Starched Snowflake

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In Germany, crochet resources are everywhere!  It’s pretty neat how you can buy crochet supplies at the grocery store.  There are also crochet magazines and books in a variety of places.  The only problem – the crochet patterns are mostly written as diagrams.

To solve this problem, I recently took a class on Craftsy called “See It, Crochet It.”  In this class, I learned how to read crochet diagrams.  The class itself is a little dull however, I like how the instructor gets to the point.  You must be familiar with a variety of crochet stitches before taking the class.

So, the first diagram I tried to do after I took the class was a “crochet motif” I found on Pinterest.   For the snowflake, I only did 3 rounds of the motif and finished it with a round of single crochets.  Below is an example of a crochet motif.

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To stiffen the snowflake so it sits up on the tree I used laundry starch.  (I’m currently in Germany so I have a German brand!)  I poured a capful of starch into a bowl and added a little water.  I then dipped the snowflake into the starch so it was soaking wet and let it dry flat on a piece of parchment paper overnight.  I don’t read German very well so I didnt follow any instructions.  To my surprise, it worked wonderfully!

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The next challenge will be to try a crochet motif with crochet thread.  I’ll keep you posted!

Until next time,

-AFriendLikeBen-

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Amigurumi Winter Kid

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This month marks 3 years since I learned how to crochet and I still LOVE it!  I’ve been experimenting a lot with different types of crochet styles but my all-time favourite is what I originally learned how to do…Amigurumi.

I purchased this pattern from “Bubbles and Bongo” on Etsy.  You can find it here.  The pattern was excellent!  I learned something new too.  On the hat, there’s “front and back post half double crochet” (ummm, what’s that you say?)  I wasn’t sure either so like always, I looked it up on YouTube!  You can find a video here.

The pattern included detailed instructions and I loved how I didn’t have to sew the legs on because it crocheted together as one piece.

I used Schachenmayr Catania Color Originals yarn #0218.  It was a great yarn to work with however, next time I’ll use a smaller hook.  I used 2.75mm – I’d like to try a 2.5mm or a 2mm hook with this yarn next time.

Overall, I love how it turned out.

Until next time,

-AFriendLikeBen-