Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Whilst In France

I managed a little bit of this.....I made another strip for my Kaleidoscope Scarf and joined them with the little flowers. However, I didn't like the way the flowers were a bit puckered up so I studied the photo on the pattern and sort of made up my own mind about how to join them.
below are my notes from Ravelry, I hope they make sense and are of some use to anyone else deciding to tackle this little bit of confused patterning!
"4. August 23rd 2008
Now it all makes so much more sense. The little joining flowers fit so much better in the holes I have created by joining the strips to the side and top as I go. This is still a fiddly project but very beautiful and all the different colour combinations will keep me intrigued to the end I am sure. I must darn in those ends as I work though. I crochet in the ends as I finish each flower until the last row which has to be darned in.
3. August 22nd 2008
Gave the scarf a bit of careful thought and realised that you need to connect two of the petals by the two middle dc’s, and not one as the illustration would suggest. I am now joining the large flowers by four petals, two on the left (you might be joining them on the right as I am left handed)and two petals on the flower above. My photos might help?
2. August 21st 2008
Made another strip but joining them as suggested was puzzling me. I carried on hoping it would start to make sense. It doesn’t lie flat but I though that maybe it would respond to some steam when finished.
1. August 16th 2008
I have made four of the large flowers (they are rather small for the word large, measuring something like 2inches across) so far and it is looking very pretty
Can you see the size of the hook? I think this is going to take me quite a while to complete. I adore the feel of the fine crochet though.
I have to make rows of five flowers in all different combinations of the 11 colours and then join those rows with smaller filler flowers, I am looking forward to that bit as the instructions aren’t too clear as I want to do it right and make it look like the picture on the pattern."
I just adore the way it now lays flat and the drape and feel of it so far...it truly is beautiful! I'll redo the first row of joining and tiny flowers when I have finished the rest of the scarf, just to make sure I have enough yarn.
This is a secret project I have done for Amanda from the Natural Dye Studio, a 60 inch long strip of knitting! Great knitting for in the car, I actually had to rip this back by about10 inches as I got quite carried away!
I also got some stash knitting done...this is a Christmas present for someone. I just have to finish off the pockets and sew on some buttons. I can't want to block this, think it will look lovely then. The photo makes it look a bit busy but it looks lovely in real life. The design is based very loosely on the Shalom Cardigan by Meghan, a free pattern you can find on her blog

Glad I took so much with me, we did a lot of driving around!

13 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Marianne, that scarf is just beautiful! You amaze me with your speed knitting -- what an inspiration you are!

kv said...

that really is exquisite.

twigletqueen said...

I LOVE the kaleidoscope flowers,so intricate! That is going to be an amazing scarf when it's finished.

CG said...

I wish I could own everything you make!!

Aim said...

That is probably the most beautiful scarf I've ever seen!!! Way to go, I LOVE THAT!!!!!!

nicolette said...

It’s beautiful Marianne! I wish I would understand more about crochet.

Lovely to see all the pictures of your trip to France!

peri said...

The scarf is beautiful - wonder colour choices.

I love your photographs - what a talent you have!

Julie said...

You have certainly been busy. I love the scarf!

tiennie said...

That scarf is so pretty! Can't wait to see it all finished!

ColorJoy LynnH said...

Good for you, fussing is worthwhile if the product comes out as you like it. Enjoy every stitch.

LynnH

Lin said...

The flower scarf is beautiful, what lovely colours you have chosen.

hakucho said...

Your Kaleidoscope Scarf is just awesome. It's really coming along nicely...glad your extra effort to get the flowers to lay flat paid off :)

Michaela said...

Perhaps when you become my new neighbour, you might teach me to crochet. I need one of those scarves. It is beautiful. Really like the cardi too - is it for me?!!!!! (When are you moving in?)

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