I’m one of those people who cannot sit doing nothing. I cannot sit on the sofa without playing on my phone, or eating a biscuit, or drinking a cup of tea. The moment I stop my mind starts to wander. It’s quite amazing in fact how far it can go. Within minutes I can have decided that something bad has happened to everyone I know all at the same time, which is not a great place for my mind to go.
With the risk of eating too many biscuits to keep me occupied, a couple of people suggested learning how to crochet. My mum has a degree in embroidery, so textiles is a subject I’ve always grown up with, and before I knew it my mum had supplied me with a crochet hook and a ball of yarn.
Getting the initial hang of it was tricky. You’ve got to hold a hook and a ball of wool, and then somehow wrap it round the hook in a way that makes a pretty stitch and not just a knot, all whilst retaining a good tension to make it even. No problem.
The great thing about crocheting however is that if you make a mistake you simply unravel what you’ve done. You’re not left with loads of scrapped projects that you bodged up half way through. So you can practice, practice, practice.
I started with some basic granny squares. There are TONNES of YouTube tutorials, for different styles of granny squares. The only thing to watch out for is that american terminology is different to uk terminology. Well, the words are the same, they just mean different things in the different countries for some reason. I like Bella Coco.
I set myself a project target. My close friend of nearly 30 years was expecting her first baby. And what better gift than a baby blanket. She knew she was having a girl, so the colour theme was now nicely in place.
To start the blanket, I needed to make a chain of 144. Turns out counting to 144 is really tricky. I think I managed to count to 144 and I started working backwards then to create the first line. I got all the way back to the other side, and it didn’t quite match up at the other end, but I thought surely it would even out so I carried on.
I did another full row, and it was even further out, so there was only one option moving forwards which was to fully unravel and start again. I actually tried about 4 times, unravelling it several times, before deciding to put a marker every 12 stitches, to keep count!
Turns out once you get it set up its really easy to just keep going, and it’s the perfect addition to an evening in front of the tele.
I gradually added more rows and soon developed a pattern with pinks and greys. I won’t bore you with the rest of the repetitions, but I kept going until I had a good “baby-sized” blanket. All it was missing now was a border to complete the look.
I decided just to repeat the colours I’d used in the main blanket to form a solid edge, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.
The finished result is below, and on delivery I discovered it worked perfectly with the nursery. Now I just need all my friends to have babies so I can make more! xoxo