Friday, 3 January 2014

Ella Rose square pattern


The ELLA ROSE SQUARE is a square that I modified from here:
as I wanted a slightly different look.

The Ella Rose square is not hard to master even though the pattern may look detailed and/or complicated. I have written it up so that the round joins are in the ch2 corner space, so you don't have the join line showing.

8ply yarn
4mm or 4.5mm hook

Pattern is written in US terms

DC BOBBLE (a bobble of two double crochet) - work half way through a double crochet and leave the loop on the hook, work half way through another double crochet (in the same stitch as the other double crochet), yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

Start with a magic loop, or ch4 and ss to make a circle.

R1 - 8sc in to loop, ss to close the round.
R2 - ch8 (counts as half of a dc bobble and ch5 corner space), *dc bobble in next sc from previous round), ch5**, repeat * to ** six times, dc in same space as ch8, ss to 3rd ch of beginning ch8, ss in to ch 5 space.
R3 - ch5 (counts as dc and ch2 corner space), 4dc in ch5 space, *ch1, sc in next ch5 space, ch1, (4dc, ch2, 4dc) in next ch5 space**, repeat * to ** twice, ch1, sc in next ch5 space, ch1, 3dc in next ch5 space, ss to 3rd chain of beginning ch5, ss in to ch5 space.
R4 - ch5, 2dc in ch5 space, *dc in next 4 dc, dc in next ch1 space, dc in next sc, dc in next ch1 space, dc in next 4 dc, (2dc, ch2, 2dc) in corner ch2 space**, repeat * to ** twice, dc in next 4 dc, dc in ch1 space, dc in next sc, dc in next ch1 space, dc in next 4 dc, dc in ch5 space, ss to 3rd chain of beginning ch5, ss in to ch2 space.

Repeat R4 for as many rounds as you want to make your square big enough.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

'Royal Granny Parade'


Since May last year when I founded Yarn Corner, I have been on the go the whole time. We've not really had a chance to have a break. We always have projects and offers for jobs coming in. It's been hard for me to have a spare moment to do some of my own yarn bombing, so this week I came up with an action plan... Enter 'Royal Granny Parade'...

There are 85 sections to it and the name is because the project is made out of granny squares [or motifs] and the location for the project is on Royal Parade which spans 2.6k's through North Melbourne, Parkville, Princes Hill and Brunswick.

My idea came to me while I was on the tram home and I thought how cool would it be if some of the trees down Royal Parade had a strip of granny squares around them. And then me being me, couldn't just have a small idea, so I thought what if ALL of the trees on one side of the Parade had the strip of granny squares? So I counted them all - 85 trees down one side!! I had over estimated just how many there are. But I had the idea in my head and how it was stuck. I have to do it! And I will!

Here is a screen shot of the google map image for some of Royal Parade. I will be doing the tree's down the middle:

 So Sunday afternoon just past, Katie and I took the tram down to Haymarket roundabout [or the Wheel of Death as some of us locals call it] and we measured every single one of the 85 trees up the parade. Thank goodness I only need to worry about the width and not the height! And I got started straight away with making my traditional granny squares in widths of 20cm.

I'm not worried about patterns for this project. The aim is more for the fact that it's such a large project and people will be more amused that for 2.6 kilometre's they can see granny squares wrapped around trees. And the colors don't really matter as long as they're bright and can be seen well.

I'm anticipating the project to take me most of the rest of the year. I'm hoping to have it put up at the end of November. I don't know why I've chosen that month? But we'll see if it happens then or not. I may need longer.

The tree width's really differ. For example the first 10 are:
1. 271cm
2. 204cm
3. 254cm
4. 221cm
5. 228cm
6. 194cm
7. 190cm
8. 217cm
9. 210cm
10. 192cm
so there's going to be a massive amount of squares to do but even if it takes me a year to make them all, I really want to do it myself. And I'm going to be doing them in order [unless I run out of that particular yarn] so I have 6 x 20cm squares right now = 120cm, so for tree 1 I just need another 8 squares and then I'll fill in the rest of the meterage with granny clusters when I put them together.

Anyways, I'm excited to be doing something on a grand scale for myself. Hope you're all excited too.

Luv Bali.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Crochet Duck Sweater/Jumper Pattern

Ever wanted to turn these:
into these?
Then read on!

SKILL LEVEL: Easy to intermediate. You must be comfortable with increasing and decreasing.

