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My crocheted afghan – progress… and the pattern

Here are a few progress pictures for my afghan as well as the pattern I’m using for the squares. I’m using aran acrylic/wool mix in white, light grey and dark grey.

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Circle in a square pattern
Terms used:

st = stitch
sl st = slip stitch
sp = space
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
tc = triple crochet
hdc = half double crochet
rpt = repeat

You will need three colours of yarn – A, B, and C.

Round 1:
Colour A. Ch 6 and join with sl st to form ring.
Chain 3. 15dc in ring. Sl st in top of ch3

Round 2:
Ch3. 1dc in same sp. 2dc in next sp (15 times).
Join with sl st in top of ch3. Fasten off and weave in end.

Round 3:
Join colour B with a sl st. Ch3 (miss next dc. 1dc in next dc. ch3). Rpt all the way round and join with sl st in 3rd st of ch6.

Round 4:
Ch4. (2tc in same sp. Ch3. 3tc in same sp. Ch1. 3dc in next sp. Ch1. 3hdc in next sp. 3dc in next sp. 3tc in next sp. ch3. 3tc in same sp). (nb The 3tc ch3 3tc makes a corner.) Rpt all the way round to end and ch1 to join with top of ch4 with sl st. Fasten off and weave in end.

Round 5:
Join colour C with sl st in any ch3 corner. 2dc in same sp. Ch3. 3dc in same sp. Ch1 3dc in each ch1 sp (4 times). At corners, 3dc ch2 3dc in same ch3 sp. Rpt all the way round to end and ch1 then join to top of ch3 with sl st. Fasten off and weave in end.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH I’M BRITISH, I USE US TERMS BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY MAKE MORE SENSE TO ME!

My new hobby – crochet!

I very recently got into a new crafty hobby – crochet! I know, I know, it’s another “granny craft” – my hubby and sister are always joking that with my cross stitch, and now crochet too, people would be forgiven for thinking I’m in my 80s, not my 30s, but I reassure them that needlecrafts are the rock and roll of the crafting world! Yes, it’s now COOL to crochet, cross stitch, quilt, knit and do any number of other needlecrafts.

All the big celebrities are doing it. I kid you not – big stars who like to knit include Christina Hendricks, Felicity Huffman, Katherine Heigl, Kristen Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dakota Fanning, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, and even David Arquette (yes, the guys are getting in on the action too!). And those are just some of the knitters! Crocheters include Madonna, Meryl Streep, Debra Messing and Bette Midler. That’s right – her Madgesty is hooked on the hook!

And with pioneering peeps such as Mr. Cross Stitch rocking the world of cross stitch, being into needlecrafts has never been so cool!

Anyway, back to my own early attempts at crochet. I did a few practice squares of a few stitches last year, but it was only a couple of months ago that I decided to seriously give it a try and I’ve now completed two afghans (the first of which I can’t show yet, because it’s a gift for someone and they don’t have it yet!), and have started work on a third!

Here’s the colourful blanket I very recently completed for my lovely son, Xander. Look at his little face! He was so excited to see it finished and on his bed (which is completely covers, by the way!) that he actually squealed! He doesn’t often agree to pose for photographs, but he was more than happy to sit with Mr. Wuffles and let me snap this picture of him sitting on his newly covered bed. He snuggles down under it watching the television as well as in bed at night. He  loves it!

I also made a cushion to match his blanket. He was a bit unsure at first because he liked the old red faux leather cushion covers we had before, but since then he’s decided he rather likes it after all (phew!) and has it on his bed to lean against when he’s looking at his books. They’re both just a simple granny square design, so the project grew very quickly.

Then I decided to make a cover for my Cyclone tablet computer. I didn’t follow a pattern at all – It’s just single crochet till the pieces were large enough to cover the tablet, then crocheted together in single crochet. I made two little crochet buttons to fasten it.

The front is in lime green, the back is tangerine, and the flap and buttons are lemon yellow, so it’s a very fruity-coloured case!

Now I’ve begun work on an afghan for my own bed. It will be in very muted tones of white, light grey and dark grey, and will feature a circle-in-a-square motif. I’ve actually designed my own pattern for this quilt, which is a big step for me! Watch this space for progress pictures as it grows!

The Domestic Goddess Learns to Crochet

So, I decided to try learning a new craft. I learned to crochet a chain when I was a kid, and looped a few chains together in a circle when I was a kid (it was my very loose interpretation of a lacy skirt for a Sindy doll, if I remember correctly), but I never got any further than that, and haven’t picked up a crochet hook since I was about seven years old. With that in mind, I armed myself with some yarn, the only crochet hook I own, and some online tutorial videos.

The first video I found (for single crochet) was like a foreign language to me – i just couldn’t follow it, so perhaps a little strangely, I started with double crochet, after finding a video that made it seem completely logical. At first I found I had very wobbly sides, but by the third attempt, I think I pretty much nailed it by reducing the chain to two, rather than three stitches at the end of the row.

 I think I’m doing what is called double crochet in the UK, but it’s known as treble crochet in the US (although that might be the other way round, as the woman doing the demo was American).

Then I found a tutorial for single crochet by the same woman and it suddenly seemed to make a lot more sense, so I gave it another try. The edges were a lot straighter on this stitch, even from the first try, so I had a second go, just to gain a little confidence and make sure my tension was consistent. Im’ quite proud of the outcome!

In order to really get some confidence and make sure my tension is alright, I’ve decided to make a couple of wash cloths – one in single crochet, the other in double crochet – before moving on to other stitches and patterns.

I really enjoyed doing a bit of crochet and I’m looking forward to learning more and improving! And if you’re a crocheter (I know a few of my online crafty buddies are), I’d really appreciate your comments and advice on improving my technique and getting it to really look good…