natural leavened bread

 

A few months back the delightful Miss Daisy Bennett gave me some of her starter she’d made, it’s been hibernating (okay I forgot about it) in the bottom of the fridge, and after a few days of feeding it warm water and Shipton mill flour it’s woken and is bubbly and bready smelling…..

I made a sourdough loaf with it at the start of last week and although I’m unable to cope with eating bread at the moment I still bake all our bread at home for the Arpette.  It looked okay and he said it tasted very nice, however I did think was a lot of fannying around.  I used a recipe from Dan Lepard’s The Natural Loaf  and over the years I’ve made so many of his breads, they are always delicious and don’t seem to last 5 minutes with salty butter and homemade jam!  In Dan Lepard’s recipe you keep going back to the bread every so often to turn and gently kneed…..normally this wouldn’t be a problem but right now I’m up to my eyes in pieces to be embroidered and ironed and stitched for the Christmas fair in Holt next weekend, and I wanted to make some bread that I could just leave alone to do it’s thing.

I’ve half combined the Dan Lepard recipe with my regular bread recipe to make my own version of sourdough.  It had a slightly better crumb but it wasn’t as holey inside as proper sourdough.  The taster (the Arpette) said it was just as nice though and had it for sandwiches along with roast peppers (we’d bought some cheap wrinkled ones off the market and roasted them while we had a casserole in the oven…) and goats cheese.

 

Oaty Sourdough Bread

250 g natural starter

200 g bread flour (I always use Shipton Mill bread flour)

a couple desert spoons of sugar (normally I use honey but had forgotten to buy any)

300ml (275 g) tepid water

100 g big porridge oats

Put the starter,flour and sugar into a big bowl.  Add the water and the porridge oats.  Gently stir together and cover with a clean tea towel.  Leave for one hour.

 

The dough will be lovely and bubbly.

Add a further 300 g of flour, a glug of sunflower oil and a teaspoon of crushed sea salt.

Mix and kneed for a few minutes until the bread just feels right.  Add an extra 25 g of flour to dust the dough and work surface while you are kneeding it if need be.

 

Put into a clean bowl which has been lightly oiled.  Roll the dough in the oil and cover with the tea towel.  Leave until the dough has doubled in size (about 3 hours in an airing cupboard)

Gently knock back.  Place a large square of muslin in a proving bowl, liberally dust with flour, place in the dough and cover (or you can just put the dough into a bread tin)  Allow to prove again for about 30 minutes.

Turn on your oven to gas 7, allow to get hot.  Place a baking sheet into the oven to get hot.  When the oven is ready, remove the baking sheet, place on a sheet of baking parchment, turn out the dough, slash the top with a sharp knife, and pop in to the oven.  Bake for 15 minutes at gas 7 and then for about 30 – 40 minutes at gas 6.

Remove from oven and allow to cool before eating.

It’s not quite authentic sourdough, but the Arpette said it had a really good taste and the crumb was more like a regular loaf (I think that is the oats).

coathangers

 

When I saw this array of vintage coat hangers in one of my local charity shops I could hardly believe my eyes…..49 pence a pair!  I checked with the lady at the till who referred to them as “what those tatty old things”….. and yes, they were priced right…..so bought as many as I could carry home.  (12 wooden hangers for the price of a latte….that’s got to be a bargain) I love hanging nice frocks on a fancy coathanger, and although these smelt a bit foisty (the fabric will be removed) I’m thinking they’ll look quite the thing with little knitted or crocheted covers.

A few years ago the Arpette’s parents kindly bought me the Jane Brocket knitting book and there is a lovely pattern in there for flouncy bloomer-esque coathangers, I’ve since made several covers for myself and it always makes me smile to see them when I open the wardrobe door.  There is also a nice crocheted shell pattern in Tif’s book, which is also on her blog  with lots of nice pictures here on her ravelry page.  I’ve not made it yet (I can’t believe I’ve been in love with this pattern for so long and not yet tried it out)….during one of the work room tidy ups I found a horrendous amount of cotton yarn I’d bought some years ago in the sales and I’m thinking once the Christmas fairs are all done with I can spend some happy, wild and wintry evenings making crocheted covers for these hangers.

