Last year I made a couple of vase covers using hand dyed Domestic 56 wool from Cathy (Luvswool). Normally, I like the bright colors, but I really liked these subtle natural colors. Here is front and back.
But it seemed like it needed something. So, it has been sitting in the UFO pile waiting for some inspiration on how to finish it.
Now that I’ve learned the crochet basics, I’ve challenged myself to follow instructions to learn to make shapes.
I guess I’m really thinking spring because I first tried flowers using two different methods. I like the yellow one better since the hole is less noticeable.
A little fancier flower which wasn’t as hard as I thought.
Then a circle.
Feeling more confident I did a triangle motif. Since I’m using medium weight yarn it ended up larger than I expected and kind of floppy. I may try again with a smaller hook and tighter yarn.
Of course, I needed to try a heart.
And my favorite shape an octagon.
By accident in making an octagon, I made a nonagon (a nine sided polygon) which I didn’t know existed. There is a cool animation of how a nonogon is calculated here. It’s not perfectly balanced, but I like it.
All of these were made with combinations of the basic stitches. It was interesting re-learning how to follow instructions to create these shapes. I thought the videos would be better, but found I kept referring to written instruction. Probably because I could reread instead of rewinding. That is if the written instructions are accurate which in a couple cases they weren’t. I did a lot of tearing out and redoing, but that’s how we learn.
After learning the basic crochet stitches, I have adventured in practicing more complicated stitches with unique texture. You know me always looking for texture and dimension.
The first one I tried was the Mini Bean Stitch. It took a bit of practice to get the tension right. I like the randomness of the the yarn in this stitch. It is the same on the front and back.
The next one is the Elizabeth stitch named after the creators daughter. Sorry about the light. I took the photo in the only room that had some natural light. This also is the same on both sides.
I found the Suzette stitch very interesting.
The Uneven Berry Stitch has different sides. One side dimensional and the other flatter. They also like to curl up.
The Lemon Peel Stitch is a nice tight stitch and the same on both sides. It’s actually a nice bright yellow color.
It was suggested with the Waist Coat /Center Single Crochet Stitch that variegated yarn be used. But what I had on hand was a bit too variegated. I also tried it with a plain color to see the difference. A lot of Vs in there.
The Slant Stitch was fun. The recommendation for this stitch was to use a neutral yarn. But of course, I had to see it in a solid which I think is a bit nicer.
Each stitch has its own personality and texture. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite. Also, each would be practical for different projects. For example, the Slant Stitch would make an airy scarf. The Lemon Peel or Waist coat would make a sturdier scarf, hat or pot holder.
Here are two bracelets I crocheted for my granddaughter Lisa in two sizes since I wasn’t sure of her wrist size. The smaller one fit so now when she grows out of it she has another one. Yellow is her favorite color.
I’m quite fond of the Suzette and Mini Bean stitches just because of the interesting texture and dimension. What’s your favorite?
I’ve been trying to think of projects that weren’t labor intensive since I’m having back problems again. My son and his family gave me a set of ergonomic crochet hooks for my birthday. Then for some reason I started getting crochet posts in my Facebook news feed. I’ve been intrigued with some more complicated textures and dimensional stitches. But I haven’t crocheted in years and figured I’d start with the basics.
I do have a book on crochet, but the Internet is loaded with tons of videos that keep calling me.
I’ve been practicing, but not have gotten my tension mojo just right. So, bear with me. For these samples I used a medium weight (worsted) acrylic yarn I had on hand with a 5 mm, (UK 6, US H8 hook.)
Next to making the chain (ch) for a sample, the Single Crochet (sc) is one of most basic stitches.
Next I tried the Double Crochet (dc).
Then I made a sample with the Half Double Crochet (hdc) which I don’t remember ever seeing. A little more intricate and I liked the added texture.
The Triple Crochet (tc) is more open and less dimensional.
Then finally, the Double Triple Crochet (dtc.) Very open and airy.
While they aren’t perfect and I’m getting the tension a little more consistent with daily practice, I’m far from making a project. I try a new stitch everyday to keep my hands on fiber and learn something new. Which I’ve learned helps spark creativity when you learn a new skill.