snowtlanta slouchee

The coldest day of the year in sight, I quickly made myself a warm hat.  We may be in Hotlanta but in January-February we face from time to time a few days of ice and snow…

  • Lion’s Pride Woolspun Bulky #5 – 127 yd | 116 m in #149 charcoal.
  • Hook 7 mm
  • Pattern by Tammy from Posh Patterns – size 5T to Adult – mainly using extended single crochet and front & back posts for the border.

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muscular scarves

… Just had fun finding a name for a scarf that would be more ‘appropriate’ for a man than a woman.  Mainly what differentiate the male/female label would be the pattern and the choice of colors.

Here are my two favorite patterns.  Both are worked in the lengthwise so the chain count will determine the length of the scarf.

#1 – This one is dead simple: it’s just HDC all the way.  For Ronald, I chained 185 and made 18 rows alternating Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash [100% Superwash Wool washable in the machine at 40.  Each skein is 100 gr | 200 meters (220 yards) and cost $10.50] in #1975 – Provence (red) and in #1944 – Westpoint Blue Heather.  For Charlie, my 2-years old grand-son, I did 12 rows and used randomly 5 colors: #1910 – Summer Sky Heather,  #910A – Winter White, #874 – Ridge Rock, 3854 – Navy and #821 – Daffodil.

#2 – It’s a very well  known pattern and it’s hard to find out who is the true ‘owner’ of this pattern.   The ribbing effect is done by using a BPDC stitches and it is reversible. For Darling, I alternated each row with grey #816 – Gray and #821 – Daffodil.

  • Row 1 [gray]- first DC stitch in the 4th chain and then in each chain across the row [length]. [cut and fasten off].
  • Row 2 [daffodil] – grab the new color, chain 3 and turn.  This will be only BPDC [from behind to the top of the post – not the turning chain].  To finish the row, do a normal DC at the turning chain. [cut and fasten off]
  • Row 3 – switch color again.  Grab the first color, chain 3 and turn.  Work a DC in the stitches across [round loop a the top – not the post].  Locate the turning chain and insert your hook in the top of the chain to finish the row with one last DC.
  • Row 4 – repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired width.  You want to end on row 2 for a nicer finished edge.

For a video-explanation, go to ‘every man’s scarf‘ by Jennifer Dickerson at Fiber Flux.

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saskia’ shawl

From the moment she saw my shawl, she wanted one.  Dear daughter of mine.

She wanted grey so I purchased Cascade Yarns, 220 Superwash wool in Jet #1913.  I love that yarn … they have beautiful bold colors.  And better you can wash it at 40F.  Since mine was a bit too small, I made hers bigger: skeins resulting in a gr shawl.  I used a 4.5 mm hook.

The pattern?  ‘Margaret’s Hug’ Prayer / Healing Shawl’ that I just did a few weeks ago. Here is the link.

The edge …#52 of my ‘Around the Corner Crochet Borders’ book from Edie Eckman.  I made a row of single crochet, skipped the DC row and went for the last 2 rows.  It gives the shawl a girlie curl … just perfect.

And to make it all complete, I made a flower that I mounted on a very special safety-pin … the one from a kilt that Saskia received from her Bon-Papa when she was around 6 years old.  That kilt is long gone but I kept the safety-pin as a treasure and souvenir of my Daddy.

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complete disaster

For Kaidan, I had found this patchwork blanket by Bernat Design Studio on Ravelry…  All excited about this new venture,  I went to a small local shop – Needle Nook – to purchase the same colors as showed on the picture.  Well good luck with that … Instead, I came back home with a small fortune of Plymouth Yarn in green, grey and cream.  A lovely combination for a little boy.

Playing around, I first struggled to place the colors in the right sequence. Luckily, Arno came to the rescue and, even draw the pattern on a piece of paper for future use.

Well as easy as it seemed,  this project became quickly a nightmare for the beginner I was.

At the time, I was still at my early stages of crochet.  My art was pretty uneven, the number of requested stitches were usually inaccurate.  And creating exactly the same squares was not my cup of tea.  After a few attempts of following the instructions, I decided to work by row of squares and to make it my ‘own’ by joining them with a ‘spike‘ stitch.  At the end, I would only have to join the lenght of the stripes to make the blanket.

To add to the pain, my work having been interrupted numerous times and, with some memory loss, I started to use different hooks (3) for this project. The result turned into a true catastrophe.  Disappointed and frustrated, as there was no way for me to start over, I decided to turn the stripes into scarves (see other blog post on that topic).

Anatomy of the disaster

  • hook (supposed to be a 10 mm)
  • Plymouth yard ‘Encore Chunky’ 75% acrylic, 25% wool | skein 100 gr/143 yards
  • Colors: green (#3335), grey (#0256) and cream (#0389)

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Charlies’ jester

When I saw this little jester, I immediately started one for Charlie.  It ended up super cute with a happy choice of color for a little boy.  I added a ‘Paint Splatter‘ to make it a little more original.  Unfortunately mother-daughter described the splatter as a bullet hole … So I don’t think that Charlie will ever wear it.  Still,  I am very proud of the result and love it. What about you?

Details of this chef d’oeuvre

  • Hook H or 5 mm
  • Plymouth Yarn Encore Chunky 75% acrylic 25% wool – Color 0389 Grey
  • Mainly DC’. One row puff stitch (based on 3 HDC) – single crochet to finish
  • Two pompons and a paint splatter for fun
  • How to video
  • And a website with a slightly different pattern with pictures.

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