I am having great fun with the ladies at my crochet class, they are so enthusiastic and eager to learn new stitches and techniques! This week we tackled Chevrons or Ripples, in a few different styles. Firstly, they all made the mistake I am sure we’ve all made at some point and not crocheted the increase on the first and last stitches of the row, which lead to mis-aligned ‘Valleys” and ‘Mountains” as I like to call them, (its the Welsh in me) but after a few more goes they have it sussed! I really enjoyed making up some swatches to show them and of course the charts to work from. Aren’t they pretty?
So I’ve been thinking for a while now that perhaps I should develop and hone my skills, especially as my class members are steaming ahead… so I took the plunge and enrolled for the International Diploma in Crochet. A course developed and run by Pauline Turner, on her website called Crochet Design. Its not an online course, we have to send swatches and projects written and practical to be assessed . So I am officially back in School! Aghhh…
My long term goal is to design and write patterns and especially charted patterns in crochet as I just love charts…. I am sure I’m not alone on that one (am I?!) and this is something I teach my ladies at class, makes life so much easier when explaining stitch patterns .
So for part I of III of the first part of the diploma, (Yes there is a lot to do already…) requires about 35 swatches in total to be made up and my first have been sent off for assessment and returned marked. I was very pleased and relieved to receive high marks and excellent for the first submissions. Funny how after crocheting for many years, you suddenly doubt yourself, even on the basics!
The first samples included; a triangle of dc starting at the point, a square of trebles, a network of chains with four straight sides and a square of dc suitable for seaming. Only one sample has to be re-submitted and that was a triangle of trebles working to a point. Apparently, I should have decreased even on the very first row to get perfect points at each corner, well there you go, I have learned something already!
I also had a ‘Well I didn’t know that!’ moment…..some good working practices for crochet which requires turning chains, and that it is – it’s ok to reduce or increase the number of chains no matter what stitch your doing in order to get a nice neat finish and also for me to chain before I turn, turning my work not like a book page but reverse as if turning the page back… get me? This means that I could easily see the last turning chain to work into. May just be me and your all doing that anyway, but it certainly was a very handy thing to remember.
So my second batch has gone off, and I am swiftly moving on to the next swatches, I may be slightly addicted 😉