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