Monday, 24 February 2014

Crochet Notes - Sock Blanket - Part Two

Joining the squares

First I sorted the squares into the original sock projects. 
This wasn't massively helpful because a lot of the socks used multi-coloured yarn. 

My first idea was to have a black/grey cross diagonally across the blanket, then arrange in colour groups. However - at the time I thought this looked very messy and so I decided against it. Looking at it now I really like it and I think it might have been a better option, largely because you get a better sense of the blue and purple in this version. Hey ho - that's life:)

Next I tried a diagonally colour phased arrangement - which I quite liked - so that became choice. I used the long white tail ends and stitched it together roughly whilst it was still on the floor. 

When I picked it up it came off the floor in groups - but all the squares were joined somewhere. I began by sewing the biggest section together. Then the smaller sections - until I was left with one last chunk to untangle and sew together. 

You will notice that I had a 15 x 15 square blanket - I also had ten squares remaining - and had to decide what to do with them, in the end I didn't use them. Once all of the sections were complete I held my breath and hoped they all fitted. At first they didn't but I had the main section upside down - doh!

Finally all the squares were together - with those ends weaved in and this is the result.......

Just the border to add now ..........

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Crochet Notes - Sock Blanket - Part One

Making the squares

I wanted to use up all of my leftover sock yarn so I decided to make lots of little circles, frame them with white and turn them into squares, which in turn would become a little blanket. I began this epic adventure on 2nd February 2013.

Oddments of 4 ply sock yarn left over from sock projects.
White DK mostly acrylic but Stylecraft Life for edges.

Hook: 3mm

I used Attic 24's How to Hexagon - but turned the circles into squares not hexagons (you just have two clusters of 3 instead of one along each of the last rounds.)

Lots of lovely left over sock yarn. 

After a lot of crocheting - I was left with a pile of squares and was also left wondering how to join them!

You will notice that I didn't join as I went along - the reason being I was still making socks and I wanted to wait until the end and arrange the colours. You will also notice that by and large I didn't weave in my ends either - big mistake!!!!! I did weave in a few but not many - this I will improve on next time.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Knitting Knotes - Gold Rush Scarf

Scarf in Sirdar Firefly

Last year (2013) I was wandering through a local department store's haberdashery corner (which has since disappeared to make way for more chairs in the restaurant - sad times), when I saw some Sirdar Firefly going cheap. It had been reduced from £5.60 to £2.80. Here it was at the beginning...

I had previously made a Firefly scarf back in November 2010 ....

The November 2010 version was 30sts on 7mm needles and I used 4 balls, I also added 7 tassels. I used garter stitch and simply used all the yarn up (I made the tassels at the beginning).

Back to 2013/14 - I decided to make it a bit different.

The photos don't do this proud to be honest!

  • Cast on 2 sts
  • K 1 row
  • Increase 1st each end of next row
  • Carry on until there are 32 sts in total. 
  • Knit in garter stitch until you have just enough left for the end tip
  • Decrease 1 st each end of every row until 2 sts remain
  • Cast off

Firefly isn't the easiest of yarns to knit with - you have to keep an eye on where the point of the needle is going otherwise the stitch gets caught up or missed. That said the scarf looks fantastic when finished - even better with a black blouse, can't wait to wear it.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Baddow Socks

Baddow Socks - so called because I bought the yarn in a gorgeous little yarn shop in Great Baddow, just outside Chelmsford called Yarn Therapy - sadly the shop has now shut due to a family relocation. Such a shame as the couple that ran the shop were lovely and friendly.

I used the basic sock pattern Opal Sock Yarn - 4 ply pattern to complete these socks and the yarn is Zitron Trekking Hand Art more details here on Ravelry.

Here I was just starting out........

......... which according to my Ravelry page was 7th October 2013.

And here they are on 9th February 2014 - all finished and ready to wear - a welcome addition to my colourful sock drawer:) 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Knitting Knotes - Fuchsia Cables Jumper

Yes it's big - but I love it!
It has taken me ages - from November 16th 2013 to February 1st 2014 but it was worth it and as we have had no snow yet - it may be finished just in time for the cold snap. 

Pattern: Stylecraft Life Aran 8712
Yarn: Stylecraft Life Aran - 700g
Needles: 4.5mm, 4.5mm circular, 5mm and a cable needle.

Chest: 44in 112cm
Length: 28in 71cm
Length to arm: 18in 46cm
Neck: 3in 7.5cm

Adaptations to the pattern:

I used the 112/117cm size.

For the back and front I decided to add a ribbed edge at the bottom.

Cast on 106sts with 4.5mm.
25 rows of k2p2
Increase to 128sts and change to 5mm.
Commence pattern at the 5mm change over. 
I then followed the instructions to complete each piece. 

Back in November 2013

For the sleeves - again I added a rib and I didn't do the cable pattern.

Cast on 44sts with 4.5mm.
20 rows k2p2.
Increase to 50 sts and then change to 5mm.
Commence pattern at the 5mm change over. 
I then followed the instructions to complete each piece. 

Neck - I followed all instructions but I only did 3inches 7.5cms - I tried it on and any more would have looked silly on me. 

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