Pi Day: Vircle Shawl – testers wanted

Hello and happy Pi Day! Today is the 3/14 (in the US) which makes it Pi Day and the perfect day to show my circular crochet shawl Vircle Shawl. I’m looking for testers for this shawl over on The Testing Pool on Ravelry.

Vircle Shawl is a beginner friendly shawl that uses 700m of cotton worsted weight yarn. Check out the testing thread for all the details. As it’s a beginner friendly pattern I’m especially happy to work with new testers, so if you haven’t had the courage to dive into the testing pool before now come on in!

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2018 designs

As we begin 2019 it seems like a good time to look back at 2018.

In 2018 I restarted this blog after a long break, I published 11 designs on Ravelry including October Rose Mitts, Anna’s Chunky Hat and a free Tropical Bowl pattern. I ran my Rainbow Shawl CAL here and on instagram and I had my designs published in two different editions on Your Crochet and Knitting magazine.

I’ve had a blast making and sharing my creative projects in 2018. There is pressure at new year to look ahead and make big plans for the coming year. Honestly I don’t feel like I can make plans a whole year ahead – there are a lot of changes coming up including little brother starting nursery and big brother starting school. I can’t get my head around that!!

So rather than set goals for the whole of 2019 now I’m just going to focus on the first quarter of the year. From now until the end of March I hope to have published 3 more patterns, including at least one that is for charity.

Happy new year!

On the cover of Your Crochet and Knitting!

Your Crochet and Knitting issue 4 has hit the shops and I was so thrilled to see my copy because not only does it feature my twinkle decorations & wrap but my wrap is on the front cover! And the back cover, and even on the editorial page! Wow.

I’m actually pretty bad at celebrating my successes and I’m sure some of you are the same but I’ve decided to really enjoy this moment which is after all the culmination of a lot of hard work.

What successes have you had this week (big or small) – don’t be afraid to shout about them in the comments 😉

Anna’s chunky crochet hat

Hello, I’ve released a new crochet pattern.

Anna’s chunky crochet hat is special to me as I made loads of then last winter while I was on bed rest. It was definitely a case of crafting to stay sane. I gifted most of them as Christmas presents and they were a big hit! This winter I was asked to make a couple more for new arrivals.

The pattern is available in five sizes from newborn to large adult and comes in US and UK versions so you can use whichever terminology you are most comfortable with. There are plenty of beginner friendly photo tutorials.

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#rainbowshawlcal – weeks 15&16 and finished shawl

Here are the final rows of the #rainbowshawlcal We finish with a few rows of shell stitch in a final colour (I’ve chosen pink). I hope you’ve enjoyed this project. Please do share you finished photos with me, either in the comments or on instagram (I’m @anna.granta and I’d love to be tagged so I can see what you’ve made. Even if you’re making this shawl long after the cal is over I’d still love to see your make. 🙂

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Row 33: join final colour, 4 ch, 3 dtr in base of ch, *miss 3 sts, dc, miss 3 sts, 7 dtr in next st; repeat from * to end, 5 dtr in last shell and finish with a tr in the final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 34: ch1, dc in same st, *miss 3 sts, 7 dtr in dc of previous row, miss 3 sts, dc; repeat from * to end of row, finish with 2 tr in the last stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 35: 4 ch, 3 dtr in base of chain, *miss 3 sts, dc, miss 3 sts, 7dtr in next st; repeat from * to end of row, finish with 5 dtr for last shell and then a tr in final st. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 36: 1 ch, dc in each stitch to end. Fasten off.

I finished off my shawl by tieing my ends into four big knots on each end, using two colours for each tassel. Of course you can do what you like with yours this was my way to avoid weaving in all the ends😉

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Test crocheters wanted

96760D1E-5FFA-41F8-9E37-3A763343D852.jpegHello, I’m currently looking for testers for a quick chunky crochet hat. It’s a simple striped hat and is intended to teach simple coloured striping. There are plenty of photo tutorials as well as full written instructions so if you’ve been scared to introduce multiple colours in your crochet this is the pattern for you. It’s also a handy pattern if you’ve just realised that Christmas is fast approaching and you still have a long list of gifts to make as it works up really quicky. I’ve written the pattern for all sizes from baby to large adult.

