I actually started work on this design over a year ago, then got distracted by knitting, as one does!
There is absolutely no sewing involved, well apart from weaving in loose ends, it is crocheted from the base in the round, and then the handle is worked from side to side. The basket weave pattern is a combination of the crochet knit stitch and working in the back loops.
As a result of bargain hunting on eBay, my new old yarn arrived this morning, there are actually 5 balls, but I’m using one for a new design…more of that later. The yarn is Sirdar Soft Cotton aran, and it really is soft…and squishy…and yarny and…oh the joy of new yarn!
Sometimes yarn is delivered vacuum packed with all the life sucked out of it, sometimes it’s delivered squished into a plastic bag…but sometimes you get a special treat. This is how my yarn has just arrived from the Wool Warehouse, in a pretty organza bag with ribbons, WOW!!
I thought I’d treat myself to a new knitting book devoted entirely to cables. As much as I love crocheting, there is something deeply absorbing about knitting cables, yes I am addicted!
The book is The Harmony Guides: Cable & Aran Stitches: 250 Stitches to Knit edited by Erika Knight. You may need to shop around for a copy as prices vary, I paid under a fiver for mine, including postage, on eBay. The patterns are written very clearly, and some patterns have charts, there are a few errors, but on the whole, an excellent book.
I’ve already knitted a few samples and thought I’d share the pics, 19 stitch patterns completed so far…only another 231 to go! The yarn I used was some oddments of wool, dishcloth cotton, and some awesome yarn called ‘Creative Cotton Aran’ by Rico, it knits beautifully, and is very soft without losing stitch definition.