I am so sick today folks. Just really unwell, I feel horrible and have been sitting in my comfy pj's all day long.
I'm extremely thankful that my husband is on leave and able to take care of the children, and me, while I'm down with this awful cold.
Here I was hoping and praying that I would be skipped this time around, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. I am choosing to look at this in a good light, in the sense that at least it's happening now and not during Christmas. Praise the Lord.
I am taking this downtime to relax on the couch with my crochet basket. And to try a new pattern which I've had bookmarked for a few years. Completely forgot about it until I was cleaning my bookmarks yesterday morning, so last night as hubby was at class I picked up some leftover dishcloth yarn and began the process of learning the stitches.
I would be lying if I said this pattern was easy at first. It wasn't. I read and re-read and read again the instructions and it just wouldn't sink in. I was not understanding Sarah London's instructions, it just made no sense whatsoever.
But I persevered and then it suddenly clicked and wow is it easy.
I have no doubt that you all could make this as well, but I decided to take a few pictures to show some of the steps that were driving me insane at first.
Tried the square pattern first but then decided to go with theoblong as I'm not yet sure whether I'll be turning it into a pillow or a blanket. We'll see.
In the picture above, I've done the first two rows and am now joining with a new color.Where it says to join between the 4th and 5th stitch.....that's where you will be starting the new color.
After chaining 5 then you'll be working in the posts of the treble stitches. I know, I know, it confused the heck out of me at first, but let me show you.....yarn over two times, then insert your hook from the back to the front.
Wrap the hook around the post of the stitch and stick it into the back, below you can see how it looks, you are now looking at the back of the crochet row.
you're going to wrap the yarn around the hook and pull it through
Pull through two loops, yarn over and pull through two more loops, then leave the remaining stitches on the hook.
Yarn over two times again and
repeat by once again bringing the hook from the back to the front, wrapping it around the post of the next stitch and then to the back again.
just like this
again yarn over, pull through two loops and yarn over, pull through two more and leave the remaining stitches on. It may look like a lot of stitches but that's ok.
continue until you've worked all 4 posts as directed in the pattern, then yarn over and pull through all the loops left on the hook. You've now completed a Cluny Group.
chain 5 and slip stitch.
There you have it. I hope that made a little sense, I'm not very good at explaining crochet steps LOL
The rest of the pattern is just the same thing over and over.
Now, one of the things that most confused me at first, aside from these cluny groups using the back posts of the stitches......was the part where it tells you to work the dtr stitches into the top of the cluny groups.
Drove me insane at first until I realized exactly where they were supposed to go. Let me show you where you'll be inserting your hook.
There's a little spot above the cluster that is where you will be working the DTR's, I tried to exaggerate the hole a bit more so you could see better
Sorry for the blurry pic, just really not feeling well today.
Here's where I'm at so far :)
I do hope these helped you a little. If there's something else in the pattern you need help with and I can help, feel free to ask :)
You can check out the original pattern for the Oblong Wool-eater blanket at Sarah London's blog, here.
A friend of mine made me a baby blanket with the stitch. It's not only cool to look at but has great texture. Love the summery colors you're working with--I really want some watermelon now.ReplyDelete
Sorry you're sick, but think of it this way: By getting the winter colds out of the way early, you all will be healthy for Christmas. Hope you feel better soon!
That is a gorgeous pattern -- WOW! And your colors are so cheerful, as always. Feel better soon, Sandra! (And yes -- so glad it happened now. When L. was a newborn we all had the flu starting on Christmas Eve. The WORST!)ReplyDelete
This is really neat Sandra. I've not heard of that stitch, but it looksReplyDelete
Hope you are feeling much better soon.
So sorry to hear how awful you're feeling, but really delighted to see this beautiful new crochet pattern that you've mastered! I know you say that crochet relaxes you and that helps when you need to rest to recover from the crud bug. Beautiful yarn colors, like springtime, I think!ReplyDelete
When you called the stitch the Cluny group, I thought of George Clooney, ha-ha!
Hope you are beginning to feel better this evening.
liz in mississippi
I hope you feel better soon.ReplyDelete
Your crochet is absolutely beautiful.
What a beautiful pattern!! Feel better soon, Mom can't be down and out this time of the year.ReplyDelete
Sorry you're not feeling well, Sandra. Drink lots of your honey ginger stuff and rest up! Love the colors in the last picture.ReplyDelete
hope you feel better soon..ReplyDelete
praying for Lorraine, how sad ...
Simply beautiful. Can't wait to try it. God Bless!!ReplyDelete
Adorei, muito diferente. Parabéns pelos trabalhos.ReplyDelete
There all beautiful how i wish ill be like you where corcheting is easy for you. I also want to learn and do hope ill be able to enjoy crochet as a whole. Thank you very muchReplyDelete
This is over the top fantastic! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Muchas gracias por compartir todo es muy hermoso.ReplyDelete
Espero mejores pronto con la syuda de Dios.
Excellent article. The writing style which you have used in this article is very good and it made the article of better quality.ReplyDelete