First I want to express how happy it makes me to know you’re all out there making lovely things with my crochet patterns. I can’t tell you enough how giddy I get when you send me photos or tag me on Instagram and Facebook 🙂 Secondly, I super duper appreciate those of you who have brought up questions, typos, and errors in my patterns. It helps so much! As an appreciation I wanted to tackle one pattern that has been causing a bit of confusion. The starfish amigurumi. I made this starfish when I was still learning how to design my own patterns and I felt so accomplished. This was one of those patterns that required quite a bit of creativity in order to minimize the amount of sewing.
If you’ve ever wanted to design your own patterns but felt intimidated just know you’re not alone. Start small, easy, and practice, practice, practice. In a previous post I shared the sixth sock in my crochet sock drawer. I made five socks before I felt confident enough to experiment with a pattern. Just look at ’em all!
The next step is to take the plunge and make my own sock design.
If you’ve ever watched chef Michael Smith you’ll know his saying that cooking without a recipe takes the stress out of cooking. I feel the same way about crochet.
A recent trip to Ikea sparked the inspiration for today’s post. As Jason and I wandered through the comfortably chic room layouts of the Ikea showroom, I noticed they had small crochet baskets for bathroom organization. The baskets were made of a very chunky and stiff cord with tight stitches making the fabric very sturdy. After inspecting the handiwork I naturally checked the price and was disappointed (but not surprised) to see that they were $12.99 (CAD) for a set of two. I won’t go into my usual rant about a) outsourcing artisanal work and b) not paying the crafters what we deserve but I will say that I absolutely wanted (needed!) crochet baskets.
This is my sixth pair, you guys. Sixth. I have six pairs of crocheted socks just hanging around, waiting their turn to be worn. For the most part I’ve felt confident throughout this Year of the Sock challenge, knowing I’ll finish before the month is over. Don’t get me wrong, I did have my doubts now and then, especially in the beginning when I had no experience in sock making. But now I’ve got six pairs under my belt and I definitely feel more sure about my skills 😀
Crocheting socks is becoming much easier and I understand the components – toe, foot, heel, ankle, cuff. Top-down or toe-up, I’m getting better and better. This month, I felt I could start to experiment with sock patterns, very much the same way I experimented with designing amigurumi patterns. I used the same pattern from July, which can be found here on Red Heart, and I made some adjustments to it. The test was to make the socks without looking at the pattern and see if I truly did understand the pattern. And I did it!