What I Made: Crocheted Creations

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!

One Skein Scarf. Photo by Kara F.

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!

Crocheted Afghan. Photo by Kara F.

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

Yarn Anyone?

2629461357_6d8f37c115_mMaybe you have a relative who is a fanatical knitter or a friend who always has a ball of yarn in his or her knapsack? Or, am I describing you?! For more on this passion, let me share some info with you. Just like so many other crafts, there are web sites and blogs all over the Internet on knitting and crocheting. One of my favorite knitting sites is Knitty.com — a witty, stylized and cute site with patterns, coffeeshop chat and articles with knitting help.

Are you new to knitting or crocheting? The Lion Brand Yarn site includes Learn to Crochet instructions – one needs to keep scrolling to the bottom of the screen but the illustrations are easy to look at. Many knitting and crochet books, no matter what level of patterns covered, include a few pages of beginner’s tips and terminology.

Most local yarn stores – also referred to as your LYS – Continue reading “Yarn Anyone?”