The Purple-y Oversized Ruffle ShawlΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• How wonderful to see you! 

Are you ready for the big reveal? πŸ˜‰

Alright….here she is 


In this picture ⬆️  the colors are almost ‘true to life’ ….in this one ⬇️ not so much, but you’ll be able to see better how it looks like when worn. 😊


It is quite big, isn’t it? 

Now I will tell you how you would go about if you wanted to make one for yourself. πŸ™‚

You will need 

– 5 skeins ‘Caron Simply Soft’ in your favorite color 

– 4 skeins Ruffle Yarn (I used ‘Red Heart’ Sashay with Sequins)

Hook Size I (5.25mm) That’s slightly bigger than recommended, but I wanted the shawl to be loosely crocheted, and flowy) 

– Needle and Thread 

Start with the Caron Yarn, and crochet a half ‘Granny Square’. 

I found these wonderful directions on Ravelry. So instead of copying her, I’ll give you the link to the page of Renate Kirkpatrick. *

And now crochet until you used up all 5 skeins. 😁 To avoid the dreaded ‘sewing in of yarn ends’ I use the ‘Russian Join’


For me the end was nerve racking! Why? Take a look…


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 And the yarn is discontinued! Double Whammy! Oh well, it all worked out fine! 😎

Alright….time to add the ruffle. I used one round of double crochet. Yep, that’s really it. πŸ€“  

Start anywhere. Insert your hook through one space of the ruffle yarn, about 2″ from the beginning. Pick up 2 loops of the last row on the shawl, and work a double crochet – always skip a space of the ruffle yarn. That way your border will be nice and full, and the shawl not wavy and puckering. 

And now keep going. Skip a space, yarn over, pick up 2 loops, and work a double crochet, like you do with any other yarn. 



When you get to the end of a skein, stop 2″ before the end, and pick up with a new skein (about 2″ in). Aaaaand keep going. Work 3 dc in every corner stitch, to ensure the corner will lie nice and flat.

This actually took a wee bit longer than anticipated, but it’s worth it in the end. 😍

Once you worked your way around the shawl …well done! High five βœ‹… take the loop off the hook, take your needle and thread, pick up the loop, and secure it with a few stitches. 


Always insert the needle into the yarn. 

Fold over the end of the ruffle yarn and stitch in place. Repeat on the other side, then join both edges together, using a Satin Stitch. Here also …into the yarn 


There, you can hardly tell it’s there….right?! πŸ˜€


Trim the frayed edges (not too close to the seam!)

You’re done! Now, all you gotta do is wait for a cool night so you can show her off! 😊

I hope this is easy to follow! πŸ™‚ If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send me a message or mention it in the comments. I’m always right here. 😘

* If you can’t get to the pattern because you are not a member of Ravelry, and don’t wanna be, let me know I will post the instructions for the ‘Half Granny Square’. πŸ€—

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. Drop me a line or two if you get the chance. I always love hearing from you! 

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

πŸ’₯ I am in no way affiliated with the companies, people, and website mentioned here. 

Work ~ in ~ Progress WednesdayΒ 

Hello my lovely friends  πŸ’• Thanks for visiting! 

Before Wednesday turns into Thursday I wanna show you real quick what I’m working on these days. 😊

Here’s the reason why I’m so late…


Yesterday I finished this stole….and not a moment too soon I might add. See… 😜


I guess you can say that the ‘Crochet Goddess’ smiled fondly upon me. πŸ˜‡ 

Well, that was yesterday. Today…not so much. πŸ˜•

I spent a good chunk of the day adding a ruffle border to the stole. That was a lot more time consuming than I anticipated. That thing is biiiiig! 😳

So….after picking up stitches (a lot of stitches!) with the ruffle yarn, knitting one round, starting to bind off…I noticed that the stole is now quite wavy. Not the desired effect. Meh πŸ˜”

🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 ⬅️ My immediate future πŸ˜›

Oh well, not the first time, and probably not the last. 

I’m pretty sure that I know where I went wrong….more about that -hopefully- tomorrow. 

🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼🌺🌼

There are two more projects in progress right now. 

This one…


I’m not sure where it’s going…I just wanted to see how the fuzzy yarn looks as a piece, not just as a border. It’s kinda cute, don’t you think? There is an idea trying to form in my mind….let’s see if it leads to something. 

And then there is, of course, the never ending story of the cardigan. 😏

After I finished the back with the funky yarn, the maroon seams really didn’t fit the picture anymore. So I undid them, and redid them in funky 😁

See what you think 

Before 


After 


It’s definitely more ‘me’ now. I love crazy colors, and sorta mismatched clothes. 😍

Did you ever rework a piece numerous times? Please tell me that -eventually – I’ll be done! πŸ˜‰

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! πŸ€—

Until next time πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Playing ‘Yarn Chicken’ and winning πŸ€£

Boom! πŸ’₯ And that’s how it’s done….well, this time 😜


Last inch of the last skein on the last row 😳 I’m quite happy that I won this round of                 ‘Yarn Chicken’ πŸ˜ƒ Sometimes it’s the little things, right? 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• 

My blogger friend Mrs. Craft posted 5 Rules for playing Yarn Chicken a couple of weeks ago…that’s where I learned that the battle against the end of the skein has a name. πŸ˜‹

As you can gather, the ‘Purple-icious Triangle Scarf’ is almost finished! 😁 There will be a surprise finish 😏 More on that tomorrow in the ‘Work~in~Progress’ Post. 

