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What will I crochet next?

The world of crochet has gone through several phases during the last decade. Once upon a time a blanket made from simple granny squares, was trendy. We loved the multitude of colours. We loved the simplicity. We loved crocheting the simple squares amidst the laughter of much needed social events. It wasn’t challenging, but it was satisfying. Oh so satisfying. I specifically remember the Granny Patchwork Blanket made by Bren Grobler, from Jaarn; it was hundreds of tiny squares, a stash buster I think. It was beautiful. I stared at it for days and wondered if I will ever have the willpower to sew together so many squares.

The Granny Patchwork Blanket by Bren Grobler

Suddenly, a giant granny square came onto the scene. I don’t know who published the first one, but I know The Lover of my Soul came to light in the beginning of this phase.

The Lover of my Soul by Hilda Steyn

With each new pattern published, the intricacies were more, the stitch patterns were more challenging, the results were more astounding. I remember the breathtaking Sophies. Our social events changed from relaxing chatter, to focused tutorial groups. Each new pattern was more difficult and more awe inspiring that all the previous ones.

Sophie’s Universe by Dedri Uys

Somewhere there was a phase where the ripple blankets were in every crochet group on Facebook. Multi-coloured ones. Simple ones. Intricate ones. They were made as stash busters and Ready, Steady, Ripple changed the scene from a boring pattern to a ripple sampler.

Ready, Steady, Ripple! by Hilda Steyn

Then came the intricate motifs. There were many amazing ones but the one that stood out to me, was the Persian Tiles Blanket.

PersianTile Blanket by Jane Crowfoot

Somewhere in 2016, I stopped following the fashion of the crochet world. I rebelled. I didn’t want to make what everybody else were making. I didn’t want to design what other designers were designing. I got obsessed with interlocking crochet, or as I call it, Wacky Weave. And for a good couple of years, that was about all that I crocheted.

Wacky Weave Squares by Hilda Steyn

First there was Wacky Weave Squares. It was a gentle introduction to Wacky Weave. The squares were all the same size. I thought if I offered a more interesting alternative to the old granny square, I will entice the hookers. It was slow. So slow. People were scared of this new thing. I wonder how many workshops I hosted teaching this technique. I didn’t count. I wonder how many times people were crying in the workshops because the concept was just too hard for that person, on that specific day. I didn’t count. I wonder how many times I laughed when finally the penny dropped and the tears changed into joyous laughter. I didn’t count.

Next up was Wacky Weave Babette. A little bit of the crochet world fashion was captured in this design. The babette blankets with different sized blocks were the hype back then, so I incorporated that into my Wacky Weave journey.

Wacky Weave Babette by Hilda Steyn

Still I felt that there were more to conquer using this technique. A log cabin version was born. Oh the tears. The frustration. The frogging. And finally there was success!

Wacky Weave Log Cabin by Hilda Steyn

The next challenge came. I remember wondering whether I would be able to interlock in the round. Why not? Wacky Weave Rainbow in the Round was born.

Wacky Weave Rainbow in the Round by Hilda Steyn

By the time I designed Wacky Weave Celtic Knots, the only challenge left was an interlocking border, on a design that featured different sizes. I sat for days with the design, but it was worth it.

Wacky Weave Celtic Knots by Hilda Steyn

After Celtic Knots, I stopped with Wacky Weave. I felt that I had conquered the technique and it wasn’t challenging anymore. I offered one last workshop for others who wanted to learn how to design interlocking crochet. To say I am proud of Astrid Schandy, is a major understatement. She has gone above and beyond my wildest interlocking dreams. With my linear brain, I always designed geometric patterns. Astrid designs pictures. Exquisite pictures. I stood in awe at her first design. I still stand in awe today.

So where does that leave me? What will I crochet next?

I have a flaw in my character. A major flaw. The moment something doesn’t feel challenging to me anymore, I lose interest. That has made for some interesting career changes in my lifetime. Yet, crochet and knitting always remain challenging as each new design is different from the previous. I have been focusing on Measure and Make garments patterns for a while now and I am still enjoying that immensely. Each new design is a challenge on its own. I am not tired of it yet, and I don’t think I will be very soon. But I want to crochet a blanket for our bed. I have been thinking about it for a few weeks already. At first I had trouble figuring out what I wanted to do. Nothing appealed to me. I don’t want to Wacky Weave. I don’t want to make a giant granny. I don’t want to ripple. To all of those it’s a ‘been there, done that’ feeling.

Strangely enough, after two years of a world wide pandemic, I have learned to appreciate the simple things again. Simple food. Easy conversations. Comfortable clothing. Simple stitch patterns. Simplistic designs. It is that simplicity that gives sanity.

I have ordered my yarn. The picture in my head is beautiful. Soon, I will start working on a blanket called ‘Simplistic Sanity’. It will be a log cabin, with a twist. Watch this space…

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4 thoughts on “What will I crochet next?

  1. What an interesting, challenging and exciting journey you have been on. I have been on a similar journey but only as one who copies, never designs. I am currently enthralled by Astrid Schandy and still working on my own skills and understanding of this technique. Your videos provided invaluable help and quite a lot of laughs. Loved them.
    Having an understanding of where your crochet journey has taken you, I can’t wait to see what your next design will be.

  2. Hilda, whatever you come up with next will be exquisitely you doing you and will be wonderful – can’t wait!

  3. You and your designs are a gift to all of us. I love reading about your journey in this way. Thank you for the post!

  4. OK, you got me. Log cabin has been fascinating me lately but I’m just not feeling like doing a plain log cabin. Can’t wait for the twist!

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