I never thought this would happen but crochet has taken over my life. Often I spend more time with a hook and a ball of wool/yarn than I do with a book, my writing projects and the blog, or Disney films. I wouldn’t say it is getting out of hand per se, but wool, my projects and accessories are dotted about my room.
Anyway, when I am not actively using a hook, I am browsing YouTube, Pinterest, Ravelry (a great source for anyone who loves to knit and crochet), and crochet magazines for various patterns and ideas. I’d say YouTube is my main source, and a rather useful one it is as there are a lot of tutorials to help you get to grips with the patterns and stitches. I even taught myself how to crochet thanks to YouTube so I can’t fault it really.
Getting down to business, I want to share with you my July crochet favourites!
Granny Stitch – mainly in a granny square
If I want something quick, I can crochet at least a couple of these in an hour. If they’re smaller, maybe four an hour. I love the creativity that comes from a granny square as it is such a versatile pattern! I’ve chosen these colours with my grandmother in mind because I’m going to turn the squares into a blanket/throw for her, but you can do any pattern you want. I’ve tried making custom squares with love hearts in the middle. A friend of mine crocheted daisy-inspired squares for a baby blanket.
I’ve even used the granny stitch in rows to make a baby blanket a few months ago for the very same friend. Just using the triple crochet stitch (double crochet in US), it is very easy to master and great for beginners. To be honest, I think that’s why I like using it a lot.
This is the pattern I was initially doing before something went wrong and I decided to switch to granny squares. I think I made an error with the initial number of chains on my foundation chain (a super important aspect when following a specific pattern), so instead of carrying on with the pattern, I turned it into a sampler. I still love the prettiness of this pattern though so I want to use it on a future project, whatever that may be.
It is made up of 4 rows of double crochet (single crochet in US), a row of “v-stitch” and a row of cluster stitches.
I think when I try this again, I’ll make it a more manageable length.
Stylecraft Special Chunky – coming in at a variety of 35 colours, it is a rather cheap and versatile yarn. It comes as a 100g ball using a 6mm needle/hook and costs £1.89 per ball. It’s great for doing quite big projects like blankets and so forth as it is rather economical compared to quite a few different brands. It also has a really nice texture which is great!
Link to the yarn’s page on my local wool shop’s website – Black Sheep Wools
My favourite thing about both of these channels is that their tutorials are incredibly clear and easy to follow. If I’m doing a pattern or stitch I’m struggling with, and I discover a video of the exact pattern/stitch on either channel, I can listen to it and instantly understand. To me, they are two of the most valuable crochet sources I’ve come across and I highly recommend them to any beginner or anyone looking for nice patterns and tutorials.
That is it, I think.
I know there are some fellow crocheters out there so if you are reading this, what are some of your favourite projects, patterns, stitches etc?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!