It was the first day of spring yesterday here in New Zealand and what a stunningly beautiful day it was! The sky was bright blue, the sun was shining, Raymond slept through most of it…
Isn’t that just the most gorgeous sleeping shot? Do you know, I love him most when he’s asleep…. because when he’s asleep he’s not meowing that loud siamese meow, or chewing his toenails, or trying to get on my lap wherever I am, whatever I’m doing… I salute those of you with children, I can barely cope with a cat! Oh, did you spot his new leopard print collar? He’s a trend setter for sure.
So! I’ve been granny-ing this week and have been so excited to show you the fruits of my labour! I’ve learned a few new skills in the last few weeks, such as the “magic ring” and “dc2tog” and “dc3tog” which are totally fun, and I really wanted to create something using these new and fun skills! I’ve been looking at ways to modify my mandala pattern, so was having a play around with these new stitches, and ended up making a mandala in a square. Great! I’ve been hunting for a not-your-normal granny square pattern, and have come up with my own.
Or so I thought! I remember my Mum telling me when I thought I had “invented” a new knitting stitch… (Mum Mum! I did k1 p1 k1 p1 right to the end!!! HA!): “anything you think you’ve created will have been created by someone, somewhere at some time!” And she is absoloutely right!
So here are a few I made with this new design which incorporates the “magic ring” and “dc2tog!”
I’m loving those colours for sure.
So I thought about just showing you these beautifully blended and blocked squares, but then I wondered if you might like to see the creative process! The testing and the tweaking, the using up of all of my scraps to test the mathematics of the square….
They’re a bit ugly, but I’ll show you anyway!
The first one, testing the numbers and making sure they add properly… seeing how to turn a circle into a square!
Then the next ones, tweaking stitches to make sure the square sits properly in every round… you can’t really tell, but each square has different numbers of chain etc etc etc…
I’m thinking that I’m liking it, it’s kind of pointy and I want something softer… and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this design before…
So I surf the net, and sure enough, there are a few similar patterns, and I don’t really want to put a pattern up of someone else’s work, so it’s back to the drawing board…
I try dc3tog for the second round, and it’s nice, lovely and flowery (sorry about that blurry picture, I hate that) but it’s still just not quite right.
So I put it all down and went off to a meeting. Here’s how crochet-mad my brain is… I’m having a serious conversation with people I’ve just met, about something completely unrelated to crafty-goodness, and I can hear my creative mind saying “split those in half…6 in the centre… if you double the second petals… 12 rounds the outside…” and halfway through this meeting “I’ve got it!” says my creative mind!
And here it is. I’m not 100% positive I haven’t seen it somewhere before! But I’m very sure I haven’t!
All these attempts!
In my next post I’m going to do a tutorial of this square for your enjoyment! So I’ll tell those of you who haven’t done dc2tog how to do it now….
yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull a loop through, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook (2 left on hook) yarn over, insert hook through same stitch, pull a loop through, yarn over, pull loop through two stitches (3 left on hook) yarn over, pull loop through all three stitches.
Did that make sense!!?? It looks like 2dc but so much more cute and compact, I love these stitches!
I’ll also show you next time, my hopefully finished WIP that I’m creating from these squares, which is not quite half finished, but very exciting!
Oh I love them, they’re so cute and fun and easy to make! I hope you love them too.
It’s pouring down outside, the wind is howling, the rain was even going sideways before… that’s probably a good thing, as I’m going to spend the rest of the day writing essays and hooking my WIP. my lovely sister gave me these to brighten up my day, isn’t that sweet?
OK, I’m off!!! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed your visit!
Wishing you a lovely day, from Alice and Raymond XXX