Back in December I had a booth at a Christmas craft fair, so for about a month I worked really hard on beach glass crafting to make sure I had enough product for the sale. Once that was over, I decided that it was time to learn something new. Since I’m not working right now, I a) have lots of time on my hands and b) don’t have much opportunity for learning new things on a daily basis these days. I decided to pick up something I’ve wanted to do for a while: crochet.
Really I have Pinterest to thank/blame because there are so many cute patterns on there, both for “easy beginner” things and for much cooler projects. So, I bought a pack of common crochet hook sizes, looked up some how-to videos on YouTube, and away I went.
A few years back I tried to get into knitting and I just couldn’t get into it. I got a few inches into a scarf and gave up. Crochet, however, just felt really natural to me and I very quickly felt comfortable with the basics. Other than a few dropped stitches on the ends of rows, I pretty quickly picked up the single crochet stitch. I decided that in order to be able to commit it to muscle memory, I should make a decent sized square of single crochet stitches before moving on to learning double crochet and more.
I chained on 75 stitches and decided to make it square from there. I did lose a stitch or two so it’s not quite square, but it’s not bad for a first timer me thinks?
For my project I used some nice soft baby yarn left over from the baby blanket I wove for my son (instructions here). This led me to thinking, why not give my crochet project a home with one of my little-person friends? However, just a small square blanket is pretty boring, so then I had the brainwave to add some ribbons to make a blanket in the style of the commercially-available “Taggies” blankets. My son had a couple when he was younger and loved them, and I had bought a bunch of ribbon a while back with the intent of making one out of fleece or some other soft material.
I picked out eight different ribbons, with different colours, textures and sizes. I cut two of each which would allow me to have four ribbons on each side. I cut the ends with pinking shears so they wouldn’t fray too badly and then sewed the ends under on each ribbon individually. This made them way easier to pin onto the blanket. Then I just did a single zigzag stitch around the whole blanket to hold the ribbons in place.
Here’s the finished product:
I don’t think it turned out too badly for being a first-time project. If I was doing it again I’d probably measure the spaces in between each ribbon and things like that to make sure it was more precise. That’s usually how I work but since I was already working with an imperfect square, I just sort of went with it this time. And you know what? That’s sort of liberating to do… every once in a while.
I’ve now moved on to practicing double, triple half-double and more stitches, and my next ambitions project is to make this crochet alphabet I found on…. where else? Pinterest.