YES. With Graph Paper. And yarn and a crochet hook of course. It started with a photo of a blanket I saw on Instagram, that someone had made of Mario...you know, the dude who used to fight Donkey Kong by jumping over barrels, and then made it bigger than the Kong himself. Anyway...my kids are into Minecraft....
...which led my daughter and me trawling Google Images looking for suitable pics to make a blanket from.
We decided on this:
For the uninitiated, this is a creeper. Don't ask. Anyway, it lent itself very well to being drawn up on Graph Paper, so off I went. As you can see, it's no biggie graphing this - all it takes is working out what colours you are going to use, what size you want, and off you go. I should point out that I'm making the blanket in granny squares. There are a hundred altogether for the main pattern, plus as many as you want in a border colour (I'm thinking a really dark green). Wish me luck! Hopefully I'll remember to take some pics of my work in progress!
Tonight we're going to be making snowflakes :) These are useful for making Christmas garlands, scarves, or just scattering about...looking festive.
Using silk or sparkly thread, the snowflakes are a very simple design, and are based on a pattern found in the following book, "Beyond the Square: Crochet Motifs". The pattern we will use is Number 55.
Crochet at Esquire's meets most Thursdays, 6.30-8.30pm, at Esquire's Coffee House, Upper Level, IntuBromley. If you live in the Bromley area, feel free to come along. All skill levels are catered for. First visit £10, subsequent visits £5.
Check out these fab snowflakes we made at Crochet at Esquires on Thursday night! We made them from string, using Motif Number 55 from the book, "Beyond the Square - Crochet Motifs" by Edie Eckman. Very simple, they could be strung together to make a Christmas garland.
The past couple of days I've been working on my version of the "Sweet Pea Shawl" from Debbie Stoller's "The Happy Hooker". It's been designed by Amie Hirties, and, if I end up finishing it, should be absolutely gorgeous.
I've used a twist of three different colours of mercerised cotton, but it's up to you what you use really - it's quite an easy pattern to follow, perfect for those who've recently learned and want to get their teeth into something that's a challenge, but not a chore.
"Sweet Pea Shawl", by Amie Hirtles. From "The Happy Hooker", by Debbie Stoller.
"The Happy Hooker" is available from Amazon. It's a brilliant book for all crochet skill levels, and isn't fusty or old-fashioned in any way, just good, no nonsense how to, and loads of lovely patterns.
Come learn to Crochet at Esquire's Coffee House, upper level IntuBromley, opposite Toys'R'Us. We're on most Thursday nights 6.30-8.30. First class is £10, subsequent classes are £5. All materials provided.