 

threads

 

The charity shop gods must have been smiling down on me as I also picked up these gorgeous vintage threads (okay not from a charity shop but one of the many bric-ity brac-ity shops that the fine city of Norwich is full of.  As always it is the names that make my heart beat that little bit quicker…..fiesta pink, dark ruby, geranium, marina green, flame……..past purchases have included periwinkle blue, gay kingfisher, elephant and possible my new favourite……sable squirrel.

All my patchwork for quilts is sewn by hand, and yes, I know I could do it by hand, but for me part of the pleasure is the sewing of small pieces of fabric together  by hand, the repetition of each stitch, the time to enjoy what I’m sewing…….and I nearly always use vintage threads…they are generally finer than new threads, and the colours seem to blend in nicer.  Certainly when I sewed the Harris tweed coat recently for Ruby, it was the vintage threads which matched the closest.  Some girls like fancy jewellery, others have huge shoe collections, but it’s colourful vintage threads for me everytime.

 

dottie angel-esque scarf

 

After finishing the jaunty blue scarf, I’ve now begun on yet another one, it’s easier for me to crochet in the evenings when the light isn’t so good) and it’s like a little workout for my fingers after a day of stitching and embroidering…and if we are watching a film I often get too distracted to properly follow a knitting pattern (however easy it may be).

This is the lovely “warm and woolly” scarf that was on the dottie angel blog the other week.. I’m using wool I’d bought to edge my Grannie’s paperweight shawl, it’s a baby alpaca wool by artesano from my lovely local yarn shop (it’s now moved into the centre of Norwich and is well worth a visit if you like all things woolly)…the wool is a dk and I’m crocheting it with a 3.5 mm brittany crochet hook.

This reminds me of those jammy marshmallow biscuits I used to have when I was a little girl, the marshmallow was topped by a dusting of powdered or finely desicrated* coconut.  The little puffs are lovely and soft, like billowy teeny clouds.

I’m just coming to the end of the third skein of artesano wool, and I’m thinking to now use up some wool from my stash, I’ve got a couple of balls of Rowan wool (one is grey and one is a green tweed) that I think will work in nicely….one of the things I like so much about crochet, is that if what I’m making looks complete pants, it’s generally really easy to unravel back to where you want, unlike knitting….aghhhh if I have to unravel or drop a stitch or have knitted when I should have purled, then there are tears and strops, copious amounts of tea is consumed until I’m either unravelling the whole lot, or am holding my breath with a crochet hook trying to re-work the offending stitches……

 

scarf

 

However something I did knit without anything going wrong…hoorah!! is this lovely bramble stitch wrap.  Okay it’s really just a very short scarf, but I had two balls of Rowan Big Wool which I’d bought maybe 7 or 8 years ago which I wanted to use up.   I used a pair of 10 mm needles and followed the beautiful Maria’s tutorial for a trinity stitch scarf on you-tube (seriously, if like me you find knitting tricksy then check out Maria’s tutorials on you-tube…they are lovely.  It feels like you really are just sitting down with someone as they show you how to knit….and actually it’s a bit better than that as if you have someone doing this in real life you’d be sitting in their lap!

Anyway this has come up a treat, it’s lovely and warm and is just right for draping round the neck,  I’ve fastened it together with one of my brooches. (I’ll be bringing some of those with me to the Glory Days Christmas fair next Saturday in Holt)  I’m not a huge fan of such dark colours but with the bright posy brooch I think it looks pretty fine.

 

wool for autumn scarf

 

And after being inspired by the beautiful red and flame coloured leaves on a neighbours tree,  I’ve bought some of this lovely persimmon coloured wool, again it’s from my  local yarn shop.  It’s an aran wool and is a 50/50 mix of alpaca and peruvian wool…. It’s gorgeously and wonderfully soft and has a gentle and most appealing drape.  It’s the most amazing colour and I’m thinking is going to be just what I want to wrap around myself once the grey overcast mornings last all day.  I’m kind of wondering how soon it will be before a certain trumpety fellow tries to own this wool for himself! (he’s in the bad books after waking me far too early on my birthday by scratching at my vintage ottamon like he was playing the washboard, and also he’s been trying to pinch broccoli off our plates at tea time…..)

