Beginner Patterns + August Classes
The September/October issue of Crochet Today–which is surprisingly already available for preview–has a special section focusing on patterns for those new to the hook. Keeping in mind what I’ve learned through teaching, I designed three of them, each focusing on one main stitch for beginners to practice. However, you don’t need to be a beginner to enjoy these patterns– you can always add a little embellishment if you feel they need more going on. If you’re a complete beginner, working all three of these patterns would be a great way to move into more involved designs.
Start with the Super Simple Pillow, which is worked all in single crochet–and fast! Chunky yarn makes it really quick, so quick that I was tempted to work up a few for my own sofa. I think it would look great with some surface embroidery or applique, or you could make each side a different color (or one side striped, one plain) to give yourself options. This is a good way to practice counting your stitches and maintaining an even count from row to row.
Next, work the Perfect Granny Scarf . Many people learn on a granny, because working into chain-spaces is easier than working into stitches–but I do think that knowing basic stitches first is helpful. Here I made the scarf all in one color for a modern look, but of course you can work with scraps, too. It’s a great way to start working in the round, practice double crochet stitches, and learn to join and edge squares.
And lastly, my favorite– the Beginner’s Beret. This one will teach you to work in the round, increase, and practice your half double crochet stitches. In the interest of keeping it simple, there are no decreases in this pattern! I really liked the style of this hat (which can also be worn more as a slouchy hat instead of a beret) and I may need to make one for myself. Of course, I can’t even think about needing a hat in the heat of a Texas summer, but thinking of Fall will get me through it. Again, you can check out all of these projects plus a load of cute 9 to 5 office wear and Halloween costumes in the Sept/Oct 2010 Crochet Today.
Locals, I also wanted to mention that I added my August Classes to the Yarnivore Calendar. I’m most excited about the Baby Sweater (or Blanket) class on Monday nights. We’ll be working from my Layette pattern in Knit Simple, and I’ve even arranged to borrow the sample so y’all can see it up close. If you take on the sweater, you’ll learn how to wrangle yarn during colorwork, simple shaping, increases and ribbing, and how to seam garments. All of which can be applied to adult garments, of course. Call ahead to reserve a spot! Also in August: Learn to Crochet, Crocheted Sun Hat, Broomstick Lace and Crochet Fix (the fix it and share group). And there’s still room in Intermediate Crochet in July (Saturdays, the 24th and 31st).
I’m off to a few relaxing days with my family this week, but I’ll be back soon with a giveaway!