From DC to Triple Picot and everything in between and beyond.. How I learnt to Crochet fast

Good evening lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a wonderfully creative day! Here in Sydney we are sweltering in this unbearable heat! Temperatures in the mid 40’s and above! Tonight we had a little rain, not much, not enough to cool everything down either! 

So before I get into it, I thought I’d share some progress on my latest project. I am making a Chunky Yarn Doily Rug, a pattern I found on www.setfreemygypsysoul.blogspot.com It’s something I have never done before, it’s been quite a learning experience! I have about 9 rounds left to go!

My latest #wip A Chunky Crochet Doily Rug

So finishing off my last blog post I said I was going to explain how my education into learning crochet really began. As you know, I am completing squares from The Art of Crochet subscription, of which I get 4 issues delivered every month, so in between, I am always looking for new things to crochet. I like fast patterns, with lots of colour and stitch changes, I get bored to easily otherwise and lose interest in the project quite quickly. After searching the internet, I came across the 365 granny a day project. I printed off the list of squares and the patterns for each one, I put it all together in a clear case and got to work making the squares!

For the first 2 squares, I chose the colours, I play it safe with colours, I’m not very good at choosing colours at all! Once I got to the third square, I thought I’d get my kids involved, so I asked them to choose the colours, I showed them the pattern for the next square and had them go through my yarn stash to choose the colours, the only rule – one of the colours from the previous square had to be used in the next square. 

My first few squares from the granny square a day project. The colours for the first 2 squares I had chosen, my kids chose the rest of the colours, using 1 colour from the previous square each time.

Making these squares really advanced my learning, there were so many new stitches to learn, I watched a lot of tutorials and had to unstitch and remake the squares many times over, it was actually the best thing I ever did! I have to say, I’m a little impatient when it comes to learning, I want to learn fast, so I usually just throw myself in at the deep end and hope that I get it! I’m also a visual learner, so I find watching a tutorial or looking at step by step photos much more useful than reading the pattern alone. If I could give advice to any beginner crocheter, I would say find a project like this and give it a go, keep trying until you get the stitch right, if you are really passionate about learning crochet, you should expect that ripping your work apart (commonly known as frogging your work) is a common occurrence, even the most experienced crocheter with years of experience at some stage or another will have had to frog their work! Don’t be afraid of it, and don’t give up!

To be honest, if you can master a DC (UK terms) then every other stitch is just an extension of that. Don’t limit yourself, don’t let the terms in a pattern scare you, many times I would have to rewrite a pattern so I could follow it properly, I also mark each row or round so I know what I am up to each time. And I just kept trying harder patterns each time, just to prove I could! It wasn’t until very recently that I felt that I was more than a beginner, I learnt how to make an invisible join and how to make a standing stitch and a starting stitch. Now I feel like my work is much neater and looks better. 

I recently finished my hardest project yet, it was my first time using something other than the 8 ply acrylic I normally use and the first time using a hook smaller than 4mm! It was quite a learning curve, I used a 4 ply cotton yarn, with a 3.5mm hook. 

My first Doily!

This is a Wisteria Doily, the pattern was designed by Kathryn A. White and can be found on www.redheart.com I wouldn’t have said this was a good pattern for a beginner when I was just starting out, but I think it’s perfect for a beginner as it’s quite challenging, but worth all of the hard work that went into it!

I hope my blog posts aren’t to boring, in my next post I’ll talk about how I take photos of my work, being an amateur photographer for many years now, I know my way around a DSLR and have some tips on how to get good photos of your work. I’ll show you where I take my photo’s and some quick editing tips, things that work for me anyway.

Thanks for reading, have a wonderful night!

Cathy x

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