Seattle is home to a thriving DIY ethic and culture. As part of an occasional series of posts, we feature hand-made items created by staff at The Seattle Public Library and the library books, CDs, and DVDs that showed them how to do it themselves. We hope you’ll draw inspiration from their creations and check some of the many great how-to resources the Library has to offer!
I come from a long line of women who have creativity pulsing through their veins. I’ve inherited quite a bit of their love to create whether its tweaking a recipe, making a collage for a scrapbook, or crocheting a scarf, but with my mom living four hours away this girl definitely needs help every once and awhile so I turn to the second best place to get information regarding crafting…the library.
In The Happy Hooker: Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet by Debbie Stoller, I took advantage of the random yarn I had sitting around and made a couple scarves using the One Skein Scarf pattern. Each stitch you crochet makes a front loop and a back loop, which almost resemble little bird feet. If you go through the front loop you can create an edging detail, but in this particular pattern that was not the case. So my first one skein scarf was slightly tragic looking considering I only went through the front loops. My second attempt was a success and ended up as a Christmas present for my cousin. Shortly after I returned this book to the library I went to Barnes and Noble and bought it!
With the book 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns: Exciting Patterns to Knit & Crochet for Afghans, Blankets & Throws, I graduated from making scarves to making my very first afghan. I was inspired by the first afghan my mom made that I have laying on the foot of my bed. I wanted to create something different with modern colors and a ripple pattern. I used the Strata pattern and had to teach myself through the wonderful illustrations in the back of the book how to do a double crochet three together, also known as dc3tog, which is a decreasing stitch. What I love about this book in particular is that every page has a couple crochet patterns on the right and a couple knitting patterns on the left. Sometimes when I get knitting and crochet books knitting usually dominates the patterns available, but this book was perfectly even.
~ Kara F., Montlake Branch