[WIP Wednesday] Triangular Shawl

Hey everyone! Hope you’re all well. I’ve completed my first week of my new job and absolutely love it. Luckily I’m managing to find time to crochet in the evenings and at weekends, so hopefully I can keep up with any orders!

This week’s WIP is a triangular shawl that I’ve been working on. The pattern is called the Road Trip Scarf, and you can find the pattern here on Ravelry or on Zooty Owl’s Crafty Blog. It’s an incredibly easy pattern to follow, and the pattern consists of repeating one row, once you have the scarf set up.

My Road Trip Scarf so far!
My Road Trip Scarf so far!

My plan for this scarf/shawl is to just continue until I run out of yarn! Unless it becomes really big, in which case I’ll stop. For the life of me I can’t remember where I got this yarn from, it’s just been sitting in my stash for a couple of years. It’s a dk weight acrylic yarn of some sort, and I absolutely love the greys, pinks and purples:

Beautiful colours!
Beautiful colours!

I’ve worked my shawl with a 5.00mm hook like the pattern suggests, to really open up the gaps between the double crochet stitches. It also means it works up a bit quicker, too!

The pattern also suggests adding some embellishments of little flowers, of which I made. I’m not quite sure I like them so much, so I may change them and create some different flowers to sew on when finished:

Little flowers as suggested - not quite so sure I like them!
Little flowers as suggested – not quite so sure I like them!

This project has been on the backburner for a little while, whilst I continue with some orders that I’ve had recently. I’m looking to get it finished soon though, especially as it’s starting to get a bit colder – this would be lovely to wear on the way to work!

Until next time~!

[WIP Wednesday] Eyelet Sweater!

Hi all, back again with another WIP! This week I’m featuring a sweater that I’ve been working on casually for a few weeks – eyelet sweater:

Two panels for the sweater!
Two panels for the sweater!

It’s worked up with a 3.5mm hook and 4 ply yarn – I bought 5 skeins of King Cole Bamboo Cotton 4 Ply in Jade to work up this sweater. The pattern was gifted to me from a page in a magazine, and this is what it should (hopefully!) look like when complete:

The pattern image for the eyelet sweater
The pattern image for the eyelet sweater

As the pattern was gifted to me, unfortunately I do not know which magazine or issue this is from! But it’s quite simple: groups of 3 dc with a skipped stitch inbetween, and then a row of sc on the top to cap it off before repeating the pattern but in a staggered manner to create this isometric design.

One of the panels for the eyelet sweater!
One of the panels for the eyelet sweater!

Now, I will admit a boo-boo that I have encountered. When I started the first panel, I used a specific aluminium hook and was being very careful with the stitches – this lead to a very tight tension. The hook started to give me cramp so I switched hook to another brand – still aluminium and still 3.5mm – but my tension loosened somewhat! I continued for a little while to see if it would rectify and eventually decided to stop with that panel, and start on the next one. I didn’t want to rip it all back and start over, but at the same time I didn’t want to complete the panel and regret it. So I switched to the second panel while I had a think.

Crocheting the second panel has solidified the fact that my tension is definitely different since switching hooks. Take a look:

Differing tensions...
Differing tensions…

So the top panel is the one that I originally started. The bottom panel is the newer one, crocheted completed with the newer hook. There’s a big difference!

I think my next step will be to see if anywhere in the pattern it suggests what the gauge should be, and which piece matches closer to that gauge, and then rip out and start over with the correct one!

So I have a feeling this may be a WIP for a little while, but hopefully not too long as the weather will start turning soon and it would be so lovely to be able to wear this to work!

Until next time~!

[WIP Wednesday] Henry the Dinosaur!

Hi all, hope you all had a lovely weekend! This week’s WIP is one that has been in storage for a little while, as I ran out of yarn and couldn’t remember where I originally got it from. I finally got my hands on another skein and have begun Henry again:

Henry the Dinosaur!
Henry the Dinosaur!

He’s just so cute! You can see in the above image that his little arms are only pinned on at this stage, but will soon be sewed on, like the legs. Here’s another angle so you can see his cute tail (and the ends of the arms wrapped around it!):

Henry's Tail (with ends!)
Henry’s Tail (with ends!)

I have used Natura Just Cotton to make Henry – two of the green and one of the blue. I’ve also used a 6mm pair of safety eyes and lots and lots of toy stuffing. He is worked with a 3.5mm hook to ensure nice and tight stitches that don’t show the stuffing!

Natura Just Cotton - in Jade and Star Light
Natura Just Cotton – in Jade and Star Light

I’m so happy to have a dinosaur that can sit up on its bottom, rather than falling over! The pattern came from a magazine (Issue 21 of Simple Crochet, p.53) and offers two variations: a triceratops and a stegosaurus:

Henry having a read...
Henry having a read…

And what I find interesting for this pattern is that the arms, legs and tail are made using multiples of 5s for each round, rather than a multiple of 6. I would have thought that it would make the arms and legs more ‘cone shaped’, but it has worked well, so that’s something to consider in my future designs!

All that’s left to finish Henry is to sew his arms on, and then decide whether he will become a Triceratops or a Stegosaurus. What do you guys think?

See you soon~!

