Peek-a-boo button wrap: showing & video tutorial

I have finished my Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap designed by Miss Neriss using Scheepjes Bloom. This is a fun design which works up fast, a perfect project for a lazy summer day. I must however confess, I have completed the wrap quite some time ago but somehow I just didn’t get round to actually putting the button on which meant it has been in WIP status for a very long time. But luckily, if you wait long enough, everything gets completed.

peek-a-boo button wrap

Yarn

I made my wrap in size medium. I was in doubt if I needed a medium or large (it depend on the manufacturer which size I have in a store), but opted for the medium in the end. And luckily it fits! I used 12 balls of Scheepjes Bloom Chocolate (401) to make my wrap. Bloom is a light weight, 100% cotton yarn worked with a 4-5mm hook.

scheepjes bloom chocolate

Instruction video

I have already told you about the instruction video, gauge piece and chart I made for the wrap, with the designer’s permission of course, but I thought it easiest for you if I repeat it here so that you have all the info in one place.

In the instruction 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.

test gauge first!

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.

Chart for peek-a-boo button wrap

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.

Finished wrap

I really enjoyed working on my wrap, even though it took quite some time to complete. The problem is that I just have a pile of WIPs and this one somehow was never at the top of the list.

peek-a-boo button wrap

peek-a-boo button wrap

peek-a-boo button wrapWhen the summer comes I will be wearing this wrap for sure! Now it’s middle of winter and without sleeves it’s a bit on the cold side.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

With love,

Esther

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Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap: WIP, Tips & Video

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.

My yarn

I am using Scheepjes Bloom Chocolate (401) to make my wrap. Bloom is a light weight, 100% cotton yarn worked with a 5mm hook.

scheepjes bloom chocolate

Instruction video

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.

test gauge first!

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.

Chart for peek-a-boo button wrap

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.

The Button…..

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….

making a button

WIP status

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.

peek-a-boo button wrap WIP

peek-a-boo button wrap WIPWhen my wrap is finished I will be sure to share it with you.

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Summer crochet fun

It’s summer holiday and we are almost leaving for our holiday destination, a fabulous farm that goes by the name of ‘Koe in de Kost‘. The farmer, ‘Boer Frans’, is so good with kids, my boys love him to bits. This is our fifth visit in five consecutive years, my boys love it there and if my boys are happy, I am happy.

Koe in de kost

But there is one thing that makes me even more happy, taking my crochet things with me. But what to take? You see, since finishing Sophie’s Universe I have bought myself a few skeins of this and a few skeins of that and now I can’t choose! I think I am going just going to take all of them 😀

Knit (or crochet) like a Latvian

When I was in Riga during my sabbatical I bought this yarn kit in a lovely little store. It is for knitting real Latvian mittens, but I am going to adapt the pattern to make a scarf. I think I am going to use back post double crochet stitches, that gives a knit-like result. But then again, that is an awful lot of work… The jury is still out on the stitches.

knit like a latvian

Peek-a-Boo button wrap

A second project that I am definitely taking with me is the peek-a-boo button wrap by MissNerris. I totally fell in love with the design the moment I saw it. I have bought 15 skeins of chocolate colored Scheepjes Bloom. This is a light weight, 100% cotton yarn.

scheepjes bloom chocolate

I have started with it already and now that I have the hang of the pattern I will make an instruction video for this wrap. I have permission from the designer, so that’s cool. But no worries, I will be using a different yarn to make the video because I know that dark colored yarns don’t do well on screen. And after all, the whole point of the video is that you can see what I am doing 😛 Just look at the great texture the stitch pattern gives!

start peek-a-boo button wrap

Mini Sophie’s Universe

I have seen so many lovely Sophie’s worked in only one color that I wanted to make one too. I have bought myself a roll of 420 meters of mercerized Durable cotton, yarn size 10. Most likely not nearly enough for a Sophie.  Off course I forgot to do the math on how much I would need when I bought it. Durable cotton is an ‘old fashioned’ yarn that our grandmothers used to use to make lacy crochet curtains. This reasonably thin yarn is worked with a 2mm hook, I always use Clover Amour hooks and especially when working with such thin yarn it is important to have a hook that you enjoy working with. I have never worked with this kind of yarn before so I am really looking forward to trying it. And obviously my Sophie will be small because of the yarn and hook I will be using. With a bit of luck it will end up being a perfect size for a luxurious cushion. I have not done any calculations on what size it’s most likely to be, so we’ll wait and see!

durable cotton

Flight of Fancy & Circles of the Sun

I just showed you three new projects, but I still have 4 running projects too! I am working on Flight of Fancy, Circles of the Sun, the Dutch CAL AND Around the Bases. Oh, oh, I am having quite a luxury problem over here. Too many things to do, and I love all of them! Will keep you posted 🙂

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