Monday, 18 January 2010

my first crochet project

With my newly found crochet skills  love, the need for a new project was excitedly playing on my mind. So off I trot to the shops for my first ever sweaty palmed purchase of some wool. That said, I should mention that this was not my first foray, you see I come from a long line of knitters, so many a day was spent playing on the floor of the local wool shops, unfortunately these have all since closed, so my first wool would have to be bought in John Lewis; hence the sweatyness of the trip!

 After a lot of head scratching I bit the bullet and made my purchase.
Now comes the pondering of what to make and which colours to use! Lots more head scratching and lots of tea. Ever noticed how colour themes can be sub-consciously carried around in your head?

So I have decided on a granny blanket to be my first project whilst I'm still perfecting my stitches.
It has also been helpful to see how colours go together, this is my favourite so far.
Not wanting to be completely ordinary, I'm using the circlular method to begin, as opposed to the bog-standard granny square (in my last crochet post), I have to challenge myself don't I!

And here are the rest of my babies!
Colourwise, this not really the scheme I was going for, however I think the great thing about crochet is the randomness, sometimes its best to roll with it!

I have also found  that its good to have a mix of dark and light colours.
The pink and pale turquoise were an after thought, just some of my practice wool, but I am amazed at how they brought my little squares alive.
There is a scheme of sorts, as I'm not completely into the multi-coloured look (yet).
I noticed that it was quite similar to my cushion, so thats what I'm saying is my inspiration, hehe!

 The obligatory stack shot!


Have I rattled on enough?
I'm so in love I even took them out with me to a girls get together.

This post has hopefully been inspirational and not too self important.
Believe me once you know the basics it all falls into place!

points of interest

1. read the labels on the wool so you dont buy a mixture of dk and 4ply by mistake like I did, I learnt a lesson , and now I know I much prefer double knit wool

2. practice with a 5mm hook move to a 4mm hook for basic stitches (depending on your yarn type)

3. granny squares consist of three stitches. Two very basic and one treble stitch. Easy!

4. pop on over to attic24 where you will find a wonderous array of gorgeous crochet, also some very good tutorials.

5. let me go now and crochet!!!


A Country Girl said...

Those are lovely colours - I am supposed to be learning to crochet, but just can't seem to stop knitting long enough to learn!

Sal said...

Well done with your crochet!!

You have won one of my giveaway prizes!!

Please can you email me your name/address etc?
Love, Sal ;-)

Diane said...

Such tasteful colours - It'll look gorgeous when its done. xxx

Serenata said...

It's funny you commenting on my post, while I'm reading yours! Brilliant squares, well done. It is the putting them together that I find off putting. LOL

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

What yummy colours you have chosen! And love that cushion, beautiful colours, where is it from?

Btw, very impressed with your granny progress ;)


Kelly said...

they are looking great!

clare's craftroom said...

I love crochet mainly because I can't knit and it is so easy . I love your squares , keep having fun with it !

LittleGem said...

Ooh they are coming on a treat Clare! Love the colour scheme too, I am not a huge fan of multi colours and think your choices look very pretty. Looking forward to seeing more! xGem

Lisa said...

Well just look at you galloping on with your first proper project. Go Clare!
Love the blues and red.
You'll have to meet me for a coffee now and show me how to do it!
Lisa x

noelle said...

Its gonna be great! x

jennyflower said...

There is an award for you over at my place if you fancy it! I also want to say thanks for sending me over to Attic 24- cool!

elsy said...

lovely you will find it really addictive..i do...have fun

Lisa said...

Lymington sounds good, much prettier to go to than Totton!
How often are you in Southampton city centre, is meeting there a possibilty?
Lisa x

Jennifer said...

Your squares are absolutely gorgeous, the colours are beautiful. What a great job you have done. I just found your blog through Jennyflowerblue, and can't wait to come back for more.

GardenofDaisies said...

It's going to be gorgeous!!! I am just learning how to crochet and was wondering how hard it was to change colors in pieces such as this.