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Test No.3/2022 for Pam

Sweet Delusions Square

… another beautiful design by A Yarn of Serendipity – Pam Knighton-Haener and my test no. 3 out of 4 that I have completed for Pam this year. And still more to come … YAY!

The Sweet Delusions Square is featured in the BAMCAL 2022 – Crochet a Block-a-Month— on Ravelry. It’s the square for the month August.
The pattern is available as a free download on Pam’s website or as a paid pattern on Ravelry. The paid version has additional features like the very helpful round-by-roubd pictures and links that help you to navigate through the document.

For Sweet Delusions I stayed with my Hobbii Rainbow cotton 8/4 just as I had intended. I like the result and think the colours go very well together.
Although I can imagine it in different colours as well. Maybe different shades of green and a little bit of cream? Or shades of purple? There are so many possibilities!

Pattern

Sweet Delusions Square
available on Ravelry

Designer

Pam Knighton-Haener from A Yarn of Serendipity

finished

14. June 2022

Technique

regular crochet

Yarn

Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4

Colours and Placement

28 Light Jeans Blue – colour A
69 Lilac – colour B
46 Old Rosa – colour C
29 Jeans Blue – colour D
97 Mist – colour E
following colour way 1

Hook

Clover Soft Touch, 2,5 mm

Finished Size

about 20 cm

If you like Pam’s designs just have a look at my other tests:

My test versions

I hope you get some inspiration!

Costa Nova Cal – Some colour ideas

Have you already seen that Ana from One Skein of Love is launching a new Cal?
It will start on Thursday, 07. July 2022. The Intro file with all relevant information is now available on Ravelry. During the Cal there is a 30 % discount on the price and an extra 20% discount for members of Ana‘s Facebook group.

Although I am one of the testers I don’t hav a blanket to show you this time. And no own colour way, sorry!
After crocheting almost exclusively test projects since autumn of last year, I needed a break. I urgently want to finish my (hubby‘s) Midnight Snowflakes blanket and a shawl I started designing months ago.
So I “only“ checked the pattern by reading, counting stitches, checking colours, diagrams and everything and reading again … checking again…

But my fingers were itching! Ana designed lovely costal motifs to pay homage to her favourite beach: Costa Nova.

So I couldn‘t help. I had to think about colours that would suit the pattern and that I would use. I thought I would show you my favourite ideas, maybe you will like some of them?

(At this point once again many thanks to Stylecraft Yarns who allowed me to use the colour samples from their website.)

This one is my absolute favourite

and this one was my first idea

But I also love this one

Hard to decide, isn’t it?
If you take part in the Cal I wish you a lot of fun already now 💕

New tests for Pam

This year, Pam Knighton-Haener from A Yarn of Serendipity has created some new designs and so far I have already been able to test three of them. Two are already published, so I can show them. The third one is still in the testing phase and will be released in August.

As you may know I have been unsure all the time which yarn to use. Pam’s squares are designed to use a cotton yarn in Aran weight. Depending on hook size – 4,5 or 5 mm hook – the finished size will be 11 or 12 inch – that’s about 28 respectively 30,5 cm.

When I started testing for Pam in 2020 I made my first squares with Drops Paris and Love you 8 using a 4,5 mm hook. I love the colours of Drops as they are soft and subtle but somehow I don’t like to work with Aran weight. It’s probably a matter of practice, but I’m never satisfied with the look of my stitches when I use Aran. Especially since Pam often uses trebles and double trebles. Somehow it stresses me out and I have been looking for alternatives.
So, after a short excursion to Stylecraft Special DK (not as good stitch definition as cotton and harder to block), I came to Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4. It is a fingering weight with 170 m / 50 g. Much thinner than Aran but I still think my squares are a good size at around 19 or 20 cm. I like the colours, I’m happy with the look of my stitches, I feel less stressed – I’m sticking with it.
Luckily Pam doesn’t mind me using it.

The first Square I tested this year was the

Simple Wonders Square

Pattern

Simple Wonders Square
available on Ravelry

Designer

Pam Knighton-Haener from A Yarn of Serendipity

finished

06. February 2022

Technique

regular crochet

Yarn

Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4
170 m / 50 g

Colours and Placement

65 Apricot Colour A
97 Mist Colour B
13 Grayish Purple Colour C
Following colour way 1

Hook

Clover Soft Touch, 2,5 mm

Finished Size

app. 19 cm


And the second one was the lovely

Apart Together Square

Pattern

Apart Together Square
available on Ravelry

Designer

Pam Knighton-Haener from A Yarn of Serendipity

finished

06. April 2022

Technique

regular crochet

Yarn

Hobbii Rainbow Cotton 8/4
170 m / 50 g

Colours and Placement

69 Lilac Colour A
97 Mist Colour B
46 Old Rose Colour C
Following colour way 2

Hook

Clover Soft Touch, 2,5 mm

Finished Size

app. 19 cm

If you are interested in the other squares I tested for Pam, just have a look

From left to right:
Carter Jude Square, Brood of Angels, Margaret Square, all made with Drops yarn

… and Fancy Nancy, made with Stylecraft Special DK

Have a good time

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 💕

Talavera Blanket

Finally I can show you the project I worked on from the mid December last year until mid January: Talavera!

Talavera is a design by my friend Ana Morais Soares from One Skein of Love. She was asked by the Simply Crochet Magazine to design a blanket for a Cal.
The Cal has just started and part 1 is published. For further information either have a look at issue 122 of the Simply Crochet Magazine, their Ravelry page or website.

It was quite a challenge to finish this beauty in more or less 4 weeks! But so worth the effort!

For her design Ana used Caron Simply Soft, an Aran weight. As you might know Aran is not my favorite yarn weight. So I went for Stylecraft Special DK.

I already showed my colour scheme a few days ago, which – again- was inspired by a mood board of Pipin Poppycrock.

I mainly followed Ana’s colour placement but – partly by accident and partly on purpose – I have made some colour changes. So here my notes:

Pattern

Talavera Blanket

Replacement of
Colours

C1
C2
C3
C4
C5

Vintage Peach
Silver
Soft Peach
Grey
Apricot

Changes

Round 19, 27, 37
Round 40
Round 73
Round 74
Round 78
Round 79
Round 85
Round 86

Silver instead of C5
Apricot instead of C2
Grey instead of C5
Vintage Peach instead of C4
Soft Peach instead of C2
Silver instead of C3
Grey instead of C5
Apricot instead of C4

I am very happy with the result!
It will be a gift for my mother in law and I hope she will like it as much as I do!

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

Yarn and Colours

Stylecraft Special DK (295 m / 100 g)

White
Pistachio
Khaki
Saffron
Tomato

3 balls
3 balls
2 balls
1 ball
1 ball

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!

Hello Spring – Part 4

Week 4 of the Hello Spring Cal starts, now it is already half done. Only one more part will follow next week and then it will be ready for the border.

I must apologize – again – for the poorly lit photos! The colors I chose are hard to capture anyway but on top of that we had a prolonged period of bad weather! Sorry!

And here my colours

Have fun 💕

Hello Spring – Part 3

It is already week 3 of the Hello Spring Cal. The time flies! However, I just felt thrown back a few weeks. We haven’t had that much snow for years. This is our old pine tree on Saturday morning, 02.April 2022. Hello Spring!

But I don’t want to miss to share

My colours Part 3

Have a lovely week 💕