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Well, I’m Hooked…!

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Well, this semester has been a busy one, but I managed to get it all done in time. This is my final blog post for my #ECMP355 learning project, but my learning and adventures with crocheting will continue on because let’s face it… I’m hooked! I believe that this class helped me kick start a project that I will continue to teach myself for many years to come. I can say that I feel pretty accomplished overall and that I am proud of what I have been able to teach myself by using online sources and technology.

Now, I want to show you a re-cap of what I have learned over the last seven weeks and some of my resources that I used. If you want to click on the links beside each labeled week, that will bring you to each of my Learning Project Posts.

Week One – “Ready Set Crochet

  • This week, I decided to choose crocheting as my learning project.
  • I hoped to be able to read and understand crochet labels/patterns, know the crochet abbreviations, and be able to create multiple projects such as: wash cloths, bookmarks, headbands, and a baby blanket for my sister by using the different crochet patterns (single, double, triple, etc.) by the end of the semester.
  • I would say I came close to learning all of those! I just didn’t get the chance to make a bookmark or a headband. Maybe I will do that in the near future!

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Week Two – “And The Learning Begins

  • This week, I focused on learning the basics of crochet labels, abbreviations, and symbols on balls of yarn.
  • I found the following resources to be extremely helpful to me this week because they had charts that were easily legible and clear: The Whoot, a Crochet Symbols & Directions Chart, Frequently Used Abbreviations, and a Crochet Cheat Sheet.
  • I even referred back to these charts and pictures throughout my learning project! That’s how useful they were!

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Week Three – “Stitches, Stitches & More Stitches

  • This week, I focused on learning the three basic types of crochet stitches: single stitch, double stitch, & treble stitch.
  • I was able to teach myself all of these by watching some videos done by Sewrella that were a part of her YouTube series called “Crochet Beginner Series”.
  • I also learned to make a slip knot and chain stitch by watching Sewrella’s videos on her channel too.

Week Four – “Granny Squares & The Magic Circle

Week Five – “Decorative Accessories

  • This week, I focused on learning how to make bow ties and flowers that could be added to a hat, headband, clothing item, baby item or even a hair pin.
  • This week, I learned that the bow ties I was trying to make needed a double treble crochet stitch, instead of a treble crochet stitch. Therefore, I needed to refer back to my Week Two blog post to brush up on the different types of stitches.
  • I also found that Happy Berry Crochet had a slower paced video to create a flower and therefore, I thought it would be easier for a beginner crocheter.

Week Six – “Withstanding Roses

  • Since I loved making the flowers last week so much, I decided to focus on making 3D roses this week.
  • I found this Crochet Rose Pattern randomly online, but I am glad that I found it.
  • I ended up spending many hours making three crochet roses and my own Crochet Rose Pattern video on YouTube, so if you would like to watch it feel free to do so by clicking here.

Week Seven – “First Baby Blanket Creation

  • This week, I spent many hours making a crochet baby blanket for my sister’s new baby.
  • I had a lot of patterns to pick from on my “Crocheting Ideas” Pinterest board, but I ended up using the pattern from Mrs. Brits blog.
  • I learned this week that it is easier to just follow along with what the pattern says, rather than changing your crochet hook and then having to change how many chains or rows of crochet you have to do.

So there you have it! You can use technology and the internet to teach yourself pretty much anything! You can also challenge your students to do a similar task like this learning project to help them grow in their digital literacy and ability to teach themselves a new skill by using online resources. They will also learn new skills on how to showcase their learning by creating videos or blog posts online.

Thanks again for reading and supporting me along on this journey and learning experience. I hope you enjoyed my blog posts about my crocheting adventure! Feel free to come back and re-read or use the patterns I provided any time!

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Till Next Time!

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First Baby Blanket Creation

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This last week I have been looking up a lot of different patterns for baby blankets, so that I can make one for my sister’s new baby that was born on June 14th, 2017. I have found  many cute ideas that have different detailed patterns, but I had already bought my yarn, at the beginning of the semester, before looking up patters to see what colors or weights (Medium, Bulky, Super Bulky, etc.) I needed. Therefore, I decided to look up patterns on Pinterest that were specifically for “Chunky Yarn” Baby Blankets. You can see in the picture above that I have pinned quite a few baby blanket patterns to my “Crocheting Ideas” board. If you want to look at my “Crocheting Ideas” board a little bit closer, feel free to do so.

Crochet rainbow stripes baby blanket is beginner friendly and easy to follow with a free video tutorial and written pattern - the perfect baby shower gift!

