I am sure you will agree there are some wonderful crochet patterns out there to inspire us all , paid and free , with some amazingly talented designers emerging daily. My goal is one day to be able to design a project to be proud of and that will maybe inspire others to design too, I know that’s a big goal!
The picture above shows one of the squares in the Nuts about Square’s Cal from 2017. Eleven talented designers got together to design one square each to make a beautiful blanket. I used a lot of my stash to make this and the designs were stunning. The patterns and video tutorials can be found Here.
Look at this lovely shawl by Julie Blagojevich, the Schaumburg Shawl, a paid pattern, oh so lovely to make, one of my all time favourite makes , the yarn I used was Malabrigo Lace yarn, 100% Baby Merino Wool, oh such a pleasure to use. Such a difficult one to photograph though, and my lovely daughter gets roped in again… awww Definitely need to make another one of these shawls, I wear this a lot, so soft, and warm but so classy.
Free patterns are also great and a fab way to experiment but be prepared not all free patterns are the same, some are well written and accurate , others not so much and sometimes untested too, I have found in some, lots of errors and omissions , so be prepared to have to make it up as you go on occasions.
I do have a few free patterns on my blog, (all tested and hopefully you think well written ) but please do contact me if you find anything that you have difficulty with, I would much rather know and put right to save hours of hair pulling, well not hours as they are only small projects and I forced my sister to test them first! haha
This little mini backpack pattern I found on YouTube, an excellent resource and really great from learning new techniques like this tapestry crochet. The Video is all in Spanish/Italian not sure actually, definitely not English, but I managed to follow it. Sometimes its just the sheer pleasure that a small make can give you, so another on the top of my list. Sorry I don’t have the link but you should find it in a search. I used this one to pop some money in as a Christmas Gift, it was loved and cherished!
So for now as the title of this blog post says …. I am like a sponge! (No not soggy and dripping wet! ) A sponge that’s soaks up all the inspiration and ideas, my mind is bursting sometimes with ideas and also which pattern or project to do next. But for now I am content following patterns and trying new techniques because this is how I learn, especially making mistakes along the way.
I intend to update and add more of my favourites to show you, in more blog posts in the future, maybe you will try some yourself. So this is part 1, there may be many parts , I just wish I kept a catalogue of where I found the patterns and their names and designers, would save me so much time! ( A good tip for the future).
Hope your having some fun crochet time, till next time…