Tuesday, 11 March 2014
First Finished Crochet Project. . .
I've finally dusted off a new year's resolution from 2013 and learned (sort of) how to crochet. I went to a fun beginner's workshop offered by Purlesque a few weeks ago (complete with tea and cake - the best way to learn) and here is my first completed project! The pattern is the Butter Soft Cowl by Helen Ardley from Simply Crochet magazine, issue #6. My tension is still wonky; I like a big hook and large holes to hook into so this pattern, which was a simple two row repeat, was perfect and I now have a lovely, chunky, textured cowl. I used two skeins of the softest aran that I had in my stash - West Yorkshire Spinners Blue-Faced Leicester - bought a while back from Baa Ram Ewe. Not only is it deliciously soft, but it smells so sheepy (in a good way).
I am still trying to perfect a granny square, i.e. actually create one that is square-shaped, but just learning a few techniques and stitches has really gotten the creative juices flowing. I can see tons of applications for crochet in knitting projects, for edgings and also as an alternative way to seam. Yes, I'm officially hooked!