Did you see our recent post about the Beginners Crochet class I attended at The Sheep Shop in Cambridge? If you haven’t seen it yet then do head over and check it out as I was really impressed with the whole experience. Throughout April I have been trying to keep up the skills I learnt in the class and wanted to share with you what I have been working on as well as my discovery of Simply Crochet – Hooked On Handmade magazine.
This is now our fourth post in the ‘Get Creative‘ series – aimed at inspiring others to explore their creativity. I have wanted to start crocheting for over a year now but never quite got the hang of the basics from a book or online. The class I attended at The Sheep Shop meant that I had some direct teaching and guidance on what I was doing correctly and what I was not.
Simply Crochet – Hooked on Handmade | Issue 43 | £4.99
I picked up a copy of Simply Crochet – Hooked On Handmade magazine not long after the class as I was looking for some ideas and inspiration for a new project. As soon as I started flicking through I was pleased to see mentions of The Crochet Project – co-founded by Joanne Scrace who taught the class at The Sheep Shop – and We Make Collective – a creative subscription kit which I reviewed back in February. The Crochet Project recently launched a new pattern book ‘Crochet Yeah!’ which can be bought via Etsy. Towards the back of the magazine is also a guide section which I have been referring to a lot as it gives you a breakdown of each stitch as well as an abbreviations key for pattern reading.
There are twenty different patterns included in the magazine and the skill level required varies. There are a range of 1960’s inspired fashion patterns as well as an amigurumi dinosaur pattern. I have really enjoyed immersing myself into the crochet world and feel that the magazine has given me lots of reference points. This issue came with two freebies – an 8mm bamboo hook and a flower brooch kit.
Here are some snaps of my attempt at creating the flower brooch. It took me a while to get started as I have no experience of reading a pattern. I referred to the guide in the magazine for stitches that I wasn’t familiar with such as the double treble. I am really pleased with the end result and there is plenty of yarn left over from the kit to make something else!
HappyBerry Crochet Tutorials
Before I started on the flower brooch I had been making some simple flowers that I learnt from a HappyBerry Crochet tutorial on YouTube. Laura Eccleston’s channel is home to a catalogue of crochet basics, tutorials, projects and tips on improving your technique. She uploads a new video every Friday and each creation is her own design. I have included the video I used below but make sure to head over and subscribe to her channel.
If you are not confident reading patterns – like me – then I highly recommend following an online tutorial. I have made lots of these flowers which I plan on joining together to create a garland. Whether you crochet already or are looking to start then I hope you have found this post inspirational. For those of you that use Pinterest I have created a board for simple beginner projects – take a look below: