Granny Square or Flower Child

I think I have more questions than answers after finishing this project.  This will create lingering in my mind.  The topic is crochet.   This is definitely the most challenging project I have made in crochet as it involved gauge, fit, shaping, and color changing within a row, none of which I am sure I did correctly and none of which I’ve ever done, before.  Also, technique in sewing the crochet pieces together.  What I knew however is that this pattern would be a great way to use up some remnant stash with its offering of color possibilities.  I have plenty of remnants from past projects of small bits of color however I knew I did not have enough of one color for the main body.    Purchasing only three skeins and using those scraps,  I thought this a great way to stretch yardage.  I did go with the yarn used in the pattern for this main color (MC), a silver grey filatura-di-crosa- zarina-chine.

Organizing stash by weight serves me well when choosing from remnants.  I just pull the container holding the weight I need/want.  Housing same weight yarn  in wide mouthed containers with remnants from each project wrapped separately in plastic bags and inclusive of their very important yarn bands  lets you see your choice quickly and efficiently and reminds you of the content and recommended gauge of that particular fiber.  To me, organizing is a huge time saver and allows my brain to remember the colors I have in particular weights.   These containers go from fingering on top, sport weight, worsted/aran, to bulky weight scraps at the bottom.

I had a really hard time getting the gauge for this and had to go down quite a few hook sizes to get even close to what the pattern required.   Here is the first rainbow I created which ended up being way too large.

We all know it is vitally important to achieve gauge for fit purposes.  In this case, gauge also had to be achieved for those multitude of pieces that would have to fit together, much like a jigsaw puzzle.

Here you see the pieces sewn together and on the blocking table.

What probably worked against me was the fact that I was using remnants of different fibers.  I quickly learned that the cotton worked up at a larger gauge than the wool even though of the same fingering weight.   To solve, I interchanged two size crochet hooks picking up and using the smaller for the cotton remnants, the larger for the wool scraps even within the same square measuring  fastidiously with each completed piece making sure they were in accordance with the schematic in the pattern.

Using online tutorials for learning shaping, both increasing and decreasing videos were informative and understandable.   Sewing crochet together videos were also helpful.  But, color change?  I kind of figured that out on my own.  Some questions, however.  Questions such as:  Is there a method in crochet on how to  keep all ends on one side of the fabric?And, is it possible to weave in the ends as you go?  Is there an easier way to take notes than this?

Does crochet fabric have a right and wrong side as this project had me flipping the fabric right side to wrong side and back again in the creation of it.  I couldn’t see that one side looked different than the other.  Probably these answers could have been found online also and will serve perfectly in good standing as a start point for the next crochet beauty I have in my queue.

This was a  light-hearted photo shoot much like the whimsy of the pattern, Granny Square Vest by Anna Sui from Vogue Knitting, Early Fall 2011.  Hubby and I both seemed to have ideas on how to share different aspects of this crocheted vest.  We went to one of hubby’s local fishing holes and walked around the watering hole taking these shots utilizing the natural flowers,  fallen branches and even climbing and using the guard rails as photo props.

We wanted to show off the vest’s brilliant color and granny square neckline that folds over as little or as much as you want . . .

it’s flower-child side of timeless . . .

its side profile of blue skies/white clouds demonstrating its ability to wrap  . . .

and finally its purposeful short back side in all its glory that reminds me of an insignia detail you might see on a motorcycle jacket . . .

One or two more, just because . . .

How creative is this designer?  How much fun will this be to wear?

What timing for a little local history regarding weather.

Today, a rainbow in the sky,

yesterday (ten years ago) ‘Surprise Ice Storm’.