I bought the book and drooled a little over all the gorgeous patterns and then googled 'How to Crochet'. Fantastic! All sorts of video clips showing you what to do, and the best bit of all was that you can pause and re start, pause and re start again and again and again until you have it. This was quite possibly a little annoying for anyone else that happened to be in the room but it had to be done..
From that point on there was no looking back, I was totally and utterly hooked!
♥ So for my first project I picked one of the Level 1 Beginner patterns and set to...
♥ I chose to work the pattern a little differently by alternating the patterned squares with plain double crocheted squares, and just worked with two colours, white for the flowers and a mushroomy colour for the rest of the blanket. Oh, actually it was three as I've just looked at the picture and realised the border had a darker taupe added in to it.
♥ Bit by bit it grew, albeit very slowly, and soon I was able to start joining sections together. Before too long it was blanket sized and then just needed finishing off with a border. Having since made lots of other blankets I have discovered that this is my favourite bit - I absolutely love deciding how to finish my blankets off, and I just sort of make it up as I go along.
♥ The shell border just seemed to look right on this blanket, and it was so satisfying to do as it gave such an instant result.
♥ Having finished the border it was at this point that I realised that the back really does need
to be as neat as the front -oops !
Thank goodness for cotton jersey...
...it hides a multitude of sins - and it almost looks like I planned it!
♥ and here it is all finished, a bit wibbly wobbly in places but a start never the less.