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Crochet In The Bold Corner

It has been too quiet about this place for the last week or so, all due to much teaching of crochet and many very capable hands turning out well defined crochet stitches.

I am also busy preparing handouts for my next workshops in Denmark; or rather, I should be doing that as they do not just manifest themselves just because I have crochet the relevant samples. I have not yet mastered the art of printing them out straight from my brain – if you have found a way, please let me know.

As I said, I should be preparing handouts but my imagination ran riot the last few days and I started no less than four different projects, and they are all in a state of non-completion. I am being very bold and I had to send myself in the bold corner.

Freeform in Green by Irene LundgaardBold Corner Freeform Crochet © Irene Lundgaard 2013

That move proved counter productive and matters escalated in that corner as I found about 100g of yarn that just had to be crochet there and then. The crochet has absolutely no relevance to the workshops I am preparing other than I just may be able to turn it into a pretty cushion cover, that way it fits the crochet “Living” workshop I’m doing. Can’t you imagine this crochet stretched over a pretty piece of violet coloured silk? My imagination can, but I really do not have the time for these sort of ideas popping up in the middle of an otherwise well scheduled time plan. Fortunately, I don’t actually have enough yarn to complete the project – and I don’t have any violet coloured silk either. Yet…

I better get back to those handouts… Are you good at being disciplined or are you bold like me?


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…

IMG_8543smallRosa Bellflower © Irene Lundgaard 2010

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.


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?

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.

Design Fun Knitting Pattern

I Knit Too, You Know

I have just rooted out my nifty little set of short 3 mm DPNs for a few hats I want to make for the Innocent Big Knit in aid of Age Action Ireland as I might one day need some age action myself.

I was looking through my stash of juicy coloured yarns while I was at it and I fell over some Kauni Effect that might just work. However, the Kauni reminded me that I have completely forgotten to load my free knitting patterns to this site, one of which is The Rainbow Scarf that is worked in garter stitch throughout. A handy number, if you ask me.

The Rainbow Scarf
© Irene Lundgaard 2010

I have heard people saying that Kauni Effect is too itchy around the neck. Itch and scratch in yarn is never an issue for me but I did have a think about a possible alternative yarn that might be suitable and I think the fun Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Sock Yarn would be a real good alternative.

Having fondled the Kauni Effect and thinking you-know-what-present thoughts… I thought I would make the free PDF pattern available here. Click to get yours:  The Rainbow Scarf – by Irene Lundgaard

My other free patterns are available here!