I finished my second Garnstudio pattern, using Garnstudio Drops yarn and just like Whispers, it’s a huge success!
Behold “Country Dreams”:
I’m really happy with my teal blue creation!
If you look up the pattern here, you’ll see that it’s meant to be a tunic with two bands of open lace prettiness at the bottom. By now you know that I don’t wear anything that can draw attention to the widest part of my pear-shaped body, so I shortened the tunic by 10cm and turned it into a sweater.
I really enjoyed doing the lace bands from the diagram. It was an excellent way of teaching myself how to read the diagrams, as the pattern also provides written instructions for the lace band. I could look at the diagram, do what I think I had to do, and then check whether I was right by going back to the written instructions.
If you’re nervous about crochet diagrams, I suggest finding a pattern with diagrams and written instructions and doing the same.
The neck, bottom and sleeve edgings really finishes the tunic off nicely. If you wanted to, you could even leave out the lace bands and just add the edging and it would still be a beautiful.
The nitty gritty of my Country Dreams sweater/pullover/jumper/jersey (what’s the difference between these anyway?!) is as follows:
- 7 balls of Drops Safran in Petrol
- 3.5mm crochet hook
- Modifications made: I left out the first band of lace plus three dc rows, which made the tunic 10cm shorter.
- The pattern is available for free here
Just a note on the sleeves. They’re tight! I have thin forearms and I’d say average upper arms, yet the size M sleeves is a tight squeeze even around my wrists. As Safran is cotton, it will probably stretch with time, but I just had to point this out to anyone who wants to crochet this tunic, especially if you’re not going to use a cotton yarn.
I’ve been wearing Country Dreams today and it really is a pleasure to wear. Already it feels a bit softer and more drapey than it did last night when I tried it on for the first time. A few hours of body heat is obviously doing it’s thing on the cotton.
My verdict on Drops Safran and the Country Dreams pattern: Lovely!
With Country Dreams completed, I got out my Schoppen-Wolle Crazy Zauberball and started working on the Childhood Memories shawl! I’m only a few rows in, and already I’m loving it. Oooo, you know what, Country Dreams will look B E A U T I F U L worn with this shawl!
I don’t think you’ll have to wait long to see the finished shawl though. I’m addicted to seeing the colour changes (sat up until midnight last night because I just couldn’t put it down) and the pattern is much easier than it looks. Watch this space!
Beautiful . You are very talented. And it looks perfect on you. I love the shawl yarn!
Thank you very much 🙂
Awsesome!!! I love the colour..reminds me of the Greek Flag colours!!!
Looks fab on you .. and the shawl is very boho looking too!
You make some lovely things.. well done x
Aaah, thanks Helen!
It’s gorgeous. I want to make one for myself. I love the yarn you’re using for the shawl too.
Go for it Heather!
Nice pulley 😉 loving your crazy zauberball.
I love this top. You are really great the way you alter patterns to fit you. This top is really beautiful. Look forward to seeing your shawl 🙂
I love the top, and I can’t wait to see more of the shawl! You’re so talented!
Oh gosh, they’re so GORGEOUS! (((:
I really love the yarn you’re using for the shawl.
I’ve never made blouse before cos I’m scared of gauging and my blouse turning out too small/big…
But I guess I’ll give it a go soon, cos I really love your crocheted blouses. (:
Just go for it Khin. If it doesn’t work you can always undo and start again. This pattern is actually the easiest one I’ve made so far. There isn’t even any armhole shaping. An excellent one to start with.
What a lovely sweater. I just popped over and bookmarked the pattern. I’m encouraged by your modifications. It makes me feel brave enough to look at a pattern and say ok, if I eliminate this, I’ll get that (hopefully)! I really like the lace bands and the detail around the v-neck and other edges. Thanks for the tip!
Happy I could inspire you Robin. I think of crochet patterns as “guidelines” 🙂
It is a gorgeous blue indeed and it turned out so well. Congrats! I feel the need to make something wearable for myself too…
This is so lovely. A perfect fit, too.
Your blog has prompted me to get out three balls of green Siena I’ve had for ages and download the summer top version 1 pattern … so sorry you didn’t like it, I thought it looked fab. (Btw, i think the model on the right of summer top no1 pattern is Lady Howard (ex Sandra Paul as was, did a lot of modelling in the 70s).
Just one thing – when you unravelled it, (love that you call it’ frogging’ – we call it ‘roving’ in the north of England) you said you had five balls and a bit to work with? Originally, wasn’t it 3? I was hoping my 3 might be enough, as I’m doing it shorter than the pattern, which recommends 4.
Now i might have to order more yarn and another pattern for this lovely blue top … oh well, stack ’em up, Joe! 🙂
Hi Barbara. Thanks for the usefull info re the model! I’m going to google Lady Howard now!
As for the Frogging, that’s a word I learned on Ravelry. Apparently it comes from “ripping it, ripping it” which sounds like “ribbit” hence the frog reference. Roving sounds much more sophisticated 🙂
In the end, I had to buy more two more balls of Sienna. In the pattern it gives the amount of yarn needed in a table, but I think the yarn they suggested must have been bigger balls than Sienna (or, more likely, my maths was wrong), because it definitely took 5 balls to complete. Looks like you would have to go yarn shopping again. I’m sure you don’t mind 😉
Good luck with the pattern, I look forward to hearing how it goes!
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