While I consider myself to be a fairly proficient crocheter, I could also be described as terminally lazy. I think you’ll understand what I mean when I confess my 7 deadliest crochet sins.
One more thing though – none of these crochet “sins” have ever stopped me from crocheting up a storm! I crochet my way – and you should crochet yours!
Crochet sin #1
I never bother with a gauge swatch.
I know, I know, this is crucial to making sure things will work up how the pattern designer envisaged them, and makes sure your fabric is the right thickness and texture and size…
But I can’t ever be bothered. I have re-worked entire patterns on the fly before just because I couldn’t be bothered to make a gauge swatch and I felt like I was too far into a project to frog it.
Crochet sin #2
I am the worst at working my ends away while I go.
It doesn’t matter how big the project, until I’m finished with my hook, those ends aren’t going anywhere!
I think this is why I used to make so much amigurumi – the ends are useful for sewing the bits together so it saves me a job!
Crochet sin #3
I almost never use the yarn specified in the pattern.
I just look at the weight, and I pick something I’d rather use. And you know what? It’s never worked out badly for me so far!
Crochet sin #4
I’m bored of borders!
I seem to mostly make blankets, and with a blanket project, you’re in for a slog. When I get to the end of a giant project, and I’ve put the hook away to sew in all the ends I’ve left hanging out, the last thing I want to do is to crochet a border.
The thing is, I love how borders look – they really finish off a blanket, so I do need to sort this sin out.
Crochet sin #5
I don’t keep a record of what hook I’ve been using on abandoned projects.
I seem to think I’ll just remember what hook size I used when I finally pick the project up a year down the line. I haven’t remembered yet. Note to self: label your abandoned WIPs!
Crochet sin #6
Blocking is not my thing.
In a house full of curious animals, blocking can prove difficult. As I’ve mentioned on the blog recently, I’m usually to be found working large one-piece projects which are a nightmare to block – you’re talking a king size bed, a zillion pins and a full day to dry out. I’d rather have curly edges.
Having said that, now I’m working on a few projects using motifs, I’m finally blocking some stuff – but only because I’m in love with my new blocking board. I’m sure the novelty will wear off!
As a Tunisian crochet fan, though, I seriously need to block more – that curl is a killer!
Crochet sin #7
I’m a feeder…
…of the stash! My yarn stash is truly out of control. I can’t help myself when faced with a beautiful yarn – I just have to have it. It doesn’t matter if I have no idea what to make with it, I will happily buy it anyway.
It’s not just yarn either – I’ll feed the crafting stash at any opportunity. If my amazon order is slightly under the amount to qualify for free delivery, I’ll find the difference by adding a hook to my basket, or a pom-pom maker, or some sewing accessories… I’m out of control!
What are your crafting sins?
Until next time,