|Crochet ribbing and broomstick lace together.|
Can you guess what it will become?
Last week, I shared this project prototype and invited everyone to guess what it would be.
Did you guess what I was crocheting with those circular knitting needles?
Crocheting with knitting needles?
That seems a bit peculiar but it's true!
|Circular knitting needles|
Thank you everyone who guessed. It was great fun to read your logical and creative answers. You have given me more ideas for things to make with broomstick crochet. The blogosphere is truly a fabulous forum for fun, friends and new ideas.
Regular visitors to Lupey Loops may have seen the broomstick lace scarves I've been making since getting a basic template from a craft show workshop. After finishing the latest continuous scarf in broomstick lace, I've been designing a hat to match.
The correct answer is: A broomstick lace beanie!
(How timely too for the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre to host a "Beanies to Berets" exhibition to inspire me just when I needed it although I did not see one item of broomstick crochet there. Maybe my new design will be good enough to fill that gap next time?)
There isn't a lot to show so far because there has been much crocheting and much undoing.
|Making Kristin Omdahl's|
"Cables and Lace Broomstick Hat"
in 8 ply acrylic.
Kristin Omdahl's pattern uses DK weight yarn (8 ply) but my design will be with 4 ply (sock, fingering) weight. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of stretch to be found in her cabled band.
I plan to use a different technique for the band on my hat. I've been experimenting with post-stitch and single-loop-only ribbing techniques instead because I think the cable pattern will get lost amidst the rainbow colours. Ribbing is simpler.
The colour change intervals in the rainbow yarn will also influence the design. The scarves were designed with just the right number of broomstick eyelets (also known as 'peacock stitches') so that each new row coincides with a colour change. Discovering the way the colours fall in the hat is exciting and fun.
I'm also experimenting with different hook and needle sizes to vary the tension and the stretchiness of the fabric.
There are so many variables to play with
–it's time consuming but I love it!
–it's time consuming but I love it!
This blog entry is brought to you from the confines of my bed. Today has been named "Forfeit Friday" because if it were a sport, the score would be:
Pain 10 : Jodie NIL.It is very frustrating to lose at least half a day being stuck in bed, unable to move, sleeping off the pain that heralded a flare this morning. Thank goodness things settled down enough to keep my promise of answering the guessing game today.
I hope you had fun!
Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre,
287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park SA 5046, South Australia: http://www.gallerym.com.au/
Phone: +618 8377 2904
Omdahl, Kristin, "Cables and Lace Broomstick Hat", crochet pattern:
- Book: Crochet So Fine: Exquisite Designs with Fine Yarns, Interweave, 2010.
- Digital download, Interweave web site: https://www.interweave.com/article/knitting/cables-and-lace-broomstick-hat-from-kristin-omdahls-crochet-so-fine/
- Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cables-and-lace-broomstick-hat
Related Posts on Lupey Loops
"Beanies to Berets Exhibition & Sale Now Open", 25 June 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/beanie-to-berets-exhibition-sale-now.html
"Circular Broomsticks", 21 June 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/circular-broomsticks.html
"Broomstick Rainbow Finished for You", 10 June 2017: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/broomstick-rainbow-finished-for-you.html
"Get on your Broomsticks!", 31 October 2016: https://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/get-on-your-broomsticks.html