I Want A Dog

The Name

I Want A Dog by Pet Shop Boys

Mojo told me I had to crochet for animal charity today.

The Pads

Dimensions (Small): 15 x 16 inches
Dimensions (Big): 14 x 18 inches

My animal charity choice: Hope For Paws. However, I had no idea what size to make. A call to Hope For Paws only sealed conformity as the business norm: no one to answer the phone, the voice mail message are way too long with a multitude of instructions, etc.

The Yarn

Unknown baby yarns donated to me by CSNanaCat.

Designer Notes

Both pads were crocheted in-the-round, in single crochet. The yarn is triple-stranded and I used an M hook.

The center-out design leaves too much room for positive ease, causing mis-shaping of the rectangle over time. Next time, I will work in rows for a firmer fabric. Still, I’ll have that curling crap to contend with…grrr!

I am a big fan of the color blends that occurred with the triple stranding.

I Want A Dog

Domino Dancing Shawl

Domino Dancing Shawl

The Name

Domino Dancing by Pet Shop Boys

Explanation can be found here.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 55-inch wingspan x 24-inch depth

The Yarn

Unknown

Care: Wash warm. Hang dry.+
Color: White with a Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green thread
Content: Man-made fiber, per burn test
Weight: 2, Sport/Baby

Classic Elite Imagine

Care: Dry clean only.
Color: 9258
Content: 53% Cotton, 47% Rayon
Weight: 3, DK

Lion Brand Fun Fur

Care: Machine washable and dryable.
Color: 109 Sapphire
Content: 100% Polyester
Weight: 5, Bulky

Designer Notes

Another surprise in crescent shawl shape development. I had started with my basic crochet circle pattern, this time in double crochet versus single crochet, but the horizon was not meeting my standards. By chance I discovered by starting my shape with twice as many stitches, I was achieving a better horizon. Finally, I inserted enough stitches for seven sections versus six and I was on my way.

The hard part was inserting the eyelets because I was dealing with an odd number of sections which forced one-sided increases per section. I worked in pattern as long as I could, changing it up at the end with increased half double crochet rows.

The addition of the red Classic Elite Imagine and the sapphire Lion Brand Fun Fur, was an after-thought and impulsive move because they just happened into my line of sight. The Classic Elite was actually a size bigger, but I thought the eyelet row would cover up the change in yarn weight. Knowing I was going to end with the fun fur, I felt doubly assured. In the end, there is slight puckering, but I think with wear it will wear out.

Domino Dancing Shawl
+ Suggested/recommended care