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Rosa Bellflower

Months ago I started this nice cardigan designed by my gifted friend, Liselotte. I worked it in the brilliant 4 ply pure wool yarn from the Irish Cushendale Wollen Mills. The yarn is coarse and warm and versatile and hard wearing and the colours are always just right, as is the price – and then there is the bounce. I know, I know, I keep going on about that yarn, but it really is special! I also used Kauni Effect which I really like for the colour too, it’s coarse and the smell of lanolin from it really never allows you to forget that it’s a natural fibre you are working; just the way I like it!  As you probably know by now, I have a severe allergy to petrol based yarn…

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I had the cardigan crochet in no time, but because I made some modifications to the way I used the yarn, so that the same stripe from the Kauni Effektgarn runs all the way across from one sleeve, across the body and then over to the other sleeve, the finishing was quite a fiddle that I kept putting off. Naughty me! IMG_8554smallUnder normal circumstances the sleeves would have been different to the body, but I didn’t want that and in the process dug a deep hole for myself as my preference meant I had very many ends to secure, although I did crochet them away as I went, but they still needed attention; every single one of them, if you get my drift… Because of the modification I did, I had to sew up the sleeves too, which turned out neat and tidy. Nice.

I just know that this cardigan is going to be a much loved garment. I am going to wear it to death and with the winter conditions we have here at the moment, I’m only delighted that I have an excuse to wear it!

Note: The pattern for this wonderful cardigan, is designed by Liselotte Weller (Ravelry link),  it’s a two in one pattern, a jumper and a cardigan and the possibilities for putting your own personal stamp on this pattern are just endless!

I got the Cushendale 4ply from The Yarn Room and the Kauni Effect from Scandinavian Knitting Design. Buttons from stash.

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Crochet

Half A Hook Size Makes The Difference

I have had a cardigan on the hook for some time, it was basically finished, all it needed was the front bands and some buttons and a bit of fancy footwork to finalize edges and such like. Simple really, and I had it all done but wasn’t really happy as I made the classical mistake of making the two front bands too late at night – as in – way too late.

The result of my late night adventure was two lovely puckering front bands, they were not really puckering much and perhaps not really enough for the untrained eye to spot, but I spotted it immediately the following morning. In classical fashion, I put the cardigan to one side for a few days… Don’t we all do that when we realize that ripping and reworking is needed?

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This glorious sunny summer morning I took myself and my hook and my coffee out into the garden and set to work to rectify my error. I ripped and then worked the front bands on half a hook size bigger and if you look at the picture you will see the major difference this makes. The left side is worked on a size 5 mm and the right hand side is worked on a 4.5 mm hook. Another bit of ripping and re-working and there will be no more puckering, now it’s just for fixing ends and getting the buttons just right.  Amazing what a difference 0.5 mm can make!

Note: The cardigan is based on Liselotte Weller’s wonderful generic pattern called Klokkeblomst/Bellflower.

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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?

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Crochet

Flower Power

I am currently preparing the material for the Crochet Flower class at The Yarn Room this coming Saturday and thought I would share the amazing transforming powers of flowers.

I made the very flattering Bellflower sweater by Liselotte Weller during the winter in a plain sage colour and I though I would try it out with some Flower Power. The sweater wool is quite rough, and not for the faint hearted so the sweater is also better known as The Rug but that has nothing to do with anything really. As I mentioned, it’s plain in colour and quite discreet really.

IMG_6286smallI am working some smaller flowers for the class, but thought I would let rip on one for myself so I worked this enormous one to show how a a bit of clever decoration can transform a plain garment. The transformation is quite significant in this case I think. The flower is so large that I had to use three pins to make it sit right and by using pins rather than sewing it on permanently the sweater is nice and versatile and can easily be turned back into being it’s plain old self again. This would obviously work on a plain knitted sweater too.

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Now that is Flower Power if I ever saw it!