Friday, 24 September 2021

Cosy Cape CAL

Hello, long time no see! I won't go into any detail, other than to say, lock down, we all know about that, a sick cat, water damaged laptop, awaiting on a hip replacement and a period of hibernation....good to be back but its been a very odd 2 years don't you think? 

BE KIND, I'M HAVING TO COMPLETELY RELEARN HOW MY NEW COMPUTER WORKS!

Hope everyone out there is ok and you've got through this epic journey in one piece?

I'm returning with the promise of a new book, a self published pdf file instruction manual all about a new stitch I've created. it will be added to Ravelry for Christmas, sometime in November.

Kicking off my return to bogland with a Free Mini CAL. Starts at around midday today on my Facebook group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/415936375263228


 COSY CAPE CAL: 24th Sept. 2021

The complete pattern will be on this post by Monday morning for those not on Facebook to follow, but join the group if you want to join the mini cal over the weekend.

 I've tried several versions this CAL will be the basic pattern used

FRONT MEET, WITH  A BUTTON FASTENING

YARN USED IN SAMPLE: HAYFIELD BONUS CHUNKY TWEED AND A 12MM CLOVER HOOK. 

https://sirdar.com/en/products/hayfield-bonus-chunky-tweed-100g?taxon_id=791

This was a perfect weight chunky yarn with and interesting fleck. A beautiful set of colours to choose from, I picked the Indigo for this project. 

It Crocheted really nicely with the large hook to give a light, cosy little cape. Big, chunky, hand made buttons to keep it in place, no worries about it falling off like wraps and shawls.....just keeps your shoulders and back snug and warm.

I've tried several chunky yarns, some work better than others [slight differences in thickness] and I've also tried a sample using 2 strands of dk, this works perfectly if you don't want to buy any chunky or don't have any in your stash. 


An elbow length Cosy Cape for those cooler evenings or colder days when you just need something over your shoulders. At the office, sitting in bed, outside on a cooler evening that won't slip off, you can forget about it and just stay warm.

Several people have seen it in real life and thought of lots of times it would be very useful. 

My Facebook group requested the pattern.

PART 1: YARN, HOOKS AND BASIC PATTERN, today around midday, with me around in the group for any questions this afternoon from midday to 3 o'clock, back again after 5 to see if anyone needs any more help.

EQUIPEMENT:

12mm hook, scissors, wool needle for sewing off and sewing on the buttons

Stitch markers for beginners or those unsure of the increase stitches

STITCHES USED: US TERMS as always. 

chain, Hdc, dc, 

Row start chains are aways 1ch for hdc, and 2ch for dc. 

You mostly work into the space between the top 2 strands of a stitch and the 3rd strand at the top of a stitch.

First stitch is worked into the same space and the ch start and counted

Last stitches are into the spaces. This gives a lovely straight edge to work the edging round into.

YARN:

This Cosy Cape is made with chunky yarn and a very large hook, I wanted something that was quick to make, light weigh and with great drape.

I'm only 5' tall so the pattern is to fit me and my elbow length, hence the 3-4 100g balls needed. It will depends on your size, for me 3 balls was enough but if you are tall or need an extra inch or two in width you might need 4balls.

I've tried several chunky yarns, all slightly different so the results are slightly different too. I've also tried 2strands of dk, this works really well with a 12mm hook

Ive also done a 3strands of dk sample with a 15mm hook sample with less increases but basically the same pattern.

HOOK: 

It does seem like its loose and the hook size is too big, but out of all the hook sizes I tried it gave the best result. 

An 8mm and even a 10mm hook was just too tight, firm and started to become heavy. Was also 2 inches smaller so more stitches were needed.

The one I have worn every day since I made it is the light and cosy 12mm version

Pick your yarn, grab your hook and I will cya at midday with the basic pattern.


PART 2: QUESTION TIME, on Saturday.

 I will pop in for any questions through the day, but this time will be for you too make 

the body of the Cosy Cape then...


PART 3: FINAL PART OF THE PATTERN, MAKING THE FASTENING, AND FINISHING OFF.

