Crochet Conquered!

Having not crocheted in a very long time, except for edgings along knitted garments and starting hats and bags with the magic circle method, I was determined to get to grips with this craft again. So, when Rowan announced their Crochet Along with Lisa Richardson I jumped at the chance to take part and here is my finished wrap.

Shawl Gatelighter

The project consists of 7 different crocheted hexagons and for the wrap I had to make 10 of each hexagon, 70 in total. You could also make a baby blanket, or smaller items such as a cushion or scarf. Each of the hexagons introduce you to one or two crochet stitches and by the time you’ve made several hexagons the stitches have been saved permanently in your brain. The 7th pattern appears to look the most complicated and when you finished the first one of this wheel-looking design you can’t believe that you’ve made it and feel really accomplished!

Shawl Front copy

I can’t deny that I thoroughly enjoyed this project, re-learning all the skills I thought I had forgotten with the help of the videos published on the Rowan You tube channel with each hexagon pattern release.

Shawl L side View copy

The Crochet Along used the exquisitely soft Summerlite 4ply which is made from 100% of the finest cotton. I found the yarn easy to work with on the whole, occasionally not hooking all the strands of the 4 ply at the same time……down to my bad technique probably, rather than the yarn. The colours for the CAL have been chosen for you which you can find in the shopping list but you can also choose your own like I did using the shades white, duck egg, blushes and pinched pink. There are 12 shades to choose from……..

SummerliteShades copy

I really do hope that Rowan extend the colours to include a pale pink and a baby blue shade. Are there any colours you would like to see added?

Now that I have honed my crochet skills I have a crochet project list as well as a knitting project list. These designs are on my crochet list for sure…..


Liala knitted in Panama, designed by Marie Wallin

Liala, above, is available as a free pattern to download as it was the member’s monthly exclusive free pattern for August 2012.


Aster knitted in Summerlite 4ply, from the book ‘Filigree’ designed by Marie Wallin

But I will have to make a crochet and knitting project list also as these are both knitted and crocheted………


Anemone knitted in Summerlite 4ply, from the book ‘Filigree’ designed by Marie Wallin

Eloisa, in Panama designed by Marie Wallin.

Eloisa, in Panama designed by Marie Wallin from Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 57

I can’t wait to get started on my next crochet project!

The Crochet Along is now finished but you can still download all the information including the shopping list and the hexagon designs and also view the helpful crochet tutorials. Click here to view all the information and links for this CAL. Also to celebrate the finale, Rowan have launched a very special Crochet Along Finished Project Competition. To enter post a picture of your finished project to the threads on Facebook or Ravelry with a note about what you enjoyed most about making it. You will be in with the chance to win an amazing prize package including a Rowan Subscription membership and £75 worth of Rowan yarn to keep you busy over the summer months. Alternatively, you can email Rowan on [email protected]. The competition runs from June 10th 2015 until June 29th 2015 5pm UK time.

Shawl Gate Back Viewlight2

I have written a couple of posts in the past about this CAL and Summerlite 4ply; if you would like to read these posts please click the links below.

The Rowan Crochet Along: Why I’m Doing It

March Madness: Rowan Magazine 57 Giveaway and Crochet Along

And click here to view all the Rowan patterns featuring Summerlite 4ply.

Also, as I mentioned above, if you have a shade that you would like Rowan to consider adding to Summerlite 4ply let me know by leaving a comment below and I will suggest it in my monthly feedback to Rowan. And, if you took part in the Crochet along let me know too!

Back soon with new yarns and designs for Aurtumn/Winter 2015/16.