The chestnut brown needles were a car-booty treasure purchased a couple of years ago, think they were 50p or something very cheap like that.  They are 6 mm and I thought the colours of the needles and wool went together so perfectly they’d be sure to inspire me and help me keep my mind on my knitting….it is inclined to wander (especially if I’m watching Cranford or some other period drama.)

The knitting needle wrap is one I made myself using a worn and faded piece of Sanderson’s fabric. I might not be a very good knitter but a set of Brittany knitting needles means I have beautiful tools to help encourage me become better.   I’ve been making more knitting needle wraps with other vintage fabrics so will also be bringing some of those along with me to the Holt fair.

I was going to use this wool for Tif’s “warm and woolly” scarf, but as I’ve used the pink dk wool for that, I’m now thinking of a leafy lace pattern.  Something that will drape and flounce and allow me to channel my inner Isadora Duncan (without the strangling).

 

*at home we call it desecrated……

 

collar and lining

 

I’ve finally finished the rather swishy and posh coat for Ruby and popped it round to her the other evening, it fitted a treat (I forgot to take my camera but will endeavour to take some snaps of the glamour girl in her new coat as soon as possible).   Ruby is the same russet colour as the orange in the tweed so she looked gorgeous (I also got lots of lap cuddles which made a certain windy gentleman very grumpy when I got home!)

The coat is lined with a wool suiting (she’s really going to be kept snug as a bug come the colder evenings and frosty mornings…..where we live it’s quite low laying, near marshes and riverbanks.  Autumn mornings are often foggy and damp feeling, and we always seem to get more frost than in the city so wrapping up to keep warm is a must). I’ve hand sewn the lining into place with a perfectly matching vintage thread.

 

buttons at front

 

I’m not sure if it is just me, but I think the top part of the coat looks like something worn by a little ewok from Return of the Jedi…Wicket perhaps?

Vintage buttons are sewn either side of the collar (the bib which isn’t shown, is attached with velcro so the buttons are just decorative.  I checked to make sure that the buttons weren’t in nibbling reach so won’t be a choking hazard)

Rather than top stitch round the edges, I’ve used a stab stitch and hand stitched all the way round the coat so the fabric is held together.  I tried some top stitching on a scrap piece of fabric and it just didn’t look right, although the stab stitching takes a bit more time it gives a much neater finish.

After I’ve finished sewing and making for the Glory Days Christmas fair in Holt next Saturday I’ll be making Ruby another coat (obviously a lady can’t have too many coats!) with more of the same Harris Tweed.

I’ve also been emailed a few times where people can purchase the toys and colourful creations made by my friend Sasha, well she will also be at the Christmas Fair in Holt.

 

green moss on wall

 

Walking about the city last week, I couldn’t help but stop and admire this lovely bright green moss growing on the wall of a local churchyard…..it looked stunning against the grey and silver stone…

I love moss.  I always want to touch it, it looks like velvet and it feels so soft when you gently stroke it with the tips of your fingers.

 

mossy wall

 

It reminded me of wave swept rocks at the seashore covered with huge swathes of seaweed and kelp….The colours together looked incredible…wild and rugged and fierce.

 

moss and tiny fungi

 

Amongst the moss were some tiny little fungi, like the most delicate sprouts pushing up through all the fuzziness of the moss.  The fungi were barely the size of my fingernail….pale and slightly trembling in the Autumn sunshine.

In the Spring this wall is covered with tiny pale blue hairbells, it must be something about old church walls as I remember picking the harebells from the churchyard walls when I was little.

Today it’s my birthday…..and I was woken at the crack of dawn by the cat serenading me…he was scratching up and down the sides of my vintage ottoman, perhaps he thought he was in a hill billy band and playing the washboard….I was most very not impressed!

