Monday, July 28, 2014

I'm in love!

I'm in love. Finally, something has come off the needles and is PERFECT. I think the frogging of the sideways cardigan hit hard but all is right again in the knitting world at my house. I shared a sneak peak of this project in a recent post.

I got off to a rocky start with this one. I originally cast on with 4.0mm needles, as per the pattern, but felt that things weren't working out as 'open' as they could be. So after two rounds of the 15 row pattern repeat (30 rows of just 'wait and see'!). I decided to abandon it and start up on 4.5mm needles and a new ball of wool.

Once I got to the same point in the pattern I knew I was going to get a nicer result on the 4.5mm so I frogged the 4.0mm one and kept working on the bigger needles. The pattern is called Wicker Cowl and is a 15 row pattern repeated 5 times. There are only a few stitches, purl, knit, yarn over and a slip stitch but the placement varies across the 15 rows.

It has plenty of texture and is perfect! I knit this up with Bendigo Luxury 8ply in cream so it is super super soft, has a lovely drape but plenty of warmth. My end result was close to the gauge of the pattern width wise but a bit of a bigger circumference - which is actually perfect for me as I prefer not to have things right up around my chin/neck. See PERFECT.

It's blocked, it's dry and it's ready for wearing. I can't wait and I'm already thinking I need one in another only took a week to knit up which wasn't bad considering everyone in my house was sick and there wasn't much knitty time to be had.

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry. So really, perfect.

Pattern: Wicker Cowl
Wool: Bendigo Luxury 8ply 100% pure wool (147 grams)
Needles: KnitPro Symfonie 4.50mm with 60cm cable

Let's get knitting!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My patons bucket bag

For Christmas hubby gave me a copy of the Patons Modern Crochet book. I was feeling very "there isn't anything getting finished" around these parts so this was a fast start it up and finish project! I'm posting about this one a bit out of order because I started and finished it before I started the cowl mentioned in the last post.

The yarn is Patons 8ply cotton blend (50:50 cotton/acrylic) and it is wonderful - great texture, soft and silky and comes in awesome colours.

Previously I have worked with the Moda Vera Beetle but it really is true when I say that yarn is only suitable for kitchen cleaning cloths!

The Patons on the other hand - yummy! I used it on my Christmas Stars and loved it so much I went and splurged on a range of random colours - just because.
This is the first structured project I have crocheted and even though I was taught with American terms, and the bag pattern is in UK/Aus terms, I found it really easy. Probably because it only uses a few stitches so I didn't have to remember too much! ;)
The bag handle is a clever yet simple construction and since I found it so easy it inspires me to look for more bag patterns to try out in the future.

Pattern: Patons Bucket Bag from the Patons Modern Crochet book
Yarn: Patons 8ply cotton blend in Navy, Aqua, Apple Green, Yellow, Orange, Coral
Hook: Clover Amour 5.0mm

This one only took me a couple of days so it was pretty much instant gratification. The bag could easily be lined and is a generous size so a good project bag.

The pattern was very generous in yarn allowances - overall I used about half of the requirements so you could easily make this bag as a stash buster.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

One thousand boxes

I'm getting ready! Getting ready for a very large KnitPro order which will be in stock this's all about box making today in anticipation of some orders from the shop.
There's a knitting project on the go in the evenings. I'll blog about it shortly as it is a fun lace pattern with a 15 row repeat. Interesting but a great lace starter project for a luscious cowl in 8ply.
Hopefully you are making something more interesting than boxes in your part of the world.
Happy crafting.