Crochet Masters Class: Lesson One – Double Ended Hook

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My first post of April, I cannot believe we are already into our fourth month of the year. This year has seemed to fly by.

The first project completed in the “Crochet Master Class” is the “Lilacs and Roses Baby Afghan”. (pictured above) This afghan is crochet using the double ended crochet hook technique. (hook picture below), I decided to use a mint green and white and give it to my third grand daughter as a gift.

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I actually finished this project before I stated blogging in January 2013. It was completed on November 27, 2012. When I first made the commitment to complete every project in the “Crochet Master Class” book and I planned on redoing this afghan but have now decided against it. Time just does not allow it. There is just so many projects I would love do and so little time! So here is my first project completed in the book, but I will be telling you about it from memory.

This is not an afghan that I would pick as a last minute gift, it was a very time consuming project. When crocheting with the double ended hook you must crochet across and back to complete one row; which makes it a time consuming afghan to crochet even for a baby. But when you are finished and you look at the results it is well worth the time in the end. I was really pleased with the way it turned out, it is beautiful. It has quickly became one of my favorite pieces that I have crocheted, and because it is crocheted using the Cro-hook it is reversible; making each side stylishly different from the other. (pictured below) It’s finished measurement were approximately 38″ x 38″.

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The pattern itself is an “Easy” skill level and is a variation of the basic stitch. (both sides are pictured below) Once the pattern was mastered it repeats itself through out the afghan. This technique also makes it a thicker cloth, making it perfect for bundling up in warmth during chilly days.

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If you are already familiar with the Cro-hook basic stitch, this would actually be a great pattern for you to try. It is just challenging enough to push you into the level using this technique. The pattern itself was easy to follow, but I had to pay careful attention to where I was. I suggest taking the instructions one step at a time and slowly progress to the next step to prevent mistakes and unenjoyable experience.

It took me so long to make the Afghan that I was running low on time, so instead of crocheting the edging in the pattern I chose to crochet sc’s around the edging twice. My daughter loved the end results.

All and all I would enjoy crocheting this project again. I would just allow myself a few months next time around.

So this was the end of the first lesson in the personal journey to complete the Crochet Master Class book. Only seventeen left to go!!!!

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

 

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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6 Responses to Crochet Masters Class: Lesson One – Double Ended Hook

  1. hannahferrett says:

    I’m a crochet fiend and really enjoyed this post so I’m nominating you for a Liebster Award. Hope you enjoy! http://clothesfile.wordpress.com/awards-and-press/

    The background image of your blog is fab!

  2. I am so excited about you enjoying my blog and thank you so much for the compliments. I am a novice when it comes to blogging, am still in the learning stage. Thank you so much for nominating me for a Liebster Award. But I am unaware of what this is, what I need to do or any other details. But I am flatter that you consider me and I would like to thank you. Hope you continue to enjoy the Crochet with Passion blog because I am also a crocheting fiend.

  3. dmpeachey says:

    Hi! I recently found your blog while looking for crochet patterns and really like it. 😀 So much so that I thought I’d pass on an award which had been given to me: The Liebster Award. Take a moment, if you can find the time, to accept this nomination and pass it on to others you feel deserving of the same recognition. ~DM Peachey from apeachintime~

  4. dmpeachey, I am so excited about you enjoying my blog. And I would like to thank you for the nomination. It is not a matter of time, I do not understand how to accept this. I am new to blogging and do not know the details of this. I have talked to my son, who has two masters in computer science and he said he would check into for me and explain to me what to do. I would love to pass on some recognition to some other bloggers. In the last 3 months since I have started blogging, I have seen some great posts.

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