Monday, 8 October 2012

Getting started with Crochet...

I am a crochet addict. I have several projects on the go and have about a million more things I want to make. I have been regularly posting some of the things I'm making on Instagram and have had a huge amount of questions on the subject. Hopefully todays post can answer some of those questions.

I learned the basic chains of crochet and how to make a circle years ago as my mum had taught me. However, I never really made anything other than headbands for Esra, I never took the plunge to make larger projects. I became more interested in crochet after discovering Pinterest and purchased a few books to inspire and teach me. I have also watched a few YouTube videos and became more confident and experimental with the things I make.


Here are a few things I have made....

I started a beautiful blanket which looks like a popcorn flower. The pattern can be found HERE and it's 'Something Pretty' from Millie Makes. I don't really like reading patterns and prefer a picture diagram so don't be worried if you get confused at first, because I did. Just take a deep breath and read it slowly! :)
I'm using 'Sublime'egyptian cotton for this project. I would also recommend watching THIS video to get the technique.

 

I also made a cushion with the same concept of the popcorn flower and then turned it into the traditional granny square. I made a cardigan for Esra, a blanket for her dolls and some flowers for potential headbands.


I made her a warm cozy hat with 'Sirdar' Indie yarn/wool using single crochet, a beanie embellished with a flower and a bear hat using the 'puff stitch' see similar pattern HERE, but I only did it 3x. The bear hat was made using bamboo cotton which was from Turkey and the brand is 'Nako'. I don'thave any patterns for these as I like to make things up as I go along. But I will try to jot things down in the future.


My most recent project is this traditional grannysquare blanket for Winter! The possibilities for Granny Squares are endless!


If you are serious about wanting to learn how to crochet then follow these steps...
  1. Buy yourself some cheap yarn and a crochet hook. (You can get these from Craft shops, department stores and 'Bits &Bobs' shops. 
  2. Click onto YouTube and watch some basic tutorials and get practicing
  3. If you know anybody who knows how to crochet, see if you can sit with them for an hour as it REALLY helps to grasp the basics.
  4. Pick a project, I would strongly recommend doing a giant traditional granny square blanket, like the one I made HERE. It comes together really quickly and it's constant repetition so perfect for beginners. Follow THIS pictorial to make life easier.
  5. Watch THIS tutorial on YouTube to help you master the granny square. Infact, type in anything, crochet hat, crochet blanket, crochet cushion etc to get inspired. Good ol' YouTube!
  6. Check out some blogs! I recommend, Millie Makes, Home Bird, Shopaholic Jo, Bunny Mummy and why not checkout my Pinterest 'Crochet' board for extra inspiration.
  7. Maybe go to your local library or click on Amazon for some crochet books. I only own 3, pictured below...
  1. 200 Crochet blocks for blankets, throws and afghans - Jan Eaton
  2. Crochet Workshop - Erika Knight (My favourite from the bunch)
  3. 100 Flowers to knit and crochet - Lesley Stanfield.



Hope that helped!

Don't give up and keep practicing!

56 comments:

Jenny said...

Muhsine, these are brilliant x

Hola Bambi said...

I loveee crochet! The thing you make are amazing! Very talented!! Xx

Sian said...

Such pretty creations! I really want to give crochet a go but it scares me! Must try xx

Jo said...

Thank you for the mention! Really enjoyed reading your post xx

LottysLuxuries said...

Thanks for posting this! My little girl is due in January and I wanted to try some crochet for her. Knitting I am fine with I just can't get the hand of crochet! I will have to try again... x

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Ebru said...

I LOVE everything! I feel like I'm the only woman in my family who has absolutely no idea about crocheting or knitting, I need to have my grandma or mom teach me :) I would love to make beautiful stuff like this (just not sure if I can teach myself lol)

Glitter Me Pink said...

I am so glad you posted this. I absolutely love your creations. I have been working on a blanket since the birth of my beautiful niece and needed some direction so thank you xxx

Heather said...

I love all of your crochet updates on instagram :) You're very talented! x

Ruby slippers said...

Beautiful crochet Mushine. I too have started to learn about 3 weeks ago and have made a giant granny square blanket in 1 week! I couldn't put it down. Am now on second blanket, working on same as you but in pinks. I LOVE it so very addicted and have lots of projects planned!

My son said 'you are official old mum' Cheek! I love the hats you made for Esra! xx,

SKL said...

Thanks for posting this! Can you please recommend places in London to buy affordable crochet hooks / yarn.
Thanks :)

Mariana said...

Wow!! So beautiful. Everything.
I've tried once and found out it's not for me. But I love crochet stuff!! Love it.

Ameenah A. said...

That cushion is so lovely! Well done! You are making me want to learn how to crochet. xx

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Jen said...

These are so so beautiful! I love creative things like these :) xx

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Tia A. said...

