Spring Throw

Happy Sunday and thanks in advance for spending a little time to read today’s blog. It’s been almost a year since I ordered this Spring Throw kit from the Knitting Network and one that I have really struggled with. Not for the pattern and stitches but with keeping stitch count, I don’t normally have issues with stitch count but this blanket was a completely different ball game.
I put it down to some rows using the turning chain as a stitch and some rows not, so in the end I ignored the turning chain and never counted it as a stitch and I was fine after that.
I’ve never liked using the turning chain as a stitch I just don’t like the way it looks, anyone else feel the same? Can’t just be me is it?

So after my third attempt at this throw in the last year here it is finally complete. I am so glad that I decided to pick it up and try again it is so beautiful and the colours really do scream spring and warmer times around the corner doesn’t it?

Hope you all like it and it makes you feel the same, in two minds on whether to keep it or not now, my plans where to sell it in my Etsy shop but not sure now lol.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and keep warm everyone.

Take care and stay safe
Marie x

Christmas Eve Blanket P2

Happy Sunday everyone I hope you have had a lovely weekend so far?

Friday was part 2 release day over on The Crochet Sanctuary’s facebook page and I couldn’t wait to finish work and start it (turns out I couldn’t stop either ha ha)

The first few rows where crisscrossed trebles and how beautiful they are, little did I know what scene they were setting as I as doing them (more on that later)

Then followed by some beautiful Christmas Trees (come on Marie you can do this) was my only thought at this point. I have to confess this is a section you cannot leave and pick back up, you need concentration and counting aloud is a must for this section, I was getting some very strange looks from the schnauzers in the room that’s for sure.

Shhhh mummy we are trying to sleep!

I have never worked this method before so it was new to me and did need to watch the video when I started. It does leave rows of chains on the back of your work, which I will secure with a few darning stitches when the blanket is complete (of before if they start to bug me).

I was very happy for the extra hour we gained last night, due to the clocks going back here in the UK, because I couldn’t put it down and didn’t realise the time when I finished.
I needed something to occupy my mind after some devastating news received yesterday and part 2 of this beautiful CAL was perfect.

I weaved in all my ends this morning and as I lay it in position for today’s blog pictures it came to life before my eyes. Those beautiful snow capped rolling mountains the backdrop to a forest of trees and fallen leaves and trodden in snow all mashed together, No? just me?, Well that’s what I see anyway ha ha.

Thanks again to all the ladies designing this beautiful pattern, you helped me immensely yesterday so thank you, Also is it Friday yet?

Enjoy your Sunday, thanks for taking the time to have a read. Make the most of the daylight today we won’t have much of it now for a few months, does mean more cosy crochet nights for me though (every cloud).

Take care, Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Beach Combing Blanket CAL

Week 1

Afternoon everyone, hope you are well and safe? It’s starting to get to everyone now I know it is but hang in there we can do this together.

On the 10th April 2020, amidst this very strange and surreal time, this years CAL started by my favourite designer over at Coastal Crochet. I love her design work and this one looked quite a challenge. Unfortunately I didn’t order my pack in time and had to wait for it so come back in stock but thankfully it arrived on Tuesday.

There are 2 different kits that are available from The Knitting Network, one in cotton and one in acrylic, I decided on the cotton on this time which it the more expensive of the two packs but I have to say I am loving this Scheepjes Catona cotton yarn.

I thought it looked challenging and it certainly was, I didn’t get far till I had to flog a round and start again (the importance of counting hitting me like a slap in the face) I got to the end of round three and thought hang on a minute that’s not right? I had to many stitches, in my defence it was my first ever time doing popcorn stitch and clearly got carried away with it.

More popcorn stitches in round four and I suddenly realised that I was finishing them wrongly, DOH! the eagle eyed ones among you will see the difference between round two and four, I was not flogging it all again, no thanks.

I gained more stitches as the rounds went on and I kept flogging, swearing, re doing, flogging, swearing a little more then sod it I will lose them in the next round which I did.

CRAB STITCH – my new hate stitch, wow, took me an hour to do this round of crab stitch and I seriously do hate it. This stitch goes against everything you have been taught as you have to DC backwards and my fingers and brain just could not get around it at all. As feared there was more crab stitch at the end of week one. I used a larger hook this time and it was a lot easier to control the cotton yarn from splitting so the final round wasn’t so bad.

The dreaded crab stitch (white circle)

And that’s it, Week 1 complete and I’m ready for Week 2 being released tomorrow morning, no more crab stitches please Eleonora (false hope on my part there)

What do you think? great start to a new emerging blanket, challenging but going to be worth it I’m sure.

