Here it is. My go at Simply Crochet Magazine Hook n Learn CAL part 9.
I have to say, whilst I love the asthetic of the Stitch done properly it isn’t for me…
The original pattern as written would have required me to see in 54 ends we block… That’s 108 by the time both blocks are finished. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So I tried to work it out so I could go back and forth in rows instead of fastening off and starting each row on the same side. This would remove two thirds of the ends rovbe sewn in. It looks fine but it’s not quite as nice as the original. Also it’s so boring! My god is it boring. So boring that I finished each block 3 rows early! My gauge has been quite all over the place with this project, and at the point I stopped these blocks were the same size as some other blocks that were meant to be this size so it’s close enough. I.
On happier news, we are now only 3 parts away from the border, and each of the last three parts require only 1 square! Yay! I am almost there! I have some pretty important other projects to finish first though, so I may not get onto the next square until September…
Do you ever start a project then completely forget about it. I must say this is pretty rare for me, as generally speaking I tent to start a project then just keep going til it’s finished. But The Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket (Simply Crochet’s most recent CAL) had been languishin in a box for too long now. So I decided it was time to get back on it.
So out came the yarn and the bag of already completed squares so I could work out where I was at. I had already done 6 parts of the 13 park CAL. So what was part 7. Eurgh… Catherine Wheel Stitch. Suddenly I remembered why this ended up being forgotten. Back when I was following the CAL I saw so many people complain about how difficult it was. And quite frankly I think it’s and ugly Stitch, so it got put off. But if I am ever to complete the blanket I need to get on and do it!
Here they are. I am still not in love with the Stitch – looks almost clown like to me – but it wasn’t as hard as all that – it was actually quite easy! I don’t know what all of the fuss was about. Now onto the next block. Puff Stitch. Hopefully with a bit of luck, I will fly through the rest of the blocks!
Hello all. Just popping in with and update on my Crochet situation.
First of all, I am tantalisingly close to finishing my Ombre Colour Block Jumper. The pattern was published in Issue 82 of Simply Crochet Magazine and of designed by Fran Morgan. All ends sewn in and so now all I have to do is sew the sleeves on! How exciting. So whether permitting I will be able to get out and photograph it on the weekend.
And since this project is almost at an end, it was time to start a new project. So I joined a CAL.
This is the Falling Blossoms Shawl by Ana D Crochet. Isn’t it gorgeous. You can purchase the pattern here.
I fell in love with the shawl as soon as I saw it, and luckily already had a suitable yarn in my stash.
I will be using the top yarn in this photograph – Truly Hooked Standard Sock in colourway Pickled Cabbage. The CAL started this week and I am already 30 rows in. It’s working up beautifully. This is the lightest yarn I have ever used (it’s 3ply light weight sock) and it was fiddly on the first row but since then has been wonderful. I am almost at the end of section 1 already!
Were almost at Augusts end, but I am popping in to share just one more FO with you.
I was sitting in my living room chilling, when all of a sudden I got the urge to finally start work on the Pick and Mix CAL that has been in my to do list for so long. When I saw this CAL in Simply Crochet Magazine almost 2 years ago I fell in love immediately and went straight to wool warehouse to grab the yarn pack. But that is as far as I got. Until now!
I live this yarn (Cascade 220). It is super buttery and nice to crochet with. And the colours are so vibrant.
The pattern was easy to follow. The only downside was the number of tails I had to sew in!
The finished squares were wobbly as hell but a bit of blocking straightened it all out!
I love them and I cant wait to get started on part 2.
I finally got around to catching up with part 6 of the Hook and Learn CAL from Simply Crochet magazine.
This month was granny stitch.
This stitch was very simple but my god! There were so many ends to sew in! So when I made the second square, I stuck to one colour. It went much quicker!
Next up, Catherine Wheel Stitch.
Whoopsie daisy. I missed the last WIP wednesday and I am late on this one! Doh! Oh well. Better late than never eh?
I have 2 projects on the go at the moment.
First is this months contribution to Octopus For a Preemie UK. I am working with Drops Love You 8. I love th vibrancy of this yarn and it is super affordable but it isnt half splitty.
I am also working on part 5 of the simply crochet Hook and Learn. I love the look of crochet cables but I would say they are definately not for beginners – the premise is simple enough but it is very fiddly.
I have to admit I am now a little behind on the Hook N Learn from simply crochet. I have been aiming to complete 1 part a month but last month I didnt manage to finish pat 4 so now I have to do parts 4 and 5 in july. No sweat though – I just finished part 4 yesterday morning.
This isnt the first time I have done spike stitch so I was fairly confident with it and I think it turned out lovely.
Next up – Cables…
Hello all! My word am I knackered today! We had the most rediculously heavy rain shower. It was very small in terms of ground covered, but it was really heavy. Like a tropical monsoon. As you know I work at London Victoria station. One minute it was dry. The next minute the station was flooded! It was crazy! We had to shut 4 platforms as well as half of 2 concourses, because it was so treacherous! The roof just couldnt take the pressure it was that heavy! So I spent the last couple of hours running around like a headless chicken trying to manage the flooding in my area and keep the passengers safe. It was mental!
Anyways, just popping in to share with you my completed blocks for the Simply Crochet Hook’n’Learn blanket CAL. This month it was shell stitch. I love shell stitch. It creates such a pretty texture and when using 2 different colours, creates a fabric that looks different depending on what side you view it from. The only downside to this block is the number of ends that need sewing in. The bane of all of our lives!
Here it is plugged into my diagram. I like how it looks so far. I can start to see it all coming together.