(Hint: think Ruffle πŸ˜‰) 

Thanks for visiting 😍 I hope you’ll peek in tomorrow! 

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday 🌺 Join your Granny Squares and Crochet some Lollipops 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for popping by to see the progress on the Granny Square Cardi πŸ€—

Here’s the reason why I’m so late today….

  The Lollipops πŸ˜€

I’ll show you what I did with them in a minute.

But first…all the Squares and Triangles are finished. Time to join everything together. You might remember that I had joined some already  – just to see where I was going with this. 😊 There are different ways to sew/crochet them together. I didn’t want them to be attached to closely, so I chose this ….


It’s easy to do…take a look πŸ‘€ 

Start with 2 squares, and crochet one double-crochet into one corner. Yo, 3 dc into the corner of another square. 


Come back to the first square and place 3 dc into the second square. 


I found that this is the best way to hold the two pieces 


Keep going back and forth until the last square. Work 1dc into it. 


Alright…now that all the pieces are joined I noticed that there was a gap in the back! 😳 The pieces didn’t fit as perfectly as I thought. 

I forgot to take a picture….here’s one from the first attempt to fill it in. That’s quite a gap, isn’t it?! 😝


I didn’t just want to fill it in with the yarn color on either side. So I tried Granny Squares in the contrast color ⬆️ Meh….nah 

Then I tried bigger blocks to place in the middle and go from there 

  
Well, that looked waaaaay better in my head 🀣 

Next….


Hmmm…. Getting closer – I love the yarn, love the mandala….just not on the cardi. 

Show of hands – who knew that, eventually, I’d add something oddly mismatched, wild and colorful? 😝 You were right! Here we go 


And there are the Lollipops πŸ˜‚


Because just a square of outrageous yarn just wouldn’t do! πŸ˜‰

That’s where I am so far. I was really hoping I could show you the finished cardi today….but the Design-Goddess had other ideas. 😊 Hopefully next week. 

So…what do you think? Too much? Not enough? 😁 See, I’m almost tempted to add some more of this yarn – I love this yarn…can you tell? 😜 – somewhere else. 

Have you ever made anything that went so completely ‘out of the box’? 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you! 😘

Until then πŸ’•

~ Tina xoxo 

Work~in~Progress Wednesday – The Granny Square CardiΒ 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for peeking in.

I’ve made a little progress on the ‘Granny Square Cardigan. 

The sleeve design is finished…they’re 2 Granny Square halves, joined with a crocheted mock lace-up. 


To get the second one to be absolutely identical was a bit of a challenge 😁 See, the number of the yellow squares would not come out the same. The first sleeve has 33 on each side, when I finished the second one I got 32…unravel πŸ˜•, next time was 34. Ugh! 

So I layered the unfinished pieces onto the finished sleeve and marked the entry for the stitches with pins. 


Bingo! 33! πŸ€“

That’s all I’ve got crocheted. To continue I have to plan a bit more. Like I mentioned before, looks like it’ll be another puzzle project! πŸ˜‹

This is the latest design 


I do like it….the neckline is giving me a little headache though. Any suggestions really are welcomed. 

Now I’ll start on the yellow square halves…hopefully by next week this cardi will have taken shape. 😊

I’m looking forward to your comments/suggestions 😎

Until then πŸ’•

~Tina xoxo 

Let’s Just Call It ‘The Puzzle Poncho’ πŸ˜‹

Let me tell you why! 

Hello my lovely friends πŸ’• Thanks for stopping by! 

A few days ago I told you about the ‘WiP’ that went terribly wrong. Remember the Poncho…well, the project that started as one, turned into 2 trapeze shaped (instead of rectangular) pieces? And that I had the glimmer of an idea how to turn it around? 


Well, I think I did it! 😁

Let’s take a look…

First – here’s what it was supposed to look like 

 
You see my dilemma….trapeze shapes won’t work. πŸ˜‹

So I turned everything sideways, and joined the former bottom edges to form the seam down the front, the former top now ends at the wrist. But the ‘sleeve’ was too long. I removed the rows of ‘Granny Squares’. Perfect fit! 😊 
I started sewing the (former bottom, now middle) edges together, when I noticed that one piece was longer than the other. 😫 And not just a little bit! Nooooo! A good  4, 5″ . Aargh! 

Then something went right. πŸ˜€ The ‘Granny Square’ row was just as long as the panel taken sideways. Oh geez….it’s a lot more complicated to write it down than to actually do it. πŸ™ƒ I hope you are still following this? Of course you are! πŸ™‚ So let’s continue…


With the squares in place I was still missing another inch or so. Nothing a few rows of crocheted mesh can’t fix. 😌 See…and I got to use more of my favorite yarn 

I added a row of single crochet, and a row of double crochet mesh in purple ombre yarn for the border. 

So far so good. 😁 My lovely friend Michele agreed to model the piece. There we discovered that it can be worn two ways….with a V-neck or a straight neck. 

 

Doesn’t she look fabulous? 😍

Well, that’s where I am right now. Now blocking, more fringes, and some decorative stitching and it should be done. And now you know why we call it the ‘Puzzle Poncho’! πŸ˜‹

I’m so happy that it’s now something wearable 😁 I’ll show you the finished piece asap! 

Until then πŸ’• Take care & ‘Happy Sunday’ 🌞

~Tina xoxo