TIME: Depends on how fast you crochet, but I can knock one of these out in less than half an hour.

* Plastic or rubber duck. I prefer to use the medium sized ones [ones used in my photo examples are 9cm in length x 7cm in height] but once you get familiar with the pattern, you can adjust it for other sized ducks.
* Size G - 4.0mm crochet hook
* 8ply acrylic yarn [the ducks tend to sink if you use wool or cotton yarn]
* 2x stitch markers
* Needle
* Scissors

GAUGE: Not important in this pattern as it's very much a "make it up as you go" sort of pattern.

* This pattern is written in US terms.
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
2dc in each st = increasing
2sctog = decreasing with sc
2dctog = decreasing with dc
st = stitch
ss =slip stitch

* Please be aware that the results of this pattern can differ dramatically, depending on the size of the duck you have, the size of the yarn you use, how tight you normally crochet. I have to admit that every time I make a duck jumper, I usually just make it up but so many people have asked me for a pattern. So don't take this pattern as gospel. If you need to add more stitches in, or take them away, then do that. Or if you find another way of making the jumpers then do that instead.

PATTERN: This pattern works from the neck of the duck downwards and you will be working in the round. You will need to keep trying the jumper on the duck to make sure it fits after every row. 

Ch 16, ss into the 1st ch to make a circle. Check to make sure it fits over the duckie's head.
Row 1 - ch1, sc in each st, ss into that first ch1 
Row 2 - ch3, 2dc in each st, ss into that first ch3 
 Row 3 - Face the duck away from you and place your stitch marker at the edge of the duck's right wing. 
Now working in the back post of each stitch - ch3, 2dc in each st across to the beginning of his left wing and place second stitch marker here, 
then 2dc around the rest of the row but in the normal stitch not the back post, finishing up back at your first marker, ss into your beginning ch3. [You will see that crocheting like this makes a rib line over the front of the duck.]

Now this is where some winging [excuse the pun!] comes into it. You have to fill in the back part of the duck.
Row 4 - IMPORTANT: Turn your work - you're now going to be working in the opposite direction as before. Ch3, 2dctog, *1dc, 2dctog* to your second stitch marker, then 2sctog to end [this part is under the front part of the duck where you previously did the rib line], ss into ch3 
You will now begin decreasing for the rest of the pattern. You will be working on the underneath of the duck.
Row 5 - ch3, 2dctog to end, ss to ch3
Row 6 - Same as row 5. You can start to see the hole closing up.
Row 7 - You have a choice of doing the same as row 5 or sewing close the hole. By this stage the hole should be fairly small so it's up to you if you prefer to sew it up [like I do] or do another row of decreasing to close the hole.

Feel free to share my pattern on your blog/website/facebook etc. Also feel free to make and sell these little cuties etc. I don't mind. Just don't copy the pattern and say it's yours. Thanks all and happy hooking!

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Yarn Corner Member Profile - Pebble

Name: Pebble
Location: Melbourne, Australia
1. How did you get started with yarn bombing?
I came across it on facebook one day.. I was looking up knitting related pages and groups and found this page called Twilight Taggers.. Looked at the photos.. was totally amazed.. googled "YARN BOMB"... and from there the obsession began.

2. What are you currently working on?
I'm not actually working on a yarn bomb... but I'm obsessed with making knitted bows at the moment.. but I have used them previously in a yarn bomb. I have a bad habit of leaving everything till the last minute. There are a few Yarn Corner projects coming up but I'll probably start them a week before they are due to be put up and then complain to everyone how I only just started them.

3. How long have you been an admin for Yarn Corner? Do you like it?
I think it's been about 5-6 months now.. Yeah I really enjoy it. I try to help out where I can but I'm not so good with the formal stuff.. I'm usually just making jokes or picking up donations.. But I love the admin ladies. I consdier them all very good close friends. And it's amazing to see how much goes into making events for the group to be involved in.
4. Have you always been a crafty person?
Always!! My mum took me for art lessons when I was around 8 years old.. and I've always loved making things.. But the yarn obsession came 11 years ago when an ex's mother taught me how to knit. My mother has always been a knitter, but she stopped when I got to old for hand knitted jumpers with numbers on them. So now it's great getting my kids into craft and making things.. Mr. 8 is already a little yarn bomber.

