Part 7 of the Geometrics Cal is out. It‘s the final part, the border.
It is a nice, plain double border. I did it in two colours and used Walnut for the back layer and Copper for the front.
Do you like double borders?
Apparently a lot of people don’t like them. In crochet forums there are repeated complaints about the slip stitch round. After reading all of this, I was really scared of it when I started doing Overlay Mosaic. So I left my fist piece – a little table mat – with a fringe. Then I switched to the so called Inset Mosaic as you don‘t have to deal with all the yarn ends there. But of course you also need a border for Inset Mosaic. The pattern didn’t suggest any border and I myself had no idea what I could do. Searching for Inspiration I came across a double border that works without slip stitch round and is only based on front post double crochet. I just tried it and the result was quite nice. The border gave a nice drape to the blanket. An acceptable alternative to the classic double border. But I think the front post dc don’t fit every pattern.
At some point the time has come. I did my first double border with a slip stitch start when I was testing Gretchen. As a tester you have no chance to escape, lol.
At first I hade to experiment a little with the tension for my slip stitches and tried several hook sizes. But then: Wow! Since then I am a fan of double borders with slip stitch rounds!! It is such a nice finish, the border looks neat and lays flat. I just love it! And I love my slip stitch round. In my opinion it is a fairy tale that it is complicated and takes forever. After all the work you put into your blanket it is absolutely worth the effort!
Two advices though: either keep your slip stitches a bit relaxed (but not too loose) or go up a hook size AND count your stitches!
Here some more impressions of my finished blanket. Hubby grabbed it and loves it. And I am very pleased of how it turned out myself!
Time flies! Now it is already week 5 of the Geometrics Cal. Over half of the blanket is already finished. Next week part 6 will follow and in part 7 we are doing the border.
If you followed the pattern you have already worked 163 rows. Congrats!
Part 5 is again a longer part with 52 rows. At first we repeat pattern 4 that we already know from part 3. This is followed by a repetition of pattern 1, then the new pattern 6 and another repetition of pattern 1.
Fortunately I have better photos of part 5 than I had of part 4. When I finished with part 4 we had a bad weather period and there was quite a lot of rain and dark clouds in the sky.
And here is my colour placement. For pattern 4, as in part 3, I used Walnut and Lime. Pattern 6 is done in Copper and Parchment.
Today part 3 of the Geometrics Cal was released in Ana’s Ravelry shop. If you follow the Cal and finished part 2 you have already hooked 73 rows, only 190 rows to go until the border starts.
I have seen a lot of beautiful colour ways in Ana’s Facebook group or on Instagram. And I have to say I am a bit jealous. They all are so beautiful! I always struggle with my choice of colour and picking colours for a new project is definitely not the funniest part for me.
This time I thought it would be easy as I wanted to use the same colours as for my When Summer turns into Fall blanket. Colours that go perfectly together. But this time other things got in my way.
Originally I had planned to follow my own colour scheme with Parchment as main colour. Copper, Gold and Walnut as as accompanying colours and a bit of Lime as an accent. To save time we tested the pattern part by part, just like a Cal. So when we started I knew only part 1 and part 2 of the pattern. And I have to admit I didn’t plan my colours in advance, nor did I pay attention to how Ana arranged the colours. So it happened that when we got to part 3 I realized that I had started somehow wrong.
I already made the mistake in row 3. Since Overlay Mosaic changes the colour every row I shouldn’t have used my main colour as the start – and thus also as the end – of the small separating border (pattern 1). This meant that I couldn’t use my main colour as the start of the next pattern … Small mistake, big effect …
Normally I would have started over. But when you are testing a pattern time is limited. At this point, I had already been working on my blanket for 9 days and was afraid that I would not be able to make up the time when I start again. I had to improvise …
So it happened that with part 3 my blanket suddenly got a slight retro look. I struggled with it for a long time, but meanwhile I love it and it has a good chance of becoming the most beloved blanket in this house.
This is my part 1. For the test I started to work on it at the end of July.
As I wrote before I didn’t follow Anas colourway. I used the same colours that Inam using for my When Summer turns into Fall blanket, also one of Anas designs. I didn’t plan the colours beforehand but decided spontaneously how to proceed. If you are interested in my color scheme I will provide the colours I used for each part of the Cal here for download. I think this is much easier than listing them in the Ravelry notes.
My yarn and colours
I used Stylecraft Special DK in the colours Parchment, Walnut, Copper and Gold. I replaced Lime with the colour Nijmegen from Scheepjes Colour Crafter, that should be the same tone. I worked with a 4,0 mm hook throughout.
C1 / Parchment
C2 / Walnut
C3 / Nijmeggen (Lime)
C4 / Copper
C5 / Gold
So here we go with my fall colours
You also can download a printer-friendly pdf, have fun!