Posted in Crochet, tagged 1977, Crochet, doily, edition, flower, good, hook, housekeeping, mag, magazine, needlecraft, rose, shawl, spring, summer, vintage, wild on February 4, 2008 |
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I finally settled on a shawl pattern from the Spring/Summer 1977 edition of Good Housekeeping Needlecraft. There’s no picture of the magazine on the Internet that I can find, but the cover looks similar to a picture on Flickr. I’ll get a snapshot of my copy posted later on.
I’m halfway through the first part of the center panel and I really like the way the shawl is coming together. You make three circles and two oval shapes chained together in four rounds and then a mesh is crocheted around the motif.
The pattern is called the Doily Shawl and I’d rate the difficulty as advanced for the odd directions and construction. When I first saw the project photo, it reminded me of the Wild Rose Shawl from the cover of the Winter 2007 Interweave Crochet, minus the flowers.
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Posted in Crochet, Photography, tagged afghan, baby, blanket, Crochet, flower, free, leaf, pattern, Photography, progressive, rose, stem, stitch on January 25, 2008 |
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This is a small sample of the Progressive Pattern Stitch Afghan with Bernat Baby Coordinates Sweet Stripes. I had some yarn left over from the Chromium Star Blanket and ended up using one full skein before the warping upper left hand corner got to me.
Maybe a heavy border would help the misshapen corner and plump the size a little. I guess I could also try blocking it, but I’ll most likely put it in snooze mode and try to find a charity that would take it. I really don’t feel any drive to improve or finish this particular blanket.
I do like the way the blanket is worked though, similar to a mitered square. You crochet a bunch of chain loops on two sides of the square and turn. The second row uses granny-style shell groups in each chain loop. Because there are only two different rows the pattern is easily memorized.
Plus, I personally am partial to exponential blanket construction. It’s relaxing to watch a blanket grow, knowing that you can use the maximum amount of a skein without worrying that you’ll run out. Using this pattern in the round would probably hold the shape better, like Robyn‘s Baby Blanket on Flickr. I like how her color changes compliment the pattern.
*That’s cool* a random fact
Yellow roses symbolize friendship and sociability.
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