Wednesday, 16 August 2017

NEW YARNS...How to create a range of your own colours

Unused yarn?..... do you have a yarn you loved, bought and then didn't know what to make with it? 

Several balls of this multi coloured yarn is waiting for just the right project, but nothing i tried worked for me. 
 Decided to mix it with several pain dk yarns to give me several colours of the same yarn, far more useable now. Some work better than others but from one yarn i now have several different colours of a rainbow tweed yarn to play with...another Rule of 12 maybe but with another join method maybe, for now i just making lots of 3 round, Rule of 12 circles and thinking about the join to come..



THE FINAL LAYOUT 
For the SOLID RULE OF 12 BLANKET


I have made 64 circles out of 2 balls of the150g Aran weight yarn from Pound Stretcher
Mixing it with 400g Emu Aran 25% wool as the back ground colour..



 I managed to complete all 64 circles yesterday and 2 Rows joined so far, i worked like a mad person yesterday so i didn't need to think too much about how sad I felt,
 a very sad day yesterday.....



 RIP Lettuce, you will be so missed XX



Tuesday, 15 August 2017

SOLID RULE OF 12 CIRCLE BLANKET UPDATE.



each circle is taking approx. 5g of yarn, a 150g ball of yarn has given me 32circles
To make  blanket 7 x 9 rows, measuring approx. 37" x 48" minus a border, will take 2 balls and leave a little over to add to the border, i hope!



the yarn is coming out with dark light and middle colouring circles so i'm hope there will be enough circles
I need...
28 dark circles for the outer round
22 mid colour and
13 light circles 
Pattern: centre diamond of light circle, border of dark circles and fill in with the mid colour.

Yarn:
 is from Pound Stretcher and cost £2.99 for 150g all acrylic
Background Tweedy Aran is a 400g ball of Emu Aran with 25% wool

 5mm hook






Monday, 14 August 2017

SOLID RULE OF 12 CIRCLE TO SQUARE PATTERN

Over the weekend there were 2 questions on my Facebook group. 

1: WHAT YARN WOULD YOU TAKE ON HOLIDAY AS A HOLIDAY PROJECT?
2: HAVE I GOT A RULE OF 12 SOLID JOIN?


Im combining the 2 answers together as an answer with an update on a very old pattern.

Random dyed yarn....lots of colours so you can make something with getting bored with the same colour. Hot? then use cotton yarns less sticky to work with than wool or acrylic.
And yes i have a basic solid join for the rule of 12..here is a basic pattern in a random/space dyed yarn for you to use...

SOLID JOIN RULE OF 12 PATTERN
Aran 5mm hook
DK 4mm hook
US  Terms

RANDOM DYED YARN...perfect for a holiday project just one or two balls of yarn needed plus a joining col.
 RANDOM DYED YARN....All the circles will be different and will make a lovely blanket


Finger wrap of 4 wraps.

ROUND 1: [ch2 counts as first dc], 12dc into circle wrap, sl st to complete [12dc]

ROUND 2: [ch2 counts as first dc] 2dc in each st, sl st to complete. [24dc]


ROUND 3: [ch2 counts as first dc], 2dc in first st, 1dc in next st, repeat, sl st to complete. [36dc]


ROUND 4: Change to back ground col. [ch2 counts as first dc], 2dc in first st, 1dc in next 2sts, repeat, sl st, to complete. [48dc]


ROUND 5: cont. in back ground col.  ch3, 1tr, into first  st, ch3, 2tr, into same st, 1tr, in next st, 1dc in next 2 sts, 1hdc, in next 5sts, 1dc in next 2 sts, 1tr, in next st, 2tr, ch3, 2tr, as next corner, repeat for all sides, sl st to complete.







Join as you go on round 5, using a sl st, after each st to join to the previous square, and replacing the middle ch st, in the corners with a sl st, to join together.








Sunday, 13 August 2017

PART 8: RULE OF 12 SCRAP YARN MINI CAL EDGING STITCH


The edging stitch has ch5 picots at every ch3 sp, the first and the last picots are joined together to 'straighten' the sides a little.



 pictures above and below is the joined ch5 picots that fill in the 'dip' and make for a straighter edging

PATTERN
US Terms
Aran weight yarn
5mm hook
Black yarn to finish

ROUND 1: Att yarn in the second ch3 sp on any corner, 2sc, ch5 picot, 2sc in same ch3 sp, sc in next 3 sts, 2sc, ch5 picot 2sc in next ch3 sp, repeat for the next 4 x ch3 sps, 

sc in next 3sts, into dip, sc into centre join sp, sc, in next 3sts, of next octagon, 
2sc into first ch3 sp, ch2, use the next ch st as a sl st into the last picot loop of the previous octagon ch2, complete the picot, s2sc into same ch3 sp, sc in next 3 sts, 2sc, ch5 picot 2sc in next ch3 sp. repeat to end


Always joing the last and the first picots together to form a triangular join between octagons
and 'straighten the sides a little


first and last picots joined 

Love this edging to the wrap, tried it on the blanket and it doesn't work so there will be another edging for the blanket next week

Some pictures of the blanket so you can see that it's not working on a large area blanket. It needs something far deep maybe a couple of inches adding.
I don't think i will be unpicking whats been done, but adding to the edging stitch already there.
Love the blanket though just needs more inches!

 It's made quite a generous size blanket so far.





Saturday, 12 August 2017

ANOTHER WIP COMPLETED...well almost

I am finding some little Gems in the tidy up...and...managing to finish them too found this half made scarf in the Fruit Salad Wave. 
Made for left overs in 'Berry' Fruit Salad colours..
Finished it over night ..over 6' long and approx. 6" wide, could always be wider but more than enough for a scarf this long and worn doubled up....








Might add a second round to the circles yet...