I cannot read a pattern, nor can I unravel a skein.

23 May

This week has been a week of firsts and fails.

I saw my mum at the beginning of the week and she had a parcel with some vintage crochet patterns that had belonged to my Grandma,DSC_0549

a book of motifs from the 80’s that had been hers,DSC_0550

a whole box of crochet cottonDSC_0547

and a few hooks. There was also the little surprise of a handwritten pattern (not sure what it is for though there is no heading on it)

I was quite excited to get it home and go through everything, it all had the gorgeous aroma of the rose soap that it had no doubt been stored with over the years.

My first first was working with cotton. I didn’t expect cotton to be so slippery, it is very different to using 8 ply acrylic yarn and I struggled to get the tension right.

My second first was making applique motifs with that cotton. These were difficult, mainly because the patterns are more involved than a simple granny square and the other little things I have been teaching myself with. I really had to concentrate on reading the pattern and there were several undoings along the way.DSC_0551DSC_0538DSC_0552DSC_0542

This is also where my first fail comes in. The third motif I chose was quite complicated for my novice ability and introduced triple trebles, quadruple trebles and open triple trebles into my stitch repertoire, this was a lot to get my head around especially the open triple trebles! So even though I thought I had read the pattern carefully and I had undone and redone portions of it, when it was finished I realised that somehow I had missed some stitches. So, although this one probably has the best crochet it has the worst pattern interpretation.


The cotton I used was a 4 ply bubblegum pink. For the first two motifs I used a 3 mm hook as the band said to use a 3.25 mm but I was unhappy with the way the stitches were looking so I changed hooks and this is my third first. For the third applique I made I used a 1.25 mm hook, I have never used a hook so small, I found it difficult to hold and lost grip on it regularly. Overall I enjoyed making these appliques and working with the cotton, even though my efforts were more fail than fantastic I am still proud of  what I achieved.


It has been cold in Brisbane this week, and yesterday was one of those days where you just want to put on every item of clothing you own in an attempt to stay warm. I realise that for some of you a Queensland winter might be considered balmy but when 9 months of the year is singlet weather, when the temperature drops below 20 degrees Celsius everyone here is rugged up like they are in Siberia! So this cold snap made me decide that I am ready to move my crochet to the next level and actually make something with some use….an afghan!

I saw this gorgeous soft afghan on Pinterest

So my plan is to make something like this, all in grey and creating interest by using a variety of  blocks and motifs.

In yet another first I went to the yarn store! The store I chose was Tangled Yarns in Newstead and what a delightful store it is, they offer a vast array of yarn, knitting and crochet classes, social knitting and crochet and cake and coffee…what more could you want?

I have never bought fancy yarn before so I was excited to say the least. The yarn I chose was a super soft undyed baby alpaca.


The label calls it oatmeal but I would call it light grey.

I have also never bought a skein before, nor rolled said skein into a usable ball, but surely it can’t be that hard, right?….Wrong. This was an epic fail!

I did Google how to do it, but in my haste to start using my new beautiful baby alpaca yarn I did not take the time to unravel the skein properly and ended up with a great big tangled mess. After about 3 hours I was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and 20 minutes later I had 1 ball of delicious, soft, fuzzy alpaca yarn just waiting to be crocheted into something gorgeous.


I love my little ball of yarn, I just want to hold it and look at it. I am so excited to turn it into a wonderful snuggly blanket!


One Response to “I cannot read a pattern, nor can I unravel a skein.”

  1. mandasiefert39 May 24, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    Hi, my name is Amanda, I learned the very basics years ago, but I still have a hard time with some of the certain stitches. All you have to do is go to youtube.com, and type in what you need to learn. It has helped me so much. Well, Good Luck Dear!

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