Winter Wonderland – My colours part 6

Part 6 is the final part of the Winter Wonderland Cal, the instructions for the border.

It is a double border that will hide all the yarn ends.
If you don‘t like double borders you can of course chose another variant. In connection with the border of my Geometrics blanket, I recently wrote how I feel about it. I don’t want to repeat myself here now, only so much: I love it! A double border is a great finish and worth the effort. At least in my opinion.

Unfortunately this time I had some difficulties with my slip stitch round. I had planned to make a two coloured border with a back layer in Lipstick and front layer in a mix of Graphite and Lipstick. So I thought a slip stitch round in red would look nice. I started my slip stitch round in Lipstick – and started my slip stich round and started my slip stich round again… And I didn’t get it neat.

I have recently noticed that there are differences in the thickness of acrylic yarns, even within a brand. In any case, the thread of my Lipstick seemed to be thicker and this may have caused the problems. I don’t know. My solution was to switch to Silver. Since I need new glasses anyway I wanted to have some contrast at the top and the bottom side to make it easier to identify the stitches when working the first round.

From then on everything went smoothly until I finished the first round of the front layer. Ana’s way of working a double border leaves a narrow line of the slip stitch round visible right next to the border. Silver looks good combined with the grey parts on top and bottom of the blanket but I didn’t like the look in the darker parts of the long sides at all. I started all over and this time worked the first round of the front layer on the long sides through both loops. Not the best solution but at least it looks a bit better.

If you follow my colour way I would advise that you use red for the slip stitch round! If you have the same problems as I had, I’d suggest that you use Grey or Graphite but not Silver or White. But keep in mind that Grey and Graphite will be hardly visible on the top and bottom sides.

Have fun with this last section of this beautiful pattern 💕

Winter Wonderland – My colours Part 5

Now it is already week 5 of the Winter Wonderland Cal. It is the last part before the border.

Starting with pattern 11 in part 4 of the Cal I had some time problems. Sometimes life gets pretty busy and we had urgent work to do on the house that couldn’t be postponed. To get the test finished in time I had to stop working on my blanket and checked the pattern by doing a swatch over 2 repeats.

What do you think?
Somehow I like this colour combination. It is completely different to the colours I used in my blanket and has a more rustic look which I also really like. I just used some leftovers that had on hand: Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment and Mocha combined with King Cole Comfort DK in the colour Stonewash.

After that I finished my blanket in peace. And this is how part 5 looks in my colours.

Winter Wonderland Cal – Part 5

And this is my entire blanket, ojust before adding the border.

My colour scheme.

Have fun 💕

Winter Wonderland Pattern

My colours part 1

My colours part 2

My colours part 3

My colours part 4

Winter Wonderland – Part 4

Week 4 of the Winter Wonderland has come. Time for the snowmen!

But before I show you the colours I used for part 4 here my

My final yarn amounts

I already listed the rough yarn amounts last week when I was still working on the border. Here some more details with all my leftovers.

I needed a total of 13 balls Stylecraft Special DK and used 1.044 g / 3.080 m of them . This is nearly the same amount that Ana used for her blanket.

But now to my

My colours Part 4

To be honest I was struggling a bit with my colour choices for this part.

After the relatively dark Graphite and Lipstick I used for pattern 8 I thought the blanket could do with something lighter again. So I choose White and Silver.
When I finished the bodies of the snowmen and started with the heads I became unsure wether this was really such a good choice. They looked kind of plump and pale.

Do you know what I mean?

But, when you test a pattern, time usually plays a major role. You have to think twice wether you rip back 15 rows or not. And as long as there is no mistake that inevitably catches the eye, you probably let it be. And so I continued even if I wasn‘t very happy about it.

I was all the more pleased when I noticed that Ana had created this little fun touch! Little shawls to dress the snowme.n. They really do wonders, don‘t they?

I made 8 little shawls in Graphite and 1 Lipstick. The red shawl is worn by snowman No. 3 (the third seen from the right). I used 40 chains and I think they are exactly the right length.

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And here my colours for part 4

Happy hooking 💕

Winter Wonderland Pattern

My colours part 1

My colours part 2

My colours part 3

Winter Wonderland – My colours Part 3

Oh wow, it is already week 3 of the Winter Wonderland Cal!

I am currently working on the border. So next week I will be able to tell you how much yarn I used in total and how much is left.

I really felt a bit sad when I made my very last stitch on the blanket part and finished off. It is such a beautiful pattern and I enjoyed testing it so much. I know I say that very often. But this time it is the first time that I am 100 % happy with my colour placement. Somehow that makes it very special to me!

