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What shall I make with this? The results of my test squares.

I ended up trying four sizes of hook.  First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium It gave a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat.

Second is a 10mm hook.  The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility. 

The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this initially came out feeling very soft, but a bit loose and slabbery.  However, as I carried on, my tension evened out and become tighter.  Hence the fourth hook.

The fourth hook is a 15mm.  I liked the result I got from this best of all.

So here are my stitch and row counts from a 10 x 10cm square (4″ x 4″) for the four hooks, and photos in a gallery for you.

8mm hook –     8 stitches, 10 rows

10mm hook –   8 stitches, 8 rows

12mm hook –   7 stitches, 9 rows

15mm hook –  7 stitches, 7 rows.

 

In searching for a project to use this yarn for I found a crochet version of Claire’s Outland Cowl on Ravelry. I rather like this.

The link for it is here.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/outlander-claires-cowl-crocheted

 

 

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What shall I make with this? The value of test squares.

 

I have 650g of super chunky in my yarn stash, which has languished unused for too long, so decided to exlore what I can do with it, or whether I want to pass it on.  I tried it out as a first round of a granny square, and it looks good.  I like the nubbly texture it has

So now to try and work out what size of hook to use and how far it will go by doing a test square.  The recommended hook size is 10mm.  I know that I tend to work tightly, so a looser hook might be better.

 

I always make a test square bigger than the 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm) recommended.  This means that I can lay a 4″x4″ cut out square on top of the test piece and count the stitches and rows, without pulling the work out to “fit” the ruler, and getting a false reading.

I am trying three sizes of hook, because I have these immediately to hand.  First my favourite is the 8mm aluminium but see immediately that this is a bit small for the yarn.  It gives a firm texture, which would be fine for a rug or placemat.  But that is not what I want.  Still will continue for comparison.

Second is a 10mm hook.  It’s actually a knooking hook, but I like this one as it is polished wood, not bamboo.  I did try a bamboo hook, but it isn’t as smooth and didn’t move as easily through the work, so I didn’t like the snaggy feel as I worked with it.  The texture if this is coming out feeling good, not too tight with a bit of flexibility. 

The third one is a 12mm knooking hook. The texture of this is coming out feeling very soft, but it looks a bit loose and slabbery, so don’t think this will end up being the best.  We shall see.

 

 


CROCHET CLASSES – HARRIS ACADEMY DUNDEE

It’s time to sign up for autumn evening classes. 

There are only two weeks to go until HERA’s Enrolment Night in Harris Academy on Wednesday 29th August from 6-7.30 pm.

Therapeutic Crochet is a ten week course covering all the basics.   

Learners are able to work at their own rate.

You can move on to your own project if you wish, with expert tutor support on hand as needed. 

The classes run on a Wednesday.  


BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE!!!

But it’s warm inside.  Getting ready for next classes and keeping yarns in order!

 


Alyth

Alyth Creates a 3-day festival 26 – 28 May

WORKSHOPS! Ever wanted to crochet and no idea how to start? Or do you know the basics and want to learn different techniques..? I am a contemporary crochet artist and tutor. I will be running a series of workshops through Fri, Sat & Sun 26-28 May at the Alyth Festival.

Each day there is a BEGINNERS workshop 10am – 2pm, advanced in the afternoon 2pm – 4pm. I cater for left-handers. £10 per class. 

 

SPECIALIST WORKSHOPS – £15 per class.

Fri pm – BROOMSTICK CROCHET Worked on a broomstick! This simple method creates loose fabric which has many uses. Why not start with a simple scarf?
Sat pm – HAIRPIN CROCHET Traditionally made on a shell hairpin this work grows quickly.
Sunday pm – AFGHAN CROCHET Working on an elongated hook this work sits somewhere between knitting and crochet. Quick and easy to learn, produces fabric from firm to lacy.
Contact Ellie on 01307 466354 to book.  

You can pay me easily through Paypal at  https://www.paypal.me/EllieFiddes


EVENING CLASS AT FORFAR ACADEMY 2015/16

I always encourage learners to keep all their first attempts at learning.

Firstly because people learn a lot from their mistakes, so having the mistake in hand at that “how did I sort this one out last time?”moment really helps jog the memory.  Secondly, because it is such an encouragement to see how far you have come.

I asked the students to bring all stages of their work in at the end of the course to show off their progress.  Here are some photographs of the work they produced.  Thank you for allowing me to use your photos, and my apologies for not getting them posted sooner.

Overview 1

An overview of students’ work

overview 2

and again, more work.