I have made a few projects using a small part of a pattern, such as a stitch or a chart, or sometimes even just an image. It was these projects that have got me thinking about designing my own items and they have given me a taste to take it further. Here are a few of my favourites:
I found a chart for the letters in Simply Crochet magazine and wanted to give them a go (The alphabet charts can be found here). I pieced together a cover for my hot water bottle and used the pattern for the “T” in the middle. I want to take this idea further and make change purses with initials on, so watch this space!
I made this for my Grandad from just a picture. I couldn’t find a pattern unfortunately, so I figured out a pattern that I liked from the image. I don’t think I did too bad a job. And Grandad loved it too. He has asked for a bag with his favourite football team (Chelsea) on for Christmas this year.
When I saw this spike stitch I knew I had to incorporate it into something – I love it! I also needed a pouch for my TENS machine. I whipped up a few rectangles and sewed them together to make this sweet little bag. I need to work on an alternative for the strap though. I love this bag, but the strap isn’t as effective as I’d like. Time for a redesign!
Here’s another hot water bottle cover, this time piecing together lots of teeny tiny granny squares. Granny squares are so versatile and can be adapted for all sorts of projects. I love them for that as you can make anything.
I do love the creativity that you can have within crochet. Even when you’re following a pattern, there are so many opportunities to put your own stamp on the work and make it your own.
Do you ever go off pattern when making a project?