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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/.

 

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Lace Cotton Cushion Take 2

Not too long after I’d started crocheting, I decided to make a ‘lace’ cushion for the living room.  In my mind it was a beautifully detailed pattern of brown yarn, with a red background.  Unfortunately I used 8ply wool, because that’s what I mostly crocheted with at that point.  Here is a photo of what I made.

Cushion 1Cushion 2

It is essentially eight different “granny rectangles” made using patterns that move side to side, rather than around a centre.  I edged them with rows of double crochet stitch, which was a mistake because it makes it look too chunky.

 

Two years later I realised that it was time to try re-making the cushion and see if I could make what I’d envision initially.  I was still happy with the colour choice of brown and red, since our living room is based on those two colours.  I decided to make it with Panda Regal 4 ply cotton, which would show the detail of the stiches a lot more than wool.  After a big search on what pattern to use, I decided to go ith what is called a Cotton Smile Motif that I found on Ravelry (Love that site!).  The only pattern I could find is on the Ravelry site, so you’d have to log into there to get it.

Below is a photo of the final result.  Again I used a plain red cotton fabric as the cushion, which I made and stuffed.  I joined the squares as I worked, and then just tied knots to join them on the sides.  I am much happier with Take Two!  It is definitely a lot closer to what I had envisioned two years ago.

Crochet Pillow

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……..

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……

A Granny Square Blanket for the living room

Lounge Blanket 2Back in May I had finished making a large granny square blanket for a friend, and decided that it was about time I made one for us!  I was about 20% through this blanket when my beloved started bringing in a heap of orders for Angry Bird Hats….BirdsPigs….and more Pigs….. So our blanket went into hibernation!

In the last 2 weeks I have refused to make any hats and so have finally managed to finish our blanket.  I’m very pleased with it, as the colors go perfectly with our colour scheme……reds, browns, creams….lovely warm colors for this wintery time of year.

Lounge Blanket 3Below is the pattern that I used.  It is highly modified from a pattern I found on the internet on the Garn Studio site here.  The reason I modified the pattern was that it seemed to have a few errors, but mainly because I don’t cope very well with things that are uneven.  I didn’t like going from stitches dividable by 4 to a pattern dividable by 3.  I also using a different method to join my squares, and came up with my own borders.

So, if you like the original, knock your sock off 🙂  If you’re like me and have to have it ‘mathematically’ even, you can follow as below or download a printable version here: Granny Square Blanket Pattern

Granny Square Blanket

MEASUREMENTS
Width: approx 90 cm / 35½”
Length: approx 110 cm / 43 3/8”

MATERIALS
Moda Vera 8ply DK Wool:
350 g No 08, Cream
200 g No 24, Brown
200 g No 09, Ruby
200 g No 68, Shitake

ABBREVIATIONS
Ch = Chain.
Dc = Double crochet.
Rep = Repeat.
Sc = Single crochet.
Sk = Skip
Sl st = Slip stitch.
Sp = Space.
St(s) = Stitch(es).

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Ch 3 at beg of round counts as dc.
Use 5mm (H) Hook
US Stitches

COLOR COMBINATION
Square 1:
Round 1-2: Brown
Round 3: Cream
Round 4-5: Shitake
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 2:
Round 1-2: Ruby
Round 3: Shitake
Round 4-5: Brown
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 3:
Round 1-2: Brown
Round 3: Cream
Round 4-5: Ruby
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 4:
Round 1-2: Shitake
Round 3: Brown
Round 4-5: Ruby
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 5:
Round 1-2: Ruby
Round 3: Brown
Round 4-5: Shitake
Round 6-8: Cream

Square 6:
Round 1-2: Shitake
Round 3: Ruby
Round 4-5: Brown
Round 6-8: Cream

BLANKET
Crochet a total of 30 squares, 5 of each color combination – see above.

SQUARE
ROUND 1: Magic Ring, ch 4 (= 1 dc), * 1 dc in ring, ch 1 *, repeat from *-* a total of 5 times, finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 6 dc.

ROUND 2: ch 3 (= 1 dc), 1 dc in the first ch, *ch 1, dc2tog in next ch, ch 1, dc2tog in next dc *, rep from *-*, dc2tog in next ch, ch 1 and 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round = 12 dc-groups. Cut the thread.

ROUND 3: Change color. Ch 3, 2 dc in next ch sp, ch 1, * 3 dc in next ch, ch 1 *, rep from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round. Cut the thread.

ROUND 4: Change color. ch 1, 1 sc in first ch, * ch 3, 1 sc in next ch, ch 3, 1 sc in the next ch, ch 3, 1 sc in next ch, ch 7, 1 sc in the same ch *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round.

ROUND 5: ch 1, 1 sc in the same ch, * skip the 3-ch-loop, in the next 3-ch-loop crochet as follows: 1 sc in sc from previous round, 4 dc, ch 1, 4 dc. Skip the next 3-ch-loop, in 7-ch-loop crochet as follows: 1 sc in sc from previous round, 6 dc, ch 2, 6 dc *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in first sc from beg of round. Cut the thread.

ROUND 6: Change color. *Dc in the next sc, ch 3, 1 sc in ch in the 8-dc-group, ch 3, 1 dc in next sc, ch 5, in corner (2 ch-loop) crochet as follows: 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc, ch 5 *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in dc from beg of round.

ROUND 7: ch 3 (counts as first dc), *4 dc in 3-ch-loop, 4 dc in next 3-ch-loop, 5 dc in 5-ch-loop, in corner (3-ch-loop) crochet as follows: 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc, 5 dc in next 5-ch-loop *, repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sl st in 3rd ch from beg of round.

