Tah Dah!!! Drum roll please!
At last it is finished
This has been a really fun project to make. The journey began back in April when Helen Shrimpton’s Crochet Along started and I finished the CAL back in June, but I wanted to do a few more rows to make it bigger and work out how to make a scalloped edge.
The bedspread, shown here on a 5′ wide double bed, had to wait patiently in the background whilst I made a couple of dreamcatchers for birthday presents, and then it was hard to pick it up again.
But I did it!!
I can highly recommend Helen’s patterns and this one is FREE and comes with a video tutorial.
To see other amazing Cosmics, join Helen’s Hookaholics on FB and go to the Photo Albums. If you ever need inspiration for colour combinations there is surely no better place to go.
I made this Bedspread with Scheepjes Whirl and Whirlettes and a 3mm hook:
2 x Rosewater Cocktail Whirl
1 x Jumping Jelly Whirl
1 x Citrus Whirlette
1x Blueberry Whirlette
I really enjoyed mixing up the Whirls and playing with the gradients in the colours to get the effect I wanted.
It measures 1m 41cm – 1m 35cm. or 4’6.5″ x 4’5″
Blog posts showing progress:
Making a start. Parts 1 and 2
Parts 3 and 4
Parts 5 and 6
Parts 7 and 8
Part 9 and beyond
I am so happy with my zingy bedspread!
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With Part 6 of the Cosmic Cal completed,
doesn’t it look perfect with this chair covered in a luxurious fabric by ‘Timorous Beasties‘…..
…….. on to Part 7 in which we meet the dastardly Cosmic Stars!!!
Helen’s You Tube tutorial for Part 7 is here.
Continuing with the Jumping Jelly Whirl until completing Round 78, I worked Round 79, the first part of the Cosmic Stars, in Citrus Whirlette.
I don’t know if it is because I am left-handed and following a right-handed video, or because I was using a 4 ply cotton yarn which has no give, but I just could not get the placement of the spokes right – stitch markers to the rescue!
There was much chat on the FB groups about these stars and I was near to giving up on them when one wonderful person suggested working into front posts instead of front loops and this worked much better for me. Phew!
By the time I had worked along one side I was down to only needing the bottom middle marker to show me the way
Finding the ‘eye’ of the star in the completing row was tricky, so I employed a knitting needle to make the hole big enough to get my hook through
I was so relieved to get to the end of those Stars, knowing I would never have to make them again!
However, lots of people said they loved them and are making several more Cosmics including the Stars.
Mercifully Part 8 was delightfully relaxing as I continued into the orange section of the Jumping Jelly.
Part 9 to come.
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Tagged afghan, bedspread, blanket, Cosmic Cal, cosmic stars, crochet, free pattern, Helen Shrimpton, Scheepjes Whirl, Scheepjes Whirlette, throw
I am thoroughly enjoying following Helen Shrimpton’s Cosmic Crochet Along (Cal). She really is an outstanding designer with plenty of challenges to keep you on your crocheting-toes.
Following Part Two came the excitement of Part 3 in which we would be learning a new stitch – Star Stitch!
But first there were a few more rows to square up the hexagon……
The rows of doubles and trebles (US) in this 4ply cotton yarn were getting to look a bit like a string vest in the corners so I decided to add a bit of texture in the form of popcorns and bead stitches.
To keep in with the Cosmic theme, I’m calling them Sputniks
The yellow for the two rows of Star Stitch came from the beginning of my second ball (yarn cake) of Rosewater Cocktail.
I continued with the first cake, which was now moving into the pink mixed with turquoise.
The photo below shows Parts 3 and 4 completed
I was thrilled that the first Whirl just made it to the end of Part 4.
The tail of yarn you can see was all that was left!
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