Monday, 2 April 2012

The Happy Hooker

Hardly an original title and perhaps over doing the pun somewhat, but can you guess what this post is about?  Ok, you are too clever - crocheting of course!  I am primarily a quilt devotee and I have been a knitter for many decades.  However, a couple of years ago I revisited a craft that my Grandma had taught me.  Unlike the knitting that I had continued on with since I was a little girl, I had not crocheted for many, many years.  Well, let me tell you - it was not like riding a bike - I did forget how!  Thankfully, my lovely Friend, Julie, sat me down and got me hooking again!


This lovely (well at least I think so!) crocheted pink bolero cardi is the first and, so far, only garment I have crocheted.  I am really happy with the finished product.  I am sorry to say that I have misplaced the pattern from which it was made so I can't tell you who the designer is.  However, the pattern was published in Australian Creative Knitting Magazine.


The pattern is achieved with only three stitches - chain, double crochet (single crochet for those of you in the USA) and treble (double crochet in the USA).  It makes me look much more accomplished than I really am.  Love those type of stitch patterns!!  Sure wish the crochet powers that be would decide on a universal stitch naming system.  So confusing - you must always know the origins of the pattern to be able to know what stitch to do as the names are the same but the stitch is different. Ugh!


The yarn I used was a 50% wool/50% tencel blend and is lovely and soft with a silk like sheen.  Very pretty and girly.



The sleeves have a lovely scalloped edge that gives the cardi a very feminine look and is one of the things that I love about this design.



The back shapes nicely into your waist and again has the pretty scalloped edging and the neckline is clean and easy.  Many thanks to my beautiful Daughter who agreed to play model so I could play photographer.

I have since crocheted a few cushions and a baby blanket that were all given away as gifts - sadly before I thought to photograph them.

I certainly do not fall into the expert crocheter class but I really enjoy being a happy hooker and will be doing more hooking in future!


Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ....

 

24 comments:

  1. Karen, this is so pretty, I would love to make one, so... if you find the name of the pattern, or designer, of volume number or date of that mag. please let me know. Just the sort of bolero I'm looking for. Perhaps if I try I can figure it out from the picture. Lovely, great pictures.

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    1. Thanks Edith. Unfortunately, I can't find the pattern. However, and friend and I did it together so she is looking for her pattern for me. Will let you know the details when I have.

      cheers,
      Karen.

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  2. This is lovely - it looks soft in the photo. Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks sew much. It is very soft and comfy.

      Cheers,
      Karen.

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  3. Super cute! I love the colors! I'd love for you to link up to Crafty Cousins.
    http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-i-wore-sunday-week-10.html

    ~Natalie @ Crafty Cousins.

    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

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    1. Thanks Natalie. I have linked up with your linky party, become a follower and have placed your button on my blog.

      Cheers,
      Karen.

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  4. Wow! It's gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking up ~ I'm sharing on FB!! :D

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    1. Thanks sew much. FB - you'll make me famous. Lol.

      Cheers,
      Karen.

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    1. Thank you very much. I as pleased as punch with the result.

      Cheers,
      Karen

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  6. Nope, you're not alone. it's absolutely beautiful, I love it!

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    1. Phew - it is lonely in a crowd of one!!!

      Cheers,
      Karen.

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  7. Oh this is just gorgeous! I'd definitely wear this, I love the colour too. What a fantastic job for your first effort back!

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    1. I admit to feeling just a little bit pleased with myself!!

      Cheers,
      Karen.

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  8. It's very pretty! How long do you think it took you make all in all? I'm afraid to do anything but blankets and amigurumi for the time involved. Well, and the fit.

    Great job!

    Jess @ TupeloCreative.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Jessica. It is really hard to figure out how long this took since I did it on and off over a few months. Just pick a project that doesn't seem too involved and have a go. You may love it.

      Cheers,
      Karen.

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  10. That is really cute! I love it.

    - Adele @ Mammy Made

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    1. Thanks so much. It is really lovely to wear. Makes me feel really girlie!

      Cheers,
      Karen.

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  11. That is really beautiful! You did such a great job!

    -Susie at http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks sew much. I really enjoyed the whole crochet process. It was fun.

      Cheers,
      Karen

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  12. Thank you for linking these up to Fantabulous Friday @ Little Becky Homecky!!

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    1. Thank you for providing the opportunity for us all to see and be seen. Cheers, Karen

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  13. wow.. That looks so cool! Thanks for linking up at friday fun party.. :)

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