It’s summer, and once again my thoughts run towards crocheting a beach coverup. Never mind that I already had patterns saved from last year, and I did start, but it didn’t come out looking right, so it was set aside for another time. I browsed through Pinterest, Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, Facebook, and clicked on websites leading me to other websites … And then came back to square one.
Cover-up Number One: I only have two hanks of this bright multi-colour yarn, so I thought it would make a nice beach cover up. The pattern is from Yarnspirations – Beachy Keen Cover Up, and I figure that the two hanks should be enough. I showed it to Just, and he said he didn’t like it … said the colours were ‘too fruity’. Huh?? ‘Fruity’? I looked at it again. It’s just for the beach, I thought, nothing fancy. Somehow, that gave me second thoughts and it was set aside …
Beach Cover-up Number Two: I picked up another WIP, started since last year. This started out as a shawl/wrap, and also to practice that yo, k2 together stitch (which I thought was the brioche stitch, but it isn’t). After using up two hanks, my brain said that it was too lacy for a shawl/wrap, and since I had beach cover-ups on my mind, I thought maybe I should convert it to one instead. I only had basic sewing, way back when, but I suddenly remembered the basics of garment construction, etc. So, since it was almost a rectangle, I folded the short end about 10 inches over, joined the sides together to form sleeves, and voila! a lacy, long shrug! I used the other hank to knit around the edges and sides, to widen the side panels and for the border, continuing in the same pattern. See those solid strips? When I lost count of the yo, k2 tog, I would just knit 3-4 rows of garter stitch and start over. It’s turned out okay, so here I am testing it out at the beach.
Beach Cover-up Number Three: And somewhere, somehow, something clicked in my brain … And I decided to try the Whimsical Duster with the KnitPicks Felici Sunset colours. The pattern called for worsted weight, but since I was working with fingering/sock yarn, I had to make adjustments … and miscalculated … After a couple of froggings, it finally looked like it was the right measurements and gauge, etc.
Another miscalculation on the length and how finished items can stretch … I stopped crocheting when it was about knee-length, then added the borders. Since the stitches were looking bulky and twisted, I decided to give it a quick soak and gently squeezing out the water, then laid it to dry … It’s looking rather long, I thought.
Sure enough, when I tried it on again after it was dried, the length was now down to my ankles … *sigh* … No, I am not frogging that to adjust the length.
And encouraged that I actually finished with two usable cover-ups, I’m now planning a third, in different colours … and a tunic-style one … I have to be careful now that I don’t get too ambitious … But hey! if I don’t finish before the summer trip, I could always finish it while on the beach and then just slip it on, right? Right!
How’s your summer going?