Sunday, 29 March 2009

Colour numbers for ripple blanket

From left upper to far right these are the following: Merino Sport from MONDIAL available from Yeoman Yarns. but you have to phone them for these handknit yarns, you can't order them on the internet as yet....

Burgundy@ # 407
Red #90
Dark orange #331
Paler orange # 410
Yellow # 504
Lime green # 158
Darker green #138
sea foam # 26
pale blue sky #81
turquoise # 109
mid blue #1
deeper blue #353
purple #59

not in the above
fuschia pink #162
deep pinky -dark berry red#47

Reason for the missing numbers is that I tore the labels off so quick so I could crochet that I don't remember all the numbers and a friend has borrowed my shade chart from which I originally ordered- oooh dear, sorry!!!

Updated on 5 April when I had my shade list back. All colour numbers now present.

See yesterday's post to see how I started with some of the colours in the ripple stitch stripes!!!

New colours which arrived on Friday 3 April but not yet used are

very pale pastel pink #595
Denim dark blue #14

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Saturday, 28 March 2009

First few rippling rows

First few rows of the ripple balnket to share with you...
Not going to say much today as I'm not feeling so well, more tomorrow or soon I promise.

The forst red row was on Tuesday last and it took a while to decide what to work after the burgundy row and then after the pink row too- various options were tried and frogged...

This is how thw wholw length looks: 15 repeats and now at approx 112 cm width.

Without a flash...

With flash on....
I changed the way I do the dips- after the purple row I think- can you see the difference? I'll explain and demo next time.
Not sure about the narrower rows either- kind of fun but not sure it ''works''....I think I'll continue to throw some in when I feel like it, to have all 2 row stripes is a little too regular for me...?????

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Monday, 23 March 2009

Ripple blanket: the beginning- tutorial

Wool arrived on Saturday and I made a sample piece on the Sunday: Mother's day during several lovely films which were being shown on ITV3 - such as Polyanna- ooooh I wept BUCKETS!
Having listed about 8 ripple designs from Jan Eaton's RIPPLE STITCH book - crochet and knitting- I set about trying them out on a sample piece.

I didn't like Regatta despite the lovely name as it was too fiddly and complicated.
Provence - conjures up such idyllic scenery and sunshine doesn't it? But the dc's everywhere made it too thick as a ripple....Warm waves: too complicated and crowded...5 trebles in one stitch? and then too many tr2togs... brrrrrr

And then I landed on #77: Fall Hedgerows; not too many holes like you get with trebles sometimes, not too dense as it's not dc either. It's in half trebles and a lovely rythmic repeat: 5 htr, 3 htr in one st, 5 htr, skip 1, 1htr,skip 1 and back to the beginning....LOVELY!

As above , I was still learning how to keep my edges straight and playing with the rythm of the stripes.

My sample was 2 repeats and the distance between points was 8cm. 14 sts to one pattern repeat. The sample had about 30 sts. 1 extra stitch at each edge.
It weighed about 14 grammes for the 13 rows shown. I used a 4mm hook. Wool used: the Merino Sport from Mondial : 100% washable wool available in the UK from Yeoman Yarns.
Initially I thought I'd have 12 pattern repeats but when the chain lay on the ground it looked wrong so I went for 15 groups of 14 sts. I always work my starting chains with a bigger size hook, in this case a 5.5mm. And as I'm quite hopeless at counting as I work a chain I crocheted to my hearts content and then stopped to count the stitches, putting a small end of contrast coloured yarn into each 14th stitch with a 4mm hook and tying an overhand knot.
VOILA above. A quick view of how I hold my hook and yarn as so many people have been asking- apparently I don't hold them in a conventional way? I was self taught in Holland many years ago but my English granny helped me along a bit while we listened to '' listen with mother'' on the radio.... I hold the hook in my right hand- yep sorry folks this is for right handed people I can't do it any other way?-thumb on the flat bit and holding the hook like a knife in an overhand hold...
My right index finger controls the yarn and sits on it, it goes up and down while I stitch.( the finger that is)
My left hand holds the work between left thumb and index finger and maintains tension on the yarn: it feeds from below, over my left index finger , under the next 2 fingers and back out over my smallest finger.uuhm I think....

The fabulous book and a bit of the first row after the starting chain.

For a half treble ( UK TERMS THROUGHOUT: USA peeps read sc for dc and dc for treble)
Start as for a treble with a yarn over.
Then put the hook into the stitch below and yarn over again as below. Pull yarn through one loop: leaving 3 loops on the hook as below. Yarn over and now you pull the yarn through all three loops in one go.
And this is how it looks after you do that.

If you start by working a htr into the 3rd chain from the hook and work the sequence as above then you get to the stitch marked with the coloured thread after working the second lot of 5 htr's

as below. This is a very handy way of checking you're on the right course. The first row is always the hardest and it's easy to lose track of where you are.

