53 Miles West of Venus Wrap

On da Hook: ?
Off da Hook: October 5, 2014
Pattern: 53 Miles West of Venus Wrap by Hooker Leo (In Development)
Yarn: Kent Manufacturing Company (Fiber Content: 100% Wool; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown [1, Fingering])
Hook: US 7
Dimensions: 34 x 70 inches (unblocked)

Price: USD $75.00

While experimenting one night I came up with a stitch pattern (alternating front/back post double crochets) I liked and a way to increase (one stitch per row) from the middle for this narrow triangle shawl, which may be used open or folded in half and worn in a variety of ways. By using a chain one at the beginning of each row and double crocheting in the first stitch versus the second stitch, I got a real nice ruffled/rippled border, which every loves. The fabric of this shawl is very spongy and it drapes well. It will certainly keep you warm being 100% wool. I wore it at the store for less than five minutes because my body temps run high, before I started to get uncomfortable. The wrap was constructed from the bottom point up. I name – 53 Miles West of Venus by The B-52’s – is a random selection from my music library, but I just love the appropriateness of the name to the different shape.

I had picked up the yarn at Newton’s Yarn Country Fall Festival one year. I love using cones when developing patterns because there are no yarn breaks. Unfortunately, I do not get all the yarn information I would like. I was very surprised that this cone (approximately 1 pound) turned out to be 100% wool. I just love the color, which I would call peach. As for the yarn weight, the general consensus at The Knitting Tree, L A was Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering.

Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl

Caribbean Queen Mobius Cowl
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On da Hook: November 21, 2013
Off da Hook: November 26, 2013
Hook: Boye US G/6 – 4.0 mm
Yarn A: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn B: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn C: Spinnerin Sweater & Afghan (Fiber Content: 100% Orlon Acrylic; Yarn Color: Uknown; Yarn Weight: 3, DK)
Yarn D: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: 717; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn E: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn F: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Yarn G: Coats and Clark’s Red Heart Super Fingering (Fiber Content: 100% Virgin Wool; Yarn Color: Green Glacier; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering)
Yarn H: Super Yarn Mart! Mohair-Lon (Fiber Content: 50% Mohair/50% Orlon; Yarn Color: 310 Yellow Gold; Yarn Weight: Unknown)
Dimensions: Width: 7 inches; Diameter: 45 inches; Circumference: 141 inches

I learned a new way to create crochet ribbing at the last guild meeting. While I am not a fan of this new version, I am a fan of the texture the stitching provides. This cowl will serve as a template for a pattern I will write for some yarn I recently purchased at The Knitting Tree L A. The name – Caribbean Queen by Billy Ocean – was inspired by the colors and the construction. Below you will find a recipe for cowl construction. Should any questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact me.

RECIPE

I used about 1 oz of each color listed above except for the yellow, where an estimation of two ounces is more appropriate since you are using it in two rows.

If memory serves correctly, foundation chain must be odd number for an even number of single crochets around. Foundation chain should be created to desired circumference. In my pattern, I will give exact number for a Mobius this circumference, as this is my desired circumference, enabling the wearer to double it. One of the things I noticed about this design that I did not like was that the row of single crochet on the foundation chain tends to make the Mobius want to fold on itself. My pattern will give provide exact number and hopefully include a video on how to create a double-crochet foundation chain, eliminating one row of work.

Create mobius with slip stitch in bottom of first stitch. Again, I am hoping to provide a video link on how to do this in the pattern.

Alternate front post double crochet and back post double crochet in every stitch around and in every successive row to desired width, closing round with slip stitch in top of beginning chain.

Single crochet final round with color used in last double crochet round.

Always And Forever Afghan

Always And Forever Afghan
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On da Hook: June 2, 2012
Off da Hook: June 23, 2012
Recipe: Always & Forever by Hooker Leo
Hook: E
Yarn A: Peter Pan Germantown Zephyr (717)
Yarn B: Unknown
Yarn C: Unknown
Yarn D: Unknown
Yarn E: Coats & Clark’s Red Heart Nylon (261 Maize)
Yarn F: Herrschners Afghan (342 Dark Gold)
Dimensions: 44 inch diameter

This was so fun to design. My inspiration came from Crochet-A-Long Doily, which I loved for the spiral design. However, I wanted the spiral to start from the center, so one night I sat and worked at it until I got a formula that actually works, despite the fact that it doesn’t really spiral, versus radiate from the center. The yarn weight, after researching, is about about a 1, fingering.

I was worried during construction because the end kept curling up, which led me to think that maybe I should have based my pattern on twelve sections versus ten. Because of the curling, I was thinking of blocking it and framing it as tapestry. I would love to hang it on my wall, but it should really be framed properly, between two panes of glass. If I use nails to hang it, I am afraid it will loose it’s shape and become dusty. However, after I washed/dried it today, it lays completely flat. YAY!

This was really a stash buster of all my thin yarn. My original vision was to use the reds, oranges and yellows in a color scheme to resemble the sun. I should have used a one row repeat of each color, which might have improved the radiation effect and improved the color distribution. Oh well! I think it would look fabulous on my orange walls, but until I can afford to have it framed properly, I will hope to sell it as an afghan.

The name was most likely a random selection from my library: Always and Forever by Heatwave. I think the name fits the afghan colors.

Recipe Proviso

As with all my recipes:

  • I condone any profit you realize from selling your finished project
  • I condone duplication/copy of the recipe for dissemination among your friends

Feliz Navidad Wrap

Feliz Navidad Wrap
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Cast On: November 26, 2011
Cast Off: December 19, 2011
Pattern: Zig Zag Rib by Tahira Probst
Yarn A: Malabrigo Merino Wool (Fiber Content: 100% Merino Wool, Yarn Color: Navidad; Yarn Weight: 4, Aran)
Yarn B: Unknown (Fiber Content: Unknown; Yarn Color: Unknown [Red]; Yarn Weight: 1, Fingering
Needle: US 13
Dimensions: 26 x 64 inches

I finally finished it…and just in time for someone to buy it as an Xmas gift. The name – Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano – was inspired by the yarn color.

I decided I wanted to make a shawl/wrap with my Malabrigo Merino worsted wool, but I was not sure how many stitches to cast on. I started with forty, but after completing 64 rows of the pattern, I decided it was not going to be wide enough. My friend ArtCrochetbyD, made a shawl (different pattern) and I think it is the perfect dimensions, but she is not as anal as I am and she doesn’t know the dimensions.

Anyway, with this four day weekend, I have been doing nothing, but crocheting and knitting. So I spent yesterday, frogging Feliz Navidad and restarting it. As I reached the 32 row point, I noticed that I had made a boo-bo0, so I frogged it again and completed that 32 rows before I finally went to bed. As long as I pay attention, I should be able to finish one skein today, which will give me a better idea how much more yarn I need to complete the project. I have one more skein, but I think I am going to need more and I want to find out sooner better than later as I have been in the position where I have needed more yarn and the color lot is no longer in production.

This was the best picture which reveals the zig zag rib texture. Lesson learned from this project:

  • Texture and multicolor yarns are not the best combination
  • Multicolor yarn
    • Multiple skeins do not provide consistent pooling, no matter matching dye lots
    • Best reserved for one skein projects or where the multicolor can be broken up by solids

Price: USD $140.00