the crochet blanket has been launched

I’ve been dreaming of making a crochet blanket for a long time… It was pretty much the only reason why I wanted to add crochet to my skillset. So, without further ado, as soon as I figured out the basicest of basics of how this hooking thing works, I jumped right in!

I’m using this lovely free pattern and I’m super happy with it. This is fun fun fun! And I’m using a bulky yarn (Cascade Eco+) so things should move ahead quite fast. But one thing I do worry about is the seaming. Look at all the ends that are involved in just one square! Crocheters, help! How do you deal with this? Is there a nifty trick that will spare me a few headaches..?

 

 

 

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Guess what I’ve been doing the last few days!

Hahaaaa, you don’t believe it, do you? :) Yes, after years of resisting, I finally gave in and tried a little bit of crochet! We had an amazing public gathering of knitters last Saturday (more on that to come) and in the overall atmosphere of discovering and learning I finally buckled and asked my lovely friend Johanna (who does wonders with crochet) to show me some basics. I was still kinda convinced that I could never master it. But, shockingly, I made some chains. And then some sticks (hmm, that’s what they’re called in Croatian, I guess ‘double crochet’ in English? the whole British-US double vocabulary in crochet is kinda discouraging me from even trying to learn…). And then some flat shapes.

Impressions of crochet so far?

I’m still not a fan of the fabric it creates – so I think my interest in it will stay limited to those things that are too complicated or too slow to do with knitting (the former: covering three-dimensional items with yarn, the latter: blankets).

It feels much “freer” than knitting. In the sense that in knitting you are always working in rows, you always know which stitch is next, and if you want to shape something you have to think of it in a galaxy far far faaar in advance (which all leads me to following patterns very strictly in knitting). In crochet, though, as far as I can see, you can just stick the hook wherever you like, and if at some point you decide you’d like to do some shaping, you just do it right there and then. Not to mention how easy it is to rip (no tinkering back stitch by stitch, wow!). All this contributes to me feeling much freer in experimenting, inventing and unventing things when I’m holding the hook than I do when holding the needles.

So, in conclusion, I’m a little surprised to say this, but I think crochet and I are going to end up being good friends. But don’t worry, knitting, you’re still my soulmate. :*

 

 

 

summer

A lovely piece of yarnbombing found in my Brussels neighbourhood…

A wonderful symbol of how, even though summer in the city can feel like a prison sometimes, there are lots of ways to make it happy and bright! :)

I hope you’re having a wonderful summer! :)