Saturday, August 28, 2010

Crochet Success!!

Hello Knitters,

I mentioned in my last post that I was learning to crochet. Well on Thursday night I wanted to start a baby blanket but I just kept having my crocheted fabric look nothing like the picture in the book I was following so I asked my Mom to help me out since she knows how to do some crochet. We sat together and worked away for a while but things still weren't working so I asked her to actually watch me do mine and guess what? I wasn't double crocheting properly! She showed me how to do it right, and things just took off from there. She then taught me how to make a granny square. Here's a picture of my swatch:

I'm going to call it a wash cloth and do a decorative edge on it then give it to her as a thank you gift for teaching me.

I honestly feel like a whole new world has opened up to me!! Yesterday while sitting in the car when we were in the city, I started the baby blanket. Here's a close-up of the fabric - you can see the ball of yarn in the background through the holes.

The yarn is Bernat Chunky and the colour is Chocolate Cherry. I'm really liking how it's working up and it's so much fun to do!!

Yesterday we went across the river to Joanns. I picked up two small crocheting pattern books and a laminated instruction booklet of stitches to keep with me in my bag if I ever need help with a stitch. The books I got are Vanna's Choice Easy Crochet Critters and Celebrity Slouchy Crochet Beanies for the Family. I also got the knitting version of the slouchy beanies. Both books have such cute patterns for hats that I really want to make myself for fall, and the critters book is just adorable! Anyways, needless to say, I'm very excited about learning this new craft!

I also got to do some shopping for my swap partner - it was so much fun!! So dear swap partner, your package should be in the mail on Monday if all goes as planned :-)

Well, that's all for today. I'm going to get back to work the blanket! Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!


  1. That baby blanket looks like it's going to be so sweet! :) I really want to learn how to crochet as well, not just the basics. There are SO many things out there that look like they'd be fun to try. :) Have fun w/ your new patterns. :)

  2. Thank you!! The baby blanket has now turned into an afghan for my Grandma's Christmas present since I had two balls of yarn and want to use them both up...and honestly, I just don't want to stop!! :-) My Mom thinks my Grandma would really like the colours, so I think it's the perfect gift for her.
    I highly recommend learning how to crochet!! It's so much fun! My sister was asking me what was the difference between knitting and crocheting and I said that to me, knitting is like fine art - it's something that takes a while, looks gorgeous, is more complex, etc. and that crocheting is like finger painting - it's fun, quick instant gratification and you can just be free with it, there's less worrying about messing it up. :-) Not to say that it can't be fine art quality, but that's how I see it in terms of the actual making process.
    I agree, there are so many fun patterns available, I can hardly wait to start trying some out!