Hook N Learn Part 9 – Apache Tears

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…

Getting On With It – Part 2

So I did get on a bit of a role after I finished the Catherine Wheel block of my Hook n Learn blanket. As soon as I had fastened them of I moved straight on to part 8, the puff Stitch block.

This block went really quickly as it had no colour changes and was a simple 2 row repeat.

Onwards and upwards. Only 4 more parts (5 more blocks) to go until I can start to assemble! Yay!

Getting On With It

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!

Pick 'n' Mix CAL Part 1

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. 

Hook'n'Learn Part 4 – Spike Stitch

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… 

Hook'n'Learn part 3

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.

Hook n Learn part 2 – Waffle Stitch

Just popping in today to share my finished squares for part 2 of the Hook n Learn blanket from Simply Crochet Magazine.

Arent they pretty. Obviously they aren’t blocked yet. I will do that later. I am already farmilliar with waffle stitch as I used it in my Last Dance on the Beach blanket. Its such a nice stitch as it gives a lovely thick and textured fabric.
I recently found an (admittedly poor resolution) picture of the finished Colour Crafter blanket (they look different depending on the yarn you choose as they are laid out differently). I am going to use this to inform my colour choices.

I have made a little diagram to help me decide on colour placement.

Here are my squares so far added to the diagram.

I love these colours together. I cant wait to make more!

Hook N Learn CAL part 1

Just popping in to share with you my first block for my Hook n Learn CAL.

I have never used block stitch before. I quote enjoyed it. I had many thoughts about how I could use it in the future. I kept thinking about a grey cowl with a rainbow of sc rows in between.
For part 2, its waffle time!