Tonight, I reached into my yarn basket, pulled out the first ball I laid hands on and started crocheting. It turned out to be Paton’s Fab Big yarn in Cream. It’s a super chunky yarn (the same as I used to make my cowl) so I grabbed my 9mm hook.
I wasn’t really sure what to make, and so thought I’d have a go at Freestyle crochet. I’d love to write my own patterns, and saw some advice recently that a good place to start in understanding how stitches work is to just do the stitches you feel like and see where they take you. I actually chickened out though, and thought instead that I’d try and create a crochet bowl or basket.
This is what I did *us terms*:
- Row 1: In 2nd chain from hook 12dc (12)
- Row 2: Ch2, 2dc in each dc of row 1 (24)
- Row 3: Ch2, 2dc in each dc of row 2 (48)
- Row 4: Ch2, hdc in the back loop only of each dc of row 3 (48)
- Row 5: Ch2, hdc in each hdc of row 4
- Row 6: Ch2, 10hdc, 2hdctog, 10hdc, 2hdctog,10hdc, 2hdctog, 10hdc,2hdctog (44)
- Row 7: Ch2, hdc in each hdc of row 6
- Row 8: Ch2, hdc in each hdc of row 7
- Row 9: Ch2, hdc in each hdc of row 8
- Row 10: Ch1, slip stitch in each hdc of row 9
First some pics, then I’ll explain what I’d do differently next time:
Overall I’m pretty happy with the result, especially since I made it up as I went. I have a functional basket, which will hold nic-nacs, my current yarn project and so on. It was incredibly quick to work up, and so I can’t really complain. I think if I did it again, which I definitely will, I’d want to try having less increases in row 3 – doubling the number of stitches seemed a little too much. I’d probably also want to give a different stitch pattern a go, I think a single crochet would give a sturdier result, but would take longer to work up, whereas something like a puff stitch, cluster or shell stitch would look prettier.