This lovely pattern, Strip 8 comes to us from South Africa by the multi-talented designer, Adré Doidge, a lovely lady as well. It is called Endeavor, a name that encompasses what this whole CAL is about. An endeavor from designers all over the world, coming together to share their passion and talent in crochet with all of us, in all parts of the world. You can read all about Adré Doidge in he bio she has submitted to us. She sure has a lot of energy and a great smile to go with all she does.
“I am Adré Doidge, a South African living with her husband and very spoilt Tuxedo cat in Pietermaritzburg (most often just abbreviated to PMB), about 100km inland from Durban. It is the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal. Our City Hall is the largest red-brick building in the Southern Hemisphere.
PMB is known as a sports city as it features in some very prominent sports events (attracting local and international participants) like the Dusi Canoe Marathon and the Comrades Ultra Marathon, both being paddled or run respectively between PMB and Durban. It is also quite widely known for its mountain biking and, in August this year, our local multiple World Champion mountain bike racer, Greg Minnaar, won the World Downhill Championship.
KwaZulu-Natal is one of our beautiful coastal provinces in which you will also find Durban, much more widely known to tourists from afar. It also boasts my happy place, the spectacular Drakensberg (aptly called the Dragon Mountains as you can see from the second photo) to which I love to escape in order to restore my soul.
I am a retired, secondary school language educator who loves learning and exploring new things as well as being creative, so I have had my fingers in many pies. Apart from crochet and knitting (less so), some of the things I also love are gardening/flowers and baking.
I have been crocheting on and off for about 50 years, having been taught by my mother to crochet thread doilies in the early 1970’s. I gave it up for a while, taking it up again seriously in about 2011 when I was introduced to all the patterns available on the internet (and found a new way to hold my yarn so that my pinkie did not hurt!)
I first discovered mosaic crochet in 2019 when I saw pictures of Lissa Conley’s Floral Elegance Throw come across my FB feed. This was before the whole world and its aunt went mosaic crazy! It is still one of my favourite pieces. Due to the plethora of help available now from designers who generously share their knowledge, I taught myself to read and create mosaic graphs, but still have far to go in learning the intricacies of mosaic design. I was asked to submit a design (I actually submitted two) for the Friends Around the World 6th Anniversary CAL (FATW6), hosted by CAL – Crochet A Long and, like another crochet design of mine, the Feathers Pocket Shawl, this all happened by chance, hence the reason I call myself an “accidental designer”. I am busy expanding my design skills, though, and am currently busy with my Losange fingerless gloves which will also have a matching cowl”
You can find her links here, definitely keep an eye out for her upcoming patterns.
The Endeavor pattern will be downloadable at the link after these photos from our Makers. We are hosting the pattern here on our blog, so that is the only place you will find it. Like all patterns, please read it carefully before starting to work it. The extra stitch will be at the beginning of each row (stitch 2 with stitch 1 being the end to the right). Therefore, when you do the repeats, you will start the next set at stitch 3. This is explained in pattern as well. The graph also shows you where the repeat is. Also, use the same size hook that you were using for the previous strips.
For now, enjoy these beautiful makes.
Please note that this pattern file is hosted by us at CAL Crochet A Long and is downloadable from here only.
Have a great, crochet weekend!
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