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Crochet Mini Shawl – Wrap

The design used to make this shawl was copied form a photograph of a sweater. The shawl is light but warm, and not too fussy. It is suitable for evening wear or informal day wear. The shawl is designed to be worn by someone who is required to be in a sitting position for prolonged periods of time. The advantage is that because the shawl is shorter, your hands and arms are not required to control the fabric. When worn as shown above, the shawl does not slip from the shoulders. However, it can of course be worn by anyone, in many styles, and can be secured with a shawl/scarf pin if desired.

There are many variations on this design. But the particular interest of this version is the fact that the double crochet stitches in the central diamond shaped motif are worked in-between the double crochet stitches of the previous row. Instead of, as is usual, being worked into the top of the stitches of the previous row.

The shawl measures 26 inches wide and 38 inches in length. It is worked in 4 ply machine yarn, approx 325 grms. Colour, light silver grey, using 3.00 crochet hook.

 

 



 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Bed jacket, Blanket, crochet, Shawl, Shrug, Uncategorized, Wrap

 

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Crochet Hat with Embossed Swirl design

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I love crochet/knitted hats. They keep your head and ears warm, and add the perfect finishing touch to my winter look. This hat caught my eye, due to the particularly nice swirl design which is suitable for men, women and children. The hat has no seam, as it worked in the round from a centre ring, much like a motif.

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The instructions for the basic hat are shown on the video below. The tutorial is in Spanish, but it is very easy to follow.

The video instructions show the design, worked using multiples of 8 double crochets that equal 32 double crochets for a child’s hat, and 96 double crochets for an adult’s hat. The pattern consists of 3 fpdc and 5 bpdc repeated.

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I worked my hat using multiples of 10 double crochets, that equal 120 double crochets, because I required a larger hat and I also wanted more pronounced swirls. My pattern consists of 4fpdc and 6bpdc repeated.

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I worked a knitted rib on four double pointed needles for my hat as I did not want the crochet rib. The crochet rib looked very nice, but I found the lack of elasticity unacceptable. I am very happy with my finished hat which is very warm looks really nice.

To make my hat:

Yarn Type: DK Acrylic yarn 150grms

Needle Type: UK size no.8 (4.00mm) crochet hook. UK size no. 8 (4.00mm) set of 4 double pointed knitting needles

 


 
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Posted by on February 5, 2017 in crochet, Hat, Hood, Knitting, Uncategorized

 

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Tapestry Crochet 2

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Since my first tentative footsteps into the world of tapestry crochet, I have not had the time to further my attempt at mastering the technique. I have done very little about improving on my knowledge of the subject, and I have also not had any practice. I therefore still do not feel proficient enough to attempt a project.

Recently, I came across a new/different twist on the single crochet stitch, called a modified single crochet. It would appear that the main benefit of using this modified stitch is that it allows you to create straight vertical stitches/lines, unlike the regularly single crochet which creates a definite diagonal slant. The finished fabric also has horizontal lines which I’m not quite sure that I like.

The Basic Modified Stitch

My first attempt at tapestry crochet was worked with two different coloured yarns. So for this attempt, I decided to try three different coloured yarns. Unfortunately, although the modified stitch was easy enough to get used to, I found it very difficult to ensure that the carried yarn is not seen. I also got into the most awful tangle with the yarns, which meant a lot of time was wasted de-tangling, and although I haven’t quite managed to banish the chaos yet, the video below was a great help.

These videos are a part of a series of 11 videos called “Tapestry Crochet for Beginners” by Alltapestrycrochet.com. I have only seen two of the videos but intend to watch all the others, as I need all the help I can get!

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Happy New Year!



 

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Crochet Capa-Cuello – Neck Coat – Neck Cape – Capelet No.2

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Having made my first Capa-Cuello back in August this year (https://grippingyarns.wordpress.com/2016/08/20/crochet-capa-cuello-neck-coat-neck-cape/), I stated that it was my intention to make many more in lots of different colours and designs. So for the second one, I thought I would try a design of my own. I decided that my design had to be worked in the same manner as the original. In one continuous piece from the front opening edge, as this resulted in a really nice fit.

