Posted by Underground Crafter on September 26, 2011 | Short Link
(This post is part of my Year of Projects: Crochet Master Class series. You can read the other posts in this series here.)
Although I’m still working on some Tunisian crochet projects, I decided to turn to another chapter in Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crochetersthis week: aran crochet.
This chapter focuses on the work of Jane Snedden Peever. I first became aware of her work about 5 years ago through More Crocheted Aran Sweaters. In 2007, I even attempted to make an XL version of one of those sweaters for MC. I made the front and back and one and a half sleeves, but ended up ripping it out this year because while it was lovely, it didn’t seem like a sweater a man (or should I say, my man!) would actually wear.
This weekend, a few things came together and I had post stitches on the brain. On Saturday, I started up my 10-week DC 37 crochet and knit classes. A few returning students in the crochet class mentioned they wanted to spend more time with post stitches, so I started thinking of the aran crochet chapter, as well as of 99 Crochet Post Stitches.
I was also hosting a little pity party for myself since I couldn’t attend the CGOA Chain Link conference. Naturally, I was living vicariously through the blog posts of those who were in attendance . I read this post on Crochetbug’s blog about Lianka Azulay and her crocodile stitch patterns available on Etsy.
I originally came up with the idea of working my way through Crochet Master Class to further develop my own crochet skills while coming up with interesting projects and activities for my crochet students. I decided the crocodile stitch would be something fun for them. It is, of course, only marginally related to the aran crochet chapter in Crochet Master Class (because it involves post stitches). But, we all know I’ve been liberal in interpreting my projects from the book, and I’ve decided my soon to be completed crocodile stitch pattern and handout will count as my exploration of aran crochet .
Here is the beginning of my swatch. Taken on the phone cam, so excuse the horrific lighting.
For other Year of Projects updates, check out When Did I Become a Knitter.
- I’m giving away a copy of Ami Ami Dogs 2: More Seriously Cute Crochet, courtesy of Harper Design. You can enter this giveaway through September 26 here.
- Did you always want to learn to crochet? Join in on my Crochet 101 crochet-a-long, the first in my Crochet Lyceum with Underground Crafter series. You can read the course overview here or start the first lesson here.