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Next steps in Crochet

I have had a few customers and friends enquiring about what to do after learning the basics in Crochet, so I thought I would help you out with the next steps.

Once you have learned the basics, my recommendation is to find a great basic pattern, this could be a granny square blanket, cushion, or scarf, a ripple blanket or cushion, or similar.  by embarking on a larger project with an easy pattern, you will be able to improve your tension, and general skills, it also gives a wonderful sense of achievement when it is finished!

I would then try and improve your pattern reading skills, still picking only easy patterns.

It is 705lgetoo easy when you start to find something you love, but that is a really complicated pattern, it might look easy but there will be something that you get stuck on…although you may have the perseverance for a while, it is easy to get stuck on a particular part, and then get disheartened.  If you practice with lots of different patterns that are still simple, you will gain in confidence.  A good stitch dictionary can help you make a start, or a book with lots of different motifs at different levels (one I recommend is 200 Crochet blocks by Jan Eaton link here to my website where I have a few copies at 35% off!)  make sure you get this one with the pink cover which has UK terminology.

Once you are happy with the basics, you could experiment with different yarns, and some different techniques, which is why I developed the Next Steps course…now while you can get the basic information from my website,  I thought I should elaborate, especially as I will be running this as a 3 day Summer School at Missenden Abbey.

There are basically 5 sessions with extended project time in the last session.

Session 1: Adding texture: this is where you learn the differences between, shells, bobbles, clusters and popcorns – they all add texture in a different way.  these are all made with combinations of basic stitches like trebles and double crochets

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Session 2:  Cables and ribs: here you will start to use post stitches, both simple back and front posts but also how to twist stitches to create brilliant cables.  I may also have a cabled cushion cover pattern ready as well as the scarf pattern, designed by me!

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Session 3:  Lace:  this can be a scary area if you are used to working in DK or Aran yarn.  We will be using two different yarns, a plain merino lace weight yarn, but also a fluffy kidsilk type with mohair, and another original pattern.Konstance

Session 4:  Tapestry Crochet:  I really like challenging people’s perception of crochet and from a distance this can easily be compared with fairisle, we work in the round on a small phone cover, but I will also have the pattern for christmas baubles available! great fun once you get your head round holding 2 colours at the same time and following a chart!

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Session 5:  Joining and finishing: the difference between handmade (professional) and homemade.  including tips for blocking, but the main focus is on how to join motif squares, with a wide range of different styles including join as you go. (you do have to bring some squares with you to join!)

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Throughout the course we will be reading patterns, and charts, and of course I love being able to sort out any crochet questions that you may have.

Of course if you have any questions that you would like me to answer through my blog please ask below in the comments or on my facebook page!

More Crochet Cables…

I have been looking for some more inspiration for crochet cables so I did a search on Ravelry, and found many!  those that piqued my interest and I will be doing samples for are pictured below, they are all from free Ravelry patterns, and I will be making samples over the next couple of weeks to see what the techniques are like, and how they are different.

Tree of life – not conventional cables, but I like the idea of making a picture in the cables, with some twists and turns…

Another blanket, but with a lovely chunky cable in the middle that might be 9 stitches wide!

This one you would need to purchase, but I love that although wide, it is a delicate twist of thread!

I love a sampler blanket, there is something about doing lots of different squares, and bringing them together into a coherent whole..

And finally, these three amazing cable patterns which were inspired by the Book of Kells (an Irish medieval writing of the Gospels – which is illustrated with much celtic illumination)

  

Got to go and crochet now, loving cables!  Do you like crochet cables too?

On my hook – what I am crocheting now!

After showing how inspiring it is to see crafters in other fields, I thought you might like to know a little about the process that I use to create my crochet.  One of My ‘things’ is experimenting by using different techniques, which means that I have to learn those techniques first, then use what I have learned to create a design, or a course.

I learned how to make crochet cables quite a while ago, I experimented a bit using a book 63 Crochet Cables (Anne’s blanket in this post was made using this book) I designed a workshop (part of my next steps course) where I also designed a scarf to be made during this session.  I have now been given the opportunity to run a workshop at Ally Pally (The knitting and stitching show at Alexandra Palace) for which I bid a Crochet Cable cushion.   So now I need to design the cushion and decide what we will be doing in the 1 hour that we have.

My first step is to learn more about Crochet  Cables, so I signed on for a Craftsy course, which is by a new to me crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby (I found by accident the Shibaguyz website, and I looooove what they do!) I am part way through, and have made a sample with a variety of cables, I really enjoy making the cables, and very please with the result as the cables lie lovely and flat.  I have started the next pattern which is woven cables.  I am making these samples in a Double knit, wool mix yarn.

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In contrast, I also have on my hook a design that I have started for an independent dyer.  The yarn is amazing, and a real challenge, as you can see from the pics below, it is the finest of yarn, cobweb, for comparison I have put ordinary double knit yarn next to it!

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Lace is always interesting, it starts off looking very rag like, but hen it is opened up you can see the beauty.  I am using a 3mm hook which seems large, but give the right amount of laciness.

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What do you have on your hook?  Do you have lost of Crochet or Knit WIP’s (Work In Progress) or do you work on one project at a time?  I would love to see what you have on your hook (or needles!)