Sampler Time

Isn’t it strange how sometimes your projects take on a similar theme? My theme this week is sampling different stitches.

Last week I wanted to start a stash-busting project and was delighted to find the Peeping Cowl, designed by Joji Locatelli, on Ravelry.  It is a lovely deep cowl, knitted in 4 shades of fingering weight yarn and combines a lovely mix of lace, cables and stripes – all knitted in the round. I’m making mine with WYS Signature Butterscotch, Drops Fabel in Light Pearl Grey and Purple plus Reflet from Bergere de France for a hint of sparkle. I’m also using my Zing 40cm circulars and it is knitting up like a dream.

I’m just over half way through so still have a block of stripes, a silver cable block, another round of stripes and a rib edging to go. I can’t wait to wear it and keep popping it over my head (not easy with the needles still attached!)

I also crocheted a strip of different stitches during our Improvers’ Crochet Workshop on Sunday. I’m relatively new to crochet, as regular readers of this blog will know, and, until now, my repertoire hasn’t gone much beyond chains, doubles and trebles. Well that all changed on Sunday! We all followed a pattern for a sampler strip designed by our tutor, Louise Bromley. Louise never fails to inspire but I think she excelled herself this time. We all managed waves, zig zags, fans and even the odd bobble. This photo shows the progress we had all made by the end of the workshop – impressive, eh?

We were all pleased with our results but did notice how much the size of each strip varied – remarkable when you consider that we were all using the same yarn (Stylecraft Special DK) and a 4.00mm hook. This just emphasises the need to check your tension and make a swatch before embarking on projects where size matters. Oh, and just in case you’re wondering – mine is second from the left…..




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