Saturday, 26 September 2015

Afternoon Cowl

This week we've all been suffering with colds and have stayed in as much as possible. So on Thursday afternoon, whilst snuggled up with my boy, I crocheted this cowl...
I used the same stitch pattern as with my Buggy Blanket
Here's how I made it...
2 x 100g balls of Chunky yarn

8mm hook
Ch 75
Row 1: SC (UK DC) into second chain from hook, then *DC (UK TR) into next chain, SC (UK DC) into next chain*. Repeat * to the end of row. Turn
Row 2: Ch1, SC (UK DC) into second stitch from hook, then *DC (UK TR) into next stitch, SC (UK DC) into next stitch*. Repeat * to the end of row. Turn
Row 3 – 21: repeat Row 2
Fasten off and weave in ends.
Attached a toggle so it can be fastened together.
It's so versatile, it can be easily worn in many ways
I'd love to know if you go on to make this cowl yourself.

Pattern ©Leasowes View 2015

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Snug As A Bug In A Rug

Here's my very first crochet rug...
My friend Cayte at Pisky Cove Porthleven encouraged me to have a go at making one - she makes and sells them in her shop.

So I purchased a few rolls of Boodles fabric yarn and set about making my rug.
I started off by chaining 4 and joining to make a loop.

I chained 2 then did 10DC (UK TR) into the loop, finally slip stitching into the first DC (UK TR) (ignoring the Ch2 each round - I found this made the seam less obvious).

I continued working in rounds increasing by 10 each round, using various hooks depending on the type of fabric yarn used.

Again due to the different types of fabric yarn, I found that sometimes my work would curl up (if I didn't increase enough) and other times it would wave (if I increased too much). So I would undo that particular round and adjust.
I didn't bother weaving in the ends of my yarn - Cayte said it's supposed to be organic and handmade ... plus it's underneath, so it's hidden!
As my rug grew bigger, I did certain rows in SC (UK DC) as I was running out of some colours!
I finished the rug with an invisible fasten off ... there's a great tutorial here
I love my first crochet rug.

I love how I have finally learnt to not need a pattern.

I love how I have learnt that there's no such thing as the Crochet Police!

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Friday, 11 September 2015

New Name

After over three years as QUINTONWENCH, I've changed my site name and url. 

I have moved on and grown so much since starting out and like many other bloggers, I've decided my work needs a new name.

Why Leasowes View

Well our home overlooks The Leasowes here in the West Midlands of the UK. Whenever I'm blogging or creating I am always looking out to the meadow and woodlands. So Leasowes View describes perfectly where I'm at right now.

I hope you'll continue with me on this journey and dont forget you can continue to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Bloglovin and Instagram.