I am a crocheter

Posted by on Mar 16 2012 | General Ramblings

Who knew?

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I have a thing for crocheted blankets, and for ages I’ve wanted to make myself a giant granny square blanket out of sock yarn. The only problem was that I didn’t know how to crochet, and then I didn’t know how to make granny squares.

Enter the indomitable She Knit Up That Ball, who had me crocheting in next to no time, and then finally, a web tutorial and some pointers from Duilleoga got me going with granny squares, and I was away. Until I was hit by my chronic indecisiveness. My plan had been to make one giant square, for less seaming, and to have something that just kept on getting bigger, but when I had the yarns together I started thinking about making one from smaller squares instead. A discussion on twitter was inconclusive, with votes for both methods. It was crocheter extraordinaire Irene that swung it for me though, by pointing out that larger squares are more prone to sagging, and the seams add structure. I want to learn how to use crochet for seaming too, so doing it this way will add another skill to my repertoire.

I think that this is a project that will take me a long time to complete.

 

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So, not being content with having one crochet blanket on the go, I’ve started a second too. This is from a chunky cotton-acrylic blend on a 6mm hook though, so it’ll be a bit faster than the sock yarn one. I have two balls each of purple, cream, and a silvery grey, and I’m making stripes of double crochet, working a whole ball at a time. This is my mindless project for middle of the night baby wake ups – so oddly, I hope it’s slow going, as that means I’m getting more sleep!

6 comments for now

6 Responses to “I am a crocheter”

  1. UnderMeOxter

    Brilliant! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Great to Ser you back blogging.

    16 Mar 2012 at 3:05 pm

  2. Really really nice. Can’t wait to see it, the sock one will have lovely colours in it.

    20 Mar 2012 at 12:10 am

  3. Sheknitupthat – the multicoloured sock yarn was a present from you :-) I love it crocheted in the granny square.

    20 Mar 2012 at 1:24 pm

  4. Is that your hen party skein?!

    You need to get threaded comments – I had to actually WALK BACK over here to see if you had replied, I am WRECKED now *wipes brow*

    21 Mar 2012 at 12:25 am

  5. HI!
    Meant to comment earlier, but anyway, congratulations on the wee man.

    I have zero skills in crocheting; always something I meant to learn. Now I want to learn so I can do amigurumi… but I should probably start with something flat, methinks…

    22 Mar 2012 at 10:20 pm

  6. jackie

    congrats on the crochet-ing. i have a smidge of envy since i have yet to master it. can’t wait to see the blanket. my mom made a granny square one for me when i first moved away from home and i still use it! have fun.

    25 Jun 2012 at 6:10 am

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