Friday, July 28, 2017

Snuggly Shawl Yarn Blanket

Hello everyone!
What do you do with your left over scraps of yarn?


I’d been building up a real stash of yarn scraps, particularly 4ply sock weight yarn because that’s what I use most and I decided last year I wanted to start a memory project and start using up all of those little scraps of yarn.

I tried knitting mitered squares but I didn’t enjoy picking up the stitches much and as this was going to be a big project  I decided to frog it and try to find something that I was going to love.
 
I then started to crochet mitered squares but they are really sturdy and didn’t have the kind of softness I wanted the blanket to have, so I frogged that one too!

 


Third time was a charm for this project because on my third try I tried a join as you go hexagon motif and my snuggly shawl yarn blanket project was born! :)

 


So I started crocheting hexagons…

 


…And more hexagons…

 


..And more hexagons!

 


I decided a few months ago that I’d finished the blanket, but this past week I’ve been thinking perhaps I could add to it and make it a little bigger.
 
 
 
What do you think? This is how big it is at the moment:


 
Do you have any ideas for a scrap yarn project?

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mandala Love

Today I wanted to share some photos of one of my favourite projects ever! My Mandala Shawl:


 
Now I love mandalas, I find them to be really relaxing to make and I enjoy using changing yarn on each round and using lots of different colours. And as you know, I love shawls so when I got to combine the two, it quickly became one of my favourite projects :)

 


When I designed this shawl I chose to use Drops Baby Merino yarn – I love this yarn and it comes in 40 colours so you can choose your favourite colours to use for the pattern!



You can see more photos on the design page:



 



I love seeing different versions of the shawl made by crocheters around the world.
Some people have made it and used it as a shawl, a blanket, a throw, a table centre, a doily and Lucy from Attic 24 made a Mandala hoop display using the pattern:
 
Credit for this photo goes to Lucy at attic24.typepad.com

Please go and check out the blog post she made about making this mandala because it has some wonderful tips on how to attach it to a hoop so it can be used as a wall hanging!  Click here to visit Lucy's blog!
The pattern was first published in a special edition of Simply Crochet Edits and actually made the front cover:
 

 
 
 
The pattern is available for download via Ravelry :
 
Do you have an item that you love to crochet? What is your favourite project?
 
Happy Friday everyone and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Feria Wrap


Crochet Now Magazine issue 17 is out now:
 
 

 See the wrap on the front cover? That’s my Feria Wrap design!
 
Aren't the colours really summery? :) What colours would you chose to make your own version of the wrap?
 
This edition of the magazine is great and is full of beautiful summery projects made in bright colours. The print edition comes with a free 6mm Tunisian crochet hook and a cute little booklet of Tunisian crochet projects so you can start practicing straight away. I love Tunisian crochet, have you ever tried it? Did you enjoy it?
 
I hope you have a very happy weekend!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

My hooky treasure in Simply Crochet issue 59

Each month in Simply Crochet magazine there is a piece where a designer talks about their most treasured crochet item and earlier this year I was lucky enough to be asked by Simply Crochet to tell them about my most treasured crochet piece, my hooky treasure.
 
In this month’s issue (# 59) of the magazine you can find the interview where I talk about my grandma’s beautiful doily:
 
I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this interview in print! 

Long term readers of this blog might remember that I wrote about this project a couple of years ago when I restored the original doily and made my own version after visiting my grandad one summer.

 
I saw a doily on the window sill that I remembered seeing when I was little and I asked him if my grandma had made it. He told me she had and went over to a drawer and pulled out another, identical one. He told me to I could have it as a reminder of my grandma.
 


The original doily had seen better days, it had lost its shape after years of use, part of it had been ripped and it also had a big tea stain on it.
 
So I set about restoring the original doily by washing it (very carefully!) and blocking it to open up the stitches again.
After I saw the doily I decided I would love to make one too and keep it with my grandmas. So I had a look online to see if there were any similar patterns and I couldn’t believe it when I found the exact pattern she had used, it is called the Irish Rose Doily and is from 1949. As it's now a vintage pattern, it is available free online. You can find the pattern via the ravelry page:
The main doily is made first and that you alternate making roses and leaves and join each on to the doily and previous rose or leaf as you go.
 
My grandma's doily is bigger as it has more rounds and more flowers on the edge. Mine has the same number of rounds the original pattern states. One day in the future I’d like to remake the doily in a silky thread and make it to the same size as my grandma did.
Have you got a special handmade item that has a lot of sentimental value to you?
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