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Hooked

Posted: August 26, 2011 in Crochet
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I first came into contact with crochet 30 years ago when I embarked on making a hoodie for my then-as-yet-unborn baby. It was a such a sweet, pretty pattern which I managed to stuff up quite spectacularly. The body of the jacket was fine, the hood was wearable, the arms, however, were…well…strange – very very long and very very narrow. For some reason I didn’t even notice I was working away at the arms for a somewhat long time – I probably just figured crochet was weird like that and that in the end it would work out. It didn’t.  She never wore the jacket because she came out human, with human-shaped limbs. During the following three decades I had short flings with the hook, but it’s only been the past two years or so that the bug has bitten again. Here are some of my most recent projects – I don’t do blankets and adult clothing, mostly fairly quick, one-ball, one-sitting items.

I'm loving Tunisian crochet – the weave-like texture is so pretty. I made this mug cozy for a friend. It's quite tricky and still requires quite a lot of concentration, so I'm only managing simple executions...

I had an empty glass jar. I had wool. And a hook. And a tealight candle. So I Googled and got this neat little pattern.

I made this cute pup for friends whose body corporate won't let them keep a real live dog in their apartment. That's just nasty. Anyway, Brutus is very ably standing in as the family pet.

I made a ear/headwarmer. This one required knitting, which is not my core strength, to say the least. Nonetheless, I managed the rigours of plain and purl and then reverted to the crochet hook for the flower. The flower isn't my pattern. I'll post its link once I trace it.

Some time ago I stumbled upon amigurumi, the Japanese craft of crocheted stuffed toys and, for a while there, I was hooked. I made amigurumis for friends, for the kids of friends, for the friends of friends and for the friends of the kids of friends. I think I’m all amigurumi-ed out now – well, for a while at least. They’re great fun to make, though – mostly because they’re generally super small, so they work up super quick. The downside is that one can grow fond of them rather rapidly, which makes giving them away a little awkward…

One of the last amigurumis I made was this Felix lookalike. They met, but I didn’t get the impression that Felix was quite as enamoured with the little guy as I was.

Felix I meets Felix II

Felix II

Felix I strikes a suffer-the-little-children pose as the small dog kisses his feet

Uhm, excuse me, there's something hanging onto my leg...

Felix II goes to pot

I just love neck warmers – they keep you toasty warm and don’t get all tangled up when you try to tuck them into your coat/jacket/jersey collar.

Here’s a quickie you can rustle up in no time at all – and it’s dirt cheap.

I had a piece of fleece fabric that has been lying around for ages. Hop down to your nearest and dearest fabric shop and buy a quarter of a meter. Or buy more and keep the rest to fling together a last-minute gift. The piece I had was 22cm wide and long.

Step 1.
Cut fabric to desired width. I worked with what I had, which was 22cm (a nice width, I may say). Now wrap the fabric around your neck once and let it overlap quite generously. Mark and cut to desired length (mine came to about 58cm long).

Step 1.

Step 2:
Fold in half so the ends meet. Now use your best china to help you shape the ends… You can make them as round or as pointy as you want. I was downstairs and the fabric chalk was upstairs so I just used blackboard chalk. Really, all you want is a more-or-less guideline. It’s fleece, not raw silk 🙂

Step 2.

Step 3:
Cut to shape. I eventually made the ends slightly pointier, but really, it’s up to you. There are no rules.

Step 3.

Step 4:
Done. Wrap your warmer around your neck and secure with a brooch. I used a flower I had crocheted a few days ago.

How quick was that?

Seriously, the hardest part was taking the photo of myself 🙂

Here’s a  link to a great tutorial for another, easy flower to crochet. Sew a safety pin to the back and you can add it to anything: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/4325/how-to-crochet-a-flower-part-1

An easy little flower with a great tut.

My last-born, Felix the JRT, doesn’t do winter. Especially winter with a generous downpour of arctic rain. So I got him a fleecy coat from the vet shop. Only it’s about five sizes too big (it fits his ego, but looks decidedly strange on his body…).

Now, being an avid crocheter, I naturally launched an internet search for a manly, yet cozy, dog sweater pattern but, my goodness, did I get distracted by just the weirdest stuff people seem set on whipping up! Here, then, are some items you really, really shouldn’t crochet. Ever. As in never, ever, ever…