Wheels within wheels

This project has been on the back burner for a little while, but I feel I have some mental space for it now I have finished the ‘perseverance’ cardigan.
It is based in Little Woollie’s ‘Wheels within wheels’ blanket here, which itself was based on a Ravelry pattern by Frankie Brown here. I knew that Lucie from ‘Love Lucie’ had also made a cushion using the same pattern here. I admired this plainer look, which I felt used the pattern to show off the texture of the yarn, and I wanted to create something similar that might work as a cushion cover. After some considerable trial and error I came up with this:

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I have to thank Lucie for the tip of taking the thread to the back of the work each time I started a new circle, and in return can I pass on my own tip?
The piece in the photo is completely unblocked (although you will see from several blogs that people have had problems getting flat squares) and the secret for getting the circles to sit flat in the squares is quite a neat one….
I didn’t do the last round of raised stitching on the final circle, and instead I only picked up the bottom loop of the stitch when I turned the circle into a square, leaving two loops on the top to make the final wheel. The result is not hugely different from the proper raised wheel, and certainly sits better in its square than the raised one.

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It is made in Cascade ultra pima fine cotton 4 ply in heathered pansy and taupe, on a 4mm hook. It is a lovely yarn, and one that I would like to work with again. First though I need to get my sewing machine out to make the cushion.

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5 thoughts on “Wheels within wheels

  1. lovelucie1

    It looks lovely. I agree that it is a bit of a trial and error project. I found I did have to play around with no of stitches and hook size before I was happy. I think any difference between different hookers’ tensions and yarn also plays a part.

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    1. iamsimplyhooked Post author

      You are kind, thank you. The yarn is lovely. Mercerised with just a subtle shine and great stitch definition. I used a 4mm hook for the 4-ply so I think it is a bit thicker than the standard weight.

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