Project: Crochet African Flower Blanket
I have never been very adept at handicrafts of any kind and my road to crochet was extremely taxing at the beginning, but got better and more satisfying after about 3 months in. Allow me to share my crochet experience and show you what I am currently working on...
Early last year, I decided to pick up a new hobby that would be fulfilling and productive. To be honest, I was never any good at handicrafts, in fact, my mother was the one who completed all my craft work projects in school. So it came as a surprise even to myself when I made the decision to try my hand at crochet. Off I went to get myself crochet needles, yarn, a nifty pair of scissors, and a determination like I never had before. Through youtube videos and "how-to" sites with pictorial instructions, I tried the very basics of crochet -- single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet etc, and their abbreviations (that had me dumbfounded at first). After about 2 weeks I had no problems with those, then came the rocket that blasted me out of this planet -- the Magic Ring. Try as I might, no matter how many times I watched the videos on this, and how many tutorials I read I just could NOT master this. I asked my mother, the avid and skilled knitter that she is, for help as she had previously tried crochet a few years before, and she showed me again and again and again just how to 'crochet around the circle'. BUT, I just failed miserably. I had by this point started to feel very very stupid and had just about resigned to my fate- it seemed like the universe was trying to tell me to give up, so I stopped for a week and didn't even think about crochet the whole time. After that week-long hiatus, I tried my luck at the Magic Ring again, and this time I did it.
Fast-forward to a year later, I am almost halfway through making my African Flower Blanket. Unlike other African Flowers, mine has 8 petals instead of 6, and this wasn't even done on purpose, I had happened to come across a tutorial on making these beautiful flowers and that was the ONLY tutorial that does 8 petals, all other tutorials on the www has 6-petal African flowers. I start work on these almost every night (depending on my mood) after the children are fast asleep and all other chores are completed. I call it a blanket, but actually I intend to use it more as a bed cover. The brand of yarn that I had picked for use on this blanket has a gorgeous range with bright colours that remind me of candy on a summer's day and is taut which makes it very easy to manoeuvre.
If I hadn't driven myself to succeed in the Magic Circle, I would definitely have not been able to work on this pattern because this straightforward-enough design starts off with a Magic Circle. What I absolutely love about this blanket is the varied colour combinations that I get to work with. The colours look so magical and mesmerizing, I liken it to Spring on a blanket. Of course, the African flower pattern is simply stunning as well!
I picked up the pattern for this gorgeous 8-petal African Flower square at "Made in K-Town by Barbara Smith"