A while ago I told you that I was working on my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap designed by Miss Neriss. I have been making steady progress on my wrap over the past weeks. I don’t work on it that often because of so many other WIPs, but when I do it works up fast.
This wrap consists completely of half double crochets, but by working them alternately in back and front loops an intricate pattern emerges. It’s simple and elegant at the same time. If you have not noticed yet, I am an absolute fan of this design. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.
I am using Scheepjes Bloom Chocolate (401) to make my wrap. Bloom is a light weight, 100% cotton yarn worked with a 5mm hook.
I have asked the designer if I could make an instruction video for her design, and she said yes. In this video I show you all the elements that are involved in making the wrap; so how to make the stitch, how to prevent making mistakes by using a chart I designed, and how to work a sleeve or button hole. You still need her design for measurements, where to make the sleeve and button holes as well as stitch counts. This video is an addition to the written pattern, not a replacement.
Make a test piece!
If you are anything like me, you just want to dive in and start working on your new project. You have bought all that wonderful yarn and you want to start using it like right away. But please, please, please, try to withstand the urge and make a small test piece first to check your stitch size. I did a small piece using about 19 stitches with first a 5.0mm and then a 4.5mm hook. I was unsure which would give the correct size. I first though I would use a 4.5mm, but after the test piece I decided that the 5.0mm was better. Imagine if I had used the 4.5mm and at the end of the day my wrap did not fit! That would have been such a waste of time and effort.
My “no-more-mistakes” chart
I have been making my wrap with the aid of a small chart that I made right at the start of my project. In the video I also explain how I use it. It is an aid to help you to keep you from making any mistakes and in the event that you do make a mistake, help you to catch it early.
In the chart here the “V” is a stitch marker, “FL” stands for front loop hdc, “BL” stands for back loop hdc, “st.” stands for stitches and “1st” stand for first stitch worked. The arrow indicated the working direction, so this is always from right to left because I am right handed.
I place the stitch markers after working the first row of back&front loop hdc. I connect 3 stitch markers around the ch2 used to turn on the left hand side of my work and starting from the right hand side I position a stitch marker every 10 stitches. There should be 7 stitches left if you are making size ‘medium’ like I am. The arrow indicates the working direction where one time my 3 stitch markers are on the right and when working the other way my 3 stitch markers are on the left of my work. So when working the pattern these 3 stitch markers help me to identify if the stitches at the marked positions should be front or back loop hdc. This may all sound a bit confusing, I realize this. Best to just watch the video, I am sure it will make sense to you then.
So about the button….. This is not as easy as you would think. I need a BIG button; not a large one, but a huge one …. and that proved to be a problem. I am not lying, I have been online looking for a 70mm or larger button for hours. I did find some on Amazon that came close, but they were not to my liking. At a certain point I just gave up and asked my husband to make me one. I should have started with that; much easier 😀 So my hubby took an old wooden pole he had in the garage and cut me a slice. He is going to sand it down, make a few holes in it and then varnish it. One perfect, custom made and not to mention free button all done! But as you can see the button is a WIP too….
So, after all that chatter I am sure you really want to know what my wrap looks like! I am about halfway now and it is really a great design because of its sheer simplicity. It is a single piece of fabric with a few holes in it worked using at first glance a very simple stitch that gives a surprisingly beautiful look and feel.
When my wrap is finished I will be sure to share it with you.