Jenny has been a very busy bee! She has fallen head over heels in love with Scheepjes Whirl, and every time I see her, it feels like she has started another Whirl project. Of all the Whirl projects she has made so far, her Whirl Sophie is my favourite! It is just so bright and beautiful.
We know that a lot of people struggle with choosing colours for their Sophies, so using a long colour-change yarn like Whirl is perfect. All you have to do is choose your colourway, and away you go without having to worry about which colour to use next. And if colour isn’t your thing, you can have a look at Jenny’s Single Colour Sophie HERE.
If you would like to make a Sophie in Whirl, you will find all Jenny’s notes below. But first I want to show you some photos of how prettily the colour changes played together.
What a happy coincidence that the leaves of the central flower turned out green. It makes the central flower look like a summer flower bed under a blue sky.
And just look at that gorgeous orange corner flower!
But my favourite part remains the roses!! If they weren’t so time-consuming, I would make a blanket just out of those roses.
Sophie’s Universe in Whirl
- 3 skeins of Whirl in the Cotton Candy Man (760) colourway (220g/1000m) – Available from Wool Warehouse, Deramores, and other Scheepjes Retailers.
- 3 mm hook (UK 11) – Parts 1 to 3
- 3.25 mm hook (US D/3 UK 10) – Parts 4 to 7
- 3.5 mm hook (US E/4 UK 9) – Part 8 onwards
Your Sophie should measure 9.5 cm at the end of Part 1.
- 95 cm at the end of Round 113
- 99 cm with extra rounds
- Jenny makes her chains much tighter than I do, so on Round 65, she replaced the ch-2 spaces on the short sides with ch-3 spaces to give her Sophie a bit more elasticity and to help prevent bulging. This is not such a big issue if you are working with a yarn that has a little bit of ‘give’, but if you work with cotton (no elasticity), and your chains are much tighter than the rest of your work, you might run into the same problem. If you feel that Round 65 is too tight for the previous rounds (in other words, your Sophie bulges at the end of this round), please redo it and replace your ch-2 spaces with ch-3 spaces (short sides only).
- Jenny started with purple (inside of the yarn cake) and worked her way to the pink (outside of the yarn cake). When the first cake was done, she started on the outside of the next one and worked her way back to the centre (pink to purple). For the last cake, she started with purple again.
- For her next Whirl Sophie, Jenny is starting with a 2.75 mm hook, moving up to a 3 mm hook at the start of Part 4, and moving up to a 3.25 mm hook at the start of Part 8. If you are a very loose crocheter, you might consider doing the same so that the last part of your blanket isn’t too ‘holey’.
- If you have questions about fastening off in some places despite using the same colour for the next round, please see the post about making Sophie in a Single Colour.
When Jenny got to the end of Round 113, she didn’t want to stop. Partly because she just didn’t want to stop, and partly because she wanted to end on a pop of colour. She added three more rounds, which you can find below.
At the end of Round 113, you should have 216 sts per side.
Sl st in the next st and into the ch-2 space. (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same ch-2 space. This is your first corner made.
*Skip the first stitch, which will be hidden anyway. Dc in each of the remaining 215 sts. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch-2 corner space.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat. Join to the top of the beginning ch-3 with a sl st.
Stitch Count: 219 dc per side.
Sl st in the next st and in the ch-2 space. (Ch 1, sc, ch 2, sc) in the same ch-2 space. This is your first corner made.
Sc in the first two sts. *(Skip the next 3 sts. Make 4 tr in the next st. Ch 3 and sl st into the third ch from your hook. This is your Picot made. Make 4 tr in the next st. Skip the next 3 sts and sc in the next st) 24 times. Sc in the last st. (Sc, ch 2, sc) in the next ch-2 corner space.* Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat. Join to the first sc with a sl st.
Stitch Count: 29 sc, 192 tr, and 24 Picots per side.
Sl st into the ch-2 sp. (Ch 3, dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the same ch-2 space. This is your first corner made. Dc in the next 3 sts. *(Hdc in the first tr of the next Petal. Sc in the next 3 tr. Ch 2 and skip the Picot. Sc in the next 3 tr, making sure to keep the ch-2 behind the Picot. Hdc in the last tr. Dc in the next sc) 24 times. Dc in the last 2 sts. (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in the next ch-2 corner space.*
Repeat from * to * 3 more times, omitting the last corner on the last repeat. Join to the top of the beg ch-3 with a sl st. Fasten off and work away your ends.
Stitch Count: 144 sc, 48 hdc, 33 dc, and 24 ch-2 spaces per side (not including corner ch-2 sps).
Please Note: If you find that your last round makes your border too wavy for your liking, replace the repeats between bold brackets () with the following instead:
(Hdc in the first tr of the next Petal. Sc in the next 2 tr. Ch 2 and skip the next 2 tr and the Picot. Sc in the next 2 tr, making sure to keep the ch-2 behind the Picot. Hdc in the last tr. Dc in the next sc.)
I’m going to share two more photos… just because I can’t resist. This is Sophie all folded up and ready to return to Jenny…
…and here is a photo Jenny took of the entire blanket. Isn’t it gorgeous?
And of course, I have to include a photo I took of this gorgeous blanket at one of our Devon Sun Yarns Retreats.
We would love to see your Whirl Sophies, so if you have made one (or will be making one), please use #scheepjeswhirlsophie so that we can see your photos.
More Whirl Patterns
Ooh, before I go, I have just finished my first Instagram Party where I shared a 15-round Mandala as a photo tutorial. The pattern is by my friend John Kelly and
will be available on my website soon can now be found on my website HERE. In the meantime, you can still join the party over on Instagram! Just scroll down on my feed until you see the photo that says #notacal and work your way up from there.
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