Cast On: May 11, 2016 Cast Off: September 1, 2016 Pattern:The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn Yarn:Berroco Vintage DK (Fiber Content: 52% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 8% Nylon; Yarn Color: 2189; Yarn Weight: 3, Light, DK, Light Worsted) Needle: US 6 – 4 mm Dimensions: 33 (W) x 22 (H) inches
This is a gift for my oldest friend: Judy Shigekawa, whom I met in September 1963 in our kindergarten class. We reconnected a couple of years ago at a high school reunion. Her gift choice was a dark gray shawl. I hope she likes it!
While I did use the above pattern, I did add an extra repeat. I am unsure as to whether I had enough yardage for one more pattern repeat.
The project name – Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders – is relative to the pattern name.
This pattern is very easy; one of those mindless crochet projects that works up very quickly because of a simple 2 row repeat that is easy to remember.
Yarn: Universal Cotton Supreme DK Fiber Content: 100% Cotton Yarn Color A: 701 White Yarn Color B: 713 Hot Pink Yarn Color C: 723 Silken Yarn Weight: 3, DK
This yarn is so soft and buttery, reminding me of corn silk. Working with cotton always presents the same challenge for me: tension, especially when the cotton is being used for a garment on which you want a drape.
When I was a kid, I had a set of Pentel markers – the big one with 64 or more colors. Anyway, I remember one color called Carmine; maybe that’s where my love of flamingos was conceived. The hot pink in the attached pictures is not a true accurate representation of the color, but that’s how my eye wants to see it. Either way, I think I got luck with my color choices.
The name of this project – American Pie by Don McLean – was originally a twist on my first pi project, where the digits of pi would determine the stripe pattern. My mistake was to interpret the digits as repeats, which was entirely unnecessary. As such the last three color changes are inaccurate and represent the last of the yarn I had purchased.
I love the texture this stitch pattern creates and the cotton really picks it up and shows it off well.
Dimensions: 50 (W) x 23 (H) inches Price: USD $96.00
This is the Black and White – by Three Dog Night – shawl. I made this from the left over yarn from the Oakland Raiders Afghan: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01005 White, 01040 Black, and 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran). I used a US K10.5/6.5 MM hook for better drape.
The pattern I used for this shawl is Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern. Because I used a thicker yarn weight and a bigger hook than what the pattern calls for, I did not crochet the pattern in its entirety, shorting the last grey row by approximately 8 repeats and leaving off the last three color changes. Otherwise, I followed the stripe pattern set forth by the pattern.
The shawl measures approximately 64 (W) x 37 (H) inches. Had I continued the pattern in its entirety, who know how much bigger it would be.
Found this pattern: Ombre Shawl Crochet Pattern on the internet and loved the look of the shawl. The beginning was a little tricky – due to poor vision, but once I picked it up. I am making Digging Your Scene – by The Blow Monkeys – Wrap with the leftovers from the Oakland Raiders Afghan: Michaels Loops & Threads Impeccable (Fiber Content: 100% Acrylic; Yarn Colors: 01005 White, 01040 Black, and 01044 True Grey; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran) on a US K10.5/6.5 MM hook.
To honor Maddie Made It’s hospitality Friday night, and the 25% discount I received on my purchase, I bought some Universal Cotton Supreme DK (Fiber Content: 100% Cotton; Yarn Colors: 701 White, 723 Silken, and best guess: 713 Hot Pink; Yarn Weight: 3, DK) and started American Pie – by Don McLean and based on the pi-influenced stripe pattern. With approximately 690 yards, and with a US F5/3.75 MM hook, I figure I’ll get a small shawl if not a large kerchief, either way, I just love the color combo.
I finally got around to blocking this shawl, after discovering a la a burn test, that the fibers are natural. If you look at my original post, you will note the points are all curled, compared to these images, where the points are laying flat.
Despite the natural fiber discovery, I am not going to change the price: USD $75.00.
