In the mornings when I awake and begin to crochet or knit with my morning cup of coffee while listening to the news, my legs remain warm under the blanket, Mojo providing additional warmth as he lies nestled between my legs. Meanwhile, my shoulders and neck are freezing…but, not anymore!
Using the general crochet formual for a circle, calculated the number of edge stitches on the cowl, this time taking into consideration, the adjustment that had been made at the end of round one to accommodate evenly distributed petal/scale placement.
Next I divided the number by eight for even increase distribution and started increasing to my shoulder width. At that point, I stopped increasing, hoping for a more immediate shaping, which did not develop, and ended with me frogging back to the last increase row.
Well, at least I am going to cherish this creation.
The yarn for this project was gifted to me by a friend from first grade, whom’s mother pass last year. I thought I would make something for my friend, but her favorite color is purple, not pink. 😀
Please inform Mrs. Yamamoto (Kat’s mom) – if she doesn’t know already – that her yarn stash has been discovered and is being converted into something practical for Hooker Leo, who is ever grateful to have extra yarn with with to research and develop, and keep warm.
I had seen a stitch previously on YouTube that I intrigued me. It is called Serpentine Stitch. However, I did not visualize an item – except an afghan – that would satisfactorily incorporate the stitch pattern. This led to a little research and development…and I came up with this petal-like, scale-like, biased texture by alternating a one-stitch shift/yarn-color change every other row: Shifting Serpentine Stitch.
After seeing the difference in size between wear-by-my-mother and wear-by-myself, I would have to size down the item for pattern writing. So Cherish cowl will certainly be cherished by me, a WIP (work, in progress), as I develop a poncho type item that will keep me warm in my orange garage-apartment.
It has been so long since I worked with a super bulky yarn that it took a little getting used to again. Considering the short color runs, I am pretty convinced that this would have looked similar knit.
About The Project
I really wanted to knit, but having only one skein (approximately 85 yards), I was restricted to usable items I could knit. I did have a little extra yarn, so I can’t guarantee it as a one skein project. However, I did stop about the same place I began after using my extra due to a knot in the whole skein towards the end.
Additionally, there is too much frustration knitting small items, as I am restricted to 24 inch cables, due to my large hands. I started to knit a medium cowl, but forgot about curling of stockinette, so decided to crochet in stockinette, no curling.
Dimensions: 12 (D) x 8 (H) inches Price: USD $12.00, less 25% Friends & Family Discount, where applicable
I was going to write a recipe, but just discovered that my stitch is not identified as I thought, and it appears I might have created a new stitch: Single Crochet Stockinette – at least to me!
Very pretty colors, but it has a bouclé feel, which gets very old when one has to ?, and because I was improvising, on a new technique, I have plenty of opportunity to frustrate myself. I got so frustrated at one point I broke the yarn, ?-ing. Grrr!
About The Pattern
The pattern was created in my head, as I crocheted. Until I got a pattern I liked, and then I had to chart a few layers until I was proficient enough to work without them. I was going to write a pattern, but when I realized I would have to include instructions on how to interlock crochet, I decided against it. I was having enough frustration following pattern and frogging bouclé yarn.
About The Project
Dimensions: approximately 36 inches, square Price: USD $100.00, less 25% friends/family discount, where applicable
If you look closely at the pictures, you might notice the reversed pattern.
I would like to point out that this was crocheted in-the-round, which I challenged myself to learn, as the book I used (Interlocking Crochet: 80 Original Stitch Patterns Plus Techniques and Projects by Tanis Galik) taught only row-by-row.
The yarn is labeled bulky, so I am suing a US J / 6.5 mm hook. At first I thought it was too big because the interlocking seemed loose. I adjusted my tension and my crochet has improved.
In case you forgot the colors I am going to use in this afghan, here they are again…
I was going to write up a pattern, but it is really slowing me down and I have decided there is not much use for it without instruction on how to Interlock Crochet. Oh well, at least I am able to teach the technique now…in-the-round!
I figured out how to interlock crochet in-the-round!
I wrote down what I’ve done so far, which is good because I am liking the design and it will be measure of how well my documentation skills are for this new method in case I want to write a pattern up.
Today, I might play around with digital designing to see what I can come up with and then see if I might go a different direction for the actual piece…a mystery! 😀
The name of this project is spiritually related and inspired…I was listening to music from my library, while composing this post and my interlock crochet progress and the three songs that impressed themselves into my memory are Mystery Achievement by The Pretenders, Snowball by DEVO and Trust by Me’Shell Ndegéocello.
