I used to look at creating your own crochet patterns with some trepidation, thinking it was something only the experts could do. I mean, how would I know how to give it the right number and kind of stitches to give it the right shape? It seemed so complicated. But. I like to create and experiment. And. I took it a step at a time.
Venturing into the world of amigurumi has definitely opened my mind to more possibilities like I never would have imagined. I started with the idea of making small crocheted mushrooms, and if you've read my blog you'll know how that turned out.
Click here to see my Adorable Mushroom and here for my 'Large' Adorable Mushroom.
There are other things I have made in the past from my own patterns, like a clothes-pin bag, dishcloths, and usable things like that for around the house purposes. I got mixed results from each. The clothes-pin bag was for my Mum since she could no longer find one at the store, and the dishcloths were an effort to find one absorbent enough for our kitchen needs. I was dissatisfied with the cotton yarn I used for the dishcloth, not the pattern, and I haven't been able to find an acceptable cotton yarn yet that I liked for hardier projects.
But since being accepted at Crochet Spot, I've been letting my mind rove over all the crocheting possibilities, and let me tell you, I've got tons! But that doesn't mean they'll all turn out. :) We'll just have to see about it.
Here's one I made in a jiffy with some already learned techniques. Its great for the upcoming holiday. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
Amy's Crocheted Shamrock
-Any worsted weight yarn
I used Loops & Threads Impeccable in Kelly Green
-Size 5.5mm hook
Gauge is not important for this project.
From left petal to right petal: 6 ¼ inches
From top to bottom of stem: 6 ¼ inches
Little Petals (make 3)
Row 1: Ch 2, 2 sc in first ch.
Row 2: Ch 1, 2 sc in each st. (4 sts)
Row 3: Ch 1. sc across.
Row 4: Ch 1, 2 sc in first and last st, 1 sc in middle sts. (6 sts)
Row 5-6: Ch 1, sc across.
Row 7: Repeat Row 4. (8 sts)
Row 8: Ch 1, sc in first st, (dc, tr) in next st, dc, sl st in next 2 sts, dc, (tr, dc) in same st, sc in last st.
Edging: Sc around, 3 sc in bottom ch, sl st in first sc of Row 8. (17 sts, not including sts from Row 8)
Sew ends of 3 petals together.
Attach yarn to bottom of petal, ch 13, sc in 2nd ch from hook and following chs, sl st in other opposite petal from the one you chained from. Fasten off, weave in ends.
Note: I always crochet into the bottom loops of a chain, but any way will work.
If you have any questions or are confused about some element of the pattern, or if you just want to say hi, leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear from you and I'd love to help.
When spring comes a little closer I'll share my recent spring flower pattern I made after hearing about Overlay Crochet. I was inspired by this Norwegian blog, which sadly I can't understand a word of. But the pictures are very helpful. Crochet Spot also has a post on the subject if you're interested.
In the meantime, I finished the Jelly Bean scarf from Twinkie Chan's pattern. Being the color lover that I am, I couldn't resist trying this pattern with as many bright hues as I could find. Jelly Beans are usually brightly colored, right? Here's my choice of colors.
Choosing colors like this means I most likely won't wear it that often, but then again, I have quite a few scarves at the moment. But my sisters might wear it. Either way, it was fun to make.
Thanks for reading. I'll see next time here at Over the Horizon!