Monday, 24 June 2013

Doing the DC......

 

 
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you my Lovelies, for all your advice on yesterday's post!
 
 
This is my first attempt at doing a DC (double crochet for those unfamiliar to crochet terms....gosh sound like I know what I'm doing....I don't by the way!) around the edge of a tiny granny square!
 
 
I was thinking of making this beautiful throw from Nicki Trench's book 'Cute and Easy (easy??!) Crochet! Has anyone else made it, are the squares meant to be that tiny?.....I'll be an old woman before I've finished!
 
If I get to grips with the DC, then that's 5 stitches I can do!!! And this ones in the chain, not in the space ( I like in the space, soooooo much easier!).
 
 
Anyway, thank you so much for your advice! I've looked at the links you gave me and I've decided to go with the Stylecraft DK for now, or another cheaper blend, just whilst I'm learning!
 
If my confidence grows, and skills of course, then perhaps Santa can bring me some of the more expensive, looooovely yarn at Christmas, or my birthday. I really don't want to stop now but can only continue, if I use the cheaper yarn!
 
Hopefully I will be back later in the week, with a better example of the DC, but don't hold your breath.......I don't do Perfect!
 
Thanks again!
 
Ada :) xxx
 
 
 
 

44 comments:

  1. I'm trying to learn how to crochet. It is a VERY slow process. You are doing amazingly. Have a great week! xo

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    1. No it's not easy....keep at it though, just think of all the lovely things you can make! :) x

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  2. Well done, still learning too! Started crochet bunting which was going well until I snipped the actual flag instead of the end!!!!!

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  3. You go girl! DC all the way Ada. A friend from my knit and natter made this blanket and yes the squares are meant to be that small and yes it might just take a while to make :o) Sorry I meant to get round to suggesting the cheapest and bestest of the cheapest range is Stylecraft DK for building up your skills and I only but expensive yarn if its on sale otherwise it can be a very expensive hobby! I was pricing a cardigan out the other day with yarn I would love to make it in, all and all £85 for a cardy is not what I am prepared to pay!!! xxx Happy hooking lovely x Penny

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    1. Expensive cardy! Bet it would be lovely though! :) x

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  4. Have fun - it's certainly an addictive hobby! I'm just trying to work out how much yarn I can get in my case to take on holiday with me! :) x

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  5. Oh I love that book so so much! I had plans to make that throw but abandoned my plans and the (tiny) squares became a cushion! Crochet is so addictive...
    M x

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  6. I like that book too. Good job learning the stitch! I think I make the DC incorrectly, but it's how I learned as a child. I crochet a lot, though, so it's just going to be my own unique style! :)

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  7. Hi. I'm new to your blog. Looks like I will enjoy reading it!! I have the above book, it's really cool. You have done some lovely crocheting x

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    1. Thanks for popping in and saying Hi Kelly, hope to see you again soon! :) x

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  8. It looks fine, well done. I have made that blanket it took a few months and i had to keep going so that it would be finished. I made it in cotton so it weighs a tonne. I do love it though, its such a pretty and simple design. I met Nicki Trench at the country living show just as the book came out and saw the actual blanket it was gorgeous and spurred me on. 1 down .... 435 to go.

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    1. I'll start with enough todo a cushion....but who knows I've done that before and it ended up a blanket! I bet the cotton is great for it! :) x

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  9. You actually DO sound as if you know what you're doing!

    Lots of fun,
    enjoy!

    and DO show as the result in the end!

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    1. Thank you Brigitte, you are very kind! :) x

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  10. I love that book, learnt to crochet flowers from it. I still have so much to learn too :) xx

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  11. you are coming along so well with your crochet, a warning, if you buy an English crochet book the stitches are different, here we call a sc a dc, a dc a treble and so on, it got me so muddled in the beginning but now I automatically swap them. I do not use wool often but work with a fine hook and coats crochet cotton, I sound experienced and know what I am talking about don`t I but I am still very much a learner.

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    1. Hi Margaret, yes I aware there are differences, it's very confusing to the novice! I'm just sticking to UK patterns at the mo...it's complicated enough without converting patterns! :) x

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  12. I started making that throw, but gave up and turned the squares into a cushion!!

