Sunday, April 24, 2016

Little Bubbles Dishcloth - Crochet Pattern Review - The Stitchin' Mommy

As a fan, follower and contributor to The Stitchin' Mommy, I enjoy the content in the weekly newsletter - which is where I found this fun Little Bubbles Dishcloth!

Materials I Used:
     - Small amount of Lily Sugar n Cream Ombre in Cool Breeze
     - I9/5.5mm Crochet Hook (as recommended) 
     - #18 Tapestry Needle
     - Little Bubbles Dishcloth, Free Crochet Pattern

Material Notes:  
     Yarn Alternatives: Lion Brand's Kitchen Cotton, Bernat's Handicrafter, Hobby Lobby's Crafters Secret Cotton.
     The yarn I used was part of a WIP so I am not sure how much of the skein was used, but the bobbles require more yarn than standard stitches so I am assuming one skein will only make one of these washcloths, and then maybe one basic one or some facial scrubbies.

Time Spent:
     This dishcloth took me just over an hour to complete - longer than any other washcloth I have worked up.

Measurements:
     8.25" Wide by 7.75" in Length

Pattern Notes:
     I made my dishcloth larger than the original pattern by working a chain 25 for 24 stitches, and working 23 rows. The length did not come out quite as long as I wanted so I may add another row of bobbles to my next.

I noticed in the pattern that the majority of it is written in an alternating pattern so the bobbles don't fall in straight rows vertically, except Rows 9-10 which repeat the pattern from the previous bobble row. I continued to alternate mine though.

I worked a single crochet border - making sure to add three single crochets in each corner. I like the finished look of having a border, but I also found the dishcloth to be quite flimsy and did not hold it's shape well so the border helped.
Though this dishcloth is part of the kitchen series, I think this would make a great washcloth to gift in a set. I worked one of my Robin's Egg Washcloths in the Blueberry colorway and intend on adding to my shop as a set.

The kitchen series is all about learning new stitch patterns, or rediscovering stitch patterns you've forgotten. This bobble stitch pattern is a fun one, and would make a really fun scarf, blanket, pillow, etc. You can experiment with colors too and even work out a pixel design. The possibilities are endless.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cable Twist Hat - Crochet Pattern Review - Caron via Yarnspirations

While browsing through the Yarnspirations site for some inspiration, I found this Cable Twist Hat and knew I just had to try it!

Materials I Used:
     - 1 Skein of Heartland Yarn in the Hot Springs colorway (Medium Purple)
     - K10.5/6.5mm Crochet Hook (larger than suggested)
     - #18 Tapestry Needle for Weaving in Ends & Sewing Top
     - Cable Twist Hat, Free Crochet Pattern

Material Notes:
     Caron's Simply Soft used in original, but any worsted weight will work well for this pattern as long as gauge is met.

     I used just under a full skein.

Time Spent:
     I had this hat ready to wear in just over three hours.

Measurements:
     My finished hat had an 18.5" circumference (with lots of stretch), by 9" tall. 

Pattern Notes:
     Overall, I fell in love with this hat pattern and am looking forward to wearing my hat in the cooler weather, and gifting some this upcoming holiday season. 

I chose the Heartland Yarn because I wanted to use a lightweight worsted weight yarn similar to the Simply Soft used in the original pattern. I love the soft, cushy feel of the Heartland, and the beautiful color blends available. I have found that it machine washes and dries even more beautifully, and is a durable yarn.
After working the gauge, and seeing the need to jump hook sizes, I am confident that any worsted weight yarn will work great for this project. I would like to work one in Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn.

I had never worked cables before, so the pattern proved to be a challenge at first, but I found the matching Cable Twist Hat video on YouTube by Mikey of The Crochet Crowd and it helped clear up all of my confusion on how to work the cables. One thing that had me ripping my work out was the round following the cable foundation. My tip is, go slow and make sure you're working into the post, not the stitch as the stitch is stretched a bit.

I did get really frustrated with this pattern, and considered frogging the piece because of the cable foundation and following round, but I decided to leave them as is and continue on with the pattern and once I got a little further into it, the whole piece came together nicely. Don't give up! Just push on!

I've since started a few different projects inspired by this hat using the fun and beautiful cable pattern. 


To close my hat, I turned my hat inside out, threaded my needle and ran it in and out of every other stitch along the last round. At the end, I pulled on the tail to pull the top closed, and secured with a few stitches.

I did not add a pom pom to my hat as I like to be able to machine wash my hats, but had I, it would have taken a full skein of yarn.

Size wise, the hat is a little big for my head - next time I will use a J10/6mm hook and work the pattern as is.
With so many size, yarn type and color options, I would love to see them! Please share your photos on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page, or our latest Yarn Fanatic Party Link Up!

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