Work in progress
I haven’t been crocheting for long, so I when I decided to make a baby blanket last September for an expectant friend, I knew I would need to combine all the little knowledge of stitches I had to come up with something that looked worthy of the time and effort that I would be putting in. I started out by using a random ball of white DK yarn from my stash, creating complete rows of the few but different stitches I already knew. Once I was happy with the practice block, I wrote down what I had done and this became my pattern to work from. I used single, double and triple crochet stitches (I’m not too sure if these are the UK or US names for them as I’ve read and watched tutorials from both regions). I also reflected the pattern either side of a triple stitch row and added a couple multiple rows to give a more interesting look and used baby weight yarn. I also added a couple of rows of single crochet around the edges to finish it off properly.
I must confess that the final blanket was completed after the baby arrived, which was early. It took many hours for me to make but it was definitely worth the effort.
After getting more wool this blanket became three times bigger!
Last Autumn I bought a craft magazine that said it would teach you how to crochet. Despite all the diagrams and explanations about the different stitches, I still couldn’t get the hang of it. A visit to my mum and YouTube were needed to help! Mum showed me how to make rounds (a bit like granny squares but round) but I found them quite tricky. Next I watched YouTube and tried working in lines, which looks more like knitting to the untrained eye. By Christmas I had made a head band and a scarf with approx. 6 or 7mm hook. I then became a little addicted and started a blanket with a 10mm hook! The pictures of the blanket were taken before I got more wool, made it three times bigger and added a wavy edge. Whilst the pattern is simple and relatively plain, it grows quickly.
The sky remote gives an idea of scale
The finished the scarf looked too plain, so I added a row of triple stitch I’d learnt from trying rounds to give a wavy look to the sides.
If you want to try crochet for the first time I can recommend naztazia Learn how to Crochet Part 1 and 2 on YouTube