September 14, 2016

Crochet Hat/Scarf

Although I was on vacation in San Diego, CA, last week, I had to work on some type of craft, or I would have gone mad. I did some embroidery (will show it soon) but made a run to the yarn shop after I received the book "Celtic Cable Crochet" by Bonnie Barker for review.

Oh... the patterns are sooooooooo beautiful! I am in love with the cardigans, shawls, cowls... All instructions are very straight forward and easy to follow. The last chapter has step-by-step photographs of the foundation stitches used throughout the book, which helped me a lot.

I wanted to finish a project from the book before I flew back home, so I chose the Dublin Duo (all photographs published by permission of Interweave and F+W Media Inc.):

This pattern was really fun, with arrows and reverse arrows. After a little while I did not have to look at the instructions so I was breezing through them. I did make one mistake on the scarf, which you will see below (Ryan, my 15-year-old son and model wasn't available for this photo shoot!).

The scarf was my first project. I had trouble working with hook size J, for some reason. The scarf is worked the long way and when I realized my edge did not look like the book I was too far into the project to frog it, so I repeated the mistake at the end and called it a day.

The cables look really nice, though, which is due to Bonnie's redesign of this traditional stitch. I also enjoyed working with a lighter yarn.

This is how my hat turned out. I think it is the first time I crochet (instead of knit) a hat. The construction was clever and fast. I used Heartland yarn by Lion Brand Yarns Size 4 (Medium weight) in color 113 Redwood, and crochet hook size J 10 (6 mm). The projects are soft thanks to the yarn and, possibly, to my stitches which aren't so tight.



One more Christmas present down, a bunch more to go. My next project from this book will have to be this scowl:

Super cute, huh? I may even do it in the color shown above.

Celtic Cable Crochet has 18 modern projects which are perfect for gifts or to add to your wardrobe. I am happy I decided to make the Dublin Duo! It was a fun break from sewing.

Enjoy your day,

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