I have been absent for quite a while and only recently started posting again.
There have been some changes – I no longer link to etsy and have removed widgets; I have changed the banner and the icon (blavatar, they call it…)
All in all, I think it now reflects the way I feel today better than before.
There might be more changes in the near future, still looking, trying things out and generally fumbling… Stay tuned and thanks for bearing with me through the different iterations of this place!
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download now – from ravelry
download now – from rapidshare (use the corresponding link; for free users, it may take a while before your download begins. Thanks for your patience!)
* Ultra long – make it very very very long so you can wrap to your heart’s content
* Ultra easy – all you need to know is how to make double crochets (US terminology)
* Ultra zig-zag – without having to zig or to zag, the effect is automatic
* Ultra fast – before you know it, you have a length of a meter or two
* Ultra fun – make many in different colours, solid or variegated, long or short colour changes, everything goes
* Ultra versatile – combine with different colours, wrap tightly or loosely, braid, coil, etc
Written a new pattern – it’s up on ravelry for download against a small contribution, since developing caused some brain-freezes and blisters on a finger. (You might have to be a ravelry member to view)
It is for a very sturdy double-thick potholder born from the marriage of different techniques. It has 4 different colours, two on each side.
Why is this pattern not for free, when it’s “just a potholder”?
Because the instructions contain a photo tutorial to an entire technique that is innovating existing ones. This potholder is made in one go, it is NOT two sides made separately and then sewn together.
The technique can be used for other items, like hot pads, place mats or rugs. It could also be taken a step further and combined with the tapestry crochet technique to make patterns instead of stripes.
Cast on an uneven number of stitches (in my sample 11)
Knook 2 rows (knit stitch)
In the third row, increase by knooking into the loop of the stitch of the previous row AND the stitch of the needle. The arrows show where I will increase the stitches; right now, there are 11 stitches on the cord.
Important: mark the side that faces you when increasing with a coloured piece of yarn, it is the “right” side – the yarn marker has to face you later when you drop the stitches.
After increasing, I have 16 stitches (additional ones pointed out by arrows):
Now knook (I only used knit stitches) for as long as you want, but remember – in the row you plan to drop the stitches, the yarn marker has to face you! (aka – an even number of rows AFTER adding the stitches). The yarn marker is not in my pics, sorry about that. Continue reading
I wish you all, dear readers, a wonderful, happy new year!
Thanks for all the lovely comments on the chain maille scarf – I am glad so many people found the pattern useful!
You gave me the courage I needed to keep on trying to come up with new patterns, and even if my left hand is killing me (I don’t think I mentioned that on here, for quite a while now, I’ve had bad pain in my left thumb, I think it came from knitting one particular scarf with slippery wool on slippery needles, all that and it never sold at the market it was destined to…)
I’ll go slow for a while (although I can’t watch a movie without wanting to have yarn in my hands!), maybe paint a little, to allow my hand to rest and heal.
But I’ll be back, I have an idea, too….
so – see you in the new year, celebrate well, and may it be a good one!
Zig Zag Scarf
I had a bunch of worsted weight leftover yarns from knitting or crocheting other things, and I decided to find me something to use them up. After fiddling around a bit and finding a pattern, I discovered the crocheting pattern itself isn’t new, I discovered single coloured potholders made in a similar way, but this ain’t a potholder ;)
This pattern can be downloaded as a PDF version here. (This is a Rapidshare download; if you don’t hold an accound with them, choose the free download. This might take a few moments, thanks for your patience!)
Eine deutsche Fassung kann hier heruntergeladen werden. Dies ist ein Rapidshare download, wenn Sie kein Konto dort besitzen, wählen sie die gratis Möglichkeit. Das wird einige Augenblicke dauern, danke für Ihre Geduld!)