Saturday, September 14, 2013

new hook and pet snuggle

A big surprise in my mail today. My friend Fran sent me a beautiful new crochet hook. My camera didn't catch the color very well but it's beautiful. It's an H hook which is the size I use most often. Thank you, Fran, for your thoughtfulness.

In other news I completed another pet snuggle.

For this snuggle, I chained 61 with an I hook. It's about 16 x 17 1/2". The yarn is Red Heart Super Saver Wedgewood which was donated to me for charity purposes. I think I have enough yarn for another one too.

[update] I forgot to say that the stitch is single crochet across. Ch 1 and turn at the end of each row. I generally use single crochet for pet snuggles so it can be closed, nothing to catch claws on.

Happy crocheting!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Jacob's Ladder

The Jacob's Ladder is finished.

Finished size is about 42" x 47".

Details: Foundation chain 212 with an I hook. I used a 10, 10, 10 pattern. 10 double crochets, 10 chains, 10 double crochets. The last two rows were 10, 8, 10.

Yarn used (some more than once):
Vanna's Choice Purple
Vanna's Choice Beige
Vanna's Choice Pink
Vanna's Choice White
I Love This Yarn Antique Teal
Red - not sure which yarn
Vanna's Choice Mustard,
I Love This Yarn Terra Cotta
I Love This Yarn Greybeard
I Love This Yarn Royal
Pink (might be Giggles)
I Love This Yarn Light Taupe
Knit Picks Cream

I would estimate that each 5 row stripe takes about two and a half ounces. That is VERY much an estimate. Most of the skeins were full skeins and I had some left over.

I used stitch markers to hold the ladder cables in place until I worked the edging.

The edging is I Love This Yarn Terra Cotta. It is one round of double crochet except for sc at the top ladder cable (where it goes up) and triple crochet at the bottom ladder section (where it dips down - you're working upside down remember).

If you don't know how to work the Jacob's Ladder pattern, I have videos at my YouTube Channel working an afghan and a scarf.

Beth Ham also has a wonderful video demonstrating this stitch (which I learned from her web site). There are 3 parts to Beth's video series. Beth uses dc for her edging as I do here. I think in my video I used hdc for the edging. Either works. It really depends on your tension which determines what you need to make your edging straight. I always enjoy Beth's videos and highly recommend them.

Happy crocheting!