Wooly Friends

One of my crochet tests from 2022 I haven’t shown you yet: Wooly Friends.

I tested this lovely pattern already in April last year. Actually it is a pattern for a baby blanket. It was featured (with UK terms) in issue 125 of Simply Crochet Magazine. Ana now published the pattern herself and it is available in US and UK terms in her Ravelry store.

Through testing, I have meanwhile collected a lot of blankets – although I have already given many away. That’s why I often think about what else to make out of a pattern. With this one I had immediately a bag in mind for all my different projects – but with only a vague idea of how to do it. In the end it took almost 3 months (including holidays and other tests) to get it done, but I am more than happy with the result!

How my bag came to life

Yarn and colours used

Stylecraft Special DK (100g = 295 m) in the following colours


1820 Duck Egg
1067 Grape
1099 Grey
1203 Silver
1061 Plum
1218 Parchment

and a 4 mm hook

I started the bag with two identical panels, worked over 4 repeats.

Pattern Sequence for the panels

  • Foundation Row
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 2
  • Pattern 1
  • Pattern 3
  • Pattern 1
  • Final row of the pattern
  • plus 4 additional rows, just single crochet worked in back loop

Colour placement

  • Foundation Row
    • C1 – Grey
  • Pattern 1
    • C2 – Duck Egg
    • C3 – Plum
    • C4 – Silver
  • Pattern 2
    • C1 – Grape
    • C2 – Parchment
    • C5 – Grey
    • C6 – Duck Egg
  • Pattern 3
    • C1 – Grey
    • C2 – Parchment
    • C5 – Grape
  • Final Row (pattern)
    • C1 – Grey
  • Additional Rows
    • Plum
    • Grey
    • Duck Egg
    • Grey

My panels were about 40 cm in width and 42 cm in height.

At this point I first thought about joining the two panels (with all the tails inside) and lining the bag. But then I decided to give it a little more storage space for yarn. So I made an additional smaller panel that now serves as bottom and sides of the bag.

I worked this additional panel over 235 stitches in single crochet. Like in mosaic technique: each row starting and ending with a border stitch, all the other stitches worked in back loop only, cutting the yarn after each row.
The tails on both sides are hidden in a small double border: front and back layer made with 3 rows of back loop single crochet.
The final bottom/side panel is a little (4 stitches in total) shorter than than the main panels.

Colour sequence for the additional panel

  • Grey (Foundation)
  • Grey
  • Plum
  • Duck Egg
  • Grey
  • Grape
  • Duck Egg
  • Plum
  • Parchment
  • Grey
  • Grey


Joining

I finally joined the panels with the slip stitches for the double border, just working through both layers- bottom/side panel and main panel – at once.
I have to confess: this was not my favorite part as it took a lot of patience and a lot of time to catch the correct stitches at the same time!

On the upper edge I skipped the middle 39 stitches with a chain to make the handles.

Double Borders

Front and back layers of the borders were made with 3 rows of back loop single crochet, three single crochets worked in one stitch for the corners (note: it‘s always good to use a stitch marker to mark the middle stitch).
At the upper edges the double border was just continued over the chains to form the handles.
All slip stitches and borders were made in Plum.

As I said, I am more than happy with the bag. After it was finally finished, I immediately started using it. Since then it has not been empty for a single day!

New Colourway

Mere Curiosity

I have spent the last days with translating the Mere Curiosity pattern into German. Oh dear! Since German is my mother tongue I actually thought this was a good idea. Well … I hadn’t considered how long it had been since I had worked with a German pattern! In some places it was really difficult for me to find the right terms. I hope I have done it well! Any feedback is welcome!

However … To check the German instructions I made a new square. Originally I had planned to use four colours. After 10 rounds it looked too much like 70s for me, so I decided to add another colour. So now there is a new colourway available using 5 colours!

I used yarn from my stash, the brands are a bit mixed.

Schachenmayr Catania
# 206 – Honig
# 254 – Taupe
#+392 – Lime

    Scheepjes Catona
    # 520 – Lavender

    Uschi Wolle Superglanz
    # 63 – ?

    Uschi Wolle is a German brand and unfortunately I only have the colour number and no name. I’d call it ‘Lachs’ which means ‘salmon’ in English. It is a little bit lighter than # 427 Scampi from Catania.

    If you are interested you can download the new colour chart here.

    Have a nice weekend

    Mere Curiosity is live

    Phew, I finally managed to set up the Ravelry store and Mere Curiosity is uploaded! I am really excited!

    The pattern is now available here.
    As already mentioned, we will donate the proceeds for the Ukraine aid to Unicef.

    You will find some more details about the Mere Curiosity Square either on Ravelry or in my previous post.

    Although all special stitches used are explained in the pattern: if you are not familiar with some stitches or e.g. the technique of working in the 3rd loop, have a look at the ‘Good to know’ section. I have put together some explanations there in the last few days.

    Have fun crocheting Mere Curiosity!

    Mere Curiosity

    What was your biggest crochet adventure last year? Besides testing all these lovely patterns mine was Mere Curiosity!

    In the last year Pam Knighton-Haener from A Yarn of Serendipity has started a design group within her group of testers. Late last summer, I finally started to develop a design together with her. The result was Mere Curiosity.

    What an adventure and what fun! Each of us designed a few rounds and then passed on the design to the other to continue.
    Most of the work – I knew that already – was writing down the pattern with all it’s details like abbreviations, stitches used etc. Finally the pattern was tested in Pam’s test group in December. I’m just making the last little changes and then the pattern will be available in my Ravelry store, stay tuned!
    We will donate the proceeds from the sales to Unicef to help Ukraine.

    The finished square has 39 stitches per side and fits to Pam’s other squares. The final size of course will depend on the yarn and hook size you use.

    For our samples we had the following results

    Pam’s square from the pattern

    Aran / Worsted Weight / #4

    4,5 mm hook

    24 cm / 11”

    My sample from the pattern (the blue one)

    DK / Light worsted / #3

    3,5 mm hook

    24 cm / 9,5”

    The two samples shown below

    Sport weight / #2

    3 mm hook

    21 cm / 8,5”

    Fingering weight / #1

    2,75 mm hook

    20,5 cm / 8”

    Mere Curiosity in Colourway 1

    is made with Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4 , a 2,75 mm hook and measures about 20,5 cm / about 8”.

    Colour A – Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4 – # 64 Dark Powder Rose
    Colour B – Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4 – # 50 Light Coral
    Colour C – Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4 – # 02 Natural White

    Mere Curiosity in Colourway 2

    Is made with Schachenmayr Catania, a 3 mm hook and measures about 21 cm / 8,5”.

    Colour A – Schachenmayr Catania – # 427, Scampi
    Colour B – Schachenmayr Catania – # 263, Soft Apricot
    Colour C – Schachenmayr Catania – # 437, Sunkissed
    Colour D – Schachenmayr Catania – # 402, Reseda

    For this square I followed Pam’s colourway and only swapped colours C and D for rounds 7 and 8.

    I hope you like Mere Curiosity as much as we do!

    Oh Xmas Tree

    Have you already seen Ana‘s new pattern? It is a special gift to show her gratitude for all the love and support that has been given to her and her designs during this year. The pattern is available for free in her Ravelry shop.

    The panel in Overlay Mosaic fits beautifully with the Wintry Forest pattern. Using DK yarn it will be about 40 x 40 cm. You can either sew it onto a cushion cover, like Ana did, make a wall hanging out of it, a placemat or whatever else comes to your mind.
    It works up quickly and is great to use up some leftover yarns.

    I made my test version with Cabaret from Stylecraft yarns combined with Stylecraft Special DK in Cream. The Cabaret is from my extensive single-ball-of-yarn-collection. I ordered it years ago to check quality and colour but never found a project to use it. Forest Glade – discontinued meanwhile – has a silver metal thread running with it and the colour changes in different green shades. Unfortunately, you can’t really see the glitter in the photos.

    I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do with my panel. I was thinking of sewing it onto a fabric bag. Let’s see if I can find something suitable.

    The picture above shows Ana’s work – photo credit goes to her and below you can see my test version.

    Have fun!

    Looking for some Christmas crochet ideas?

    Are you already busy with your Christmas preparations?

    We are currently in the process of insulating the staircase in our house. One of the last major works – hopefully. Originally, we just wanted to insulate the ceiling and the outer wall. But in the middle of it all, we thought that since we had already started, we could also renovate the rest of the walls and the hallway. We have never liked the plaster… Looks like it will take a little longer now …

    Besides I have redesigned this blog – you have probably already noticed that : D. It took me some time to decide about the layout and everything. And I am still working on some pages and revising some posts. Needless to say that my crochet time is very limited at the moment.

    But maybe you are still looking for a little something to crochet? A few things I have done in the last few years are

    Snowflakes and Stars

    Some lovely little stars or snowflakes by Renata Saj. Easy and quick to make. And all are available for free in her Ravelry shop. I made

    The Flower Star Snowflake, The Frosted Lace Snowflake and the Sun Star Snowflake

    Hopefully I will find the time to make some more this year.

    Or what about

    The Xmas Dudes

    One of the more Christmassy patterns from the Dudes Series by misssBerlin. The pattern is available in her Ravelry store.

    I had the pleasure to test this pattern in November 2019 and loved it so much that I made some more in December.

    The Yule Dudes

    Also a cute pattern from the Dudes series and also available via Ravelry.

    Here some pictures from my test project from September 2020.

