International Crochet Month – Round Up

March has been and gone, April has well and truly started and it’s time to see if I met any of my goals for (Inter)National Crochet Month, which I set out in this post. I think it might be fair to say that I was a little ambitious when I set these goals; in fact, I was a lot ambitious 🙂 I managed some of them, but some look laughable now.

Crochet every day – tick.  Sort of.  I crocheted every day but two, and on both of those days it was only because it was after midnight when I finally got the chance to pick up my hook.  Technically, that counts as every day, since I never go to bed until 1 or 2 am.

Finish at least two bags: well, I started two bags.  I ran out of yarn for one, and have yet to order more.  Instead I started the second bag, which is part way through but got put on hold in order that I could finish another piece.  I have really enjoyed crocheting the bags though.  I’m making them both to the same design, but one uses a large hook and chunky yarn, which is self-patterning.  The other is a much finer yarn and much smaller hook and although the bag is multicoloured, that’s because I’m using five separate colours.  I’ll be interested to see what a difference these things make to the whole feel of the bags.

Plan more bags – tick.  I have sourced lots of patterns and styles for a range of bags and have narrowed them down to a core few – bags which I would love to own and so think I will love to make.  They call for a variety of materials, including some which can be made from carrier bags, if the mood takes me!  I’m looking forward to making a start on these later in the month.

Crochet other bits and pieces for myself – tick.  Sort of. Again.  I chose to head off on a fairly big project for myself, which I discussed earlier in this post.  I knew I was giving myself a challenge when I chose to make this piece, but I really under-estimated how long it would take to do, given the time I’ve had this month.  However, it is nearly finished – I have 7 rows left to crochet and then it needs blocking and stitching together.  However, with about a billion stitches per row, I don’t want to think about all that it entails.  I will be happy if, once I’ve finished it, I still want to wear it!  I also made a new hat for my daughter, having managed to lose the lovely one she had from Mamas and Papas.  This was a very quick project and I was really pleased with the result.  I’ve had several people ask me if they can buy one for their daughters, so I’m pleased with how it turned out!

Experiment with new stitches and yarns – tick.  The new stitches I have done – both the wrap and the hat have called for stitches I’ve not used before.  The new ones in the wrap really irritated me, if only because each time it was called for (it was used instead of chaining a foundation row on every panel in the piece) I had to relearn it.  And it wasn’t a quick stitch.  However, to the best of my knowledge, I managed it successfully.  The hat had a twist stitch in it and I really enjoyed doing that one, and it looks lovely.  I did have a go with a new yarn but I didn’t get on with it. At all.  I need to go back and think again and perhaps use it for a different project – it will not suit a bag, as I originally intended – or at least not until I’ve got to grips with it in something else.

So, I haven’t completed nearly as much as I thought I would but I have succeeded in cementing some ideas, making some plans and, most importantly, making crochet a larger part of every day.

I’d call that a success!


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