On da Hook: ? Off da Hook: January 9, 2016 Pattern:Wingspan by maylin Tri’Coterie Designs Yarn A: Unknown (Fiber Content: [unnatural fiber]; Yarn Color: [Red]; Yarn Weight: [3, Double Knitting (DK)]) Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: [unnatural fiber]; Yarn Color: [Blue]; Yarn Weight: [3, Double Knitting (DK)]) Hook: US F/5 – 3.75 mm Dimensions: Neck Width: 11 inches x Cape Width: 66 inches x Cape Wedge Height: 18 inches Price: USD $ 75.00
I finally got around to converting Maylin’s Wingspan into single crochet. As it turned out I did have my counts right, thought they could always be adjusted to one’s liking; I used the guidelines set forth by Maylin.
A feature that occurred in crochet, which does not present when knitted, is the spines that are created when crocheting the shorted rows. This may make blocking a bit more difficult considering the man-made fibers used to test the conversion. I was just so excited to have finished a long overdue project.
I had to insert the blue wing because I did not have enough of the red to complete the project in one color. Fortunately, I had a duplicate yarn – at least I think they are the same yarn – in a different color, but the same hue. These two colors remind me of bluejays and robins, hence the name of the shawl – Fly, Robin, Fly – by Silver Convention.
Cast On: September 25, 2015 Cast Off: October 15, 2015 Pattern:Terribly Simple by Caitlin ffrench Yarn:Newton’s Yarn Country Ribbon Spirits (Fiber Content: 100% Polyester; Yarn Color: Not Indicated [Multicolor]; Yarn Weight: 4, Worsted) Needle: US 8 Dimensions: 58 (W) x 14 (H) Price: USD $134.00
I finally finished this project after number do-overs:
Do-over 2: Got my replacement interchangeable needle cord and cast on fewer stitches for a knit back and forth cowl on a 16-inch cord versus the 40-inch I was using.
Do-over 3: The 16-inch cord was too small. Re cast on a 20-inch cord; still too small.
Do-over 4: Cast on 24 stitches using a provision cast on, figuring I could Kitchener in the end.
Do-over 5: Cast on 25 stitches, doubling first knit row because yarn I am using is actually a slick ribbon and I thought it could be eaiser to just knit the end in from the beginning. Started in garter, but think I want something more different.
Do-over 6: Going to cast on 50 stitches for a wider project, and because I have two skeins.
After do-over 6, I finally found a simple crescent-shaped shawl pattern and set forth. The pattern was “terribly simple,” but I am not crazy about the hump at the beginning of my shawl. I will send a pic to the designer, inquiring why I got a hump, but I am already thinking that the different yarn weights may be the primary reason; because of the different yarn weight the edge is not as nice as I would like it to have been. Overall, I am loving the colors in this shawlette.
I named this shawl – Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum – after the name of the yarn (ribbon). Of course, I probably complicated knitting with this ribbon by cutting the knot connections and trying to make the shawl without knots. After the first skein, and because I hate sewing in knitting ends, I just left the knots. The ribbon portion (pale yellow) was horrendous for unraveling, requiring a knot at each cut end to prevent unraveling.
I think I am going to try and crochet a similar shawl using the same pattern; of course, converting the knit stitches to crochet stitches. However I might wait until I hear from the designer as to why my hump is so pronounced before beginning. Actually, looking at the flat picture, I think if I increased the number of edge stitches, it might push the curl up more…I think that’s the secret.
I am really loving the colors on this mid-riff shawl. I would have made it longer, but the back is approximately twice the length of the sides due to a mistake in construction. Despite the mistake, I like the lay of the shawl on the shoulders, contouring the natural shape of ones neck, shoulders and back. This shawl was made from some gradient yarn (D & F) gifted to me by an old acquaintance a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Much to my surprise some, the yarn F turned out to be something extra special, and that is provided I have the identification correct. Yarn D also turned out to be a natural fiber yarn, per a burn test. The solids I had purchased a long time ago for a Create Your Own Knitted Shawl Class I had taken; I never finished that shawl. I also was not crazy about the back loop single crochet at the beginning, but began to like it as I progress.