crochet October 5, 2011 – Posted in: Crafts, Family
When my Grandpa was in the hospital, I felt very restless. There wasn’t anything I could do for him, but I needed to stay busy to keep from dwelling on the situation. When I sit at my sewing machine, my mind wanders and I do great brainstorming. But for those 2 weeks every time I sat down I found myself crying minutes later. I preferred to lose myself in tv, but then my hands were anxious to do something.
A few years ago I’d tried to teach myself to crochet so I could make a cute little toy for Sofie. It ended disastrously and I packed my yarn and crochet hooks away. But, I decided, this might be the right time to break them out and try again. That first night I made this hat!
I followed along with a really helpful tutorial on YouTube.
To figure out how to do each stitch, I preferred the video tutorials by The Knit Witch (scroll to the bottom of her videos to find the basic crochet, double crochet, etc).
Once I finished the hat, I decided to try my first written tutorial. Why not jump in with both feet, right? So I made a little flower to put on my hat.
Imagine my delight when it fit Chloe perfectly!
After that, I was hooked. (pun intended!) I started finding other patterns to follow and was crocheting a hat a day. I loved learning a new craft, especially one I adored so much, and it kept my hands busy during the saddest period in my life. Next I made a few hats for Ella, but they’re all still too big for her, so I’ll show them off in the coming months.
Then I tried one with a brim for one of my nieces. But since I was still new to the art and figuring out gauge and yarn size, it came out a LOT bigger than I’d expected!
As you can see, it swallowed Sofie’s head whole! So I gave it to my sister instead of her daughter!
Then Grandpa died and I completely stopped crocheting. I’m not sure why I stopped, but I just didn’t want to do it anymore. But a few weeks ago, realizing Ella was about to be here, I picked up my hooks and got busy again. I fell over myself when I found this capelet and knew Sofie just had to have it. It’s big on her, but that just means she’ll get lots of use from it!
I think this is the only thing that excites me about the weather getting colder. I’m eager to try out some new patterns I’ve found and maybe make some of my own! I think my family might all wind up with something crocheted in their Christmas gifts this year!
Melissa M October 05, 2011 - 14:20
that is a really cute hat and capelet. Love the hat with a brim, that is really cute. I made a crochet hat back in Jan. 2010 ( http://odettedesigns.blogspot.com/2010/01/finished-crochet-hat.html )
I also did crochet when my grandad was very sick. I spent a week at the hospital with him and while he rested, I would crochet and keep watch. I was working on my moms blanket. I put down my crochet for awhile, for almost a year and hadn’t finished the blanket after he passed. I did finally finish the blanket and gave it to my mom as a christmas gift, which was the original plan. I got hooked on Loom Knitting for awhile and made lots of hats, they work up fast and being able to work with the annoying eyelash yarns without tangling and losing my place was a bonus.
Emma October 05, 2011 - 14:39
So lovely! Your hat turned out much better than a recent one I made and posted about on my blog today! Thanks for the link to the brimmed hat – I have been looking for a pattern like that.
sue October 05, 2011 - 14:42
long time reader first tiime commenter 🙂 i’ve been reading your blog off and on for a couple of years now and was i surprised to see the new little one – very cute! congrats! I just wanted to let yo know, if you don’t already, of a wonderful tool for crocheters and knitters alike… Ravelry.com…. if you haven’t checked it out you really should – you won’t be disapointed. it is simply a place to keep track of your projects, stashes and patterns. the pattern database is enough to sign up – thousands of free patterns are all easily found with their amazing search filters. take a look and enjoy , it’s free. and if you’re looking for a free hat pattern you can find mine here.
Louise, Raspberries In Winter October 05, 2011 - 19:38
She looks adorable! You did a great job. 🙂
Nikki October 17, 2011 - 09:18
These are so awesome!! My grandmother was an avid crocheter. She made us all queen sized blankets one year for Christmas. I have no idea how she did it all. I tried crocheting some time last year #epicfail But this makes me want to try again!! You did such a great job! Im gonna check out those tutorials. Thanks for sharing 🙂
Léanne December 06, 2011 - 14:34
Wow! You did a fantastic job (especially considering it was your first project!!)! I am OBSESSED with crochet! I love it, it is so much fun to create things for family & friends! I am trying to get into sewing as well…This is where your wonderful blog comes into my life!! I made my three daughters the easiest pillowcase dresses from your post. It was super easy!! Thank you! I am loving sewing so far almost as much as crochet all due to you! Thank you & keep up the great work! You inspire me! Have a great day! 🙂