This is the turquoise colour pack that I bought ages ago from Deramores. It’s Stylecraft Special DK, and the bit of work at the bottom of the photo is the first three rounds of the Klokkeblomst/Bellflower sweater, which have since been frogged.
Not gonna happen.
I really didn’t like using a 9mm hook with this yarn as it didn’t glide through the stitches the way a smaller hook does and after looking at the colours together I couldn’t see myself wearing a sweater with the planned stripes on the yoke.
So, out it came this morning, and once I’d finished my chores I settled on the couch for a little crochet time on an alternative project.
I went from browsing sweaters and cardigans to looking at ponchos. One had three blocks attached to a long striped rectangle, which was then sewn into a poncho shape. I liked that idea. I have a knitted poncho from way back which is just one rectangle, the narrow end of which is joined to the side of the rectangle, creating a neck hole. It can be worn with the point at front or back, which is handy for driving (keeps your lap warm without bulk behind you), or twisted around it’s longer at the back and shorter at the front, leaving your arms freer.
A bit more hunting and I came across Zooty Owl’s website (I’ve made a couple of her things, and I love them, and they usually have great photo tutorials). The Daisy Mandala (links above) is really pretty and she has a second blog post where she adds rounds to square it up. Perfect!
So here’s my plan. Make three squares, join them together, start working along the long edge of the resulting rectangle in random colourful stripes until it’s big enough.
This is the progress so far on square #1. It’s not lying very flat but I can beat it (I mean, block it) into submission later on.
I do love stylecraft! But can see why the sweater was frogged. No way I’d have the patience for that. This poncho on the other hand – beautiful!