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I have always liked the pineapple motif and thought it would be a perfect addition to the design, as it is very adaptable and always looks very nice. However, it proved to be quite a challenge to fit the pineapple motif into the fixed number of rows required for sectional repeats of the design. But I think it worked out very well in the end. Finally, as with the previous Capa Cuello, I finished the project by working five button loops along the right front edge and crocheted five buttons, which I attached to the left front edge to close the front.

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This project was very easy to crochet. The size of the garment is determined by the number of pattern repeats. I worked 10 repeats for my project but obviously this number can be reduced or increased as required.

I think my design is just as beautiful as the original.



 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Bed jacket, crochet, Scarf, Shawl, Uncategorized, Wrap

 

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Knitted Scarf

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The inspiration for this scarf came from the Arabella shawl by Skeino. The shawl is made in a fine Merino yarn, and is knitted in garter stitch, using the technique of short rows to create triangles of different colours. A lacey row connects each triangle with the next to create a beautiful shawl. I thought this technique would make a great scarf.

There is an official Arabella Scarf http://www.skeino.com/knitting-kits/arabella-scarf.html which is very nice. However, I wanted the design and shape of the Arabella shawl, only scarf sized. I also wanted it made in thicker yarn.

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I used the free pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/arabella-shawl, making only a few changes. I cast on only 78 sts, used yarn in two colours only, cast on only 10 sts on the change yarn row, and worked 26 triangles of the same size to achieve the length I required. My scarf measures approximately 60 inches long at the cast off edge and 9 inches wide.

To make my scarf:
Yarn Type: 100grm DK Acrylic hand knitting yarn in each colour (black & Grey).
Needles: 4.00mm (UK8) circular knitting needle.
Method: Follow the free pattern.

The video below may also be helpful.

My scarf is unusual and drapes beautifully!

 


 
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Posted by on October 30, 2016 in Knitting, Scarf, Shawl, Wrap

 

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Crochet Capa-Cuello – Neck Coat – Neck Cape – Capelet

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I’m always cold and find my aches and pains become worse with the colder weather. I suffer particularly badly with neck and back pain. Even on a warm summer day, I can have a problem with a draft as a result of sitting near an open window or driving with open car windows. The easy answer, you would think, is a scarf or a shawl. However, I can’t always deal with the bulk of a scarf or shawl, and certainly not when indoors.

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I think I’ve found the perfect thing for my neck problems. It’s called a Capa-Cuello (Spanish) which, according to Google, translates to “Neck Coat”.

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The original design has no front closure. I think the video suggested that the opening is held together by a broach. However, I did not want to do this. So I worked five button loops along the right front edge and crocheted five buttons, which I attached to the left front edge to close the front. I think it looks a lot better and is much more practical for everyday use.

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This project was very easy to crochet. The size of the garment is determined by the number of pattern repeats. I worked 12 repeats for my project, but obviously this number can be reduced or increased as required.

To make my Capa – Cuelo:
Yarn Type: 125grm DK Acrylic hand knitting yarn.
Needles: 5.00mm crochet hook.
Method: Follow the video below.

The video tutorial is in Spanish, but the person demonstrating is very good and can be followed easily. I found that this is best done with the sound off. I watched the video twice in order to understand the basics, then watched a third time, pausing the video to write down firm instructions on paper to work from.

I think my Capa-Cuelo is beautiful. It can be made with any weight yarn, for example, lighter weights for spring/summer. I intend to make many more in lots of different colours and designs.



 
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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Bed jacket, crochet, Scarf, Shawl, Wrap

 

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Crochet Flower Motif

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I was given the instructions (which consists entirely of the scrappy diagram below) for this motif by a friend. It was used by her mother to make a beautiful evening jacket. Neither my friend nor her mother knew of it’s origins but thought that it came from a rather old book of crochet patterns.

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The most interesting thing about this motif is that it is worked from the outside in? Most crochet motifs are worked by forming a very small ring in the centre and working out to the edge of the finished motif. This motif starts with a large outer ring of 48 chains, then the inner part of the diagram is worked, and each of the seven chain loops are joined at the centre…

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…to form a small motif.

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The double crochets and picots are then worked around the outer edge to finish the motif.

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The finished motifs are then linked by crocheting together at the picots. This is a huge plus in my book, as I hate sewing motifs together!

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This is a beautiful little motif, which makes a very delicate looking fabric that would be perfect for shawls, stoles, shrugs or anything that would benefit from being worked in light lacy fabric.


 

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