As I mentioned before, it’s been a while since I did any crocheting, and have never really followed patterns before so am very much getting back into it and having to relearn stitches.
I had started a basic blanket, but realised that it looked a bit of a mess (I’m so rubbish at feeding in new colours!), and then when trying a hat, I realised I’d been doing a totally incorrect stitch for the last item I tried, so had to pull it all out and start again.
The hat was meant to look like this:
It was going pretty well. Great chunky wool, I’d managed to pick up the stitch variation to make it ribbed (turned out to be easier than I thought). But now I’ve sewn it together I’ve realised that I have a ‘Santa’ hat shape, and it’s really long but still doesn’t fit very well on my head. Fail.
I have a serious problem with adding additional stitches or losing them on one end only of the piece. So I have one nice straight edge, and one end that goes in and out. Oops. Haven’t quite worked out how to solve that other than counting every stitch, which with a toddler asking questions, proves a bit of a problem.
I have invested a grand total of £1.35 to purchase a row counter, so that’ll hopefully help on me forgetting to count rows and making it up!
So after the hat fail, I started again on an infinity scarf. I wasn’t sure about wool weight (blooming US patterns and conversions), so played it by ear.
It was the first time I’ve crocheted in the round, and I have to admit, it removes the ‘end’ issues I have. It looks pretty good and I found it quick to pick up every so often. It only took a few hours to complete as well, so perfect for beginners.
How to make a simple infinity scarf
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Yarn, hook (I used size 5 to make it a bit looser) of choosing.
- Chain 80 (I thought it looked too short so did 120, but actually the 80 would have been about right – it depends if you want to double it up or have it singular. The 120 just about doubles it). Keeping the chain the right way up, slip stitch into the 1st loop to make it a round.
- R1: Chain one, then single crochet into each loop across. Slip stitch
- R2: Crochet 2 chains as your first ‘double’, then double crochet into the second loop and all the way round. Slip stitch.
- Repeat row 1 and 2 until you have 9 rows ending in double crochet. Finish off and feed through the end.
I did the 9 rows and decided I wanted my scarf a bit thicker, so just continue until you’ve got the size you want, ending on a double crochet.
All really easy and I’m now onto my second one with a chunkier wool.
My main issue with crocheting is the difference between US and UK stitches. I see patterns, sometimes it’s obvious they’re US based, but even after reading tutorials, I’m still struggling to get my head around what stitch I should be doing when they say single crochet or double. Arrggh. If you have a simple way of remembering, please let me know in the comments below…I’m sure there must be an easy way.
What simple crochet patterns would you recommend to help progress my crochet?