u3a - Extreme Crochet

Extreme Knitting and Crochet

Are you a crocheter or a knitter looking for a challenge? Maybe you took it up during the past year or maybe you have been crocheting or knitting since you were a child. Whichever, it is, we want to see your most ambitious and unusual creations and those you are most proud of. It might be a giant design, or something tiny. You might have depicted your family members in wool, or used a new stitch you have learnt to create a bouquet of flowers. We are challenging you to have a go at something ambitious and to show us your creations.

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 Please submit your photo on this online form: with some ideas or tips as to how people can incorporate some of the elements themselves. A selection of your images will go up regularly on our online gallery and on our social media channels. 

For those of you who are less experienced, we are also holding a series of workshops that will offer you the opportunity to build your confidence with crochet, by making a series of standalone items in real-time. Chris Winner, Trustee for Wales, will be hosting these, they are aimed at members with a bit of experience of crochet, who want to improve their skills in an online group. Chris has produced a series of bespoke videos and will be using these to talk people through how to make the items. Workshops last two hours, at a relaxed pace, with a break in the middle.

Workshop 1, May 3rd is how to crochet a star (as below). If you would like to take part please book your place 

Star

Anyone participating will need;

  • Double knitting yarn, in a lightish colour, (it is easier to see the stitches.)
  • Crochet hook – a 3.50 mm, 4.00mm or 4.50mm would be best.
  • Yarn needle (for finishing off)
  • Scissors or yarn snips

In the Star workshop participants will need to be able to make the following stitches:

  • Chain
  • Slip stitch
  • Single crochet
  • Treble (double crochet in US terminology)

Videos will also be available after the session, the links will be given at the end of each workshop, so participants will be able to revisit the ‘make’.

The various crochet items featured in the images are created by Chris Winner, u3a Trustee for Wales.

 

Below are some of the first entries to the Crochet Challenge 

Made by Mollie Berry and others of Stourbridge u3a

Made by Mollie Berry and others of Stourbridge u3a

The ladies of Stourbridge u3a crocheted hundreds of poppies which were sewn on to lengths of green knitted strings. We sourced the wool from local people or charity shops. They were to decorate the Town Hall for an end of WW1 concert in 2018 by Stourbridge Choir and Orchestra. After the concert the poppies were donated to the local Royal British Legion who store them and use them for their projects. The photo shows them draped over a chair.

Made by Liisa Brown of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

Made by Liisa Brown of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

I used leftover bits of wool to crochet and knit these different shapes. I sewed them on a piece of cloth to make pockets for storage. A piece of wood is used to hang it up.

Made by Liisa Brown of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

Made by Liisa Brown of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

I used leftover bits of wool to crochet and knit these vegetables.

Made by Daphne Berkovi of Hampstead Garden Suburb u3a

Made by Daphne Berkovi of Hampstead Garden Suburb u3a

Since lockdown, I haven't stop crocheting. I found a crochet pattern online entitled "Fallen Leaves - Granny Square Blanket". I ordered so many balls of wool from a trusted online supplier - it was a rainbow blanket for my daughter. There are so many wonderful crochet websites. A good starting point for beginners is a book by DK "A little course in crochet" that is where I started from and haven't stopped since.

Made by Janet Downs of Bourne u3a

Made by Janet Downs of Bourne u3a

I crocheted these twiddle muffs for a local dementia charity. They were easy to make as they are just a tube. Twiddle muffs are useful for dementia sufferers with restless hands. I found instructions on the internet. Some charities don't like embellishments that might be pulled off. Check first with the intended charity and either omit them or sew them on very securely.

Made by Gail Bent of Barnet u3a

Made by Gail Bent of Barnet u3a

I made this throw as a gift and to keep me busy at the beginning of lockdown. The pattern is available from Stylecraft. I used 8 colours, plus silver yarn to join the motifs. It's much easier than it looks as you begin by making circles and then join with treble groups to form hexagonal. I had fun organising the colours so that no two motifs were the same.

Made by Linda Solaiman of Seaham & District

Made by Linda Solaiman of Seaham & District

I made this at a crochet along last year, the pattern and the video tutorial is still available it's called Red Heart - Llama no Drama. I made it to put into a raffle at our local Library the proceeds to go to the local Air Ambulance. I found it quite easy to make because of the tutorial and I would encourage anyone to give it a try - the results are well worth the effort you put into making it.

Made by Chrissie Lazell of Ashingdon & Rochford u3a

Made by Chrissie Lazell of Ashingdon & Rochford u3a

Used my spare scraps of yarn to crochet this blanket (it was very heavy) made up of lots of hexagons - which my granddaughter took for her bed, she says it keeps her lovely and warm.

Made by Val Mackey of Duns & District u3a

Made by Val Mackey of Duns & District u3a

Made from a pattern in this month's Simply Crochet. I loved the happy cotton recommended but the chenille was very hard to work with and impossible to rip back! I ended up using a chunky chenille I had in my stash and did a few rows less of popcorns.

Made by Liisa Brown of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

Made by Liisa Brown of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

I used a polystyrene wreath ring as the base for this wreath. I made lots of large pom-poms from leftover wool, and used some ready-made small pom poms to fill some of the spaces mainly on the sides of the wreath. I crocheted some long 'strips', added some tassels etc to them, and fixed them to hang from the bottom of the wreath.

Made by Gail Bent of Barnet u3a

Made by Gail Bent of Barnet u3a

I bought the pattern for these Latvian gloves at the Knitting and Stitching show at Alexander Palace, London. They were knitted on five dp needles. The first pair I made I found tricky but I've made more and the technique became easier with practice. Once mastered you can be creative with your own designs.