When we launched the CrochetMe More enewsletter a couple of weeks ago, we asked you to fill out a survey so we could get to know you a little better. One thing we asked is why you crochet. More than half of you crochet for creative fulfillment. Well, we like that! We're all about creative fulfillment.
There is something extraordinary just in the act of transforming a long string of yarn into something—anything—using just a little hook on a stick. Add to that some twists—go into the front loop only or the back loop only, make a short stitch or a tall stitch, skip a stitch, or work two stitches in one—and soon you're on a grand adventure. With that one loop on the hook, you can shape stitches in an abundance of ways to create smashing sweaters, beautiful blankets, terrific toys, and more.
For a project that can teach you a new technique while letting you stretch your creativity, try the fabulous Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick (It's the scarf I'm wearing, which some of you have asked about.) An alchemy of sturdy stitches and leggy stitches—like Popeye and Olive Oyl—this swoopy wonder defines creative fulfillment. If you haven't made one yet, treat yourself. The pattern is available in the Interweave Store. If you like, add your own creative twist—mine uses color-changing sock yarn, and I worked the sturdy stitches in the back loop only, to add texture and movement. How will you shape your Boteh? Show us in the Finished Object forum on CrochetMe. (Note: If you have the Spring 2007 issue with the original pattern, be sure to check out the correction at Interweave Crochet.) And even better—the pattern is 10% off through April 20th.
And to the 60% of you who like to crochet presents, I'll note that I made this scarf for my daughter. So, if you crochet cool things for people who are close to you, maybe they will let you borrow them, too.
Editor, CrochetMe, Interweave Crochet