Did I ever mention that I like bobbles? ... perhaps? ... once or twice? ...
Despite feeling sure that there are many now bellowing at their computer, "Karen, will you change the record, give us something different PLEASE...", I must return to an old favourite for just one more tweak.
I was inspired this week by the phrase "I think I can, I think I can" which I came across while blog surfing on MAD MAD ME blog - http://032ad8a.netsolhost.com/madmad/ Charissa used the phrase while blogging her progress on creating her own Almond Blossom Bag (or Bohemian Purse). Take a look over there; she has a great, humorous style of writing that I personally love... (course, ahem, she was very complimentary about me, but that's not why I urge you to take a look honestly ... she genuinely is really good!)
Anyway, it took me back to when I was working on my Granny Bobble Blanket and while looking at the rounds of colourful bobbles develop it struck me one day how great it would look in stripes rather than rounds.
With usual abandon I flung my granny bobble blanket aside and set about turning the pattern into flat stripes instead of rounds, and to my frustration found that I couldn't... You see the problem was that the bobbles are only ever worked on the front side of the work, the work is never turned. Working only on the front side, from right to left, on each row is fine on rounds, but worked flat and never turning can cause the crochet to gradually skew to one side, making your lovely crocheted rectangle turn into the leaning tower of Crochet! I think this is due to the chain loops at the top of the stitches (the bits that you work your next stitch in) just sitting to the right to the rest of the stitch below, so each subsequent row is slightly to the right. (or could be left don't quote me!) I tried various ways to get my stripes right, before admitting "I don't think I can"... and that was that... until I read Charissa's blog this week. It made me want to look at it again; I knew there must be a way and... wait for it.... wait for it..... de dat de dat de dat de daaaaaah.................................. there wasn't!!
Naaaaaaaaah.... sorry couldn't help myself, there was really.... it was nearly a blog post to nothing there...
I found that where I had been going wrong was in starting my new rows by working my first stitches of the row directly into the stitches of the row below; that doesn't work and sends you squewy. What does work is to work into the spaces created by the stitches below, that keeps you nice and straight.
So, do you want the pattern? Okey dokey...
Granny Bobble Stripe
Abbreviations; ch - chain; dc - double crochet; mb - make bobble; sts - stitches
(American crochet terms)
Chain a multiple of 3 + 4 (my first project for this pattern is a scarf; I chained 34)
Row 1: 1dc in 4th ch from hook; ch 3, miss 2 ch, mb (work 4 dc in st, drop loop from hook; insert hook from front to back under the top loops of the 1st dc worked; also catch dropped loop onto hook; holding yarn tight pull loop through st to make a bobble), *ch 3, miss 2 ch, mb; rep from * to last 3 sts, ch 3, miss 2 ch, 2dc in last stitch. Fasten off.
You should have a row of 9 bobbles each separated with a ch 3 and with 2dc at each end.
Row 2: So, remember you don't turn your work; join a new colour yarn into the space between the ch 3 and 1st dc at the beginning of row 1; ch 3 (represents 1st dc); mb in next ch space, *ch 3, mb in next ch space; rep from * until the bobble in the last chain space of the row has been worked. 1dc in between the 2dcs at the end of the row. Fasten off.
Row 3: Join new colour yarn into the space between the 1st ch 3 and the 1st bobble; ch 3 (represents 1st dc) 1dc in same space. *ch 3, mb in next ch space; rep from * until the bobble in the last chain space of the row has been worked. ch 3, dc 2 in the space between last bobble and 1dc. Fasten off.
Repeat rows 2 & 3 for as long as you like...
I knew I could!!!
Now, I have a few ends to sew in....