    You can read all about my ‚Christmas Dudes’ projects on my Ravelry pages

    The Yule Dudes TEST, The Xmas Dudes TEST and Xmas Dudes

    And last but not least the

    Origami Star Ornament

    You may have seen these beautiful stars on my old homepage. At the moment I am still looking at how I can integrate them there again, because it was my very first test – back in 2019.
    Oh dear, I was so nervous at that time! But all went well!
    I didn‘t make them as Christmas decorations but I think you can use them very well for that!
    I am still in love with this pattern although it takes some focus and concentration to make them! I made mine with a sport weight (#2) yarn but you can also use a thicker yarn to make them a little bigger.

    The pattern is from Goolgool and available in Galit‘s Ravelry store

    I am just trying a new app with which you can isolate objects (just in case you wonder about the logo). Not bad!

    Have a great time

    Some details on my wall hangings – Wintry Forest

    Today part 2 of Ana‘s Wintry Forest Cal was released. I hope you enjoy following along.

    In the meantime, I have summarised all the details on my wall hangings in a table. There you will now find information about the colours I have used for each pattern and about some small additions I made.

    If you are interested you can just download it below. The general information about which colours and which yarn I used I had already listed in my previous post.

    If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

    Happy hooking 💕

    Wintry Forest – Part 1

    Today part 1 of Ana’s Wintry Forest Cal was released. Lots of fun to all who follow the Cal.

    My wall hangers are finally decorated in our living room and I love them, love them, love them.


    For those who are interested here some details:

    My Wintry Forest Colours

    I already showed you the colours in a previous post but here again:

    I used

    Cream, Mocha, Grey and a little bit of Denim – all from Stylecraft Special DK
    and Stonewash from King Cole Comfort DK (that‘s the lovely blue on the upper left)

    and worked with a 4 mm hook.


    I think the colours and the colour way would also make a very lovely blanket.

    Yarn amounts for my wall hangers


    You will find detailed information about the colours I used for each pattern in my next post as download.

    Happy Hooking

    Wintry Forest Cal

    Finally I can show something I worked on for the last few weeks: Wintry Forest.

    Wintry Forest is the new Cal by Ana Morais Soares from One Skein of Love. It will come in 6 parts (5 for the blanket and 1 for the border) and starts on November 10th. The Intro File with all relevant information is already available on Ana’s Ravelry page.

    When I started testing it about 4 weeks ago I knew right away that I was going to make a wall decoration. But this time the decision about colour was a hard one . It cost me a lot of time and nerves.

    I first thought about going only with Creme and Grey but I discarded the idea after one of my fellow testers used exactly this colour combination. My next idea was to make it colourful, changing background and contrast colour for each pattern. So I picked about 10 or 12 colours from my Stylecraft Special DK and began mixing and matching them. I ended up with a pile of colour swatches but somehow I didn‘t get the colour placement balanced. So I also discarded this idea.

    The picture above shows only some of them 😀

    Nevertheless I will keep my pile of swatches as I found some really nice combinations. For instance I never thought that Mocha and Pale Rose would look great together. Duck Egg and Storm Blue also are a great combination. Strong but beautiful!


    In the end, I came back to my Cream / Grey idea and decided on a combination of

    Cream, Mocha, Grey (Stylecraft Special DK) and Stonewash (King Cole Comfort DK).

    I also added a little bit of Denim (Stylecraft), just because I fell in love with that colour and thought that it matches the rest.

    It reminds me on winter – I love it!

    I separated the pattern (10 different designs) into three parts and am just framing my panels with borders and make some tassels.

    Hopefully I will be able to show you my completed decoration next week when the Cal starts.

    … and another test for Pam

    Sage Advice Square

    I tested this little beauty already in August.
    Once again I had the feeling that I didn’t have the right colours in my Rainbow Cotton to do justice to this design. So I used a yarn that I had actually ordered to try out for a completely different project. Drops Muskat.
    Drops Muskat is a mercerised cotton yarn, classified as DK yarn with 100 m per 50 g. It comes in 45 colours and has a lovely shine that gives it a bit a vintage touch (at least in my eyes). It splits a bit, so you have to be careful when crocheting, but I’ve worked with yarns where this was worse. And the finished look is worth the effort I think.

    As always Pam‘s design is rich with stitch combinations and full of texture. And again the square was designed with a Aran / worsted weight (#4) yarn. Depending on the hook size it is supposed to be either 11 x 11” (4,5 mm hook) or 12” x 12” ( 5 mm hook). That makes approx. 28 cm respectively 30,5 cm in the square.

    It was absolutely fun to test it! Here some details of my version:

    Pattern

    Sage Advice Square
    available on Ravelry

    Designer

    Pam Knighton-Haener from A Yarn of Serendipity

    Technique

    regular crochet

    Yarn

    Drops Muskat
    100 % cotton, #3

    Colours

    following colour way 2
    A — 81, Clay 
    B — 61, Light Beige 
    C — 85, Mustard 
    D — 24, Taupe

    Hook

    Clover Amour Hook, 4 mm

    Finished Size

    approx. 25 x 25 cm (about 10 inch)