Hemp Swatches

I haven’t made much progress on the olive cardigan this week, partly because I went wrong, and had to rip back quite a few rows, and partly because I’ve started a couple of new projects.

In my last post, I mentioned that I was thinking of crocheting a summer top out of the lanaknits hemp yarn. I decided to try my own design in the end, so I’ve started swatching with the yarn. I’ve never worked with hemp before, and I was surprised at how tough and string like it is. My swatch was initially quite rough and stiff…

 hemp swatch before

… but after washing it softened up, and the drape improved considerably.
hemp swatch after

I’ve written a rough pattern, and will post progress photos as I go along.

I’ve also started yet another pair of socks. In this picture you can also see my little index card with my basic sock pattern instructions which I have attached to my sock bag.

 colourful sock wih notes

I really enjoy having a pair of simple stocking stitch socks on the go -they’re easy to travel with and require minimal concentration!

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