Tag Archives: crochet

Project Wish List: New Type of Granny Square

25 Mar

I’d like to attempt this new Granny Square on my next Blanket Adventure:

 

Solid Granny Square

 

Check out the Video Instructions Here:

 

She’s Crafty: Easy Baby Booties (Attempt #1)

15 Mar

In my progress towards Black Belt Crochet – I’ve set myself the Baby Booty Challenge for my Orange Belt.

For this hurdle – I must work on creating the perfect Baby Booty.

After much hunting around – I came back to my friend Michael Sellick and his version of the Easy Baby Booty.

 

 

Easy Baby Booty Video

Easy Baby Booty Video

Link to Video Here

 

 

This 7 part video series couldn’t be any easier to follow – and the only stitches you need are chain, double and slip.

As always – my first attempt is a little wonky. The shape is there – but it would have to be the world’s smallest baby to fit into!

Am thinking attempt #2 will involve a larger hook (this was done using a 4.5MM hook) and a few more chains at the beginning for good measure.

 

 

Crochet Baby Booty

A Baby Booty - for Ants!?

So not quite an Orange Belt celebration yet – but the Yellow Belt is getting darker with every Double Crochet!

 

 

 

Easy Crochet Flower Project

13 Mar

Sunday morning – and I find a link to what should be a very easy Crochet Flower.

Easy Crochet Flower

The Easy Crochet Flower

Using just single and double crochet – this cute little flower should only take you about 15 minutes to make.

While my first attempt is a little bit wonky:

 

Crochet Flower

First Attempt at the Crochet Flower

 

 

I think this will be an easy one to master – and will add a nice effect on the baby blanket that I’m currently crocheting. If anyone has any tips on how best to attach – please pass on.

 

Crochet Flower on Baby Blanket

Could Work on the Blanket....

 

 

 

She’s Crafty: Easy Shell Edging for Your Granny Square

9 Mar

As part of my Yellow Belt crochet training – I’ve been working to learn and perfect the Granny Square. With a few not so great squares, but some other beauties – I felt that it was time to finish what I had done. Not entirely happy with my joining technique (it’s all about the colour!) – I decided that a simple edging would help save this half blanket / half center piece.

The best (and easiest) option I could find was this Shell Border – which just involves more Double Crochet – but scrunched up to create the shell effect.

Overall – I was quite pleased with the finished product:

 

 

The Double Crochet Shell Border

The Double Crochet Shell Border

 

 

The only issue was that once completed it made the blanket curl up at the edges a bit too much. Perhaps next time I’ll try 4 stitches in each space rather than 5.

 

But overall I’m pretty chuffed with my first completed Granny Square project – and it now sits proudly on our bookshelf:

 

Completed Granny Square

My First Completed Granny Square Project

Robot Rating: 7.5 / 10 (Would have been an 8 if it wasn’t for the curling)
 

She’s Crafty: How to Join All of those Granny Squares

4 Mar

So I managed to master the art of the basic Granny Square – so my next Crochet Ninja challenge was to work out how to make something from these squares of (mostly) knotted yarn.

Fearful that I’d have to swap my crochet hook for a needle and thread – I was happy to find that the most preferred option of joining your squares together involved – more crocheting – using just the Single Crochet (the stitch I used for the Baby Beanie).

My friend YouTube had a few different videos – but I found this  one from the slightly off-putting ‘Mikey’ to be the easiest to follow.

Despite struggling to work out how to hold all of the flapping squares as I worked to join them together, the end result wasn’t too bad. My only regret was the use of white yarn – which I though would go nicely with my white centre, but really just looked like a badly hidden hemline of shoelace looking stitches. Tip for next time – make sure the edges of all my Squares are the same colour as what I’ll use to join them together.

 

 

The Joined Granny Square

The Final Product - Joined Granny Squares

 

Lucky – the reverse side of my giant square – the white created something more ‘interesting’ so we’ll use that as the showing side. Kind of like some retro tic tac toe board.

Robot Rating: 5/10 – points awarded for actually managing to work out how to join the Squares and to create something looking something like a blanket. Lots of room to improve!

She’s Crafty: Double Crochet & The Granny Square

25 Feb

 

The next skill in my Ninja Crochet training regime has been to master the famous ‘Granny Square’.

Once the stable of any good 1970s wardrobe, the Granny Square is what most people seem to associate with Crochet.

Granny Square

The Granny Square

Using the Chain Stitch and Double Crochet – in theory this seemed a simple enough challenge for me to take on… determined to blog about my success only once I’d mastered the perfect Granny Square – the delay in Crochet Blog posts should be a good indication of how long it actually took me to work out how to construct.

Using only the tutorials provided on YouTube and various Google Searches – I soon realised that there isn’t an agreed on way to make a Granny Square; with different people preferring varying numbers of stitches to make up the corners, a mix of techniques to increase rows, numbers of stitches across the non-corner sections and how to change colours.

To be honest – I nearly got to the point of tears…. until I stumbled across Melbournian Pip Lincolne and her blog ‘Meet Me At Mikes’.

Her series of Granny Square tutorial videos were the most easy to follow I’ve seen – and the time she has taken to video each section of the Granny Square in beautiful slow motion was my saviour.

The end results should hopefully speak for themselves – with the end goal to construct enough squares to make my own retro couch blanket.

Granny Square
The Perfect Granny Square In Progress
Granny Squares

Final Results - So Many Granny Squares!

Any additional Granny Square tips? Let me know!

 

 

She’s Crafty: The Easy Peasy Baby Beanie

17 Feb
After 10 days of self taught crocheting, I now feel as though I’ve graduated to Yellow Belt. 

Having mastered the Chain Stitch and Single Crochet the time had come to actually create something with these newly honed hook and yarn skills.

What I quickly found was that there aren’t too many things that you can make using these two stitches – and I was determined not to make another scarf to add to my knitting failures. 

That’s when I discovered another new friend Teresa and her Art of Crochet Channel on YouTube.

Teresa was the only person I found who gave me the instructions to create something practical out of my basic skills – the Baby Beanie Single Crochet. Her video was just what I needed – and the results speak for themselves.

First attempt has some weird nipple shaped action going, which I put down to some miscounting with the “increase” sections – but the final result is something wearable.

First Attempt: Pink Beanie

Attempt number two is about halfway through and the results are looking much more like Teresa’s. Just need a few pom poms and the weather to turn a bit colder!

Orange Baby Beanie

Beanie Number Two

Tips for the Yellow Belt Crocheter

  • For both beanies I used 8 ply yarn and a 4.5mm hook
  • Beanie #1 I restarted about six times, Beanie #2 only three.
  • Keep your tension very loose!
  • Don’t worry if you miscount the stitches – this is a very forgiving pattern.
  • Tie a piece of yard into the beanie as a marker.
  • Once you build up pace – you can knock one of these out within a few solid hours.

Robot Rating: 7.5/10 – averaging out the two beanies – leaving some room for improvement of course!