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After a lovely evening with yummy food, a good night sleep and a hearty breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and were soon whisked away to beautiful De Paalkoepel, a lovely cafe by a large lake just outside Groningen.

Cake was sampled, and as it was World Wide Knit in Public Day, we all got our knitting or crochet out and joined in the fun. Even ‘the boss’ tried his hands at crocheting a granny square! Ideas were exchanged, new plans made and projects planned. Sadly, all good things come to an end all too quickly, and before we knew it we had to say good bye.

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It has been a busy week and I am feeling exhausted but elated at the same time. Lots to think about moving forward, it will take a few days to digest it all.

I leave you with a photo I took at Groningen station, multi storey parking of a different kind!

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The excitement was becoming almost unbearable as pick up time got nearer! Luckily the drive to Scheepjes HQ was short and soon there was a buzzing sound of about fourteen women chatting. Some of us had met before, but for me it was almost all new faces and new surroundings. We had an exciting first day and I won’t (or can’t) tell you too much. I let the photo’s speak for themselves.

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It may well be hot outside, but I can feel a little stranded knitting slipping from my fingers later!

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The other week I picked up a few of these bottles in Ikea thinking I could do something with them at some stage. This weekend we are having a party, and thinking of suitable and fun table decoration I remembered seeing similar bottles covered with crochet somewhere on the web a few weeks back. Armed with this beautiful cotton yarn from Scheepjes and a crochet stitch dictionary I set to work making my bottles pretty dresses to wear.

Would you like to try it too? Any bottle or jar will do…

Base is the same for any chosen vessel:

(UK Terms used throughout)

Ch4, ss to form a ring.

Rnd1: 8dc into ring, ss to join.

Rnd 2: 2dc in each st around, ss to join – (16dc)

Rnd 3: *2dc in next st, 1dc in next st; rep from * around, ss to join – (24dc)

Rnd 4: *2htr in next st, 1htr in each of next 2sts; rep from * around, ss to join – (32htr)

Rnd 5: *2htr in next st, 1htr in each of next 3sts; rep from * around, ss to join – (40sts)

Continue increasing as set, extending to 4, 5..sts between 2htr’s until base is large enough for your vessel.

Bottle 1 (left in photo): multiple of 2+1

Rnd 1: 2ch (counts as htr), [1ch, 1htr] in same st, *skip 1st, [1htr, 1ch, 1htr] in next st; rep from * to last 2sts, skip 1st, 2htr in last st, ss to join.

Rnd 2: 3ch, 1tr in first st (counts as tr2tog), *1ch, work tr3tog in next ch sp; rep from * to last sp, ending 1ch, tr2tog, ss to join.

Rnd 3: 2ch (counts as htr), skip first st, * work [1htr, 1ch, 1htr] into next ch sp; rep from * ending 1htr, ss to join.

Rnd 4: 3ch (counts as 1tr), skip first st, *work tr3tog into next sp, 1ch; rep from * to last sp, work tr3tog in last sp, 1tr, ss to join.

Rnd 5: 2ch (counts as htr), 1htr in first st, *work [1htr, 1ch, 1htr] in next ch sp; rep from * ending 2htr, ss to join.

Repeat Rnd 2-5 changing colour as desired until piece is large enough to cover your vessel.

Bottle 2 (middle in photo):

Rnd 1: 3ch (counts as tr), 2tr in same st, 1ch, *skip 2sts, 3tr in next st, 1ch; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 2: ss to first 1ch sp, 3ch (counts as tr, 2tr in same sp), 1ch, *3tr in next 1ch sp, 1ch; rep from * around, ss to join.

Repeat these 2 rounds, changing colour as desired, until piece is large enough for your vessel.

Bottle 3 (right in photo): multiple of 8

Rnd 1: 1ch, then starting in first st, *1dc in each of next 4sts, htr2tog in each of next 4sts; rep from * around, ss to join.

Rnd 2 and all following rnds: *1dc in each of 4 htr2tog from prev rnd, htr2tog in each of 4dc’s from prev rnd; rep around, ss to join.

Continue working Rnd 2, changing colour as desired, until piece is large enough for your vessel.

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That’s it, all done!

Aren’t they pretty?

Have fun!

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