Just in the knick of time…

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34 X 36!!!!

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Please stay tuned for an image of it actually being used on my horse once I get home to my furry friends! 🙂

Well my online learning project is finally complete and not a moment too soon! I have finally completed my crocheted saddle blanket and although there are a few little hiccups I am actually very proud of myself! It even turned out being the proper measurements and everything to fit under my big saddle! So exciting!

Learning how to crochet was actually way easier than I originally imagined! There are tons of online resources that can help you learn the very basics and beyond…and most of them are actually free also which is an added bonus for us broke students!

The hardest part about my project was when I ran out of my one ball of yarn, mid project, and had to go out and find the same colour and also teach myself how to add in a new ball of yarn. I managed to find the exact colour but by the time that I found it, I was so sick of looking that I didn’t check and make sure that it was the same weight or made of the same material! Whoops! So, part way through my project the stitches look slightly different and became WAYYY harder do because it was a stretchier type of yarn! NOTE TO SELF… be more conscious next time and make sure that you get enough of the same yarn to complete your project!

Another thing that I still want to learn to do is fix some mistakes! The one edge of my blanket is pretty crooked and waved … not exactly straight by any means! I want to see if there is any way that you can fix it up and fill in those droops to make it look more square and polished! If you have any insight or knowledge on this please let me know!

Here are a few of my favourite resources that I used to teach myself how to crochet! Check them out!

·      First had trouble deciding on topic altogether

·      Stuck between knitting or crocheting

·      This website describes the differences between knitting and crocheting:

o   http://www.craftyarncouncil.com/knit_vs_crochet.php3

o   http://www.jjcrochet.com/blog/top-8-reason-why-crocheting-is-better-than-knitting/

·      A very simple user guide to the very beginner basics of crocheting

o   http://www.instructables.com/id/Beginning-crochet/

·      A very helpful video on starting out with supplies and beginners skills

o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqca00LdmAc

o   This video recommends checking out this site for free patterns and tips when you are ready to move on to the next level:

o   http://www.allfreecrochet.com/

·      Got the great idea to make matching saddle blankets for my show clothes. Decided to search for the tightest and most durable crochet stitch in order to practice for the blanket.

o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzwgmMpLOVk

o   The seed stitch is what came up

o   Celtic weave maybe?

o   Basket weave stitch?

o   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdYnkon1hW4

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How to join a new ball or colour!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq1zq6z3lMk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlujpTjY-fs

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