Oh you’ve got to love those colours together.. reminds me of spring and summer and fresh air and sunshine. These were the colours I used for a set of Pot Holders as one of my final projects for the homewares section of the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1. Made in 100% cotton and same two colours for the set but in different textured patterns throughout.
The inspiration for these hotpads/potholders came from a few different sources, I am sure you can tell this one was the start of the Elements CAL blanket available on Raverly I just loved the texture of this one, and one day I will progress to a whole blanket! The other potholders include a Tunisian checked pattern, a mitred two colour square and another of my favourites is the one that looks like hearts, (well I think they do) crocheted with two yarns at the same time. A great video tutorial by simply daisy is available on YouTube and was the inspiration for this one. I really like them all but they are way too nice to use in the kitchen so at the moment , just for show !
These all passed the assessment with flying colours I am glad to say. I made a poncho for another of the projects and included a few rows of broomstick lace . I love how the graduation of colour enhances the whole design too. The pattern was by Drops yarns available free on their website, pattern 168-13. The yarn I purchased was a budget yarn, but again so lovely to work with and so soft and chunky. The pattern is also charted which I much prefer. So here is my lovely daughter modelling it for me (after several bribes aka Proseccos’ of course) .
Finally I submitted a design of my own using a fashion yarn called Superwool by Universal Yarn Inc. Its is super stretchy and very thick, so I designed this chunky triangle cushion with lots of yarn twiddly bits to add a quirky element . I used three colours and an 8mm hook, with a crab stitch to join the segments.
So that’s all my final projects done, I just have to knuckle down and do the written work now, which includes some multichoice questions and a report to write. Time to really focus and nail this part 1 of the diploma. I have learned so much already doing the diploma and so much has happened in my life since I started it but I really will be glad to get it finished and hopefully pass the final hurdle. Thank you for reading about my diploma makes and thanks too for your encouragement along the way!
Till next time – Happy Crafting!