Thursday, March 15, 2007

please don't laugh ...

but I have been trying to teach myself how to crochet granny squares.

Here's the first attempt

I didn't put the hook through the ring but rather through the foundation chain so this one is missing the hole in the center. I think I also got confused about how many times I wrapped the yarn around the hook.

So then came the second attempt.

This time it at least has the hole in the center but I still got confused about creating the triple crochet and I really must count how many stitches I am doing so I don't end up too many.

Finally, here is the third attempt.

And it wasn't third time lucky. I went and made some of the same mistakes I made in the second attempt.

I will persist though as there is a bandwagon to jump on. Next up to try and master is the ripple stitch because why restrict yourself to one bandwagon when there is another raring to go.


Blogger stephanie said...

Hi Caroline,

I've gotten caught up in the frenzy myself. I was fortunate to have my Mom show me teach me this past weekend (see my blog for teh psot). When it comes to crocheting and knitting, I haven't been too lucky in figuring things out on my own. I think your attempts look good...they show progress! One thing my Mom told me that I thought was really helpful was to kind of move your groups of double crochet around a little to get them into a square. They definitely don't fall well into a square naturally. I hope this helps!

March 15, 2007 9:03 pm  
Blogger Kate said...

Way better than my first attempts at crochet! You'll have granny squares in no time.

March 15, 2007 10:34 pm  
Anonymous Liz said...

Carry on and do another row - it will suddenly click. The first ring never looks great (well in my case it doesn't!), but once the next one is on it starts to look much better. Once you have "got it" it's great as you don't need to look at the pattern and it is quick. It is also portable, I have been known to run up a square in the car when I have been early for the school run! The thing about granny squares is the tyeing in - I have 30 squares here I am trying to avoid eye contact with as I find it most tedious.
Happy Grannying!

March 16, 2007 6:43 am  
Anonymous Ting said...

Hi Caroline,

Ting here (yes, she's emerged out from under her mountain of stash) Your squares look very sweet, I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to show my attempts.

March 16, 2007 10:53 am  
Blogger martinasds said...

Hi Caroline,

keep going and as I said before, I am not far away, should you ever wish to meet up. I have just finished making 2 very large granny-squares myself and then crocheting them both together and also crocheting a loop in one corner to make an pot-holder or whatever you call these things in English. It looks really nice, shame it is a present!
Happy crocheting!

March 16, 2007 12:24 pm  
Blogger Angel Jem said...

Keep on going. When it clicks (and it will) they become the easiest thing in the world to do.... but the first circle always looks ungainly. Get on there and crochet, girl!

March 16, 2007 2:33 pm  
Anonymous Zoe said...

Oh, you did better than me, well done! I got so frustrated when I tried to crochet. The second attempt was better but I think I need to practise more, much more!

March 16, 2007 9:07 pm  
Anonymous Jo said...

Is it hard to teach yourself? I would like to learn but don't know anyone ( in real life!) who does crochet. Keep at it!

March 17, 2007 7:43 am  
Blogger Penny said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who struggles with granny squares: its surprisingly hard to find British crochet patterns for them in books as well. Everyone has posted useful advice here.

The bandwagons are very tempting, aren't they?

March 17, 2007 11:29 am  
Blogger Dannielle said...

soon you'll be making them in your sleep!! (I've been bit by the granny square bug, too, so I know lol)

March 17, 2007 4:24 pm  
Anonymous carolyn said...

I'm impressed, would love to learn how to crochet sometime but I still haven't really mastered the art of knitting. So one thing at a time. Thanks for your kind and supportive comment the other day.

March 17, 2007 9:36 pm  
Blogger dizzyjadey said...

Much better than my first attempts....yours are square!

March 21, 2007 11:28 am  
Blogger Angel Jem said...

How are you doing with your granny squares?

March 21, 2007 2:29 pm  
Blogger Angel Jem said...

How are you doing with your granny squares?

March 21, 2007 2:30 pm  

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