Taking up crochet as a hobby and finding some cool modern patterns

Last weekend, for the first time in years, I started crocheting again.

I loved to crochet as a little kid, and made lots of really terrible potholders and coasters and holey scarves. I was always better at crochet than knitting, probably in large part that it's really easy to tear out your mistakes. I once learned how to knit and made a lot of really messy, hairy knots.

Lately, though, I decided to try crochet again. Mostly, it's because I love listening to audio books. They're great for driving or walking the dog, but when I listen to them at home, I feel like I need to be doing something with my hands.

So, I convinced my mom to help me re-learn crochet (actually, I never really forgot how it worked) and what all those crazy abbreviations meant in the cool patterns I found online.

That's the other thing - Pinterest is a great resource for finding crochet patterns that don't look like they came straight from 1970.

Last weekend, I made a ruffled washcloth (it actually looks just like the photo in the tutorial, and without unsightly holes!) and am finishing up another project I'm hoping be able to share with you next week.

I'm not sure how much I'll blog here about crochet - seems like a very specialized hobby - but I figured I would at least share the things I'm wondering if I can tackle as I explore it.

One idea I'm particularly excited about is the idea of making things for Halloween costumes with crochet. Rob and I have been trying to figure out how we can dress up Milou as Max from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." (The resemblance is uncanny.)

However, I did not like the idea of tying a stick or antler to our dog's head. But then I saw that you can actually crochet costume antlers, and now I'm thinking I could adapt one for a costume. Sweet.

 

 

Source: planetjune.com via Meg on Pinterest

 

 

I also love all kinds of earwarmers and cowls (it will get cold sometime, right?) and am thinking of starting with this one.

 

 

Source: lionbrand.com via Carol on Pinterest

 

 

And as far as accessories go, I'm thinking of trying this cool-looking headband:

 

 

Any of you readers crochet? Or knit?

 

 

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rsp wrote on August 03, 2012 at 4:08 pm

If it involves a needle I can do it. Crochet, knit, tat, etc. I can also make lace with just a needle, thread and a piece of cardboard. You can make unique shapes that way. Lot's of books at the libraries. 

Meg Dickinson wrote on August 06, 2012 at 8:08 am
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That's how my mom is - I remember her tatting when I was little and just being amazed. She also did something with tons of little needles - I'll have to ask her what that was. You are lucky - what a talent to have!

DenaS wrote on August 03, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Do you know about Ravelry? If not, I bet you're going to love it.

Make a free account ( http://www.ravelry.com ) and you can look through literally thousands of free or inexpensive patterns for knitting and crocheting, forums discussing the good the bad and the ugly in everything from yarn to tools to designs, tons of reference materials, people looking to buy trade or swap lots of yarn and patterns and tools... yeah. Ravelry is a bit addictive.

Also, have you heard of the Playstation game Little Big Planet? ( http://www.littlebigplanet.com/ )The characters look knitted. This didn't prevent me from crocheting a bunch of them... :D

Meg Dickinson wrote on August 06, 2012 at 8:08 am
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Oooh I will check that out - this weekend, I made the cowl above and a hat for Rob. I feel like I'm on a roll!

Andrea Lee wrote on August 07, 2012 at 4:08 am
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My mom and I started to work together to design some more 'modern' styles- not reminiscent of tacky 70's!

I have fallen in love with all the colours that can be put together to create such lovely designs.

The dishcloths are a perfect starter project and really useful. 

We started to make so many that we needed somewhere to showcase them. This is our website for the blankets and pillows that we are making. 

www.andrealeecollections.com

Thank you for introducing crochet again in your writeup! The reindeer ears are great!!

Andrea