5. You first started knitting your yarn bombs but now also crochet them. Why is that?
As much as I LOOOOOVE knitting.. it takes sooo long to get one piece done.. I recently learnt how to crochet from my lovely friend Bali (heehee) And haven't stopped since.. Its so much faster and you can get amazing shapes out of crochet.. But I think both knitting and crochet bring two totally different looks and feels to yarn bombing.

6. What can be frustrating about yarn bombing?
The grand ideas! I tend to have GRAND ideas about certain things I want to make and they may not always turn out the way I expect.. esp once I've put them up.. Also making things to the wrong size.. :\ I hate that!
7. How do you think each yarn bomber differs?
Well each person has a different style and different like.. I try to incorporate my favourite things into my pieces.. Where as some people just want to do flat pieces or only use certain colours... I find that I can now tell the differnce bewteen alot of the ladies that are in our group.. Some are very keen on textures and some are very interested in fine details.. It's amazing how we all make yarn bombs but none ever look the same.

8. What hasn't been done in yarn bombing yet?
lol umm.. I don't know.. I've seen some pretty crazy things in the past 7 months.. lol Although I hear Jaguar wants to do a yarn bomb in space?! O_O

9. Which of your pieces are you most proud of?
I think my Snails has been my favourite so far! Sooooo simple yet so cute.
10. Who do you think should try out yarn bombing?
People that don't understand it or get what it's about.. I think once they completed a bomb.. put it up and go by it everyday and see peoples reactions to it they'd feel a sense of accomplishment and understand what it's about..

11. What has surprised you about yarn bombing?
How many people are involved in it.. Considering I only found out about yarn bombing in May 2011 I'm shocked at the amount of people that are getting involved with it and how our little group Yarn Corner has taken off from 3 regular members to over 200 ladies and gents.. 

12. Who is your fave yarn bombing artist?
Miss Twilight Taggers herself.. I would have never known about this type of art until I stumbled across her page.. Not only does she make beautiful pieces but she, herself is just an amazingly lovely friend.. :)

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Yarn Corner Member Profile - Dipity

Name: Dipity   
Location: Burwood, VIC Australia
Blog: will commence on late 2012

1. How did you get started with yarn bombing?
It's all Bali's fault!! Was interested in her adventures and was invited to this new group called Yarn Corner. After the first meeting the three of us (can't believe there was only three of us at that first meet!!) went to Fed Square to check out the Lights In Winter structure and was just blown away.
My first piece was done late on 15th July 2011.

2. Is it true that you loom all your yarn bombs? Why did you make this choice?
Yes indeedy. :)
Quite a few months ago Bali was discussing how she had started looming and getting a few people trying it. Since I still couldn't seem to get the hang of crocheting I thought I'd give it a go. So just before the second meet of Yarn Corner my darling one purchased a loom kit, some yarn and other bits & pieces for me to get started. :)
I really love looming now and some of the yarns I use are so gorgeous, so thick and soft.
I look forward to what's next with my looming adventures ~ including learning to cable stitch and granny squares & rounds
My darling one has made me some wooden handled loom picks and eventually will be making me a loom ~ am very excited!!!!

3. How long have you been an admin for Yarn Corner? Do you like it?
A few months now and yes I enjoy it. The ladies are incredible, all bringing different views and experience to the admin team and we work well together. It's been challenging at times, very much a learning experience but I'm very grateful for Bali giving me the opportunity to being involved this way. I enjoy the 'behind the scenes' work, it's fun and I've learnt as much about myself as I have about yarn / yarn projects  I also know that I never ever want to become an events planner. :)
4. Have crafts always been a part of your life?
Yes, I have always been encouraged to try different crafts. My favourite craft now is card making.
Mum is a knitter and she did try to teach me when I was young, as did her left handed friend. The casting on/off just never seemed to click (yes, even though it's apparently very easy lol!). Also, though she didn't teach it, Dad's mother was an amazing yarn has always been part of my life.

5. Do politics have a place in your yarn bombing?
No, for me it's a form of art/craft. I understand that some believe that art is political but I don't share that view.

6. What can be frustrating about yarn bombing?
Personally, when things don't turn out the way I envision them or when someone sets out to destroy a piece. There is no general guidelines throughout the different councils so whereas some embrace it wholeheartedly others are very much against it.. It would be nice to see some general guidelines established.
7. Is there much yarn bombing in your area?
Not a lot at all. I know of only one other yarn bomber close to where I live. I've been very fortunate that all but 2 of my yarn bombs put up close to home are still up. There is one area, further away, where the pieces are gone very quickly so I don't put them there anymore.

