My latest pieces are for organisations calling for things to be made in colours of Indigenous Australia. I really enjoyed making these and feeling the strength coming from them. Symbolic colours have an amazing, wonderful power.
There were a few new exercises I set for myself with this project: getting a straight treble-row square right (I’ve never quite managed to keep edges straight), trying a mitre square pattern, and making my first hat.
The hat was a nice easy pattern I found on Ravelry for a simple beret. It was quite ok doing increases and decreases, the only thing I could say was that I found it a bit boring going round and round – I think I prefer centre starting squares because then at least you have the variety of corners!
Now one of the things I naughtily like to do in crochet is cheat. Improvisation is part of my working style and it’s great when you invent a solution out of thin air, and crochet is great for that! I reckon most probably unpick mistakes, which I do sometimes. But most of the time I’m too reckless for that. It means I have to then go back and try to salvage the work, like I did with my thrifty square.
So when I looked at my finished beret I thought it might look nice with an extra row of black. I mucked in and made up a stitch weaving in and out of the already existing work. This probably has a proper name and all, but in my inexperienced world, this is what I made up.
My first mitre turned out a bit wonky. I didn’t really go back and check I’d followed the pattern right at the beginning corner, I just kept going. Well the price I paid was an uneven square.
I managed to fix it by adding on and taking off a little here and there. Against the rules but it worked!
And here is my square in straight treble rows. Only I didn’t cast on (can that term be used for crochet??) enough so it turned out to be a rectangle. Somehow I still didn’t master the edges that well.
So I meddled with it some more, adding edges until it grew to the size specification.
I actually like this one the best. I find these pieces far more individual and quirky than others, more akin to a darn than a square sitting in a stack. I hope it brings something lively to a blanket of standard squares.
One day if I take on amigurumi, I will get caught out badly. But that’s ok because I’m never going to make anything that twee - yet.