Thursday, 2 July 2015

Little Ripple 2

Once again I have returned to Monkey Boo Boo's blog to get the pattern for this beautiful little cardigan only to find the blog could not be found. After a quick google search, I found the pattern on Ravelry. 

I could waffle on about how great I think it is....blah...blah....blah.....but I'm sure nobody wants to listen to that all over again. All I want to say is I added a scalloped edge to the front, lower and sleeve edges. 

I made it using 2 x 100g balls of King Cole Cherish for the main body of the cardigan and I edged it with Stylecraft Special DK in Pomegranite.

To make one yourself just follow the Ravelry link to download the free pattern for this little beauty.











Friday, 15 May 2015

My Picot Blanket

I am working on a blanket at the moment which seems to be all the rage in the crochet world. It is the My Picot 4025 from www.mypicot.com

It is a very pleasing pattern which will not need to have a border added as it automatically creates a scalloped edge on every second row.

It also works up quite quickly and creates a really interesting design when worked in two or more colours. 

I have used five different colours in mine from the Stylecraft Special DK range; 
Lime, Teal, Claret, Cream & Plum.

I got a pack of eleven 100g balls of DK for only €25 in The Little Wool Shop in Old Baker St, Thurles, Co Tipperary. You can choose any eleven 100g balls of DK in the colours that you like for that price.



Have a look at the photo below and see what you think.

I had some difficulty making sense of the written pattern as it was giving both UK & US terms at the same time so I took some time to re-write it in just UK terms to make it easier to follow. 

I also changed the beginning to something that, to me, provided a stronger central section and a start that would be very familiar to the beginning of a basic granny square pattern.

As of yet I am unsure how large I will make this piece as I have two 100g balls of each colour and a third ball of cream to do the last few rounds and provide a frame for this colourful creation.

Why not try and make your own? 
I have put my version of the pattern at the bottom of this post and I have also provided a link to the original version just below it.

Send me your photos as I would love to see them. 
 

My Picot Blanket (My own version)

Round 1,
Ch4 and sl st to make a loop, ch4 (this is your first tr + ch1), Working into the loop, make (tr, ch1) 7 times. Sl st into the third ch of the beginning ch4 (this is the first tr + ch1). (8tr + 8 ch1 spaces made)
Round 2,
Ch1, (dc into the next ch1 sp, make 7tr into the next ch1 sp) 4 times. Sl st into the beginning dc. Fasten off.
Round 3,
CHANGE COLOUR. Join yarn to the dc where you have just made your sl st, Ch4 (this is your first tr + ch1) and working into the same dc, tr, ch3, tr, ch1 tr; then ch5, into the NEXT DC (tr, ch1, tr, ch3, tr, ch1, tr then ch5) 3 times. Sl st into the third ch of the beginning ch4.
Round 4:
Sl st into the ch1 sp, ch3, 6tr into the same ch1 sp, dc into the ch3 sp, 7tr into the next ch1 sp, (dc into the fourth tr of the 7tr fan below *making sure to trap the ch5 from round 3 with the dc*, 7tr into the next ch1 sp, dc into the ch3 sp, 7tr into the next ch1 sp) 3 times, dc in the fourth tr of the 7tr fan below, *making sure to trap the ch5 from round 3 with the dc*. Sl st to the beginning ch3.
Round 5:
CHANGE COLOUR. Join yarn to any dc made into a 7tr fan, ch4, tr into the same dc, ch5, into the NEXT DC (tr, ch1, tr, ch3, tr, ch1, tr, then ch5, Into the NEXT DC tr, ch1, tr, ch5) 4 times, omitting the last tr, ch1, tr, ch5 in the fourth repeat. Sl st into the third ch of the beginning ch4.
Round 6:
Sl st into the ch1 sp, ch3, 6tr into the same ch1 sp, (dc into the fourth tr of the 7tr fan below *making sure to trap the ch5 from round 3 with the dc*, 7tr into the next ch1 sp, dc into the ch3 sp, 7tr into the next ch1 sp, dc into the fourth tr of the 7tr fan below *making sure to trap the ch5 from round 3 with the dc*, 7tr into the next ch1 sp) 4 times, omitting the last 7tr into the next ch1 sp in the fourth repeat. Sl st to the beginning ch3. Fasten off.


Continue as per pattern, remembering to put (tr, ch1, tr) between fans on the straight edges and put (tr, ch1, tr, ch3, tr, ch1, tr) between the fans ON THE CORNERS ONLY.  

To go to the original pattern at www.mypicot.com please CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Return to the Ripple



Do you find that sometimes you just need to take a step back and do something simple yet satisfying. This week I returned to doing the ripple pattern using a pack I bought from The Little Wool Shop in Thurles, Co Tipperary.

This picture shows you a simple diagram of the pattern and how it is made up.



To begin you need to decide whether you would like your piece to have tight, small ripples as shown in the diagram or  wider spaced ripples as in the completed sample.

The principle is the same for any size ripple you wish to make. The amount of stitches BETWEEN the increase at the peak of the ripple and the decrease in the valley of the ripple determines the size of each repeat.

In the diagram I have used 3 tr between the increase and the decrease therefore I need six chains to make one side of the ripple (going down) and another six for the other side (coming back up). So each pattern repeat calls for 12ch.

1 chain for the increase, (1)
1ch for each of the three tr's, (3)
2ch for the decrease, (2)
2ch for the next decrease, (2)
1ch for each of the three tr's, (3)
1ch for the increase, (1)
Total of twelve chains per repeat.