The next pictures work a half treble - htr- again ... Yarn over.

Pull through a stitch

Yarn over and

Through all 3 stitches.

This bigger picture below shows the group of 3 htr's into one stitch. This forms the ''peak''.

If you have just mastered this new stitch: have a break!!! AAAh puppy time......Or a cup of tea? Then after you have worked a few rows: it's now a lot easier to just see what to do next, the peaks and troughs are visible after the first few rows and you no longer need to count:
5-3 in1- 5-skip-1-skip-5-3in1-5-skip-1-skip-5 etc etc.
At the end I work 6 htr's and turn by working a 2 chain and the next htr in the stitch away from the base of those chains. Effectively you should work 6 htr's after the 2 chain of a turn to get to the middle stitch of the 3 in 1 below, that's where you work the 3 htr.
Then you can count freely again, after the last peak you should have 7 sts: I work 5 htr and then 2 htr together over the last 2 sts before working the 2 chain for the next row....
This gives me a straighter edge somehow....
2 htr tog: yarn over put hook in stitch, yarn over again and put hook into next stitch- at the end this should be the top of a chain stitch- then pull yarn through all loops at once. then the 2 chain of the next row.
Now when you change colour I work the 2 chain in the NEW colour.
In pictures below I show how you can lay the strands of old colour and new colour across the top of the stitches of the row below and CROCHET the ends in as you work so there'll be no sewing in ends at the end!!!! HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!

I usually work about 5 or 6 htr's over the yarn ends before clipping them neatly so they do not show at all. I have also now varied how I work the ''dips'' : by not skipping any stitches but by working 3 htr's together and will show this on a next post.
Bye for now, it's very late: happy hooking!!!

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Saturday, 21 March 2009

RAINBOW - joy! Woolly colour goodness!!!

GOOD MORNING!!!! It's been simply the BEST kind of morning for me and I'm just grinning and jumping for joy. The above wool has just ARRIVED and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it, nay you could say - oooh I just cannot find the words?
Adore? Obsessed? Energised? very very VERY excited?! Better than sex? Maybe... Orgasmic? You bet!
A rainbow of wool : as ordered from YEOMAN YARNS last week, 15 FABULOUS bright colours in PURE 100% WOOL and at a price that ''won't break the bank''....oops I forgot our banks are already broken....Well then at only £2 a ball!!!
Above is my first rainbow- as advised my my kids as I forgot the proper order- It's red first they say and ends in bluey- purple....
It was too long in a line so I've looped it around....see?!

This one includes the pinks too- I don't think they feature in a ''proper'' rainbow....

And then I was playing with colur combos- red green sprang to mind- due to the grass I think.

Here's my perennial all time FAVOURITE: the blue- purples with a dash of green and a LOT of TURQUOISE.
And this is to leave you all warm and glowing- think sizzling hot, or crackling log fires ( without the pinks) or just loving goodness, tlc,passion, caring, zesty energy!

What will I make? Well I have ordered 2 balls of most, 1 of some and 4 of my most favourites and at the moment I'm thinking RIPPLE STITCH blanket. In even or uneven width stripes...
Order of colours not yet decided- will do a few samples to decide gauge , hook , stitch pattern etc.
OR you could do the hexagon thing! Pattern in 2 previous blogs: how to crochet 1 hexagon- date and how to join them as you go along- date for a pictorial tutorial....
OR maybe a granny squares one? Attic 24's flower squares? or a BABETTE afghan as per the interweave crochet website?!
Stripes are my all time fall-back favourite so I'm most likely to take the ripple stitch route.
But I may change my mind because D1 ( daughter number 1) has ''ordered'' a ripple stitch bedspread - single size I hope!- in the blues/ greens colourway.
What would YOU make?
Wool in those colours is in stock now . ( tel 0116 2404464) I'm NOT on commission and NOT selling but they HAVE ordered 20 balls in all those colours so I am ever so ever so grateful.
GOT TO GO! Lots of crochet to do as well as dog to walk and puppies to cuddle and feed their weaning mush.... 3 weeks old now.

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Friday, 13 March 2009

Posy in crochet

This is a posy brooch I made from a pattern you can find on
It's a super new- well new to me anyway- blog that I found thanks to the latest issue of Simply Knitting magazine.....

There's loads of lovely crochet- and other- stuff on there and it's updated daily... Unlike my own paltry efforts!


My next projects will now be a flower cushion in bright cottons and a woolly blanket or afghan in bright coloured wool from Yeoman Yarns. I can't wait!!!! yummy yummy COLOURS!!!!!

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Thursday, 12 March 2009

Hexagon Joining as you crochet TUTORIAL in pictures.

