Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The Latest Visitor to my Garden!


While working at my desk, I looked out to see this little face poking up from an inspection plate on my patio. Who could this be?

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Avoid Second Sleeve Syndrome–Don't Work by Halves!

Counter up to the 78th row
Decisions, decisions!

What to do next for this cardigan!

Some patterns are organised as one single process. The rows begin at 1 and count up until the end at Row x; e.g. Rows 1, 2, 3 … Rows 99, 100, … x.

The Belcarra Cardigan pattern is organised into sections; e.g. Back, Sleeve Shaping, Neck, Front, Cuffs etc.  and the row numbering restarts in each section at Row 1.

This 'modular' approach has many benefits, but I know that duplicate row numbers within a pattern is guaranteed to confuse me and encourage mistakes, especially when under the influence of fatigue.

How will I work out which row I am up to without having to read right through the pattern each time?  

Should I work the cardigan sections in a different order?

This post discusses different approaches to working in sections, the pros and cons of each, and the management of row numbering.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Hospital Ducks

New arrivals at the local hospital
Tuesday was mostly spent at the hospital where, not only new babies are born, but a clutch of 8 ducklings as well!

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.