After many false starts I signed up for weekly crochet lessons at the local college. 5 weeks later, not an expert, but I can do the basics.
So I decided to test my ‘skills’ with a small baby blanket. I used Deramores studio DK in Frost for my main colour and then Mustard, Indigo, Topaz and Blush for the contrasts.
I used the Medium Butterfly Loom and wrapped 6 rows in the Frost.
- Knot the outer intersections only
- Gather the inner sections into the middle to form a daisy
- Pass your needle diagonally under all of the threads and out the other side, at the front pass the needle through the loop and pull the centre into place.
- Repeat for opposite diagonal
- Pass your needle under one of the petals and out the other side
- On the front pass the needle through the loop and pull the knot down towards the centre
- repeat for all of the petals and secure off.
I then used a series of treble and double crochet stitches in the contrasting colour.
Starting in one corner, 3 tbl into the loop then 2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then 2 ch* until you get to the next corner.
In each corner 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl, then 2 ch, *3 tbl into the loop then 2 ch* until you get to the next corner.
When you reach the corner you started, 3 tbl, 1 ch and slip stitch to join the beginning
The 2 chain are in the gaps and the 3 treble are around the loop
3 ch to start, in corner, 2 tbl then tbl into each gap, I do not know how to describe this in the proper jargon, but basically I trebled into each gap and when I got to the corner I did 3 tbl, 1 ch, 3 tbl to form the corner – I am happy for someone to give me the right terminology!
Row 3 & 4
Double crochet into each gap
So where did I go wrong??
On the blush (pink) I did a white row 1 and all the others I did a coloured row 1
On the mustard one of the corners has come a little unravelled, I think I did not secure my starting end
I thought I had 6 colours (to make 6 squares) but then realised I had only 4 so I made the multi-coloured ones in the middle, which I’m not sure I like
The pink one is smaller than the others, one less row, also on the pink I did not start/finish on a corner so it has a bit of a bulge where it is ended
I should have done more in the white and followed the same treble sequence to give a deeper border.
Other than that, I think this is pretty good for a first attempt at crocheting. The great thing is, it only took me 3 days to do, which I think is really quick (you might not?!) so it is really great to improve your crocheting with, the main part is done on the Butterfly Loom and you only have to do a few rounds and then join them together – I joined mine with double crochet.
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