Thursday, 11 July 2019

4th Adult Hex Jacket

Loving these cosy Hex Cardies especially the granny shell version.
The plain colour solid granny i started is a bit boring to make, love the yarn but struggling to keep working on it for long periods so i've started the 4th version in  
James C Brett Marble dk, in the white/grey colour way


SLIMMER SLEEVE 
US Terms
For this version i'm doing a different stitch reduction for the sleeve section.
The usual basic pattern is 3dc [granny shell], ch1, for all 6 sides 
I am using 3dc, ch1 for 5 sides and 3dc, ch3, 3dc in corners, 

but for the sleeve section, I'm using 2dc, in each space and no chain with the corners of 3dc ch3, 2dc, the 2dc is on the sleeve section, 

this reduces the width of the sleeve section when folded into the 'L' shape for half the cardy. These stitches are mostly under the arm so its hardly noticeable that its a smaller stitch 
I'm also using a double sided version for this one, by turning every row so it will be reversible too.
Approx. 20 rows, join on the sleeve top seam, adding the back section before joining the 2 identical pieces together.
finishing with a few border rows and sleeve edging stitch of hdc.

BEFORE FOLDING INTO AN 'L' SHAPE



FOLDED INTO AN 'L' SHAPE 

100g is doing almost 14 rows. 




First version i tried with a slimmer sleeve




with links to the original designer 
Elizabeth Zimmermann

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Adult Crochet Hexagon Jacket

I've made 2 adult version of the Hexagon Jacket this last week and have started a 3rd but in a plain cotton mix yarn.






 This pattern has been around since the 60's and was originally a Knitted childs jacket. 
Many have made their version in crochet since then but the link below is to the original pattern link from Elizabeth Zimmermann

Its called a

added to Ravelry in April 2007

I made my Adult version in Robin Paintbox [red/coral] and Hayfield Bonus Breeze yarn [blue/green]
Both are quite a thick dk and to give the floppy feel to the cardy, i've used a 5mm and 6 mm hook and used an extended stitch, this stitch uses slightly less yarn and I've finished the edges with hdc.

Both cardies are made with different combinations of panels and have had the stitches reduced on the sleeve section to create a narrower sleeve, not keen on the very wide sleeve you get by making just 2 basic hexagons.


There is also an additional narrow back panel to give a neck shape. 
Its a very adaptable pattern that can be made to fit everyone from a baby to a large adult..a n awesome pattern to be able to do that.


i've made both mine quite wide, with one longer than the other by using lengthening rows 
the sleeve is made narrower by reducing the stitch count on the section that becomes the sleeve.

REDUCTION TO SLEEVE
No chain stitches between granny shells, and remove one granny shell every odd number row after the first 5 rows, on the sleeve section only other wise the basic granny shell and chain one between for all other sides.

Made with an approximate 18-20 round Hexagon 

Saturday, 8 June 2019

EDWARD'S MENAGERIE...Brilliant books from Kerry Lord


I'm going to be a first time Grandma soon [so excited] and wanted to make some crochet animals for Raspberry 
[when i was told at Christmas it was the size of a Raspberry so my nickname for baby]

I didn't want to spend time designing so went for one of the best crochet animal books around. 

Kerry Lord's TOFT animal books are brilliant.....

Easy to follow you do need lots of stitch makers and to read the pattern first!
I've made 2 Simon Sheep, Bridget the Elephant and Georgina the Hippo in the last 4 days
Cant stop now i've started and each one gets better and better.

Using Aran weight yarns that i have to practise with anything smaller hurts my arthritic fingers a bit but Aran weight gives a lovely size animal 
Simon Sheep mark 2, i didn't read the pattern and in the early hours of the morning accidentally swapped the head for the body so needed to make some adjustments to the head.
Mark 2 all tied up so i can do the loopy woolly coat as instructed but for me,
 it was easier to do this before i stuffed it and joined all the bits together.

Georgina the Hippo...i love 4th animal i made.


Bridget the Elephant was the 3rd animal she's got a twist in her trunk but i actually like that...cute


Loving the book and would highly recommend it to anyone


They look so different depending on where you put the eyes and ears 
 the first sheep i made and a few mistakes but I love him x

thanks to Kerry Lord and TOFT, for some great books

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Splash the colour Light Shade

Just a Little Splash of colour...it all started with a natural Linen yarn too!

one more round and its into the PVA Glue bath with both the Linen and the brights Light shade, with the sun shining it might be dry by Monday











Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Front Post Texture and Trellis patterns

TEXTURED Front Post Stitch BABY BLANKET
another new baby blanket pattern to come soon

Border and textured pattern all in one

going to take around 3 maybe 4 balls x 200g of Aran tweed

One x 200g has given be 14" of a blanket 31" wide unblocked, so hoping it will be 600g 




Past Trellis patterns click for post

New FreeForm pattern to come soon
a number of options in this pattern with the flowers too and why it's called FreeForm.

 Hayfield Spirit DK yarn


 Wendy Festival chunky Yarn