I finished one of my works in progress for the 2018 Make Nine challenge. The pattern is Crocheted Woven Towel by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence out of Classic Kitchen Crochet. I got it, along with the Cotlin yarn I used for the project in a kit from Knit Picks.
Both of these towels are made with the same yarn and the same pattern. I have absolutely no idea what I was doing in 2015. In my defense, I had only been crocheting for a year and a half, and this is not the easiest pattern to read. Both are unblocked, but no amount of block would have made them a pair. I resigned myself to making another.
You start this project by making a large mesh rectangle – shown here on a road trip.
This is followed by perpendicular overstitching that drastically shrinks the mesh.
A process that creates an insane amount of ends to weave in.
You finish it off with a border and then make a second (or in my case, a third).
The effect is lovely.
Front and back.
Unblocked, the finished project was a little discouraging. The outside edges are not overstitched, so the row turns rely on the border to make them the same, shrunken size.
But after I blocked the both of them, I was pretty please with the result. Were I to block them again, I would do them one at a time. I didn’t have enough t-pins, so the end result had a few points stretched more than the others.
If you’re a patient person, and don’t mind weaving in ends, this is the project for you. As for me, I never thought I’d come back to this pattern after that frustrating first attempt. I happy with the result and proud of myself for finishing it, but I probably won’t be making any more.