Just a Little Crochet…

For those who have been following my bucket list and my blog you are probably well aware that my crochet skills aren’t very good.

Just like I had trouble initially grasping the wonderful art of knitting, learning to crochet has also been troublesome. I have attempted a few times to learn to “hook” but, it never caught on and I always happily went back to knitting. Then, I made the knitting bucket list and  made learning to crochet one of my goals. Previously, you may have seen my posts on charity knitting where I was crocheting some baby hats. I am still doing this ( should be a post coming up this week about my progress) but, I have branched out  a little bit more into the wonderful world of crochet.

There has been a few adult hats, a blanket, a drink cozy and some booties all made within the last month. What changed? To be honest I don’t know exactly. I did get a request from a customer for a crocheted hat . It would have been much easier to say ” sure, I can knit you a hat that would be similar to that style” or point them in the direction of some crocheters I know but, something told me now is the time to learn this once and for all!

Its like I finally got a bit of courage and all the sudden ( with a little help from youtube, google and a cheat sheet I made myself) I found myself understanding the patterns and the basic skills its takes to create a crocheted item.

Even the mini can't believe her momma crocheted!!
Even the mini can’t believe her momma crocheted!!

However, It has not been easy! Like I said, google and youtube have helped my immensely! I have had to write down a Smashlee Stitches cheat sheet for all the different stitches because, unlike knitting, there’s more than two stitches and I have been known to get easily confused.

My first hat took three attempts and Mr. Smashlee laughed for a long time at my first two tries! I don’t blame him..they were pretty funny!  However, here is the finished product .This hat is currently for sale on my Etsy page.

The bobble stitch brimmed hat that almost made me throw down my crochet hook forever
The bobble stitch brimmed hat that almost made me throw down my crochet hook forever

The next thing I made was the blue skull beanie you see above and while I was crocheting these hats the mini wanted to join in and crochet with mommy.

Mini Smashlee showing me how its done..
Mini Smashlee showing me how its done..

After  I conqured the hats successfully, I moved on to a Star Trek drink cozy, a slouchy hat, and a baby blanket, hat and bootie set.

Star Trek Drink Cozy
Star Trek Drink Cozy
Granny square afghan, wellie booties and a basic crocheted hat
Granny square afghan, wellie booties and a basic crocheted hat
Rainbow slouchy hat my favourite crochet project so far
Rainbow slouchy hat ,my favourite crochet project so far

So what’s left to crochet before I declare myself a crocheter and cross another item off the bucket list? Well, I need to learn to crochet in straight line  so I will need to complete the following

1.  an afghan

2. a bag or purse

3. placemats or dishcloths

4. a scarf

Wish me luck as I try these next items! But so far, I can this…Knitting will always be my first love but, crocheting won’t be too far behind. Who would have ever guessed??

Thanks for reading!!

Smashlee

All products can be found on my Facebook page and etsy shop. And don’t forget you follow me on twitter and on Pinterest.

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