Crochet Design

It’s A Game Of Patience

IMG_8182smallI have played the patience game called blocking for a day and a bit. It has been a painful wait for the Watermelon Top to dry, but today when I touched it tenderly it was just soft and dry and ready to wear. I wonder if there is a blocking mat with built-in gentle heat on the market? Now, there’s an idea for the entrepreneurial type!

IMG_8189small I’m mad about the colour which is called Poinsetta. When looking closely you realize that the yarn is spun from yellow and  pink fibre which gives a lovely play in the colour. The colour of the yarn lent itself naturally to a real girlie top. I used the Fern green colour as a contrast and think the picot edge is a pretty addition to the overall look without reaching Barbie levels of pretty. The top is worked in Artesano Alpaca 4ply which drapes beautifully. The weight of the Alpaca hair makes the drape just right.

I have used Liselotte Weller’s simple but effective and clever Bellflower top as the base pattern but in a very heavily modified version. It is worked from the top down and the flower border is based on a pattern from a stitch dictionary. It is worked on hook size 3.5 mm.

IMG_8192smallWatermelon Top © 2009 Irene Lundgaard

This is a winner. I’m delighted with it and I cannot praise the yarn enough. It was such a pleasant crochet. Very gratifying – and that is what it’s all about, isn’t it?

Crochet Pattern

Crochet Beanie Pattern

I have been experimenting with different sizes for the Cool Spring  Beanie & Scarf pattern and I am really happy with the result as my theory proved to hold water.  IMG_6279small

The pattern is made for adult sizes Small, Medium and Large, it’s worked in Artesano Alpaca DK* on hook size 4 mm. My theory was that if I swapped the DK yarn for 4ply and worked it on hook size 3.5 mm the beanie would be Toddler and Child sizes. My other theory was that working in DK on hook 3.5 would make sizes to fit the pre-teen bracket. I was right. The samples came out just as anticipated. Nice!

I am really happy with the way the eyelet pattern has worked out and the little girlie touch with the flower sets it off in a nice way, I think. I am completely mad about the Poinsetta coloured version. If it wasn’t so hard to digest, I just might take a bite of it.
The pattern is now for sale on the Pattern tab and on Etsy.

*The yarn can be replaced with yarn of a similar weight.


Re-working The Beanie

I have been experimenting with the Cool Spring Beanie Pattern over the last couple of days. I have tested the sizes and the pattern and it seems to work.


I was almost done typing it up, until the other day when I was plonked in The Yarn CouchTM Stephanie asked me if I had the pattern in a children’s size also. I don’t. Well, I didn’t. I more or less do now… Or rather, I’m busy testing if I do. I think I do.

What I do have is a little short skinny scarf to go with it. I thought it would be chic with a little scarf. I have mentioned it before, I really do like skinny scarves because they are not bulky although this time around I decided to make it a bit shorter than normal so it cannot be doubled up. Instead it will just lie on the neck with one simple soft knot. That’s the idea but there is nothing stopping anybody from buying an extra ball of wool and work the scarf that much longer.

I am working in the almost edible Artesano Alpaca DK. I really like the drape that the weight of the Alpaca gives. I hope to have the pattern up and running very soon. I just need to confirm that my size theory works first. Back to the hook…