now some folks may say,
"oh Tif, i think you may be mistaken,
for it would appear you are wearing a glorified blanket around your shoulders
and not as you say, a high hopes wrap"
but i know
and you know dearest readers,
what they obviously do not know.
all one needs is a pair of rose colored specs
and an imagination of the utmost kind,
for the glorified blanket around my shoulders
to become a 'high hopes wrap' for a chilly day.
not a super duper freezy chilly kind of day
but a medium sort of chilliness day,
when one can still maintain a little bit of charm in the clothing department,
and not so freezy chilly one loses all cares of looking charming,
reaching for the nearest duvet to drape around ones self before leaving the nest.
* one pair of rose colored specs
* one imagination
* one Mrs Hook size K/6.5mm
* lion brand wool-ease yarn in chunky
2 balls of fisherman (color #099)
1 ball of silver grey (color #155)
1 ball of charcoal (color #152)
* one doily
* one kilt pin
* a few left over bits of yarn from your stash
just a word before i proceed with my little 'how-to' for a chilly day.
to be honest you can use any yarn or color combination you wish.
Mrs Hook is a size K hook,
so if you wish to follow my measurements perhaps use a yarn suited to her ample size.
the final measurements for this peachy wrap is roughly
15" wide x 51" long
38cm x 130cm
as with all my crocheting tutorials, it is quite simple,
however i have used the joining technique of the 'ordinarily extraordinary' blanket,
if this is a "no-no" for you,
then i would suggest making your individual colored strips
and then slip stitching them together at the end.
and last but by no means least!
i have used the US double crochet term throughout,
which is UK treble crochet :)
so with all that being said, to borrow a phrase from the brilliant RAMONES
"hey ho, lets go"...
using the fisherman cream yarn, chain 20 plus 3 (for turning)
double crochet into 3rd chain from Mrs hook
and continue double crocheting happily for 130 cm (51")
attach new color, sliver grey and chain 10 plus 3 (for turning)
double crochet happily back towards your cream strip
when you have reached your cream strip,
join the grey to the cream
(at this point you will be at photo #7 of the blanket 'how-to' close ups, so follow from there)
continue along your happy way,
joining the grey to the cream strip as you go.
when you come to the end of the silver grey strip,
join the third color charcoal, chain 5 plus 3 (for turning)
double crochet back towards the heather grey strip,
again using the 'ordinarily extraordinary' join as you go
once you have finished your charcoal strip, finish off your yarn.
weave in any threads needing to be disguised.
you will now have a lovely rectangle strip of crocheted goodness.
looking not unlike a narrow blanket :)
gather up your doily, pin and yarny leftovers.
carefully stitch your doily down in one corner of your wrap,
by weaving yarny colored leftovers in and out of the doily's pretty pattern.
i also used a bit of green yarn to wrap around my kilt pin,
this was to keep him warm, i thought about him being chilly too
and thought how nice for a little pin to have his own 'warm wrap' whilst out in the cold.
and there you have it!
a 'high hopes wrap' for a chilly day
i am thinking so many possibilities here,
jollier, brighter colors,
weaving lace or ribbon through the 'ordinarily extraordinary' eyelets,
edging the wrap with picot or shell edging,
just with a bit of imagination,
i have no doubt you will take this woolly wrap 'how-to'
and make it you own
she is brainstorming her 'table of contents' with used dog and little olive ~ Tif