    Love the book btw, I often make the flowers from it.

    Helenxx

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  13. Hi Ada, time got away with me yesterday, so finally today I can chime in with my crochet experience! Stylecraft is the best for those learning to crochet - it's a lot cheaper, it works well and doesn't split, it washes well...I could go on. And if you check Simply Crochet or Mollie Makes or other craft mags, you usually find a Deramores advert with a discount code! Just go for it with the squares, the repetitiveness will really help you perfect your tension. I've also made the bunting from that book for my girls - very quick project that will make you feel very crafty indeed! Chrissie x

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    1. Thanks for the tip.....I love discount codes! :) x

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  14. I really need to get my crochet out again, I bought some lovely yarn last year to make a granny square blanket and have only done a couple ... once I get started I know it's addictive! I love your cushions, that might be a bit less daunting ...

    Love Claire xxx

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    1. At least with granny squares you can pick up and put them down again, unless of course you have an addictive personality!!! :) x

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  15. ~ Enjoy! that's what it's all about! I pick mine up and put in down again, am afraid! I need more hours in me day at the moment!I blame blogging! I really do! Thanks for kind words on our news! I am over the moon! Hugs Maria x

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  16. Hi Ada, Well done!!! You'll see, the cheaper yearn works just as well and it looks perfect too!!! It really doesn't matter!!!As long as you enjoy it!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  17. Hello my dear well you and me are both pretty new to this game and most of the time I still struggle with little bits here and there, but that's all part if the fun, right?! I've hot that book and have been eying that particular blanket for as long as I've had the book, which much be over a year, and one day I will do it. In the meantime I'm going to enjoy watching you turn your yarn into a beautiful blanket or cushion. I am also about to start a project and have decided stylecraft, so I will be thinking of you whilst I'm hooking. It's so addictive but also very frustrating as there is so much to make and do. Much love xo

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    1. You don't look like a novice when it comes to crochet! :) x

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  18. I would really like to get back into crochet and this beautiful blanket seems like the way to do it. It might take you forever but just think how exciting it will be to see it grow :) Plus, the tiny squares can be made when you've only got a short amount of free time!

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  19. Looking good! I taught myself to crochet in January this year, I'm really enjoying it but man, is it difficult at first! I also have the book you've featured, there are some lovely things in it to make.
    I started a granny blanket but the rate I'm going (s l o w l y.....) I'll be lucky to have it finished this winter ;) xx

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    1. I know it's so complicated, then little things start to fall into place! :) x

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  20. Well done greatly with your persisting with the art of crochet! I have yet to revive my ancient skills
    Thought of you this morning and wondered if you have been listening to the Book of the Week on Radio 4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b02yjf17/Book_of_the_Week_The_Reason_I_Jump_Episode_1/
    Best wishes
    Jenny

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    1. I'll have a look at that! Thanks (I think, don't know until I've looked.....who knows where your sending me!) ;) x

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  21. Well done you. Lovely colours. I just know I wouldn't have the patience! M x

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  22. It's looking great - it looks like you've mastered it.

    Nina x

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  23. I love cheap wool for learning too but I do like to run my fingers along the "expensive stuff" in the yarn shop and dream... one day... Hazel x

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  24. That certainly is a tiny square! At some point Ada, you're going to have to admit that you really DO know what you're talking about! I hope you can make the entire blanket because that's what has caught your eye. Even if it does take a long time to collect the necessary yarn, I would say go for it. You can always make smaller projects in between the Enormous-Blanket-of-Tiny-Squares ;) Wendy x

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    1. It is beautiful, who knows....never say never! :) x

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  25. Well done you - looking good! :)

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  26. That throw you are making looks wonderful. I hope you make it. Are those all the things you have made since you have been crocheting ? You have become such a professional in a short space of time.
    Sarah x

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  27. Yay, you cracked it!! I was so excited when I figured out how to DC. I have that book too and was all set to make that throw until I read that you had to make about 450 squares! x

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  28. All the crocheting you've done so far looks lovely. The colours you use are gorgeous!

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