I think that if I had held off on buying my yarn a little longer I would have made the baby blanket on the left, which was done by Sewrella, but maybe I will make that baby blanket as a gift for someone else, once they have a baby. Since I did not know what my sister’s baby’s gender was before picking the yarn, I decided to go with a yarn that had lots of colors in it (White, Yellow, Pink, and Blue). This way, no matter the gender, it would have a nice colorful blanket (But not that colors really matter anyways, when giving it to a boy or girl).

So, in the end I decided to pick a baby blanket pattern from Mrs. Brits blog. I chose this pattern because it was a pattern that consisted of more than just single crochet stitches, only used one color of yarn, and had a boarder. It also turned out that I had bought the exact same yarn to work with as Mrs. Brits used in her sample pictures. I also want to provide you all with the pattern, so that you can create your own crochet baby blanket for yourself or a friend one day.

To start off, I used Bernat “Pitter Patter” Baby Blanket yarn and since this yarn is a level 6 super bulky yarn, I decided to use a 8mm crochet hook, instead of a 9mm hook, like the pattern suggested because the 8mm was all that I had. So, since I was using a different sized hook, I had to change the number of stitches across to make the width of the blanket closer to 30″.

My Bernat Baby Blanket Pattern:

To begin – chain 69
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Row 1 – sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, you will have 68 sc.  Ch 1 and turn.
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Row 2-6 – repeat row 1. At the end of row 6, you will chain 2 and turn.
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Row 7 – dc in first sc from row 6 and in each sc across. Chain 1 and turn. Be sure you still have 60 st, because this wool is thick, it can be tricky on the last st of the row.
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Repeat rows 1-7, 10 more times for a total of 77 rows.  You will have 11 sections of 6 rows of sc and 1 row of dc.
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Rows 78 – 84 repeat row 1. At the end of row 84 do not chain 1, do an additional 2 sc in the last st to create a corner. You will now begin edging the afghan.  Do a sc in each sc row, with 2 sc in the post of the dc rows, in each corner you will do 3 sc. Once you finish the 3 remaining sides, tie off and weave in your tails.

Tips

  • When starting the new ball, don’t tie off the old and then start the new. Just tie the end of the new ball to the end of the old and keep going, crocheting in the knot. When you’re finished, weave in the ends.
  • To make this blanket bigger/longer, you can do your beginning chain row as long as you like in an odd number. For length, just repeat rows 1-7 as you like, ending on a section of rows 1-6 + 1 row of sc (this is the edging for the top of the afghan).
What I learned from doing this baby blanket was that it is easier to just follow along with what the pattern says, rather than changing your crochet hook and then having to change how many chains or rows of crochet you have to do. To be honest, this baby blanket is taking me longer than expected because I am using a different sized hook. I have already spent more than 8 hours on it this week and I plan to work on it for another 4-6 hours on it to get it done. I also plan to make the boarder with white yarn because I am running out of the multicolored yarn and the store in Tisdale is out of the color I need. So far, I’ve enjoyed making this baby blanket and I hope my sister and her baby will like it. I also hope you enjoyed seeing my progress this week and the baby blanket pattern. I hope to get the final project up by next week. 🙂
Till Next Time!

Withstanding Roses

Well this week started off by me trying to tackle the Crochet Rose Pattern that I found online. When I saw this pattern a few weeks back, I fell in love with it, because I loved how cute it looked and would look if I ended up making a few different colored roses and then ended up putting them in a vase.

 

So to start off with this pattern I decided to make a pink rose first, then a purple one, and finally a white one. After making the first two roses, I decided that I would make an instructional video of me creating the white rose, since I have not posted any videos of me showing myself crocheting yet. Originally, I was going to be only doing one rose and then look up baby blanket patterns this week, but then I decided against that because I wanted to make more than one rose and then share the pattern with others by creating a video.

Below is the Crochet Rose Pattern for those of you who want the written pattern too. Or just look up the the pattern on the website that I found here. I made my stem a bit differently in my video than the pattern I found, but it still works, so now you can choose whatever one you would like to use.

Crochet Instructions

Ch 46.
Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across. (45 st). Ch 1, turn.
Row 2: sc in first st, [skip next st, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, skip next st, sc in next st] 11 times.
Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a long end for stitching the rose together.

Optional: Stem

Terminology: The green outer parts of the flower that sit at the flower’s base are called the calyx.

Calyx
Ch 5.
Rnd 1: sc in 5th chain from hook, to form a circle. Sc in each st around the circle. (5 st)
Rnd 2: (sc in next st, ch 4, sc in 2nd chain from hook and in next 2 chains) five times. Fasten off and weave in ends.

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I’ll be honest with the fact that it took me a while to create this video on Windows Movie Maker, but I think it still turned out okay considering it was my first crocheting video. I hope you all enjoy it and can use it one day. 🙂

Till Next Time!

