One of the most inspiring crochet designs I have come across in the last 5 years is Dedri Uys’, Sophie’s Universe. This design takes some time and dedication to complete because each round is unique but it is totally worth the effort because the finished blanket you create is one of Heirloom Quality.
The way Dedri has presented her design makes it beginner friendly (for adventurous beginners) because each stitch and technique is outlined completely and the pattern is written in a way that you know with certainty, exactly what she is asking you to crochet and where you need to be placing each stitch. Filled with specific instructions, helpful notes and beautiful step-by-step photo images, Sophie’s Universe is the perfect project for new crocheters’ to try because it teaches you more about crochet and crochet stitches in a single project, than you would be able to learn from working multiple projects over the course of many years. If you truly want to expand your crochet knowledge, Sophie’s Universe will take you on a fantastic crochet journey.
When I began Sophie’s Universe in 2015, I followed along on Dedri’s blog. Being busy with my own blog and my home and family I quickly fell behind in the CAL process and put my blanket aside with all the yarn I had purchased to make it, with the intention of picking it back up again when I had time.
When Dedri’s book came out I was thrilled because it meant I no longer had to rely on having the time to either print out each section of the CAL from the online version – or be sure I’d charged my tablet so it was ready when I was ready to crochet! With Sophie’s Universe the book I have the ability to pick up and crochet whenever and wherever I want. It is the perfect solution for me.
I’ve realized I will be forever too busy to just ‘have time’ so I decided in 2017 I would ‘make time’ to work on my Sophie’s Universe every weekend. Whether I manage to accomplish 1 single round each weekend, or more, will be left to fate but I am determined to complete my Sophie before the end of 2017.
Here’s my progress so far:
I am ready to begin Round 61 (the final round of Part Seven).
Sophie’s Universe is available on Dedri’s blog as a Crochet Along here: Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015 and there are video tutorials available for every part, filmed by Esther Dijkstra of It’s All In a Nutshell here: Sophie’s Universe Video Tutorials. If you want your own book copy of Sophie’s Universe, you can purchase it here:
Sophie’s Universe, the book, is a creative masterpiece. There are 216 pages in total and each page is filled with colorful images and step-by-step guidance. The whole book is written as though Dedri is speaking directly to you and guiding you on your journey. The Information Section provides details about the 3 sizes you can make, Large (5’6″ x 5’6″), Medium (4’7″ x 4’7″) or Small (3’3″ x 3’3″). The changing of hooks sizes is addressed and suggested if bulging is occurring after Part 3 and/or Part 8. Measurements have been provided for each blanket size (small, medium and large) at the end of Part 1. This will help you know you are on track for pattern gauge more easily.
It is important to read the Understanding the Pattern section as it explains abbreviations and the punctuation being used throughout the written pattern. Helpful notes and tips are included in white ‘speech bubbles’ within each section.
Beginning on Page 13, you get one of the best Crochet Stitch References Guides I have ever seen. Each stitch is explained in step-by-step written instructions and photo tutorials. Stitches included are the slip stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, double treble crochet, triple treble crochet, post stitches (front and back), working into the front or back loop, magic ring, stitch anatomy, corners and the elusive hidden stitch, corners and counting, using stitch markers, standing stitches (standing sc, standing dc), joining at the end of a round, invisible join, slip stitch join, starting subsequent rounds, fastening off, working away yarn ends, blocking and Special Stitches. Some of the beautiful Special Stitches you will crochet are: Cable Stitch, Crossed Double, Crab Stitch, Cluster Stitch, Treble Cluster, Long sc, Persian Stitch, Picot, Picot dc, Popcorn Stitch (and beginning popcorn stitch), Tr Bobble (and beginning tr bobble), Tr2tog Bobble, V-Stitch and Roses.
Each separate Part of Sophie’s Universe includes a ‘cover page’ which shows the 3 sizes and colorways, by round. This makes it easy to stay on task while working your chosen size of Sophie.
While I was working each Part, I moved a sticky-note to mark each section ‘cover page’ to allow me to flip back and forth easily, to check which yarn color I needed to use for any given round. In total there are 18 Parts to Sophie’s Universe and 112 Rounds.
Throughout Sophie’s Universe, Dedri has included personal photo challenges for us to participate in – and to share online with her and the other’s who are crocheting Sophie’s Universe.
You will also find a “Notes” page at the end of each Part for you to add notes to keep with the section for later review. Page 207 includes a Colours Per Round chart and a separate chart to include the specifics of the yarn you chose for your project; like Shade No., Shade name and Lot. Other sections in this form include Hook Size(s), Date project started, Total Time to Complete, Total Cost of wool/yarn and Price to Charge Customer (if required). Following this are extra blank ‘Notes’ pages you can use to add any information you wish.
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