crochet
Dc2tog = Double crochet two together
Dc4tog = Double crochet four together
Dc5tog = Double crochet five together
Hdc = Half double crochet
Rep = Repeat
Sc = Single crochet
Sl st = Slip stitch
Sp = Space
St(s) = Stitch(es)
Tr – Treble crochet

Note: Ch 3 at beg of round counts as dc.
Use 3 mm (C or D) Hook (note: US hook sizes do not come in a 3mm hook. Choose C or D depending on your tension)
US Stitches

Round 1: Magic Ring, Ch 1, 15 sc, sl st to first sc
Round 2: Ch 3, dc in same sp, ch 3, *dc2tog, ch3 dc*. Rep * to * 6 times, sl st to join.
Round 3: Slst in next 3 ch sp, ch 3, dc 4, cd 2, *dc 5, ch 2*. Rep * to * 6 times, sl st to join.
Round 4: Ch 3, dc 4, ch 5, *dc 5, ch 5*. Rep * to * 6 times, sl st to join.
Round 5: Ch 3, dc4tog, ch 5, sc 1 in next 5 ch sp, ch 5, *dc5tog, ch 5, sc1 in next 5 ch sp, ch 5*. Rep * to * 6 times, sl st to join
Round 6: Sc 3 along next 5 ch sp, *ch7, sc 1 in next 5 ch sp*. Rep * to * 15 times, ch 7, sl st to join.
Round 7: Slst in next 7 ch sp, ch 2, dc 12, sc 1 in next 7 ch sp, *dc 11, sc 1 in next 7 ch sp*. Rep * to * 6 times, sl st to join.
Round 8: Sc in same sp, ch2, hdc, sc 5, hdc, dc, tr. Tr 3, ch 3, tr 3 in 7 ch sp of round 6. *Tr in next dc from found 7, dc, hdc, sc 5, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc 5, hdc, dc, tr. Tr 3, ch 3, tr 3 in 7 ch sp of round 6*. Rep * to * 2 times, Tr in next dc from found 7, dc, hdc, sc 5, hdc, dc, tr, sl st to join.
Round 9: Ch1, sc along all stitches, sc 5 in each of the 4 corners, sl st to finish.

To Finish: Block granny square to flatten and shape.

Below is the diagram of the square.

Cotton Square Pattern

Trialists needed for new pattern

Cotton SquareI have been happily crocheting a new granny square blanket based on a pattern scribbled on a piece of paper.  I thought that in preparation for my post about the pattern I’d better do it property with a Crochet Font that I have created.

Normally this isn’t a big deal, but this pattern is slightly complex, and so I’m not sure whether I’ve done it in a way that other’s will be able to follow.  I also haven’t actually written down the pattern (yip, too lazy!).  To this end, I thought to myself “why don’t I ask if any of the lovely people who read my blog could see if they can understand it before I post it?”.

So, here is my post asking for a volunteer or two to see if they can re-create the granny square using the diagram I’ve drawn.  You an see from the picture that I am using cotton.  I’m not sure if the pattern will show up the same in wool, but I doubt that would be an issue.

If you have some spare time and are keen to give it a go, please contact me and I’ll email you the pattern.  Please enter your email in a comment on this post and I’ll email you the pattern.  I won’t publish the comment so you’re contact details will remain confidential.

I will also try to get motivated to write out the actual pattern soon too……