Pam of Hooks and Hills has occasionally asked me to pattern test for her, and this month saw a friendly email drop into my inbox with just such a request.
It is a lovely square based on 13 rows of very varied crochet, explained carefully row by row.
Pam writes in US crochet terms so my job was to work through the UK pattern and check that it had all translated properly…
If I have read her blog correctly then I think this square will be called ‘Winter in the glen’ so it is particularly appropriate that it came to Scotland to be pattern tested! Can I say too what a difference it makes to have patterns tested by other people before they are published? Even little glitches can be so off-putting for us crocheters, and how many projects have been abandoned because of not being able to decipher a written pattern?
Anyway I had great fun making it. My favourite bit was probably the front post stitches which give that lovely cartwheel pattern to the centre and edge. And I also have an idea of what to make it into….watch this space!
There has been rather a lot of trial and error going on with this project:
It started off as a wash-bag but the sides were too floppy for my liking, so I made the sides shorter with the idea of turning it into a hook case. Then I felt the base shape wasn’t defined enough so I added a row of double crochet round that, and finally I had enormous problems inserting the zip because the top edge looked too long for the base. A kind friend suggested a smaller zip and shortening the top row of crochet by threading some matching yarn through as a gathering thread. So finally I have a hook case that is fit for purpose and pleasing to my eye. I do love this textured stitch so perhaps it was worth persevering with.
It is made in Scheepjes merino soft ‘Michelangelo’ using moss stitch on a 4.5mm hook.
This has been creeping up on me for a while and I wanted to mark it in some way. The local knitters shop is only open during the summer so round about this time of year I get a break-down of what has sold during the season. I have put this season’s sales into a bar chart (!) but I haven’t labelled the bars. The best selling items (in alphabetical order) are: crabs, dishcloths, jellyfish and spiders.
But which did I sell most of?
To enter all you need to do is leave a comment telling me which item you think is the best-selling. If you guess correctly I will put your name in a hat and my trustworthy husband will pick out one winner, who will receive that item as their prize. If you win I would like you to acknowledge your prize on some form of social media (e.g. a blog, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook post) with a link back to my blog. I am willing to post anywhere in the world so don’t be put off if you don’t live in the UK – let’s spread some crochet happiness!
Oh – and we had better set a closing date. What about the end of November 2017 which, by co-incidence, marks the 5th anniversary of me taking up crochet!
I had some fun yesterday testing a pattern called ‘Winter sun’ by Pam at hooksandhills
It is her first go at publishing a pattern and I found it really clear and easy to follow, and so must her other testers have as she has released it today!
If you would like to see her version of the square, and indeed her other lovely crochet you can pay her a visit here: Free Pattern – Winter Sun Square
My daughter has recently returned from travelling in Central America, and came back with this lovely piece of crochet greenery:
The crochet is from ‘Shannon Gerard’ who has a website full of not just cacti but crochet body parts too! I feel inspired to try my hand at one – isn’t that little plant pot cute?
One in a series of crochet pieces not made by me:
Bought recently on ebay with a view to making something similar. I had in mind something rather subtle in cream and grey – perhaps a speckled Sussex? When this little hen arrived however I was so taken with the work that had gone into making it that I have done nothing but sit back and admire it. So thank you ‘Silverdustcats’ for a little bit of crochet inspiration.
Inspired by these pictures by One Dog Woof here I set about making some crochet Christmas trees:
Mine are in DMC Natura cotton, colour 14 (Green valley) and the best ones were made on a 3.5mm hook in double crochet. The trunks are wine corks, but I did cheat a bit and cut some in half so they would fit inside the tree better. The stars are just long pins with star heads, and I think they work really well.
Sent with my very best wishes, and wishing you all a Happy Christmas.