Crochet Motif Cardigan

 I came across this picture of a crochet motif cardigan a couple of years ago on a blog and fell in love with the cardigan but I had no idea where the pattern came from so I could not get hold of the actual pattern.

Every now and then I would search for it but without any luck until one day I came across it on Google picture search and this pointed to Ravelry, only to find out it is a Japanese pattern (no problem) but it was in a Japanese book (no problem), I could not seem to purchase anywhere (problem).  Having purchased Japanese books many times from this great etsy shop Pomadour24

I messaged them to ask if they could get it and guess what – they could. She has managed to get a couple of books for me previously just by supplying a picture of the front cover.

I duly started my cardigan but knew it would have to be a background task as making that many motifs would be a long hard slog.  I had chosen after a lot of deliberation to use Sirdar Heart and sole for the coloured part of the motif as it was quite hard to get co-ordinating colours.  I didn’t use the blue colourway.  For the joining I used Rowan fine lace doubled (from stash – yaah).

Many many motifs later ……

Before I started assembling the cardigan I used wooden skewers to hold each row of motifs in the correct order so I didn’t have to find the next one I just slid it off the skewer

To join all the motifs together I used a Join As You Go method of assembly which is great as you only get a couple of ends instead of two for each motif.

The cardigan is now blocked and is looking good, all I have to do is sew in all the coloured ends (yuk)

I’m so please with this even though its taken a year as  a background task

 

 

Crochet Blanket

As mentioned in a previous post I am making another crochet blanket for Sent with love .

This is a lion Brand Pattern  – Magnolia Afghan for chunky wool but it can be made in any weight.
I’m using Stylecraft chunky (black), Stylecraft Phases (cerise and grey)

I’m making a lap blanket so have used 3 x motif for my blanket.

I found that creating the 4 corners pieces was easier if you didn’t make a separate piece, but instead of making the starting chain I double crocheted the required amount of stitches across the corner. to finish I double crochet  the remaining two sides of the corner triangle.

As I wanted the blanket a little wider than the 3 motifs I added some extra rows on the edges.

My latest crochet commision

My latest crochet commission was for hats for a couple of toddlers.  Their godmother had seen my Big Wool crochet hat and wanted something similar.

The flower is made with some scarp navy DK yarn. The hat is in Rowan big wool, using a 7mm hook

The pattern can be found here. Instead of a brim I crocheted a couple of extra rows and finished with a row of crab stitch

Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan

Crochet  square motif waterfall cardigan

I’m so pleased with this cardigan, it get many admirers and is so comfy to wear

This is more a recipe rather than a pattern.

Using any yarn and an appropriate size hook, either the correct size for the yarn or up to 1.5mm above standard size for the yarn.

For mine I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and a 4.5mm hook.

The amount of yarn will depend on the size being made and the weight of the yarn.

This recipe will work with any square motif that can have extra rows added to give the size required.

The cardigan is made up of 4 motifs on the back, and each front is also made up of 4 motifs.  The sleeves are crochet in the round from armhole to wrist.

Now the maths part!!

  1. Back: Measure the back width required, divide by 2. e.g. 20/2=10, each motif square will be 10 inches square, this will give a cardigan with a 20 inch back measurement and a 20 inch length from back of neck.
  2.  Shoulder: Measure from your shoulder/arm join to your neck – 1 inch. e.g 4-1 = 3
  3.  Armhole: Measure from top of your arm down to where the underarm of the sleeve will be placed  e.g. 10 inches

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Motifs

Motif preparation – Select a motif to use, it is easier if you pick a motif that can have extra rounds easily added to it if you need a motif size greater than the motif you are using.  I had to add several rows to the motif I was using.

Make 12 motifs in total, 4 back, 4 left front, 4 right front. You can join as you go but do not join the sides to the back.

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Assembly

  1. Join 4 motifs together to form a square to give back, same for right front and same for left front.
  2. Join the back shoulder to left front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  3. Join the back shoulder to right front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  4. Join the back side to the left front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
  5. Join the back side to the right front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open

Sleeves

If you require tapered sleeves then use your judgement and trying on the cardigan to decrease ever 5 rows or so until the sleeve is the shape required

Start arm at the underarm join and crochet in the round until sleeve is required length, I used (Tr 2, 1 Ch) for the whole round,

Finishing

To finish use your favourite edging stitch for mine I used Crabstitch

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Dog walk – jelly fish

Dog walk – jelly fish

We’ve had some very high tides recently.

They have washed up all the normal things – seaweed, rubbish etc but we have also been getting shells, which we generally don’t have and quite a few dead jelly fish.

The seaweed in some places has been 2-3 ft deep, makes it a bit treacherous for me as it is quite slippery but the dog loves it.

The weather has been quite warm so the dog has started paddling in the sea again.

This is the largest jelly fish I’ve every seen, the phone case is 5.5 inches long.

Update 20/5/2015:    I have now found out they are barrel jellyfish and are not dangerous.  I saw one in the sea yesterday, they are quite stunning, needless to say I didn’t do any paddling just in case.

 

Parsnip Cake Recipe

 

 

Parsnip Cake Recipe

(Original recipe from allotment.org.uk, adapted by Debbie Rylands and then by Jill Watling)

Ingredients

175g butter, extra for greasing
250g Demerara sugar (any type of sugar seems to work)
3 eggs
100ml golden syrup
250g self raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
1to 1.5 tsp mixed spice (depending on your taste)
250g parsnips, peeled & grated
1 medium eating apple, peeled, cored & grated
50g pecan nuts (most type of nuts seem to work)
Handful of dried cranberries (will measure next time I make it)
Zest & juice 1 large orange

Icing sugar for dusting top of cake

Filling

250g tub mascarpone
1-2 tsp golden syrup

Method

Heat oven 180C / 160C fan / gas 4.
Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins & line the bases with baking parchment.
Melt butter, sugar & golden syrup in a pan over a gentle heat, and then cool slightly.
Whisk the eggs into this mixture, making sure you get a lot of air into the mixture.
Gently stir in the flour, baking powder, & mixed spice, followed by the grated parsnip, apple, chopped pecans, cranberries, orange zest & juice.
Divide between the tins & bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the tops spring back when pressed slightly.
Cool the cakes slightly in the tins before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Just before serving mix together the mascarpone & the golden syrup.
Spread over one cake & sandwich together.
Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Yum!

parsnip cake

 

Crochet Party Dress

Crochet Party Dress

I’ve made this lovely party dress for our local yarn shop   Purl ‘n’ Lace.  It is made of cotton and the pattern comes from Ravelry.



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It is made with Katia Brisa in gold.  The yarn is great to work with, the colour is a metallic gold but is soft enough for baby garments and it doesn’t split.

I finished it off with a couple of cerise/gold flowers and used some cerise ribbon and tied it at the front.

With the yarn left over I also made a necklet.

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