Decorative Accessories

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This week I wanted to tackle a few different decorative accessories for my learning project. I started off by trying to make a bow tie that I found on a blog from Feedly. I found this blog to be interesting because it did not have a video or written instructions on how to make the bow tie, but it included a diagram, which can be seen on the left.

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This pattern challenged me a bit because I did not remember what the symbols meant, so I guessed. I remembered that I had to make a magic circle to start the bow tie and then I chained 6 loops. Then I thought that I had to make 6 treble crochet stitches in the magic circle, but once I was almost done the bow tie, I looked at it and it looked a bit disfigured. So it ended up looking like the picture on the right.

To figure out how I did it wrong I had to look back at my previous blog posts about the abbreviations and symbols used in crochet patterns. By looking back at the “Crochet

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Next, I chose to do a flower as an accessory that can also be used for hats, headbands, clothing, baby items, and hair pins. I found my resources from a cite called “All Free Crochet”. On this cite it has ideas for different types of hats and it includes a video on how to make a flower to add to your hat. Making this flower was similar to the bow tie because it uses a magic circle to start.

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I was glad that there was an instructional video with this resource, but as I was watching the video, I found it hard to keep up, so I had to keep pausing the video, going back a few steps, and then try to keep up once I started it again. I made the purple flower first and the blue flower second, so I think that the blue flower looks a little bit better than the purple one, but this just shows that no one is perfect when they are first learning a new skill. Practice does make perfect. 🙂

Another video that I found online shows how to make a simple flower, but it goes a lot slower than the first video I found. The flower also ends up being a little bit bigger than the one in the first video. If you want an instructional video that is at a slower pace, then this “How To – Crochet a Simple Flower version 2 – Absolute Beginners” video is the right one for you. I hope you enjoyed reading about me getting through the bumps along the way in my learning project.

Next week I will try a 3D rose and start finding patterns for a baby blanket that I will be making for my sister who is expecting in July.

Stay tuned for more

 

 

Granny Squares & The Magic Circle

So far this crochet learning project has been fun. It has been time consuming and not always easy because I have had to start over a few times with different projects to make sure that it looked perfect, but overall, this has been a great learning experience for me. I can’t believe that I am already half way done my learning project because I don’t feel like I have been working on it that long and still feel like there is a lot to learn. This week I decided to focus on teaching myself how to make different projects using a specific technique or pattern, so I ended up teaching myself the Granny Square and a Magic Circle. I found that these two projects were similar in style because they both used the “In the Round” technique.

While I was searching for resources to teach myself, I looked back at the blog called “Understanding Crochet Diagrams: The Key to Breaking the Code” and found it to be very helpful. This blog reminded me of the language used in patterns and it reminded me of how to use symbols to decode which stitch to do for working in “a round” pattern. Other than circles, there are other shapes that are worked “in the round” like octagons, flowers, hearts, and even squares(ex. the granny square). These different shapes are also often shown in diagrams where the symbols represent the stitches. Below is an example of a Granny Square diagram that I found from the cite mentioned above.

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Some pointers that I found helpful from The Craftsy Blog when creating my granny square and magic circle were:

  • Identify your starting point (generally the center) and follow the diagram working counter clockwise.
  • Do not turn your work, unless the pattern tells you to.
  • Rounds may be numbered or designated by alternating colors. (Like the pattern above.)

I also found a great tutorial on YouTube that showed me how to crochet a Granny Square. The video was done by Bella Coco and it is called “CROCHET: How to crochet a granny square for beginners”. I found this video on Ashleigh’s blog here. As I was learning the granny square, I found the pattern easy to catch onto. It took a couple of tries to get it right, but I finally made it. I decided to do three rounds of my granny square, so that it was just the right size to be used as a 4 X 4 coaster. Below is my process of my granny squares.  

To learn the Magic Circle, I watched Sewrella’s video called “Crochet Beginner Series Part 8: Magic Ring or Magic Circle”. I also found another video that helped explain how to crochet in the round here. After I tried the magic circle, I tried crocheting “in the round” around the 7 double crochet stitches that I made to make the magic circle. As I kept crocheting around, I found that the yarn naturally started to curve and make a mini toque. I am guessing there are other patterns for toques where you start with 15 or even 30 stitches in your magic circle, instead of 7 like I did. Here is a link that you can use to find some beginner crochet hat patterns that work “in the round”. Below are pictures of my progress with the magic circle.

Overall, I feel so honoured and privileged to be able to learn visually from YouTube because I am a visual learner and if I had to try to teach myself to crochet from a book, I probably would have given up in the first week of starting this challenge. But I am glad that I have not given up because I am learning so much and I am having a lot of fun along the way.