8. What opportunities has yarn bombing given you?
I have met some wonderful people and made new friends. It's opened up a completely different world to me. It's a great stress relief. :)  In recent months I haven't been able to do other crafts but I've been able to continue looming, creating. I have always been interesting in art, including graffiti (not tagging!) and yarn bombing has brought me into a different aspect of this.

9. Do you think yarn bombing differs from country to country?
Basicly it's the same though the yarns used, the colours and themes do vary. Am inspired and amazed by the incredible talent that is out there.
10. What do you say to people that don't get what yarn bombing is about?
Usually I suggest they view at it as a form of art and have a look at some of the amazing pieces. Like any form of art, it doesn't appeal to everyone and that's ok.

11. Do you think you have a specific style with your yarn bombing?
Up until now my pieces have been all the same stitch but it's the various textures of yarn used that creates different looks. I like to add a personal touch with a butterfly but not on every piece, same goes with buttons and other embellishments.

12. Who is your fave yarn bombing artist?
Yarn Revolt ~ very much admire the way they work with various textures, gorgeous!!

Yarn Corner Member Profile - Jaguar

I decided I wanted to showcase the wonderful members of Yarn Corner. I formed the yarn bombing collective at the end of May 2011 and it's quickly grown to well over 200 brilliant members. It can sometimes take a lot to manage them all and that's why I brought on side a wonderful team of admins to help me. So we'll start with profiling them and then get onto the other lovely people of YC.

Name: Jaguar
Location: Melbourne, Australia

1. How long have you been yarn bombing? How did you start?
I started yarn bombing in Aug 2011 after seeing Pebble upload a picture on Facebook of her first Yarn bomb. I had never heard of it before but I was immediately hooked (no pun intended) and within a week I had built up the courage to go out and do my first piece

2. Why do you think yarn bombing has become so big?
I think Yarn bombing has become bigger now due to the fact that it is altering people's perception on hand crafted items. In my experience knitting/crochet are seen to be old-fashioned and uncool but Yarn bombing is helping to put and younger and fresh vibe on it.

3. How long have you been an admin for Yarn Corner? Do you like it?
I have only been an Admin member at Yarn Corner since January this year but I love it.It is very rewarding when you are involved with the co-ordination of projects and then you see it all come together like City Square.
4. Have you always been a crafty person?
I have always been rather crafty, my mother taught me to knit when I was about 8 and all my Auntie's are crafty also so I had a lot of support when I was learning.  As  a child I enjoyed doing Latch hook and Cross stitch projects and I despised crochet because I just couldn't get it needless to say Crochet is now all I do having re-taught myself this past year :)

5. What do you think yarn bombing in Australia has been like so far?
Until recently I didn't think it was very big within Australia but I have noticed it growing and it is wonderful when you travel around the country and see other yarn bombers pieces

6. What can be frustrating about yarn bombing?
The most frustrating thing for me is when your piece is removed by councils or enforcement officers. The first thing you learn is that once your piece is up, it is there for the taking and some last moments and others last a lot longer but it does frustrate me when they are removed before the community can even enjoy them.

7. How do you think yarn bombing differs from normal art?
I believe 'normal' art is all about interpretation and you will always have people who just don't 'get it' or understand what the artist is trying to convey but with yarn bombing it is about beauty, you don't have to 'understand' it or discuss what the artist is trying to say. If it made you smile or at least drew your attention for a moment to an object you would have otherwise walked straight past, Then the yarnbomb achieved it's purpose.

8. Do you think yarn bombers get a bad rap?
I think again to those people who don't understand why we yarn bomb ( and I guess each artist does it for different reasons) then yes we are given a 'bad rap' and put into the 'graffitti' group or told we are littering,  but ask anyone to compare the two and we are worlds apart. We aren't there to de-face or lay claim to an object we are simply trying to make it prettier and for the public to notice these objects rather than continue on your way oblivious to the world around them.

9. What does your husband think about your yarn bombing?
He thought I was mad in the beginning (again because he couldn't understand why) but he soon changed his mind when he saw just how happy it made me to create something and then put it out there for the world to see and appreciate. He is now my advisor always informing me of new locations to bomb and giving me inspiration from a males perspective 

10. How much of your life is taken up by yarn bombing?
Yarn bombing is always on my mind whether it be a piece I am currently working on, when I'm out and about seeing potential sites/ideas, admiring pics of other artists works or just talking about it with family and friends.

