Learning to Knit

Ever since I started crocheting again last summer, I’ve wanted to learn to knit. But no one that I know really knits, so it’s been frustrating to learn on my own.

This week I’ve been sick, so I haven’t felt like doing much of anything but decided it would be a good time to practice knitting. After reading the instructions again in my learn to knit book, I tried casting on. I remember that was the easiest part of knitting and didn’t have much issue with that. Next I did the knit stitch and after a few tries I was getting the hang of it. Next was the purl stitch. This is my hangup as I just couldn’t grasp this last time I tried knitting. You have to do the purl stitch to knit, so I tried yet again to do this hard-to-me stitch. Lo and behold, I was able to do a few purl stitches.

I’m going to practice a few more rows and then maybe attempt a pattern. This month I plan to finish a baby blanket(crochet) and work on Raegan’s dress. And I’m going to concentrate on learning to knit. Who knows. Maybe I’ll even have a knit project on the needles by July.

Cupcake Purse

I’m taking part in a knit/crochet swap and I wanted to do something for my partner’s kids. She has three girls, so I thought some sort of purse would be cute.  I just think cupcakes are the cutest food that can be done in crochet, so I whipped up a few cupcake purses to include in the swap.

cupcakepurse

I’m going to try to work up a pattern for it soon. It would probably look more cupcake-like if I hadn’t used the multi-colored yarn. But I was trying to use some of my stash, so I was low on solid cotton yarn colors.

Fun Fur Scarf

Summer in the south is not the time when you really need a scarf but I made one anyway for my niece. It’s very narrow so the scarf is versatile. I used fun fur on the ends of the scarf to make it more whimsical. I didn’t use a pattern but here are general instructions on how I made it.


Needed :

light cotton yarn
6mm crochet hook
fun fur

Begin by chaining 10. Then start in the second chain from hook and work a single crochet into each stitch. Chain 1 and turn. Continue to work rows of single crochet until you have the desired length of scarf. Finish off.

Use the fun fur and work a few rows of single crochet at both ends of the scarf.

Toy Animal Leash

Here is a pattern that I made for my daughter. She loves stuffed animals and one day she had a piece of yarn using it as a leash. It gave me the idea of creating a toy crochet leash. This is a very flexible pattern. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn just because I had it in pink but really any worsted weight yarn could be used.

Needed – worsted yarn
Hook size – doesn’t matter as gauge really isn’t that important.
Additional – 8 inch elastic band
Notes – This size fits a stuffed animal a little bigger than a beanie baby(about 8 inches) but would probably fit a bigger one since it does stretch.
Abbreviations used – ch – Chain, DC – Double chain

Collar

Ch 40
DC across beginning in third stitch from hook. ch 2 and turn.
DC 38 and ch 2, turn
DC 38 and ch 2, turn

Now check your elastic to see if the crochet leash will fit around it. If not, then crochet one or two more rows.
Once crochet will fit around elastic, fold the crocheted piece over the elastic and sc around the edges to join. You could also slip stitch if you prefer.
Next join the very ends of the crocheted collar to form a circle and stitch together.

Leash

Once the two ends are joined, it’s time to work on the leash. DC 4 across, ch 2, and turn. Keep repeating until you have your leash the length to your liking.

For the tag, I crocheted a teardrop. I used the pattern in Visually Teach Yourself Crocheting by Kim Werker. You could also use beads or charms for the tag.

Finished Purse

I finished the purse from my online crochet class. This is after felting. I didn’t felt for very long as I didn’t want it to shrink too much since it was small to begin with.

Anyway for a first attempt I think it turned out pretty darn good. I do love that mult-colored wool yarn and am glad to finally have a project I can use it for. I can’t wait to make my next bag with this technique.

Tunisian Crochet

I’m taking an online class through a forum to learn Tunisian crochet. We are making a simple bag that will be felted. I finally found an afghan hook at a rummage sale. The crochet afghan hook is longer and has a stopper at the end so it keeps the stitches on the hook.

I have to admit that I’m loving this type of crochet. I love the way knit looks but haven’t been able to get down knitting, so to have this alternative will be quite nice.

This bag will be small but I am going to give it to Rae anyway. I might make another one a little bigger since I have the technique down. Or at least down enough to get by.

This bag just uses that basic stitch so there is more to learn. It’s exciting, though, and can’t wait to use this stitch again.