Pooling in the Ocean Waves

I may or may not have spent my one free hour earlier this week popping to craft stores to purchase yarn. I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar lately and seem to have replaced my impulse candy purchases with impulse yarn purchases instead. One of my missions was to find some Lion Brand Color Wave yarn to try. I’ve seen lovely pooling with the playground and rainbow color ways but neither was in stock at my local JoAnn’s so I picked up the Ocean Drive one instead.  I’m loving how these 80% acrylic/20% wool yarns feel. 

Materials:

Lion Brand Color Waves in Ocean Drive

H hook

This is how the color sequence ended up working for me. 1 Burgundy, 3 red, 5 orange/yellow, 3 pink, 6 turquoise/green. 

Since this is a new scarf for Zoe. I’m experimenting with a half width scarf. To calculate the stitches, needed for the width of this scarf I totaled the stitches above (18) and divided by two (9). I crocheted 9 moss stitches starting with the turquoise – so 6 turquoise/green, 1 burgundy and 2 red then turned and crocheted row 2. 

I’ve been working on ways to use up the occasional extra yarn. So here’s a variety of methods I tried. 

1) Hint from the wonderful Marly Bird. “When you use a hdc, on the next row when you come to that hdc, instead of putting your stitch in the ch-1 space put it in the back loop of the stitch on the row below the ch-1 sp. that will get the hdc back in line ”

2) DIY everywhere tip to deal with extra yarn. Insert hook, YO, pull up a loop, YO, reinsert hook, YO, pull up a loop, pull through all four loops on hook. 

3) Kate’s way. Insert hook, YO, pull up a loop, YO, pull through one loop on hook, reinsert hook, YO, pull up a loop, pull through all three loops on hook. 

Finished this Thanksgiving morning. Just in time for Zoe to play in the snow in Minnesota. 

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Purple Pooled Cowl


I finally completed a pooling project. This yarn was too pretty to share … so it became a cowl for me. It took a few experiments to figure out how to join it together but I’m pleased with how it turned out. I ended up just attaching the buttons and sewing the insides of the two ends together. I didn’t like how an SC border reduced the drape of the piece. 

Materials:

Caron Simply Soft in Purple Varg (2 skeins)

H (5.00mm) Hook 

See these posts for how I’ve tackled pooling. 

https://katescakescookiesandcrochet.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/dollar-tree-discoveries/

https://katescakescookiesandcrochet.wordpress.com/2016/10/27/adventures-in-yarn-pooling/

Lemon Drop Pool

I keep seeing beautiful scarves and blankets made with Red Heart with Love in Lemon Drop so I thought I’d give it a try, indending to make a blanket. I don’t love how this yarn feels so have avoided it so far but I hear it gets better when washed so fingers crossed. 
Woah. It’s harder to pool than I thought. After much battling and going all the way down to a G hook, I’ve managed to get it to pool with three stitches of each color in the sequence. But I really don’t like the drape of it so my plan is now to try a much bigger hook and go for two stitches per color. … maybe a K????

Update:

K seems to be working with 2 stitches in each color, 3 stitches in each of the light grey sections to use up the excess. 

School Winter Clothing Drive


Amelia’s school had a Winter Clothing Drive last week so I made a few hats. 

Bottom Left – Très Chic hat. H hook. Caron Simply Soft Stripes in Times Square.  This is becoming one of my favorite patterns of the winter. It’s a paid pattern from Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tres-chic
Top – V Stitch Hat. H Hook (probably … this is why I shouldn’t wait to draft posts). Caron Cakes in Macaron. I’ve had this yarn since the craze took off a couple of months ago and hadn’t made anything with it yet but I LOVE it. Looking forward to using up the rest of my stash. The pattern is free http://overtheappletree.blogspot.com/2015/11/v-stitch-winter-beanie.html?m=0

Bottom Right – Basic Crochet Beanie, child size. H hook (probably). Caron Cakes in Macaron. Free pattern from Mango Tree Crafts http://mangotreecrafts.blogspot.ca/2015/02/free-basic-beanie-crochet-pattern-all.html?m=1

Dollar Tree Discoveries

Facebook was alight today with pictures of yarn at Dollar Tree.  Zoe and I had some extra time while Amelia was at Dance tonight (and there’s a Dollar Tree we frequent on Tuesday nights) so we went to check it out.  I thought I was quite restrained. . . I may be planning on checking out some other metro locations tomorrow.

This is my first experiment. . .will possibly be a male Christmas present.

Materials:

Patons Canadiana in Wedgewood Varg (I love that the French translation is Blue Bourgeois)

G Hook

Pattern:

I watched Marly Bird’s video and added a couple of things.  This is what I’ve been doing to get my yarn to pool.

  1. Chain through the color sequence.  Doesn’t matter where you start.
  2. Sc, ch 1 in 4th chain from hook at the beginning of the color sequence.  Moss stitch (SC, ch1) across through the entire color sequence, keeping even tension on the looser side.  Try not to have colors change in the middle of an SC.  I use the ch to vary where the color changes if I need to.  Once you’ve gone through the whole color sequence, undo one stitch, ch2, turn.
  3. Moss stitch across, keeping even tension on the looser side.
  4. Row 3 – Moss stitch across.  The stitches should be staggered by just one stitch from row 1.  By now you should be able to get an idea of how many stitches are in each color.  In this case, I had 2 stitches of each color except dark blue (3) and brown (4).
  5. Frog down to the chain and begin again, keeping those stitch counts consistent.  Tighten and loosen tension as necessary.  Sometimes the chains will be the same as the stitch before, sometimes the same as the stitch after, just try to keep each SC solid rather than half one color and half another.
  6. Using a combination of stitch counts and making sure the color changes are always staggered by just one SC, you should stay on track.
  7. I haven’t quite figured out the ends of the rows yet.  Sometimes I feel like I have to go loose and skip a stitch in the rotation, other times I need to go tight to not skip a stitch and still get the ch 2 in at the end of the row.  I just focus on the next color change after the turn and make sure that ends up correct.


I hope this makes sense to someone. I’m writing while watching the Cubs in game 6 of the World Series.