For a mother’s day surprise, I decided to make another animal from Edward’s Menagerie. Flipping through the level two critters, Hank the Dorset Sheep stood out. It was one which I could use the left over yarn from Emma the Bunny.
Like Emma, Hank was created with a size H hook. All the pieces (head, limbs, tail and ears) are created separately using either the general form instruction or critter specific instructions and sometimes a mix of both. After all the pieces are made, then you sew the pieces onto the body. The hardest part of putting together the animal was sewing the legs on. I was able to get Hank’s legs on in the first try. I used two straight pins and pinned the legs on. Then after waiting for thirty minutes to make sure the sheep could sit, I attached the two legs.
The fleece is chain loops. It took me a little while to get all the fleece completed.
After making some doilies for my mom’s Christmas, I decided to start one for my craft/ guest room to put on the pattern file cabinet (but then was sidetracked with the crochet animals for a month).
I originally started off with another pattern from the Coronet from Coat’s & Clark’s #197 (same book as my grey Brocade doily). I only got to row seven then was stuck. The row really didn’t look like the picture at all.
So abandoning the Coronet, I searched through the other crochet patterns I had and settled on the Spanish Fan (#S-897) from Coat’s & Clark’s #324 Priscilla Doilies to Crochet (circa 1956). The main deciding factor was that the caption above the picture stated “The elegance of simplicity… a charming design that is easy to crochet, even for beginners”. It didn’t hurt that there were also, 5 other doilies listed in Ravelry. At least I knew others had made it.
I used Aunt Lydia’s Classic crochet thread size 10 in coral instead of the size 30 thread requested in the pattern. I also used a B sized crochet hook (2.25mm). In the end, my doily was about 21 inches wide.
This is one time I may have to agree with the pattern book. This was a fairly easy doily to crochet. I had the first 5 rounds completed before Christmas. So when I recently re-picked up this project I did have a little trouble trying to figure out where I left off at. But after that was sorted out, I was able to follow the pattern very easy. I didn’t complete round 34. I did start the round which has picots in the chain between the double crochet stitches. My picots looked so messy that I decided it was best to finish it at round 33.
Upcoming crochet projects include a doily for my mother for Mother’s day and making Emma the bunny from “Edward’s Menagerie”.
My mother absolutely adores doilies. In fact, she said the best Christmas present my grandmother ever gave her was a set of three hand crocheted doilies.
Actually the Sea Shell Ruffle doily is the third doily I have made. For it I used Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 in Plum and Ecru. I used a size H hook. This doily took a whole ball of the purple thread.
This took a couple of tries to get started. Most of that is just lack of experience. After that, the pattern was pretty easy to follow except for the final row. I didn’t quite understand what was going on from reading the instructions. So I made up a pattern and kept it up through the whole round as the final border. I made sure to note it down on a post it note and put inside the book.
Next doily will be A-792 Brocade from a Coats & Clark book (1969) for my bedroom dresser.
I decided to give up on the Belmont boot cuffs. I have been struggling with them for a while now. The next crochet project that I had materials for was the Bonnie beret from Rachael Oglesby’s book “Crochet Boutique”.
The first try was with the recommended hook size (11.5 mm P hook). After row five, my hat’s diameter was around 9 inches. The pattern listed 11 inch diameter for the finished hat. I knew row 6 was the decrease so I decided to rip everything out and try again with a larger hook.
So after getting my 15mm hook out; I tried to make the hat again. I think the larger stitches were confusing me when I started with the larger hook and I messed up several times. It took about four more tries to get the hat started. About three of those times I was trying to watch “War and Peace” with Lily James. Distractions definitely didn’t help me get started.
After getting started in a non-distracted environment, the hat was fairly easy to crochet. There is only nine rows. After I got started, it probably took about 2 hours on the first hat. Then I went ahead and made my mom a hat also. I think I was able to finish her hat in about an hour.
Note, the ruler in the pictures is metric so the tick marks are in centimeters and millimeters.
So I decided that the boot cuffs I started at the beginning of December needed to be put on hold during the week of Christmas. The break from the boot cuffs was very nice.
I had recently picked up the book Crochet Boutique: Hats: 25 Fresh Takes on Classic Crocheted Hat Designs by Rachael Oglesby. The book has a decent variety of hats and difficulty levels in it. I started with the first pattern “Bulky Shell Beret” because it was rated beginner/easy and used the Lion Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn to make. The pattern went together fairly easily. I understood the instruction.
The first try at this pattern took me about four hours (split over two days) to complete. I used the 9mm (N) hook for the beret. I did not have the best of slip stitches over to the chain one on the shell. It ended up too small.
The second time, I used the 10mm (N) hook. It came out much better and had a better fit for me. The second try probably took less time to make than the first.
Time to share about the crochet projects I have been working on. February, I picked up a crochet pattern for doll boot cuffs from Pixie Faire website. The pattern wasn’t too hard and I was able to make one up in a thicker yarn. Before I made one my dolls could actually wear with boots (since they need thin sock type yarn), I decided to try making a cowl type scarf for myself especially since I hadn’t really crochet before.
I picked a free pattern out from on-line and went on over to Pattern Review for opinions of others more experienced than me. I had several better options presented to me and I went ahead and picked out the pavement infinity scarf. It is made using the double crochet stitch. The link to the pattern is at the end of the post.
I think it took me about 3 tries to get the scarf started. Trial one didn’t look like the video. Trial 2 seems to be getting wider. Trial 3 made it until the end. I used 2 balls of yarn for my scarf and had about 60 inches in length total. At the end I used some of the left over yarn to sew the ends together.
For the month of April, I am trying to focus on sewing tops which will be usable for me-made-may. So this week, I need to get pictures of my Deer & Doe Airelle blouse that I finished the last week. I just started McCall’s 4785 from 1942 last night. Lastly, I would like to make Kate & Rose’s Zsálya blouse for me-made may. Besides the tops, I would like to finish making my mom a pavement infinity scarf too for Mother’s day.