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!

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!

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.

When Summer turns into Fall Make along

Ana just started a new Make along (MAL) with her fabulous When Summer turns into Fall blanket.

I fell in love with this pattern the first time I saw it and knew immediately that I had to make it. I started it in January 2021 and no, it is not finished yet. Why?

Well, it all began with the photo above. I was writing a blog post about the projects I am working on besides testing. Mainly the Seashell Dudes by misssBerlin and When Summer turns into Fall. Since both of these projects were not very far along, I had the idea of using the cover photos of the patterns to show how they will look when finished. I therefore decided to contact the designers and ask for permission.
Having worked with Dana (misssBerlin) several times before, I was sure she would agree. But I had no idea how Ana would react. Nevertheless, I simply wrote her an email. And that’s how it began! Her answer was not long in coming and of course she agreed that I could use her photo. But she also asked me if I would like to test for her once. Guess what I answered! So I found myself testing her Gretchen, the Geometrics and many more …

It is an amazing journey and I have made a wonderful friend! Only my When Summer turns into Fall has slept peacefully in a bag so far. But I will now take the opportunity of the MAL to finally get on with it! It is such a relaxing pattern and fun to work on. Wish me luck!

Here my progress so far

Happy hooking 💕

Sorbet

Sorbet is the latest pattern from Ana Morais Soares. I had the pleasure to test this beauty during May.
The original blanket is made with a colour changing yarn. Ana used Hobbii Twister, a Cotton / Acrylic mix in sport weight.

Since I had to use up a bit of my stash, my blanket is made with DK yarn. Actually I wanted to make the same size with my thicker yarn as Ana did with her Twister (90 x 130 cm) but I guess I miscalculated. To achieve this, I would have needed 2 more repeats in the width. So my blanket is now only 80 cm wide and therefore I have also reduced the length a bit. Anyway for me it is a perfect lap blanket to sit on the couch. The colours fit perfectly in my living room and they will also look great with my – äh hubby‘s – Midnight Snowflakes (when it will be finished some day). I am happy!

Here are some more details about my Sorbet

Pattern

Sorbet
available on Ravelry
and Etsy

Designer

Ana Morais Soares from One Skein of Love

Technique

Overlay Mosaic

Test Phase

03. May 2022 – 01. June 2022

Finished

05. June 2022

Yarn and Colours

Stylecraft Special DK (295 m / 100 g)

1807 A Hint of Silver
1722 Storm Blue

3 balls
1 ball

King Cole Baby Comfort DK (310 m / 100g)

1729 Glacier

3 balls

Detailed Yarn Amounts

258 g Glacier
239 g A Hint of Silver
95 g Storm Blue

Hook

Clover Amour Hook, 4 mm
Slip stitch round: Clover Amour Hook, 4,5 mm
Back Layer Border: Clover Soft Touch, 3,75 mm

Pattern Repeats

16 repeats, 131 stitches

Layout

following the pattern for Layout 1

Pattern 1, 3 repeats
Pattern 3, 14 repeats

197 rows in total

Colour Placement

Pattern 1 and 3
C1: Glacier
C2: A Hint of Silver

Pattern 2
C1: Storm Blue
C2: A Hint of Silver

Border
Slip stitch round: Storm Blue
Back layer: Glacier
Front Layer: Storm Blue
Joining Round: Storm Blue

Final Size

appr. 80 x 113 cm

Have a lovely time 💕

Hello Spring – Round up

Here a brief summary of my test for the Hello Spring Cal:

Hello Spring Cal

21. March – 25. April 2022

Pattern

Hello Spring Cal
available on Ravelry and Etsy

Designer

Ana Morais Soares from One Skein of Love

Technique

Overlay Mosaic crochet

Test Phase

08. February – 21. March 2022

Finished

21. March 2022

Hook

Clover Soft Touch, 4 mm

Gauge

?

Repeats

5 Repeats, 93 stitches

Rows / Patterns

261 rows, patterns 1 to 12, following the Cal pattern

Border

Double border

Finished Size

57 x 149 cm


As always it was a lot of fun to test one of Ana‘s pattern. If you missed any parts just have a look at my older posts.

Related Posts to Hello Spring Cal

Intro
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Hello Spring – Part 6

Hello Spring Cal comes to an end now, only the border to be done.

If you follow my blog you already know that I made a wall hanging working over 5 pattern repeats. When it came to the border I finally had to decide how I wanted to hang it up.
I have seen quite complicated looking constructions for hanging wall decorations but I had no idea how to make them. At first I thought about attaching loops to it like you would for a quilt but there too I was unsure how best to attach them. Then I had another idea, a very easy one:

I worked the border as normal. In the final joining round I left a piece open on the upper side edges. On the last 7 stitches on both upper sides I worked the slip stitches only on the front layer without joining the two layers. The corner is worked as normal.
This has created a kind of tunnel through which you can push a rod. It works perfectly!

My colours for the border

Tomorrow I will write a short summary with all details of my test. Stay tuned!