Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fisherman's Ring

These two squares are for the Three Course Meal swap - so aptly named because of the yarn. Lamb, Chocolate, and Cranberry.  Beige is also part of the group.  The top one is in Beige and Cranberry and the bottom one is in Lamb, Cranberry, and Chocolate.

This pattern is from Priscilla Hewitts web site.  I am providing a link, but please be aware that it opens a PDF file that has 17 free patterns.  Generally the only thing you see in the download is the cover page, but after you download and open it in Adobe Reader you will see each pattern. You can save each file separately, or the whole of the portfolio. I you want to see more of her pattern links quickly, just go to the web address in your browser bar and delete all the info to the right of the word "net."

The first square, made in mostly Beige, I used an H hook, but it seemed to me that the pattern wasn't as sharp and defined as the photo she had posted. I then tried the second square with the recommended G hook, and to me it looks about the same, just tighter.  The square is a little bit thinner, but a tiny bit stiffer, too.  I am going to make another one in an I hook and see how I like it then.

Once you get the hang of it, it goes quickly.  Just remember to watch out on the last stitch in each row, as they are a tad different.  I went merrily along thinking I knew what I was doing and when it said to crochet around the dc post, I did not have a dc!

Just to let you know, these are much prettier in person than in the photos!  And as an aside, I think the fisherman's ring is something that a Priest, or the Pope wears.  A ring for the finger, not a ring in a rope.  I'll have to look that up to be sure!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Newest completed Squares

The top square for the Autumn swap is for Margaret - she isn't IN the Autumn swap, but we are doing a friendship exchange.  It is the Velvet and Lace pattern by Hewitt....just this minute forgot her first name!  Her name always reminds me of the actress.

The second square is for the Muddy Waters swap and is a pattern from 101 Crochet Squares by Jean Leinhauser.  It comes out a bit wobbly after the flower is formed, but the rest of the rows seem to make it behave for the most part. 

I think I'm going to use the Velvet and Lace pattern for my SIL's afghan in blues and greens.  I think it will look a lot like a stained glass window.