[WIP Wednesday] Sophie’s Universe Blanket

WIP Wednesday is here once again, and this week I am showing you something that has been a WIP for a little while… my Sophie’s Universe Blanket!

Sophie's Universe
Sophie’s Universe Blanket!

The CAL (Crochet-A-Long) can be found on Dedri’s “Look at What I Made” blog, all 20 weeks of the lovely pattern are on her blog for free. I originally began this CAL at the same time as the patterns were posted. It was such a thrill to rush to complete each week’s rounds before the next part of the pattern was posted.

Sophie's Universe
Close-Up of Detail: Row of Roses

Unfortunately, when I moved in April we lost internet connection for a few weeks. This meant that I had to go a few weeks without updated patterns, and fell behind. Once I established a connection again, the motivation was lost, after seeing a few weeks worth of posts to catch up on, and seeing everyone’s lovely pictures of their blankets, and mine was behind. My blanket has been sat for quite a while now, incomplete.

Sophie's Universe
More Surface Details!

But as I recall, I was fairly close to the end of the pattern (on part 15, I believe) but totally lost motivation! …As well as running out of yarn, as this blanket starts to eat yarn like there’s no tomorrow – to give you an idea, at the end of 100 rounds you’re on around 180 stitches per side! Due to the moving home, and the costs involved, I wasn’t able to replenish my stash for a little while, and once I had I moved onto other projects that were a little smaller or didn’t require a pattern.

Sophie's Universe
Blanket Centre Close-Up

Hopefully, by showing you how far I got with my blanket, it will motivate me to continue and try and finish this beauty off!

If I could start again, I would choose a colour palette to begin with. While making my blanket I just went with what I had available in my stash, and what colours looked good together. As the blanket grew, the tones changed and it became very multi-coloured. Maybe next time I could do a pastel-shade blanket, or a warm-coloured blanket. Who knows?! I need to finish this one first! Taking a look at the images posted onto Ravelry and Instagram really have inspired me to continue. I was fairly close to the end, why not finish her off?!

Until next time~!

[WIP Wednesday] Fibi the Fox!

Hi all, hope you’re all well. I’ve been busy crocheting over the last few weeks, and have another WIP to show you! I purchased a pattern just before my birthday in July, and have finally started on my Fibi Fox. If you’re interested in the pattern, you can purchase it through Lalylala’s page on Ravelry, or take a look at Lalylala’s website directly. They have produced a whole range of these lalylala dolls, which are really adorable, but I was really drawn to the fox!

The download provides a pdf with the pattern and many images to help with any difficult parts of the pattern, but so far it’s been straight forward. I rushed out to get some yarn for this, with one teeny mistake: I forgot to check the hook size and yarn weight suggested by the pattern, and bought DK weight yarn. The pattern suggests a finer yarn, so I think my Fibi is going to turn out quite tall!

Fibi Fox
Fibi Fox

As you can see, I’ve done the body and head, and I’m currently working on the arms. I chose a more skin-tone yarn for the face and hands, which makes it look more like the doll is wearing a fox costume, rather than actually being a fox!

I think when finished Fibi will be about 12 inches tall. I have yet to find a purpose for her – be it a gift or what have you, so she may stay with me! The body did get quite monotonous, as there were quite a few rounds, but watching television while crocheting makes for quick results!

I think I’ll probably have her finished within another week or two, as I’ve been working on a few other projects, namely finishing up the Eloise Cardigans and starting on a crochet order. I’m becoming a lot fonder of the sewing up stage of crochet. It was something that I loathed when I began to crochet, but now I feel that it brings the project together, and it’s so exciting to see the finished product so close.

I better go carry on with my crochet!

See you soon~!

[WIP Wednesday] Eloise Baby Cardigans!

So previously I had finished an Eloise Sweater for a friend, and in my excitement I showed one of my relatives. She thought it was so lovely, she asked if I would be able to make two more, but in baby pastel colours for a set of twins that have recently been born. Here’s an image of the original that I showed my relative:

Eloise Baby Sweater
Eloise Baby Sweater Following the 18 months pattern, with DK weight yarn and a 4.5mm hook.

I absolutely love the multicoloured yarn used to make the stripes and to cap the sleeves. I’m hoping the receiver of this cardigan is very happy!

So, on to my current WIP! I have chosen white for the main part of the cardigans, and a baby pink for the embellishments. It takes a little while to get going, as for each panel at the bottom part of the cardigan, you need to repeat the pattern to create 15 pink panels, which can be tedious and does mean that there are an awful lot of ends to weave in afterwards!

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Eloise cardigans number two and three!

The biggest hurdle with projects is “second sock syndrome” – where you complete the first half of a project, but can’t face doing it all over again for the second. I have a little bit of that with it being two matching cardigans! So I’ve started on the second one before finishing the first one, so I at least have them both as WIPs.

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So. Many. Ends!

You can see from the above image that there are ends poking out that are begging to be weaved in. They will have to wait for a while, I’m afraid, I hate weaving in ends! I usually leave them all to the very end, then weave in all the ends on the project, so that I am motivated by the end goal in site, and just sit in front of the TV for half an hour or so, weaving in all the ends in one go. It’s so satisfying when they’re finished.

So this is this week’s WIP (well, one of many…) that I wanted to share with you all. Hopefully these will soon be finished!

See you soon ~!