I can’t seem to go for long without picking up a crochet hook. Granny squares are simply the best way to use up oddments and really the ultimate in recycling yarns and using up scraps from other projects. There is something very satisfying about this. So I kept seeing oddments of blues and greens in my basket of bits and felt they needed a purpose. Needless to say I have been scouring the charity shops for more bits and have ended up buying some *new* wool as well!
Now, I know for those of you who are wool ‘purists’ may be horrified but this sort of project is best completed with a high percentage of acrylic (in my view) so that the finished throw is easy to wash, dry and use. Also, I have a penchant for the brightness of the colours in these sort of yarns. It is fun mixing and matching and making something out of not very much!
Now I have messed about with big squares and small squares and on this occasion decided that 22 rounds would make a bold statement. Here are some images of WIP. See what you think.
The yarn and pattern for this caught my eye when I was perusing the Black Sheep Wool website one day well before Christmas. Those of you who know me will understand why both the colour of the wool and the design of the poncho appeal to me! Purple, chunky, cosy, cabled. Both yarn and pattern are by Rowan. The yarn is alapaca cotton and was very advantageously priced in the BSW sale section, here is a link to the Rowan pattern which is available for free!
I have about 30 rows left to knit up the front before joining it to the back and doing the lovely ribbed roll neck. It will be perfect for those gorgeous sunny spring days we will be having soon! This is what it looks like so far…
My third project is the least developed of the three but perhaps the most exciting and a new departure for me in that it is using a very fine silk yarn by Babylonglegs aka Sarah from Knit Night. Sarah brought along this adorable skein of ‘slated’ coloured silk that had a bit of a tangle in it so was a bugger to wind but well worth the effort! After Lahora (Laura aka Artygal) and I wrangled briefly and good naturedly about who would claim ownership my green stuff was put on the table and the yarn was mine.
I played about with an idea but knew that it was asking to be crocheted into a lace shawl. So, having searched on Ravelry for inspiration I found a free pattern for Eva’s shawl so I am following this for the main body of the shawl working with a 3mm hook and plan to create a beautiful border myself taking inspiration from the railings from Penarth pier.