This post is my submission to the Deramores Craft Blog Competition 2015. Deramores is the UK’s number one online retailer of knitting and crochet supplies. Visit www.deramores.com for more details.
A rainbow colour scheme is something that I have never tried before for two reasons:
- I normally try to avoid too many colour changes because I don’t like to weave in lots of loose ends.
- I used to think many different colours would be too overwhelming.
However, reading The Patchwork Heart’s blog post on rainbow colours got me to realise that a rainbow palette doesn’t have to be overwhelming at all when it is used on a neutral background.
This inspired me to use rainbow colours to make some covers for my glass jars and bottles and turn them into pretty vases. I had a good rummage through my yarn stash and managed to find all the colours of the rainbow (I had to check and they are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet). I also found a nice neutral creamy white. The yarns are of different brands, but all are DK cotton, so they are similar enough for this project. Deramores have a good selection of cotton yarns.
I have crocheted the vases in half treble stitches with horizontal crochet overlay chain stitches, and fitted them over glass jars. The narrow vase has been given a knitted top.
For the knitted top I have picked up the back loops of the crochet stitches on double pointed knitting needles and knitted the last few rounds of the vase. For the first knitted round I have twisted the stitches. It is very fiddly to do, but I like the look of the end result.
The overlay chain stitch is a favourite that I use a lot. It is easiest worked one or two rows down. Just make sure to make it loose enough, as it isn’t stretchy like the half treble stitch is. I like to change to a slightly larger hook when I work these stitches.
The vases look very pretty in my window, and I am so happy I tried a rainbow colour scheme. They really cheer me up.