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Saturday, 24 January 2015

My crochet journey

Back in 2007, I'd just learned to knit and for Christmas a friend gave me a copy of The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.

Facing a Christmas stuck in my home town I packed my book, some yarn and crochet hook I'd picked up from my local craft store. I followed the instructions in the book and could pretty quickly form a chain. It took a bit longer to figure out how to make the second row but once I'd cracked that there was no stopping me. 

It's a shame it was only a few weeks between learning to knit and learning to crochet because although I love to knit the speed of working up a piece of crochet was addictive. 

The first big project I decided to undertake was crocheting a blanket. Whilst granny squares are a great way of learning to crochet, I designed myself a pattern that involved 320 of them. And this was before I learned this technique. The finishing took as long as the crocheting. I guess things like this are the perils of being completely self taught. 

But 7 years later the blanket is still in use, even if, at times, not for its intended purpose.

Redfearn the cat on blue crochet blanket || www.embellishedelephant.blogspot.co.uk

Since then I've made many projects. Here are some of my favourites.

crochet baby clothes collage || www.embellishedelephant.blogspot.co.uk

Baby/Toddler Clothes - from left to right:
Little Princess Cardi - free pattern from Lion Brand. The first item of clothing I made for someone.
Cluster Yoke Cardigan - free pattern from Patons. I just loved the cotton yarn I used for this item, it was so lovely to work with
Ribbed shell top - free pattern from Cre8tion Crochet. The first item of clothing I made that used something other than sc/dc. I almost gave up when I got stuck with the underarms but I figured it out in the end!

crochet baby blankets collage || www.embellishedelephant.blogspot.co.uk

Blankets - from left to right:
Lancaster Quilt - pattern from Crochet Today Magazine. This is my all time favourite crochet pattern. It has a wonderful mix of stitches so is interesting to make as well as being gorgeous to look at.
Stripy blanket - a design I created myself. I had so many scraps of yarn I wanted to use up so I came up with this idea. It mixes different gauges but I managed to keep it rectangular!
Flower blanket - flower granny square from Simply Crochet Magazine Summer 2012. My favourite colour is blue but I love the mix of pinks and purples that I used in this blanket and they really work with this motif.

crochet for me collage || www.embellishedelephant.blogspot.co.uk

Crocheting for myself - from left to right:
Crochet Sunflower Tote Bag - I designed this myself using a sunflower button from Sonia Karan. I love the sunny colours on this bag and the fact I transformed a bag with a print on it that I would never have used.
Stripy triangle scarf - free pattern from Lion Brand. This was the first time I'd crocheted with lacy yarn and the first time I'd crocheted with stripy yarn and I love how the strips look on the finished piece.
Crochet cushion covers - pattern from Crochet Today Magazine. If you look carefully you'll see this is the exact same pattern as the Lancaster quilt above. That's how much I love this pattern. I think the central panel looks great worked up to the size of a cushion cover.

for the love of crochet collage || www.embellishedelephant.blogspot.co.uk

For the love of crochet - from left to right:
Penguin - pattern from Lion Brand. This penguin takes just a couple of hours to make but is a great present for friend's little ones and the feedback from them has been great!
Beaded necklace - my own design. I've included this because it was a chance to combine my other crafty love - beads.
Mandala - pattern from A Creative Being. Mandalas are great for when you just have to crochet something and I love the different stitches I got to play around with in this pattern.

So that's how I got started with crochet - what's your story?

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