Last weekend, while perusing through numerous magazines from past week’s loot, I found inspiration to learn the art of crocheting. The thought lingered over the week as I could not find my one and only hook from years ago, until I got sick where I had to stay home to recover. I searched every nook and cranny of my art shelves and finally found it tucked in my sewing kit all along. It was right under my nose all this time!
My obsessed self quickly picked up that hook and made a crochet kit by looking for all the strings I had collected years ago. In a matter of 3 days, while recovering from sickness that involved meds that caused my tummy to tumble, I learned 11 patterns. There are so many videos available online that the opportunities on crocheting feels endless! I have an ultimate goal but I will only share it once I have completed it. For the meantime, I will practice basic crochet patterns to gain some experience before I venture in to starting my goal.
I will be sharing the patterns I created over the weekend. I made notes on a notebook to help me refresh my memory if I decide to take a break for a while. Mind you, though these swatches look tiny, each took about 5-10 mins to grasp the technique and another 20-40 mins to execute.
Single Crochet – After doing so many patterns, I learned that doing an extra chain stitch to serve as a turning stitch is critical to start every layer to ensure the edges remain straight. Clearly, I kept missing one chain each time causing the edges to narrow.
Half Double, Double, Triple Crochet – After watching numerous videos, I learned that US uses single, half double, double, and triple as stitch terminologies while UK uses double (US – single), half treble (US – half double) and treble (US – double).
Granny Square – This was quite therapeutic! Clearly, I made too many layers for a swatch.
Waffle Stitch – I chose to practice this stitch because the name of the pattern made me hungry. Thankfully, I decided to try it because the pattern is beautiful! I can just imagine how nice this texture will be using yarn for scarves or blankets!
Sunburst Granny Square – This was one of my favorite patterns but it was quite tedious to make because of the different techniques and changes in color for each layer.
Sample Coaster Pattern – I love the coral edges it brought. This was when I started to learn that following the count of the pattern is very important to achieve the intended effect especially on edges.
Flat Circle – The right exponential increase must be captured to ensure the circle remains flat.
Solid Granny Square
Arcade Stitch – This required precise measurements that needed to be followed all the way.
Chevron – I didn’t enjoy this that much. It was quite difficult to follow the count. There were so many different versions online that made the principles difficult to lock. I will look for more videos that will make this pattern more intuitive to create.
Hexagon Pattern – This was a fun and easy pattern. I want to try combining different hexagons next time.
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