(One of my intentions with this blog is really just to post about stuff I am interested in, rather than having a particular over-arching theme, hence this).
About a month ago, I took a crochet class at The Make Lounge. This was, maybe surprisingly, one of the things I asked for for Christmas, as I've been knitting for a few years, but I'd not managed to get to grips with crochet by myself. The classes were great fun, and I'm delighted that I can now crochet.
One of the best things about crochet over knitting is that you can produce really 3D projects very easily. One of the first things I made was this Golden Snitch.
And then Cthulhu, from the excellent book Creepy Cute Crochet.
As you can see, crochet is really good for producing ball shapes. And with that in mind, I present my first pattern, which was a request from my lovely chap (he definitely deserves it, after queuing for me last week to get a signed copy of Patti Smith's book).
Crochet Cricket Ball (for Ian)
(Yes there is already a cricket ball pattern online here, but I think mine is better.)
You will need: 3.5mm crochet hook, 4mm crochet hook, some DK weight yarn in red and cream (I used Rowan Extra Fine Merino DK in Shade 889 Wine, and Rowan Cotton Glace in Shade 834 Whey - these are quite pricey yarns, but we were after the right colours!)
1) Using your 3.5mm hook and red yarn, make 6 stitches in a Magic Circle, sl to join.
2) Inc around (12) sl to join, ch1
3) [dc 1, inc 1] around (36) sl to join, ch1
4) Using 4mm Hook, dc around (36)sl to join, ch1,
5-11) Do this for another 7 rows
12) 1 row in whey
13-14) 2 rows in red. Pull through last stitch.
So you should now have half a ball. Make another one!
Stuff both halves, and sew them together with the whey coloured yarn (I used a running stitch, with one half nestling slightly inside the other). Just before you complete the sewing up, put more stuffing in, it should be very, very well-stuffed. Finish sewing up. Howzat?