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« on: February 09, 2011 08:37:48 AM »

For Christmas I sister bought me crochet hooks, crochet yarns and the Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques (which is excellent).  So boxing day I sat with my new book, hooks and yarn and start playing around with them.  First I tried practising doubles, half trebles, trebles and double trebles.  I got bored with the basic stitches so decided to go with a little shell stitch to see if I could get the effect, it wasn't too bad, although I didn't really understand turning chains!! (I think I do now!)

You can see my first attempt here (in red)

The blue is my first crochet in the round, not too bad although the cast off wasn't great (more obvious in the flesh)

I enjoyed the crochet round so much that I gave another pattern ago (the blue one below)  unfortunately I did this wrong and wasn't able to build up the rest of the square!  So I moved on to the red and white hexagon which was fun to do, although it won't lay flat, I think this might be due to tension or something!

Having been successful with the hexagon I tried the round to a square pattern again, in red and white. This time I  managed to count properly and therefore build the layers into a square, sadly when I finished if off I realised I had miscounted on the final section  Undecided.  I decided I wouldn't let this put me off and made a cute little flower and a spiral to cheer myself up!! 

Having grown bored of practising I decided I wanted to do a proper project (I also had a gem of an idea forming in my head, so I came up with this:

I used CanCan yarn to get the ruffles which was attached to a base of double trebles made up to fit a cushion I found in a charity shop.  I kept adding another round and offering it up to the cushion until it seemed about the right size.  Then halved the original numbers to get a semi circle pattern for the back, of which I made up two and they look like this:

My sister suggested the ribbon to lace the cushion which I thought finished it off nicely.

We also had a looming birthday, the lady in question loves to read so when I found this pattern on Ravelry, I knew she would like it:

These were all finished around the third week of january, so not bad going I thought!!
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011 09:13:08 AM »

Great job Vicelikeplague! You too are obviously hooked Cheesy
I noticed you talking about those turning chains. Ive had troubles with those also, but then I found a link to this from somewhere in craftster http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LxYpo-tyi8 ...
That no-turning-chain-dc is GREAT! For example in circular crocheted pieces it is lot more unnoticeable than turning chain.

Hope to see more of your work Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011 12:58:41 PM »

You now are officially MY HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still can't crochet nuthing!!!!! Sad
Fabulous job my dear!!!! **jealous** lol


« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2011 04:08:07 PM »

You are making great progress! I love the "fan" bookmark!

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2011 08:04:56 PM »

Excellent! Keep up the good work!


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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011 05:54:42 AM »

As my screen name sake says.  "Impressive.  Most impressive."

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2011 02:10:13 PM »

Wow, great work, its awesome to see such progress, you've got the skills Smiley

« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2011 05:24:18 PM »

I love that bookmark!!!!

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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2011 06:22:20 PM »

I like the cushion. You really have progressed quickly. The bookmark is beautiful.
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2011 04:08:14 AM »

Hello everybody

thank you all for your nice words! (sorry I haven't visited in a while)  am really enjoying crochet, and have started a new project, a necklace, this should take long to finish, so I need to think of some more projects to do!  A friend of mine is having a baby, so I think that might be a good place to start!!
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