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Back to the knitting and a new book

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Well, I’m back in Manchester after having a lovely week in Ireland.  I’m going back to Belfast in a week for two days (work though, not a holiday this time!) so any crochet pattern recommendations would be much appreciated!  It’s lovely being back with my knitting, though!  I’ve been slaving away at the Frilly Jumper since getting back, and am over halfway there.  It’s not much to look at at the moment though, so I’m going to post a picture of  my latest purchase instead:

The background is the Frilly Jumper.  I got this brooch in St George’s Market in Belfast.  It’s a bit chipped, but I think that adds to its charm, and it was only £3!  However, I now really want another one, so I hope this doesn’t start to turn into some kind of collection!  I think it will go with my jumper, though, when it’s eventually finished!

I also bought a book which I thought I’d tell you about.  It’s The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe.  It’s great!  I’ve been flicking through it, and it has so many tips and tricks for beginning and more experienced knitters.  I’ve even learnt a new casting-on technique (I never, somehow, learnt the loop cast-on), and I recommend it to every knitter and aspiring knitter!  I’m certainly going to be referring to the Finishing section when I’m sewing up my jumper.  The sections are: Casting On, The Basics, Binding Off, Tools, Yarn, Reading Patterns, Pattern Stitches, Circular Knitting, Colo(u)r, Shaping, Fitting, Finishing and Embellishments.  So it really does seem to cover everything!  I’ll be back later this week with some pics of the jumper, hopefully.

Crochet Snood/Cowl – A souvenir from the USA – pattern here too!

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Well, I am currently in Belfast, and because I flew with no hold baggage I wasn’t able to take my knitting with me.  So I brought a couple of crochet hooks instead.  That’s why you’re seeing so much crochet on this blog at the moment!  I also find that having crochet with me gets rid of any flying nerves I might be having, and the only reason I actually took up crochet is because I fly quite often!

Anyway, another place I flew to  recently was America, and when I was there I decided I would get a ‘typical’ American yarn I’m always hearing about on the internet, as a souvenir.  I looked at Red Heart, and Peaches and Cream, but finally decided on a ball of Caron Simply Soft, in a really nice peacock blue.  I intended to knit a cowl, but since I was flying thought I might as well crochet it instead.  And I am really pleased with the results!  I started off attempting to make a moebius openwork cowl from a pattern (and I’m really sorry, but I can’t remember where that pattern was from), but, well I am a very novice crocheter and it didn’t go well.  So I set out to make a cowl I knew I could make.  It was also supposed to be a moebius, but I was in the car and couldn’t be bothered working out how to crochet into the bottom of the chain so I didn’t (how lazy) and so it has a double twist instead, which I think I like better, actually.

Apparently it can also be worn as a hood… but I don’t think I will.  I’m not sure I’m a hood person, I prefer hats.

Does it look like I’m in the jungle?  I’m actually in my boyfriend’s parent’s back garden.  His Mum is a brilliant gardener!  Anyway, here is a close-up of the cowl.

Anyway, so here is the recipe (probably more of a recipe than a pattern – as I said, I am no expert at crochet!)

All directions are in American, I learnt from American books and websites.  And the yarn is American so that’s fine!

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

trc = triple crochet

Hook size: 6mm

Yarn: 300m Aran weight

Ch 100

Sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc to end.

Twist sc chain and join in round.  Join so that you will crochet into top of sc if you want a double twist, or into bottom of starting chain if you want a moebius (make sure you have only twisted it once, however!)

Round 2: dc

Round 3: sc

Round 4: trc

Round 5: sc

I alternated the dc and trc rounds, with an sc round between each.  I finished with a dc round and then a sc round to make a firm edge, and then I did a crab stitch edging around both edges of the cowl.  Hope this all makes sense!

I have two days left without my needles and about 50g of DK acrylic so I’m off to find something else to crochet now!

I crochet some slippers yesterday…

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In Harry Potter colours!  Was just a quick fix, pattern here.  They did turn out very large, however, there was no hook size given and I only had a 5mm with me, so I added a strap and adjusted the pattern a bit.  I might make another smaller pair, but they will do for now, anyway!  Just made with some scraps of acrylic and wool I had lying around.

 

Do you think I my feet look like Gulliver’s feet?

What’s your craft and why do you like it? Comments here please…

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Well, you can see from my quasi-manifesto in my ‘about’ page the reasons why I love knitting.  You can also see I dabble in other crafts, but knitting is my main one.  What is your craft and why do you like it?

Berets

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So chic, so French (?).  My love affair with berets began when I knitted myself one at school.  It was green and fuzzy, made out of some yarn my aunt had found and thought I would like.  She was right.  I wore this beret all the time, it went with everything (so I thought).  Until, one day I accidently left it, along with a scarf, in a room when I was at college.  When I came back, the scarf was still there, but, alas, the beret was gone.  So, when I learned to crochet, what was the first thing I did?  A green beret.

This is the Track Stitch Beret by Red Heart.  I like it, it was fast to make, easy to follow, and nice and slouchy.  But that is not my only beret, dear reader.  No, I have one more tale of woe.  A few years ago I was in Oxfam.  I was looking for warm clothes, because it was particularly cold and my student house was remarkably un-insulated.  There, I saw it.  The most amazing jumper.  It had sheep, fences, heather, and it was very warm.  I fell in love with this jumper and wore it every day.  Until last year I put it on the wrong wash cycle.  My poor little sheep were shrunk.  I could no longer adorn myself with knitted Scottish heather.  It was devastating.  My poor jumper languished in the bottom of my wardrobe, unloved, unworn (apart from part of one of the sleeves, which I had turned into a purse for a friend).  And then, I realised it could be a beret!  Berets to the rescue again!

See the sheep?!  This is my happy beret!

Sheep beret from the side.  I think when this winter ends I will be very sad that I will have to wait until next winter to bathe in the sheepiness.  Maybe I should make a sunhat.