Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Loving crochet.

I can't believe I hid from crochet for so long, it's so portable and easy to pick up and put down, it's easy to add a few extra rows if necessary and equally easy to rip back. Unlike knitting where a mistake means unpicking stitch by stitch very slowly. And the best thing about crochet.............no casting off! Mind you I don't crochet properly I don't think. All the expert crocheters I see/watch manage to fly along just catching the wool and drawing it through the loops with the hook whereas I crochet like a knitter, by wrapping the wool around the hook and then drawing it through the loops. I'm guessing this probably makes it a considerably slower way to work but the other way is just beyond me so I will carry on plodding along in my own way.
So here's my latest crochet make - a new hat for Heather. The pattern said that this was a quick make but in reality it took me about five hours over two sleepless nights. I used Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino and a 4mm hook and worked the whole hat in half treble stitch. See I'm even learning to read patterns and use the technical terms ;-). I am really pleased with and think it looks great although I suspect that's more down to the wearer than the hat.

6 comments:

Joxy said...

Beautiful :-) You are going the GP Mama meet too aren't you? I can show you how to hold the yarn so you can crochet faster.... although to be honest hon, with crochet, there is no right or wrong way - and what you're making certainly looks expert :-)

Shazronnie said...

That is a lovely hat; I'm still only on granny squares!!

Dawn said...

Beautiful har, and I'm very impressed with your crochet :-)

(had to come back and edit that the word verification for this was hookess - blogger must think you're good too ;-))

lilac73 said...

Five hours sounds quick to me!

Laura said...

It's beautiful! As I am self-teaching myself to crochet, I'm sure I do everything wrong, but I still love doing it - it's a nice change from knitting, right?

heather said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. yes this is on my list of 40. i learned to knit years ago but i don't do it often and always need help casting off. a few friends said to take up crocheting that it was so much easier we will see if i master it in the next 2 years!