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Craftsy Series: Crochet Lab (2)

Crochet Lab is a crochet class for absolute beginners, and takes people from "how to hold a crochet hook" all the way to "how to make a stuffed animal". This series tells the story of the class I watched and went back to most often on Craftsy, Crochet Lab by Vickie Howell.

I'm back with my second post on Crochet Lab. In this post, I'll concentrate on the two staples of crochet, the two lessons on single crochet and double crochet.

As I said before, I learnt all of this from scratch: I started the single crochet lesson without knowing anything. The teacher suggests to crochet a 21-stitch square swatch, but instead I decided to be adventurous: I bought a bunch of balls of yarn when I visited Zurich in October and proceeded to start crocheting a blanket.

I mostly did this because the class on chain making taught me that if I don't practice, I will stop with crocheting altogether. I saw the first few classes in March, then only followed up with the rest in October! Chain stitching was quite boring, and also pretty disappointing since it takes practice to get consistent results. I thought the swatch making would be boring too, so decided to go the blanket route instead.

I bought 5 balls of yarn for this: 2 multicolored and 3 in a deep purple. I crocheted a chain long enough to cover one person, then set to it.

The way I made it was to crochet the two outside areas in sc, and the central one on dc. That means I had sc-purple, sc-multi colored, dc-purple, sc-multi colored, sc purple. I finished everything with a yellow border. The most interesting thing about this blanket is that the dc layer is not actually dc. I completely messed up and misunderstood the instructions, meaning the central layer is a franken-dc. Now I know better, but it actually took making this pattern and watching the accompanying video to realize my mistake.

All in all, the two lessons taught valuable skills, and were certainly the lessons I referred back to most of the whole class. I did watch some videos on YouTube as well, mostly because for tablets and phones Craftsy isn't a great platform. Still, these are the lessons I keep going back to most often.


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