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Babette Blanket – Doing research

February 18, 2010 - - 5:41 PM

After buying the yarn I sat down and did some research on the internet. If you pick a popular pattern by Interweave you can be sure, other crocheters had some great tips and tricks how to go about it.

Always a great place to start is Ravelry. Besides the project pages there is a Babette group called “Babette & Hexagon Blanket Crochet Anonymous“. There I found four helpful techniques for making the perfect square:

  • Magic ring: When starting a squares you do not crochet a chain but you use a technique regularly used in Amigurumi. This way you do not have a hole in the center, but instead a neat beginning. There is an image tutorial and a video at “Hook & Needles“.
  • Starting a DC in the round without a chain: In order to not make the chain stitches stand out, you can start your round directly with a double crochet instead of the chain stitches. Please watch this video by TXCr1cket to find out how.
  • Changing color in the round without a chain: When you change color and still want a clean color change then try this method by Hypercycloid.
  • Changing color in the corner: In order to make the bumps less visible Hypercycloid also suggests to do the color change in the corner. This way the square will look neater.

I am so glad, I found this advice, because I will be able to use it for other crochet projects 🙂 .

Alterknits by Leigh Radford

February 17, 2010 - - 3:06 PM

There were several aspects I really liked about the book:

  • The photography by John Rizzo is beautiful and features some fresh ideas. I enjoyed how he tried to make them look spontaneous and natural.
  • A few of the quotes and exercises in the context of knitting made me think, although you cannot escape the feeling that you have read most of them somewhere before, e.g. “What would you attempt to do, if you were guaranteed not fail?”.
  • There are some projects I would like to try myself. After all, that is the main reason you buy a knitting book, besides being inspired, learning new techniques and patterns or drooling over the images of luscious yarns.

My main concern with this publication is:

  • If you have ever made a rag rug, knitted with wire or used up your old sweaters for a bag or blanket, then the projects will not be that mind-altering for your knitting. Therefore, if you judge the book after its goal “to inspire you to expect the unexpected”, then in my opinion it does not deliver.

For this reason my overall rating is 3 out of 5 points.

Babette Blanket – Choosing a yarn

February 13, 2010 - - 6:51 PM

My project has actually made some progress, because I have decided on a particular yarn. Not only did I finally focus on what to get, but I actually went out and bought all the skeins.

Contrary to my first idea of mixing blues and reds, I settled for a natural palette of white, light gray, semi-dark gray and bluish black. The reason was that I could not find more than one red and blue tone that would look good together as well as the fact that this subdued palette reflects my current color mood much better.

Other yarns were either too expensive or I was not able to get them in my area. Since I wanted the tones to match, I thought it would be too risky to order the yarn online, because so far I have not encountered an online store that deliberately matches the colors of the presented photographs with the actual color of the yarn. If you know of a store that takes great care in achieving the correct color of their yarn products, please let me know.