Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Crochet for Beginners...

Ever since reading this blog post by the lovely Amy from MahliMoo, Me and Three I've been on a bit of a crochet binge...


I started crocheting years ago while pregnant with Erik, but my skill level is still very much that of a beginner. I still need to be reminded how to form a granny square and what the various crochet stitches are (slip stitch, single, double and triple crochets, and the pesky half double crochet which isn't nearly as difficult as it sounds). I didn't realise until this latest binge that American crochet stitches differ in name from English/Australian crochet stitch (for example, an English double crochet is an American single crochet).

So, I thought I'd share some of the patterns I've been playing with the past few days. These are all easy-peasy if you take them one stitch at time. I'm not particularly talented when it comes to reading patterns, a couple of times I had to unravel and start again, but if I can do it then you absolutely can as well. I used ends of various yarns I had stashed from old knitting projects, but I would love to redo all of these in some lovely white or red cotton using a finer hook (I was using a 4.5mm which is fairly chunky).

First up a picture of some of the items laid out - none of these have been properly finished off with weaved in ends because I can't find my yarn needle.


Now some groupings... Lets start with Stars because that's where I started.


Going clockwise:

The hexagon star
Big star: I didn't finish this one because I ran out of yarn (d'oh), but it would make a great little decorative doily or to even as a placemat or heat mat for under serving dishes.
Six point star: I think this one is very pretty and would be lovely in white cotton!
Five point star: I modified this one a bit to define the shape more to my liking - I do that a bit with crafty stuff, once I feel comfortable with a pattern, I'll mess around with it...

Hearts


Teensy heart
Granny square heart
Upsized teensy heart
Scandinavian heart

There are so many heart patterns - google images is a great resource for finding patterns. I just googled "crocheted heart ornament" and then picked through the ones which looked simple enough and followed them back to the source pages for patterns. There are so many more I want to try!

Snowflake

This is by far my favourite and since doing this one I've seen you can use the same pattern to make a five point snowflake, which I think I'd love even more - in fact, if you google "crocheted snowflake" you'll find all sort of incredible patterns of varying difficulty! I'm in snowflake heaven and have a dozen patterns I'll be turning my hand at in the coming weeks!


Six point snowflake: As shown on the pattern page, you can vary the size and complexity of this snowflake by using different sized hooks and thickness yarn (mine is a relatively thick bamboo yarn, hence the chunky end result).

In the group photo of the various designs I put up there near the top of this post there is a Tiny Flower ornament. I followed a you tube video to create that. You tube is an excellent resource for the beginner crocheter. Check it out!



So, there you have my pre-christmas crocheting odyssey - well, the beginning of it anyway. This year, more so than in recent years, I've really been tapping the Christmassy feeling; playing Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey, crocheting Christmas tree ornaments (which I was reminded my maternal grandmother had done for all of us - I have her ornament safely packed away from rough little fingers for now - which partly inspired me to do the same because my Amma rocked!), and planning a gingerbread house build - hopefully this coming week (I'll keep you posted, never done it before!)...

Creating pretty things always lifts my spirits, especially at Christmas time!

6 comments:

Rhianna said...

Oh thank you so much for this post, I will be exploring them all further :) These are just great. I taught myself to crochet when I was pregnant with DD2 and much like you I need reminding on what is what.

Nic said...

Im really going to give these a go. Ive tried crotchet several times and get stuck, lol

Lillie McFerrin said...

These are so great!!! Great post; I'd love to give this a try myself.

Sif said...

I just bought some white crochet cotton, and some silver as well, and am going to give the snowflakes a go on a smaller hook with a double thread, will report back with results :D...

Amy said...

You are on a roll Sif!!

I am getting confused by the difference in American and UK names for stitches! And then my Grandmother starts giving me tips and I get even more confused!

Can wait to see how your snowflakes go.

CraftyMummy said...

Love this post. Can't wait to go and try some stars... I knew I shouldn't have started those hexagons! Stars would have been much better!

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