Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a good day. Mine is going well at the moment. Today we are going to learn the basics of the single crochet into the chain you have been practicing the last few weeks. Once again this post will be a “lecture” and not a “lab”, but it’s still very important. No falling asleep in the back of the class!
The first single crochet into the chain is going to be frustrating, but it’s very important that you persevere. Once you are over this hurdle, the rest should be much easier.
I came across The Adirondack Wrap by OneDogWoof designs a bit over a month ago when someone posted a link to the pattern on Facebook. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with this wrap. The geometry of three triangles sewn together to create one big rectangle caught my eye. When I saw that it used Lion Brand Mandala, I knew I had to put it on my hook. This is what I chose to worked on today at the library.
Good Friday morning, crochet friends! I hope you are all doing well with last week’s lesson. Today we will be reviewing the chain stitch. There is no pressure to move to the next phase. I know you are anxious to get going, but you are becoming a crochet samurai and you need to swing your katana until your shoulders scream in agony. Okay, just kidding. I’m not a drill sergeant. I promise. 🙂
I have several pattern releases planned, but writing them down is the biggest challenge for me. It’s all clear in my mind. But unless you are in my brain, you would have no idea how I did what I did. I can’t even help myself since my notes are all over the place. However, writing patterns is a new adventure for me and I enjoy learning. Eventually, I will get myself organized and writing patterns will become second nature.
Remember my post from last Tuesday about me frogging a sweater I knew I was never going to finish? Oh, what a stir it caused! I’m still laughing about the insanity! But now I have to get back to work with the remnants of that stupid sweater. It was an ugly frog that needs to become a handsome prince. What shall it become?
Perhaps I should just chuck the whole lot and give it to charity. The problem is that I am very stubborn when it comes to problems that need solving. I will work on them far longer than I should. And I’m afraid that this is the long road I will travel with this frogged yarn.
Today, we are going to learn the foundation of all crochet projects. Whether you are going back and forth in rows or going around a center point, you will need to know the chain stitch. And you won’t just see it in the beginning of a project. It is used in many other stitches and patterns.
Unfortunately, the chain stitch also seems to be the hardest for a crocheter to master. This is why I recommend doing chains upon chains until you have enough to wrap around several hundred Christmas Trees. (Okay, that last sentence was a bit of an exaggeration, but you should practice as much as you can.)
To tell you the truth, I am in the mood to spin. But today is supposed to be a crochet post so I decided to browse the newest patterns on Ravelry. I hope I can find some inspiration to get me back on tack.
Today’s post is about giving it up, starting over, and trying to move on.* No, sillies, it’s not “personal”. It’s about frogging a project that just doesn’t seem to be working out for you. Whether it’s the yarn, the pattern, the combination of the two, or something else that makes you strongly dislike a project, sometimes you just have to “let it go”. (cue the characters from “Frozen”)
Today we are finally going to start getting our hands dirty. Okay, so it’s not that exciting in the grand scheme of crochet. But it is important nevertheless. We are going to be learning how to do the slip knot.
The slip knot is the absolute first thing that your hook will do for most of your crochet projects. It is the yarn’s anchor so the whole thing doesn’t unravel. It is the starting point. Having said that, once it has been created, crocheters tend to forget about it since it’s not counted as a chain stitch.
They say that “necessity is the mother of all invention” which is certainly true as I continue my attempt at creating a rectangular basket pattern. I’ve been trying to tackle this for several months now. Maybe I’m wrong, but it shouldn’t be this difficult.
I need to write a versatile basket pattern that I can adapt into several sizes. With the excessive amount of Red Heart Super Saver I have collected over the years, I’m certainly not lacking color choices. It’s writing the bottom of the pattern that is proving difficult for me.