Last week, in response to comment I'd made that I was working on a crochet project, Fleegle posted the first ever comment to get blocked by my email filter. She said, "What are you hooking? Let everyone see your dark side!"
Obviously, Yahoo doesn't want me talking about the 'c' word on this blog. Someone call the Crochet Liberation Front!
But I laugh in the face of Yahoo crochet oppression! Ha! Here is one of my recent projects. Yet another capelet (apparently this is a real word) - this one is crochet and was made for gorgeous goddaughter Genevieve.
The pattern is Chanson en Crochet, which you can currently get for free from Interweave Knits website. It is also in Wrap Style, but word on the street is that the Wrap Style version is riddled with errors, so definitely check out the errata if you want to work from it.
The free version is corrected (wahey), and reasonably straightforward. But seriously - crochet NEEDS to adopt charting in a big way. Without a clear picture of what you're making the directions take 2 or 3 readings before you can be sure you're on the right path. A simple chart would help enormously.
That aside, it's a pretty quick project.
This version is made in Rowan Summer Tweed (4 skeins) on a 6mm hook. Summer Tweed is a silk/cotton blend and looks great, although I found crocheting with it took a bit of getting used to as it's a bit 'nobbly' and I'm used to crocheting with smooth yarns.
The finished capelet is 12 inches deep, 26 inches around the neck edge, 55 inches along the lowe edge.
I didn't make any modifications to the pattern although I did add an extra step to the finishing of the cape. I tidied up the flower motifs by threading a length of yarn through the centre petal stitches.
I handed over the capelet yesterday while out shopping with Gen and Caroline (Gen's mum) and it was a definite winner. The biggest issue seemed to be which of them would get to wear it first!