I’ve been absolutely bursting with pride this past week, because would you believe I taught myself something new (this is an awful time-consuming habit I have) and its potential is HUGE!
That’s right, I learnt how to use some crochet needles and began exploring Granny Squares! Now, I’m a knitter, and a stitcher, but crochet is something that has never interested me. Since I’ve had time to think about it, I have no idea why that is.
I’m forever being told stories about my Gran, who was a genius at crochet and making clothes. How she’d make her girls stand with their arms outstretched as she wound the skeins of wool around their hands. If they ever wanted something new to wear she’d stay up all night cutting and tacking, stitching and pressing. What is even more beautiful about these stories is that everything was passed down from sister to sister, and it was worn over and over until the seams dropped out!
I read about patchwork quilts recently, that these things we invest so much time and skill into are not simply pretty, but they are heirlooms and our grandchildren’s grandchildren (or at least their dog) will be using them many years down the line.
And so, with all that inspiration from my Granny, I’ve began the process of crocheting very basic granny squares for a cushion cover. My first attempts were using some scrap DK wool, and they are, erm, a little messy to say the least!
I couldn’t get my head around it first but I think perhaps it is to something to do with the tension. I also felt that the fibres of the wool make the surface look a little “fluffy”, which can happen in knitting when you’re handling the wool a lot.
Is this something you guys have come across when you began to crochet?
I found that the treble stitch was difficult to understand using the tutorials and illustrations at the back of books (which I will be reviewing soon), particularly because when working in a square as apposed to straight, you are looping the needed through the middle hole. But I used this wonderful tutorial on YouTube to help me get the hang of it.
I bought some ‘smoothie’ wool, which has a more ropey feel to it, in an attempt to get a little neater on my squares, and I think a combination of that and practice have helped me produce a few of these.
And here is picture of that lovely lady I was telling you about!
Any advice and comments would really be appreciated on this, I’ve fallen in love with the simplicity of using one needle, and some of the truly awesome crochet patterns!
What technique do you use to hold the wool and keep the tension the same?
Have you experienced “messy” crochet and how did you beat it?