15 Oct 2020

Glorious Gradients - The Cowl(s)

Hello and welcome!
Let me share my finished projects!
Made with Scheepjes Whirl - Fine Art in the shade Fauvism (653) it is a knitting project.
Very much a beginner friendly knitting project.
Also perfect for gifts......hmmm......I'm loathe to use the C word but it's creeping up on us all very very quickly! 

Enough rambling.... let me share what I've been making...


I pair of Glorious Gradient Cowls!
These are super snuggly to wear and the beauty is that they're really easy to customise.
You can easily make them narrower/wider/shorter/longer depending on preference.


Look at how the gradients gently appear. It's all very clever!
Not harsh colour changes in these Whirls! 


I really love this version with the deep rich greens....


One cake of Whirl - Fine Art = 2 completely different cowls!
How clever is that?

Next week I'll show you how to make them. Newbie knitters, don't be afraid. If you can cast on, cast off and work knit and purl stitches you can so make these!
More experienced knitters - they're great telly knitting!

Til next time x


6 Oct 2020

Glorious Gradients....the progress!

Well hello there!
I hope you are keeping safe and well in this crazy crazy world we are living in at the moment!

Thought I'd share some progress on my latest project today.
If you remember back to THIS post, I managed to get my hands on some Scheepjes Whirl - Fine Art in the beautiful shade entitled Fauvism.


I knew that I wanted to make something to wear. Something quick and easy but that would also really let this yarn sing. I thought a nice textural stitch would do the job nicely so I settled on a knitting project in Sand Stitch. 


This a very simple but affective stitch pattern. It also produces a fabric with beautiful drape


Don't you love that glorious gradient?


Next time I'll share the finished projects....yes there are 2!!!!

Til then x

1 Oct 2020

Glorious gradients.....

Don't you just love a good gradient yarn?
There's something about watching the colours change as you create.
Is it just me, or does it spur you on to "just get to the next colour"?

Scheepjes make the best gradient yarns I think.
Who doesn't love Whirl?
There's a whole family of Whirls now...

Woolly Whirl, Whirlettes, Whirligig, Frosted Whirl and now.....
Whirl - Fine Art

Named after different art movements, this gradient yarn is made from the same fibre as Merino Soft and is available in 12 colour ways. It's a 50% Superfine Merino (19 micron), 25% microfibre and 25% acrylic blend. Each cake weighs between 215 - 225 grams and there is 460m. Recommended hook/needle size is 4.00 - 5.00mm and is classified as a DK weight. Machine washable at 30 degrees, it works well with Merino soft which means you can add in more colour without stressing about yarn weights etc.

 

This is colour number 653 - Fauvism


I love green. This colour way has a very subtle soft minty green on the outside which gradiates to a deep strong green in the centre.


I can't wait to start working with this! 


Join me next week to see what I'm making..... hint...... it's not crochet!

Til next time x

23 Sep 2020

Making Archie

Hello!

Today it's all about Archie and how to make this cutie.
I'll take you through the making step by step and also give you some ideas on different colour combinations and expressions!


YOU WILL NEED:

 A Main colour: Scheepjes Cotton 8 White (502) x 2 balls 
B Scheepjes Cotton 8 Light Pastel Green (664) x 1 ball 
C Scheepjes Cotton 8 Soft Pink (654) x 1 ball
Black yarn for face (I used some Cotton 8 in Black (515) as I have an impressive stash of this yarn!!!)

3.0mm crochet hook
Tapestry needle for joining and sewing facial expressions
12x12" cushion pad
2 buttons for eyes (make Archie with sewn eyes if you are giving to small child as buttons are a choke hazard and we don't want any choking incidents!)
Blocking materials
Scissors

HOW TO

The body of the cushion is made with star stitch. It's a stitch that give a lovely texture and gives beautiful texture. The star stitch is worked over 2 rows. 

