Clutch bag – IMPENDING PROJECT

For the first time in ages, I had a flip through my knitting and crochet book. Before I learned from video tutorials, the book was very intimidating and I found it difficult to follow. Looking at the patterns in there, I was very excited to do them, but thought it would be a long time until I got to that ability level. Today, I found that the patterns looked a lot less intimidating! Since completing my octagons and square afghan, I realize that crochet can make patterns and garments look very complex, but the pattern itself is quite simple! I feel that most patterns I look at now are not out of my reach at all, and in fact I have far too many to choose from, and (un?)fortunately many other hobbies that I want to commit myself to!

One problem I find reading the book is that while I have learned North American notation for the stitches, my book is naturally using UK terminology! It informs me that the difference in notation is that UK terminology does count the beginning loop on the hook, while US does not. So in what I call a single crochet, you pull through two loops, so UK calls it a double! It shouldn’t present too much of a challenge, although it might be a bit confusing at times! I’ll have to sketch down each row as I work for clarity, I think.

Anyway, one project I’ve selected to complete from the book is a clutch bag for my twin sister. It has a bow attached, and it’s a pretty little thing. She can use it to store make up or whatever she needs it for. Although she already has too many bags, something I chide her for(!), at least this one is functional! It should be quite a short project, so I might squeeze it in after I complete the Spring Fling Pillow; I’m currently making a scarf for her too, as you’ll see in my last impending projects post, but as that is simply row after row of single crochet, I just work a bit on it when I’m up for a project that doesn’t require much thinking!

Now I’m off to make some more progress on the Spring Fling Pillow! I had some trouble a few days ago with the centerpiece, and it was driving me up the wall, but the good thing is that it was correctable by simple adding in the relevant increases or decreases to make sure I had the 28 stitches for the next round. I’m excited for the finished product, although I do need to find a pillow to put the cover on!

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Cathy’s Hook Club – Spring Fling Pillow NEW PROJECT

I thought I hadn’t crocheted for quite a while, since I finished the afghan, yet it turns out that was only nine days ago! For someone who only got into crocheting properly this year, that shouldn’t feel like an eternity! Anyway, I was getting some withdrawal, and so decided to make a start on my project for Cathy’s Hook Club by The Crochet Crowd.

The pattern is another one from Red Heart, this time it is the Spring Fling Pillow, for which you can find the pattern here. I don’t actually have a pillow for it yet, so I’ll simply make the 12×12″ size that the pattern makes, and see about getting a pillow later. Heard from others who have completed the pillow, it is quick work even for a beginner.

I have chosen my colors for the project (see right). The piece will be quite soft and pastel, and I think it will be quite adorable. My projects seem to have quite a lot of purple in them so far! But I thought these colors complimentary of the ones I have in my yarn collection.

The good thing about the crochet clubs on The Crochet Crowd is that you’re free to work from the written pattern, but if you prefer, each club is released with video tutorials, so you can follow them while you do your work. They are very good for beginners and should help you get used to the jargon of crochet, and hopefully with time the patterns will become less gibberish and more understandable.

Let me know if any of you are working Cathy’s Hook Club; similarly with the Afghan Club, there is a giveaway associated with the club, which you can find more about here.

WHOOPS: I forgot to add in the actual link for the pattern! So, here it is, and please let me know if you’re working on a pillow for the club too!

Mikey’s Afghan Club – Octagons and Squares Afghan COMPLETE!

This post is actually very much overdue, as I finished the afghan on 15th March! I’m very pleased with how my afghan turned out, and it’s very cosy! I actually downsized mine a little, making 12 octagons and 6 squares rather than the 20 octagons and 12 squares requested in the pattern.

The winner for the giveaway, and unsurprisingly I didn’t win as there were 496 entries! But I’m very happy because I have the blanket!

The free pattern for the afghan can be found here on Red Heart. The pattern for the next Afghan Club by the Crochet Crowd will be released on the 1st April, so keep an eye on their site. Right now Cathy’s Hook Club is going on until April 15th, if anyone is interested.

I hope to get back into crocheting again very soon and make progress on my impending and in progress projects. Right now I’m very happy with the afghan – it might look impressive, but it’s actually easier work than it looks. 😉 It’s suitable for beginners, so have a go if you want a bit of a challenge to get you going with projects.

Impending projects

I haven’t written here for a few weeks as I work through my afghan, so I thought I would write about the projects that I have in mind to work on after completing the afghan.


1. Cathy’s Hook Club – Spring Fling Pillow

The new project for Cathy’s Hook Club began today, and runs until April 15th. It is similar to Mikey’s Afghan Club, and is also run by The Crochet Crowd. You can find information on the club here.

The pattern is from Red Heart and can be found here. (Note: you’ll find yellow highlights in the downloadable pattern; this is because corrections had to be made from a previous version.) This is quite a short project; of course, it depends on your skill level among other things, but I’ve seen from The Crochet Crowd Facebook page that it takes people in the region of five hours. I will be choosing out colors for my pillow soon, and hope it’ll just be a quick project I can fit in between my other plans.

As with Mikey’s Afghan Club, there is a random giveaway for one lucky winner, which includes yarn, a yarn bag, and a mug. All giveaway rules and guidelines can be found in the link above for Cathy’s Hook Club.


2. Simple scarf
I’m building up a simple scarf for my sister using single crochet, and also plan to practice pattern writing by writing out the short pattern for it, which I’ll post when I complete it. I’m using yarn from the Patons Fab DK range in the color Clown, which is variegated and gives a really nice effect to the scarf. Using single crochet means the scarf has tight stitching and is very cosy!


3. Square design baby blanket
I have built quite the collection of baby colors, mostly of Baby Dream DK colors, and plan to build up a blanket using them. The plan just now is to have squares of colors from the center out, for which I will write up a simple pattern and post it here. I don’t know yet what I’ll do with it, but I do have a nephew who is seven months old, so it may end up going to him. 🙂


4. My first real design
For the two projects above, I’m going to practise writing a pattern, but they’re pretty simple and don’t have much actual design input from me, so I’ve come up with an idea with more design involved, and I hope it’s not too complex for me! It’s just a decorative item with no function, but it would work as a baby toy too. I don’t want to give away anything about it until I’ve made some progress and can see that it’s going to turn out alright! Here’s hoping all goes well on it, and I can post the pattern here for anyone’s use if they like it.


So those projects should keep me going for a while yet! I think my biggest problem with crochet is seeing too many projects that I want to work on, and having to choose! After my first attempt at a hat went quite wrong, as it was my first ever project, I want to try that again soon, as my stitching is more uniform now. But it’s not in my “official” project plans quite yet. If any of you take on any similar projects, or decide to participate in Cathy’s Hook Club, let me know, and send pictures of your work if you wish. I hope you enjoy these projects!