|a simple heart pattern - two make a lovely little gift bag. I made this one for an online swap|
You can achieve so much with just the basic stitches, and it's really easy to pick up. Once you have grasped single, double and treble crochet - you have all the stitches you need to make a wide variety of items.
|A basic blanket (I made for the dog basket) - so simple to do|
Once you've made a basic granny square, and got the tension right - you can attempt just about anything!
For those of us in the UK, one of the trickiest things to remember is that US patterns are different. Although the stitches are exactly the same, we call them different things. A double crochet in the UK, or vice-versa! (I can never remember) It often catches me out. As many of the lovely crochet books available in the UK today are written by US authors, it always pays to check before starting.
|a simple wool yarn bowl (before felting on a hot wash in the machine)|
Pinterest I've rekindled my crochet fire a little. My fingers are now itching to start hooking again. I've still got bags of yarn lurking somewhere. Before I finish, let me share with you a few of the best makes I've found.......
Annie's Attic pattern book. I've followed one of her patterns before and it was a delightful make. I definitely feel one of these coming on before winter is out.
by Sophie Digard
eclectic gypsyland (I think)
MiA Inspiration on Flickr
Finally, a real hum-dinger of a make. I think it's fantastic. I do wonder what on earth possessed the maker to choose white yarn as background? Surely this has been designed to never be sat in? I would love to have a chair like this in my home, but sadly the cat would make it her life's work to destroy it as soon as possible. It is a dream of a crochet make - beautiful to look at, and shabby-chic perfection. From a foreign blog post which I can't begin to decipher.... good luck!