Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Cowl no. 2

Cowl no. 2 was simple to do but a bit more labour-intensive than the blue one in my last post.

As a starting point I followed The Purl Bee's 'Crocheted Rib Cowl' pattern - just simple double crochet worked into the back loop of each stitch to get a ribbed effect.  The chunky yarn they've used is gorgeous, but I wanted to use a different weight as I used a chunky yarn for the last cowl I made. Here's what I used:  

      6 x Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Charcoal (028)
      1 x Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Lime (502)
      5.00 mm hook

Using the aran weight yarn meant that I needed a longer foundation chain, I wasn't sure how to calculate it so I just kept making a chain and wrapping it round my neck until I got the length I needed.  The finished cowl measures 20 cm wide and 164 cm in circumference - in hindsight it could have been a tad shorter, but I love it all the same.  

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As ever, I've strayed from my WIPs because I've seen other things (no self-control whatsoever).  This little heart is made from a pattern I found via a pin from Dragana at Dada's Place; she used the pattern from Jose here.  

And this week I've also got spots ...   

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Cowl crazy

The cold weather lately has brought a sudden burst of activity in cowl-making over the last week.

No. 1, worked in a chunky yarn and a big hook, was quick to make.  I like that you can pull it over your shoulders if you want.

But it works just as well as a straightforward cowl if you don't.

It took 3 x 100g balls of Rowan all seasons chunky in shade 602 (powder) and an 8.00 mm hook.  The pattern is from #crochet magazine, Issue 2 (winter).

No. 2 is still a WIP, taking a little longer to grow being worked in a lighter weight yarn and doubles instead of trebles.  Progress also not helped by Miss Flora, who decided to unravel some of it - is nothing sacred?  

I'm running out of high shelves to put things on.  Minx :o)

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

Monday, 2 February 2015

Shouldn't have done that

My little squares started to arrange themselves into a cushion cover front ...

... and I was quite pleased with the way they were but then I went diagonal ...

... and then went completely random ...

... shouldn't have done that because I've confused myself (doesn't usually take much) and here's something else I shouldn't have done:

Top:  Rowan softknit cotton
Middle:  Debbie Bliss rialto lace
Bottom:  Rowan all seasons chunky

In my defence there was 20% off the Rowan :o)

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x