Friday, 29 November 2013

Crochet hat #6 - Disaster!

Well the titanic has nothing on this.

Now I'll admit I am not the most seasoned crocheter, I can do but don't do that often. That was probably my downfall!

As my knit a book project has some crochet patterns, I thought hey hoe in for a penny and all that.  According to the blurb "..... Best part is the estimated stitching time - only three hours". Now this might be true if you can crochet like The Flash (superhero who is super fast for those not in the know) or indeed if the pattern was correct but I've failed to hit the three hour target. I think I'm on about eight by now (and counting).

Now getting to the real reason for the disaster. Yes as stated above the pattern is WRONG. There is NOTHING on the official errata page for the book so blindly followed the written instructions. I supposed if I crocheted more I would have realised it wasn't right earlier but just kept thinking, it'll work out.

It didn't. 

Eventually I had a ping {lightbulb} moment and looked at the project page on Ravelry. Luckily someone on there noticed the mistake and gave the correct instructions.  Much frogging later I think I'm back on track.

I will be noting the error on my project page notes.

What would the world of knitting/crochet do without Ravelry?

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

I vont to be alone #5 - finished

It's done and I'm more than pleased with this, I'm over the blinking moon! Greta Garbo eat your heart out.

Using the three needle cast off to create the loop was great, no sewing!

I manage to construct it without using a head form, I used my husbands instead. I think without a solid surface the pinning wouldn't have been as easy. Folding into shape was very straight forward and I easily followed the diagram in the book.

The only downside I can find is I might have too much hair to really do this hat justice. I think short hair would probably work better.

Well, that's project 5 done. The next hat is crochet and as I've not done that for a while it might get interesting.

Laters, I'm off to find my inner Jennifer Saunders x

Sunday, 24 November 2013

I vont to be alone #5 -update

Well what a lovely knit. 

For beginners this is a simple easy to follow knit for the more seasoned knitter a 'mindless' knit.  There is a bit of shaping at the beginning by using a simple increase, picking up loop and either knitting or purling into it.  Then you basically double rib (K2,P2) for 30 inches.

After 30" you split to create the loop and finish off using a 3 needle cast-off. A nice technique to learn and is really good for shoulders on jumpers etc.

I've got about an 1" left to knit before I cast off. Then I will be tackling construction. The book does say "this is best accomplished with head form" so I might be borrowing a head, anyone got one?

I'll try and get photos of the construction process and next time we will have a turban. I'm so excited

Thursday, 21 November 2013

I vont to be alone! #5

It's turban time!

I have been dying to make this, seriously Greta Garbo eat your heart out.

I've cast-on and am hoping to get this finished quite quickly. It's made in one piece, using a simple double rib, then 'twisted' in the turban shape and sewn into place.

Here are the first few rows.

On a slightly different note, sorry it's been so long since the last 'knit a book' project but I've had to make other things. Legwarmers (5 pairs), teachers scarfs (3), toys for Christmas fair and some other projects. All can be found on my Ravelry page ( ) or FB page ( ).

I'll update when a bit more has been added