Friday, 5 February 2016

Make it ! Knitted triangular scarf !!!

Last December, I saw a very simple and cute scarf knitted by Angie (le monde de sucrette) and I thought to knit one for me, too, but then I was busy with the gifts to prepare for family and friends back in Italy .... so nothing was done for me!!!
Luckily, some days ago, while browsing through my blogs list, I found a post from Ilaria (IDA interior lifestyle), who was proposing the same (she added a pompom!) piece of clothing .... I didn't have any excuse to wait longer for knitting my own triangular scarf!!!! ;oD

So, I started ....

Do you want to start one, too ???
Well, you need :
  • some yarn ! My personal choice was : Lana Grossa Basics Calmo (59% acrylic, 24% cotton and 17% linen), shade 207. All my 4 balls of yarn (50g each) have been used for this project. Then 2 balls (50g each) from Rowan Classic Cotton Jeans Yarn (100% cotton), shade 365-Sierra, for both stripes and tassels!
  • a pair of 4,5mm  knitting circular needles or, if you prefer, a pair of long straight needles, as you'll have at least 205 stitches on them at the end (or more if you like to knit on!)
  • a pair of scissors
  • a couple of hooks (optional), 4mm and 4,5mm. I needed them for the "crochet cast-off" method (look here) and for joining the tassels to the corners of the scarf.
  • a yarn needle
  • a tape measure (optional)
My pattern is based on the one given by Angie (my trendy chale), so I'll start, too, from the point with 3 stitches, while Ilaria (This is not a pattern) gave me the idea to embellish my scarf with some tassels (she used, instead, an ochre yellow pompom!). I put some stripes in my scarf just to not get bored while knitting and I love the result! ;oD

I used the LONG TAIL CAST ON method (here) on two knitting needles and I put on 3 stitches.

My first row is like : slip first stitch from left needle onto right needle
                                  knit one
                                  Kfb (knit into front and back of stitch), that is the way to increase and create an
                                  extra stitch

This pattern is very simple! At the beginning of each row you have to slip the first stitch from one needle to another, without working it. The stitches in between the first stitch and the last stitch need to be knitted (garter stitch), while the last stitch of every row is the one you use to increase the number of your stitches, just adding an extra stitch!

So, for the following rows, just follow : slip first stitch, knit the stitches in between, increase in the last stitch !!!!

Little by little, your triangle will get bigger and bigger ...

A little recap :
at the end of first row, you'll have 4 stitches ...
at the end of row 7 : 10 stitches
at the end of row 10 : 13 stitches
at the end of row 17 : 20 stitches
at the end of row 20 : 23 stitches
at the end of row 27 : 30 stitches
at the end of row 30 : 33 stitches
at the end of row 37 : 40 stitches
at the end of row 40 : 43 stitches
.... and so on !!!! (at the end of row 97 : 100 stitches!!!)

I've decided to introduce the new colour (sierra, see in above list) at the beginning of row 98, where I start the pattern made of stripes. Do not cut the first yarn, as it will be used in the between of the stripes !!! ;oD

If you are interested in how to join the new yarn, just look here !!!

After some rows, it will be like this ...

and the pattern to follow, if you like, is the following :

rows 98 and 99 : red
rows 100 and 101 : blue
rows 102 and 103 : red
rows 104 and 105 : blue
rows 106 and 107 : red

Then you start enlarging the red stripes (4 rows instead of just 2):

rows 108 and 111 : blue
rows 112 and 115 : red
rows 116 and 119 : blue
rows 120 and 123 : red
rows 124 and 127 : blue
rows 128 and 131 : red
rows 132 and 135 : blue

to complete the stripy pattern, just go back to the two stripes repeat :

rows 136 and 137 : red
rows 138 and 139 : blue
rows 140 and 141 : red
rows 142 and 143 : blue
rows 144 and 145 : red

After that, you can cut the red yarn and continue to the end just with the blue one!

