Since April I've been sharing the details of the crochet-along in memory of Wink/ Marinke Slump, revealing a new motif and designer each week. Today it's time for my contribution, but first I must admit to being wrong about last week's motif. With knitter's-eyes I thought it might be quite challenging but when I attempted it on a (packed) train, realised that it was not. Unfortunately, without my gauge square to hand on the train, I made it too loose and need to re-do the square but the stitch pattern is not difficult at all! So if you're yet to try Dedri's pattern, it has a tremendous satisfaction : ease ratio and if (like me) you're not a very experienced crocheter, you'll probably feel very pleased when you try it - just check your gauge! With that cleared up, let's move on.
When invited to contribute to my friend's final CAL, a few things went through my mind, including: 'I'd be honoured to be a part of this', 'I'm not much of a crocheter - it'll need to be something simple' and 'I wish it could be knitted'. Not just because I'm more comfortable with knitting, but because the last time I saw her I gave Wink a knitting needle bracelet - we laughed that she'd become 'a knitter' after finishing a few projects, including her first one using double pointed needles. However this is a crochet-along, not a knit-along and I set about deciding on a suitable crochet stitch - one with an interesting texture, which might be a new one for some people to try, and in line with Wink's beach theme.
Using photos from our holiday in Cornwall as inspiration, I loved the play of light in this shot.
The light, filtering through the water in not-quite-perfect parallel lines reminded me of a knitted rib.... or the crochet stitch that looks like a knitted rib. So this week's motif uses the 'camel stitch' and was intended to reflect the way that light ripples in a rock pool, but it may remind you of something entirely different. It has a side-to-side construction and the stitches are worked in a way which forces the top ‘V’ of each half-treble to the right side (RS) of the motif. It is this which creates the 'faux-knit' effect when it is turned to the side. Here's the official photo:
If you haven't tried this stitch before, or if you've tried it in-the-round and not back and forth, the only tricky bit is working out which is the 'front-front' and 'back-back' loop of each stitch - once you've done that it's plain sailing.
The thorough videos which accompany the pattern explain everything really clearly (Esther also talks about keeping stitch count correct, if that's something you struggle with on the last stitch of the row). The square is turned after it's finished, so that the rows run from the top to the bottom, but they are crocheted back-and-forth in the normal way.
|1. WS: the front-front loop, 2. RS: the back-back loop (blue arrows indicate the stitch you'd normally work into|
I usually write a bit about the designer, but it's me. If you're visiting for the first time because of the CAL, welcome! If you would like to know more about me and my blog, this recent post is a good place to start.
- The pattern is available as a PDF download here, in both English and Dutch.
- Esther from 'It's all in a nutshell' has produced some helpful videos which you can follow - find them here (for left- and right-handed and in both languages).
- There are Facebook groups in both English and Dutch if you'd like to join in there - I'll be popping into the groups as much as possible during the week and hope to see some of your finished squares.
-Official Scheepjes yarn stockists in the UK are Wool Warehouse* and Deramores*. Find my comparison of Merino Soft and Colour Crafter here.