Each birthday morning I remember this little poem (growing up we had a huge 365 days of poems book…this was the poem one for my birthday.  I was quite a naughty little grumpety grump and would pout and sulk and stick my lip out so I think this poem was probably most apt…….it always me made laugh to read it.)

 

Don’t Care, Didn’t Care

Don’t care, didn’t care

Don’t care was wild,

Don’t care stole plum and pear

Like any beggar’s child.

Don’t care was made to care

Don’t care was hung

Don’t care was put in the pot

And boiled ’til he was done.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tack in stiffener

 

I’ve nearly finished sewing the dog coat for Ruby (who is the prettiest little russet coloured King Charles Spaniel) that lives just round the corner from me….. I’m using a beautiful Harris tweed fabric from Butt of Lewis Textiles which is both a little bit Sherlock Holmes and a little bit Miss Marple.

The coat has an upright collar which I’ve hand stitched using a tiny backstitch as I wanted to make sure both corner curves would be nicely rounded, I didn’t want to unpick the  tweed if it wasn’t exactly right and I wasn’t sure if I’d get the curve quite right on my machine.  Then I pinned and tacked a piece of sew-in interfacing so the collar would keep it’s shape, even after lots of wear.

After basting I’ve hand-sewn it into place.  While I was sewing the collar I tried to keep the fabric held slightly bowed so that the finished collar would have a nice curve, and sit more comfortable around Ruby’s neck.

 

trim and notch

 

I’ve clipped out tiny notches around the collar edge so the pieces fold over better, and have also trimmed the inner fabric a little shorter which helps create a nicer line as the collar is rolled over. (It also cuts down on bulk)

I still find the best thread for hand sewing is the old fashioned Dewhurst Sylko threads…I had some nice Autumn shades which blended into the Harris tweed a proper treat.  I also tend to use vintage needles for hand sewing, especially on a fabric as thick as the tweed (even though it’s incredibly soft, it’s also incredibly thick and on a test piece of fabric I noticed newer needles were tending to bend within minutes…the quality of vintage haberdashey items is so much better than most of what is available today, and if you’re lucky then it can often be picked up pretty cheaply.)

 

pins

 

Once the collar has been turned over I’ve pinned it into place.  On a test piece I tried out some top stitching but it didn’t look quite right, so instead I made 2 rows of tiny stab stitches near the edge, these are worked back and forth and are a bit fiddly but I think give a neater finish to the seam edge.

I worked one row about an eight of an inch away from the edge, and then the second row three/sixteenths away, they are pretty close but as the stitches are so small it means teach row strengthens the other.  The stitches themselves are worked about a quarter of an inch apart, the second row being sewn in the gaps between.

 

dart

 

I’ve tried to incorporate some nice little details into Ruby’s coat so it looks a bit more swishy and swanky than the average type of doggy coat that is found those huge pet supply stores.  As well as looking pretty nifty these also help the coat sit better and take into consideration that Ruby wears a harness rather than a collar for walks.

Along the bottom edge I’ve made a couple of small darts, it’s not that Ruby has a particularly large bottom or anything like that (really she’s gorgeous and I hope to take some pictures of her wearing this  when it’s all finished) but more because it helps the coat sit better.  The coat is quite long  and was flaring out a little at the end. I originally made a calico toille to check the pattern was fitting properly, and once Ruby was wearing it, it was easy to pinch up the fabric required for darts and pin and mark when the darts needed to be.

I’ve tacked them in blue thread in the picture, and then hand sewed them so they’d be nice and soft and blend in better.  These were then lightly pressed with a little steam, and then carefully stab stitched down so the fabric of the dart won’t rise or bunch up (the tweed being very springy)

 

bar with buttons

 

These are the finished darts, I’ve tried to match the horizontal lines across the darts, the vertical lines were a little harder do to the pattern of the fabric, where the darts needed to be, and also their width.

