A Lovely Meshy Shawl

I recently was looking over blog posts and saw Quiet Water Crafts WIP post about a wonderful scarf she was making using Caron Cakes.

It really inspired me to whack out one of my remaining Caron Cakes and get crocheting. This is what I came up with.

Firstly, I have to say, I really love the colour combo. The rainbow sprinkles Caron Cakes I used on Harleys baby blanket back in April was lovely, but unfortunately as it is a mixture of colours there are quite a lot of muddy bits where the dye has bled together. This isn’t the case with this colourway. Its a lot crisper. 

Anyways, Here is the pattern. Enjoy!

Row 1. Into a Magic Loop, Ch3 for the first Dc, then Dc once, chain 3, then Dc twice.

Row 2. Ch 3, then Dc into the same stitch. Dc once into the rest of the stitches in the row, until you reach the chain 3 space, where you shoud Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue with a single Dc in each stitch, until you reach the final stitch, where you should Dc twice into the same stitch. 

Row 3 and 4. Repeat Row 2. 

Row 5. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, Skip 2 then Sc into the next stitch*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then skip 2 then Sc into the next Stitch. 

Row 6. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

If it helps you to understand the mesh pattern, I used this diagram to understand what to do, particularly when reaching the ends of the row. Obviously, I modified the number of stitches but you get the gist. Hopefully it helps you too.

This is not my image, I found it with many other very useful stitch diagrams over at Erga Handmade. Go and check them out!

Row 7. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, then Sc into the next Ch 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. 

Row 8. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

Row 9. Now we need to create the foundation for the next row of Dc. To do this we repeat row 7, but instead of chaining 4, we chain 3. 

Row 10. To create the first row of Dc, Chain 3 and Dc into the first stitch, then Dc 3 into each Chain 3 space and once into each Sc. Continue this pattern until you reach the corner chain, where you should Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue to Dc once into each Sc amd 3 times into each 3 Chain space. In the final Sc of the row, Dc twice. 

Row 11 to 13. Follow Row 2.

Row 14 to 18. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 19 to 22. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 23 to 27. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 28 to 31. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 32 to 43. Repeat Row 5 to 8 three times.

Row 44. Follow Row 9.

Row 45. Sc into the first stitch, then Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space, until you reach the corner, where you should Sc 4 times into the chain 3 corner space. Continue to Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space to the end. 

Row 46. Sc into the first stitch, Chain 7, then skip a stitch and Sc into the next stitch. Repeat to end to create the final round. 

Fasten off and sew in the ends.

And there you have it! One lovely Caron Cakes shawl! Enjoy! And remember to send me a pic if you give it a go! 

Giant Cinnamon Bun! 

I love cinnamon a lot. Its so warming and festive. This saturday the weather was atrocious so I thought what could be nicer than some cinnamon buns? A giant bun of course! 

Prepare yourself – its super cinnamony!

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

180ml milk

1 egg

1tbsp Yeast

50g Butter

50g Sugar

1tsp Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

390g Flour

For the Filling:

70g Butter, softened

60g Golden Caster Sugar

2tbsp Cinnamon

For the Icing:

50g Icing Sugar

Milk

1tsp Cinnamon

Method:

First gently warm the milk in a saucepan and add in the butter. Once the butter has melted whisk in the yeast.

In a seperate bowl mix together the flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon.

Pour the yeasty milk mixture into the dry ingredients, along with the egg. You may need to add a little more flour or milk at this point, depending on the consistency you have acheived. 

When it has reached a soft doughy state, tip it out onto a floured surface, and knead for 10 minutes, or until the dough bounces back when you press your finger on it. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes.

Line your slowcooker with liberally greased parchment paper.

After 10 minutes, roll out the dough into a rectangle. 

Whip the softened butter so it is light and easy to spread then spread it all over the dough, leaving a little butter for later.

Sprinkle with the golden caster augae.

Then the cinnamon.

Then roll it into a log. 

With traditional rolls you would slice the log into bits. For my giant cinnamon bun however, you just give the log a gentle rolling to flatten the top just a smidge, then do thr same prcess with the butter, sugar and cinnamon again. 

Finally roll it into a whirl and put it into the lined slow cooker. Cool on high speed for around 2-2.5 hours. 

To ice, just whisk together icing sugar, cinnamon and milk. Add a very small amount of milk at a time, until you reach a thick glossy consistency.

Enjoy!

Mid Year Plans

I thought, whilst I am busy moving and working on charity projects, I would actually sit down and write down my crafty plans for the rest of the year. So here they are:

1. I have already completed 2 Battersea doggy blankets. I am almost finished the 3rd. I would like to complete a 4th. I would also like to whip up a few toys for the kitties too. Then I will bundle all of this down to Battersea Dog and Cat Home. 




2. I have just started my first preemie octopus. I am making the pattern up for myself and hope to have the pattern out soon. I hope to have made 4 octopusses by the end of the year. 

3. I hope to have made a start on making flowers for my wedding day. I have bought the yarn and felt to start prototyping. I have a pinterest board set up for inspiration. I just need to sit down and start. 


4. I hope to have made my first pair of socks. I have the patterns and some suitable yarn. I just need to get on and start.

5. I hope to have started to knit. 

6. I would like to have designed some toys for my own cat!

Hopefully I will have some progress to report soon. 

Waaaaaah! 

Its finally finished! At just shy of 2 years since conception, my GSE christmas blanket is finally finished! Eek! I am so friggin happy! I had a nice long snooze under it yesterday evening to celebrate! 

Isnt it gorgeous! I will cherish it forever.

I decided to join it with a sort of trellisy thingy. I am not sure if it has a name as I made it up as I went along. Here is a close up:

I edged it with a single round of granny stitching then a final round of single crochet stitch. Bobs your uncle.

And of course, I couldnt have completed it without the lovely ladies over at the Global Square Exchange! Here is a list of all the ravelry users who helped me to complete this magnificent blanket. 

HOWonderland

Dragongranny

Juliewit

ZoeGreg

ZannieS

Purlsgirl

Tsubunny

Lholford

Aleksyte

Regulli

LucyMay

Crawfs92

MumsieP

Fay17

And if you would like to get in on the knitty crochety awesomeness that is the GSE then here is where to do it! Make sure to add me on ravelry too!