If you are interested then please sign up to test on ravelry. If you’re not already on ravelry you can create a free account. Click here for the test thread. Thank you!

#rainbowshawlcal weeks 13 & 14

As we’re approaching the end of the #rainbowshawlcal I though I’d better catch up with the blog posts! Here are the rows for weeks 13 & 14.

Row 29: join next colour. 1 ch, 21 dc, *5 ch, dc into top of centre tr in the cluster on first purple row (see photo) 5 ch, skip 5 sts, 22 dc; repeat from * 8 times, finishing with 18 DC. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 30: 3 Ch, [3tr, 1ch, skip 2 sts] repeat to end, finishing with 1 ch, 1 tr in final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.IMG_3541

Row 31: 3 ch, 2tr in space before 3tr cluster, [1 ch, 3tr in space between clusters] repeat to end, finishing with 1 ch, tr in the top of last stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 32: 3 ch, 1 tr in each stitch (not chain spaces) to end. Fasten off.

#rainbowshawlcal weeks 11&12

Here are rows 24-28 of the rainbowshawlcal. Check out the first rows here if you’ve just joined in.IMG_3387

Row 24: join next colour, 3 Ch, 2 tr in next chsp, *3 tr in each chsp to end*, finish with 3 tr in final chsp. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 25: 2 ch, DC between clusters of previous row, until stitch marker, 3ch over stitch marker, finish with 2ch, DC in last stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to first chsp at other end. 70 chsps.

Row 26: 3ch, 2tr, *3tr in each chsp, repeat to stitch marker, 6 tr in 3-chsp at stitch marker, continue like this to the end. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 27: 3ch, 3 tr, *popcorn, 8 tr; repeat to end, finishing with 3tr. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 28: 1 ch, DC in each stitch to end.

#rainbowshawlcal weeks 9&10

Here are the rows for weeks 9&10 of the #rainbowshawlcal – I’m sorry I’ve got a bit behind on the blog posts for this – if you want to see the latest rows check out instagram .IMG_3189

Row 20: join next colour, 3 ch, *tr through back of loop, tr* repeat these two stitches until end of row. Fasten of yarn and rejoin at other end.

Row 21: 3 ch, *2 tr in next stitch, 1 ch, skip 2 stitches* repeat until stitch marker, 4 tr (rather than 2) in the stitch above each stitch marker, finish with a single tr in the final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 22: 3 ch, *2tr into space between pair of trs from row below, 1 ch* repeat to end, finish with 1 ch, tr in final stitch. Fasten off and rejoin yarn to other end.

Row 23: 2 ch, *dc in middle of v from previous row, 2 ch* repeat to end, finishing with 2 ch, dc in last stitch. Fasten off ready for a new colour.

Weeks 7&8 #rainbowshawlcal

Don’t forget you can find all the rows by clicking on the #rainbowshawlcal link at the top of my website.

Row 16: join yarn to top of chain. Ch3, 3tr into 1st dc in the chsp of row below. 3tr into each of the first DC’s in each chsp. When you reach a stitch marker, 6tr into the chsp above the ‘v’ made be the previous row, move stitch marker to the middle of these stitches. Finish with one tr into the last stitch. Break off yarn and rejoin to top of chain at other end.

Row 17: ch3, 3tr cluster between each cluster of the row below, 3tr cluster at each stitch marker. Finish with 2tr after final cluster. Break off yarn and rejoin to top of chain at other end.

Row 18: ch3, tr, *popcorn, tr in next 5 stitches* repeat to end (finish with 3tr). Break off yarn and rejoin at other end.

Row 19, updated: ch1, dc in each stitch to popcorn, skip popcorn stitch, continue to stitch marker, 2dc in stitch above marker (move marker up to between these two stitches) continue with 1dc, skipping popcorns, until next stitch marker and repeat to end. Break of yarn but don’t rejoin (we’ll have a new colour next week).

Don’t forget to share your project with #rainbowshawlcal I love seeing what you’re making!ACS_0105