Getting the tension right

I sometimes have issues with tension when I embark on a knitting or crochet project.  I don’t mean nervous tension I mean the tension of the stitches.  I usually do a tension square but with this particular pattern it stated the tension over so many pattern repeats so I thought I would just use the hook stated in the pattern and hope that it gave the required tension.  Well I was sadly mistaken.You can see how loose and sloppy this is so the hook ( size 3.00) was obviously not producing the required tension.  I went out and bought a 1.75 crochet hook and gave that a try.

The difference is obvious.

My second attempt proved to be correct so I am now on my way to creating a jacket from Patons leaflet 0004 using 2 ply cotton.

 

 

Geodesic number two

I have just completed a second version of the geodesic jumper I made a few weeks ago.

I decided that I needed to make the sleeves a bit longer and also make the waistband deeper.  I also made the waistband smaller so it draws in the body a little more.I am pleased with the finished result.

This is the first version.

The second version.  Apologies as the photo is a bit blurry.

Inspired by church windows

I have finished a piece of knitting which was completed from a free pattern from the internet.

The pattern is from Knitty.com

The only downside was that I made the large version where I should have made the smaller version.  The upside is that I have enough wool left over to make the smaller version now.  A win/win situation.