My interest in fiber arts took a detour this year.
On a whim, I asked my mum to teach me Crochet on one weekend that I was visiting her. Mom usually knits and uses crochet edgings to finish off her articles. All she taught me that day was the Chain stitches and Single crochet. I practiced those diligently and then there was no turning back. 🙂
I came back home and took two online Craftsy courses by the wonderful Kim Werker.
Those reduced my learning curve phenomenally I feel, and taught me a great deal. It also made me realize that walking in to a bookstore and buying any crochet book without research is not always a good idea (I bought one with UK instructions, whereas I learned everything in US terms).
My first project was a simple beanie in two colours. I was aiming to perfect stitches and did not really care about the yarn quality or color scheme. It turned out pretty okay for first attempt.
Next I made a simple V-stitch scarf. I love the variegated purples on this one. My sister liked it very much and has called dibs on the scarf. 🙂
I kept tinkering and learning more forms of crochet stitches.. Loved making these puff stitch flowers.
I then wanted to transcend from thick yarn to finer threads. I made my first multicolored Magnolia Mandala doily.
I then took a leap of faith and started the ambitious project of attempting one of Grace Fearon’s Doilies. I selected ‘Tilda’ for this. The journey of these 25 complicated rounds was quite mentally turbulent. I got stuck on some rounds and had to reach out to fellow crocheters for help. I realised that doilies are not my thing and I would never make one again. Upon completion, once I was done blocking the piece, I was actually quite pleased with the result. Especially, because I ended up learning a lot of new stitches in a single project. Grace is indeed a crochet scientist to have invented such complicated patterns and have them tested so they turn out exactly how they do on paper.
Tilda gave me the confidence and control over finer thread. My interest in fiber arts is inclined towards making fine handmade jewellery and that motivated me to try out miniature crochet.
I am combining tatting with crochet and working on a Cro-tat piece of bouquet-tassel earrings.
I have also simultaneously begun another ambitious project of crocheting a rug in T shirt yarn. With every round I become quite skeptical with questions about “…how will it turn out? Will it lay flat on the floor? How will I block such a big project?…” Hence, I am taking it easy on this one and making it on my own leisurely pace.
Wish me luck! 🙂
From my limited 4 month experience, following are the resources that I would endorse and would like to extend my gratitude to the authors of, for sharing their knowledge and developing content on them (in the form of videos, written patterns or tips)
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