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.
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.
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.
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.
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