Mirror Image Scarves

Crochet Scarves

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The first Leisure Arts book I am going to review is called “Mirror Image Scarves”. I am not generally a scarf person, but I found the patterns in this book really interesting. I was intrigued by the way the scarves were made and by the finished effect, especially when two colours were used.

Some of the scarves feature in the picture at the top, and you can see more photos if you use the link on the book title to click through to the Leisure Arts website. I chose to make a sample using the “Scallops” pattern.

Mirror Image Scarves I took some photos throughout the project to show how the scarf is made. The example in the book used gold and rust, but I used colours I had on hand and was very pleased with the result. I found the pattern straight forward and scarf was relatively quick and easy to make.

The pattern book gives clear, easy to follow instructions. It has good diagrams to explain a number of stitches, as well as a list of abbreviations, symbols and terms. I liked that they included tables for crochet terminology (US/International), yarn weight symbols and names, and crochet hook sizes (US/Metric – mm). I also found the Yarn Information on the inside of the back page very helpful, especially when combined with the information given at the start of the pattern.

The photographs in the book are colourful and give a clear view of the patterns in each scarf. Overall I was very impressed with this book and look forward to using it for other projects.

Crochet, Karen's Korner

My Crocheted Knockers

My Crocheted KnockersMy recent post about “Knitted Knockers” mentioned that there was a crochet pattern available as well as the knitting patterns. A couple of weeks ago I went away for a few days, and I decided to trial the crocheted knockers pattern. The materials required for crochet are slightly more portable than those required for knitting.

This turned out to be a very good decision. I ended up spending eleven hours at the airport as a result of cancelled and then delayed flights. The crochet pattern was in US terms, rather than the UK terms I prefer, so I had plenty of time to work my way through it. (See “The Minefield of Crochet Terminology”.) Once I had my head around how the pattern worked, I managed to start moving ahead quite quickly.

I decided I would try to make several different sizes of the pattern. During my five days away I made one each of a size A, B and C cup knocker. I did find a couple of things in the pattern that I had to be a bit careful with, but by the time I was doing the third one it was becoming more straight forward.

My Crocheted KnockersThe photos I have included show the difference in size between the three unfilled knockers: A is dark pink, B is light pink, C is white. Unfortunately I only had enough filling for one knocker, so I have filled the middle one, the size B. You can see how the stuffing fills out the shape of the knocker. I have also taken photos of the back of them as well to show how the back is left open a bit so the amount of filling can be adjusted as required.

My Crocheted Knockers My Crocheted KnockersI am even more convinced now of the importance of this programme and I will definitely be making more. My next project will be to trial several of the different knitted knocker patterns.



Just to Prove a Point

Just to Prove a Point
Image courtesy of Google

A couple of days after doing my post on crochet terminology, I had a phone call from a friend who wanted help learning to crochet. She had already worked out some of the basics herself, and when she came to see me she had a project with her.

I asked a few questions and we quickly established that her problem was exactly what I had written about in my last post. She had started off with the UK terminology for crochet stitches and the pattern she had was American. She had been unaware until that point that there were two different systems so, as the pattern was not accompanied by any stitch descriptions, she was finding herself unable to get the results she was expecting.

We spent a pleasant couple of hours catching up and working our way through her pattern. She went on her way with a clearer understanding of her project, and a printed copy of the conversion tables from my post.

I would like to mention a very good book that I have recently rediscovered in my book case. It is the “Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlecraft”. If you have a copy you will know why I am recommending it. If you don’t, I really think it is worth trying to get hold of one. It is listed  in My Amazon Store.

This book has clear, straight forward diagrams, instructions and illustrations on a number of needlecrafts. The section on crochet takes you from the very basics of getting started, through a large range of stitches and motifs, to how to design and assemble garments.

I bought me copy over 30 years ago so the copies available on Amazon are later versions than mine, and will probably be even better. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it.