Thursday, 15 July 2010

My Creative Space

Doesn't look like much, does it?

I've been battling with crochet since I got a book in January.  I could crochet into spaces no problem - so, circles and squares are fine, but trying to crochet in rows - impossible.

It just wasn't happening.

After a quick lesson last week at a local yarn shop, I seem to have overcome the mental block with the base chain ... just need to work on the rest (keeping the same number of stitches per row would be nice!).  This might become a scarf one day, but I'm erring towards frogging this and starting again with the base chain running the length of the scarf instead of the width.  If  can crack that, then I'm ready for bigger projects.  

Kill or cure, perhaps?   Wish me luck!

Head on over to Kirsty's blog to see who is making what in blogland this week.


  1. Well done on learning the art of crochet. Its on my list of things to learn as there just never seems to be enough time to do everything that I would like to.

  2. Yes I hear ya! I to stuggle with the right amount of stitches in rows! But I think I have it figured out now. Keep persevering. Have a little practice piece to figure it out. With no more than 10 stitches or so. & big hook to see the holes. It may help to get an understand of the look of the chains etc...

  3. You'll crack it for sure, Fiona. I think your square there looks very pretty - I love the colour of your yarn.

  4. You will be fine once you get the hang of it. I would like to recommend this book - Finishing Techniques for Crochet by Betty Barnden. I first saw this book in our local library and quickly decided I needed my own copy. Although, I have crocheted for years, there were still a few things in the book new to me. What I really was impressed with, was her very clear pictures and explainations in the 'crochet basics' section in the back of the book. She showed different ways to insert the hook, the different parts of the basic chain and what effect will be achieved using the different parts. She explains the differences between US and British crochet speak and how we go up a row differently.
    I bought the book online form the Book Depository in the UK. I'm not sure but I think the clever lady has produced the book in a couple of different formats - mine where the text is in mainly British/Australian crochet speak and I think one where US/American speak is predominant.
    I gather by looking at your posts you're in Canada. Do Canadians crochet the American or British way? I don't mean to confuse you but we call the stitches by different names. They are sort of out by one step. My double crochet is the same as US single crochet, my treble is US double crochet etc.
    However you do it, keep trying. I think it is way faster and easier than knitting and fixing mistakes is so much easier than unknitting.

  5. Thanks for the encouragement everyone!

    So, I've taken the plunge, frogged the square above and started again with approx. 200 stitches in a row. I'm about 5 rows in now and it's coming along nicely - one scarf coming up sometime soon! I'm even starting to enjoy it!

    Kayly - thanks for the book recommendation. I've added it to my wish list! I think Canadians use American crochet terms but I'm British, so I'll probably try to use the British terms instead.

  6. 200 is a lot of stitches.. Thanks for your comment on my roses. If I could only remember exactly what I did I could maybe write it up as a tutorial but a lot of it was improvised along the way. If you look closely you will see they are not identical. Then again no two real roses are exactly the same so I think I can get away with it..