Then, when I was on holidays in Spain, I found vast quantities of relatively cheap cotton crochet yarn in a plethora of bright and fun colours. So I bought a load of it to be stashed in my luggage coming home. Yeay!
|My First Mandala|
I discovered that there is a whole world of crochet-alongs (CALs) where people design and share patterns for different squares over a period of weeks and months to build up into huge pieces of crocheted art. If you'll pardon the pun, I was hooked!
So, I would like to present my first effort at overlay crochet, a mandala based on Block 2 of Tatsiana at Lilla Bjorn Crochet's Circles of the Sun 2015 CAL. This also nicely showcases several of the lovely shades of new cotton yarn I got.
Of course, I say 'based on', but it's more that I stopped a round or two early, to keep the mandala as a circle rather than turning into a square as part of the overall project. Also, the bits that may slightly improvised are down to my inexperience with the technique, and not any sort of conscious adaptation on my part! Thanks to Tatsiana and all the other designers and crocheters that share their designs, ideas, tutorials, skills, etc. and make it so easy for me to figure out what I want to do and then how to do it.
I'm not ditching the freeform project completely, but this technique is where my head is happy at the moment. I think that I'll get some beautiful necklaces out of these too.