Just above the darts is a little back band, it’s an extra detail and helps to add a bit more weight at the back to help the coat drape nicely.  I’ve used some lovely vintage “grand-pa cardigan” buttons (I checked first to see that I had enough buttons so I could package up a couple of spares in case a button should ever go a stray)

 

buttonhole with welts

 

The last detail in the coat is the button hole between Ruby’s shoulders.  Ruby doesn’t wear a collar, but she does wear a harness when she goes out for walks and her lead clips on to that.  I’ve measured where the lead fits to the harness and then made a bound buttonhole with welts.  This means there isn’t a hole in the back that’s constantly open, when the lead isn’t being used the welts close over.

 

I learnt the basics of making patterns and toilles when I was studying fashion at college (I didn’t know then I’d be using those same techniques to make coats for dogs…….I wish so much Bernard would let me dress him up but I suspect there’d be grumps to last a month of Sundays if I tried it)……. however I’ve also found the following books really helpful in refreshing sewing techniques, and explaining different ways of sewing seams, collars, buttonholes etc

Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer

the Arpette bought me this as a surprise some years ago, if you dress-make and fancy incorporating some rather lovely details into your wardrobe then this book is worth every penny, there are some amazing pictures of Haute Couture items un-picked so you can see exactly what is going on under-neath as well as how the garment has been constructed.  The book is full of some invaluable information about how couture items are made and which techniques can be learnt with practise at home and then incorporated into your own dress-making.

Practical Home Needlecraft in Pictures by Dorathy M. Cox

The Big Book of Needlecraft by Annie S. Patterson

These are both vintage sewing books from the forties, full of often no longer used techniques and details but very thorough!

Needlework for Schools by Melita M. Neal       

I originally bought my copy because a) I liked the lovely typeface and pink, green and black colours on the cover, and b) because this was the book we were still being taught from when I was at school in the eighties!  Details and methods are really easily explained, and as it was originally a school book, there are pieces you can set yourself as homework so you know you have really learnt what you are reading.

 

green and orange

 

Walking into the city I was struck by how beautiful these copper coloured autumn leaves looked on the mossy pavement.  The moss is a mix of both the most intense bright green and a dark deep forest hue….it’s impossible not to crouch down to stroke it, velvety and soft to the touch, like a huge sleeping bear or something else wild…… even the dark charcoal of the pavement was transformed by the moss and leaf fall.

 

moss and leaves

 

The leaves are copper, persimmon and flame coloured, gold and deep chestnut brown…….it’s such an incredible contrast of colour..already fantastic colours by themselves, together they look breathtaking….like something from one of those fairy tale woods……

 

pancakesque

 

And thinking of fairy tales, I’m reminded by this whopper I saw growing at the base of a tree recently.  The brackets of fungi were easily the size of large dinner plates, though they looked more like fat puffed pancakes waiting to be drenched in maple syrup.

 

mushrooms on tree

 

It was a gorgeous buff and fawn colour with darker umber colouring on the top….it looked so odd, appearing within the last week up the side of the tree.  I love the contrast in colour, the fungi looking so soft and touchable, and the bark looking rough and almost silvery.

Whenever I feel a little less than inspired, going outside always lifts my spirits, seeing how colours and tones appear together in nature helps me with choices in my embroidery or patchwork, and generally I arrive at combinations I wouldn’t have thought of cooped up indoors.

tree in our neighbours garden

 

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,

fluttering from the Autumn tree……

-Emily Bronte

 

Right now it seems that everywhere I look there are sights to inspire…from trees that are in turn mustardy yellow, orange, deep chestnut brown and bright green (this one is in a neighbours garden and it’s such a treat for sore eyes…when the sun is shining it’s leaves look alight and on fire)….

 

red tree

 

To trees that are deep red, carmine and rosewood…….this is such a gorgeous colour.  Some of the leaves are a persimmon orange, dancing in the Autumn sunlight…….I want to knit a scarf in this colour…I’ve seen the perfect wool at my local yarn store and I’ve seen a pattern that I like a lot….. perhaps once all the sewing for the Christmas Fairs is out of the way.

