Look! I crocheted a bag!!

Towards the end of the summer we got these new crochet kits in the shop and so I thought I’d better make one up for display. I then forgot to blog about it, so here you go…

Now I’m not much of a crocheter, as you may realise if you regularly read my blog. But the Lucca handbag kit is described as being for beginners, so I thought I might be able to manage it. And it was very straight forward to do. Definitely suitable for beginners.

hoooked zpagetti lucca bag kit

The yarn is called Zpagetti, made by a Dutch company called Hoooked. It’s actually made from a stretchy cotton t-shirt like material, left overs from the fashion industry.

There are 3 different crochet bags kits which you can see here, two of which have nice handles included.

I had a fair bit of yarn left over in my kit so I could have made a bigger bag, or two smaller ones.

I want to learn Tunisian crochet

I don’t really crochet.  I hold the yarn and hook incorrectly and all I can really do is granny squares. However I saw this pattern the Interweave Crochet Fall 2011 issue and fell in love with this top:

It’s done with tunisian crochet, which seems to be a cross between normal crochet and knitting.  I really like the type of fabric that  the technique creates.

Note to self: Just found this blog post with tips on making this top

http://www.crochetme.com/blogs/toni_rexroat/archive/2011/10/11/betty-s-tunisian-tee-finding-the-stitches.aspx

Perhaps this could be my next challenge – to learn tunisian crochet?

The Art of Crochet

Regular readers of my blog will know that when I first got into knitting, I collected the weekly partwork magazine The Art of Knitting.  Well that series has finished now and the publisher have just started publishing the Art of Crochet instead.  That’s excellent timing as I one of my aims for this year is to get good at crochet.  I wasn’t the only to see this magazine – a couple from Knit and Natter bought the first issue too.

the art of crochet

Just like with the knitting magazine, you get a ball of yarn each week and the instructions for knitting a blanket square.

There are the first two squares:

I can’t get the hang of holding the yarn in my left hand and the hook in my right.  I just can’t seem to control the yarn as it runs through my fingers. So I hold it in my right and wrap it a bit like you do when knitting English style.  My tension is quite loose when I crochet and I had to pull tight to make sure that these squares turned out the size they were meant to.  But these squares don’t look too bad.  I don’t think I’ll be collecting the whole series, but I’ll buy them for a few weeks to give me some crochet practice.

Learning to crochet

Well, doing the crochet edging on the shaker-style blanket was quite fun, so I thought I’d try and learn how to crochet properly.  Mum bought me a book last year to learn, but I didn’t get very far with it.

So with the blanket finished, I picked up the crochet hook and some of the left over yarn, opened the book and started to try and fathom out what a foundation chain is and the difference between double crochet and treble.

My aim is to be able to make these earrings, which are crocheted granny squares with wire. I remember making granny squares with Mum when I was a child, but goodness knows how I managed to do it?  This crocheting lark is not easy and I remember nothing from my childhood attempts!

As I struggled to get my head around it all, the memories of learning to knit came flooding back… the way I used to magically gain stitches, the dropped stitches and the cries of “Mum, help!”.  Learning to crochet has been very similar: the awkwardness of handling the hook and yarn, wrapping the yarn the wrong way, not being able to determine where I should be putting the hook in the previous stitches and the laughter from Mum when I went to her for help because I had got it terribly wrong!

But eventually knitting clicked and when I actually understood how stitches were constructed, and I’m sure that crochet will do too… eventually!

But I do have to ask – what’s with having to hold the yarn in the left hand?  All the books and tutorials I’ve read this week say you have to hold the hook in the right hand and yarn in the left, as well as holding the piece you’re working on in the left hand.  I knit English style, and it’s so much easier to do the same with crochet and hold the yarn in my right hand!

Somehow I completed a granny square.  Now to try a hairband.