One of the things on my crafting bucket list has been learning to crochet. To be fair, I could do a single crochet stitch. I crocheted a bit in high school; I remember making strips that you joined together to make a blanket. Everyone was doing it* so I joined it. I expect the unfinished project is in my parent’s attic somewhere. All that to say, I had the basic concept but beyond that I was lost.
Earlier this summer a neighbour asked on Facebook if anyone was interested in crochet lessons. I jumped at the chance and was ridiculously proud of my first project: a sample dishcloth.
It’s really uneven, I’m pretty sure I added and dropped stitches along the way, but I like to pretend it’s a square.
I attempted a log cabin dishcloth, but the different yarn combined with my inability to turn clockwise (I have no idea why) frustrated me and I put it up. I may try this again at some point. (I also have an obsession with log cabin patterns lately).
I confessed that I really wanted to learn to make granny squares. I have this crazy idea that I could use up my leftover worsted yarn into granny squares to make an afghan. One attempt at the world’s ugliest granny square dishcloth (I really needed a solid yarn but variegated was all I had in my bag) and I was hooked. (Pun intended)
I started playing with colours and sizes; variegated and solids. My tension changed partway through and some were unravelled. Meanwhile, as the pile of finished squares started getting taller, I kept wondering in my head how the actual joining was going to go. Many a project of mine has languished waiting for the sewing up to be finished. This Labour Day weekend, I turned to Google to find a joining method that I might not walk away from. As you would expect, there are any number of options, but I landed on Carina’s Craftblog Granny Square Joining Tutorial. It looks like a granny square border on the squares. It was slightly confusing at first but really fun and easy once I got going. I love the way it turned out!
That’s right: I crocheted a granny square blanket! Granted, it’s oblong (the most uniform squares that size I had) and a little wonky-shaped but it’s still a blanket. I’m making the square a round smaller now but it’s good to know I can actually successfully join them when the time comes.
A little part of me knows I need to try some other projects. My ability to read crochet instructions is pretty limited and completely warped by knitting. I read “dc” as “decrease” instead of “double crochet” everytime. (They’re very different.) The only way that’s going to get better is practice.
But I really like granny squares. I have lots of worsted yarn, scrap and not-so-scrap so I see lots of afghans (or at least partial afghans) in my future. As for other crochet projects…maybe next summer. 🙂
*Apparently my high school peer pressure was crafting. I think that speaks volumes about my level of coolness then and now.