 

horse chestnut

 

Each year I stop and gawp open mouthed at this tree on my way into the city, it’s leaves slowly turn the most incredible shades.  There have been times when I’ve been joined by people walking by and we just all stand admiring how stunning it looks….other times when it is raining cats and dogs I just keep my head down and don’t give it a second look….. but right now it’s a proper treat, mustards and goldenrod, mahogany and rust, tawny and bronze, chartreuse green like bright spring growth…..every few days it changes, but right now I think it looks breathtaking.

 

embroidry stitch inspiration

 

Even the dried Mare’s tail (it’s normally host to a colony of humbug striped snails, they perch right at the tip and sway precariously) is looking beautiful….

 

grasses

 

…the dry stalks and seed pods are a soft buff, almost metallic….they look like rows of carefully worked embroidery stitches….

Years ago I remember reading the phrase “magic is all around us , you just need eyes to see” and I think inspiration is like that too……

 

harris tweed for ruby

 

I’m currently in the middle of sewing an Autumn/Winter coat for a beautiful King Charles Spaniel called Ruby.  I’ve already made her a couple of lightweight coats for cooler weather but this is more for proper cold mornings and frosty evening walks.

I’m using some Harris Tweed (it comes with an authenticity label which will be sewn to the lining to show all and sundry how spoilt she is)….  the tweed comes from Butt of Lewis (Ruby’s owners chose Harris Tweed 228…it’s a gorgeous blend of soft grey, cream, orange, chestnut and charcoal…perfect colours for Autumn)…

I sorted through the button box to find some suitably matching vintage buttons, we decided on these lovely brown buttons.  I call them “grand-pa buttons” as they are always on grand-pa cardigans.  It’s going to be a little bit Sherlock Holmes, a little bit Miss Marple.  Finally, a few reels of vintage sewing thread for any hand sewing and top stitching…(rust red, golden cinnamon and harvest)

While I was pinning and tacking it yesterday, I couldn’t believe how warm and cosy my lap felt, I can understand why people in large cold stately houses favoured Harris Tweed for trousers, skirts and jackets.  It’s also lovely and soft to handle.

Once I’ve finished Ruby’s coat I’ve got a huge stack of pieces to finish in time for the Glory Days Christmas Fair in Holt in two Saturdays time…. it’s at Holt Village Hall on the 1st November.  I’ll be bringing lots of hot water bottle cosies, some hand sewn baby quilts and a huge range of Christmas stockings along with some smaller items I’ve been making over the summer and that have been inspired by my marshy meanderings.

 

sewing box

 

Last week when I was having a look round the charity shops I found this little beauty, it was under a fiver and needed a bit of tlc (the lid was hanging off and the braid edging was all unravelling but I knew those were both fixable)  I’ve seen some some sewing boxes that were a lot more money and not half so nice so felt it was a worth while purchase.

 

sewing box bric a brac

 

Also inside was a bounty of sewing treasure…lovely old wooden reels with lots of thread, vintage fasteners, buttons, a box of tiny pins…….

 

darning mushroom

 

And best of all the treasures inside was this marvellous mushroom (I have a particular fondness for darning mushrooms) this one is brilliant, the bottom un-wiggles to reveal a wooden bobbin for your darning wool, and a little mushroom-esque cap which pulled out to reveal a selection of darning needles.  I love little sewing pieces like this which open and reveal tiny compartments to keep things neat and tidy.

 

chain 2

 

Once you’ve finished the crocheting the chain loops around the circumference of your shawl (or whatever else you may care to make) it’s time to work into those little foundation loops and build up your crocheted edge.  I find it much easier to once again place stitch markers into position around the sections where there is a straight edge before it goes in and out or zigzagedy.

Working up from where you previously slip stitched the last foundation chain, chain 2 and then make 2 single crochet stitches under the first chain loop.

 

chain along

 

In the next little loop make 3 sc, and then 3 more in the last loop.

When you come to the edge of the half hexagon, make 2 sc stitches under each loop (there are 8 loops along the length of the half hexagon so you’ll be making 8 lots of 2 sc stitches.

 

corner one

 

When you get to the end of the first section of straight edge, make your last 2 sc and then chain 1 and then work the following pattern.

