Hi guys! March is National Crochet Month. Each year, crocheters can participate in a monthly challenge, sharing one picture and a short caption that relates to the topic of the day.
These challenges usually take place on Instagram, but I thought it would be fun to host this challenge in the TPC – Crochet Community Facebook group. This challenge is a great way to get to know other crocheters, and have fun sharing projects and thoughts.
I found a few challenges from previous years, and created a mish-mash challenge that I hope is inclusive for everyone! You can find the topics for each day in the picture above.
About the TPC – Crochet Community Facebook Group:
Crochet can be an isolating craft if you do it alone, or lack support from loved ones. To combat this isolation, I decided to make a Facebook Group (TPC – Crochet Community), so that members can ask questions, find inspiration, receive encouragement, and make friends.
So far we have a group of 52 members, which is amazing. Our members are fairly active and engaged, so I hope this continues in the future.
My plan is to host a new and OPTIONAL challenge each month, so that the group feels like a crochet-along. If this sounds like fun to you, come join us! Crocheters of all levels are welcome.
National Crochet Month Challenge Rules:
For the National Crochet Month Challenge, we have a few rules to follow:
- Everyone is welcome to participate!
- It’s okay to miss days and post sporadically.
- Be kind when responding to others’ posts.
- Post a picture and a caption (short or long) that relates to the topic for the day.
- Have fun!
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Day 1: Meet the Maker
Hi everyone! I’m Dayna, and here is a little about me:
- 1. I’m 27, but sometimes get confused for a 12 year old haha.
- I’m Canadian, but live with my husband Logan in Michigan, US.
- I’ve been crocheting for 7 years, and I’m still learning new things everyday. I feel like you can never fully master crochet.
- Currently obsessed with the moss stitch.
- I do my best thinking in the shower or while I’m driving – basically anytime that I don’t have a notebook handy haha.
- I’m a sucker for romance movies, reality TV shows, and true crime documentaries.
- I love being cozy, so I prefer comfort over style.
- Blankets are my favourite thing to make – I love when they get long enough to cover you.
Do we have anything in common? Tell me a bit about you.
Day 2: WIP (Work in Progress)
For Day 2 of the National Crochet Month Challenge, here is a blanket that I am making for nephew. He was born on March 5, 2022, and we are going to meet him on March 25th. I’m hoping I have enough time to finish it for him!
What is your current WIP?
Day 3: What is Your Favourite Stitch?
For me, it’s a tie between the moss stitch and the half double crochet stitch. The moss stitch and the half double crochet are my comfort stitches, so I come back to them when I need to unwind or work on a mindless project. When I first learned to crochet, I hated the half double crochet because I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Now, I think it’s relaxing.
What is your favourite stitch?
Day 4: Something I’d Like to Try
I’ve never participated in a CAL (Crochet Along) before, so this is something I want to try. I just started Week 1 of the VVCAL 2022 by Cypress Textiles. The CAL is a hexagon blanket made up of 36 different hexi patterns, so I’m looking forward to reading patterns and learning some new stitches.
What is something you would like to try?
Day 5: Being Silly
When my husband and I first started dating, I decided to make him a scarf. He’s not a fan of any winter attire (hats, gloves, scarves, coats, etc.), but I thought it was a great idea to make him one anyway. He’s pretty tall, so I made it extra long. 300+ chains later, this scarf ended up being 125″ or 10.5 feet long. It was way too big. So big that you could easily wrap it 3 or 4 times around yourself, and still have a ton leftover. This is a picture (or two) of me modelling it.
What is one of your silliest crochet moments?
Day 6: Full of Colour!
When I first learned to crochet, all I wanted to make was blankets. Not much has changed because I still love making blankets. This C2C (Corner-to-Corner) Blanket is the second blanket I made. At the time, I didn’t know what kind of yarn to buy from the craft store, so I picked colours that I thought were pretty (solid, variegated, self-striping) and went with it. The blanket is a bit of a mess, and some of the colours don’t go together, but love it. I call it the blanket of many colours.
What is one of your most colourful creations?
