09/06/2013

Raw Rustic Cotton and Bamboo Throw!


Good Morning from a sunny Mother Africa!  The Throw that I have been working on for a while ('cause I ran out of yarn and so did my supplier) is finally finished - well that is apart from the weaving in of ends that is still happening . . .  It is such a soft, beautiful throw and I enjoyed every minute of the process from selecting the colours to deciding upon the appropriate hook sizes, joining methods and edging. I have made about 4 different postings about this project over the past weeks and attach the links below where appropriate. 


Pattern: 

The 70 squares are hooked in HDC
Ring: Ch5, close with ss. 
Row 1: Ch2 to form first stitch and then another 15hdc. Close round with ss. 
Rows 2-5: Ch2 to form first stitch and then 1hdc, 1ch, 2hdc (this is the first corner). Rest of the 3 corners 2hdc, 1ch, 2hdc. For the rest of the stitches between the corners: 1hdc in each. 
Repeat until there are 5 rounds in total.
See my posting On the Hook! where I blogged about the idea and stitches


Yarn:

 hand-dyed cottonbamboo and cotton-bamboo mix
See my posting titled Wabi Sabi for more about inspiration for projects and yarn choices


Joining Method

I absolutely fell in love with the joining method I used for this throw.  I will be writing more about the method in another posting and will also refer you to a YouTube tutorial by someone else that thoroughly showcases this easy but visually appealing method. 
At first I was interested in joining the squares via the flat braid method, but I realised that the method was not suitable to a highly textured yarn.


Edging

I tried out a lattice edge in two different sizes - 3 chains as well as with 5 chain lattice but discarded the effort as I felt a simple edging would be more suitable to the yarn. The final edging consist of 3 rows hdc in the bamboo/cotton yarn and one row sc in the cotton.  The hooksizes suitable to these yarns are 3,75-4,5 mm.  I however hooked the throw in 5,5 and 6,5 mm - using the 6,5 mm for the lightest in weight in order to achieve the texture I was after.


Blocking

I steam blocked the squares in a rather rustic manner on a block made of nails and a rustic piece of wood 
See my posting titled Why I blocked all my squares for more information on the process




Stitch and Texture 

Squares in hdc, edging in sc
This throw is showcasing lovely texture by using a simple pattern, 3 different kinds of yarn and 2 different hook sizes.  It is lovely to say so myself and I am still playing with the idea of joining the squares with the flat braid pattern.
See my posting titled Progress where I blogged about the yarn and texture



I will post about the next wip on my hooks soon!  This time it is a modern looking Baktus stripey scarf in single crochet. I have a soft spot for the Baktus knitted scarfs that made the rounds among the Norwegian blogs a while back and designed a skinny version in single crochet to achieve the minimalist look I am after.

Have a wonderful weekend!


14 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! The colours are just so perfect! :D

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  2. Wow - I was looking forward to seeing the final throw.
    And I love it! A lot...

    Great job. Love to see your next wip!

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  3. Stunning! I absolutely love the colors and the yarn.
    I'm fond of natural yarns!!!

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  4. Gorgeous colors, so well chosen!

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  5. Really lovely cool colours for the Summer. Looks great.

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  6. Amazong! So inspiring and beauiful. Thank you so much for sharing this! I am a big fan :)

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  7. very good job!So nise sea colors...
    http://freestilcreatingbyvilly.blogspot.gr/

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  8. I've just discovered bamboo cotton, and it feels lovely to crochet with...so soft and it has its own specific texture which feels yum!

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  9. Hi Magda. I am teaching myself to crochet and my first project is your granny square blanket. However while your square a beautifully uniform mine have a noticible loop where I chain 2 to start a new row. Would you have any advice?

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  10. is this the same pattern in your most recent instagram post? both are beautiful! this one looks like a watercolor! thanks for sharing! Good health to you and your husband!

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