I haven’t posted for a little while on the blog but have been spending time with my hook, paints and of course family.
This catch up is all about a few First’s that I have tried in crochet, things that I have either never considered or not know about before.
The first first…….Overlay Crochet’ with a beautiful Mandala design by Amanda Williams from Yarn House Creations. You can find her designs on Etsy or Instagram @yarn_house
This gorgeous pattern came in my Little Box of Crochet subscription, along with with yarn needed, hook and all instructions. I loved making this and learnt a lot about overlay crochet which gives the finished Mandala a beautiful multi dimensional look and feel. The yarn used was 100% cotton which again was a joy to work with. Isn’t it yummy!!
Even the back of the work is sooo pretty…
I loved this design so much I purchased another pattern from Amanda, just need to choose my colours now. This one is currently sitting on my dining room table, look out anyone who tries the put a cup or anything on it ( dear other half). I may make a wall hanging so I can put in my room and enjoy looking at it every day. Hmm I like that idea. 😀
Filet Crochet Swatches for Diploma Submission
Second First …One of the required submissions for the International Diploma in Crochet Part 1, is a square of filet crochet of your own design. I have never tried Filet crochet, and although it looks pretty, I have never had the inclination to give it a go… so another first!
I used DMC Petra Cotton ( love that yarn) and a size 2.5mm hook, so needed my glasses on this one. After a few attempts at drawing out a pattern that I liked and also trying to keep it simple, I made up the swatch. Shock , Horror, ITS NOT SQUARE!
Now I am confused… my stitch count is right, the pattern drafted out on paper is perfectly square…. so now what? Anyone else experienced this? I read and also researched a lot about it and there were several answers , mainly relating to my tension , the hook size etc but I had discounted those already through trial and error.
So ‘MY FIX’ (are you waiting with baited breath?, No? oh ok moving swiftly on…)
Look at the above swatch… its square.. Yay! I achieved this by firstly rather than using treble stitches for the blocks (UK Terms) but extended Treble, a very useful stitch which looks very much the same but taller. Here is a lovely tutorial if you have not tried the extended stitches in crochet.
My second fix related to how you work the spaces ( in Filet you work blocks and spaces, the blocks being filled in with trebles and the spaces are chains) In all the guides I looked at the blocks were worked into the chain spaces, which to my mind made the stitches shorter, so I decided to work into the actual chains, and it worked!
So two little tweaks, a lot of cursing and breaking out in frustrated sweats and I have a square! Yay… now we have to see if it will pass the scrutiny of my assessor ….. I will keep you posted.
Filet crochet using a background of Bars and Lacets next… can’t wait (NOT)….. I don’t think I will be pursuing future projects in Filet not my fav technique but I appreciate the concentration and effort and patience required when I see all those wonderful makes using Filet.
Next time… my challenge with bumpy and texture , two words that sound very similar but mean very different things for the diploma apparently – Happy Hooking 😀