Take Care everyone

Thanks for reading

Love Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Module 6 – Crochet Diploma

Good Evening, finished module 6 at the weekend which pretty much followed on from module 5 and was entitled Care & Finishing. The first part of the module went into blocking again but in more depth this time. It covered different ways for different yarns and how they should be blocked and its importance. Again it started to make me think should I be?

The module then went onto making up your work, so joining seams together and the 2 methods of this,

What is your preference Crochet or Sew?

Crochet seams are no doubt thicker and stronger, this is what I normally choose, but it did give me different ways to do this to get a different effect. I have always double crocheted (sc US terms) through all loops and finished it that way but there are quite a few affects to be achieved.

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Take granny square blocks for example

  • Right Sides Together – the ridge is to the back of the blanket so hidden.
  • Wrong Sides Together – The ridge will be visible on the right side of the blanket.
  • Through Both Loops – crating a sturdy seam that hides the tops of the fabric.
  • Through the front loops only – create a ridge either side of the stitches on the back side of the blanket.
  • Through the back loops only – pushes the inner loops in causing a ridge on the right side.

I have to confess I didn’t know through front and back loops only was an option. So I am actually learning something you see ha ha.

Sewing – now this is a tedious process isn’t it? Different methods again were covered, the different stitches to be used for which effect. If you prefer sewing seams what stitch do you generally use and why?

The Module completed with weaving ends, now what a job this can be if you’re doing a multi-coloured piece.

The two options this gave was by Hook – Less Secure, Quicker, you can crochet the ends as you work but this does add bulk to your piece. Or you can use a needle (I use a needle) there is less chance of this method working free, it’s more time consuming and sometimes gets put to one side but this is my preference.

What method for weaving is most popular Hook or Needle?

The module kind of hints to a stepped care plan to finishing a project

  1. Block
  2. Seam
  3. Weave
  4. Wash
  5. Block

Hands up, who skips all of this? Can you imagine with all the WIP’s we all have on the go and everything else we have to do, adding this as well!

Who has a jumper stone? I had never heard of one till this module, great idea. Those of you who have one will know (does it work?)

Anyway, going to go and continue another WIP now as I am dying to get it finished. Before I go I passed Module 5, got the results today, Happy Days, onto number 7 already.

Take Care Everyone, have a good evening.

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

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Crochet Diploma – Module 4

Afternoon everyone I have just completed Module 4, Beyond the basics but before I continue I would like to say that I passed both modules 2 and 3, YAY.

This module covered Joining new colours to a project and different methods of doing this, now when I very first started to crochet I did the big No-NO, yes I admit I used to tie a knot in the yarn (oooops) I didn’t know at the time this would come undone in the wash, did anyone else tie knots when you started out?

What method of changing is the preferred way out there?

I always work new colour into the final stitch so that the new colour starts clean on the new row / stitch, this is my preferred way anyway. I then either weave the ends in or crochet them in as I go, depending on what stitch I’m doing.

Hands up, who hates weaving ends? I do, like really do so I will try and crochet them into the work as much as I possible can.

It also covered working in the front and back loops, front and back posts to create a ribbed effect, which if you’ve never done before can seem a little confusing when you are a beginner, especially back post because it just feels awkward in your hands.

Then went onto the differences between Clusters, Bobbles, Puff and Popcorn stitches, which was good to get a clear outline of the difference to each as they can sometimes be referred to as the same names depending on patterns, but there is quite a difference. I think my preference is Bobbles, Whats yours?

Well that’s my assessment submitted so fingers crossed and onto Module 5 it is.

Thanks for reading, Happy Saturday

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

CAL – Week 4

Well that was a nice and easy 3 rounds after the bobbles last week, I did struggle a bit because I have a poorly shoulder and not able to move much so I was glad that this week was an easy one.

Just look though, love it, is it Friday yet?

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Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

Crochet Diploma – Module 2

Afternoon you lovely lot. Well the weather has taken a turn for the worst and I just managed to get in before the heavens opened. I hope you all have brollies it looks like it’s in for the afternoon, in true April Showers fashion.

As the weather is dismal and I cannot get out with the dogs because they will not entertain the rain, I thought I would look at module 2 of the diploma, Assessment has just been submitted so fingers crossed everyone.

Module 2 is all about Holding the Hook and Yarn, keeping tension and the basic stitches to get you going. Now having recently realised that I have been working in US terms for a number of years it was weird to hear and follow the UK terms. if it wasn’t for week 1 of the CAL I would’ve been even more confused and would never have realised I was working in US terms. Least I now know that I can work in both that’s got to be a bonus right?

I made myself a little chart of UK and US terminology and attached this to my pin board for quick reference.

So a quick and easy module complete on to No 3 then……

Don’t get too wet out there, grab some yarn and a coffee and watch everyone else getting wet, teehee.

Bye for now

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

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