This will be on Sunday morning the complete pattern will be added to this post for Monday morning.


Welcome to the Cosy Cape Mini Cal 

Good to be back

PATTERN AT MIDDAY UK TIME 




Friday, 17 July 2020

Giant Flower Pattern...new take


Start with the giant flower but add rows of dc and sc, or another favourite stitch, maybe 'v' stitch or bobble stitch even to make a giant flower don't forget to increase every other row so it grows and lies flat 



Keep going until it is the size you want or make several and join them together...






Thursday, 16 July 2020

Button Flower pattern...requested


Chunky Button Flower Pattern





Alpaca dk 4mm hook
US Terms UK terms in brackets

PATTERN:

BUTTON CENTRE: 1ST COL. finger wrap of 10 wraps


 ROUND 1: COL 1. 16sc [16dc], into wrap, continue and do as many rounds as required to fill the button, over the top of the first 12sts. Finish with 16sts, sl st to complete


Round 2: Petals, sc [dc], in any stitch, a cluster of 3tr [3dtr], in next st, sc [dc], in the next st, a cluster of 3tr [3dtr], in next st, sc [dc], in next st, repeat until you have 8 cluster 'petals', sl st to complete, (8petals)

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

CIRCLE TO SQUARE BLANKET [2017]

CIRCLE TO SQUARE SOLID BLANKET
REQUESTED INFO, YARN: a cheapy yarn from Poundland.... but a while back now 




Im combining the 2 answers together as an answer with an update on a very old pattern.

Random dyed yarn....lots of colours so you can make something with getting bored with the same colour. Hot? then use cotton yarns less sticky to work with than wool or acrylic.
And yes i have a basic solid join for the rule of 12..here is a basic pattern in a random/space dyed yarn for you to use...

SOLID JOIN RULE OF 12 PATTERN
Aran 5mm hook
DK 4mm hook
US  Terms

RANDOM DYED YARN...perfect for a holiday project just one or two balls of yarn needed plus a joining col.
 RANDOM DYED YARN....All the circles will be different and will make a lovely blanket


Finger wrap of 4 wraps.

ROUND 1: [ch2 counts as first dc], 12dc into circle wrap, sl st to complete [12dc]

ROUND 2: [ch2 counts as first dc] 2dc in each st, sl st to complete. [24dc]


ROUND 3: [ch2 counts as first dc], 2dc in first st, 1dc in next st, repeat, sl st to complete. [36dc]


ROUND 4: Change to back ground col. [ch2 counts as first dc], 2dc in first st, 1dc in next 2sts, repeat, sl st, to complete. [48dc]


ROUND 5: cont. in back ground col.  ch3, 1tr, into first  st, ch3, 2tr, into same st, 1tr, in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 1hdc, in next 5sts, 1dc in next 2 sts, 1tr, in next st, 2tr, ch3, 2tr, as next corner, repeat for all sides, sl st to complete.







Join as you go on round 5, using a sl st, after each st to join to the previous square, and replacing the middle ch st, in the corners with a sl st, to join together.







Monday, 4 May 2020

CoronaCal second Star join for Eye Motif's

Morning Hookers...there are some stunning #CoronaCal eye, blankets being completed now, all can be seen on my Facebook Group HERE

3 STUNNING EXAMPLES OF THE BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS OF MANY 
ON THE GROUP
Sharon Howington's throw with a black join 

The 'Eye' motifs have 24 granny shells each side and they are joined to keep the rounded eye shape, with 9granny shells each end and 6 granny shells as a side. Works really well in keeping the rounded shape.
 Sarah Tuckwell with a grey join colour 
AND 
Yvonne van der Marck with a stone coloured join
3 ABSOLUTELY STUNNING #CORONALCAL THROWS



THE NEW EYE JOIN
If you divide the 24granny shells equally 8, 8 and 8 granny shells you can join in a star shape, because all the sides to join are equal...just use the same join as you go between the granny shells for the ELONGATED HEXAGON.







3 MORE JOINS FOR EQUAL SIDES


EYE JOIN WITH GRANNY SQUARE AS ROWS



AND MORE RANDOM PATTERNS TOO