11. What do you see the future of yarn bombing being like?
My vision for Yarn bombing in the future would be for it to be more widely accepted by councils and even promoted as it is already by some. I would love for it to be endorsed within our schools so that future generations have access to and are able to be taught how to knit/crochet just like I was taught as a child.
12. Who is your fave yarn bombing artist?
I don't have a favourite artist but Bali and the members of Yarn Corner continually inspire me to aim bigger and better. Let's reach for the stars!! (OH the first yarn bomb in outer space)....see what Yarn bombing does to you! Lol 

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square

Part of my contribution to the project

Not long after Yarn Corner had formed last year, and we'd been bitten by the bug of yarn bombing in groups and how fun it can be and how much you can get done, we were sitting around at a cafe and someone had the idea of doing a tree, but I wanted to go further and do lots of trees! I wanted IMPACT! So why couldn't we yarn bomb all the trees in City Square? Surely it couldn't be that hard? Oh my, I had no idea!

That's me sewing up the first tree. You wouldn't think from this angle, but I'm seriously high up!

I think ducks might be becoming my signature yarn bomb as everyone loved them last year and they were a hit again this year.

6 months in the making became Yarn Corner Stitches Up City Square. It was about 4 months of asking the City of Melbourne Council if this type of idea was even possible and waiting for them to go to different departments to get permission for a whole range of things. Then submitting examples of other trees that had been yarn bombed and how they weren't damaged. And a meeting with the Tree Planning department about their Urban Forest Strategy. Then a mountain of paperwork to get through, and all this was even before they accepted our proposal! Then of course we had to find yarn bombers that were interested in our project.
When we realised just how much yarn we were going to need and how much money it would take to put on such a massive event, I knew we would need sponsorship. So I sent emails around to yarn stores/suppliers and to my surprise the donations came flooding in! Lots of yarn donations, but the one that took the cake was $15,000 worth of yarn from a very small family run business in Coburg called Yarn Barn. We were over the moon!
 We had to hire a scissor lift so that we could get to the tops of the trees as they were so high! 
Nice job Grace!

Pebble hugging her awesome hexagon tree.

While it was nice to get yarn donations we knew we needed money aswell. Australian Country Spinners came on board with $1200 and combined with some fundraising between YC members, we managed to get what we needed for the installation day and workshop day.
 We've had a small film crew running around after us for a few weeks now, filming how we've put together this event. 
That's Louis our camera man, Tracy, Jacqui, Lyndel and Grace working on tree 11.

Everyone had such different pieces. Our only theme/color guide was that it had to be rainbow - but rainbow means something different to everyone. This is Lyndel's tree.

Installation Day came and went with out too much trouble. We had more than enough material [too much in actual fact] and helping hands. We got done an hour before the scissor lift needed to be picked up. And apart from a few burnt noses [it's Summer in Australia] we all did really well. I was so proud of everyone pitching in together to get such a large event installed.
 Me mucking around in front of Jaguar's tree with the cute clouds and pot of gold.

Yarn Corner is made up of 207 members worldwide. This tree piece was done by Stacie from Yarn Revolt in the US who has been a part of every YC project so far even though she lives a world away.

The next day was the workshop day where we held classes for Kids Learn To Knit, [Adults] Learn To Knit, Learn To Crochet and Learn To Yarn Bomb. The lovely Andrea from CCCK yarn store came down to help with the workshops and Spotlight kindly provided the contents needed for the Learn To Yarn Bomb kits. [If you are interested in a kit, then we have some left. You need to join Yarn Corner on facebook - search under facebook groups - and reserve your kit.] 
Again, it's interesting to see what kind of pieces people came up with. That's Grace's on the bottom and Katie's on the top.

Back up on the lift. I think we overestimated exactly how much material we would end up with. I guess we were all eager to yarn bomb!

Sunday morning we also had a photo shoot for Moreland Leader who continue to support Yarn Corner and our yarn bombing efforts.
 Photo from the Moreland Leader newspaper article
Pebble, myself, Jaguar, Emilienne and Jacqui.

 Overall this event has been a resounding success and I'm extremely proud of all the Yarn Corner members and what we've managed to do.

Lots more photos can be seen on our facebook page
or flickr

Luv Bali.