So lets assume we want a finished piece with three repeats, our starting chain will be calculated as follows:
Three repeats @ 12ch each = 36ch.......+ 3ch (turning chain) = 39ch to begin.

The actual blanket I am making (in the next picture) has 10 st's between the increases and decreases, therefore using the same principle as above each repeat has the following number of st's:

1 chain for the increase, (1)
1ch for each of the ten tr's, (10)
2ch for the decrease, (2)
2ch for the next decrease, (2)
1ch for each of the ten tr's, (10)
1ch for the increase, (1)
Total of twenty six chains per repeat.

So once again lets assume we want a finished piece with three repeats, our starting chain will be calculated as follows:
Three repeats @ 26ch each = 78ch.......+ 3ch (turning chain) = 81ch to begin.



Row 1: As seen in the diagram (at the top of this post) I have started with a turning ch of 3. I placed a tr into the fourth chain from my hook and made my first increase (Turning chain + tr into the fourth ch = first tr increase). Into the next three chains I have placed 1 tr into each of them. Using the next two chains I have made a tr decrease. 
Now we reverse the pattern to go back up, so, 
Using the next two chains I have made a tr decrease. Into the next three chains I have placed 1 tr into each of them, and I make two tr's into the next ch (increase). Repeat across the chain until you reach the end. Your final ch should have the last increase made into it. Ch3 and turn.

Row 2: Make a tr into your first st (under the ch3) (first increase made), work one tr into the next three tr's from the previous row, tr2tog over the next two sts (X2), work one tr into the next three tr's, work two tr's into the next tr (X2).....repeat to end omitting the second increase at the end of your last repeat.

Repeat row 2 until you have reached your desired length.

To add some interest you can work into the back loop only on all stitches which will give a ridged effect to your ripples although I do reccommend to work into he full stitch at the beginning and end of each row to give a stronger edge to your blanket.

UK Tr crochet increase Click here of video tutorial.
UK Tr2tog (decrease) Click here for a video tutorial.
US Double crochet into the back loop only Click here for video tutorial. 
(This video uses US terminology for the double crochet. This is the same stitch as a UK treble crochet)




I will add some more to this post as the blanket increases. Hope you have fun making it. x

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Deramores Blog Competition 2015

I was scouting around the net the other day and looked at one of my favourite blogs, Look At What I Made, which is the creative space of the very talented crocheter, Dedri Uys.

I have been following Dedri's work for quite a while now and I even have a crochet group in the local yarn shop who meet every thursday evening to make THE most fabulous design I have ever seen in crochet, Sophies Universe.

This week I spotted a competition being run by Deramores on her blog, in which she is one of the guest designers / judges who will be predicting the NEXT BIG THING in the world of yarn craft.


The six designers have each chosen a style which they predict could be the next major trend .

Click on the links below to see more about the categories to chose from and to learn more about the designer who has predicted the trend:
Large Granny Squares,
Crochet that looks like knitting,
Rainbow colours,
Ombre yarn craft,
Garments,
& Knitting without needles.

You can enter into as many categories as you wish and you are only limited by your imagination.
For a set of rules to enter just CLICK HERE


Lets get those creative juices flowing and see what we can come up with!

John


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Spinning With Pride

I received a challenge from a fellow crocheter to make a seven coloured spiral crochet blanket.....Anybody who knows me will understand when I say 'CHALLENGE ACCEPTED'

She wanted it to have the rainbow colours of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet to represent the seven chakras of the body but when I see the rainbow colours I think of Gay Pride, hence the name....
SPINNING WITH PRIDE.


Of course as usual I didn't want anything normal......NOOOOOOO........I wanted a circular blanket. 
As most crocheters will know from making hats you need to increase by one stitch per side per round 
e.g. a hat that starts with six stitches on round 1 will have 12 on round 2, and 18 on round three, etc. That sounds ok in theory but as the piece gets bigger you don't end up with a circle, you end up with a hexagon. How was I going to stagger the increases so they would form a perfect circle AND translate easily to a written pattern? This is where the challenge really came into play.....What started out as what looked like it would have been quite simple turned out to be far from it. 

Trying to work out the increases posed more problems than I had first expected. I hooked, frogged, hooked again, frogged again.etc etc. 
At times it looked like a fish bowl, and at other times it resembled a Mexican sombrero....As you can imagine neither of which was the desired effect. 

After weeks of trying to perfect it I admitted that I had been defeated by this one, boxed up the whole lot and stored it away. 

Weeks later while getting ready for a night away with my partner, I was in the shower. All of a sudden I had a eureka moment and I had the formula. While still showering I did some quick mathematical calculations in my head and realised this was going to work. 


I dried and finished dressing just as my lift arrived. I brought a pen and notebook with me on the car journey so I could put the pattern roughly down on paper before it disappeared or got confused in my head. 

On my return home I frogged everything I had already done and started afresh. Within minutes I could see it was going to work. It was laying flat and had a perfect circular shape. I was so pleased. Finally I had cracked it.

Over the next few days I kept adding to it and it continued to lay flat and circular. I originally worried that as it grew it would lose it's shape but it didn't. 
I contnued until it measured approximately 4 foot 6 inches / 1.4 metres.  



I am currently having it tested by a few friends to see if it works for them andif all is OK it will be released in the next few weeks.....WATCH THIS SPACE!

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