Sunday, February 17, 2013

Learning to Crochet

So I've been sewing and knitting for awhile now and I kept considering learning to crochet. Then I thought, do I really need another crafty hobby? Turns out, I do!!

It all started when I was perusing Ravelry and I kept finding cute patterns. Unfortunately for me, they were crochet patterns (ok, so there are cute knitting patterns but the grass is always greener, you know?!)

So, a few weeks ago when hunting for a stitch and b*tch group near me I found a meetup group that is literally in the next suburb. What are the chances, right?! So I looked at their upcoming meetups and discovered they were running a couple of intro crochet evenings. These classes covered making 2D and 3D flowers, including chaining (casting on) and then double stitches (using UK terminology) in class 1. Then class 2 included treble stitches to make granny squares and hexagons.

So without further ado, here are my class makes!

2D and 3D flowers from my first Crochet Class 

Granny Squares and Hexagons from my second Crochet Class

Between classes I wanted to practice a little and found YouTube to be invaluable. My previous attempts at learning on YouTube were a bit of a fail but once I'd learnt the basics in person, I found that understanding videos much, much easier. So after playing around with a few stitches, I started on a ripple scarf using the Neat Ripple Blanket tutorial over at Attic24 (also on Ravelry). For the sample size, she suggests 31 (2x14 +3) and I decided to go a bit wider to 45 (3x14 +3) and I'm using Morris Estate 8Ply. For more project details, head over to my Ravelry.

My first 'real' crochet project - a ripple scarf


  1. GAH! Look at your mad skills- these are awesome! That ripple scarf is delish :D

  2. Looks like a great scarf in the making! Love the colours. I too think about taking crocheting up then I think better of it, more time for sewing.

  3. How fab! Congratulations on trying something new! I too felt the urge to learn crochet (once upon a time) and learnt from one of those magazine collections that you pay an arm and a leg for, but the introductory one with DVD was only 99c. But if you don't use the skills you forget them, which is what happened to me. Hope you keep it up though! Found your blog on the Sewing map, so thought I'd add you to my reader, as I used to live in Melbourne - it'll be so nice to read me thinks !