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Free crochet pattern tutorial for a doily or dishcloth

Jazz age free crochet pattern tutorial

So today, I’m coming out as a lady that crochets lace dishcloths. I was looking for an easy but interesting pattern to improve my crocheting skills, and I’m happy with my choice. Not too complex, but not boring either.

 The free crochet pattern is available for download here, and here is the video tutorial the brand made, which I found really helpful.

I used some Katia dégradé sun yarn and a n°5 hook. This pattern would look lovely on a summer tank top.

I can’t decide wether to use it as a doily or a dishcloth, which reminds me of this epic moment :

Excuse me, that is a doily, not a dishcloth.

Remember you can find me on Ravelry !

My little pieces shawl

I knit this shawl in a day and a half. I used circular 5mm knit pro needles and scraps of various yarns I could find in my stash. Completely improvised, but you can see there so much more than the needlework going on.

This shawl reflects my thoughts, my feelings, my memories. It may not look the nicest or whatever, but it’s just me, at a specific, and rather dark, moment of my life.

I casted on 9 stitches, then increased every other raw 3 stitches from the end of raw. The borders are basic garter stitch, the main body is a mix of stockinette and feather and fan.

knitting shawl

Before blocking : a mess

knitting a shawl

Block it like you mean it

Each yarn brought back memories.

The cream yarn is Bergère de France Perfection, a sock yarn containing wool and nylon. It was a gift from my yarn hero, so that I could practice. I never used until today, years later. Actually I’m going to pick up the phone and call her.

The self-stripping blue yarn is 100%wool from a local yarn shop. I used most of it for a preemie baby who is now a healthy toddler. I knit the baby cardigan incredibly quickly because he was born way too early and the family was going through rough times, and I remember I had to avoid crying while knitting it. I don’t have any pictures of that garment finished, but I had red marks all over my hands from knitting wool so fast.

The gray yarn is Katia Austral. I knit a hat with it, back in the days.

Gray hat Katia Austral

I tried the beginning of the wurm bonnet, then gave up and improvised something.

The self stripping orangey-purpley one is Fabel print from Drops I think. I used it to knit a Holden Shawlette that went really wrong. I think I never weaved in the ends of that one. I actually ended up at the ER with that project in my bag, so it was good to finally wash away the bad memories associated with that yarn.

drops fabel print holden shawlett

Batman gone wrong

I finished up the borders by adding a bit of crochet. Just to remember myself that actually I can do it.

The blocking process was amazing as usual.  I love how it always looks terrible before blocking, and then the butterfly is out of it’s shell and the beauty is revealed.

Do you ever improvised a project ? Do you feel like it reflects your mood ?

And now, what ? (Knitting and crochet blog week 2013 day 7)

Today is about the skills I want to learn soon.

  • socks
  • crochet in the round (yes, sounds stupid I know, seems like most people learn crochet starting with a circle, but I just can’t manage it, so I go with lines and lines, but in the round sounds funnier.)
  • learn how to stop starting so many useless projects that I lost a couple of hours after starting them (those gems I find when I tidy up !)
  • stop buying yarn that I now I can’t really use.

Is that so different from last year’s post ?

I really want to thank everyone who joined in the knitting and crochet blog week 2013, it was really lovely to get to read new blogs. It will take ages to read and comment on everyone, but it will be a pleasure. And a big thank to all of you who made nice comments about my knitting song.

A lot of non-knitters believe knitting is about solitude, being old and/or having nothing better to do with our hands.

Thank you for beeing out there fellow knitters, proving them wrong every day.

We’re talented, creative, open-minded, often a little bit crazy, and it’s all for the best.

Bergere de France baby cardigan n°5, never again

Sometimes I just fail. I was so exited about this pattern when I received the magazine in February. It seemed quick and easy, even for a first time knitting raglan. Dear me, I was so wrong.

Here you can see the differences on the pictures. It’s not just the stripe pattern, it’s the whole raglan neck construction that went wrong.
cardi5bdf fini

I spent hours cursing and doing all the maths again, frogging, knitting again. I never ended up with the right number of stitches. What’s the use to knit if you feel terrible instead of relaxed and proud ?

Yes, it was a free pattern, and some might say you can’t expect a free pattern to work well. But sometimes I wonder if the patterns published in magazines have been knit by something else then a computer. Knitting isn’t just about maths. At least on Ravelry people can tell you what went well, what was difficult, you’re not alone feeling stupid trying to understand what the pattern means.

I used crochet to finish the borders and make buttons, as I couldn’t even look at knitting needles anymore. I sewed the pieces together, with a sewing machine, yes. Too bored to do it the knitting way. The yarn is Bergere de France Caline in Couffin (dark pink) and Smoothie (lighter pink). At least the colors match pretty well.

Have you knit that one ? Have any experience when you just want to throw off the needles and go bake a cake instead ?

WIP june 2012

 

I have way too much work in progress these days :

    • a stripped cotton tablecloth (now the trick is, what am i supposed to do
      with all these pieces of yarn on the sides ?) 

crochet rayure coton

nappe crochet

Finished projects :

    • gilet 401 sans manches Bergère de France,
      That bolero was a complete nightmare, had to unravel so many times, rewrite
      the pattern again and again, and the yarn is itchy and very, very
      bulky…But I’m so proud I finally finished it ! (if you believe this
      pattern is about to drive you mental, send me a
      message on ravelry
      and I’ll try to help).
      gilet bergere de france 401