My new craft obsession: crochet

Last spring, I decided that I was going to learn to crochet. Not because I was feeling like I didn’t have enough to do already, but because I wanted to have a hobby that was 1) easily portable, 2) not on the computer, and 3) productive. A friend lent me “Stich ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker” by Debbie Stoller and I watched some YouTube videos and slowly figured it out. Here’s what I’ve made over the last few months!


This doll boots pattern was my first attempt. The ones on the top were the very first project and they turned out ok but didn’t fit quite like I thought they should. Then I realized that I was only skipping stitches, not actually decreasing like I was supposed to. The bottom pair went much faster and stay on much better!

The girls wanted hats, so I let them pick out their yarn and did my best. Rowan’s hat is actually an owl hat pattern and Ashlyn’s is a rainbow beanie pattern but I didn’t switch yarns at all in Rowan’s, and only did the ear flaps and edging different for Ashlyn’s, as requested.

My next project was for my cousin’s new baby girl. My cousin is a real country girl at heart, so when I saw this cowboy baby boots pattern I knew I had to make them. Please excuse my ‘picture of a screenshot’ but I didn’t have a camera handy to get a shot of the final product and this was the best I could do.

Can you guess what they’re going to be dressing up for Halloween? I found this R2D2 pattern (note: the instructions say that the stitches should be divisible by 6, but I think it should have been 4 as you are working in quadrants) and I used the owl pattern above for the main hat and then used this pattern for the Princess Leia buns. Now to finish the costumes!

Finally, I thought maybe I should have a hat too. I used this cloche pattern but I had to make it much bigger than the pattern called for, and then I was afraid that I would run out of yarn so I modified the bottom to have a row of reverse half double crochet, and then a final row of reverse single crochet. I had to pull out half of my rows twice to get it how I wanted it to fit, but now I’m quite happy with it!

Do you knit or crochet? What are you working on now?

23 Comments on My new craft obsession: crochet

  1. Brandee H
    October 23, 2014 at 9:28 AM (3 years ago)

    I used to have a knitting group with my students. It was a lot of fun!! But I’ve never been able to crochet!

  2. Erika E
    October 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM (3 years ago)

    I tried to learn to crochet once but it didn’t work well. I really like the hats you made!

  3. Holly Wright
    October 24, 2014 at 4:39 PM (3 years ago)

    I may have to try doing this, fab work!

  4. Robin Wilson
    October 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM (3 years ago)

    It’s been a couple of years, but I love to crochet! I find it much more forgiving than knitting and goes very quickly. You are very good at it!

  5. Amy Lovell
    October 30, 2014 at 6:39 AM (3 years ago)

    Dont even get me started! I love crocheting. I iriginally started with knitting but after losing my stiches one too many times i switched to crocheting and I love it! I made a medieval ball gown for my DD’s bday one year. and some really thick hats for these crazy winters we get around here!

  6. Janet W.
    October 30, 2014 at 9:08 AM (3 years ago)

    I love those hats! Looks like you’re quite good at making those. So cute!

  7. Manduh
    October 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM (3 years ago)

    Wow that R2D2 hat is awesome! Great job! I just started to learn knitting. It began with arm knitting which, is super easy. I’m now needle knitting a scarf. I want it really long and I’m a beginner so it will take me until next winter to finish it LOL

  8. Holly Wright
    October 30, 2014 at 3:34 PM (3 years ago)

    You are doing a great job! Love the kids hats!

  9. Laurie P
    November 1, 2014 at 9:21 AM (3 years ago)

    Well done! I’ve been thinking about learning to crochet….I’d love to be able to make my girl some hats and scarves!

  10. angela m
    November 3, 2014 at 1:22 PM (3 years ago)

    Wow they look great. I would love to learn to crochet.

    • angela m
      November 3, 2014 at 1:25 PM (3 years ago)

      I love the colors of your hat

  11. Anita
    November 5, 2014 at 9:23 AM (3 years ago)

    These are so cute.can’t wait to show my daughter.thanks so much for sharing

  12. kristen visser
    November 5, 2014 at 11:42 AM (3 years ago)

    love it! such cute pieces. My bestie just started crocheting and shes gonna show me how! cant wait

  13. caryn s
    November 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM (3 years ago)

    great job on the hats especially the star wars!

  14. nicolthepickle
    November 6, 2014 at 5:31 AM (3 years ago)

    Wow, you did such a good job. I dion’t knit, but I forgot what a wonderful resource youtube is. Maybe I should try it.

  15. Tiffany Rotulo
    November 6, 2014 at 4:39 PM (3 years ago)

    Cute hats. I’ve just learned to crochet to, but all I can do are squares. So basketball all I can do are blankets,tea towels and anything else square or rectangular.

  16. Tiffany Rotulo
    November 7, 2014 at 9:41 PM (3 years ago)

    The little booties are so cute.

  17. Caleigh
    November 10, 2014 at 7:17 PM (3 years ago)

    Love those star wars hats!! So cool :)

  18. Anita
    November 11, 2014 at 11:52 AM (3 years ago)

    This is a wonderful talent.I will be showing this to my daughter.she’s going to love it.thanks so much for sharing.

  19. Crystal Rose
    November 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM (3 years ago)

    I don’t really do either thought I can do both a little. I prefer sewing, needlework, and my knitting loom. Right now I’m working on some stocking stuffers.

  20. Melissa Finn
    April 26, 2015 at 11:48 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve always wanted to learn! I think you’ve inspired me to give it a try!


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