220 Mystery Crochet Along (CAL) January 220

It is rather fun sometimes to make something from the directions without knowing what you are making. This month’s CAL features less than 220 yards of worsted weight yarn and is something that is wearable by a woman.

 

Here is the yarn I chose (leftover from a shawl I made last year)-

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Clue 1 completed-

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Clue 2 completed-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clue 3 completed-

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Clue 4 completed-

 

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The final clue will be released in 5 days. I wonder what this is?

Rosamund Headscarf

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Inspired by the Bohemian look worn by Lady Edith in Downton Abbey during her love affair with Michael Gregson, this design came out of the desire to utilize as much of my stash as possible, while making something beautiful and useful. This simple headscarf is classic in its overall design and is a great first project in broomstick lace.

If you have never made broomstick lace, check out some of the great video tutorials on YouTube. Once you get the hang of it, it is quick and easy!

Materials:
At least 100 yards of a DK weight yarn (I used Patons Bamboo Silk in apricot that was left over from another project)
H hook (5.00 mm)
U.S. 35 needle (19.0 mm)
Yarn needle

Chain 10.
Skip the first chain and single crochet in the back loops only (9).

Row 1
Create 9 loops for broomstick lace (don’t turn).

Row 2
Chain once in the first group of 3 loops to connect them together, and then chain two more times. This is followed by 2 half double crochet (HDC) in the same three loops, 3 HDC in the next group of 3 loops. 3 HDC in the final group of 3 loops.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the headband is the desired length.
Finish with a row of single crochet in the back loops and finish off.
Weave in loose ends. Block if desired.

Who taught me to crochet?

My Granny taught me how to chain when I was nine or ten. My Mom knew how to make granny squares and turn them into blankets or Christmas Stockings, but either she was too busy or I was too uninterested to learn when I was a kid. I eventually taught myself through books and youtube videos to crochet, but had lots of frogged projects- my first attempt at a blanket had me single crocheting backwards! My other early attempts were less than rectangular or square because I would forget to add a chain at the end of the road! It has been an adventure.

End of the Rainbow Granny

End of the Rainbow Granny

End of the Rainbow Granny

Materials-
H Hook
Aran or Worsted Weight Yarn in the following colors-
Black
Yellow
Red
Orange
Green
Blue

Pot- (this is crocheted in the round)
Using black chain 7

Rnd 1 – (Working in one side of chain) sc in 2nd ch from hook, 4 sc, 3 sc in the last ch, (working in other side of chain) sc 4, 3 sc in last chain, ss to 1st sc to join.

Rnd 2 – ch 1, sc in same st, 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc (3 times), 5 sc 2 sc in next sc (3 times), ss in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 3 – ch 1, sc in same st, 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 3 times, 5 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 3 times, ss in 1st sc to join.

Rnd 4 – ch 1, sc in same st, 4 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 4 times, 7 sc, (2 sc in next sc, 1 sc) 4 times, ss to 1st sc to join.

Rnd 5- chain 1, sc in the same stitch, 5 sc, finish off black

Rnd 6- join yellow to the first stitch in rnd 5, sc in each stitch across, finish off yellow, weave in ends

Back of pot
Turn over the pot. You will be creating a series of chain fours in a diamond shape in them back of the pot.

Join with black in the 3rd rnd, in the center top, ch 4, ss in the 6th chain of the beg chain, ch 4, ss in the center bottom of the 3rd rnd, ch 4, ss in 2nd chain of the beg chain, chain 4, ss to the first stitch of the back diamond. Weave in ends.

Granny-
Rnd 1-Join red to the first chain 4 of the above group, chain 3, 2 dc, 1 sc, 3dc, ch 1, (in next space 3 dc, 1 sc, 3 dc, 1 ch) repeat 3 times, ss to top of chain 3, finish off red.

Rnd 2- join orange to corner space of one of the corners, chain 3, 2 dc, 1 sc, 3dc, ch 1, (3 dc in next sp, ch 1, in next sp 3 dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1) repeat 3 times,
3dc in next sp, ch 1, ss to top of chain 3, finish off orange.

Rnd 3- join yellow to corner space of one of the corners, chain 3, 2 dc, 1 sc, 3dc, ch 1, (3 dc in next sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, in next sp 3 dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1) repeat 3 times, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, ss to top of chain 3, finish off yellow.

Rnd 4- join green to corner space of one of the corners, chain 3, 2 dc, 1 sc, 3dc, ch 1, (3 dc in next sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, 3 dc in next sp, ch 1, in next sp 3 dc, ch 1, 3dc, ch 1) repeat 3 times, (3dc in next sp, ch 1) repeat 3 times, ss to top of chain 3, finish off yellow.

Rnd 5- join blue to top of the chain 3 space, sc in the same space, single crochet around the square, ss in first sc. Finish off blue.

Weave in all ends.

March Madness!

No, not college baseball… Let’s start with Academia this week:

So, I am the chair of the faculty senate at my university. The week started off with me feeling like I was playing catch up after a Conference, Spring Break, and then the beginning of the week having yet another ice storm. In any normal week, my role as the voice for the faculty and the leader of faculty governance keeps me very busy in meetings that I need to juggle with my work as a music professor. This was was exceptional, though. There were days that I was needed in three places simultaneously! It was a busy, but very productive week in the end.

Viola:

I am playing a couple of gigs this weekend and it is very satisfying to play with some wonderful musicians. I even had a little time earlier today and read through a couple of pieces with one my piano colleagues. We decided to pay Frank Bridge’s Two Pieces for Viola and Piano at the upcoming Faculty Recital in about three weeks. It is fabulous to be to be able to dedicate myself to the viola right now. I have missed it…

Crochet:

During my Spring Break, I was able to write a fun pattern for a Granny Square in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. I am currently finishing up a version of the Almond Blossom Bag pattern by P. S. I Crochet in the colors of Apple Blossoms to celebrate spring. Additionally, I will be able to turn in the bag for a class in the Ravelry group- Harry Potter Knitting and Crochet House Cup as a Not Quite First Year Student.

Blogging…

My assignment for 52 weeks of Crochet is to start a blog that features crochet. I am sure some viola, academia, and food will make this blog at one point or another…

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