Under the first loop, make 1 sc, then 2 half double crochet stitches.

 

zigzag

 

Under the second loop, make 1 hdc and then 2 double crochet stitches.

 

joining tripel

 

Under the third loop work 1 double crochet, and then work one half treble stitch (wrap the yarn around the hook twice, insert the hook, wrap the yarn around and pull through, you’ll have 4 stitches on your hook, yarn over hook and pull it through 2 stitches leaving 3 stitches on your hook.  Yarn over the hook and pull it through 2 stitches on your hook.  Yarn over again and pull it through the last 2 stitches on your hook)…….

 

into next hexagon

 

Now go to make a second htr stitch, yarn over the hook twice, insert the hook under the chain, scoop the yarn through under the chain and through the first two stitches on your hook….now insert the hook under the chain of the next hexagon, scoop yarn through the first two stitches on the hook, then scoop yarn round the hook and through the next two stitches on the hook, and finally scoop the yarn round and through the final two stitches on the hook.  This makes a stitch that has two legs which closes the gap between the two hexagons.

 

filling it

 

Now work the pattern in reverse, under the first loop make a htr stitch and then a double stitch.

 

sc into tip

 

Under the second loop make 2 double stitches and then a half double stitch.

Under the third loop which will bring you up nicely to the top of the hexagon, make 2 hd stitches and finish with a sc.

Repeat along the zigzag edge until you come to the start of the straight edge.

 

work to stitch marker

 

When you come to the start of the straight edge (which is shown above with a stitch marker), make the last stitch in pattern (which is a single crochet stitch) and then make 1 chain before working the sc along and under the loops as at the start.

 

point one

 

When you reach the tip of the first tail of the shawl, make the last single crochet, then chain 1……

 

chaining point

 

and then make a sc between the two single crochet stitches of the previous round, make another 1 chain …….

 

work zigzag to point

 

and then you are working the “fill in the gap” pattern again so make a sc, followed by 2 hdc under the first loop, then a hdc and 2 dc stitches under the second loop and so on……

 

work down to neckline

 

Work this little pattern all the way down the inside tail of the shawl ……

 

working the neckline

 

When you reach the neckline work 2sc stitches under each loop until you reach the first loop of the first half hexagon….

 

neckline

 

Under the eight loop make 2hdc.  Make 2hdc under loop one of the joining half hexagon and then work 2dc 6 more times…..

When you reach the eight loop, once again make 2hdc and another 2hdc under the first loop of the next half hexagon.

 

neckline worked

 

Continue around like so…..making 2 dc under each loop apart from the first and last loop under which you make 2hdc stitches.

When you reach the last half hexagon, make 2 dc under the eight loop.

 

second point

 

Continue in pattern up to the second tail end of the shawl, working the “fill in the gap” pattern as you go…….

When you reach the tip, once again make the final single crochet on the inside, then 1 chain, a sc between the two sc of the previous round, chain 1 and then continue in pattern down the other side……

 

straight edge

 

Continue working along the edge, making 2 sc under each loop of the half hexagon, and 3 sc under the loops of the whole hexagon.

 

little gap

 

Between two straight edges you have a a single zigzag, fill in the little gap with the same pattern of sc, 2hdc, hdc etc….. make sure to chain 1 either end as they are the start and finish of straight edges.

 

finished

 

Continue all the way around and then slip stitch home into the second link of the first chain you made.

 

I use UK terminology throughout….. but if you prefer the American then that is as follows….

A UK single crochet (sc) is an American double crochet (dc)

A UK half double crochet (hdc) is an American half treble (htr)

A Uk double crochet (dc) is an American treble (tr) and finally ….

A UK half treble (htr) is an American double treble (dtr)

 

These are links to the previous tutorials for making the shawl.

Finished shawl

half hexagons

joining the half hexagons into the missing gaps

chaining along

 

If you would like to know how to make the grannies paperweight crochet (it’s also called African Flower) then please go here as Heidi gives a wonderful tutorial, she also shows how to join them.

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