Sophie’s Universe – single colour, baby edition.

IMG_3081Well I have finally got round to taking some pictures of the small single colour Sophie I made recently. This is intended for a baby due this month and I hope will be used as a pram blanket. I am really pleased with how it turned out. In one colour the texture of Sophie really speaks for itself.

The pattern can be found on Look at what I made .

I added an extra row of treble crochet(UK) or double crochet(US) just to square it off at the end.

Small single colour version for pram blanket.

Small single colour version for pram blanket.

Enjoy,

Lx

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Sophie’s Universe, the last part :( oh no she’s finished.

IMG_3045So my Sophie is complete. She has been complete for some time now actually. I just have been terribly slow in updating my blog.

I have so enjoyed this pattern. So much so that on starting new projects I actually found it really tricky to be inspired. I have now decided after a very unsatisfying hexie blanket that I really want to do another, smaller Sophie for a friend who is expecting a baby in July. For a while when making my original blanket I thought that a version in one colour, parchment (style craft special DK) would be lovely for a pram blanket if I stopped at part 4 when it is a square. Just started that one today so hopefully I will be posting a yummy baby picture and blanket soon for that 🙂

Anyway, here are the pictures of my completed Sophie, sorry they’re not great shots, it was a little sunny that day! And here are the links to the pattern pages on Dedri’s delightful website. Hope you like 🙂

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Enjoy,

 

Lx

Sophie’s Universe parts 13,14,15 and 16

Sophie foldedOh how speedily my Sophie is growing. These last few parts have been very quick. There are several rounds that you can  whizz through without worrying too much. Nice simple stitches in a nice straight line :). This makes for a very relaxing crochet session or two and therefore quite speedy.

A couple of tips from me though. If you are (as I am) a little loose in your crocheting style, be aware that you may need a little more yarn than anticipated.

I also ran out of a couple of colours ahead of schedule as I had stopped following the template guide too. However this pattern positively glows when you improvise a bit (I think!)

What this has meant to me, is that I have had to buy a few more balls of yarn which has increased my cost slightly. Not too much though as using very economic Stylecraft Special DK yarn.

Part 14, be particularly mindful of (if you choose to do this like the pattern and use one colour). That used an entire ball and a bit for me as it was all the same colour. However you could also use whatever combination makes your heart sing 🙂 Experiment, play with your colours, why not 🙂

What I have also done this time around is taken photos of the back of my Sophie. I love how the structure of this piece has developed.

Back of Sophie

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Here are the links that you will need to go to for this pattern.

Part 13 pattern and video

Part 14 pattern and video

Part 15 pattern and video

Part 16 pattern and video

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Enjoy,

Lx

 

 

Sophie’s Universe, parts 10, 11 and 12

IMG_2869I love, love, love this pattern. Dedri has created the most divine piece of work. I am particularly enjoying the way it changes in look and feel every time I add a new row. I even love the back of my Sophie and may very well have to take some pictures of that next 🙂

The only downside to this beauty is that there is not enough hours in the day for me to do all the things I need to do and do my Sophie. I still have to go to work and clean things occasionally!!! 😦

Here is the link to the main page for all the parts to Sophie. I tend to use a combination of the written pattern as well as the youtube videos. The main YouTube page for It’s all in a Nutshell can be found here

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Enjoy,

 

Lx

Sophie’s Universe part 6 and 7

12842404_10154069496058487_1021034734_oWell, I am moving swiftly through this pattern and loving every minute of it.

I have so enjoyed making these last few rows but especially the roses right at the very end of the pattern. They look far more complicated than they are and I cannot recommend them enough for sheer pleasure factor.

Rose

You are also advised to block your Sophie at this point as it does start to curl up on the edges. I couldn’t find my blocking pins anywhere so improvised on the ironing board and then on the floor. Think it worked fairly well.

Sophie being blocked, sort of!

Links to the pattern video tutorials can be found here and the link to the original written pattern can be found here

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Not much more to add as the pattern pages are so full of useful tips and tricks, there is not much more for me to add other than, please, please, please do give this a go. Between the written pattern with really comprehensive pictures and the video tutorials you have all the tools you need to make a truly beautiful thing 🙂

 

Enjoy,

 

Lx

Sophie’s Universe, parts four and five

Sophie's Universe parts 4 and 5I am still loving this pattern but starting to find the written pattern is becoming increasingly complicated. I am now starting to use the video tutorials from It’s all in a nutshell more frequently just to make sure I have followed it right. Sometimes I have done a beautiful job, and sometimes I have done something a little random!!!!

It is really important to keep count as the blanket grows as I have managed to add the odd stitch here and there and occasionally lose them too. I can usually fix it on the next row. I’m sure I will eat my words later on but so far I’m getting away with it  (I think!)

I found it really useful as well to make notes as I went. Notes on colour choice and planned rounds to use it on. I also numbered my colours and popped them onto pegs. It helped a lot and is also a stupidly pleasing thing to do! 🙂 This tip came from the rather wonderful Attic24 blog – Blanket planning with Yarn pegs 🙂

This pattern really lends itself to a make it up as you go along approach with choosing of your colours. You can of course plan it out and make sure the leaves for example are always green. In my version of Sophie, one set of leaves are now parchment, and although I did twitch a bit with a hankering to frog that row. I am very glad I left it as it looks fine,  and as long as I try and hold back from telling people where I stuffed up no one will ever know (apart from you of course!!)

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As ever a special shout out to my sons talented girlfriend Jasmine Poole, who did the photographs for this section of Sophie. Click here to have a look at her blog 🙂

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Now to get busy with the next section of Sophie, can’t wait to post 🙂

Enjoy,

 

Lx

P.S the last picture does include part 6 of my Sophie but love the pic that Jasmine took so included it anyway 🙂

Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015!! only a year late

IMG_2496Looking for a new crochet project online (whatever did we do before the internet!!) I stumbled across Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015. (Yes I know it’s 2016 now!)  Looking through various sites I found Dedri’s wonderful site “lookatwhatimade” which includes the pattern that I have decided to follow and share with you.

Bonus prizes – Dedri is very kindly leaving the pattern up indefinitely and free 🙂 lovely

I love Dedri’s approach, and in fact my blog started out with similar aspirations leaning in the main to baking, but lately has been taken over more and more by my love of making things from string 🙂

The pattern is beautifully written, and I have found it fairly straightforward to follow. The written pattern was all I used for the first three parts but once I got to part four (where I am now) it has got a bit more complicated and this is where I have used the companion tutorials to help me get a visual on what I’m trying to achieve.

These video tutorials are to be found on you tube and here is the link to the first one. These videos have been made by It’s All in a Nutshell Crochet. She has a YouTube site where all the tutorials can be found. They are done very well, nice and clear, straightforward, easy to follow 🙂 Happy days.

I decided to take progress shots as I complete each part so you can see how it shapes up. It’s been lovely to watch it change as each round has been added.

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Part Two:

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Part Three:

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The yarn I have been using is Stylecraft DK and my favourite 4.5mm hook. I didn’t take the advice of the pattern author to go down a hook size as I forgot to!! lol, I may very well pay for that later on. The pattern page has lots of suggestions on yarns to use and if you google images for Sophie’s Universe you will find loads of these online to help you choose your colour scheme.

Last but not least Dedri also has a helpful tips page for this. Highly recommend reading this first as opposed to what I did!!!

Hope you enjoy this as much as me, I am so looking forward to seeing how it turns out so I can decide who to give it to!

Enjoy,

Lx