Monday, 28 November 2011

Crochet Update

There are so many great projects I want to do and so little time to do them all! Every time I go onto the computer I find another pattern I love and want to try and now I have got the basics of crochet that's another craft I can add to my long list.

After my lesson in half term I have got the crochet bug, I love it. So relaxing and more satisfying than knitting, with just the one stitch to worry about!

I have started to crochet this in  a lovely chunky yarn (Sirdar Connemara 359) which is a pretty brown, yellow, orange and pink mix.

The pattern is American so watch out for the differences between double crochet and treble. I also added a few stitches to the foundation chain to start with so instead of 37 stitches I did 57 but apart from that it is a great pattern for a beginner. I will post a photo of the finished cowl as soon as I finish it which at the moment won't be any time soon. I do hope to finish it by Christmas though!

Here are some pictures of other things I want to try...... I particulary like this floral baby blanket but it looks like an awful lot of work! I don't know if the original pattern is available for there is a free download for something similar here

This looks more achievable (pattern here) and if you don't fancy crochet there is also a tutorial for a knitted star. 

These would look so pretty hanging on a garland or on your Christmas tree
I also love these snowmen from mochimochiland (they are knitted rather than crocheted), you have to buy the pattern but it is only $2.00, how could you resist?

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Crochet Lesson

I am so proud! Today I created this........

I know you are thinking 'What on earth is that?' but this is my first attempt at crochet. I had a lesson with a lovely lady at Sew a Good Yarn in Maidstone (very reasonable at £11 for an hour's tuition) and within the hour I had learnt how to do a chain, double crochet and treble crochet. I have even bought the wool to attempt this. If I get into trouble I can always go back for help (which I am sure I will need to do)! I will let you into a secret - my teacher started me off with the chain so I know that bit is right! Watch this space........
(If you want to attempt making this cowl and you are a beginner like me just bear in mind that this is an American pattern and single/double/treble have different meanings to the English. English double crochet is the same as American single crochet and English treble crochet is the same as American double crochet) Hope that makes sense!