Crafts in Iso – Crochet (Jessica)

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I am really grateful that Michaela started sending me photos of the crochet she was doing since it prompted me to get moving with this project. I feel pretty sure I still wouldn’t be able to crochet if it hadn’t have been for her.

Chain

And so it begins…

I purchased the same kit Michaela did though I knew I had a few hooks somewhere (I didn’t end up finding them for quite a while) and we discussed how we were going to progress so that we could look at different ways of learning.

I started a bit behind her but eventually I started with my very first stitch.

I found the illustrations from the book helpful in doing the chain and showing me the steps to make my first chain (photos of which are below).

I’m pretty happy with it too.

Single Crochet

This is the first real stitch – a single crochet.

This is where I ran into problems with the booklet. I thought it would be able to learn through the page (as I had with crossstitch) but the problems for me came in trying to follow and work out how my hands should look in movement. I could pretty much work out what to do with the wool and the hook but the movements were difficult.

Michaela suggested moving to online videos as you can pause them at when you need to and rewind. They have the huge bonus of seeing the movements.

As I started behind Michaela I was eager to, if not catch up, at least to start making some progress (gotta love the external motivation method).

I ended up looking at two videos – links below, and found it much easier to crochet using them. Not only because I was able to pause and rewind, but more because I was able to see everything in motion.

The biggest problem I have is keeping my fingers where they were supposed to be – they kept drifting.

You are supposed to hold the work with your middle finger and thumb but my ring finger kept drifting in and trying to help. This caused problems with the delivery of wool. You are holding the wool with the same hand using the ring and little finger to control the flow and the forefinger to keep control over the situation. The other hand is all about the hook. Therefore the fact my ring and middle finger kept getting confused made this really tricky. I kept needing to stop and check my fingers and really focus on them which I think had a noticeable effect on the work.

I think the photos above do make my crochet look better than it actually was.

This is the fourth go at the single crochet. By the time I’d finished I felt quite confident in the movements and where to hold my fingers. It’s still a little uneven but I managed to mostly keep it neat and didn’t have the same problem with dropping stitches at the end that I did with the red wool.

Treble Crochet

I found this stitch really easy to pick up after having practised the single crochet four times.

I missed the double crochet because for some unknown reason this stitch is that it is called different things in different places and I’m still not 100% sure I have the right stitch (until my mum helped to clarify it). If I am right, it’s called a double crochet in the US and treble crochet in the UK. Why it can’t just be called the same thing in both places is beyond me.

I decided to move onto the granny square after this as it utilises the treble crochet so I decided not to confuse the matter by learning the other type of double crochet first.

Mum also informed me that you can do a double treble crochet so at some point I’m going to have to find that one.

There appears to be a rule that I drop a lot of end stitches on my first go.

The second one below was better.

Granny Square -> Blanket

This was the start of my first attempt at a granny square.

I shouldn’t have tried doing this at 9pm one night…I tried again the next morning and it was a lot easier.

Given I learned to create a granny square over a couple of sessions, I watched more videos about it than other things.

Look at my very first granny square.

I’m very proud of it, and how lumpy it is.

So, I sent a picture of my first granny square to my mum and she give me the hot tip that if you keep the chain used to make a corner taut (not tight) and this is how you make the square more of a square.

The second attempt is also better because it’s my second go but you can see how much difference the taut corner makes.

These are all my granny squares, I did one in each colour that came in the wool pack I purchased (except for black which I’m going to use to edge my creation).

I edged all of the squares before I attached them because I prefer the way it looks.

My finished granny square blanket – it’s certainly not big enough for much of anything but my niece can use it for her doll/toys when she’s over next – they need more than one set of bedding and this will save my mum from having to knit a second set.

I don’t think I would really bother to make a bigger blanket in this particular style as years ago I won a queen size granny square blanket (I normally never win anything but woohoo) which I use every winter for couch nana naps and I don’t think I need another one but I do want to tackle a blanket so I will have to try a different style.

What’s Next?

I’ve found a few different granny square patterns/videos online to try and make that human blanket.