Day 7: Let’s See Your Yarn Stash!
I am a crocheter who purchases more yarn than they need. Most of my stash is made up of partially used skeins, or bits/pieces that I don’t have the heart to throw out because I think I can make something with it. I’ve had 3 purging sessions in the past two years, but this is what’s left. I’m slowly working my through it, and (slowly) accumulating more when I need it.
In the pictures, you’ll find yarn in:
- The large 7 drawer dresser (only 2 of these drawers)
- The 3 drawer wooden dresser (not pictured)
- The clear and purple 3 drawer plastic storage unit
- Behind the door on the wire shelf
- In the book shelf (for display)
- In the closet (in fabric bins and totes)
- Underneath the desk (in a black bin)
What does your yarn stash look like? Are you a “buy only what I need for my current project” type of crocheter, or do you buy (a little) more than you need?
Day 8: Magic Ring or Chain Circle?
OOOO guys, Day 8 of the National Crochet Month Challenge is controversial. Which do you prefer: the Magic Ring (a.k.a. Magic Circle) or the Chain Circle? This is a widely debated topic in the crochet community.
I don’t mind the chain circle, but if I had a choice, it would be the Magic Ring. I love that you can complete close the circle, so there is no hole. The only downside to using the magic ring is that it can unravel. To prevent this, make a couple of knots when weaving in the yarn tail, and it should hold up well.
Day 9: How I Learned to Crochet / My Crochet Story
I was in my 4th year of university when I tried and failed to learn to crochet. My roommate (and friend) had started crocheting, and she was making all of these beautiful scarves, so I wanted to learn too. I watched Simply Daisy and The Crochet Crowd Youtube tutorials, and after several failed attempts, I finally got it.
This is my first big project – 9 granny squares joined together to make a blanket. My mom offered to help me, and we crocheted it together. I didn’t even know that she knew how to crochet. She had learned to crochet and knit 30+ years ago, but life got busy, so she stopped. I loved being able to work on this with her.
How did you learn to crochet / what is your crochet story?
Day 10: Throwback Thursday
I feel like I’ve shared a lot of “Throwback” pictures in the challenge so far, but here is another one. This is the Chevron with a Twist Blanket that I made a couple of years ago. My husband (Logan) was kind enough to model it for me. He was a real sport about wrapping a wool blanket around himself in the 90 degree summer heat.
What is your throwback project? You can share a project from 10 years ago, or one that you finished yesterday. As long as it’s in the past, I think it still counts as a throwback.
Day 11: Texture
We often associate texture with stitches that pop out, like bobbles, popcorn, puff, or post stitches. However, basic stitches (or stitches that lie flat) can make texture that is just as beautiful.
This is the Jazz it Up Afghan – a blanket made entirely of half double crochets, before surface slip stitches and a loop stitch border is added. It’s a fun mixture of simple and in-your-face texture.
What is some texture that you are loving right now?
Day 12: What is Your Favourite Yarn (or 2)?
This is a tough question because there are so many great yarns. My all-time favourite is Bernat Premium in the colour Parchment. I love the colour, the thickness, and the price (very easy on the budget).
A new-to-me yarn that has made it to my favourite list, is Lion Brand Skein Tones. I love the warm shades, and the fact that it’s an anti-pilling yarn.
What is your favourite yarn?
Day 13: Something (Insert Colour Here)
Happy Sunday AND Daylight Savings Time! We lost an hour today, so the day is zipping by. I hope it’s an easy switch this time, and doesn’t mess up your sleep or schedule.
For my Day 13, I chose “Something (Green)”, but you can fill in the blank with any colour. This colour is called “Green Apple”, and it reminds me of a 70’s style/puke green. It’s not for everyone, but I love it so much hahaha. What do you think?
Day 14: Crocheters I Love
Today, I’d like to feature Tonya from Nana’s Crafty Home. She’s creative, kind, and always willing to help others. Her blog is focused on crochet garments, accessories, blankets, pillows, and items for the home. This is her Marjorie Modern Crochet Blanket Pattern.
