Permaculture in Action

Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Skill Achieved

I learnt to crotchet quite a few years ago when I was teaching at a Steiner School. It is part of the 3rd class curriculum. I was one step ahead of the children. We made beanies. The stitching was very basic and we never named the stitches, so even though I completed quite a few beanies and helped the children with theirs, I didn't learn to follow a pattern and even though I've tried in the interim, I've given up out of frustration. Then I knit this little dress which needed to be edged with crotchet. So I took a deep breath and threw myself at it. And was I pretty pleased with myself when it was finished.
And then inspired by Jaquie's success with her ripple rug over at The Barefoot Crofter and the purchase of this book...

..and my success with the edging, I'm going to give the ripple rug (pictured on the front of the book) a go.

Here's my sample ( sorry about the quality of the photo. Maybe after I master crocheting I'll take some photography lessons!!!) . The book gave very good detailed instructions for each stitch and explained how to follow the pattern.  I learnt single, double, half double, treble and how to decrease each stitch. The pattern reminds me of waves and if I choose the right colours I think it will fit in nicely with the theme my daughter has chosen for her baby's room. Her husband is a surfer and he has requested  colours inspired by the beach in the nursery, so I'll look for yarn with those colours in mind.

I am now really keen to get started having taught myself a skill that I'd thought was beyond me,( mainly due to my lack of patience rather than an inability to learn.) Wish me luck!


  1. Oh you sound just like me! My Nana taught me to crochet, but unlike you I can't do it well. The similarity lies in the fact that I know how, but I don't have a clue what the stiches I'm doing are called! Well done! I can't wait to see the beach inspired blanket!

  2. I do wish you lots of luck, but I don't think you need it if your sampler is anything to go by. I am looking forward to seeing the finished blanket.
    My mother and and my grandmother were always big crochets, but I just couldn't get into it. I am pretty pleased that I taught myself to knit, just wish I hadn't waited so long to do it.
    Happy Crocheting!

  3. Where did you get that book , Kate? I really like the sound of 'in one day' makes me not so scared of learning to crochet.
    Always love hearing about things you taught in the Steiner school curriculum...they really know how to reach kids in different ways.

  4. Well done, Kate, for teaching yourself crochet!! I love how quick it goes. Your post gives me hope that maybe one day I will understand the process of knitting....

  5. Hi Kim, I think, if I remember correctly, that the book came from Spotlight.