This series of posts is a look into my own history with crochet; an opportunity to celebrate the projects that give me great joy.
My first ‘big’ project was a baby blanket made for dear friends. I didn’t want to do anything too complicated, as then and now I detest weaving in ends. Therefore, patterns that required joining or several colour changes were out. I had also decided that I didn’t want to do a bog standard thing (you’ll notice a theme through the posts on this topic) 😋.
I eventually stumbled across this pattern, for a circular swirl blanket:
I like pattern and colour, so didn’t want a simple solid block. I also wanted to stick to neutrals as I didn’t know if the baby was a boy or a girl. I found a beautiful variegated yarn called Hayfield Baby Changes DK, which gave a self striping effect.
The project took me approximately three months, working on it in the evenings. It’s a fairly simple pattern, mainly single crochets (US) and chains, challenging enough at the time.
Here’s some pictures of the final piece:
I hadn’t discovered the marvels of blocking at the time, so it’s not as flat and crisp as I’d look to finish a project now.
It’s still well used by my friends though and makes me smile each time I see it.
To be honest, I find that I’m giving a part of me when I make items for friends and family, particularly if I’ve selected the colours and pattern. I have a excited nervousness each time I hand something over, so it’s a real privilege that this blanket is still used so many years on.
Another point of pride and honour was to be asked by the designer to be one of the featured projects on her page for the pattern. It was a complete surprise; but wonderful all the same.
By this point I’d not only discovered the ‘kick’ of giving gifts, being recognised, but also the health benefits of crochet. It’s now well documented that the rhythm of knitting and crochet help to calm anxiety as the repetitive motion and focus on the stitches are akin meditation and mindfulness. For me, particularly in winter months, working with colour also lifts my mood.
I’ll explore this further in the next part where I’ll also be looking at another baby blanket, which this project spurred me on to try.
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