Bella Coco has a really lovely video explaining how to work this stitch and it can be found HERE

Make 2 pieces for front and back.

Using main colour A and 3mm hook, chain 77

Row 1 (RS): Insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yarn over and pull up loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next chain, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook). Continue until you have 6 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Chain 1 to create the 'eye' of the star stitch. To make the next star, insert your hook into the eye, yarn over and pull up loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook between the last 2 spokes of the previous star you've just made, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), insert hook into the same chain where you've worked the last spoke of the star stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (4 loops on hook), work into the next 2 chains in the same way and you will now have 6 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Continue working stitches until you reach the last stitch. Work one half treble in the last stitch. Turn work.
Row 2 (WS): Chain 2 (counts as first half treble), now work 2 half treble crochets into each eye of the star stitches of the previous row. Work 2 half trebles into the last stitch.

The following star stitch works are worked in almost the same way as row 1 except you'll begin each row with a chain 3 and start working into the 2nd chain from hook. 

Continue working star stitch until you have worked 44 rows. 
Join in colour B (do not cut colour A) and work a further 5 star stitch stripes alternating between colour A and B, carrying the yarn up the side of your work.

Fasten off, weave in ends and wet block to 12" x 12"

To make the ears:


Make 2
inc = work 2 double crochets in the same stitch

Using colour C, make a magic ring and work 6 double crochets into the circle. Pull the circle tight. Turn.
Row 1: Chain 1 (counts as dc), inc, dc, inc , dc, inc (9 stitches) turn
Row 2: Chain 1, inc, 2 dc, inc, 2 dc, inc,  dc (12 stitches) turn
Row 3: Chain 1, inc, 3 dc, inc, 3dc, inc, 2 dc (15 stitches) turn
Row 4: Chain 1, inc, 4 dc, inc, 4 dc. inc, 3dc (18 stitches) turn 
Row 5: Chain 1, inc, 5 dc, inc, 5dc, inc, 4 dc (21 stitches) turn
Row 6: Chain 1, inc, 6dc, inc, 6dc, inc, 5 dc (24 stitches) turn
Row 7: Chain 1, inc, 7 dc, inc, 7 dc, inc, 6 dc (27 stitches) turn
Row 8: Chain 1, inc, 8 dc, inc, 8 dc, inc, 7 dc (30 stitches) turn
Break colour C, join colour A
Row 9: Chain 1, inc, 9 dc, inc, 9 dc, inc, 8 dc (33 stitches) turn
Row 10: Chain 1, inc, 10dc, inc, 10dc, inc, 9 dc (36 stitches) turn
Row 11: Chain 1, inc, 11 dc, inc, 11 dc, inc, 10 dc (39 stitches) turn
Row 12: Chain 1, inc, 12 dc, inc, 12 dc, inc, 11 dc (42 stitches). Fasten off and weave in ends. 

THE FACE!

This is where you can have some fun!
It is really amazing how slightly altering an eye can change the whole expression of a face!

I embroidered Archies nose and mouth using back stitch and satin stitch for his nose. I just lightly used a pencil to sketch out the face but you could use any kind of disappearing pen (the kind used in embroidery)
His eyes on my version are buttons and eyebrows are a simple straight stitch. 

Add the face before you join the pieces together - so much easier than trying to wrestle with a cushion!!

Below are some simple faces showing how slightly altering lines can change the face. 



To join together, blanket stitch the front and back around 3 sides together using yarn A leaving the bottom edge open so you can insert the cushion pad. 
Next attach the ears with an over stitch, positioning the ears at a slight angle. 
Insert your cushion pad and blanket stitch the bottom opening. 

TAaaaDAaaaa!!!! 
Your cushion/Archie Bear is finished. 



Why not make a brown bear with a navy and white striped jumper?
He could be Archies French cousin Pierre!!!!!

Have fun, I hope you enjoy making Archie and pals!

Til next time when I have some new yarn to share.... x

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