Circles Scarf Revisited

Craft | Thursday January 13 2011 | 9:21 am | Comments (4) | Tags: , , |

I can’t hide the fact that I became a little obsessed with the Circles Scarf from Inside Crochet Magazine, issue 11, designed by Linda Permann – I’ve raved on and on about it often enough on here!  In a bid to share the love I have posted before about how that actual pattern can be found, but there are some other versions of the same technique that can be used to give similar or alternative effects too.  So read on if you don’t mind that you too may become hooked!

The design and pattern for the Circles Scarf are by Linda Permann and she has written a post about it on her own blog found here!  Linda has said that in a few months she will be able to offer the pattern for sale as a pdf file, but in the meantime it is available in a digital copy of Inside Crochet magazine on Yudu.  It will cost £4.99 on Yudu, which is the same price as the paper copy of the magazine when it was published, so no loss buying it that way.

Following my last post about the pattern I was contacted by Sunshine to tell me that this technique is called yo-yo crochet!  Not only is it shown on her website, Sunshine’s Creations, she’s written a book about it called Learn to do Yo Yo Crochet

I found that details of how to use this technique aren’t widely available online, but I did find this free pattern, on free-crochet, that uses it in a square form which can be adapted into other shapes or rows fairly easily.  You need to register to download this pattern, but it’s worth it if you want to know how.

And there’s more… a flickr group too!  The group contains many different styles using this technique, some of which aren’t in my taste [sorry], or my types of colours, but they show off the technique very well.

I’ve also found it called a ‘medallion’ too, but both medallion and yo-yo crochet have many different variations so it’s not as easy as googling it to find instructions on how to create it.

I found a basic description of the technique on Patchwork Crochet, if you scroll waaaaaaay down to the bottom of this page.  It also shows you how to add a border around the circles to give a different type of finish.

And finally, the lovely Heather has been trying really hard to track down the issue of Inside Crochet with the circles scarf pattern in it and eventually got a copy on Ebay! 

So, I hope this info gets you up and running with the technique.  If you grow to love it as much as I do leave a comment or send a link to your site.

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I’m in print! Kind of!

Craft | Wednesday January 12 2011 | 6:57 am | Comments (10) | Tags: , |

I was so excited a couple of months ago to get a message from Inside Crochet magazine to see if they could use my picture of the Circles Scarf I have raved on and on about in their Readers Gallery!  ‘Of course’ I said!!!

Well today I bought a copy of Inside Crochet magazine, Issue 14, and turned first to the Readers Gallery.  There it was, my scarf picture taken on a fence post in Yorkshire on our hols last autumn!

The text said:

‘Above: We’re big fans of Louise Bromley’s beautiful circles scarf (Issue 11)’

Louise Bromley?  That’s not me!  But it’s my picture! 

Ah well, these things happen.  I can still say my scarf was in the magazine!

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Measuring Up

Craft | Tuesday January 11 2011 | 11:11 am | Comments (10) | Tags: , , , |

Want to know a secret?  I’m very naughty!  I have never, ever made a tension square before.  When I knitted I didn’t.  Since I have been crocheting I haven’t.  Until now!

Thankfully I’ve never had a problem with stitch tension.  In fact I am rather proud, if I say so myself, at having what could be classed as a very standard and even tension and projects have always come out as intended.

So why start now?  The Crochet Club project I am just about to start isn’t critical on size in terms of fit, but I have been soooooo impatient to get started it was a way to get started.  It also let me try out the yarn (Rowan Cotton Glace) which I really like!  It’s quite a dense cotton that has really crisp stitch definition and isn’t very ‘splitty’ compared to some other cottons.

So how did I measure up?  The advised tension for this project is 21.5 stitches x 24 rows over 10cm square using a 3mm hook in double crochet.  I got 21 stitches x 25 rows.  I think that’s close enough for jazz!

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In today’s post #2

Craft | Monday January 10 2011 | 12:24 pm | Comments (6) | Tags: , , , |

I was woken from my beauty sleep very early today!  7.50am!!  It was still dark!  A very jolly post man arrived on my doorstep with this box for me:

While I was very excited, it was very early for me and I was barely awake.  I was very good and put it down and went back to bed.  But when I got up again I had a real treat!

This box contains all the yarn for the Jane Crowfoot Crochet Club 2011 (from now on called the Crochet Club or CC as its too much to type every time!).  Want to see what’s inside?  Look away now if you’re in the Club, so to speak, and don’t want to spoil the surprise if you haven’t received your box yet…

How gorgeous is all that yummy, scrummy yarn?  What gorgeous colours?  How much crochet?  What have I taken on? 

I’ll post more pictures of the yarn as things go along, but was just so excited about opening the box and sharing the contents!

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New Balls Please!

Craft | Wednesday January 5 2011 | 4:40 pm | Comments (7) | Tags: , , , |

I have now completed 5 full rounds of each colour in the growing big happy granny stripe blanket!  I knew the first bundle of yarn I had wouldn’t be enough for the size of blanket I wanted so ages ago I bought a second set!

I still have a little of each colour left from each ball but don’t want to change yarn half way through the next 19 rows, so I am starting the new balls of yarn at the start of each row when I would normally change colour.  The remainders of some of the balls have already been used for the Party Ring Scarf I made for my niece.

The blanket is going to have 7 sets of each colourrepeat overall and with the border I intend to put on I expect to have used about one and a half balls of each colour. 

Now that I’m stuck into this big project again I am really, really enjoying it.  I’ve spent all the run up to Christmas working on small projects and gifts which was lovely but I do think there’s a lot to be said for something so big and its somehow even more rewarding, particularly because it is for me to keep and use when it’s finished.

I have really enjoyed seeing the blankets like this that others have made on flickr and how the different colour orders used make such a difference.  There are lots of fantastic colourful crochet groups on there.  Here’s a couple to get you started – go have a look!

Attic 24 Granny Stripe Group

Vintage Stripe Blanket Group

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No sooner said than done!

Craft | Sunday January 2 2011 | 4:22 pm | Comments (8) | Tags: , , |

Just yesterday I wrote about a few crochet projects I wanted to get on with in the new year and I haven’t wasted any time in getting started!  The granny stripe blanket that I began way back in sunnier days last summer has been sitting neatly folded but untouched for a few months – until last night.

I was itching to get on with some crochet but not inclined to start anything new, or in truth anything that required a great deal of thought.  Resurrecting the granny stripe blanket was just perfect.  Despite it being quite large I managed to get several striped rows done while half watching tv: I am sure my treble speed has increased since I last worked on it.  I’m now about two thirds of the way through so it might just be finished before the spring / summer comes round again, so long as I don’t get too distracted!

I have also been somewhat inspired by Ali at Snipsnaphappy!  She’s said she needed a large and easy project she can work on without much thought so has started a granny stripe blanket.  She’s called hers the ‘Big Happy’.  Isn’t that a great name?  And with so many lovely colours in blankets like this it can be quite hard to fight they happy that they can bring while hooking along.

Here’s to lots of big and happy crochet ahead!!

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