SO SORRY this was meant to be a good way to show how I join hexagons as you finish the third round as worked in my back pack. the pictures loaded in the wrong order so bear with me and I will number the sequence for you. START with picture 1. scroll down to find it, then scroll up picture by picture.

The description of each picture is UNDER that relevant picture.ALL crochet terms used are UK ones.( for USA: A DC is a SC, A treble is a dc.)

OK LET'S HAVE A GO!"!!! You will need one completed hexagon - pattern in my previous post- and one hexagon with completed first 2 colours and the third is complete for the first 3 SIDES ONLY. NOW GO TO PICTURE 1.

This is picture 5 where we start working the next group of ordinary trebles .Just after the first JOINING dc.So you are now working only on the partially completed hexagon again. OK? GO TO PIC 6.
This is picture 4 , showing the just completed FIRST dc of the join.

This is picture 3 , you now draw the yarn through this hole and work a dc.So draw up the yarn as shown and work it.

Here above the writing is PICTURE 2. We have worked a group of 3 trebles at the corner and are now sticking the hook into the completed hexagon ( instead of just working a chain and the next group of trebles) see picture 2. I do this from top to bottom into the hole between 2 groups of trebles on a corner of the completed hexagon.

this is picture 1: see the tiled floor? ONE COMPLETED HEXAGON and one with 3 sides completed.
Start with the picture with the tiled floor showing : this is where we start to join hexagons.

NOW you need to scroll UP to the picture above to see we are going to push the hook into the completed hexagon in the opening in the centre of a corner between the 2 petals ( a petal is a group of 3 trebles)

HERE'S PICTURE 9 where there are those 2 loops on the hook....Now you need to scroll down and find number 9. I am so sorry... Still now it's more fun: like a treasure hunt?

This is picture 8 where we are going to work a dc : pull yarn through- 2 loops on hook, then yarn over and through both loops, dc made.( you can also work this method with slipstitch but I find that too tight and more tricky to do...)

This is picture 7 where we stick the hook top to bottom into the completed hexagon .We do this in the gap after the 3 trebles of the corner BUT before the 3 trebles that sit alone in the middle of a side. COMPRENDEZ? Have a close look , the pictures are clickable. Or leave me a message and I will try to help.

THIS IS PICTURE 6 AGAIN, did I say I was tired? well yes I am, it's those lovely puppies on my other blog... Or as teachers would say: ''just checking you are all awake....''

This is picture 6 we have now completed those 3 trebles. scroll UP.
This is picture 9 where I am working the dc.
This is picture 10 showing the completed joining dc.
This is picture 10 where we are working a group of 3 trebles again.We are now working on the partially completed hexagon only. It's those 3 trebles that sit in the midddle of the side of a 3 colour hexagon.
Picture 11: working the 2nd of the 3 trebles.
Picture 12: just completed the 3rd treble.Now it will be time to join again.

Picture 12 : we are sticking the hook from top to bottom into the completed hexagon, this time in the space between the central 3 trebles group and the first 3 trebles group of the next corner. yarn over, pull through,2 loops on hook, yarn over and through both loops: dc worked.

Picture 13 shows the yarn pulled through.
Picture 14 shows me starting the next group of 3 trebles on the partially completed hexagon, having completed the joining dc. You can just see the joining dc above the hook: it's the blue green triangle above the hook which ''slots'' into the pink of the completed hexagon....

Picture 15 shows the first treble made.

Picture 16 shows the 3 trebles made; THESE ARE THE FIRST GROUP OF THE CORNER of the partially completed hexagon. Can you see the corner lines up with the completed hexagon?
Picture 17 shows the start of the next JOIN: hook from above onto the completed hexagon.
This time we put it into the space between the 2 groups of 3 trebles of the corner of the completed hexagon.
See as above. Picture 18: work a dc as before.

Picture 19: dc worked. You should now have the 2 hexagons joined by 4 dc's evenly spaced .
( with groups of 3 trebles between the joins)
Pic 20: work a group of 3 rebles as usual, you will only be working on the partially completed hexagon now. However If you were joining it to another hexagon you'd carry on repeating the dc joins onto the next hexagons.....
IF there was a hexagon already joined to the pink one and this other hexagon was lying at the top of the picture above: THEN I work a joining dc into the pick hexagon THEN ANOTHER joining dc into the NEXT hexagon ( already attached to the pink one) and then turn back to the groups of 3 trebles of the greens hexagon....
Picture 21
BUT in this case you can just complete the greens hexagon as usual.
Picture 22 : almost completed the greens one.

Picture 23: VOILA : DONE!!!!! 2 hexagons joined with 4 dc's.

I do hope this is found to be helpful and useful?
If you have any questions do send a message or a comment and I'll do my best to help out.


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