Saturday, March 3, 2012

I'm Hooked. (Why, Yes, That is a Pun)

   I like crocheting. A lot. Well.. technically, I'm not very good at it. Technically. I don't know how to read or write patterns, or do complicated stitches. I do find plenty to do with what I know, though, and sometimes it turns out. Sometimes it doesn't. BUT, even though I've failed epicly in the past, trial and error really does pay off eventually as long as I keep plugging away at the trial part.

    Case in point? One of my favorite projects ever, as far as crocheting is concerned; a nice, long, steampunk-looking sweater- pictured below. Maybe it's a little theatrical...  but hey, it's me. What did you expect? :]

   Behold: the end result of hours of stitching, and lots of notebook doodles with notes in the margins. While I did debate digging up all those sketches, and taking pictures, I figured it would be easier for me, and more legible for you, if I started fresh. So, I whipped out my trusty tablet, and did a quick semi-tutorial on how I did it. I've since lost track of all the numbers and measurements, but the basic idea is still the same.

    As for the hardware, I just used the kind of thin chains used in jewelry-making, and hooked them onto the yarn. The buttons in the front actually hook onto a smaller, semi-hidden loop of chain that peeks out through the opening in the grid. You don't have to use chains, though. You could add laces, or buttons, or even a zipper if you wanted to get ambitious.

   Moral of the story? Trial and error = good. There's no need to be a technical genius to make something decent, no matter what art you choose. All you really need is an idea of what you want, a little effort to learn what you need, and a little time to focus on what you are good at so you can do well with what you have. Also, I dig my sweater.


  1. This post was linked on My Merry Messy Life's link party!

    Check out "Hookin' on Hump Day - A Link Party for the Fiber Arts" ^_^

  2. Impressive that you made that without even knowing any real stitches! You are just an artist! Thank you for sharing at Hookin On Hump Day!

  3. Thankyou very much! I'm proud of this one. :)

    I had fun looking at all the other great projects on your link party as well. Thanks for hosting!


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