Freeform Crochet – the Adventure Continues!

wp-image--1172129344I wasn’t going to write another post until I had something finished to share with you, but I have since realised that this might mean no blog until Christmas or some such, so here I am with some work in progress ๐Ÿ˜€

Last month I started experimenting with freeform crochet, or scrumbling. I completed a piece for a local yarnbombing and my interest didn’t wane so I ordered another book on the topic (any excuse to buy another crochet book!). Freeform Crochet with Confidence by Carol Meldrum is just lovely!! Areas covered include patchwork and spirals, organic patterns, openwork and lace, trims, edgings and fillers. I’ve dived straight into some spirals, offset circles and spikes, and basic organic motifs. The instructions are very clear and the reader is encouraged to use all the information as a guide from which one’s own creations can be adapted. I’ve found the section on filling in the gaps to be the most useful and interesting at the moment, and I’m having a great deal of fun patching holes in my new freeform project, using combinations of stitches worked together.

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So my current active WIP is a small and entirely experimental piece – a freeform crochet pouch, to be worked onto an inner pocket from an old shoulder bag. Freeform and upcycling fun! To me, it is a bit like painting, especially as I fill the gaps with colour – it’s like making brushstrokes. Not that I paint! But you get the idea I hope ๐Ÿ™‚

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Are you a fan of freeform crochet, either in your own work or pieces you’ve seen by other people? There are some wildly incredible freeform crochet artworks out there, it is quite hard not to be intimidated and just give up entirely lol. I love it all ๐Ÿ™‚

16 thoughts on “Freeform Crochet – the Adventure Continues!

  1. Nicola says:

    That looks fun. I have tried a bit of freeform in my time but usually start to run out of ideas to change things up. Maybe I shall have to read that book!

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    • It’s been the best bit for me in my freeform journey so far! The first freeform piece I did, I kind of sewed some holes up with extra needle stitches in the gaps and thicker yarn, and cunningly placed some crocheted flowers over other ones ๐Ÿ™‚ Which is still think is ok – no rules, right! – but it’s great to learn how to crochet into the gaps, I love how it comes together with the different colours. Especially as I don’t really like hand sewing. And if it doesn’t work out, you just frog a few stitches and try again with different ones, like rubbing out pencil marks and drawing again. Love it!

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    • Oh do have a go, it’s such fun! Crochet spirals are so cool aren’t they, I only learned how to make one last week, inspired by a square I saw for Granny Square Day on Instagram. In hindsight it might have been easier had I made my first with 2 or even 3 colours, not 4 straight out the gate lol, took me a while. But worth it!

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