My knitting ended at row 202 (205 stitches), as my yarn finished ..... luckily, I reached a good dimension for my scarf (91cmx53cm, where 53 stands for the height), so I can wear it!! ;oD

For the cast off, I went for the crochet cast-off method (here), as it doesn't need any extra yarn!!
So I used my 4mm hook and I obtained a very neat edge

Then, I started to trim in all the tails ...

Last thing, the tassels (3), one for each corner of the scarf ..

The tassels were simply made just wrapping 20 times the yarn around my palm (you can use even cardstock if you prefer!) (see here).

To attach each tassel, I used a 4,5mm hook and some red yarn : Starting with a SC (single crochet in US crochet terminology), I attached the yarn to the corner and then I crocheted 10 chains, cut the yarn and fasten off. Each tassel has been attached with a couple of knots to this braid (braid = 14 cm length, while the tassel is 9cm long).

So, this is what I got ...

.... and on me ....

.... a really happy me !!!! ;o)))))

What about you????

xxxx Alessandra and have a HAPPY WEEKEND !!!

.... and a BIG THANK YOU to both Angie and Ilaria!!!! SMACK !!!

Thursday, 28 January 2016

A colourful crochet shawl for me !!!

In the last two weeks, I've started a couple of projects (both crochet and knitting) and I've completed one of them ...

It all started back in Italy, when in a grocery store I found some crochet magazines ... One of them had only patterns from DROPS Design and a shawl caught my attention (here), but I had to wait to go back to Maputo to start to crochet, as I don't travel, usually, with my yarn stash !!! ;oD
Yes, the right yarn was waiting for me in a basket in my studio/dining room in Mozambique ...

When back in Africa, just two days from our return, I started to crochet away one of the 21 ( and 7 halves!) motifs needed for my shawl-to-be ....

The central motif is given by a simple flower, surrounded by a thick circular frame ...

that is included in a square made from chains ....

I didn't follow the instructions blindly, as they were telling me to crochet all the motifs first and then sew them together, when the crochet work was done .... not for me!!!
I preferred to use the join-as-you-go method and I trimmed all the squares once they were done ...

and little by little the shawl was taking its shape ...

at a certain point, the 21 motifs were all done and joined, so my work started to feel real ...

then, I had to start to crochet 7 half flowers/squares ....

and the main body of the shawl was quickly done ....

Which yarns did I use?????

The pattern suggests to use "Drops Vivaldi" yarns, but they are discontinued....
I didn't have the thought to buy new yarns, so the "discontinued" issue was not a real issue for me as the right yarns were in my basket at home .... the funny thing is that my yarns (bought some years ago in Indonesia) are discontinued, too, so, somehow, I respected the pattern requirements .... !!!!!

Anyway, my yarns are (still some leftovers!), using a 4mm hook :

JELLI BEEN double knitting (grape 2441) from ROBIN YARNS, 88% acrylic 12% polyester. I've used a ball (100g) and a little bit just for the flowers

MERINO MIX (shade 4-rouge) from KATIA, 60% merino superwash 40% acrylic, 3 balls (50g each) for the red frame around the flowers

SNUGGLY double knitting from SIRDAR, 55% nylon 45% acrylic, shade 0385 blue twist, 2 balls (50g each) for the squares

What next???
The BORDER !!!
This time I changed the hook size (5mm) and I decided to use a different colour, just to make the border pop out (BALMY PLUSS from B.B.B. filati, shade 287, 50% merino 50% acrylic) and I started to crochet an easy border made of chains (3 rounds)....

Once the border was done (YAY!!) I had to block the shawl, mostly to stretch the border, but I didn't have enough rubber squares to pin my shawl on .... I had to be patient a couple of days, before being able to start the last process ...

A lot of colourful pins and some sprayed water did the trick in the end ...

the day after, when completely dry, the shawl was taken off the blocking board and it was ready to show off !!!!

.... and I tried it even on my shoulders : proud mama !!!! ;oD

xxxx Alesandra

Today links : craft schooling sunday


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