Crochet Chat Podcast: Sister Diane from CraftyPod!

Who’s up today? No less than the super-amazing Sister Diane from CraftyPod!

We’ll be chatting about her general craft-awesome-ness, but also about daring crochet techniques: crocheting without a pattern and using funky materials! Ready to rock n’ roll with us? Have a listen!

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Sep 5, 2012 | Posted by in Crochet Chat Podcast | 12 comments

Comments (12 Responses)

  1. Nancy says:

    In today’s Crochet Chat Podcast, I liked the links given because they added even more info about what Diane does. Especially liked the “Don’t use a pattern, …” Maybe do more about designing projects without patterns? I found it inspiring. And looking forward to a report on your visit to Dearborn, MI. :)

  2. mary says:

    Thanks so much
    You have brought crochet into the light of day. You are doing a great job I really look forward to hearing your podcast. People like you and Kathryn Vercillo who wrote crochet saved my life. The both of you are truly gifted and thanks again for giving me such joy!

  3. Sarah says:

    I consider myself an intermediate crocher and patterns still trip me up sometimes. It’s not standard so difrent people write them diffrently. I have used charts ocationaly and they do come in handy. I like having a patern though because I can see what it “should” be. I can’t (yet) see the end and reverse it in my head to know where to start. (Another learing style brain thing I think)

  4. Doug says:

    Learning to Crochet by reading instructions requires learning two new skills at once, the physical skill of manipulating the hook, yarn and object-in-process and the decoding of the instructions. I’ve taught origami and I tell folks there to be easy on themselves, as learning to fold from diagrams also involves learning two separate skills at once.

    Love that you mentioned the 7+/- 2 working memory limit and how it just takes practice to start chunking up steps. I think that is very important. It isn’t some “have it or not” “talen”, it is just practice. :-)

    Thanks for another great podcast!

  5. barb says:

    I love your podcasts but today’s definitely hit home. I taught myself to crochet, dare I say it, decades ago. Back then, you kinda had to be your own designer unless you really liked granny squares or afghans. But it was when I tried knitting that taught me a lot of techniques that you don’t find in crochet patterns, like short rows. Sometimes I am able to find a knitting pattern that easily translates into crochet. I really like to use patterns to teach me new techniques then put my own spin on it. It really makes a difference in my enjoyment. Your podcast really resonated with me! You Go, Girl!

  6. Amy says:

    Thanks for a really interesting podcast. I really enjoyed it. Perhaps one reason more crocheters than knitters experiment without patterns is that if something you try in crochet doesn’t work out, it’s very easy to rip back and try again. It’s a lot harder in knitting at least for me.

    Regarding the question you asked about, “Where’s all the ugly knitting?” Well, it’s there. I don’t know why people harp on ugly crochet especially from the 70s and ignore the ugly knitting that was (and is) around. Check these out. There is some crochet on these pages also, despite the titles, but most of it is knitted.
    Warning! Some of the stuff on this next one is a bit racy:

    I hope you get a chuckle out of some of those. There’s plenty of bad taste for all the available crafts, I think!

  7. Christine says:

    Love the podcast. I seem to have a lot of comments from this epsiode – sorry if i get carried away.
    Like some of your other commenters I am a self/Mum taught crocheter from decades ago. I am not very confident with chart patterns, but they do sometimes provide that extra spatial information to help a written pattern along.

    I don’t crochet without a pattern but I certainly do a fair bit of pattern adapting or even make my own pattern to then follow. It isn’t always possible for me to find what I am looking for or the right size etc. (even with the amazing volume of stuff on the net).

    Can I recommend Robyn Chachula’s “Design your own Baby Sweater” class.

    I am working my way though your Craftsy Woodland Animal Amigurumi class (Deer nearly complete) and have enrolled in the Design your own Monster class to do next. I have a few ideas I would like to try out that I haven’t been able to find a pattern I like for.

    You discuss a book idea with all the basic shapes and construction information so we can DIY. Sounds great to me!! Really useful and liberating.

    Thanks again for the podcast.

  8. Rae Haller says:

    This was a great podcast. I am one of the luckier ones I guess, because I never thought reading a pattern was difficult. It is just like a short hand way of writing a sentence. So when you read it out loud it makes sense what to do. Now I realize that it is not so easy with everyone. I agree with you that it is a difference in how we think, right/left brained or something. I am also someone who loves codes, puzzles, etc. so maybe all of that coding comes into play with the crochet abbreviations. But I definitely think you can teach someone to read a pattern, just like teaching a foreign speaking student to read English. Teach the abbreviations first.

    You and Diane got my attention though when you spoke about a crochet “cookbook like” recipe. I think she had a super idea with that, and for people who want to venture out into designing amigurumi, etc. having a book like that would be great. I sort of imagined that might be some of the things taught in your Craftsy Design Your Own Monster course. When Diane mentioned how it may be the math used to make the structure of the item, like increasing 6 stitches evenly around, etc. I used that idea when I went on the mushimushi site and found an adorable tiny bunny knitted pattern, but my knitting needles were not with me, only my hooks. So,I just did the same thing the pattern asked to be done, but did it in crochet. So when it was a spiral with increases of six for each round, that is what I did. I was thrilled with the cute crocheted bunny I made from a knitted pattern. So I agree, having some math comprehension makes a difference too.

    This topic is super, more on it would also be good. Thanks for all your podcasts.

  9. Madelyn says:

    I am currently listening to this episode thru iTunes and had to jump on the website to leave this tidbit of information. Lately I have been working with a lot of antique patterns from the Victorian era, most of which are written like Sister Diane said she does it, something like, “Work dcs until you have a piece that’s 4 inches wide, turn, treble across halfway, then work the rest of the row in picots.” Now, obviously I just made that up, but the writing style is the same. An entire handbag with rings and stripes might be a paragraph of instruction.

    So somehow as time moved on we got either more precise or more helpful with patterns, depending on how you look at it, and they became a lot more verbose – but easier to follow for those not familiar with crochet.

    If one has trouble with the precise patterns of today, I highly recommend downloading an antique pattern book to play with (try, just to get familiar with the stitch work. But remember that those old patterns use UK terminology, so if you’re in the U.S. most of their basic stitches are one stitch smaller than what we call them (where they say “dc” you’ll want to sc, and so on). Most antique books tell you how to work each stitch so you can read over that page to be sure you’re changing the stitches the right way.

    I can read both styles of patterns okay, but charts are SO MUCH easier for me to follow (pictures, yaaa!), and I almost always make a chart out of a written pattern just to be sure I understand it well enough before beginning it.

    An aside, thank you for mentioning Irlen Syndrome, I looked it up and it answered a lot of Qs I had about my own self & is something to bring up at my next neuro appointment.

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