Till next time everyone! 🙂

Stitches, Stitches & More Stitches

Well, it’s week three here everyone and I am excited to say that I have found a lot of resources that have helped me to learn the basic crochet stitches. For example, this week I learned how to crochet a single stitch pattern, relearned the double stitch and, learned the treble stitch. I used all of these stitches and created them into washcloths. These all took me quite some time to do each of them, but it was so worth it. Out of all of my wash cloths that I made, I would have to say that I like the double stitch the best because it was faster than the single stitch and not as loose as the treble stitch. Below are my final projects.

As I was learning how to start a crochet project, or in my case a washcloth, I was able to learn how to start a project by using Ashleigh’s YouTube Channel called Sewrella. Through using Ashleigh’s channel, I was able to use her instructional videos to teach myself how to get my yarn “joined” onto the hook by making a slip knot. I was also able to learn how to make a chain stitch, add another row to my project, and fasten off the ends by weaving the extra yarn back into the washcloth. I also learned from Ashleigh how to do a single crochet stitch, a double crochet stitch, and a treble crochet stitch. Ashleigh also has other videos on crocheting like learning how to do a half double crochet and a magic ring or circle.

Here is the first video of Sewrella’s Series called “Crochet Beginner Series”. You can find the other videos that I used from her channel in the above paragraph.

Now that I know how to make the single, double, half double, and treble crochet stitches, I can start to tackle beginner projects that have different patterns now. I think next week I am going to teach myself how to make a Granny Square.

Until next time everyone!

And The Learning Begins

To start, I want to thank Ashleigh for helping me out with this crochet project because her blog post on The Whoot website was what helped me learn three easy steps that will help me learn how to be well on my way to crocheting multiple projects.

These three easy steps to learn how to crochet are:

  1. Get Prepared
  2. Learn the Basic Crochet Stitches
  3. Learn to Speak the Crochet Language

Therefore, over this past week I have been focusing on learning the basics of labels, abbreviations, and symbols on balls of yarn. There were a lot of things that I did not know how to read before starting this task because I have never taken the time to stop and learn how to read the labels, but now that I have started, I can’t stop! Haha! Overall, I could not believe how many abbreviations there were for crocheting and how many things I need to pay attention to or learn before I actually even start my crochet projects.  To be honest, I felt a little bit overwhelmed with the amount of resources and symbols/terminology that I found. So, I have narrowed it down to a few resources that helped me learn what I was hoping to.

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To start off my learning, I started to “Get Prepared” this week, by learning that crocheting is just a series of knots and that there are many types of knots (stitches) that we can make as we use a crochet hook (which come in different sizes). I also learned that traditionally people will crochet with yarn, but some people, will crochet with rope, string, or twine! By using these knots you can create patterns, which then create different crochet projects.

Next, I went shopping for some yarn at a local store in Tisdale called Pearson’s and picked out six small balls of yarn for practicing and six bigger balls of yearn for the baby blanket that I plan to make my sister. I already had some crochet hooks from past projects, so I felt pretty prepared with all of my supplies when I got home.

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Once I started more of my research, I found out that there are different weights of yarn that go nicely with making certain projects. For example, 6 on the label means Super Bulky yarn, which would be great for making a baby blanket. See picture to the right for chart I found from The Whoot. Below, is a picture of one of the labels from a ball of yarn that I may use for a blanket. You can see that it is a level 6 for weight, it is made from polyester, and I need to use a 8mm crochet hook to compliment the yarn size for my project.

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My next step, was to start to prepare myself mentally by learning the crochet symbols, abbreviations, and terms. Below are some resources that I found that benefited me.

Here are the sources for the pictures above.

  1. Crochet Symbols & Directions Chart
  2. Frequently Used Abbreviations
  3. Crochet Cheat Sheet

After all of this research, I think I am ready to take the next step that Ashleigh suggests and learn more about the “Basic Crochet Stitches”. Stay tuned for more crocheting!

Ready, Set, Crochet!

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Well, it has taken me a while to decide what I have want to do for my learning project, but I have finally decided to learn and teach myself how to crochet. My mom actually tried to teach me how to crochet once when I was very little, but I think that since I was only 11 years old, I was not patient enough to learn how to crochet. Then when I was 20, I was taught a bit of the basics of crocheting from my friend Briana whom I had met at school, but again, I was not very successful in sticking with it and trying new things. I was however, successful in a way because I was able to learn how to make a double crochet square (Whatever that means! Haha!). So, now that it is five years later, I am willing and eager to pick up some new yarn and crochet hooks to learn more about crocheting.

I am hoping that by the end of this learning project, I will be able to read and understand crochet labels/patterns, know the crochet abbreviations, and be able to create multiple projects such as: wash cloths, bookmarks, headbands, and a baby blanket for my sister by using the different crochet patterns (single, double, triple, etc.). Stay tuned as I learn more about crocheting and post about my crocheting learning project. 🙂

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