My crochet journey has begun! I have been knitting for quite a while now, but the crochet bug bit me over lockdown. I don’t know why, because knitting is such a wonderful therapeutic hobby it seemed rude to stop doing it; but somehow I just couldn’t find any inspiration. Crochet offered a simpler option and to be honest the lockdown was probably giving me mental health issues. Let’s not be too bleak here though, this is meant to be uplifting and inspirational!
I started with easy stuff that doesn’t need a pattern. Just nice flat pieces that can be quickly rattled off in an afternoon. A snood for my Mum’s birthday (which I have never seen her wearing), and a headband for me (which I only wear on duvet days or work from home days). Then came the blankets…I have made blanket after blanket after blanket, and enjoyed every stitch.
The first crochet blanket I made is a huge granny square blanket that used up lots of wool scraps and I highly recommend this method. I looked up some tutorials on good old YouTube and made a few squares, then a few became a lot and I ended up with enough to cover a single bed. I looked up some more tutorials that showed how to join the squares together and another for a border. I have it on my bedroom chair now and it’s a mad hotch potch of colour but I really like it.
I didn’t know you had to block a project at that point and it’s a shame because my poor blanket looks a bit puckered in places, and I have since discovered that blocking the individual squares before joining them together would have been the ideal time to do it.
Since then I find that blocking is a great way to finish a project and really gives it an extra professional look. I won’t go into the details of blocking here, but if (like me), you didn’t know how to block, I found a great article about it on a website called Knitting with Chopsticks. Here’s a direct link … Blocking for Knitting and Crochet: Everything you Need to Know (knittingwithchopsticks.com) . This website is run by a lady who provides free patterns, so take a look around her site while you are there. She even has a newsletter too that sends out regular free patterns, so she provides great value.
Easy baby jumper
After completing about six blankets I decided to challenge myself and crochet a baby jumper. I needed something really easy, and found this wonderful video on YouTube.
I find video tutorials much easier to follow than actual crochet patterns, so I highly recommend this method if you are starting out in crochet or thinking of trying it.
I was so pleased with the finished jumper and as you can see from the photo it looks so cute on a real baby. By the way this is not my baby, she belongs to my neighbours and she is absolutely gorgeous. I used one of her jumpers as a template and made mine in roughly the same size. I added buttons on the shoulder and a scolloped edge on the bottom, but this pattern can be adapted in lots of different ways. The video shows a heart on the front which is really cute, but if you are making one for a baby boy you could add a little sail boat motif, or some felt applique, or coloured pom poms! I love a pom pom! Let your imagination run wild!