Crocheting is a simple art. My mother inspired me to try it. I remember her holding a ball of yarn in one hand and a needle in the other, walking around the house, crocheting. Till date, she has produced a number of table cloths and they are all still in good condition.
She taught me how to do a slip knot (basic knot) with her threads, which were mostly white, size 3 or 10, with a hook/ needle size of 1 mm; And from that to make a chain. This is the easiest way to learn crocheting. I practiced everyday by making long chains which helped me to get a good grip over the needle. Once you get that grip, it is easy to make any kind of stitches. Then I learnt single crochet and double crochet stitches.
Using these basic stitches, I made simple table-cloth patterns copying my mom`s old patterns. I bought a few Crochet books and learnt the tougher and trickier patterns like triple, treble, cluster, double treble crochet etc. I also checked online for good patterns. I don’t follow any particular website but “Red Heart” has free patterns with instructions which can be easily understood by beginners.
One of the things I have made so far and which (in my opinion) is one of my best works is a Granny-Square patterned table-cloth.
A granny square is a piece of square fabric produced in crochet by working in rounds from the center outward. Although there is no theoretical limit to the maximum size of a granny square, crocheters usually create multiple small squares (called “motifs”) and assemble the pieces to make clothing, purses, Afghan blankets, and other household textiles. (Source: Wikipedia)
While browsing for different patterns, I came across this blog, which gave me an idea to make a table cloth by creating small granny-square motifs and stitching them together. However, instead of making the same square patterns, I decided to make different kinds with an assortment of colors to bring a twist to the design. I found a lot of ideas here.
I used balls of yarn from a brand called Loops & Threads Soft & Shiny, which I had purchased in the US from a shop called Michaels. To make the table-cloth more vibrant, I used colors like landscape, Blue lagoon, circus and jewels. I also used a 2.5mm crochet hook for this project.
You can use any type of yarn with colors of your choice to make this wonderful table cloth. This can be used as a table cloth or a mat or to add a pop of color to a chair or a couch by laying it on the headrest.
My passion for crocheting increased with the birth of my niece, Medha. I started making sweaters, booties, and scarves for her. So far I have made things like tops, shrugs, skirts and many more. My upcoming projects are a table cloth for my mother, curtain tops for our home and more dresses for my nieces and sweaters for my nephew. I will continue to update you all with my progress.