Long-term readers of my blog will know that crochet skills have all but eluded me. FOR FIVE YEARS. Val Celia and Gina valiantly attempted to teach me whilst stuffing me full of cake once. I’m afraid that I had such a bad case of addled baby brain and Littlest, being very little indeed at the time, needed such regular jiggling to put her to sleep/feeding with mushed carrot/tiny person ablutions that I failed to grasp the loopy code and my crochet flowers looked as though they’d contracted blight. Then came the Making Winter project. Crochet was on the list of good things to do in winter that Mrs Thriftyhousehold and I compiled We organised a workshop with Joanne of NotsoGranny and lo! –we made a coaster each. Success (ish). Then Mrs ThriftyH went on to the giddy and impressive heights of a cushion crocheted in string. Meanwhile any skills I’d gained seemed to evaporate through shameful neglect. My coaster lay in a basket-of-partially-finished-handmade-things and taunted me.
First ever successful (slightly wonky) crochet in the round and first ever puff stitch.
It was satisfying and soothing to make and the colours made my eyes very happy. I finished it (I wove in the ends and everything!) It was seized upon with glee and is often worn as a Bruce-Springsteen-style headband whilst doing busy four-year-old things.
What can I say about Kat’s book? The premise of the pattern collection is crochet for dressing up, for playing in and to stimulate childrens’ imaginations. There’s a sleepy octopus to have naps with, a black-eyed Susan throw to snuggle under, witches’ hats and a little wolf cardigan. The hedgehog mittens are to die for as is the little mermaid tail snuggle cocoon. The images are seriously smile-inducing and make me wish I were five again. The photographer? Kat herself. The technical editor? Joanne of Notsogranny (they’re quite a crochet team – have a peep at the The Crochet Project pattern lookbook).
It’s an utterly joyful book and my desire to make something from its pages was the final kick up the crafty bum that I needed to crack this crochet business.
The final revelation is that it felt good to do the loopy thing with my hook. What’s more I had some cowl envy so I scaled up Kat’s pattern and made a flower and bud cowl for myself. Oh yes. I wore it to the car boot sale yesterday where it kept out the chill. It felt so snuggly and soft that I didn’t take it off until bedtime. I crocheted a garment (a very small one)! It is a crafty miracle. Thankyou Kat and Joanne and Gina and Val and Celia. Your persistence has finally paid off.
Right. I fancy some simple crochet wristwarmers next. Can anyone recommend a good pattern?
Alice Auperin says
Ooh I have this crochet book, it's utterly inspiring! N°3 has already bagged the octopus cushion. Well done you for perservering, excellent choice in yarn.
I've found Ravelry to be the best place to find patterns online…
Oh well done! Isn't is fab when you get the lightbulb moment and everything falls into place?
Looking good! Fancy that – before you know it you'll be hooked…no pun intended, but it does sound good.
You learn fast! That cowl looks really good!
Enjoy your crochet. I am struggling with a doily at the moment. I get it wrong all the time 🙁 :-)!
Beware – crochet becomes addictive! 🙂
Lucy at Attic 24 has some great, and easy wrist warmers! http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2009/10/wrist-warmers.html
Have fun x
You did it, you did it! I do rather love that stitch. And i think a scaled up mermaid tail is surely, surely this year's onesie?
Everyday Things says
I Loved you rpost as we seem to be at the same er slightly 'wonky' stage of crochet.. I am self taught too, watched tons of utube tutorials till my eyes almost bled and now slowly getting the hang of it all. I hope you get a nice easy pattern for the wrist warmers!
So there might be hope for me yet. Monica has tried to teach me. So has Elizabeth at my needles and natter group, but my fingers and brain are still stubbornly refusing.
Perhaps it is the dogged focus to make just one thing that I need! I read Kat's blog and sigh over my lack of skills. It just isn't good enough.
oh gorgeous. and more useful than the basket of granny squares I have that will never ever be enough for a blanket….
for wristwarmers and other cute patterns try Julia Crossland.
Celia Hart says
I agree with Dotty – Mermaid Tail onesie! Brilliant idea!
There are some very lovely crochet mitts in the Crochet Project collection.
Fantastic! You've done it and very lovely it looks too. There'll be no stopping you now.
Well done! I remember some of your previous struggles and it's good to see you get there in the end!
Ooooh…learning a new craft is so much fun! Gorgeous yarn choices certainly help to inspire. Your cowl looks wonderful!
CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS says
Hello Paula, I just wanted to say I love my Sea Glass Pendant I bought from you on your etsy shop… Love it. I just posted about it on my blog.. Hugs Judy
Very pretty, I still just can't get my head round crochet. I can't decide if it's cos I'm left handed – poor excuse, or a bit like algebra – took me years to crack that too, I finally managed it when I was 36 !! Love the colours you chose, can't wait to see what you make next.
Becca-Lou Creates says
Well done for sticking with it, the results have paid off, you will be whipping up granny squares and blankets in your sleep soon
J9's Happiness in the Every Day says
Well done!! I've had crochet envy too for so long and finally mastering it via YouTube – none of my friends are crafty! I recently blogged about my first creations too! Such small success but momentus! Cherry Heart's wristwarmer pattern is amazing! J9x
Scented Sweetpeas says
Well done, it is lovely when it just suddenly 'clicks' isn't it 🙂 I recently made my first ripple blanket and have started another as I miss making that one so much.
Wrist warmers …. I pinned a lovely easy pattern here http://pinterest.com/pin/64668944621916677/
oohh love your wall paper in the photo behind you, I bought a collection of cups with those designs on for the camper van recently, just adore that designer.