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09 January 2017 @ 07:47 pm
Moogly CAL Blanket 2016  
I've been following the Moogly Crochet Blog for a while and found myself increasingly taken with the fortnightly squares that were being posted as part of their "crochet-a-long" so, once I had finished B's vast crochet thing, I set about making the 2016 sqaures (this was in August, there was a lot of frantic catch-up crocheting). In theory I was using leftover bits of wool, but I ran out of these about halfway through and had to buy more - this became increasingly stressful since the original supply of wool I had acquired on the cheap because it wasn't being produced any more.

Anyway, the final result is this blanket:





I have already started on the first of the 2017 squares and have bought all the wool except for one colour I am as yet undecided about.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/229575.html.
 
 
 
Cordelia Delayne: [marvel] aou cap&thorcordeliadelayne on January 9th, 2017 09:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that looks amazing! I love the colours.

And timely, as I was meaning to ask if you've got any recommendations for a good dummies guide to starting crocheting? My dad bought me a crochet kit for Christmas and the instructions may as well be written in Chinese for all the sense they're making.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 9th, 2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
Sadly not really. I started out with "Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes" but found the instructions difficult to follow and spent a lot of time on the internet googling stuff (and even then got it wrong). Since then I'd say all my experiences with crocheting instructions have been similarly frustrating - a lot of having a go, having an "oh! that's what they meant!" moment and then unravelling it and trying again.

It doesn't help that British and American crochet terms are different - what the British call a double crochet (abbreviated as dc), the Americans call a single crochet (abbreviated as sc) and what the British call a treble crochet (abbreviated as tr) the Americans call a double crochet (abbreviated as dc) - I'm sure you can imagine all the potential confusion.

That said, Moogly blog is pretty good if you don't mind video tutorials. I'd start by trying a couple of small squares consisting of a starting chain and then rows of single and/or double crochet (American usage).

If your crochet kit is for amigurumi then you'll need to know how to do a magic circle, and increase and decrease single crochet (American terms). I would expect the patterns to start something like

Make a magic circle (look this up on the internet).

Round 1: 1 ch, 4 sc, sl st into first stitch in round (this means chain 1 (look up chains) then do four single crochet and then slip stitch into the top of the chain - you should be able to find video tutorials for all these.

Round 2: 1 ch, 1 sc in same stitch, 2 sc in each sc of previous round, sl st into first stitch in round (this means chain 1 (to start the new round) and single crochet into the same stitch (this is to fake a single crochet increase but with a chain as the first stitch), do two single crochet in each single crochet of the previous round (this is a standard increase, the one you were trying to fake with the 1 ch, 1 sc - look it up), and then slip stitch into the the top of the chain you first made.

... and so on.

Hope this helps.
Cordelia Delayne: [marvel] archer in residence - clintcordeliadelayne on January 12th, 2017 12:26 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think video tutorials might be helpful to start with so I'll definitely take a look at Moogly blog. I guess I just need to set some time aside to properly look into it - I was hoping it would be as easy as cross-stitch, but clearly not!
louisedennislouisedennis on January 13th, 2017 10:51 am (UTC)
TBH, the basic stitches (chain, single crochet and double crochet) are pretty easy they're just hard to explain, if you see what I mean.
the little creep: veronanyarbaggytep on January 9th, 2017 09:37 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is some work.
louisedennislouisedennis on January 9th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
fredbassettfredbassett on January 9th, 2017 09:50 pm (UTC)
That's brilliant!
louisedennislouisedennis on January 9th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
bunnbunn on January 9th, 2017 09:51 pm (UTC)
That is an amazing work of art. Are the squares in order of date of creation, or did you choose how to structure it at the end?
louisedennislouisedennis on January 9th, 2017 10:13 pm (UTC)
Because I only acquired the bright yellow yarn halfway through, I didn't think date order would work so instead used the integer sequence generator at Random.org.

It's just as well I waited until the end because the squares were all over the place size-wise and so there was quite a lot of adding extra stitches to bring them all to the same size.