Thursday, January 28, 2016

Brussels in December

On our way home from Germany, we had just enough time between trains to make a quick stop in Brussels.  What an incredible city, one I plan to go back and spend some more time in and photographing.  With our limited time, I didn't get as many photos.

Grand Place of Brussels


Brussels Town Hall




















Friday, January 22, 2016

Free Crochet Owl Cabled Scarf

My younger daughter loves owls and I'm always looking for items that are owl related.  I came across a picture on pinterest a while back that was a crocheted hat with cabled owls on it.  It was my inspiration to come up with a cabled scarf, which I made for each of the girls for Christmas.   I'd only just started working with cables and it took me a little while to figure out how to do it.  But after four scarves, I think I got it down.  And while working on the fourth one, I wrote up the pattern.  Please, if you detect any errors, let me know.  A PDF version with additional pictures is available HERE.

(EDIT:  For those having trouble figuring out how to cross over to create the cable, I found this video by Annie's tutorials that may be helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV9dT1iCCts
She shows how to make the cable in one direction, however, to create the owls, you will need to work in both directions.  The 3rd row of the owl is actually created by 2 sets of cables next to each other.  Hope this helps)



  
Owl Cable Scarf





DK yarn – 2 - 100 g skeins
Size H crochet hook
8 small buttons for eyes

Ch – chain
Dc – double crochet
Trc – treble crochet
Fpdc – front post double crochet
Bpdc – back post double crochet
Fptrc – front post treble crochet
Bptrc – back post treble crochet

Cabled Owl Section 1

Chain 29

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook, dc in next 27 stitches. Ch 2, turn. Ch 2 counts as first dc.
Row 2: dc in each stitch. Ch 2, turn.

NOTE: The last dc of each row will be in the top of the ch 2 from previous row.

Row 3: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind last 2 fptrc, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of last 2 stitches, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.

Example of working "behind" the previous 2 trc made

NOTE: It helps working in the skipped stitches if you hold down out of the way the 2 previously worked trc stitches.

Row 4: dc in next 3 stitches. Bpdc in next 8 stitches. Be careful not to skip the 2nd and 7th trc as they are somewhat hidden. Dc in next 4 stitches. Bpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 5: dc in next 3 stitches. Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches. Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 6-7: Repeat Row 4 and 5.
Row 8: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind previous 2 stitches, bptrc in the 2 skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of previous 2 bptrc, bptrc in each skipped stitch. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 9: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 10: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 11: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind last 2 fptrc, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of last 2 stitches, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 12: dc in next 27 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 13: dc in next 27 stitches back loop only. Ch 2, turn.

Cabled Rows Section 2

Row 14: dc in next 3 stitches, bpdc in next 4 stitches. *Dc in next 4 stitches, bpdc in next 4 stitches*, repeat * to *. Dc in next 4 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 15: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip next 2 stitches, fptrc in next 2, working in front of previous 2 stitches, fptrc in each skipped stitch, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 16: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 17: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 18: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip next 2 stitches, bptrc in next 2, working in front of previous 2 stitches, bptrc in each skipped stitch, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 19: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 20: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 4 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 21-140: Repeat rows 15-20 until desired length.

Cabled Owl Section 3

Row 141: dc in 27 stitches back loop only. Ch 2, turn.
Row 142: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind previous 2 stitches, bptrc in the 2 skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of previous 2 bptrc, bptrc in each skipped stitch. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 143: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 144: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 8 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 145: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind the last 2 fptrc, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and fptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of the last 2 stitches, fptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row146: dc in next 3 stitches. *Bpdc in next 8 stitches, dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat twice * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row147: dc in next 3 stitches. *Fpdc in next 8 stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 148-149: Repeat rows 146 and 147.
Row 150: dc in next 3 stitches. *Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working behind last 2 stitches, bptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Skip 2 stitches and bptrc in next 2 stitches. Working in front of last 2 stitches, bptrc in each of the skipped stitches. Dc in next 4 stitches.* Repeat * to *. Ch 2, turn.
Row 151: dc in next 27 stitches. Ch 2, turn.
Row 152: dc in next 27 stitches. Tie off.

Add fringe to each end. I used 4 strands of 12 inch yarn pieces to make each fringe. Sew on buttons for eyes.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Rainbow City...Bamburg

Bamburg was one of our day trips from Nuremburg.  It was a cute little city and had a nice
Christmas market.  We enjoyed walking around and eating at a lovely cafe for lunch.  The last photo is a reminder of the horrors of the holocaust as this is a marker of where a Jewish family of four were ripped from their home by the Nazis, never to return.

I loved how colorful this city was.






































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