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Although I have learned to knit and crochet in middle school, I have always been more familiar with knitting and fearing crochet. For some reason, my stitches were never even when crocheting. I finally gathered enough courage to teach myself to crochet from the scratch this past year, and thanks to the help of my local library books, I was able to finish simple projects, one by one .

The Chrysanthemum Tea Shawls from Amazing Crochet Lace by Doris Chan made fantastic Christmas presents for my mum and her sisters this past year. I modified some shawls into smaller and lighter half circle to simplify the design a bit, and they worked out nicely. My uncles received simple scarves knit in ribbed patterns.

I followed the pattern carefully for this Capelet, but the finished garment doesn't seem to drape as nicely as the photo from the book I borrowed from the library.

I made my little niece a Poncho and a matching Cap for her 1st Birthday. My little Tigger was very interested in the garments, so I had to put them away from his reach in fear of getting his fur on them.

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Comment by Allison Cohen on May 7, 2009 at 2:06pm
Your shawls are so beautiful! I am making the Chrysanthemum Tea Shawl now and I am stuck on Round 21 (ch 3, dc in next dc, *(dc2tog in next 2 dc) twice dc in next 2 dc, ch 5, (CL, ch 3) in next 6 ch sp, ch 5, dc in next 2 dc; repeat from *. I hate to give up but the stitches don't seem to be ending up in the right place. Would you be able to help? I'm trying to figure it out from your photos of the lavender shawl but the photo is not quite big enough to see.
Comment by Sybil K on January 11, 2009 at 7:18am
Your shawls are beautiful! My mom taught me to crochet in grade school and like some of the other posters here I only get around to maybe one crochet project a year. I that like crochet for blankets because (for me) it is much faster than knitting and I don't have to seam pieces together.
Your chevron baby poncho is especially cute. Chevron is my favorite!
Comment by PurlGirl on January 11, 2009 at 4:44am
Lovely work! People don't share as many crocheted projects here, so it is a very nice change. I can't believe you made all of those to give away! I taught myself how to crochet first before learning how to knit. As soon as I got the hang of it I was indeed "hooked!" I am currently working on a crocheted baby afghan of bright pastel granny squares...a very happy project. Keep the pictures coming!
Comment by Peggy Stuart on January 10, 2009 at 7:26pm
Good for you! I love crochet, but I seldom have time for it because of knitting (and quilting). I do one project every year or two. My last one was a fishnet shawl with fringe. Love your projects! --Peggy

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