Crochet, knitting and pretty much any needlework craft is and can be very therapeutic. It helps with being productive and can keep you busy when you're bored. That's why for ten years, at least, I have been crocheting. Most of the time, it's because I just want to make something. I know a lot of you out there are beginners, so I'll give you a few tips and tricks.
Now, I know some of you are eager to get your hands on some knitting needles, so let's do this. I'll also post up some easy patterns that even those who aren't familiar with crochet abbreviations can try.
So watch this space, if you want to try your hand at crochet or knitting.
Yarns, Needles and a Pattern
WORD OF THE MONTH:
Fldc = Back Look Double Crochet
Just like it's counterpart the BLDC, you'll need to create a double crochet in the front loop, at the top of your previous row. So, when you look at the top of the piece, you're working on, you see the chain, and the V shape it makes. The front loop is the loop closest to you, and that's where you DC.
Create lace patterns with the floral designs you encounter in granny squares. The best way to create lace is to use the thinnest yarn and the smallest hook you have. Don't forget to iron down the pattern, once you're done, otherwise it'll start to curl, and instead of a flat piece of lace, you'll have a curling piece that won't sit quite right with other patterns, or fabrics, until you iron it down.
Tip Of The Month
Show Me How It's Done
Practice is the best way to learn how to crochet and knit, and most other crafts, for that matter, but there are times where theory and knowledge factor in too. So watch out for the articles that feature the how's, why's and some favourite patterns of mine.