It took me a while to get around to part 3 of the pattern (actually part 2; as part 1 was initial info on the CAL. I do think it would have made it easier all round to call that week 0, but there we are) as I developed a stonking cold last week. I’m still coughing and rattling around, but at least my brain is working again.
I really enjoyed doing this week’s pattern, there was a good variety of stitches. The rows of V stitch are so preety!
I know there’s at least one person copying my colour choices so here are last week’s:
Stacked Grannies: storm blue, parchment and repeat once again
Trebles: grape x2
Big Zipper: parma violet x2, grey x2
Trebles: denim x2
Stacked Shells: silver, stone, sage, clematis
Trebles:parma violet, lavender
2 minutes after publishing: Oh dear I don’t think my brain is working that well after all since I’ve forgotten to say that I’m in the process of steam blocking the ends! I’ve left it pinned on the ironing board to dry while I write. My tension must have been a little tighter than the rest after the shell rows. I know others in the Spice of Life Facebook group (now with over 4K members!) have found the same, so it’s one of those things with this type of row. It’s harder than than you realise to crochet a lot looser than usual.
6 hours after publishing: Working on the next part today I’ve gone up a hook size from 4mm to 4.5mm for some of the tighter rows. It’s sorted the tension issue and so there will be no more steam blocking each week …hurrah! Just trying to crochet looser would be hard to do. I think it might well result in inconsistent stitches overall. By changing hooks back and forth I think I’ve cracked it.
This blanket is progressing well. That is interesting how the tension is different. Do you think it’s because each row is a different stitch pattern?
It’s the stacked shells row, with just 2 chains and missing stitches in between. An alternative to trying – and failing – to crochet looser stitches the thing to do would be swap to a larger hook then back to the usual afterwards. I might try that on the rows if I repeat them later (making a larger blanket than the pattern.)
Will you put these notes on your Ravelry project page? I’d be sure to highlight it for myself.
I don’t use Ravelry like that, it’s for searching for and saving patterns mostly. I’ve made a note of it here for others. I won’t forget – though anything else I find useful as I craft, I jot down in a notebook.
What a lot of lovely patterns! It’s coming along nicely.
That is really pretty. Bravo to you for inspiring others. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
I love your thinking with changing needle size 👍🏻
Lovely colours x