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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 !

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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.

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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.

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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 ?

Baby clothes sizing nightmare

I’m having a hard time finding out the right sizes to knit and sew baby clothes.

Maybe there are none. Maybe because each baby is different, there’s no universal truth when it comes to sizes.

I’m spending quite a lot of time knitting baby outfits, and sometimes it’s disappointing to see it’s too small for the baby already.

Now I’m wondering, should I finish a baby dress that looks too small compared to a T-shirt ?

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Pattern is Girl’s all in one sleeveless top, size 4-6 years (t-shirt is 3 years) . I cast it on 4mm needles at first, as the pattern stated, but the size was way closer to a 6 years than to a 3-4 years. The 1-3 year old version would have been too small, so I cast the 4-6 year pattern on 3mm needles. I thought I was being smart, maybe not so much.

Yarn is Katia Peques in Salmon (Yellow) et Orange Peach, which is a lovely yarn to knit, soft and with awesome colors.

Have you ever stumbled upon that problem ? How did you solve it ?

New attempt to knit socks, and finding out sometimes you have to let go.

So since our epic knitting blog week, I basically stopped knitting.

My eyes hurt, my hands hurt, I got tired of knitting pink baby clothing (I used to have a phobia of pink, so it always really costs me to knit pink.).

Then I moved out, it took me forever and I’m not even finished, meaning I have parts of my stash in different places.

Then I had to take my mum to the ER and those were stressful times and I had nothing to knit.

So when Eskimimi shared her Gentle wave sock pattern, I thought I’d give it a try. It looks beautiful, comments said it was easy…

So I bought it, cast it on, knit until the eyelet part. So far, so good.  I chose an apricoty acrilyc yarn for baby, as it was the only yarn that seemed to suit the pattern in my stash. (Those moments when you find out you have plently of yarn, and no pattern that matches…). Merino wool seems too strechy, and I had no coton left. And acrylic is warm for the feet right ? But maybe not that good for lace…

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Before the crash

And then I started the lace for the leg part. And epicly failed. Ok, watching Miss Marple and trying to book a trip to Brussels at the same time didn’t help. But I found out that right now, I needed something easy to knit, something I could knit in the train for example.

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Attempting the lace leg

So I decided to rip off the lace part that didn’t work, and just knit plain stockinette instead of the lace, and then follow the rest of the pattern. I couldn’t resist adding another layer of eyelets.

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The new leg

We’ll see how it goes.

Do you sometimes have ambitions you can’t fulfill ? Do you also alter patterns ?

Froderick’s laughingbird scarf

So I’m just done blocking my second Laughingbird scarf this month. I never knit the same pattern twice, so I guess I really love this pattern.

I used Novena yarn by Lang Yarn, soft and easy to knit. Bought it in a little yarn shop in a little of nowhere, a french village with empty streets and a lot of rain. And the shop was closing, so I had to ask the lady to open for me before she said goodbye to her shop.20140214-152351.jpg

The colors reminded me of Froderick.

Froderick The Bat.

If you ever played A Vampyre Story, you might understand the pizza quote.

Tonight, I’ll be watching David Suchet portray Hercule Poirot, so I need to find a new knitting project…

A few more pics :

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Close up, so many errors showing up, but I like it anyhow.

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Black merino Laughingbird scarf

I knit this lovely, modern lace scarf in a week. It´s a very fulfilling pattern, and a good stashbuster.

You can find the pattern for free here on Ravelry.

I used Lang bébé yarn, that I bought in a little yarn shop in a small town in France. The shop was closing on the next day, so I bought random yarn to cheer up the landlady. Then I wondered what to knit with it. And now the project is already over !

I love blocking lace, the magic of the lace pattern appearing…

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I love that pattern so much that I’ve already started another one, with stripes of light and dark purple.

How do you like this pattern ? What’s your favorite stashbuster ?

Holden, Interrupted.

At least I finished my first Holden Shawlette !

It waited for months in the middle of the stash, because I thought it looked ugly and useless… that was before blocking. I was impressed how wonderful it turned, the yarn was easy to stretch.

I made a lot of mistakes on that shawl, so at some point I couldn’t just keep on ripping it off and try again, I decided to improvised, and now I’m quite happy with the result.

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I know it doesn’t really look like the original one, and it has that funny Batman shape. I wonder how to wear it now.

I used Drops Fabel Print, a lace yarn that might not be the softest of all yarns, but it doesn’t split and easy to block. I love the everchanging color pattern, though it’s not the easiest colors to wear for me.

I don’t think I’ll knit this pattern again, but I’ll definitively use that yarn again for other lace projects. Or even for socks.