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Learning to crochet

Learning to crochet

This year I am feeling determined to learn to crochet. For far too long I have owned the book Crochet Workshop by Erika Knight  but was put off  with the first project, crocheting a dishcloth. Admittedly regular readers may well think that a DIY dishcloth that will last for years would appeal, but it just didn’t float my boat!!

This time I decided to try the blanket – initially starting with wrong size yarn and hook I did myself no favours. So when I saw this gorgeous yarn Delphi by Debbie Bliss reduced to £1 a ball I snapped it up!

Debbie Bliss yarn

The correct yarn and hook for the instructions did make a difference!!  You tube videos greatly assisted the instructions in the book.

Several attempts plus some kind folk on facebook and I was away. The speed of crochet appeals – the project grew quickly and satisfyingly.

Crochet blanket in progress

The variance in the tones of colour in the yarn hide the odd mistake I made – to be honest I don’t think anyone’s going to notice:)

Corchet blanket with chunky wool

Sadly I never thought to check the length of the yarn per ball so my finished project is somewhat smaller than anticipated.

first crochet blanket

Next up I am hoping to crochet some snowflakes, but I am realising that learning to read crochet patterns is a skill in itself. I can quickly look up you tube videos for stitches but knowing quite where to put the stitch is an entirely different thing!! If anyone has any suggestion re learning to read and understand crochet patterns I would love to know:)

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My Handmade Space

Tuesday 8th of March 2016

Pretty blanket! I also want to learn to crochet, I've seen so many crochet projects (dresses, bathing suits, and even trims). Thanks for sharing!

Maura

Friday 4th of March 2016

Ah it's lovely! Crochet is v addictive since you get started. Try Bella Coco on you tube & Attic24 has a great crochet blog .

Eline @ Emmy + LIEN

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

I'm so excited you learned to crochet! I started knitting a couple of months ago so I know all about the frustration and the mistakes, and the complete saviour that is YouTube! For learning how to read crochet patterns, you should have a look at the "Lake's Edge Hat" by Kat Goldin. It's a free pattern that has some clear instructions on what all the shorthand and abbreviations mean. Good luck with it! Eline (previously of Pasta & Patchwork)

Caroline

Wednesday 2nd of March 2016

Well done you, something on my 2016 to do list as well. Not even picked up a hook yet, lol. The colours are perfect

Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

I'm not a crocheter but often admired other peoples work, you've made me think that I should give it a try. :)

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