Last week I dared you all to start hooking and I hope I have inspired some of you to give it a try. I love sharing what brings happiness to my life and this is defiantly one of those wonderful things. Will you be frustrated? Yup! Will you want to give up? Yup! But aren’t those that are most rewarding usually found the hard way as opposed to the easy way? I would argue that the best things in life are those that take time, and those that we have had to work the hardest for. This is one of those things and with most hobbies practice makes perfect. Don’t focus on expensive yarns or mastering the technique all in one sitting. Take your time, breath and allow yourself to make mistakes. Lets face it how else can we learn if we don’t make a few along the way?!
At this point you should have the measurements, a style picked and the following supplies;
The first step in any crochet project is crocheting a slip stitch followed by a chain stitch. The chain stitch will be the the foundation of almost anything you create. Unravel the yarn to get a bit of length to work with. If you are using more than one colour for a textured look, as shown below, you will want to unravel all two or three spools of yarn so that you can attach the colours to your hook at the same time;
Okay you are ready to begin, first you will need to attach the yarn to your hook which is called a slip knot. I feel it’s best to leave the demonstrations to the professionals so take a look at the tutorials as we go along. Once your crochet hook is attached to the yarn, aka your slip knot is securely in place, you will want to start your chain stitches. Remember the chain is the foundation, it will set the guide for the width of the blanket. In most patterns they will advise on how many chain stitches (ch) to make but in this case we are going by measurements, simply chain stitch the length you want your blanket. I went with a width of 50″ so I chain stitched until I got to 50″ like so;
Once you get to the desired measurement you will want to add an additional chain stitch. Once you have the additional chain stitch you are ready for your first single crochet stitch (sc). To keep the blanket symmetrical I recommend going in the loop second from your hook;
This is where you should make your first single crochet stitch. You will want to go under the loops like so;
From here and for the remaining chain stitches, continue your single crochet stitch all the way to the end. If you are stuck and aren’t sure where your should go next, look at your hook and look at the loop it is attached to;
Above you can see that the hook is attached to the loop as indicated. This will guide you in moving to the next loop in order to make your next single crochet and prevent you from inserting your hook into the same loop as your hook;
Continue with the single crochet stitch until you have come to the end of your chain, chain one extra and then turn your rows so that they look like this;
Above, I have come to the end and have turned my work so that the bottom end is flat and the top end has the loops sticking up. Every time you come to the end of your row, ch and then turn your work. Again, start your sc stitch in the second loop from the hook;
Continue with the sc until you get the to the end of the row, ch and then turn. Remember when you are going along to go under both loops with your sc;
At the end of each row and the beginning of a new one ensure that the edge of the blanket is straight;
Here you can see that the second row of my blanket is in line with the row below it. If you notice that the edge of your blanket is not straight it could mean that you did not go into the second loop from your hook or you forgot to ch before you turned your work. In this case the only way to fix it is taking out your hook and unravelling your work until you start back to where you last left off in a straight line. Yes, my heart broke the many times I had to do this.
These are the basic steps you need to crochet your blanket, for styles #1 and #2, keep working your way back and forth row by row. With style #3 you will want to keep measuring the length of your work so that you will know when to switch colours. I will be switching to a cream coloured yarn at about 26.6″ which I will demonstrate how to do next week. If you have questions along the way please send me an email or leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to answer you!
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