Hello! I'm dropping by to share 2 HOTH projects (if you read my last blog post, you'll know that means hot off the hook!). I finished these projects within days of each other, so thought I'd share them with you and give you a bit of a pattern and yarn review! This is not a sponsored post, there are no affiliate links and all opinions given are my own.
First off the hook was my Claigan cowl, though it was a few days later before this was blocked and properly finished. Claigan is a pattern by Claudia Dingle and at the moment it's exclusively available in Moorit magazine, issue 2. It's the first thing I've made from this issue and I was super keen to start right away - so much so I took a chance by not following the suggested yarn but went for something of the same thickness but completely differnet composition. I used Titus by Baa Ram Ewe a 50% Wensleydale Longwool/ 20% Blue Faced Leicester/ 30% UK Alpaca yarn in 4ply. This yarn has created a more blurred effect than the sample in the magazine but the stitch definition is still there.
Claudia's pattern is written out clearly and was also very quick to comit to memory - it was my end of the day in front of the TV project (currently watching Better Call Saul). The only change I made to the pattern was to finish with a round of crab stitch at both open ends of the cowl. I created a YouTube tutorial to show exactly how to work the crab stitch. If you're looking for a fairly quick project with an easy to remember repeat, this is the pattern for you!
The other project I've just finished is my Little Red Riding Hood nesting doll set, pattern by Lydia Tresselt. My mum very kindly bought me the kit to make the set from the Lalylala Etsy shop and everything needed for the project was lovingly packed in a box - it was a joy to open! I included the optional crochet hook which was a Clover soft touch, 2.25mm because I reckoned a really good hook would make the world of difference to all those little stitches (and it did!). This pattern was a lot of fun to crochet, especially when I could make cute reels for Instagram in the process! I really enjoyed the apple - the way the munched hole is created is very clever. The wolf did seem to take a long time to crochet, but then he is the biggest piece in the set. The pattern was written for using the yarn under technique to create less gaps between the stitches. This was a completely new skill for me, so once I'd mastered it I created a YouTube tutorial for it.
The yarn in the kit was Scheepjes Catona, 100% cotton, 4ply - another yarn I hadn't tried before but instantly loved! I can see why it's popular for amigurumi - the colours are gorgeous and it's very smooth to work with. So, pattern and yarn together make for a fab combo - if you like amigurumi and want a fun, colourful project to crochet, this one's for you!
I hope you've enjoyed reading a little about these projects, you can see them in more detail in my latest podcast (episode 11) too.
Until next time, happy cocheting,