Posted on: March 25, 2020 at 3:40 pm
Last updated: August 28, 2020 at 12:51 pm

Contrary to what most people think, crocheting is not merely a pass-time for elderly people or a skill you’re forced to learn in Home Economics.

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 It’s one of the most enjoyable hobbies anyone can ever take up, and a great skill to learn in these trying times. While we’re all sitting at home trying to stay safe the COVID-19 outbreak, either working or having way too much time on our hands, it wouldn’t hurt to learn how to make something beautiful – and wildly satisfying.

Crocheted materials are just so lovely. From bags, blankets, shirts, sweaters, mittens, and hats, you can make anything you want. Tiny decorative items such as feathers can be embroidered onto clothes or other items. I have dozens of feather-light wool sweaters and socks from my childhood, all crocheted by my grandmother. And you know the best thing? Crocheting is as easy as anything you’ve ever tried.  

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While most people tend to stick to their comfort zones and crochet only straight-cut items, there’s no harm in trying out lovelier stuff. You can make pretty little feathers to sew onto your children’s clothes, blankets, and pillowcases. 

All you need is colorful yarn (the more colors you have, the better), a 3mm crochet hook and a pair of scissors. Here’s one of the best tutorial videos online for hand-done feather crocheting (Spanish version subtitled in English).

Read: Recycling Single-Use Bags to Make Sleeping Mats for the Homeless

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Here’s a transcript of the steps in the video from Gava Crochet Love:

Before you start reading, it’s important to know the meaning of some acronyms and terms used if you’re completely new to crocheting.

Foundation: The foundation is the first single chain you’d make, often known as ‘the game-changer’. A poorly crocheted foundation, just like in a building, would give way to a crumbled piece of art. 

Calamus: This is the lowest layer that will be worked outward from the foundation, and is often known as the ‘root’ of the item.

DC: Double crochet

Procedure:

Foundation chain and the calamus: chain 7, chain 6 to start the calamus, chain 1, slip stitch in the next 6 chains, chain 7.

Row 1:  chain 3 (count as first dc), 2 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc in the next 3 chains, 1 dc3tog (3 dc together), 1 tr on the calamus, 1 dc3tog, 1 dc in the next 3 chains, 3 dc in the last chain.

From the following rows, all the dcs will be worked in the back loop only. 

Row 2:  chain 3 (count as first dc), 2 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, 1 dc3tog (3 dc together), 1 fptr (front post treble crochet), skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc3tog, 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, 3 dc in the last dc.

Row 3: chain 3 (count as first dc), 2 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, 1 dc3tog (3 dc together), 1 fpdtr (front post double treble crochet) taking the tr from 2 previous rows, skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc3tog, 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, 3 dc in the last dc.

Row 4 to 8 (or 10 depends on how large you want your feather): repeat row 3. 

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Decreasing rows:

Row 1: chain 3 (count as first dc), 1 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, 1 dc3tog (3 dc together), 1 fpdtr (front post double treble crochet) taking the tr from 2 previous rows, skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc3tog, 1 dc in the next 3 stitches, 2 dc in the last dc.

Row 2: chain 3 (count as first dc), 1 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, 1 dc3tog (3 dc together), 1 fpdtr (front post double treble crochet) taking the tr from 2 previous rows, skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc3tog, 1 dc in the next 2 stitches, 2 dc in the last dc.

Row 3: chain 3 (count as first dc), 1 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc in the next stitch, 1 dc3tog (3 dc together), 1 fpdtr (front post double treble crochet) taking the tr from 2 previous rows, skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc3tog, 1 dc in the next stitch, 2 dc in the last dc.

Row 4: chain 3 (count as first dc), 1 dc in the same stitch, 1 dc3tog (3 dc together),1 fpdtr (front post double treble crochet) taking the tr from 2 previous rows, skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc3tog, 2 dc in the last dc.

Row 5: chain 3 (count as first dc), 1 dc2tog (2 dc together),1 fpdtr (front post double treble crochet) taking the tr from 2 previous rows, skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc2tog, 1 dc in the last dc.

Row 6 (all stitches will be finished together): chain 2 (count as 1st unfinished dc), 1 dc2tog ,1 fpdtr (front post double treble crochet) taking the tr from 2 previous rows, skip the treble chain of the previous row, 1 dc2tog, you will have 5 loops in your hook to finished them together, chain 1 and fasten off and weave all the ends.

Keep Reading: Volunteers Crochet Plastic Bags into Sleeping Mats for the Homeless.

  1. Pretty Feather Free Crochet Patterns. Good Home Design. https://www.goodshomedesign.com/pretty-feather-free-crochet-patterns/. Retrieved 24-03-2020
  2. Lisseth Jimenez. How to crochet patterns.

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Penelope Wilson
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Penelope is a writer and health enthusiast with a B.Arts in Language Studies. She is a deeply spiritual person, a relationship expert, a nutrition freak, and a skin-care maverick.

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