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Crochet visitor

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Crochet visitor

This weekend, a friend of mine came to visit. She has recently taken up crochet and is a very talented and creative artist who works with many different media. Since I had a visitor, it seems fitting for the blog to have a visitor too!

For those of you who are beginners at crochet or are debating trying it, I hope that this post will be inspirational to you. With little more than borrowed hooks and a passion for crafts, my friend has very quickly proven that crochet is an excellent outlet for creativity (not that this is of any debate).

She excitedly texted me this photo of her very first blanket-in-the-works a little while back and I was blown away! Not only does this project fit with her personality seamlessly, but it is also an ambitious one. With more than 100 white granny squares alone to form the background, this is a very time consuming endeavor.

She has since finished the blanket and it looks absolutely fabulous. A quick note; she ran into the same problem as I did when seaming her blanket. Beginning with horizontal rows and single crochet, she found that the number of single crochets were too few to allow for the full stretch of the granny square causing some bunching of the pattern. How nice it is to have friends to discuss this sort of thing!

Below are a few more pictures of her “blankie”.

She has also taken to creating some very adorable amigurumi stuffed animals and had a sweet little elephant named Frank, or “Fwang” as my 2 year old has taken to calling him, for us when she arrived. She documented her process very well too!

If you would like your very own Frank, you can get the pattern here. You may notice that in the original pattern, he has no tail. He simply could not be an elephant with no tail so my friend improvised his sweet little tail by creating a short chain and single crocheting back on it once.

Amigurumi animals are great personal gifts for anyone, not just children, so why not check out this page of free Ravelry patterns to see if you can find your own little friend to build! Or, if you like, here are a few of my faves: Baby Elmo, Alphabet Letters, Baby MONSTERS!, Little Owl… You can also click here for some YouTube tutorials on Amigurumi!

Do you make Amigurumi? Tell us about your favorite pattern in the comments below!

My First Crochet Blanket

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My First Crochet Blanket

Okay, so I know it has been a very long time since I have blogged. I have a big update in the works which I should have up soon. Until that is done, I wanted to share the crochet blanket I have been working on. It is for my son and I didn’t use a pattern.

Crochet, for me, provides flexibility and the ability to improvise. I love that it is quick, (I am a sucker for instant gratification.), and I love how portable and forgiving it can be. The drawback though is that it uses much more yarn than knitting and I often prefer the texture of a knitted garment to a crocheted one.

Many times I pick up some yarn and begin to crochet with an image in my mind and no pattern. I find that I am usually able to bring that image into reality through hooking and that is what I did with this blanket. For awhile now, I have contemplated trying a granny square as they are notoriously easy and also allow you to use up yarn ends and scraps. So I looked up an easy tutorial for a modified granny square on YouTube and began to build my very first blanket! (Find a written tutorial here!)

Building a blanket using granny squares gave me the instant gratification I need and still allowed me to create a larger project. My son, who is almost two, was thrilled to play with the squares of his new blanket while I continued working. (What a great distraction!)

For this project, I dug through my stash of yarns and selected a few worsted weight yarns in teal, grey, black and white. These were a combination of Red Heart, Bernat, TLC and a bag of anonymous roll ends I bought at discount from Zellers I think.

The process was quite simple, very portable and fast! This project is incredibly easy to pick up and put down at a moment’s notice as well. Because this blanket was for my son, the size isn’t too big; four squares by six.

I wanted to create a randomized pattern with both solid and multicoloured squares so I crocheted 6 teal, 6 white, some with teal centres and black or white borders, some with white centres and black or white borders, and even a few black ones. Finally, I bordered every square in grey, adding an extra row one side in the hopes of making the blanket a bit larger. To bring it all together, I used a slip stitch through one of the top loops of each square then I created a border in half double crochet.

Here are a few pictures of the process:

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I am a very “type A” personality so I needed a bit of help from my husband and Alli to add a bit of chaos to the pattern.

I really like how it turned out. I wasn’t expecting the reaction I got from my son when he saw all of the pieces finally as one. He was elated! In fact, I have not yet been able to weave in all of the yarn ends as he doesn’t want to give it up. He saw it on the floor, final product for me to appraise and immediately began to dance on it! It was very cute.