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Northern VesselLong journeys by car with a willing chauffeur are simply pure heaven for a yarnie. It leaves miles and miles of yarn opportunities just ready to be spent with implements in hand.

I was recently in Belfast and grabbed the opportunity of the long journey to work out Tunisian crochet in the round properly and to practise the tubular technique more. I use a birch hook and for some reason it just works with my very warm hands. Normally, I’m a steel woman as wooden tools do not glide well for us hot handed yarnies.

I managed to work a bottom flat in the round and it’s almost presentable, I just need to work out the rate of increase to make it neat. I worked in a natural colour and an autumnal green. I reversed the colour for what is going to be the rim, which will be turned in and sewn on on the inside. I used a hook 6 mm and good auld reliable Kilcarra Aran Tweed and I have to admit, I’m a wee bit besotted with the whole technique and not least the result.

I think I will have to try and work a pair of mittens or perhaps even socks in this technique. I am not sure how suitble it would be for socks as the finished fabric is quite firm and a bit inflexible unlike knitted fabric but one thing is for sure. I want more, much more!!!

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I have made some small project patterns for the Pick Up Your Needles workshops and when I saw Sheila’s version of my coffee cosy (Ravelry link, if you are not yet a member, all I can say is, get going) I simply had to publish it and I named it after her as a token of my appreciation of her making such a nice version of it.

sheilas-coffee-cosy-by-irene-lundgaard

I have also made it available in the pattern section of this blog and it is free. Have fun.

Now I just wonder when I will see the end of my current project. All I can say is that it is green and it is Tunisian Crochet and I’m having fun.

Note: Please do not use this free pattern for any commercial purpose, it is a personal pattern free to you only.

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cosyneckwrap1I have a confession to make about the pattern for the Twisted Neck Wrap. You see, doubt reigned about it, even though I thought it was quite nice myself and I have had good feedback when wearing it, but I still doubted the potential popularity of it. However, when I presented it to the lovely crocheters yesterday it turned out to be very popular indeed. I was hugely encouraged to release the pattern into the wild world of patterns for sale. That was exactly the encouragement I needed and now it’s done.

This evening I sat down to fine tune it and created the PDF file which I now have made available for sale in my Etsy shop.

The method used is crochet and the pattern is suited for beginners, it is simpler than it looks. The patterns is made for Kilcarra Aran Tweed, but can easily be substituted with a similar yarn of your choice. It is worked in three colours in the illustrated sample but can just as well be worked in one colour depending on your preference.

I have had real enjoyment and satisfaction from developing this scarf and now I just wonder what I was fretting about in the first place…

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I have been experimenting with the Twisted Neck Wrap, to try and make it in another yarn. I hit on some Kilcarra Aran Tweed for the purpose. I have a very weak spot for tweed yarns, I like the little specs of surprising colours in it and I plan on using it for the workshop on Saturday.

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Twisted Neck Wrap © Irene Lundgaard

It is such a simple piece to crochet, although it looks as if there is an awful lot going on but that is just an optical illusion. It is ideal for beginners, I think.

Today I managed to write the pattern up and after the workshop I may even manage to do the grand conversion to PDF format and make it available to the world. At the moment though, I am completely focused on the coffee cosy. Hmmm, coffee, I wonder if a cup would help focus the mind…

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