ROUND 8: ch 1, 1 sc in each of the next 16 dc, * in corner (2-ch-loop) crochet as follows: 1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc. Then 1 sc in the next 24 dc * repeat from *-*, and finish with 1 sc in each of the last 8 sc, 1 sl st in first ch from beg of round. Cut the thread. Fasten all thread ends.

ASSEMBLY
Place the squares as shown below with 5 squares horizontally and 6 squares vertically – see above.  Crochet squares together with Cream and hook size 5 mm / H/8 using SC.

BORDER
Round 1: Using Cream, SC around entire blanket
Round 2: Using Brown, DC around entire blanket
Round 3: Using Ruby, Join at 2nd st left of corner, Ch 3, 2 dc, *(sk 3, 3 dc in sp) to corner.  2 dc in corner sp, ch 2, 2 dc. Rep from *. Sl st to end.
Round 4: Using Shitake, DC around entire blanket.  Every 3rd st in sp between 3 dc groups of previous round.

Raised Flower Granny Square Blanket

Crochet Blanket bOver the New Year holidays I started eyeing up the stash of 8 ply wool that I realised I’d accumulated (in a very short period of time).  There was neither real rhyme nor reason for the colours that I had, except that they all seemed to be primary colours with the odd pastel thrown in.  After mulling it over for a few days, I decided that I would embark on making my second Granny Square blanket, but this time it would be a lot larger.  I also wanted this blanket to present some sort of challenge for me, as making a bunch of squares using double crochet stitch all the time could become a bit monotonous.

Blanket WoolCoupled with all of this, and my love for anything to do with making flowers, I formulated a plan to make a blanket with every second square having a raised flower on it.

So now I had the wool, and the plan….and then realised the perfect person to make this for.  One of my BFF’s LOVES colour!  Her house is filled with colour.  And her birthday was enough months away to give me ample time to embark on this project.

Blanket PricesOne additional thing that I wanted to achieve was to gain a better understanding of how much this was going to cost me.  So I created a spread sheet listing the following for each colour:  colour name, brand, shade, batch, weight of skein, how much I’d used, and cost of a skein.  At the end of the project I weighed each remaining skein and subtracted that from the totals.

Crochet Blanket dYou can find the patterns for some of the flowers listed on my Patterns page.  I haven’t yet written patterns for all of them, as there are about 6 different flower designed that I came up with.

Each granny square is 13cm (5″) square.  It is 6 large squares wide, and 9 squares long.  To widen the blanket I added half sized squares. The border is four rows of double crochet groups of 3, followed by 3 rows of ‘petal’ borders.  I got the pattern for the border from the book “Around the Corner Crochet Borders” which you can buy on Amazon.  This book has 150 borders and is a wonderfully colour instruction book.  The finished blanket is roughly 135cm (53″) x 109cm (43″).

Crochet Blanket eI hope that you like the blanket that I have made and am looking forward to giving to my BFF for her upcoming birthday.  I hope she loves it as much as I do!

Granny Square with Round Center

Granny Square 1.14When I’m lampworking I love to make flowers out of glass, so when crocheting I wanted to explore what types of flowers I could make with a Granny Square.  First though, I had to work out how to make a Granny Square that had a round center.  There was plenty of information on the internet, but I thought I’d put together some simple to follow instructions.

If you want to download a printable version of this pattern, here is the PDF: Round to Square Granny Pattern

Round to Square Granny

MATERIALS
5 coloured yarns.  (Colour 5 is the colour that will be the colour that you will sew all of the squares together with.)

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg
= Beginning.
Ch = Chain.
Dc = Double crochet.
Rep = Repeat.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
Sc = Single crochet.
Sl st = Slip stitch.
Sp(s) = Space(s).
St(s) = Stitch(es).

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Ch 2 at beg of rnd counts as dc.

Round 1: (Colour 1) Start with a magic ring, Ch 2, 11 dc in ring. Pull ring tight, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch and finish off.

Round 2: (Colour 2) Join. Ch. 2, 1 dc, 1 ch, (2 dc, 1 ch) 11 times, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch from foundation loop. Finish off.

Granny Square 1.1

Round 3: (Colour 3) Join. Ch. 2, 2 dc, 1 ch, (3 dc, 1 ch) 11 times, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch from foundation loop. Finish off.

Round 3

Round 4: (Colour 4)  Join.Ch 2, work corner (2 dc in sp, 3 ch, 3 dc) in same sp, *1 ch, 3 hdc in next sp, rep from * 1 more time, 1 ch, work corner (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc); rep from * two more times, **1 ch, 3 hdc in next sp, rep from ** 1 more time 1 ch, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. (Do not finish off colour).

 Round 4

Round 5: (Colour 4) Work 2 sl sts so that your crochet hook is adjacent to the sp formed by the closest set of chain sts in the corner. Ch 2, work corner (2 dc in sp, 2 ch, 3 dc) in same sp, *1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from * 2 more times, 1 ch, work corner (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc); rep from * two more times, **1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from ** 2 more times 1 ch, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Finish off.

Round 5

Round 6: (Colour 5) Join in a corner. Ch 2, work corner (2 dc in sp, 2 ch, 3 dc) in same sp, *1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from * 3 more times, 1 ch, work corner (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc); rep from * two more times, **1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from ** 3 more times 1 ch, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Finish off.

 Granny Square 1.14