Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WWIP - Wiggly Work in Progress

Wow, I really enjoy this link-party, don’t you? You’ve added so many wonderful pictures already, and the party is still going on until Sunday! I’d like to ask you again to link to the specific post: It can be a little bit frustrating, when you’d like to see more of the lovely project and it’s hidden somewhere in the archive, don’t you think?

Now to my current project: recently I remembered a pattern I just loved when I was a teenager:


My parents used to have a cushion with the front part made this style (by my grandma, of course). I figured out how she did it and made some cushions myself. Unfortunately my parents don’t have their cushion anymore and I’ve found only one extraordinary ugly cushion that I’ve made years ago and that I’m too ashamed to post here.

Until last weekend I didn’t even know the name of this technique, so I searched a little and learned that this technique is called wiggly crochet or ruffling technique.
The basic idea is to crochet a foundation mesh and then work double crochet stitches around the bars of the mesh. I don’t know how others do this, but I’m using a slightly thinner yarn for the mesh, because this way the pattern looks denser and… just better, I think :)

I also start the mesh in the middle and work in rounds: this saves a lot of time I would need for calculating the right size of the mesh, and it’s also not so boring – after a few mesh rounds, I can add some colored ruffles, then continue a little with the mesh again, and so on until I’ve got the right size. Here's a picture of the back side:


As far as I’ve read, this technique is mainly used for rugs or hot pads, but I think I just make another cushion :)

I hope those of you who live at the East-Coast of the USA are okay after the earthquake (I’ve read about it in some blogs and it’s also in the News in Germany). Thankfully we’re safe from earthquakes here, but look at this picture I’ve taken 30 minutes ago:


It might look like a romantic sundown, but in fact it’s been a bad storm approaching k-town. I think it’s passed us now, but it might cause some damage somewhere else.

I wish you all a happy and safe evening, see you soon right here!

P.S: I can't believe I broke 100 followers, thank you all for reading this blog!! :)

38 comments:

  1. Your squiggley cushion looks great - nice and cushy. :)

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  2. It looks absolutely fantastic! Love those colors together :)
    Knitting socks are so satisfying! :D I still find it a bit difficult, having knitted only 3 socks so far (socks, not pairs ^^) and I also suffer from one sock syndrome... But still, sock love! :D

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  3. I like the wiggle crochet..might try it

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  4. Wiggly crochet looks super effective!

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  5. how lovely! could you share where you found this pattern?

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  6. I've only seen one other person post this technique. Might have to give it a try one of these days ... along with all the other projects on my to do list. :) Hope your day is great. Tammy

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  7. Das wird bestimmt ein tolles Kissen, die Technik gefällt mir richtig gut!
    Ich hab heute ein paar deiner Blumen gehäkelt und bin total begeistert davon, einfach genial deine Anleitung und du hast Recht, man kann damit nicht mehr aufhören. Jetzt muß ich mir nur noch überlegen was ich mit den vielen Blumen mache.:o)
    Liebe Grüße! Barbina

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  8. Thank you all for your comments!
    Debi, I didn't know that this technique is also called squiggley, but I found lots of great links on google, thank you!

    Madeleine, that's true: I usually stop after one and a half or two and a half pair of socks, too :) The first one is still exciting, the next one is boring, just like a film where you already know the end :)

    needlekrafter: I'm making this pattern the way my grandma made her cushion, I don't have a written pattern, but I'm thinking about making a pattern/tutorial about the basics and how to design a pattern!

    Barbina, es freut mich, dass dir meine Blumen gefallen und dass die Anleitung klappt! Viel Spaß noch :)

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  9. Love the look of this crochet, and it looks just as lovely on the back side of the work :)

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  10. Hallo Barbara,
    Danke für Dein Kommentar unter meinem Post ♥
    Wir machen diese Technik wieder salonfähig :D
    Ich hab' Dir auch schon auf meinem Blog eine Antwort geschrieben.
    Liebe Grüße, Bianca
    PS Ich liebe Deine Farbkombination ♥

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  11. It looks fantastic! I just want to scrunch my fingers into it!

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  12. oh, I'd be *so* delighted if you did a tutorial. this is just beautiful. love your colors, too. i think that could quite possibly be one of the prettiest cushions i've ever seen! :)

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  13. Love the cushion-to-be! And once again I have to say, your colors are beautiful!

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  14. Love the wiggly crochet - lovely colours! Off now to find some granny square posts for the party!

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  15. This is really neat! I love crochet, but I have never seen anything like this. If you post a tutorial or pattern, I would love to see it!

    Thanks!

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  16. You have just got yourself another follower! This is an amazing cushion. I love the technique. xx

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  17. I have had a look at various ways of doing this... a tutorial would be great! Does it make a difference if you do it squared or on the diagonal as you have done?

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  18. Thanks again for your comments and your compliments on the colors! I'm happy that you're interested in this technique and I'll do my best to post a tutorial, soon.

    Hazel, it makes no difference if you do it squared or diagonal, these are just different patterns of the same technique. And thanks for following :)

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  19. oh!thats lovely..I love the colours you used..I had my first attempt on Wiggly crochet last week, but long way to go to crochet something like yours!

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  20. Wow! It looks gorgeous! Unfortunately I'm not nearly as skilled as you at crochet. Thanks for showing us! :)

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  21. This is the second wiggly crochet project I've seen this week. It looks so interesting!

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  22. It's really really nice! Fun to see something different :) /Limar

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  23. This is turning out so prettily! love this wavy pattern!

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  24. That is very interesting looking! I've never seen that type of project before. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I'll have to pin this so my daughter can see it. She's the crocheter (is that a word?) in my family. It's really pretty!! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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  26. Absolutely stunning!!!You have inspired me to try wiggly crochet. Can't wait to see this finished!!

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  27. Lovey technique. On my to-do-list!!! Just need to finish all the WIP's first!

    Have a good week.
    Carina

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  28. In all of my years of crochet...I have never seen anything wiggle like this! I love this....and I think I will try it also....

    the colour combinations you've chosen to work with here are brilliant...so cheery! I love it very much!

    thanks so much for sharing this...I am dying to try it out!

    i also think I will follow you....after posting this.

    ciao bella


    Creative Carmelina

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  29. What a wonderful project, I love it!

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  30. Hi Barbara! Your work is beautiful! Enjoy visiting your blog. If possible share the pattern of this wonderful wiggly or ruffling cushion that's in progress! :)

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  31. The cushion looks so lovely. I've never tried the technique before but yours is making me want to give it a go. AND you've explained the basics of it so well that I feel I just have to! Thanks!

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  32. I have seen this on so many blogs and I think it is such a neat pattern, Haven't tried yet it looks hard and I am a beginner, Yours looks great!

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  33. Es una divinura!! Algún día tejeré algo así . Felicitaciones!!!

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  34. GRAZIE molte per la spiegazione di questa speciale mattonella.Bello tutto il tuo blog, sa di freschezza e vitalità,ed è pienamente in armonia col bel sorriso della foto del tuo profilo.Complimenti!

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  35. This motif is lovely and I like to start one.
    Thanks god you are safe and happy:)

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  36. es una tecnica facil
    de realizar en cojines queda muy bonito

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  37. I've seen tutorials of this pattern, and have wanted to try it. There's just so many things I'm involved with making. I will get to this one eventually. It's so pretty. I really like your idea of working from the center out! I'm thinking that may work for a circular piece too...

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