Jun 20, 2016

aqua knockers


For more information about this great cause providing free knitted breast prostheses for breast cancer survivors, please check out Knitted Knockers of Canada or Knitted Knockers.org 


I was pleased to discover that they now accept knockers made from baby weight acrylic for Aqua Knockers so women can swim with their knockers. I used 100% acrylic Easy Knit Baby LUV yarn since it is very soft. I performed a submerge test on my first tester knocker and even though I felt there was too much stretch between my stitches with the 6.00 mm hook; it held up terrific in the water for over an hour. I gently squeezed out the water and let it air dry with no loss of shape. For my first official Aqua Knocker I went down to a 4.00 mm hook and believe it's the perfect tension. I'll knit a match for my latest and mail the pair flat to Knitted Knockers of Canada where they will be stuffed and distributed to women at their request.  

Note: I am a crocheter, but am able to knit using a crochet hook with a cord. I use The Knook, but there are other hooks available. This tool enables me to create fabric from both crochet and knit patterns.



Jun 16, 2016

knitted knocker

For more information about this great cause providing free knitted breast prostheses for breast cancer survivors, please check out Knitted Knockers of Canada or Knitted Knockers.org 

I completed my first tester knitted knocker using a crochet hook with a cord (The Knook). I’m quite pleased that I managed to knit in the round like on three double pointed needles with increases and decreases. The pattern called for 4.00 mm needles, but said to increase to 5.00 mm if you knit tight. I felt I was knitting really tight so I used a 6.00 mm hook. I was knitting the B size with increases to 24 st per needle, but once stuffed the size seems quite large with too much stretch between stitches. I will probably use a 5.00 mm hook for the next. I used a baby weight acrylic for the test so there is probably more stretch once stuffed than I would get with the recommended 100% cotton UltraPima.

Thanks so much Sotoyoshi and Metavf over on Ravelry for their help and links.



 

Jun 11, 2016

Project Maple - for Canada's 150th Anniversary


I'm joining Mikey over at The Crochet Crowd with Project Maple. We're crocheting maple leaves for Canada's 150th Anniversary celebration in Ottawa next year. I hope you'll check out the website for pattern and details. We'll see how many I manage before the November deadline :).


May 31, 2016

lacy crochet summer top


So happy that I managed to complete this lacy top in time for summer. It's my own design using #10 cotton thread and a 2mm hook.

 

May 18, 2016

variations on a swing top

I ended up tearing apart (frogging) my tank top cover up. With a few stitch errors it just wasn't hanging right. I may attempt it again, but in the meantime I've crocheted up a couple variations of a swing top. The top photo shows the pattern using 4 weight cotton yarn and a 10 mm hook and the second photo shows the pattern using #3 fashion cotton thread and a 4.25 mm hook. I will have to modify the pattern if I want to make one to fit me in the #3 thread. The 4 weight yarn would fit, but seems a bit heavy for summer.


May 14, 2016

crochet tank cover up WIP

Blurry pic, but it's coming along nicely. A couple more rounds before joining for the armholes and then I'll continue working even in the round until the desired length is reached, probably another 20 - 30 rounds. Maybe another couple weeks.


May 12, 2016

crochet tank top cover up WIP

The cover up is coming along. A few more rounds and I can connect for the armholes and start crocheting even to the length I want.


May 10, 2016

crochet tank cover up WIP


I started this tank cover up yesterday using #10 cotton thread and a 2 mm crochet hook. It's a top down construction worked in the round and I'm winging it from a photo. I hope this one works out as I have enough thread for many more summer tops. Update: My pineapple tank is now in the UFO pile due to pattern comprehension issues. lol