Friday, February 4, 2011

A Lesson in Crochet

I've been admiring the floral crochet diaper cover and headband above at CrochetMyLove for several months. It's a set I would have purchased, but the shop sells only patterns, not the finished product and with my complete lack of exposure to the world of crochet I knew it was a project far beyond my capability. . .

Well, last night my mom-in-law surprised me with this: (!!!!!!!)

She purchased the pattern and hired a friend to make it. . . Not sure why she hired someone else as she's quite the crochet expert herself. Of course seeing the set in person sparked an overwhelming desire to learn how to crochet. Crochet evokes the same timeless, heirloom feel as a quilt, I believe, and seems like a great skill to attain . . .

All that to say, my mom-in-law gave me a lesson in crochet!!! It was AMAZING!! She's an EXCELLENT teacher! I am SO blessed!

She started by teaching me the basic language . . . Ch(chain), DC (double crochet), Sl.St. (Slip Stitch), the skills to go with each, how to read a pattern, how to thread my fingers, and how get the right tension. And then she took me step-by-step through the crafting of my 1st flower!! It took me about an hour. . . It takes her 4 minutes! LOL! It was SO MUCH FUN! Definitely something I want to practice and master!
These little flowers are adorable when you add a button to the center! To see a video tutorial click HERE. :)
Here are a few examples of the crochet projects that catch my eye. . . and inspire me to perfect this skill. . .

These adorable booties at MaryJaneSlippers:
These diaper covers at AngelsChest'sShop:
This diaper cover at Karley's Kloset:
And this adorable set for Asher Liam (the next member of our family, or so we hope) ;) also from Karly's Kloset . . . If God doesn't give us an Asher I'll just make a really big one for my first monkey, Jonah! ;) (Lofty goals, I know. . . so far I've only made a flower and it took me an entire hour! LOL!)
I mean REALLY?! Is that not reason enough to learn to crochet?!! ;)


  1. I love to crochet! I can only do blankets and scarves, but I would love to learn to do more!

  2. Jessica, you are a natural. You have accomplished so much since you developed this voracious appetite for crafting. You are very inspiring.

  3. Well if you accomplish the monkey, you should then start on the owl hat thats similar that I want for Mercy...All this stuff would benefit my photography business so if your looking to start selling, keep me in mind!!

  4. I have been wanting to learn how to crochet/sew for sometime now and you are inspiring me to get on with it! I love the outfit that your mother-in-law got... its precious! :)

  5. Jessica, these are adorable! You need to teach me how to sew and do this! I would love to get into crafting, but have nowhere to start!

  6. Love your blog! I am thrilled you like my design and so happy you found someone to make it so beautifully! Thanks for blogging me and happy crocheting:) -dusty aka crochetmylove design

  7. I stumbled across this while looking up crochet stuff... love your blog! :)