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Category: Crafting

Crochet Techniques

I recently spotted a short video clip of a woman crocheting on Instagram (embedded below). It struck me how very differently she holds her hook, yarn, and wip from how I do things. (wip = work in progress)

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She has this overhanded hold on her hook and a way of twisting the hook to pick up the yarn that was beautiful to watch. It also seems a more relaxed hold on things as compared to my style. I don’t think her left hand (the yarn hand) does anything other than be there for the yarn to run through.

I hold my hook much like a pencil in my right hand. Then, I work the yarn with my left hand over the hook as I hold my wip along with the weaker fingers of my right hand. I found this little series of photos I took back in January 2010 that shows a little bit of my hold. (The animation is thanks to Google Photos.)

Crochet in Action

I wonder if my technique is odd? I wonder if her technique is better? I wonder if I can change my style so drastically?

I gave it a whirl. I had to laugh at the pretzel my fingers turned into. It’s like I was first learning crochet all over again! I think I might persist though because it is a much more relaxed hold and it’s far less tiring on my hands. I could crochet even more!

That’d be cool.

Magic Ring

I’m learning new skills!

This is known as the magic ring. It’s a way to start working in rounds, which I do a lot of with these Christmas ornaments.

Gem Bag

My son purchased a gem excavation kit, which came with a small gem bag.

He determined the bag was too small and asked for my assistance in making a new one.

He picked colors and sewed up the sides, and I helped with the drawstring.

I love the results and he does too!

My First Christmas Ornament

I wanted to make something fun and meaningful for Christmas. I’m giddy at how well this turned out!

I used scrapped t-shirts for filling, but I think I’ll use standard polyfill next time – it’s lighter. I also re-wrote the pattern some to make it less confusing. I had no less than 5 false starts! That got a little frustrating. Next improvements are to get a smaller hook and improve how I start the rounds (another pattern rewrite).

Spiral Scrubbies

I’ve been experimenting with bath scrubbies for a while now. I tried a bath loofah-like thing, but the yarn got so HEAVY when wet. It also didn’t hold it’s shape.

I’ve settled (for now) on some plain old over-sized washcloths (right). I single crochet with a large hook about 20 stitches across and make the rectangle long enough to fold over into hand-sized. I’m not in love with this idea, but it works.

Thanks to Pinterest, I’ve found a great new pattern!
Spiral Scrubbies.

I think my search is over!

My first attempt reading the instructions from my cell phone at McDonald’s while the kids played didn’t go so well. I can’t imagine why?! lol

I re-read the instructions at home on my computer (more screen space), and realized there was a video link! That video makes all the difference!

This one is too small for the shower, but I love the idea! So, I grabbed a larger hook (10mm, I think) & crocheted two threads of yarn simultaneously for thickness. I’ve made two for the shower, and Steve has asked me to make some more just like it. I’ve found that the trick to the whole thing being durable is to pull the yarn VERY tight when closing up the scrubbie. The cotton threads stretch when wet, and you don’t want the center opening to stretch open too much.

I’m currently pondering what yarn material would make a better scrubbie, and if I could crochet nylon fibers into it (like those used in commercial loofahs). I’m not done experimenting!

Update 7/6/2018: I re-discovered this entry and I have the perfect material to try this on – the Red Heart Scrubbie yarn! I can’t wait to try that out.

Discovered Ravelry

I discovered ravelry.com yesterday, and I got kind of addicted. I never considered organizing my crochet projects. I just picked up some yarn, some hooks and stitched along at whim. I sat down last night crocheting, and my husband asked what I’m making. I replied, “Nothing, I’m just playing.” I had just finished a large Crazy Blanket for my sister and hadn’t really chosen another project just yet.

I picked up crochet a few years ago on a whim. I loved doing counted cross-stitch, but I felt compelled to give it up for something with larger needles (or no needles) with my 3 kids being 3 years old and under. This decision was solidified when I had to tear apart a Thomas the Train pillow to find the needle my son hid in it!

Crochet is fun and fast and I absolutely love it! My grandmother tried to teach me years ago, and more recently I picked up a sample granny square and hook from a friend giving me pointers on how to start. In just a few short years, I taught myself to crochet and have made way more stuff than I thought!

On Ravelry, I’m tripping down memory lane adding my projects and discovering that the yarn I have stashed everywhere in my house is more than I realized!

By the way – while I fiddled with some yarn, I made up my next project: A Granny Square Throw:

I have 5 squares already completed… of course, I stayed up entirely too late! I couldn’t help it. I was on a roll and catching up on old Star Trek Voyager episodes on Netflix. lol – The fifth square I finished up this morning:

I’m not 100% sure what the pattern will be yet, but it will be these two yarns – the solid blue and the “Banana Berry Print” variegated yarn.

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