After my post yesterday with the pictures of my Grannie’s paperweight blanket I thought I would just show some of the stages in making the Paperweight crochet…. I would like to say that this is only a very basic tutorial, for the best one I have seen please look here at Heidi’s which I think is really easy to follow.
I used a 4mm crochet hook and quite a fat tapestry wool. Also, I sort out my tapestry wools a bit, so I have little freezer bags with different colour in each bag.
Join in the second colour. I have an idea in my head of the effect I’m after, more the mille-fleur paperweight effect than an actual flower. If you are of a certain age you may remember getting a quarter of “Fair-rock” from your local sweet shop (I have looked everywhere and those sweets seem to have gone the way of “Spangles”)…this crochet pattern makes me think of those beloved childhood sweeties so much.
Still using a 4mm crochet hook join the third colour. I quite like blending these two colours. The second round being a little darker than the third.
At this stage I changed crochet hooks to a 3.25mm crochet hook. The one I prefer is a wooden Brittany one which has a nice sharp point. They are really pretty but I don’t like using them when I am travelling as they look quite delicate and am worried I will end up sitting on my bag and breaking them, so when I am crocheting on the bus I use the Clover Soft Touch ones.
When I’m making the fifth round I find I can use a slightly thinner tapestry wool, if you are able to find the “Penelope” brand then this is ideal…. their colours tend to be lovely and muted.
So keep joining in hexagons around the central hexagon.
I found it easier to make “flowers” of seven hexagons, very similar in fact to when you make patchwork fabric hexagons. This means it isn’t too heavy to work with at any one time, also it keeps the project nice and easy to pick up if you travel a lot. Crocheting on public transport means I nearly always have someone sitting next to me who wants to chat about what I am making. I’ve even given a couple of very impromptu lessons on the bus.
This is sort of how you go about joining two of the “flowers” or clusters of seven hexagons. You need to lay the two sections you are joining together but leave a little gap between them where you will need to add a new hexagon. Here I’ve placed two single ones so you can see that the gap between the two parts will be filled. And then you join the single hexagon in to place just as you worked those other hexagons into the cluster.
You can also join them in one at a time, practising what works best for you. I have forgotten to mention my secret aid in helping me to crochet. When it all gets a bit stressful I have a Werther’s Original and that seems to make me feel a lot calmer and generally I can then work out what I’ve done wrong. I hope this helps to explain how I make my crochet, and for a much more detailed explanation please look at Heidi’s tutorials.
And inevitably, if there is wool or crochet…… then there is a wool inspector who likes to keep an eye on things.