On da Hook: December 15, 2015 Off da Hook: December 17, 2015 Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Yarn:Lily The Original Sugar ‘n Cream (Fiber Content: 100% USA Grown Cotton; Yarn Color: Indigo; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Dimensions: Unknown (forgot to measure before gifting)
I had no blue yarn in my stash to make something for our latest member of One Skein Short and two days before we had our gift exchange, my sister brought over some yarn for me, which included this indigo cotton yarn. Perfect! I set to creating a alternating front post/back post treble crochet cowl. I thought the cotton would be good for this member, as I did not know if she runs hot or cold; my feelings were that a light weight fiber was more in line.
The more I crochet, the more I am liking it due to speed of project completion. After yesterday’s tension mishap, I started a classic back loop single crochet ripple cowl in black and orange for Halloween. Believe me the tension on this one is exactly what I like, achieved by using a J hook. I am using my unlabeled black acrylic yarn stash and a cone of orange that I purchased at Newton’s Yarn Country, during my first visit to their Fall Festival Parking Lot Sale. Coincidentally, I am scheduled to go to Newton’s on Sunday with a member from my One Skein Short group for the Fall Festival Parking Lot Sale; I’ll need to confirm with her on Thursday at our group’s fifth anniversary dinner at Alejo’s Restaurant. The project name – Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – is the only other song in my music library that seemed appropriate for the color scheme.
Cast On: July 8, 2015 Cast Off: July 14, 2015 Scarf Pattern: Improvised by Hooker Leo Hat Pattern: Modified Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold Yarn A:Patons Brilliant (Fiber Content: 69% Acrylic, 19% Nylon, 12% Polyester; Yarn Color: 3425 Sparkling Rose, Yarn Weight: 3, DK) Scarf Hook: US H/8 – 5 mm Hat Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm Scarf Dimensions: 6 (W) x 58 (L) inches
With approximately 4 skeins left of the Patons Brilliant, I set out to crochet another cowl, but decided in the end to make it a scarf. The scarf is crocheted in the girdle stitch, also known as the moss stitch. My hope was that it would produce a thicker fabric, but with such a big hook it didn’t work.
With some unlabeled yarn left, I started the Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold, which calls for worsted weight yarn. The modification I made was after row 13, where I replaced rows 14-16 with ten rows of front post double crochet, 5 double crochet. After that I did row 17 (single crochet) and then replaced rows 18-21 with five rows of alternating front post double crochet/back post double crochet. The hat fits my 24 inch circumference head tightly, so I presume it will fit most female heads perfectly. The length comes down to just over the top of my ears, so I figure it will fit a female head to halfway over the ear. In other words, a perfect fit. I have had the pattern for so long, but always thought it was too involved to crochet. Now I improvised with a different weight and found the pattern pretty simple. I was prompted to make it as I received the pattern as wrapping on a birthday gift this past weekend at my birthday party.
I still have one skein left; I think I am going to contribute it to my DK weight scraps for a scrapghan in the future.
I had suggested to my sit ‘n’ stitch group – One Skein Short – that we make some scarves, cowls, hats to donate to the Vineyard Christian Fellowship as a thank you for allowing us to meet there. I think I will donate these two pieces as a set.
The project name – Pink Moon by Nick Drake – is a selection from my music library.
2015-08-07: I gave this away to a customer that just bought two of my shawls.
It all started with the Stephen West Exploration Station (AHW Project Name: It’s My Life Shawl) Mystery Knit-A-Long. I am supposed to be doing this with a friend of mine from One Skein Short Group (Every Thursday Evening; 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ The Vineyard Christian Fellowship‘s Coffee Connection, in the Gallery Room – dim lighting, at least, to my taste. EXCEPTION: Second Thursday of every month we meet at same edifice, but different room: The Park Room). I had never done brioche, but his tutorial seemed easy enough to follow, so I proceeded with confidence. About six rows in, I had dropped a stitch and had a complete traffic jam.
Not looking to frogging, I procrastinated. I’ll admit I sighed with relief when Ania injured herself New Year 2015 and was not able to attend the group; embarrassed by my inability to catch on to the brioche so quickly. I finally frogged about a week ago and was quite relieved that I had maintained the correct amount of stitches. The first thing I did was run a life line.
The next thing I did was grab two skeins of Red Heart Super Saver (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Color A: Cherry Red, Yarn Color B: Pretty ‘n’ Pink; Yarn Weight: 4, worsted) and start practicing. After about three attempts, each ending with mistakes most attributable to lack of attention, I finally diverted my attention briefly by making two extra large yarn cakes from the skeins.
My third attempt – after about three tries – has resulted in the following; the most important thing learned: Attention Required! My knitting teacher, Ana, used to say “admire your work often.” This is a good practice when learning basic two-color brioche, or any new stitching method. The final benefit of much practice: you learn to read your stitches much better and can learn to un-knit, if necessary.
The picture above represents my best attempt at learning this technique. I hope I am not jinxing myself with this post. I am going to continue practicing until the skeins run out, hoping to become qualified enough to teach this technique, as I am teaching a workshop at the Sand and Sea Knitting Guild (meets second Saturday of each month; St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church) in about two weeks time.
Even as I become more knowledgeable about this technique, my mind is running with the thought of how this cowl would look with a mobius cast on, changing bias of the brioche knit.