Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

FO: Seafoam scarf

I’ve obviously got a bit of a thing about neckwear at the moment, I’m obsessed with scarves and shawls.

I have many people to thank for this one:

I absolutely love it!! (it’s even the background pic on my phone right now)

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The pattern is brilliantly written and fantastically simple.

I decided to add a ribbed loop on the end for fastening and had great fun knitting from both ends of the yarn and then figuring out how to join them!

Basically, I needed to knit the loop before I finished the pattern section so I knew I had enough yarn.

All fine, I finished the rib, knitted it to the end, finished the pattern section and knitted them together.

Then I realised that I needed to cast off but I didn’t have any yarn left!

Back to Pinterest for a new technique – casting off with a crochet hook. Beautifully simple when you get your head around it.

The yarn is lovely and just went on and on so the scarf is crazy long but I figure that just makes it more versatile.

I’m seriously thinking about casting on another one of these for some simple knitting while I’m at FolkEast this weekend.

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FO: Woven scarf

This scarf has been a labour of love but so worth it.

The idea came from Pinterest, an amazing picture popped up one day and I couldn’t get it out of my head. The original pin linked back to Etsy so I went on a Ravelry hunt and found the pattern here.

However, I wasn’t really in a position to pay the asking price so I did what any experienced knitter would do – made it up myself.

The stitch pattern itself is fairly simple, it’s the construction that adds the fabulousness!

I tried really hard to make the scarf out of some yummy natural dyed yarn that I’d bought at the Ickworth Wool Fair but there was nowhere near enough so I turned to my stash and found some Sirdar Click DK left over from a jumper project.

And without further ado…

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It definitely would have benefited from a good blocking but I couldn’t figure out quite how to manage it.

I also think that the woven section didn’t work as well as I would have liked but it looks pretty good on and I’m rather chuffed.

Obviously, I’m not going to post my own version of the pattern and I can’t say how well the pattern is written but it is such an unusual and brilliant idea, I’d definitely recommend a look.

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Perseverance pays off

Or maybe it was stubborn-ness?

Either way the fur section of the scarf is finished! I ended up knitting it instead of fighting to crochet it and it was so easy and quick, I may actually use the yarn again or maybe make another scarf using the remaining yarn (that’s right, there’s plenty left over)

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Obviously it doesn’t look like much without the pretty ends.

Unfortunately, they’re being a little problematic too. The first issue was that the tension instructions don’t give a stitch pattern so I couldn’t do a proper swatch. Not too much of an issue, being a scarf and all.

However, the pattern is essentially crochet cables which require quite a bit of concentration. But once you get the hang of it, the effect is really nice so I’m willing to put in the extra effort.

My main issue now (and the one that I can’t see a solution for) is that my treble-clusters aren’t as… ‘bobbly’ as they should be, they’re pretty much flat

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I’m also wondering if I should go up a hook size since the ends don’t quite match and the existing blue piece is quite narrow (about 10cm, as opposed to the pattern which says 11.5cm)

I did try a little piece with a 4mm hook but I thought it looked a little loose. Now, looking at the existing piece, it’s quite holey when you hold it up but looks good when you lay it down so maybe I should switch back up after all…

At the moment, I’m thinking the solution is to try a couple more repeats with the 3.5mm hook AND start a piece with the 4mm hook so I can compare the two.

In other news, today is six months to the wedding and I’m so excited I can’t quite contain myself (hence, perhaps a slightly garbled post!)

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Oooo, tricky!

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I can’t decide which one I prefer but I think I’m leaning towards the blog pattern (on the right) with tassels instead of the fur fringe
What do you guys think?
I’ll be working on the fur effect tension swatch while we decide so wish me luck!

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Crochet scarf/shawl – finished

I haven’t even had time to tell you much about this one, it worked up so quickly!

I think I mentioned it during my review of Simply Crochet and showed a little pic in my latest progress report

Anyway, the pattern comes from Simply Crochet issue four and is designed by Debbie Bliss.

The project calls for 4ply yarn and was worked in Debbie Bliss Rialto in Silver. However, I wanted mine to be a bit more summery so I chose to use a cotton yarn.

4ply cotton isn’t easy to buy round here but I knew I could get it from Hobbycraft and, having recently been, decided to buy it online.

I used Patons 100% cotton 4ply in Kiwi and I love it!

The yarn comes in a range of colours, although there’s less choice in 4ply than in DK and has a lovely sheen to it.

It was also amazing to work with! Seriously, I think it will become my go-to cotton yarn, I love it so much.

I’ve been working with cotton a lot lately but I’ve found some yarns split dreadfully. This Patons is different, never once did it untwist in my hands and cause me problems.

Highly recommended.

Back to the pattern… it recommends a 4mm hook but I found that the stitches were working up too loosely and my tension was way off (too big for a change) so I scaled down to a 3.5mm.

Much more suitable for 4ply although my tension was still a bit off (doesn’t matter so much for a shawl though, right?)

So, drumroll please…

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Ta-da!! Sorry there are no pics of me wearing my lovely new scarf, Steven’s asleep so it was this or nothing

Never one to stick to a pattern, I worked the edging differently. Firstly I only put it on the edges and not all the way around – two reasons, one it makes it more a scarf than a shawl, two I’m lazy

And I worked it using treble fans along the edge instead of the weirdness of the pattern (a row of ch5sp and then work the fans – it didn’t look good and it took forever)

So there it is! I’ve worn it a lot since finishing, including around the house when I get chilly and I’m now wondering if it will go with my cricket jumper so I can wear both to the movies tonight…

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