Craft · Crocheting

The Return of the Crochet Bug

Today I have an announcement to make: I’ve stopped knitting. No, I’m not going back to level one, I’ve just remembered that crochet exists. After fighting with an awkwardly written but very pretty pattern (link here) I’ve started a shawl with my hook and some very pretty yarn because, well, crochet is awesome.

Sometimes I forget this. I started out with an intense love for crochet and rarely picked up the needles, preferring to keep a hook on me instead. Slowly I learned that I liked to knit more than I liked to crochet and I turned to that instead, but sometimes I make a trip back down memory lane and here I am, crocheting pretty lace.

Well, um. It’s not so pretty yet, so I can’t really share a picture. This is going to need some intense blocking when it’s done, but at least I understand the pattern now. It made my head hurt a lot when I started.

The yarn I’m using is from Blue Brick Yarns, which is one of my favourite dyers now. The colours are gorgeous. It fades from my favourite shade of blue/green into a grey, and they balance each other out well. It is soft and fun to work with too. A shawl I’m designing is made with this yarn, but that’s currently on time-out because I was knitting it at a time when I needed to stop knitting and return to level one for a while.

I can share a picture of the yarn; this is from my Instagram last Thursday when I bought it. It was destined to be socks, but it said no.

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Okay. My cat is doing her awkward slow-creep onto my arm to see if I’ll cuddle her, and since she’s damn cute I’m going to go do that. Are any of my fellow knitters bi-craftual? Do you pull out a hook all the time or just for special occasions?

Also if you do crochet and you use Instagram please let me know – I need more hookers, uh I mean crocheters on my feed!

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18 thoughts on “The Return of the Crochet Bug

  1. I crochet as well as knit and I can sympathize with the poorly written patterns. I learned to read crochet diagrams, it makes crocheting a lot easier. If you are interested, there is a webpage called mypicot that sends out free patterns and in their e-mail is a link to a diagram of the pattern and a diagram. And when you can read the diagrams, you can find some lovely antique patterns online. If you can’t figure the diagrams, Craftsy has a couple of classes on reading them. Wait till they are on sale, they are proud of their classes.

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  2. I knit and crochet, and for the past several years did more crochet. But! I’ve lost my crochet mojo and haven’t touched a hook in several months (apart from picking up dropped knitted stitches!)
    BTW, the link to the pretty-yet-awkward pattern doesn’t work (or is it just me?)

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  3. I started knitting first but learned to crochet a couple of years ago. I love it and find it a bit easier than knitting, although reading patterns took a bit of getting used to – sometimes I still just wing it, and hope it turns out alright! But I love going between the two 🙂

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  4. I’m afraid I still haven’t learnt to crochet, it’s on my bucket list but there’s never enough hours in the day. Between five kids, a guide unit, a rainbow unit, a new business, reading, knitting and a little paper mache here and there I need to make room. I’m glad you are enjoying yourself again, it makes all the difference 🙂

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  5. Hi there :)! I love your blog and have been following you for awhile a now! If you don’t mind, I tagged you in a post 🙂 .

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  6. Yes! Me…I love crocheting. I just recently taught myself..sort of..to knit but always..always revert to crocheting. I just signed up on here and is my first time blogging so bear with me.

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  7. I actually have really been wanting to learn to knit – but I am so comfortable with crochet I am scared to make the jump and try it. Its good to know that you love knitting though! I should take the plunge…

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