02 January 2012


Do you, like me, love all the tweedy and blended yarns?
But find the cost puts you off?
Most of us have an odd ball of random dyed sock yarn in the stash some where and l'm sure we all have just a few ball ends of plain acrylic or wool colours?
For this collar l mixed a fine sock yarn together with random stripes of Stylecraft acrylic in several colours and a 4.5mm hook 
I started with 70 chain as a base and decreased when l thought it needed it to make a collar shape
then added a shell stitch to the curved edge and added a couple of DC rows to give the wavy edge
added a soft crochet button and a loop 
But decided it looked better as a tight collar so l will add a button to fasten it when l find the right one
and think it give a very good but low cost version of the more expensive tweedy yarns available
update on Pattern notes: 4.5 mm hook, chain 70 to start
All made in SC and l use US terminology makes more sense to me than UK terms lol
Decrease one stitch at the beginning of every row until you have about 45 stitches left, changing your plain coloured yarns in a random combination
I did 4 orange red, 2 orange, 4 pink red, 2 red pink, 2 plum, 2 red pink, 2 plum, 2 pink red, 2 orange,3 pink red...25 rows

My new Freeform circle cowl
Using the same tweedy blend of sock yarn and a deep pinky red l made several different shaped circles in a variety of combinations
 Joining them together as l made a few but trying it on all the time
Adding the right size circle into the right space as l went,
Edging it with a blend of plum and sock yarn and a single row of SC
It is quite shaped and sits perfectly on my shoulders with a slight dip at the front all joined together with SC all made with a 4mm hook
Red is really hard to photograph l find so i hope you can see the detail ok?

Again using a beige random dyed sock yarn and plain Stylecraft Acrylic in cream, beige, tan and brown
ROW 1 chainless foundation 
ROW 2: 2DC 2 Chain 2DC 2 chain turn
ROW 3: SC in every stitch turn
ROW 4: repeat row 2 making sure the 2DC is exactly above making a square pattern

Tomorrow l hope to show you the next stage in THE PROMISE No.1

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.
Steve Jobs

Have Fun


  1. Great! Love your freeform cowl and thanks for the chunky mesh stitch - I am definitely going to try this - you have really inspired me this morning. Mich :)

  2. Suz, you have been busy as usual. Nice way to start 2012. Love the reds and you look absolutely adorable.

  3. Lovely freeform circles cowl. The red looks great on your bright blue top. I like the simplicity of the top picture of the shawl shape with the big scallop edging. I'm guessing that you're using 2 strands of wool throughout?
    Great job!

  4. Hello Sue, Is it possible to be more specific for instructions on how to make the frilly collar you show on January 2nd. You mention a chain of 70 as a base and then you decreased as you thought you needed it! I love the effect, but I'm no good without detailed instructions! Perhaps this one isn't meant for us to work out?

  5. all very beautiful, wonderful...

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  8. Lovely cowl! You are such a cutie!