Thursday, 14 September 2017

Birch Trees scarf

Well I've finally finished it! Yeah

I bought the wool last November and have been picking this up and putting it down. The last time I worked on it was March 2017, not that long ago really!

So here are some photos. You can find the pattern here over at Ravelry.

Here was my first attempt in 2014 here, I never did finish this one after I dropped a stitch, but it did get re-purposed into a granny snood!

Here is the old photo published in Simply Knitting magazine!

Birch Trees scarf in March 2017

Birch Trees scarf - ta dah

new winter scarf and Clarks loafers

Here are some photos of sewing in the ends last night. The pattern is so lovely that when you sew in the ends you can't see them!

sewing in the ends

Disclaimer: Please do not take my photos without my permission
Pattern credit: Julia Marsh, Hand Knitted Things.
Yarn: Fyberspates Vivacious DK (2 skeins) colour Pebble Beach

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

crochet granny square cushion

Here are some photos of what I've been making this month so far. Still time for more ;-)

First is my first granny square cushion, stripes to the back. I still need to sew in the buttons and undecided on whether to use three of my custom made ones. I've not followed a pattern, just made it up as I went along. Here are some notes I jotted down as I constructed it, not a pattern just some helpful tips.

granny square cushion

I joined both sides together on the right side (ws facing each other) using  htr. For the border I added a row of sc, ch3, sc - it gives it a vintage feel that I was looking for. But please note I left the bottom flap on the second row (sc, ch3, sc) and went around the coner, as shown in the picture. I added this simple border from Around the Corner Crochet Borders  You could use this to crochet the both sides together completely, I might try this next time for a smaller cushion that wouldn't get much use.

first row of htr missing the bottom flap where the buttons will go

joining both sides together with htr but missing the back flap 

I started in the middle bottom row and worked my way around,  I went through both the loops on the sides (not the bottom back) so that the cushion looks like one complete piece, clever? Not really it just happened that way after a little bit of jiggering around.

This makes the frilly edging hide the back piece but you should just see the buttons on the front using the holes in the granny squares. Hard to explain, I hope this makes sense. I have taken some photos, not really step by step, but this might help you.

the front with htr joining

the stripey back with htr joining

Next up is my new granny square blanket, using granny squares I had made and kept in a box (I do like looking at them from time to time, doesn't everyone?!) I've used Debbie Bliss Rialto DK from my stash of leftover bits that I keep in a plastic container.

The pattern is taken from the gorgeous book Granny Squares by Sue Pinner. I think I bought my copy last year in The Works. I wasn't sure about the colours, but I'm actually quite taken by the pastels and the bright petunia pink thrown in to jazz it up a bit.

granny square blanket

colourful granny squares

Monday, 4 September 2017

Granny square tee

I'm totally in love with this pattern from Inside Crochet issue 90 it's so clever and you can use just about any yarn substitute

the start

I've used Lion Brand Heartland for this version in this beautiful gold colour and I've also got a rich turquoise in my yarn stash to use for my next granny tee!

in the round

I hadn't planned on making one in this yarn, I'd actually started off in Debbie Bliss Rialto but ran out of one discontinued colour, when a lightbulb moment told me to use the Lion Brand in my stash.
It's come out better than I expected, a sort of lived in relaxed fit boxy kind of jumper in the softest yarn, with great drape and I love it!!

I can't give you the pattern (sorry if you've popped in expecting to find a free pattern, but I can direct you to where to buy your copy)

What I can tell you is my notes on how I put mine together if you fancy using the same yarn. Here are some notes I wrote as I was putting mine together.

1. I completed both front and back squares to row 18 of the pattern. This make a nice comfy jumper and gives the neck a feature.
2. sew top seams (shoulders) to 8.5 inches
3. sew side seams to 9 inches for the arm holes
4. add one treble row to each of the arm hole openings, the pattern suggests starting in any space but I started mine a little lower to hide the join.

That's it ......... and here is mine!

Ta dah 

Pattern: Granny Tee
Designer: Sarah Shrimpton (annabooshouse)
Magazine: Inside Crochet Issue 90
Yarn Substitute: Lion Brand Heartland (Shendandoah) (3x 142g balls)