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Homemakery colour palettes

I really like playing with yarn colours, but don’t often get to the kind of yarn shop where this is possible. However recently I came across a rather lovely website called ‘Homemakery’ which sells a range of yarn packs in Rooster, Rico and Rowan wools (as well as Stylecraft).
The two that particularly appealed to me were pebble beach:

and Seaglass:

I have ordered them both, and am looking forward to a bit of colour-play.

Another Bertie baby blanket

I wanted to try a softer colour scheme for the Bertie baby blanket, and this is what I have come up with:

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It is made in Rico baby classic dk on a 5mm hook, using blue, ice blue, light grey, cream, light green, light blue and lilac (discontinued). Why is it that just when I am thinking of using more of a yarn it gets discontinued??

In praise of swatches

I have spent some time this week playing with different stitches and yarns, hopefully as a prelude to my next project, and it has set me thinking about the value of swatches. It is easy to feel that you are wasting time making a swatch rather than working on an actual product, but I am looking on this time as more of an investment.

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I have a few swatches for things that I have made recently, and looking back at them now I can see why some of what I tried out didn’t make it into the finished product.

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And that’s really the point isn’t it? A swatch is an opportunity for a yarn to show itself off at its best. If it’s not going to pass the audition I would rather find out on a 30 stitch sample than on a 300 stitch blanket.
And maybe at some point in the future I will go back and look at the ones that didn’t make it with a new eye – and start the whole creative process over again.

Are you a fan of swatches?

Moss stitch fingerless gloves

This is definitely a first for me – a pattern that I have made up and could potentially do again!

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These fingerless gloves are made in beautiful moss stitch, which I have not been able to find described on the web (perhaps it has a different name?) Anyway as it is fairly straightforward I should be able to explain it:

Cast on 30 stitches (less if your hands are nice and slender) and do a row of double crochet. This is the finger end of your gloves so it should fit snugly round your knuckles)
For the 2nd row do a row of double crochet but work into the front loop only of each stitch. Like this:

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For the 3rd row do alternate double and treble crochets, the double crochets as normal into both loops of each stitch, the treble crochets into the loop of the row below. Like this:

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All the even rows are a repeat of row 2
All the odd rows are a repeat of row 3 but stagger which stitch you start with (e.g. rows 2,6,and 10 start with double crochet, rows 4,8 and 12 start with treble crochet into the loop below)

Continue until your work is about 13-14cm long.
The next 5 rows are in false rib: Alternate front- and rear- post treble crochets. Mine are about 3cm long.

Now if you are like me you will need to make three (yes three!) triangle shapes – starting with a chain of 12 stitches and working in moss stitch as above. Decrease one stitch on each row of double crochet front loop. Like this:

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Choose the two triangles that have come out closest in size and these will be your thumbs.

Stitch one side of the thumb in place on each glove (mine are 4cm from the bottom and 5cm from the cuff) Like this:

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Then crochet the two edges together along the whole length of the rectangle to make the final glove shape:

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And there you have it – give yourself a (wooden) hand!

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Made in Rico baby classic dk ‘Light grey’ on a 5mm hook. It took less than 50g to make the pair of gloves.

Bertie baby blanket – tah dah!

I am so pleased with this….

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It is a good example of why sometimes it is better to buy a pattern and have a guaranteed outcome, than spend ages messing around trying stitches to achieve the effect that you want without necessarily getting there. I had already spent most of a Saturday afternoon trying out wave-like stitches when I realised that the exact pattern that I wanted was available on Ravelry. For £3.00 my problem was solved and within minutes I was well on the way to making an actual blanket rather than just another swatch.

There are two big thank-you’s for this one:
Little Doolally on Ravelry for the Bertie baby blanket pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bertie-baby-cot-pram-blanket
Little Tin bird for the original colour suggestions from her baby ripple blanket number three: http://www.littletinbird.co.uk/2010/05/08/baby-ripple-number-three/

The yarn was Rico baby classic dk in cream (3 balls) plus one ball each of light blue, light green, light grey, turquoise, ice blue and blue. I cast on 90 +2 stitches, rather than the 80 +2 suggested, and used a 5mm hook. The final blanket is 71 x 54 cm and weighs 225g!
And here is a close up of the lovely stitch pattern:

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