I've been talking about crocheting for some time. One day...

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Luxe. said...

Oh my gosh the little hat with ears is so cute!!x

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I EL F said...

Love the concept. There are only 2 girls in my household - including myself and there are 4 males so I don't think I can do this. Although, we do have a crochet blanket in our living room. Just a hint of girly-ness plus the fake flowers!

Andrea said...

What has happened to this blog? It used to be about make up, now it's babies abd crochet!

Lydia said...

I love crochet! I used to do many things with my grandma!

Fernanda said...

I'm SO glad you wrote this post! I just got married and am waiting for my visa to arrive and I can't work without it so I just sit at home all day. :( this will be a great hobbie for me, I'm picking some stuff up tomorrow, thank you so much!! Great post! xx

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Fisi ♥ said...

Love crochet! My mother in law is knitting a similar blanket atm and she definitely has to teach me how it works as I loved everything you posted on that topic so far :) Thanks for your advice, will check the pages out :) xx

Shushanna said...

Good job! You are such a great mummy! And your daughter looks like a little doll.

perfumehk said...

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Heather said...

I love all these thing you've made. Such pretty colours. I wish I could crochet.

Blaise said...

aw this is sooo cute, i want a mint crotched jumper, wish i was as brill as you are!!

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x

Patricia said...

really wish i could learn (my grandma is really good at crochet) but i'm just so clumsy when it comes to crafts. she's tried to teach me in the past but i'm have no patience. maybe one day, while i'm pregnant? lol x

bridalbuy said...

So beautiful! Nice!

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Kimmy said...

Wow this is great work! Lovely photos too. I would love to be able to take this up and make a huge granny blanket but like always I am quite strapped for time :-(

Kimmy
xx

In the Mode said...

This post reminds me of my childhood.. My mother would crochet all the time. X

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GirlieBlogger@Beauty Fashion Blog Seattle said...

Such a fantastic hobby. Wish I was as crafty as you are.
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MadeOfTears said...

WOW! Amazing blog! I would like to invite you to me :) Let's follow each other =]

Erin said...

I would love to learn to crochet - I know how to knit, so it shouldn't be that hard, but I just feel so overwhelmed by it all D: I would love to be able to make a granny square blanket one day.

Just found your blog, btw - I'm your newest follower! :)

- Erin xo

365mu.blogspot.co.uk - One girl's attempt at creating 365 different make-up looks in as many days

perfumehk said...

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Su said...

Hi, I looooovvve ur blog and in awe of ur many talents :) I've started crocheting recently and am struggling to find a decent yarn outlet- online or otherwise. Do you know of any good ones?

justgoshopping ada lisa said...

Beautiful post, I love to knit and crochet ... then I will follow you with pleasure, if you will go with us... kiss kiss Lisa
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Sharina said...

AMAZiNG :) You are talented indeed :)

♥,
Shari
The Misty Mom

Rachel Black said...

Such beautiful photos xx

Rocio Otero said...

me encanta el crochet! mi madre esta todo el rato haciendo cosas, a ver si me enseña de una vez!
gran post!

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Selina said...

Looks wonderful! I would love to learn how to crochet if i had the time!! xx
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Elena said...

Just found your blog dear. Super adorable creations :)

Hope you'll come to visit me :))
Kisses, The Spotted Cherry Pie

Lesa Mitchell said...

My mom would always make me such different designs, now we are doing it with my daughter. Nice! see about healthcareguru.net blog

lovelifecamera said...

I loved this post !!!! I so wanna crochet and this info will help a lot !! Thanks :)

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to get strted on this, yours are beautiful x

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to strt this, i love your lttle bits x

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to get strted on this, yours are beautiful x

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to get strted on this, yours are beautiful x

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to get strted on this, yours are beautiful x

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to get strted on this, yours are beautiful x

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to get strted on this, yours are beautiful x

Clair Neal said...

Im very tempted to get strted on this, yours are beautiful x

Bethany Strathearn said...

You've really inspired me and so far I've managed a square a day. I can't wait until I have enough for a blanket! It's going to be so cute. Thank you.
Please check out me blog. Staircasetostyle.blogspot.co.uk

Bethany Strathearn said...

You've really inspired me and so far I've managed a square a day. I can't wait until I have enough for a blanket! It's going to be so cute. Thank you.
Please check out me blog. Staircasetostyle.blogspot.co.uk

Jane Eckersley said...

I was wondering if you would share what colours these pink and white are in the sublime Egyptian cotton?

Thanks so much :)

Jane Eckersley said...

I was wondering if you would share what colours these pink and white are in the sublime Egyptian cotton?

Thanks so much :)

Jane Eckersley said...

Hi there, which colours of the sublime Egyptian cotton did you use for the pink and white puff flower granny squares?

Thank so much :)