Thursday, 18 September 2014

Tea Towels Two-by-two

It has been a busy time lately yet somehow I have found the time to begin some more crochet projects!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

From Swatches to Sleeves

Left: pattern gauge
Right: my gauge
The Belcarra Cardigan is worked from the bottom up, starting with the back panel which then widens to incorporate the sleeves.

The 'step' method of increasing is used to shape the sleeves.

This post shows the 'step' method and discusses the use of 'extended' stitches.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Secret Baby Items (of bibs & blankies)

When I haven't been working on the Belcarra Cardigan, I have been crocheting baby items for a very special expectant mum.

I'm afraid I cannot tell you what they are until baby arrives, but since I have been in 'baby mode', I thought I would share some of the crocheted baby items I have made in the past.  

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Design Characteristics of an Easy Pattern

I have worked 42 rows so far!
The back panel of my cardigan is done (hooray) up to the start of the sleeve shaping and I am loving its easiness.

The Belcarra Cardigan is straightforward to work due to clever design characteristics.

If that's not enough for simplicity, use available tools (or create your own) to make it even easier to work and navigate your project.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Belcarra Beginnings

Hooray!  I sorted out the yarn, the hook; time to get started on my version of Robyn Chachula's Belcarra Cardigan.

Starting with the back of the cardigan, this post explains how to adjust the pattern for a different gauge.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Parcel of Pure Joy

I love meeting people and learning
about faraway places. 

Last week I was lucky enough
 to have a package arrive
all the way from
New Zealand
with the cutest and
most amazing contents.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Hat Heads for Home

Meladora's Butterfly Stitch Slouch Hat
Version 1

My friend loves the colour and style of this hat but she discovered the band to be a bit too tight for her head.  Obvious solution: rework the band to make it larger and looser.

When my friend visited recently to try on her finished hat, we were both pleased that it fit her nicely.

Three cheers and a sigh of relief!