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.

 

 

Cotton denim yarn

I usually take some form of craft with me when we go on holiday as I like to have something to do in the evenings or on wet weather days.  I do a great deal of reading on holiday but I also do knitting, sewing or crochet.  This holiday I took along a pattern and cotton to knit a jumper for one of my granddaughters. The pattern was taken from this book.

debbie blissThe jumper is one with a fairly complex pattern but once the rhythm of the pattern is established it is easy from there.

keeping my place

 

the jumper on the right

I chose a coloured cotton rather than white, figuring it wouldn’t mark quite so easily.

bliss jumperI didn’t quite get it finished while we were away but only had the sewing up and welts to do when we got home.  I am delighted with the result.

I do get there in the end. . .

The granny square shrug is finished.  The colours look a bit washed out here but I am delighted with the finished product.

It will look much nicer on my daughter than it does lying on the floor!

I finished this little neck scarf that I started a while back.  It had been put to one side. I think it is called an Ascot Scarf.  It is toddler sized.

My elder daughter asked me to knit it for my granddaughter.I have also been doing some Christmas craft. This is a little bag that I started last Christmas and have finally got around to finishing it in time for this Christmas!

I have also managed to finally finish my cardigan!