I did “achieve” something really big – a “mystery” to me: interlock crochet in-the-round!
And I didn’t lose a love – sardonically speaking, I never had one to begin with 😉
As I had decided on Mystery Achievement, Trust had started, confirming my choice, and which was another good name.
I knew there was something I was going to add: The yarn I have been using for this afghan development is Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01044 True Grey & 01011 Soft Taupe; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted).
The primary yarn color was labeled Felix, hence the name Felix The Cat by Ann Bennett.
About The Project
I did not have enough of my primary yarn to make anything, so I searched my stash and found some complementary colors.
This project was a difficult start, as I kept making mistakes and could not decided how to proceed: provisional cast on or in-the-round? I finally chose in-the-round, but ended up using the 24-inch cable length that presented minor difficulty manuevering. I would recommend 20-inch cable.
Once I decided on a knit method, I had to decide when to stop; despite my desire to use all the yarn so there would be no leftovers.
The only other critical mistake was in design: my garter edges keep folding in on themselves; I think that is an issue between garter and stockinette transition.
Dimensions: 10 (D) x 12 (H)
Price: USD $188.00, less 25% Friends/Family Discount, where applicable
Fiber Content: 100% Extra Fine Merino Yarn Color: Blue-Grey (approximated; unidentified on yarn label) Yarn Weight: 3, DK Yarn Care: machine wash – warm, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, do not iron, dryclean – any solvent except trichloroethylene
I feel like the end is near and have developed a desire to crochet/knit all my good yarn before I die because I hate to see it being sold at a yard sale for fifty cents per skein.
Back in 2014 a group of friends and I ventured downtown on public transportation. We lunched at Philippe’s and then ambled over to Gather DTLA to visit another friend.
It was in Gather DTLA that I purchased the skein of Lucky Lamb Yarn (multicolored). Had I been more experienced, I would have purchased enough yarn to actually make something. I’ve treasured it over the years more than actually looked for patterns using a small amount (250 yards). Unable to design something on my own back then, I have finally evolved to a level where I can improvise something simple. I was fortunate to find the complimentary solid colors in my stash: Lana Gatto Feeling in rust and Universal XF Merino Superwash in grey.
Unfortunately, I caught a mistake while examining, but it was four rows down and I didn’t want to tink back – I only ? on flat pieces and only when there is no other option. Doubling up, I noticed another mistake in the picture…grrr!
I still have some Bernat Baby Coordinates. As such, I want it gone from my stash, so I am crocheting another baby blanket.
I have tried this pattern before, but my afghan started to bow. I was so frustrated, I ended up just throwing it away. This time, I worked a bit more and I actually discovered where my design mistake was. I have still not perfected the beginning, but I am on the path to finishing this project, yarn, design once and for all.
I have not yet decided if this will be a gift or merchandise.
I am trying to do too many things at the same time and I forgot that I had already named this project Miss Chatelaine Stole.
When I finally got to this post, having forgotten I already named this project – I came across my inspiration for this project:
This also matches my desired finished size: 2-3 feet x 5-6 feet.
Feeling closer to god, I started searching for a name. No songs with the word ecclesiastical in them. Next I searched church and came up with Church of the Poison Mind by Culture Club ?. I liked Miss Chatelaine because I kind of identified with the song, as a tribute to being a fully authenticated gay man – which I am not yet – however, Church of the Poison Mind is closer to my soul.
Fiber Content: 100% Viscose Yarn Color: Wild Grass 116 Yarn Weight: 1, Super Fine 
Shown in the featured picture. The picture also shows my inspiration, but I will need to tweek it to my liking. I also plan on calling the company to see if I can find out the yarn weight classification and maybe even get a hook recommendation from them. The other yarn is
I began this project the morning I returned to the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild. I was unable to decide on the yarns I was going to use for this project . This part has been settled.
I am still not sure if this should be crocheted or knitted in stockinette to show off the chenille, but that would require much care while knitting and I have a feeling the yarn will twist coming off a cone. I also want the project to be mindless for portability.
Second guessing myself, I think this project will not be very portable with two skeins and scissors for yarn changing, etc.
This project also marks my first venture into charting a pattern repeat. I will also be writing a pattern.