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September 27, 2006

Exploring Crochet

nona has officially graduated from crochet novice to crochet advanced beginner all thanks to Valentina Devine's Boho Blocks Cardigan from Fall 2006 Interweave Crochet and to my inspiring and impulsive knitting -- or should I say crocheting -- friend.  At last count, there are 4 of us at my LYS making this goodie, all of us out of Koigu.

At first I didn't commit to the project, opting instead for "I'll try a few squares and see".  1 square quickly turned into 5 squares then into 20 squares, at which point I succumbed to the inevitable -- I'm going for it, 94 squares sister!  Please don't tell me I'm nuts -- nona's self aware, thank you.

25 down, 69 to go

Here are a few reasons why I'm enjoying crochet:

  1. It's oh-so easy to weave your ends in.
  2. I love the rhythm of my hands when crocheting
  3. Ripping back and restarting are easy
  4. With just 1 live loop, it's easy to put down and pick up
  5. Seaming is not seaming, it's just more crochet

What about you?

September 27, 2006 in Project - Crochet | Permalink


I learned crochet before knitting so I've actually done several blankets. Compared to knitting a blanket you'll feel like crocheting one takes no time at all. And seaming it up is much easier as you said. Just watch out for wrist pain!

Posted by: stephanie | Sep 27, 2006 9:18:27 AM

crochet is fun! I learned as a child (many, many, many years ago) and have been doing it off and on ever since. I am addicted to knitting, but I like a little crochet to break things up a bit. Your squares are pretty :)

Posted by: Julie | Sep 27, 2006 9:18:47 AM

Pretty squares! I too am a crocheter from way back and the speed and ease of making a blanket in crochet is just amazing. Whenever I need a quick baby gift I crochet something because it's so much faster. I am mostly addicted to knitting because most garments just look so much better knitted but every once in a while I get the bug and have to crochet something. I don't find a lot of crochet patterns that inspire me but the ones that do, DO.

Posted by: Tam | Sep 27, 2006 9:33:15 AM

Yeah, I like to crochet for all the reasons you mentioned. Plus it is fast! It's been a while since I crocheted though.

Posted by: Nicola Manning | Sep 27, 2006 9:47:55 AM

I like to crochet, too. I just find the stitches less creative than knitting. I think your sweater is going to be great, love your color choices!

Posted by: Sockbug | Sep 27, 2006 10:21:35 AM

Yes, the speed always gets me. I know there are amazing knitgoddesses out there who churn out impossible lace shawls with millions of stitches and zillions of pairs of socks and things, but when i need something fast, I always reach for my cvrochet hook. And yes, you can seam without ever needing a needle with a hole in it!

Posted by: MrsFife | Sep 27, 2006 10:21:49 AM

Love the colors that you are using for your crochet squares and I can't wait to see the finished vest!

Posted by: springyknitting | Sep 27, 2006 11:02:16 AM

hehe... I picked up Interweaves Fall Crochet on a lark because I've been itching to do more crochet. Believe it or not, the pics of your squares have inspired me to do coasters! please don't laugh--coasters would be a big thing for me. =D

Posted by: Jena | Sep 27, 2006 11:06:10 AM

Yeah, but wait till you have to put all the blasted things together. That's why I stopped making granny square afghans. Mindnumbingly boring.

Posted by: Janice in GA | Sep 27, 2006 12:36:22 PM

Ooh, I love the look of that sweater. I used to crochet really fast, and knit really slowly. Now, it's the other way around. Use it or lose it.

Posted by: Arleta | Sep 27, 2006 12:37:26 PM

Couldn't agree more. It seems to go faster than knitting for me. I haven't got the Interweave Crochet magazine, so I don't know how the cardigan looks like, but your squares are pretty. I've never seen squares in variegated yarn like this before.

Posted by: erin | Sep 27, 2006 3:09:41 PM

I love this cardigan in IC. I can't wait to see yours. I love crochet!

Posted by: Cindy | Sep 27, 2006 4:13:15 PM

I've always found crochet to be easier to do -- only one stitch that could possibly get dropped -- but I've always liked the look of knitted garments better. For an afghan or a shawl, though, crochet is hard to beat.

Must. Crochet. Again.

Posted by: kmkat | Sep 27, 2006 6:59:54 PM

It is definitely easier to rip back with crochet, BUT... there's no easy fixes for mistakes far back, like with knitting. You can't just drop down the stitch column... you have to rip all the way back if you want to fix it.

I love both. I do think there are more nice patterns for knit clothing out there, but crochet can be so pretty.

Posted by: Leisel | Sep 27, 2006 8:33:48 PM

I love to crochet. I learned to crochet before i learned to knit. always great to have an alternative on how to do something, or even mix things together.

Posted by: irina | Sep 27, 2006 9:35:42 PM

I don't crochet, but would love to learn how. Often when I look in pattern books I'm drawn more to the crochet projects than the knitted ones. I'm hesitant to learn, though, because I already feel like I don't have enough free time for my "crafing" without adding another craft.
You may just inspire me, though!

Posted by: Annie | Sep 28, 2006 3:33:24 AM

Welcome to the world of crochet!! I taught myself years ago as it was the one thing my sister (soon-to-be master knitter) didn't enjoy doing. I recently started knitting for a change of pace. But whenever I'm in need of something that moves speedily and easily it's crochet for me for all the reasons you stated. Glad you're enjoying it and can't wait to see the finished sweater!!

Posted by: Eileen | Sep 28, 2006 4:58:28 AM

Crocheters come out of the closet! I learned crochet before knitting as so many seem to have. I stopped when I fell in love with knitting and the end results. But I always turn to crochet for a quick fix and fun items. In fact, I recently finished a crochet scarf that I had in the wings for a couple of years and now you've motivated me to finish my crochet square handbag. Poor thing's been sitting in a plastic bag for at least a 4 years. Oh, it's pink and was for my daughter who has since outgrown pink accessories. But I have nieces who will love it!

Posted by: Anne | Sep 28, 2006 7:58:17 AM

I tried to learn how to crochet but I had to face reality: I am a knitter. I just can't do it, besides very basic thing. Every couple of years I try again, and then give up.
And I love to seam my knitted pieces, so that is not an incentive.

Posted by: Lu | Sep 28, 2006 8:15:41 AM

I'm lousy with a hook, but I keep trying. It's getting more popular with knitters, though - I saw a new book that combines sticks and hooks, I think I was called "Knitting Loves Crochet" (or vice versa).

Posted by: June | Sep 28, 2006 9:55:32 AM

Nice squares! The ripping back thing is why I always say that crochet is easier than knitting. But that's what I started with.

Posted by: Jodie | Sep 28, 2006 10:13:53 AM

Why I like crochet?

It makes making a felted bag go even faster.
Because my Irish grandma taught me to crochet.
Because it is good to for my hands/wrists to change the motion that I usually have when I knit.
Because it is great for edging.

Im felting a bag today. C'mon over

Posted by: kathy b | Oct 1, 2006 6:34:07 AM

Good luck on the crochet, nona. I really commented to point out something very silly, though. The link to the individual post is http://nonaknits.typepad.com/nonaknits/2006/09/exploring_croch.html. When I first saw the link, it made me think you were doing something very dirty. I guess I have a dirty mind!

Posted by: denise | Oct 2, 2006 1:01:21 PM

I need to do more crochet, I love that cardigan, your colours look great.

Posted by: yvette | Oct 9, 2006 11:16:41 PM

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