Wednesday, 29 April 2015

2.5 k - A Quick Granny Stripes Crochet Lapghan

After having spent an entire week trying to finish what apparently was a never-ending dress for Litte A. in *navy blue* (the horror!), I needed some instant "craftification". And nothing says fast like a Q/15mm hook and 4 strands of yarn held together, right?

The yarns had all been in my stash for quite some time, staring at me, softly whispering "Please, make something out of me" and you know you should always listen to what your yarn has to say.... Particularly the Sale Luxury Premium one, of which I ordered 16 skeins back in February only to find out that it did not live up to my expectations. "Make a lapghan out of me", it said, and the Anarchist quickly complied, using 12 skeins of the sheep-smelling fussy mess. To the mix, I added 3 skeins of Baby Multicolor and 2 skeins of Diva, all from Ice Yarns. So my stash is 2370 meters lighter! That's almost 2.5 kilometers (2700 yards, give or take)! That's a whole lotta yarn! Not bad, for such a simple yet cuddly lapghan that only takes a few hours in the making. I mean with a gauge of 3 rows and 2 dc clusters = 10 cm (4 inches) and an easy stitch (the granny stitch is always a favourite), it's a fool-proof, easy and fast crochet project!
So, if, like me, you need some instant "craftification", go ahead and tackle the beast. I think it would also be a great rug if you were to replace the yarn with t-shirt yarn or any other type of cotton yarn. But, since it's such a great stashbusting project, you can use any yarn you have roaming around without a destination!

2.5 km - A Giant Granny Stripes Crochet Lapghan

Don't forget to queue this project on Ravelry!

Finished Size: 80 x 120 cm (32 x 46 inches)

Gauge: 3 rows and 2 dc clusters = 10 cm (4 inches)


  • 2 strands of DK yarn (total of 1000-1200 metres/yards) and 2 strands of sport yarn (1000-1200 metres/yards), held together throughout;  
  • or 2 strands of worsted yarn and 1 of sport yarn held together throughout.
  • Q/15mm hook.

  • Foundation Chain: Holding 4 strands of yarn, chain 52;
  • Row 1: 3 dc in 4th chain from hook, *chain 1, sk 3, 3dc in next chain*, repeat until last ch;
  • Row 2: Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc + ch 1 here and throughout), *3 dc in ch-1 spacefrom previous row, chain 1*, repeat until last cluster, 1 double crochet on the last double crochet from the previous row.
  • Row 3: Chain 3 (counts as 1 dc here and throughout), 2 dc into very first st, *chain 1, 3 dc in ch-1 space from previous row*, repeat until end.
  • Row 4 - 40: repeat rows 2 and 3.
And TA-DA! That's it! You've probably strenghtened your arm muscles more than you would have after a trip to the gym, but you now have a giant albeit über cuddly lapghan! 

Finishing off:
I did add a fringe to mine. After having struggled with the idea, I did succumb to the dangly little devils. If you are also adding a fringe, make sure you cover all the stitches; otherwise, your lapghan will end up looking a bit toothless. 

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Milo - The perfect vest pattern

Normally, I don't pay for patterns. Not that I don't recognize the work of designers (I do, believe me I do), but I end up finding a free alternative and stick with that. When I *do* buy patterns, I wish they were all like Milo, by Georgie Hallam. It's beautifully written, covers a great range of sizes for tiny humans and includes all necessary explanations and stitch counts. But, most importantly, the final result is something like this:

I've knitted the 12 month size and it only took 1 skein of Araucania Ranco Sock (yarn held double = perfect gauge). I didn't have to do any mods, but I did forget to decrease during CO (Note to self: read the ALL instructions *before* starting something!)...
Needlesss to say, I'm very, very happy with the result! <3

The pattern may be purchased here:

Normalmente, não tenho por hábito pagar por modelos. Não que não reconheça o trabalho dos designers (acreditem, reconheço e muito), mas acabo sempre por encontrar uma alternativa gratuita e fico-me por ela. Quando compro *de facto* modelos, gostava que todos fossem como o Milo, da Georgie Hallam. Está excepcionalmente bem escrito, incluí muitos tamanhos para humanos pequeninos e todas as explicações e números de malhas. Mas, ainda mais importante, produz os resultados que podem ver em cima.
Tricotei o tamanho para 12 meses e só precisei de uma meada de Araucania Ranco Sock (fio dobrado = amostra perfeito). Não fiz nenhumas alterações, mas esqueci-me de diminuir durante o remate (Nota para mim mesa: ler TODAS as instruções *antes* de começar alguma coisa!)...
Não preciso de dizer que estou muito, muito satisfeita com o resultado, pois não? <3
O modelo pode ser comprado aqui: