Back to Bavaria

IMGP5290

Eccup, Filey and Bramley Baths, still not used…

Many moons ago I fell in love with Bavarian crochet and I hankered after making a blanket using my new skill. I bought some glorious yarn – Titus from Baa Ram Ewe in the wonderfully named colours Eccup, Bramley Baths and Filey* –  and I set about it. It looks beautiful, and once the pattern is set it’s quite easy… and therein lies the problem. After a while I started to get bored. That combined with the fact that it doesn’t grow very quickly, so progress is slow, led to me setting it aside in favour of more exciting projects. As a result, it has been in a bag, untouched, for nearly three years (hangs head in shame).

IMGP5291

new pattern and old pattern

However, towards the end of last year Wild Daffodil posted about a blanket that she had just completed for her grandson and I noticed that it included some squares with a Bavarian crochet centre and a plainer border using a pattern called Bavarian Beauty. I didn’t rush into anything, but the seeds had been sown and I knew I could finish my blanket without it driving me to distraction. Anyway, tomorrow I’ve got another day at Red Apple Yarn, and since the weather has returned to being cold, I thought it might be nice to work on (and under) a blanket in the shop. So, yesterday I printed off the pattern for the square and this afternoon I have familiarised myself with Bavarian crochet once more and done a bit of work on the old project. I left it part way through a round, so that needs to be finished off before I can progress with the change of pattern.

By the end of the year I am hoping that all projects that were in progress in January, however old, will be completed or frogged. So far it’s going well… think of it as a very slow declutter!

IMGP5289

my creation so far

 

-oOo-

* Well, wonderfully named for me since I grew up very near Eccup Reservoir, had day trips out to Filey and went to, well, Meanwood Baths rather than Bramley Baths, but still the names and places were all part of my childhood.

Leave a comment

35 Comments

  1. Thanks for the mention Mrs Snail! Your blanket looks impressive. I’m looking forward to see what you do next. Just the right size for snuggling under as you work on it.

    Like

    Reply
  2. Love the blanket so far, the Bavarian crochet looks quite different. Great names for the yarn, I live in Otley, so not far from Eccup, my mum taught at Bramley and as you say, day trips to Filey 🙂

    Like

    Reply
  3. Lovely blanket, lovely colours. We’ve a similar amount of unfinished projects – though I can proudly say Steve’s doublet (also started 3 years ago) is now complete. 🙂

    Like

    Reply
  4. Patricia Collins

     /  April 25, 2018

    I wonder how many others are searching the web to find out about Bavarian Crochet? It looks so light and soft and as if will keep you warm in the shop.

    Like

    Reply
    • The tutorial that I learned from is no longer available, but there are lots of instructions… including as part of the Bavarian Beauty square. I warn you, though, it gobbles yarn.

      Like

      Reply
  5. Fantastic! I have an old book in Bavarian crochet that I have completely forgotten about until this post. I better head over to the bookshelf and pull it out!!❤️❤️

    Like

    Reply
  6. Love the colours you are using!

    Like

    Reply
  7. I love Bavarian crochet. I made my blanket way back then too and it sits over the bench under the window where the cat and dog keep an eye on the world – and the treat cupboard! Mine, of course, is in three shades of blue, plus one green and white. It does eat yarn, but because of that is weighty and warm when needed – which makes for a most pleasing throw I think. I love the texture of it too. I do like your colour choices for this throw, not your usual palette? can’t quite make out the new pattern, but shall look forward to seeing how your lovely blanket grows and changes. Currently of course, I am deep into making Persian Tiles, the pile of completed tiles is growing xo

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply
  8. Isn’t that just lovely, so worth finishing. Bit of lateral thinkng is so good.

    Like

    Reply
  9. I know nothing of those names though they sound quite fun. I can only say that Bavarian crochet in the colors you have chosen, is absolutely stunning. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’m in love with the look. You are a magician with a crochet hook.

    Like

    Reply
  10. 😍 love it 😍

    Like

    Reply
  11. I have never heard of Bavarian crochet. So many things to learn and try!

    Like

    Reply
  12. I remember when you started this, and thinking that this was yet another craft I loved the look of but definitely wasn’t going to try (basic crochet being already in the Too Hard Basket). I’m glad you’ve pulled it out and are determined to finish it. How lovely that it’s made in the colours of your childhood – yet another reason to finish this cuddly beauty 🙂

    Like

    Reply
  13. I too have fallen into the trap of bordom once a pattern becomes familiar, I try to ring the changes by using lots of colours to keep me going. It is rather gorgeous though so stick at it. Really impressed with your plans for finishing WIP’s that have been there too long.

    Like

    Reply
  14. Reblogged this on AT being me and commented:
    Scribbles down on the to make list 😀

    Like

    Reply
  15. Do look up Bramley Baths it is the most fantastic late Victorian/Edwardian creation in tile and stain glass (It had a rather racey conatation in my youth, as it had a turkish steam room!!! – obviously we hadn’t come across Scandinavian style back then)

    Like

    Reply
  16. That is such a beautiful blanket! I have never heard of Bavarian Crochet. I am hoping to finish a rug this year that has been in progress for about fifteen years, so I think you’re fine with three:)

    Like

    Reply
  17. I used to follow a blogger named Dani who sadly blogs no more. I actually won (squeeeee) a gorgeous Bavarian quilt, looking very much like your lovely pattern above. This makes me smile. Good luck on all those projects.

    Here’s a link to Dani’s throw:https://gardeningnirvana.com/2014/05/06/bavarian-nirvana/

    Like

    Reply
  18. Ooh thanks for the reminder, I’d forgotten I want to learn Bavarian crochet. It’s just so pretty! But maybe I’ll start with something small so it doesn’t gobble up my whole stash

    Like

    Reply
  19. This is completely new to me – and very, very beautiful! I may give this a try if I can finish some of my outstanding UFO’s 😉

    Like

    Reply

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: