The weekend before last, I went to a hobby and crafts show in Birmingham. I came back with plenty of yarn and best of all my 2.4 cm Tunisian crochet hook.
It wasn’t long before I put it to work making a nice, chunky scarf. I split open a bag of Patons “Colour Works Aran” and removed four balls.
Using the Tunisian simple stitch, I worked the four balls into a thick fabric weight chains wide (though I could/should have used ten, I think).
It took me about five days to crochet the scarf, from start to finish. However, I’m pretty sure that with the inclination and without distractions I could have made it four hours.
It feels really soft and I reckon it will be gorgeously warm in coming winter months.
I’m looking forward to making some nice chunky blankets in the future.
Isn’t that moment when you finish a project (or projects) lovely? Even quick projects hold a sweet satisfaction upon their completion.
I finished the scarf I mentioned in my last post a couple of days ago. It’s got a lovely light but warm feel to it and was so easy to crochet. All I did was use double crochets (US terms) chains to create a grid/net to the length I desired. 🙂
I’ve also crocheted a hat using the same Patons Colour Works Aran.
The hat has ribbing created through alternating front post double crochets and single crochets. The pattern is free; designed by Nancy Smith, and available from www.nlsstitchings.com.
So now onto my next project… Minion (from despicable me) inspired amigurumi!
I managed to get my hands on quite a lot of Patons Colour Works Aran at a bargain price. Better still the colors are gender neutral (not that colours should be gender specific, but that’s getting off point).
I’m making some accessories for when it turns colder. Some of them may be destined to become Christmas gifts.
I’ve started with a simple scarf consisting of double crochet (US terms) and chains to create squares. I’m using a 10mm crochet hook so it has a very loose, mesh like and soft look.
I think I’m about two thirds of the way through; I’ll share a picture of the completed project within the week.
After this, I’m planning on a hat and fingerless gloves using the same yarn. That said, I’ve also got a couple of Amigurumi minions to make for a friend… we’ll see what I’m inspired to crochet first. 🙂
I’ve finally finished my circular motif shawl – inspired scarf.
This was going to be a blanket or throw but I realised I’d used a brown that I would run out of. Terrible planning! Or maybe, a fortunate accident depending on your point of view.
It’s lovely and bright but did require lots of weaving in of ends. On the plus side I do feel like I’m doing a much better job when weaving in ends… I just need to remember to leave enough length to do it properly.
Lacking a more lady like model I did the job myself. Whilst I’m not sure I can pull it off, I’m pretty sure this could make a lovely gift for someone. 🙂
I started a blanket on boxing day (I think… I’m having memory issues). Since then I’ve realised I don’t have enough of the same shade of brown to make a blanket worth of Sun flowers. 😦
That’s what you get, I suppose, when you don’t plan these things more carefully.
But rather than scrap the whole thing; which I think was looking pretty good I decided to repurpose my project.
Blanket became scarf.
I’ve got about 6 smaller (side) motifs to join then it’s just a matter of weaving in the many many ends.
I’ve just about completed the scarf. All I’ve got left to do is add a fringe to the ends. 🙂
I’m really pleased with the way it looks. However, I must admit I wasn’t completely sold until I’d woven half of the chains through the mesh.
The only issue I’ve really encountered was crocheting the chains. They are crocheted before being woven and I found it quite difficult to guage the length I needed. This resulted in quite a lot of wasted yarn (well not wasted… I’ll find a use 🙂 )
I’ve not posted for a few days, as Christmas approaches the momentum of the holiday season is gathering. Staff nights out and Christmas shopping madness 🙂
I’m still crocheting though… it keeps me sane 🙂
Currently, I’m working on a crocheted woven scarf. Chains of coloured yarns are woven through a mesh of trebles. This is the point I’m at at the moment.
The pattern is free from the redheart website. It’s easy to follow but a little slow going; though that could be due to how busy I’ve been.
The other night, whilst shopping for ingredients for Christmas cakes (plural I’ve made four and have at least one more to go) I discovered a bargain.
Some fancy yarn (sashay? Not redheart tho) was sat innocently in a reduced basket. Whilst not certain of the colour I knew that this sort of yarn was normally quite expensive. It was always something that I had wanted to learn to use. So I grabbed a couple of balls and headed to the tills, pleased with my find.
I looked at a couple of tutorials and learned that this yarn can be used in a number of ways. But what really helped me the most was a crochet crowd video.
Quickly, I made a scarf and I’m now onto my second having tweaked the instructions to hopefully make a thicker scarf with more ruffles. I love learning new things; especially when those new skills result in possible Christmas presents. 🙂
As of yet I haven’t made any complex clothing. I have made a few hats, scarves, wristwarmers and shawls but nothing more complicated than that.
I’m not sure why but I’m really apprehensive about making something for myself or someone else to wear where sizing could be an issue. I’m sure I will though and I’m pretty certain It’ll be soon. I just need to find a nice pattern and go for it 🙂
Here’s a hat and infinity scarf I made.
Hat (with ribbing) and infinity scarf
The pattern for the hat was written by Nancy Smith, is free and can be found on ravelry here. The scarf was my own design consisting of Double crochets (US terms) in a spiral (like amigurumi). I forget the brand and type of wool but it was lovely to work with.