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3 months ago I taught myself to crochet. now look what I've made :)

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EdwiniasRevenge Tue 23-Apr-13 12:58:02

On my profile.

I also have 2 other almost complete projects and another that I need to start and complete in the next 10 days.

I sm very proud of myself (and a bit hooked) grin

Wow - both of those are amazing!! I taught myself to crochet last year, and I haven't done anything anywhere near as impressive as that!!

KirstyoffEastenders Tue 23-Apr-13 13:01:13

Fantastic - not sure what the creature is but I love it, well done smile

daisydoodoo Tue 23-Apr-13 13:02:31

well done. i keep thinking about knitting.

EdwiniasRevenge Tue 23-Apr-13 13:05:56


Its stitch from lilo and stitch

notasausage Tue 23-Apr-13 13:21:36

I just taught myself last week and have been to the wool shop today for some supplies. You have given me something to aim for. How did you learn to follow a pattern. I've been using YouTube for the basics but our Internet is very slow.

EdwiniasRevenge Tue 23-Apr-13 15:11:56

That little fella was mostly done in double pretty easy once you've mastered the basic stitchs. Each body part is worked in a continuous spiral from the bottom to the top. This method is called amigurumi. Stitches the same you just start with a 'magic circle' which I found the trickiest bit to master.

Personally I used knit and crochet magazine to learn. It happened to have an amigurumi special in it the month I bought it which is how come I got hooked into these cute little critters. At the back of every issue there is a picture tutorial to most of the stitches. The patterns are also pretty well explained to get the hang of using a pattern and i could flick to the picture tutorials where i needed to. On the odd occassion backed up with a bit of youtube.

The pieces are usually small enough to work and see progress quickly. The mushroom on my profile was the first. Be aware of cute little kitties or pigs and stuff which have loads of fiddly little bits to start.

EdwiniasRevenge Tue 23-Apr-13 15:14:12

I should also say that when doing amigurumi you must use a stitch marker or you won't know where each new row begins. Personally I just use a piece of embroidery thread looped into the first stitch of the row which I move when I get to the next row.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Tue 23-Apr-13 23:22:27

Ooh, well done!

I tried to teach myself to crochet over Easter weekend but haven't had a chance to look at it since. I'm not very good at learning by myself and need to find a group or someone patient to show me how to it.

EdwiniasRevenge Wed 24-Apr-13 01:44:30

I have another one up now. I am not quite as happy with the finish on this one. But still pleased overall.

drfayray Wed 24-Apr-13 01:50:16

Well done ! It is so addictive grin
I taught myself how to crochet and knit using books and you tube.
Once you can do the basic stitches and learn to read patterns, anything goes.
I love knitting more!
And the wool - I can spend hours in the yarn section .... Drooling at the colours and textures!

Longdistance Wed 24-Apr-13 01:54:24

Aww, they're cute. You've done well to teach yourself.

I can knit too, and find it very therapeutic.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Wed 24-Apr-13 02:02:30

ooooh, let me then RUTHLESSLY hype my friend Kat Goldin's book, Crochet At Play on here because i think it looks Right Up Your Street. She's an amazing woman, seriously... three kids, oldest just started primary school, and somehow she's managed to start two businesses and write this truly lovely book. i kind of loathe her. grin

drfayray Wed 24-Apr-13 03:17:23

When I was going through the painful times of ex leaving me and the children, I knitted my ragegrin
Made beautiful scarves for the wonderful friends who helped me.

Also crocheted a granny square blanket when I was stressed during my PhD.

I find this sort of thing meditative. Plus one is also creating something unique.

MrsMangoBiscuit Wed 24-Apr-13 03:43:47

Those are fantastic! I clearly watch too much children's TV, I recognised Stitch instantly. grin

EdwiniasRevenge Wed 24-Apr-13 08:24:11

I'm recovering from a nervous breakdown. Its my therapy.

I hope to have pics of the next one up tonight which should be recognised instantly.

They are all birthday pressies. I have till next friday to finish #3 and startband finish #4...wibble. I am getting quicker though.

StuckOnARollercoaster Wed 24-Apr-13 08:37:08

Am also addicted to crochet... Find it really relaxing in the evenings and realise I've missed the plot completely of a tv programme...
Try out the Ravelry website as well it's got thousands of patterns and ideas! Some are a bit rubbish but there are also some real gems in there as well...

EdwiniasRevenge Wed 24-Apr-13 08:44:52

The stitch was from ravelry.

Well I found it by google but had to sign up to Ravelery to get it.

Edwinias - I am on the long recovery from depression, and the knitting I do - and especially the knitting group I go to - are my best form of therapy too. The high point of last week for me was making knitted and crocheted sandwiches for a craft project that another knitting group is involved in. I have a huge backlog of big projects, and am knitting a tunic for me at the moment, but smaller projects are good because they are finished more quickly, and I get that buzz from completing something.

EdwiniasRevenge Sat 04-May-13 16:19:54

My latest 2 projects are now up.

I now have lots more requests...

EdwiniasRevenge Sat 04-May-13 21:46:11

Shameless bump

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