Thursday, February 27, 2014

Making Granny Squares with Friends

Two of my friends have been saying they really want to learn to crochet.
So we finally set up a little crochet date so I could teach them.

I brought over some pretty pattern books to show them, as well as my Crochet Bible (which unfortunately for my friends, was UK terms).

I did let them know that there are UK and US terms, and technically we should be using UK terms, but I learnt with US terms, so that's how I'm teaching them. Once you know the different names for the same stitches, it's not hard using both terms.

I was pleasantly surprised at how fast they picked it up. After roughly 2 hours (in between making a failed dinner) we all had a three round granny square!

We are already planning more little  crochet dates to keep practicing, with the hope of starting to work in the rounds soon, as they are desperate to start making the toys that I have been making.

Some tips for learning (and teaching) crochet: Be Patient!! Both learner and teacher need to be patient if they truly want to learn.

Keep practicing, after all - practice makes perfect.

And have fun! Don't stress if it takes a while to learn and you feel like you aren't going anywhere. Before you realise, you'll be granny squaring-it-up all over the place!

photo from Instagram - @emilybrooke_m

Friday, February 21, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket February 9th

So . . . I'm a little bit behind with posting
updates for my Crochet Mood Blanket
but here is progress up to 9th February.

As you can see, it is getting harder to take
"good" photos of progress.

Here is a close up of some of my squares.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ribbed Beanie with Pom Pom - MINI TUTORIAL

Remember this Ribbed Beanie?

Here's a quick little how-to
on how I made mine.

((( I got the idea for this from All About Ami
who found the pattern from Lion Brand Yarn )))

First Step: Crochet a rectangle to fit around your head in single crochet ribbed stitch.
Single crochet ribbed stitch is just plain old single crochet (US terms)
stitched into back loops only on every row.

I used a 5mm crochet hook and chained 41 to get 40 stitches per row.
I crocheted 86 rows for my rectangle to measure 42cm/16.5" long.
The long part needs to fit around your head.
There is some stretch in this piece so make sure it fits comfortably.

Second Step: Once your rectangle is big enough, stitch the two shorter sides together with whip stitch.

Third Step: Sew around one of the openings and pull yarn tightly to close this end. Tie a knot under the pulled top and secure.
This makes the top of the beanie.
I found that pulling it tight while sewing it closed worked better - instead of waiting until you've sewed through the whole top and then pulling the yarn.

Fourth Step: Make a pom-pom and attach to the top of the beanie.
Everyone makes pom poms differently so make your own pom pom however you prefer.
I attached mine with yarn - but I have previously attached pom poms to alligator clips 
which gave me the option to wear the beanie/beret with pom pom or without.

Thought One: I wish I had made my beanie longer on the shorter sides so I could roll up a brim.
Thought Two: Dark purple doesn't photograph too well unless your in perfect light.
Thought Three: When will I be able to make a pom pom tight enough that the strands don't pull out?

Friday, February 7, 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 23rd January

I have started the second row and attached three so far,
but I have made the coloured parts for the last 4 days plus two extra
just ready to be attached with white border.

Unfortunately I have fallen a little bit behind
due to essays and study 
and flying home to Perth for three days!

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Quick Coaster's

Here is a super quick
15 minute project.
Well . . . it takes 10-15 mins to make one.

It's a cotton crochet drink coaster.
Pattern and idea from Crafts Tuts Plus 

And I used my Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet
to take the photos (hence the not-so-great-lighting)

This cotton is quite soft and the camera really
doesn't show to brightness of the aqua green colour.