Saturday, 27 March 2010

Becoming Hooked

I've been meaning to learn crochet for a long time.... and have finally got around to it, hoorah! It's all thanks to Mrs Moon, my LYS in Twickenham, which has begun to offer Saturday classes.

I think I am a little bit in love with Mrs Moon... every time I go in they have even more gorgeous stuff. I really could just sit in there all day stroking yarn and fondling their sample knits.

Anyway... being a creature of extreme hubris, I decided to do two classes in one day. Both were given by designer and teacher Joanna Clark, who showed us some of her gorgeous knitting and crochet designs. The morning session was dedicated to learning the basic crochet stitches. (I learned about foundation chains and how to crochet into the first row, how to turn corners, how to do double and treble crochet, and then half-treble.)

Here is my play swatch...

The afternoon session was for intermediate skills and how to read crochet patterns. It was a little less structured and we were able to play with patterns of our choice. So I pulled out this free crochet pattern that I had found on ravelry.

I have been making knitted flowers for quite some time, but had a niggling feeling that crochet might be a little better suited to the craft, if only because it allows one to be a little more freeform. So in the afternoon session I was keen to have a go at a crocheted rose.

Thanks to Joanna's guidance I learned how to read the crochet chart. As I was making the flower, I was struck by how incredibly pretty it looked in its un-coiled state. I think this would make a REALLY pretty scarf...

I'm quite pleased with the result and think that I will play around a little with crochet flowers and see how they measure up against knitted flowers.

I'm also feeling inspired to make a curly crocheted scarf after seeing a beautiful one in Mrs Moon made from Rowan Kidsilk Haze.

Above all, it was a fun day... and so very, very soothing to my stressed brain. I would seriously recommend a spot of crochet to anyone who is considering therapy. I have not felt so 'zen' in a long time.


  1. Congrats on your hooking! Your swatch and flower look great! You're a seriously fast learner to take the basics in the morning and start more serious work in the same day.

    I love crocheted flowers. The book 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet is great because it has lovely patterns for both. I'm also a big fan of the book Crochet Bouquet.

    Thanks for the link to the bouquet on My Picot. I think I'm going to try it out, too. It's so beautiful!

  2. Hi Manosa, thanks for your comment! I am definitely going to look at that book. I'm glad you like the pattern.

    (PS - nice blog)

  3. I love your crochet. Crochet was the first thing I learnt as a child and I find that it comes back to me so easily. It is stress free although I must admit I have nevr crocheted anything from a pattern! Kidsilk haze would make a gorgeous scarf.