Wednesday, 31 October 2012
(You may recall the white edged circle-squares from the tutorial here which I made into a cushion.)
So I decided to make some darker edged ones to make a wintry cushion.
("Why do you need a winter cushion?" was the Mister's response. Grrrrrrr! Honestly. Does he know nothing?!!
Anyhoo I was rather pleased with the grey border. Hmmmm a nice cushion this will indeed make.
Well that was the plan.
And then I started doing other things- you know how it is. And the little stack of grey-edged squares remained a disappointingly small affair.
And then I was struck by a new idea.
A better idea.
A quicker idea.
Much more my-kinda-idea:
A granny cup cosy.
I've made cup cosies before, but this was something different.
This was very simple.
I joined 3 squares together and then edged around the whole rectangle twice with some single crochet. To make it reach around to the handle I did a couple of extra rows of sc along the short edges. I then added buttons on one edge and made two chain stitch loops on the other edge.
And that, as they say, is that.
Perfect for Christmas pressies, methinks.
And now for something completely different:
A lovely bloggy gal's luncheon at the beach!
Starring the gorgeous Gem from Treasures from the Cherry Tree, the sensational Sarah from Shabby Chic Sarah, the adorable Ashley (accompanied by her little Rose) from Country Rose, and me (with my little Annaboo too).
What a fabulous time we had at the Sea Lane Cafe!!
Beautiful sunshine, scampi and chips to die for, great company, a good giggle and a catch-up. Oh, and Rose, entertaining us with her splashy wet antics!
We have already scheduled another meeting (can't wait!!) for a mammoth charity shop session and another luncheon.
Right, am off to whip up some more granny cosies for the shop...
Enjoy the rest of the week!
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
They were an easy project using some chunky acrylic and an 8mm hook. If memory serves me correctly I even made one in the Noro I found in that amazing charity shop stash.
You know what I mean - crochet produces quite a dense stitch and these snood/cowls could almost stand up on their own.
Warm? Yes. The most comfortable? Not really. The Noro one was duly frogged for this reason.
So I tried different stitches and patterns until I found one which produced a nicer open texture, based on a V stitch. But still, it was too clunky.
Then it struck me. A larger hook was needed. A big hook would work more air into the pattern.
How big? I hear you ask.
MAAAAAAASIVE. Is my answer.
- You need some super-chunky yarn (about 100g) - anything that recommends you use a 8-10mm hook (try Sirdar Indie or Big Softie) and a 15mm hook (I bought mine online) don't worry, it's made of plastic, so is light to manoeuvre and you soon get used to it.
- Chain 42. Now I use the chainless foundation stitch as I think it gives a good structure to the bottom of the snood, but a simple chain will do. Your chain needs to measure just over 22 inches/ 57cms and its total number should be a multiple of 3.
- [We are going to work in rows, turning at the end of each.] Chain 3 (counts as a dc) Turn. Make a dc in the 6th stitch from the hook. Chain 1. Dc in the same stitch. Skip 2 stitches, (dc, chain-1, dc) in the next stitch. Repeat along the row. Make a dc in the top of the 3rd chain from the previous row.
- Chain 3. Turn. (dc, chain-1, dc) in the chain-1 space from the previous row (the V) Repeat along the row. Make a dc in the 3rd chain from the previous row.
Fold the two edges together and stitch up!
(Technically, this pattern shouldn't work as you begin with more stitches in the first row, but somehow, it does)That's it. It really is very easy and super-quick, too.
And on a complete tangent, I met up with the lush Gem from Treasures From the Cherry Tree this week. We had a spot of coffee and a charity shop dash! And we both did rather well, I must say. Look at what I found for £1:
Have a great week.