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miss sarah jane
« on: June 09, 2008 12:36:25 AM »

About 12 months ago, a lovely lady at my work had offered to teach me to crochet, and she was also teaching her daughter.  She brought me in a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, and showed me how to do a granny square.  Well, sort of.  She was trying to remember how to do it and hadn't done if for MANY years.  In the end, it just got put aside, and I hadn't thought of it since, until last week. 

Now, due to irritating pregnancy circumstances, I am forced, for the next few months (and have done for the last couple, actually) to spend a large proportion of my day laying down.  This is very boring and annoying, because I have a pretty active mind and so lack of stimulation causes severe mental agony.  So I've been trying to come up with various ways to keep myself entertained.  So this week, I decided to try to learn to crochet on my own.  I pulled out the yarn and the hook, and had a bit of a go at it.  What I remembered was very shoddy, and as I said she'd only showed me a square.  So I checked out the net, watched a couple of videos, read some tutorials, and after a few practice runs, ended up with this little baby:



I started off doing single crochet, and then after a few rows decided to try something else.  So I learned the double, and did three rows of that.  Then alternated 3 rows of single and double for about... ohhh a metre and a bit, maybe 130 centimetres (that's about 4 feet 3 inches) and then finished off with another block of single. 

Here is some detail of the stitching



I know it's not fabulous, but I'm still pretty proud of myself.  It's a good length, although pretty skinny.  And very scratchy, cos it's acrylic yarn.  So I don't think I'll ever wear it.  But it was a good practice run, and I feel very confident now.  In fact, I think I'm addicted.  DH took me shopping and helped me pick out some more yarn and some more hooks and a "Learn to Crochet" book, so I'm all set.  I've started my next scarf, with some much nicer, softer yarn, and will post that up when it's finished.

Any comments or criticism more than welcome.  And thanks for looking!  If you made it this far, you deserve a round of applause, because I do tend to ramble on a bit.....   Grin

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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008 02:44:19 AM »

Well done, hard to believe that's a first attempt! Your stitches look very even and the alternating between double and single is very nice. Hope everything goes well with your pregnancy aswell!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008 04:31:17 AM »

well done!! maybe you'll never wear this, but it's a good practice.
Crochet is very addicting so you'll have plenty of your time spend on it now. Try amigurumi, you can do a lot of sweet plushies for your baby!
If you need a good tutorial, try this, I learned from them:
http://www.hookandneedles.com/category/crochet/crochet-tutorial/

I hope your pregnancy goes well!
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008 06:51:50 AM »

I think turning your first scarf into a sampler for different stitches is a great way to go Smiley  You'll be tempted to toss out that first scarf in a few months, but I think you should stash it somewhere so you can look back at it later when you're an expert! Good wishes on your pregnancy - and I hope you can keep entertained!
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008 09:16:05 AM »

That's good..funny thing is..my first piece was a scarf, AND that same color!  lol...

If you get a bigger hook (I used 15.5mm)-its about the size of a quarter around? , and pick two color threads, and crochet, you can do a dual-color afghan for the baby =)

Good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008 11:13:03 AM »

i think that is pretty darn impressive for the first item you've made! i hope you know though that you have now opened the door to the crochet world, and you will probably not be able to stop crocheting!!!!!

the internet is brilliant for tutorials and patterns! have u looked at

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory.php

u'll find loads of patterns there, some to inspire you. Good luck with your future crochet projects and good luck with your pregnancy too.  Wink Grin
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2008 04:49:09 PM »

I just started crochet my self. Yours looks great!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2008 04:56:39 PM »

cute scarf! I started crocheting for the exact same reason! I'm 36 weeks along and bored outta my mind! You should definitely make your baby some plushies- At first I was intimidated by amigurumi, but once I got started I realized how very easy it is!
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2008 02:12:59 AM »

Wow, thanks for all the feedback everyone!

Pruna & Esjay82 - thanks for the links!  I've been looking at everyone's Amigurumi thinking how cute they were, and now maybe I'll be able to give them a shot.

Imforhim04 - yikes!  That's some crazy huge hook size!  I bought a 9mm the other day, and it feels so huge in my hand - I'm totally unco with it.  The blanket idea with the two threads though... sounds complicated but very cool.

I've finished the second scarf, and am sooo happy with it.  I'll post it up when I take some pics of it.  I'm onto another one now.  Esjay82 is right, I'm obsessed and I can't stop!   Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2008 02:51:49 AM »

You did a great job for a first project.  Crocheting is very addicting.  A baby blanket is very easy.  You can learn different stitches and add to as you go along.  I love making baby blankets in a Diagonal stitch pattern.  You start out in bottom corner and work it out to opposite top corner.

Here is a link to a pattern: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/368788/how_to_crochet_a_baby_blanket_on_the.html?cat=25

This is what it would look like. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v713/clarkka7/DiagonalBabyBlanket.jpg

The great thing I like about the diagonal is it works up quickly.  It is also make with basic stitches DC or Hdc. 
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