Friday 15 April 2016

Still alive!!

Hello everyone or in fact anyone!

I am still alive and thought I'd write a quick post to see if anyone was out there and would see this post after all this time.  I am in the process of making up my mind about whether to update this blog or move to my own website or keep both :)  If you are out there and you are reading this, say hello!

I have some new patterns to share in the near future and may even in fact finally write up part 2 of the Victoria Frills Scarf Tutorial.  Let me know what you think.

Rachael Xx

Sunday 6 November 2011

Want to Chat?

Just to say that if you'd like to see what I have been up to recently then come and have a chat with me  HERE

I'm doing my best to get the flower tutorials finished (the ones that go on the Victoria Frills Scarf).  I've been so overwhelmed with house renovations, a constant stream of visitors and my mum being unwell = various trips up to Lincolnshire that I just haven't had time to keep up with my blog.

I should however get some new things on here this month and it should improve from there.

As mentioned above though if you want a more dynamic and real-time CleverCheshireCats then visit me at the link above.  I know several of you have already and it allows me to see things like your versions of the Victoria Frills Scarf  - which is great fun  I wish blogger had a bit more of an interactive section where we could chat and save bits etc although I haven't got to grips with all the new bits they've added yet...

Look forward to seeing you soon.

Rachael Xx

Saturday 23 July 2011

A quick hello!

Just popping in to say - take a look at the lovely crochet squares that Manda from manda's challenges has made. They are quite something - what a talented lady she is!

I'd also like to thank everyone for all the lovely comments over the past couple of posts and if I haven't got back to you this time it's just that I've been sooo busy.  If you have an urgent question, just email and I'll get back to you :)

I will be back next week with the flower tutorial for adding to the victoria frills scarf :)


Sunday 19 June 2011

Victoria Frills Spring Scarf Tutorial Part 1

It's finally here!

This Victoria Frills Spring Scarf Tutorial will be in 2 parts.  Part one is for the actual scarf. Pretty simple instructions really.

Part two will be for the flowers. Of course you can put whichever flowers you like on your scarf but I will do a tutorial for a few of mine.

Info: I used a type of yarn that is mainly cotton and has a kind of thick and thin effect that varies between 4ply and double knit (you don't have to use the same). I've only used the basic half treble stitch for the body of the scarf but it looks lacy because I used a bigger hook than usual (4.50mm or a 5mm would do it).

Step 1:

crochet a foundation chain (this should be roughly the length of scarf that you want). Be careful not to make the foundation chains too tight or your scarf will end up a bit of a banana shape!

The scarf can be as long as you like. I usually start the chain and then wrap it round my neck the way I would normally wear a scarf so I can see where the scarf will end when it's completed.  The scarf in the picture was made with XXX chains and it's quite long. I used a 4.50mm hook with cotton yarn that sort of goes thick and then thin. (not sure if there is a name for this type of yarn) as I wanted the main scarf bit to be a little lacy and drape a little too.

Step 2:

Once you have decided how long you want your scarf to be, begin crocheting into the foundation chain using half trebles. Half treble = (insert yarn into work, wrap yarn over, pull through work (three loops on hook) pull through all three loops).

Continue on until the scarf is the width that you would like it to be - simple really.

Step 3:

Now that your scarf is the required width and length you need to crochet around the whole scarf for one row in double crochet. Make sure you have 2 double crochets at each corner if you want a squarish scarf. If you want one with rounded edges then you can ignore this.

This will provide the basis for the frills which are coming next :)

Step 4:

Now for the frills!  First change yarn into the one you are using for the contrasting frills. Into each double crochet make 4 or 5 treble stitches. I like the random frills (not too uniform) so I don't do the same number of stitches into each double crochet and sometimes I just put 3 for a few stitches.  Continue like this until you have gone all the way round the scarf.

Fasten off.

Well done!  You now have the basis for your very own Victoria Frills Scarf.

Cindy I hope you have a smile on your face now :)

A quick tutorial for some flowers will form part two - up next.

Rachael Xx

Saturday 30 April 2011

Back soon.....

I know I have been away some time. 

Just wanted to let you know that I will be back very soon.  I have had a sudden rush of things to do and have also been bitten by the spring cleaning bug. 

I haven't forgotten you :)

Rachael Xx