Granny Square Rainbow
I knit an awful lot of socks, which means I have an awful lot of leftover sock yarn. One day I decided to embark on making a granny square blanket with all my leftovers. Only, as it turns out, my leftovers weren’t as extensive as they first appeared. Pictured here are all the squares I have made so far, a grand total of 135. The only problem is that I need 252 for the blanket I have designed, so there’s a lot of sock knitting in my future!
I am particularly short on orange and purple for some reason. Does anybody have a favourite purple or orange colourway? I’d love to hear some ideas – the orange in particular seems difficult to find, but maybe I’m just looking in the wrong places.
I had a ball of Noro Silk Garden Sock languishing in my stash for a very long time. It was a gift, and I wanted to make sure that I did the right thing with it. I completely adore the project that I chose to make with it (my puffin jumper), but I had a little bit left over. The amount I had, only 28 g, wasn’t really enough to do much with, but I couldn’t imagine not having every last yard of a special yarn in use where I could see it. So, I opted for one of my favourite projects – I made a granny square. The finished granny is 24 cm square and I intend to make a cushion cover from it. Admittedly a tiny cushion cover, but a cushion cover all the same. If only I could find a use for the last 2 metres. Any suggestions?
Normally I crochet little granny squares from scrap sock yarn whilst I sit on the bus to work. Whilst those squares are destined to be part of a blanket that I’m determined will be amazing, they do rely on me actually having scrap sock yarn to hand. So, recently I have been working on something a little bit different.
Why yes, I have indeed crocheted a miniature yellow jumper. I have not taken leave of my senses, as it might appear, but am contributing to an initiative by Harrogate City Council to decorate their town in preparation for le Tour de France.
For those of you who do not follow either elite road cycling or the fortunes of Yorkshire as a county, it has been selected to play host to le Grand Depart 2014. This is the start of the tour, and there will be two days of racing in Yorkshire. Harrogate are aiming to string bunting made of tiny knitted/crocheted jerseys through the town, and they have called the project le Tour de Bunting. As I like bunting, making things and le tour de France I wanted to get involved. I also really do like the name!
They are hoping to get bunting made in the colours of all the prize jerseys, but I thought I would start with the yellow, because it is the most iconic one. The project is really short of the King of the Mountain jerseys, so I might make a few of them as well. They need stranded colourwork though, as they are white with red polka dots, so would be quite a bit of extra effort!
The little cape that I was crocheting is all done. This is the first substantial bit of crochet that I have done in a long time, and I’m really pleased with it. So, without further ado, here are some pictures of the finished article.
The original pattern called for some long chains with pompoms at the end to be used as a closure, but I much prefer the look of the button and loop fastening that I went for. I also did a totally different collar – mine is just a few rounds of double crochet, with a bit of a decrease on the corners at the front to make them curvy. The pattern had a full collar, but I found that it wouldn’t turn down properly and it looked a bit odd when it was stood up, because the front edges crossed over one another.
My Cold Shoulders cape is very nearly done. It’s now merrily blocking away, and when that’s finished I just need to do something about a closure – I’m not wild about the way it’s done in the pattern. It might just be me, but I always find that crocheted chains, particularly those weighted down with something like pom poms, twist around each other and get tangled up like nobody’s buisness. So not those. Right now I think I’ll opt for some buttons and some crocheted loops.
This cape wasn’t the easiest thing to block in the world, as it doesn’t form a proper circle shape when it’s flat. The centre of it is a little ruffled up, but as you can hopefully see, I’m trying to keep the front edges straight and to keep the shells open as far as possible. Oh, and this is all for something in a yarn that probably won’t block that well anyway – it’s only 50% wool, but I’m hoping that’s enough.
I decided recently to make a little present for my grandmother (nobody else appreciates hand-made presents quite as much), and had fixed on the idea of some sort of shawl or wrap. So I began my quest for a pattern, and had lined up a few things that I liked and would be quite quick for me to knit. Then I realised that this was the perfect opportunity to tackle one of my crafting new year’s resolutions – to crochet something other than a granny square. I reset the filters on ravelry and went off on another search, where I eventually came up with Cold Shoulders. The pattern is a little cape, with lots of rows of shell stitch. My version is made in Wendy Mode DK, which has to be my favourite low budget yarn – it is a 50/50 merino/acrylic blend, and available from my LYS for £2 a ball.
As you can see, I’ve got a few rows of shells left to do, but I’m really enjoying crocheting something a bit more substantial.
I was going to take some pictures of my finished scarf to share with you today, but once again the weather had other plans. Right now I’m not convinced that it will ever stop raining, although at least my immediate area hasn’t been flooded. Instead, I’ve taken a picture of a pair of socks that I started just before Christmas, and are now well on their way. The pattern is Slip-Stitch Cable Socks by Charlene Schurch, but I have made mine in a fingering weight yarn with 2.75mm needles, as opposed to the worsted called for in the pattern. I know you can’t see it that well, but the yarn is incredibly bright, and I’m calling them my neon socks. At least, to myself I am – it’s surprising how rarely other people ask me what I’m calling any given project! I’ve made them once before using the same weight yarn, and they turned out just the size I was hoping for (I cast on 56 stitches, and wear a UK size 6). I also have a bonus picture of the granny square that I made on the bus today, which, as you might be able to see, I made using the leftover yarn from my first neon sock.
Sorry, I know the photos are awful.