Monday, March 7, 2011

Ok, I surrender...

I must learn to crochet.


Found this picture of a scarf created by Sophie Digard and I am in LOVE. (Thanks, Pinterest! You did it again.)

This type of crochet is so delicate and romantic. It reminds me of the gorgeous-can't-stop-staring-at-it-but-I-must-in-order-to-follow-the-plot shrug that Fanny wore in Bright Star.



So there you have it. There is no choice but to become a crocheter. But alas, I have no idea where to start. Any suggestions out there on how to start a project like this?

19 comments:

Michelle said...

OH WOW! I can see why you're smitten! That scarf is incredible! Good luck to you! Crochet is a path I can't quite convince myself to wander down. Maybe your success will be inspiring!

Erin said...

That scarf is stunning. It is hard to tell without seeing it in person but it has to be lace weight yarn...right?

Kara said...

Or is it sock yarn or fingering weight? Hard to say.

Carolyn said...

That scarf is gorgeous! I can't wait to follow you on your new adventure :)

Andi said...

I completely missed that sweater in the movie. It's cute.

The scarf looks like it's made up of individual circle motifs that are connected together with chain stitches. You'd need to learn how to work double crochet in the round and how to chain. The sweater looks like it uses the same concept, but I think the circles might vary in size. I can't quite tell.

I had a friend initially teach me how to double crochet, but then I learned everything else from The Happy Hooker. It has really useful illustrations.

margene said...

You can see better pictures here:
http://frenchneedlework.com/cgi-bin/general.pl?coupdecoeur-&SD
It's basic crochet, but the type of yarn she uses may be hard to find. The scarf is beautiful and just your style!

Things to Do said...

I love this! Great find and yes, I may have to sign up for a crochet class!

Lisa said...

Probably a fairly tiny hook and some fine crochet cotton like they use for making doilies. Ack! I may have to attempt this too. We are gearing for a week long vacation in the UT mountains which entails a lot of sitting around crafting and reading. It may just be the perfect project. :)

Wonderfallz said...

I've found the best crochet instruction, especially for something like that, is found in Japanese crochet books. The picture tutorials are incredibly informative.

Here is a sample from one of my favorite japanese knitter/crocheters.
http://amimono.g.hatena.ne.jp/ishi-knit/20091015/p8

ali said...

what Andi said. Definitely individual circles, and I think it looks like lace weight wool or mohair yarn...

The good news is that to do a scarf, you wouldn't really need a pattern, just instruction on how to make circles (very easy BTW), and then let your creativity be the guide.

knitseashore said...

That is so incredible. Wow. I would definitely learn to crochet to make something so pretty, and the fact that you included Fanny in the post makes it even more of a must-have!

I hope your mom was able to help you with the cape too. Every time I see a cape now, I think of you and your bikes. :)

inspiredcyclist said...

I also agree to what Andi said, the Happy Hooker, by Deb Stoller, if I remember right is a good basic book. I love to crochet and have done it for years. I think the tricky part of the scarf is not the circles, but joining them all! Go Kara!

Elisa M said...

This is amazing. I love it.

Go with Happy Hooker. You won't regret it.

Anonymous said...

The circles are just a variant on the stitch used for granny squares, actualy how you start the middle of a gsquare, in a really fine yarn or thread.

Adam and Bri said...

oh! that's pretty.

Jacey said...

Yep, I'm feeling the pull to learn as well. I've been hemming and hawing for months, but I think it's time to learn. Maybe we can help each other out! Good luck in your crochet adventures. I have no advice, since I've never picked up a hook.

Heidelweiss said...

WHAT?! Okay, Knit Night is going Crochet. That is zing.

caknitter said...

Crocheting is fun! Start off my watching Youtube vids, then some books, mags and with tons of determination, I'm positive you'll get the hang of it in no time. :-)

KnitPastis said...

How did I miss this post?! That is a cool scarf! Yes, start by viewing Youtube videos on how to crochet. I promise you it's the easiest most simple way to learn...at your own pace too. Play, pause, attempt...hit play
again...haha