Thursday, May 21, 2009

My First Crochet Project Finished!

So here you go - my first crochet project finished! YAY!
It's a little dolls blanket for my daughter. A big thank you to Lucy at Attic24 who inspired me and taught me how to crochet! Onwards and upwards I say, next on my list is a ripple blanket, but people sized this time, so could take a while...
Once I got over the withdrawal symptoms when I realised Lucy didn't have a tutorial for edging, I managed to muster the courage to dig out a book I borrowed from the library and work from that. I took a punt and did some extra stitches on the corners, which luckily worked, otherwise it was going to be too tight.
Doesn't she look snug? She's the most well kitted out baby doll I know, and the warmest in our house tonight - it's freezing!!!

And now for a bit of a gripe, I have to say I am rather disappointed with the overall texture and finish of my blanket. I hate that it is so stiff and fibrous, Lucy, why do yours always look so snuggly and soft? I am seriously wondering if I need to go merino in future, however, I can generally only find a good selection in 4 ply, not sure if this is a good idea? What do you think?

23 comments:

Angie said...

I'm amazed with all the crochet going on in blogland (& slightly in awe). I learnt as a child but can't quite dredge it up from my memory now. I think the blankie is great (especially if this is your first project!) & baby doll will love it (we have the same baby doll, although minus one arm which makes dressing particularly hard).

Attic24 said...

Stacie...you have indeed done me proud, that little blankie is sooooooo cute!!! And the edging :: fabulous, clever you.
Re the texture of the yarn, you should try blocking out the finished blanket, it makes a huge difference not only to the shape but to the drape and texture of the finished blankie, its well worth the effort.

But of course nothing can beat the snugglesomeness of cashmerino, it really is lush, although pricey for a people sized blankie...but imo worth it. Think of it as creating a family heirloom, my cahsmerino ripple is amazingly soft and I love it for that. 4ply I think maybe too thin for a blanket, you would be crocheting forever unless you used a 4mm hook and made the stitches quite loose and "holey"??
Lovely to visit with you :o)
Lucexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

tickledpaisley said...

Stacey - your baby blanket is oh so cute and really fabulous for your first crochet project! You would crack up at my first attempts...truly horrible!! I'm impressed with how clean your granny squares look - what type of yarn did you use? (what fiber content is 4 ply?)

For my ripple blankets I'm using acrylic - mostly because I found the colors I was looking for. Surprisingly, they are moving along pretty quickly, especially since I'm working on two at the same time and keep running out of yarn because I didn't really plan ahead!

Have fun with it! Crochet is really one of the most relaxing things I do. Thanks for your comment on my blog too!

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I love it! Such a beautiful blanket. Love those colours and well done on your first crochet project.
x

Andi said...

Such a fabulous looking dolls quilt.
Too good for the dolly I say.
Love it!!
Andi :-)

Bianca Jae Makes Stuff said...

Stacey!! I love it! I too am in complete awe of the crochet that is making it around in blog land. Wonderful first time effort, looking forward to seeing more. xox

trudette, said...

That really turned out lovely ! I like the color combinatian and the edging is fab.

Floss said...

That is lovely to look at. I doesn't LOOK stiff - I wonder if use and washing are necessary to soften the blankets? However, it seems that you've had great advice from Attic 24, although as a non-crocheter I only understood about one word in four!

Mandy said...

it is beautiful love the colours so much. You must feel such a sense of achievement

Sarah said...

Well done on your first crochet blanket - I've yet to learn how to crochet - is it easy to get into to? I'm desperate to learn but time prevents me - aaghhh!
x

sweet emmelie said...

That blanket is absolutely devine!!!

GB said...

That is so gorgeous! I must go and get some crochet books out from the library.... although I really need the one-one to learn! I wonder if there is crochet night school yet......

LoloDesigns said...

Hi Stacey. Am loving the blanket, it looks very professional and the edging is gorgeous! I love to crochet and have done since I was a child, it is the most relaxing thing to do xx

One Flew Over said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous! I really must learn how to crochet.

beck said...

Oh I love that little blanket! The colours are so beautiful..I think I might make one like that too! That lucky little doll, I'd like to be snuggled up with her, it's freezing here too. Your blog is lovely by the way and before I go I am going to hit that follow button! x

CurlyPops said...

I love it!
That would look magnificent in queen size on my bed.

Ellieboo said...

Oh my goodness is there no stopping you - another wonderful creation. You are putting me to shame, the only thing I have created this week is a blooming big mess.

Hazel said...

What a lucky little dollie! The blanket looks perfect! The edging is so pretty. Well done Stacey! I'd like a grown up version! Will have to start to think about colours for my blanket....all rather tricky! Have a great weekend!

Mandy said...

Thank you for leaving such lovely comments on my blog x Do you know I think you are right about loving your grandchildren even more, the love I have for Archie, my grandson I just cannot even start to describe.

Jessica said...

What a fantastic job you've made - I'm very, very impressed as it was your first try! The ripple blanket should be a lot quicker to make up as there are less loose ends to work in (you can even stitch them in as you go...) and you don't have to join it all together at the end.

Lola Nova said...

The blanket is stunning! my first finished crochet project did not turn out nearly so well. Beautifully done!

PaisleyJade said...

So cute!!

Julie - On the Dot Creations said...

Hi, Stacey. I just found your dotty blog today. Such fun here! Long live polka dots!