So here my part 3.

My colour placement

And some more impressions how it looked at this stage.

Have a good time 💕

My colours part 1

My colours part 2

Winter Wonderland – My colours Part 2

I really hoped that the weather would get better here, but unfortunately this is a typical November this year. Cold, grey, rainy and foggy.

I would have liked to have taken some nice pictures of my part 2. Unfortunately I forgot when I finished with it. Now the ones that I have must be enough.

I’m currently working on the last twenty rows. Phew! I don’t think I had that yet, that a pattern was already published but I haven’t done my project yet. But sometimes it unfortunately happens that life gets in the way. I am very happy that I could at least finish the test beforehand by only doing a small swatch over 2 repeats for the last part. I only used some yarn that I just had there, but I actually like the colours very much. I really have to take a picture, my swatch looks completely different.

Yarn Update

Since I am nearly finished with the blanket now, I can also better estimate how much yarn I will need.
At the moment they are, for the blanket

  • 4 balls White
  • 2 balls Silver
  • 2 balls Grey
  • 2 balls Graphite
  • 1 ball Lipstick

And for the border an extra ball Lipstick and probably one more Graphite.

My colour placement

And here the colours I used for part 2

I hope you have fun 💕

Winter Wonderland – My colours Part 1

Winter Wonderland, the new Cal by Ana Morais Soares starts today. Are you ready?

As promised I will share the colours I used for each row here. You can find the table for download at the end of this post.

My yarn is Stylecraft Special DK in White, Silver, Grey, Graphite and Lipstick. Although the pattern has now been fully tested, I am still working on my blanket. Therefore unfortunately I still cannot state my total yarn consumption. I will give you an update as soon as possible.

This is my Part 1. Aren‘t these reindeers cute?

And here are the colours that I used

And also as download

I hope you will enjoy this pattern as much as I did. My colours for part 2 and 3 will follow in a few days.

Happy crocheting!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is my current test project and the reason why it is pretty quite here. Ana really is keeping me busy!

Finally I can at least share some sneak peeks of this lovely pattern by Ana Morais Soares from One Skein of Love.

Winter Wonderland Cal hooked by ELeni

It will be her next Cal, starting on November 11. For 6 weeks she will publish a part of the pattern once a weeK. So the last part, the border, will be released on December 16. For those who want to finish it before Christmas. The blanket consists of 14 different patterns, all of which are related to winter or Christmas.

For her blanket, Ana used a lovely yarn from hobbii, called Winter Glow. Hobbi is a European online shop, originally located in Denmark.

Winter Glow is a wonderful variegated yarn (wool and acrylic mix) and the fiber varies a bit in thickness. It is ranged as Aran yarn. Ana combined two green shades of Winter Glow and a solid cream Acrylic yarn.

After sharing my project in several Facebook groups I was often asked how much yarn would be needed in DK quality.

Well, since Ana used about 3.100 m of yarn for her blanket, you need about 1.100 g DK yarn in total (based on Stylecraft Special DK). The actual consumption naturally depends on how many colours you use and what the colour combination will look like.

For all those who have difficulties to work out how much they will need from another yarn, I have put some information here.

For my blanket I use Stylecraft Special DK in White, Silver, Grey, Graphite and Lipstick. White is my main colour. Since I am still working on my blanket I can’t say exactly how much yarn I will need. I roughly calculated 5 balls of White, 2 balls Lipstick and 2 – 3 balls of the other colours. Probably a little too much, but I wanted to be on the safe side.

For all who are interested, I will publish here which colors I used for each row.

I hope you will take part in this great Cal. You can find the pattern here.

At this point, many thanks for the nice compliments I received on my choice of colour. To be honest, I am not very good at choosing colours. That’s why I’ve looked at a lot of mood boards lately. I found this color combination at Pippin Poppycock. So the credit goes to her!

Have a nice weekend 💕

Also see

My colours Part 1

Geometrics Cal – Border

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!

Happy hooking!

Geometrics Cal – Part 6

The Geometrics Cal is slowly coming to an end! Today the pattern for the last 48 rows was published. Next week the instructions for the border will follow.

Unfortunately, I can’t tell you much about this wonderful blanket anymore. And I just realized that I don’t have a lot of pictures of this part. Therefore it will be a short post this week.

Here my colour placement for the last part.

I hope you are still enjoying this Cal! See you next week 💕.

Geometrics Cal – Part 5

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.

If you are looking for the former parts, you will find them here

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

See you next week!