My grandmother patiently taught me to crochet when I was seven years old. I started out by making little blankets for my dolls and stuffed animals. I'm sure my tension wasn't very good and I no doubt missed and skipped a lot of stitches, but I remember sitting beside her while she would knit, and I would crochet with her leftover balls of yarn. As I got a bit older, I worked my way up to granny square afghans and funky, late 70's floppy hats (boy am I dating myself here!). Eventually I learned how to crochet intricate lace with very thin #10 threads. Although I don't have the time to crochet like I used to, I have found ways to bring this hobby into my paper crafting.
As you saw in Monday's post, crocheted flowers make a great embellishment on scrapbook pages and handmade cards. The simple crochet pattern I shared with you takes about five minutes to complete, once you get the hang of it. And from that simple pattern, you can add another layer of petals in a contrasting color. For another cool look, try variegated cotton thread, and instead of a brad for the center of the flower, substitute buttons or half pearls.
Buttons ... now there's something you can crochet a cover for. Start out by crocheting a magic ring to make the center as tight as possible, then begin crocheting a series of rows of single crochets (called "crocheting in the round"), along with one increasing row, until a cup forms just a bit larger than your button. Run the end of your yarn back through the last row of stitches, slip your button into the cup, pull the tail on the yarn and—voila!—instant button cover!
Think of the creative possibilities with something as simple as a button cover. You could change the colors of yarn each round, embroider a fun pattern over the top of the finished cover, crochet petals coming out from the center, or even add beads as you go around. Or you could keep it simple like I did and cover two buttons with light red cotton yarn to make two sweet cherries. What will you create next with a crochet hook and a ball of yarn? Please share it with us by posting here!
~ Becky Fleck
(Be sure to see more of Becky's work by visiting her at www.pagemaps.com)