Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Adventures in Crocheting

I have a real weakness for crocheted items. I especially like tiny little flowers that can be used to decorate scrapbook pages or greeting cards, but I also really like headbands, barrettes, dishcloths, scrubbies, soap savers, and and and... Let's just say I could send myself to the poorhouse very easily on Etsy just from browsing people who sell anything crocheted. I even use a little purple crocheted elephant that a friend made for me in most of my earring listings as my earring "model". You can see her (well, her ear anyway) in this listing of Ceramic and Hematite Earrings.

So, I thought I'd try my hand at crocheting (again). I'd tried it a number of years ago, but couldn't get the hang of making a granny square and gave up quickly. In the meantime, I'd re-learned how to knit so I thought surely I'd be able to teach myself to crochet.

Let's just say my first several attempts were less-than-stellar (they looked more like a knotted mess than anything even halfway resembling crochet). My mom has done some crocheting in her time so, between her help today and the help of the 2nd of two crochet books I bought, I spent a good part of the day trying to do a few different crochet stitches and came up with:

As you can see, crochet sellers on Etsy should feel safe and secure in the knowledge that I will be buying from them for the foreseeable future. ;) I had to rip out more stitches than I completed which is part of why there really isn't all that much to show for working on this for a good part of the day. That and, even with the ones that I did end up keeping, I did them almost painfully slow. It was fun though, once I started getting the hang of it. I don't see me ever getting good enough to feel comfortable selling something I've crocheted on Etsy, but I might get to the point where I can make myself a serviceable (if not beautiful) washcloth.

In the meantime, here are a few sellers on Etsy who make beautiful items using knitting and crocheting that I can buy from instead:






If you're like me and love anything crocheted or knitted, check them out!


  1. Stick with it! It is a fun thing to learn...especially when you start doing "crazy" stitches. Possibilities are endless.

  2. I had to laugh! I have a portion of a shawl that I started to crochet without a pattern and I was going great! It was beautiful, then I picked it up to work on it a little mor and somehow :-) I got it turned in the lace. Well...needless to say, it was gong to have to be pulled out. Part of it was so pretty, I kept it!


  3. I feel ya! I tried to crochet a hat I saw on Threadbanger, and it looked CRAZY! I don't have the needle knack, but I love the art form.


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