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The woes of well grown woman August 28, 2012

Filed under: Completed projects,Knitting,Round Up — crochethook @ 9:32 am
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I was shocked when I finally sat down to blog this morning and saw my last post was in April.  I am a very poor blogger!

Once again I have been busy knitting but I have been slightly disappointed in the final results and therefore less inclined to swank over what I have created.  I think this is mainly due to my lack of experience in knitting. That, and the fact I am far slower at knitting than I am at crocheting, all adds up to a lack of posts.

Anyhow, here follows the fruits of my labours:

As I said at the end of my last post, I knitted some Sirdar’s Raffaella into Rowan’s Meadow tank top.   The pattern was a good one but the yarn didn’t really work for this project.  It looks great –

Meadow tank top

but the yarn is a rick-rack. (There is probably a technical term for that but I have no idea what it is.) It seem to lie flat but as soon as the fabric is slightly stretched the knitting becomes very gappy where the rick-rack has left loose stitches.  It is particularly noticeable on the bust.  This was frustrating as the top fits me but it still manages to look like I have squeezed myself into it.  I am tempted to have another go in the future with a better yarn.

Next up was a little shoulder shawl.  I found the pattern on Ravelry but cannot find the link to it now for the life of me.  I used some lovely green sock yarn I got in my local wool emporium.  I didn’t really need another scarf but it was a great traveling project.

Holding onto this until the colder weather

While I was working on the shawl I was also in the middle of the most complicated knitting pattern I have tried to date.  This was also another Ravelry find.  I used Patons Smoothie which is a cheaper acrylic yarn as I wasn’t sure the pattern wouldn’t be beyond me.  It took me a couple of months to complete – including some serious frogging at times.  All in all, it came out well:

Quite lovely

My gauge was correct but I have since discovered that ladies were obviously far less well developed in the 1950s.  I ended up omitting the buttons up the band when it became clear that there was no hope of the two sides ever meeting across the expanse of my busty substances.  It makes a lovely shrug without the buttons but I really have to work harder on taking my chest measurements into account!

Taking these lessons on board, I have started work on a little waistcoat which features on the front page of the July issue of Let’s Knit. This time I have gone up a size in the hope that I will create something that really fits me.  The pattern involves knitting in two colours which is a new experience for me but I seem to managing it so far.  I will endeavour to post the completed results in a few weeks (but don’t hold your breath.)

Next week I begin a new job which involves some commuting.  I was thinking of portable projects when I felt granny square madness settle into my soul.  It seems I am starting another granny square blanket then…

 

Unseasonal crochet March 26, 2011

Filed under: Completed projects,Review — crochethook @ 11:53 am
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I was away last week at a conference but there was an hour spare on the first day which gave me chance to rootle around in a new wool shop.  I ended up coming away with three balls of King Cole Riot in three different shades. For once, this wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to wool lust as I actually had a project in mind when I handed my money over at the till.  (OK.  There was a bit of wool lust as well but it’s a step forward for me.)

Issue 16 of Inside Crochet featured the Rapunzel scarf by Hilda Panagary which she had made in Noro yarn.

As there is still no proper website for the magazine, you will have to make do with my quick snapshot

The pattern is essentially three granny row strips made in three different shades and plaited together.  A really simple idea but not one that had occurred to me or one that I have seen anyone else use.  As much as I liked it, I wasn’t prepared to use Noro yarn for the project as, although it is lovely, it is rather pricey for something as ephemeral as a scarf.  I had been keeping an eye out for a cheaper alternative and was delighted when I found the King Cole yarn.  It was cheap enough and, more importantly, attractive enough for me to feel justified in making another scarf.

It took me exactly a week to complete the strips using a 5mm hook.  I love working with variegated yarn because I find the colour changes keep me interested so I put in some long sessions last weekend.  It was a quick job to plait them and crochet the extreme ends together.  The method is so easy that it would make a great project for a beginner.

The completed project

I did make a few changes to the pattern as I went along.  I made the strips much longer as I don’t like a scarf that leaves short ends when wrapped around my neck.  It’s not Tom Baker length but it is roomy.  I also added a row of double crochet to the ends when I has sewn them together just to make it look tidy.

The extra row doesn't really show but does give it a more finished look.

This addition wouldn’t have been needed if my rows into the starting chains has been a neater but I have never really managed to crack the technique.  As my strips were so much longer, I also plaited tighter them tighter than the original to make the structure a bit firmer.  Too loose and I think they would have kept catching on things.

The King Cole colours were delightful so I thought I would finish with a couple more close up shots to illustrate them. It’s an easy yarn to work with feels very soft despite being an acrylic/wool mix.  I would definitely use it again.

I even like the pink and I don't do pink as a rule.

It is the greens and blues that really make it for me. Such lovely, lovely shades.

This is a lovely, easy pattern to complete and I am delighted with the results.  It’s just a shame that I have finished it during the first sunny spell of the year when people are starting to put their scarves away.  I want to wear it – Can we hold back Spring a couple of weeks, please?