Today I am featuring crochet techniques with two of my free form afghans. This first one was made with wool yarn many years ago. I had made a number of test motifs and blocks that I had tossed into a box, then...
Since this is made of wool, I keep it in a cedar chest. I have often said I will frame and hang these, but have never gotten to it. At both of these are being kept safe until I get around to doing that. :)
Making these afghans and other items this way taught me so very much about piecing work together, working around corners, keeping work flat, spacing solid and lace pieces.... They were wonderful projects that produced results that could never be repeated.
Another fun way to use this sort of free form crochet is to make a coat, jacket, dress, or skirt. If you want to measure your subject and work from those measurements, I have a form on line you are free to use to write down the measurements. I developed this because I was tired of sending emails home while I traveled to get measurements of the kids. Now I just measure everyone before I leave and I'm set. You may want to rearrange or get different measurements than on the form, but this one works for me.
You can also use a sewing pattern and make pieces to fit the pattern pieces - without the seams - then crochet or sew the pieces together. The more basic the sewing pattern, the better.
If you like to experiment with crochet I hope this has given you technique ideas to make your own projects.
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I love the afghan of blues and greens, my favorite colors. They both look perfect, I can only imagine the many problems you were able to avoid in making such a combination of shapes come together so well!
My grandmother taught me the basic of crochet, I have some of her doilies and scarves she made. I remember her 'starching' several of her pieces!
Those are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! I like the earth tone one best! It is fantastic and the colors are so vivid - almost thought it was a painting. NICE JOB!! ...debbie
Those are so beautiful! Can't imagine how many hours and hours of patient and creative work it needs to get 'em done. You are so talented!
lovely work, lois. :)
Lois - these are Wonderful! All of the circles and straight lines fit together in such an artistic way! I am so impressed!
These works are awesome, Lois. The patterns are so artful and the color palette is gorgeous! Great job!
Summer hugs for a lovely happy creative Thursday. xxx
Very cool! I love how they both look! They remind me of pieces of Impressionist paintings.
These are both wonderful! I hope you will turn them into wall hangings. They would really add a lot of color to a room.
You are so creative Lois! Even though I don't crochet much anymore, I can still appreciate the work and beauty of the piece!
Check out the third item down on the page. It is a crocheted car, a real car! http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/crochet/
Love Di ♥
Yes, these were fun to make. I've made others, since, but have given them away.
Diana, I looked at the link you provided and the car is, as my grandson would say, AWESOME!
Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and for your very kind words.
Now THESE I like!!!! Like a Crazy Quilt.
Love the rich earthy colors of the first one on the post.
These are crazy beautiful. I love the blue/green one. I could imagine being a child spreading it out and using it as a map for an imaginary world.
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