u3a - Extreme Crochet April 2021

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 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 Jean Windsor of New Mills And District u3a

Made by Jean Windsor of New Mills And District u3a

My trio of Highland cows, mum Morag, dad 'prize winning' bull Angus and calf 'Wee Lass'. I used chunky yarn and worked to a pattern that I purchased online so can't share the design. 

Made by Juliet Morley of Lichfield u3a

Made by Juliet Morley of Lichfield u3a

A large knitted cushion cover, very supportive and cosy to lounge on, I made for my daughter. It is knitted with 2 strands of d/k yarn, I found this a little hard on the fingers, so I had another smaller project on the go at the same time, to rest those old fingers. I then bought a cushion to put inside, she loves it.

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 Jean Heeson of Arnold u3a

Made by Jean Heeson of Arnold u3a

I make crochet toys using the Japanese Amigurumi method and ran a u3a group to teach others. I made these for my cousins grand daughter who loves the characters from Disney's Frozen.

Made by Sarah Traynier of Ambleside & District u3a

Made by Sarah Traynier of Ambleside & District u3a

Crocheted from scraps, leaves and flowers stiffened with wire, woven into the stems. Inspired by Wimbledon colours - looking forward to watching the next tournament!

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 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 Lynne Bilton of Duns And District u3a

Made by Lynne Bilton of Duns And District u3a

My Easter Bonnet. Rather than buying artificial flowers, I crocheted them all, including the busy bee! Top tip, stiffen the flowers before placing them on the hat or just like the real thing, they'll wilt! I did cheat with the leaves though. 

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 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 vegetables.

Made by Chris Winner of Flintshire u3a

Made by Chris Winner of Flintshire u3a

My Cro Che Guevara. My crocheted graphgan of Che Guevara, made for a friend. I modified cross stitch pattern and created the pattern in Excel. It was worked in double knitting yarn with a 3.5mm hook. The piece measures 56cm by 71cms approximately.