Other Crocheters I Love (there are so many, but here are a few):
1. Toni from TL Yarn Crafts
2. Tiffany and Hannah from Daisy Farm Crafts
3. Johanna from Mijo Crochet
4. Alexandra from Two of Wands
5. Vincent from Knot Bad
6. Tanya from The Cozy Knot
7. April from Northern Maple Yarn Designs
8. Katerina from ByKaterina Designs
9. Amanda from Love & Stitch
10. Raffaella from Raffamusa Designs
11. Talia from Talia’s Crochet Creations
12. Helen Shrimpton from Crystals and Crochet
What are some of your favourite crocheters/makers?
Day 15: Blanket!
This is where you can usually find me: curled up on the couch with a blanket! I hope you’re all having a great day.
Day 16: Crocheting in Public
I don’t have a picture for today! I’ve only tried crocheting in public once, when I waited with my dad for a doctor’s appt. There was an older man sitting in the lobby with us, and we had a conversation because his wife used to crochet all kinds of things!
My mom is not shy, and crochets in public without overthinking it. It’s awesome! We took a 13-hour bus trip to Montreal, QC, and she crocheted a scarf in between stops.
Day 17: Something for Me
Something that I’ve learned throughout this challenge is that I pose with a lot of blankets. It’s good to show them in use, right guys?
I donate most of my blankets, but this one is for me. I used Red Heart Hygge Bulky yarn, in one of my favourite colours: Purple/Mauve. It’s fuzzy, warm, and has a little bit of texture. I love using it when I watch TV or read a book.
Day 18: Crochet Buddy
My favourite dog crochet buddies: Luna (left) and Vulcan (right). They don’t crochet with me, but they do keep me company while I crochet.
My favourite human crochet buddy: My mom because we actually crochet together!
Day 19: Favourite Pattern
I shared this in my “Meet the Maker” Post on Day 1, so I don’t mean to sound like a broken record. My all-time favourite pattern is the Mandala Madness by Helen Shrimpton. I tried it as a beginner, and could only crochet from videos. A year later, I tried it again, but this time reading the pattern, and using the videos as support when I didn’t know how to do a stitch or needed more of a visual. Crochet-alongs or advanced level patterns that include video support are a great way to challenge yourself and learn some new stitches and skills.
What is your favourite pattern?
Day 20: Cozy
There is something about a fuzzy scarf that just screams, “Cozy” to me. I used Caron Latte Cakes in the colour Earl Grey, which is a fuzzy, soft, and self-striping yarn. This scarf really keeps you warm on days when the wind whips through you.
What is your cozy image for today?
Day 21: Finished Make!
I went a little bananas the other day and made 10 bookmarks. There is a method to my madness though. I am writing a yarn review for Dishie Cotton Yarn, and for each yarn review, I make a small square of each colour to see if there is any difference in thickness/drape/texture/softness between the colours. In this situation, squares would have taken too long, so I made these two-row bookmarks instead. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to gift a few and put them to good use.
What is your finished make?
Day 22: Favourite Crochet Hooks
Once I find something that I like, I stick with it. Clover Ergonomic Hooks (in all sizes) are my favourite crochet hooks. They have a padded base, so they are easy on the hands, and don’t cause me any pain or cramps the way that plain aluminum hooks used to.
What are your favourite crochet hooks?
Day 23: Crochet Work Space
My work space features a comfy green chair, a project, a TV, and water because it’s good to stay hydrated haha.
What about you guys? Where is your favourite place to crochet?
Day 24: Granny Square
Today is all about granny squares. Isn’t it amazing how many granny square variations there are? From the classic grannies, to the modified versions, the possibilities are endless.
My favourite granny squares usually include puff stitches. I love how these stitches make the center look like a flower.
I can’t wait to see your granny squares today!
Day 25: Why I Crochet
The reason why I crochet is simple: I enjoy it.
- I love making cozy things!
- It’s fun losing track of the time because I get so focused on what I’m making.
- I love learning new stitches, skills, and tips!
- Blankets are my favourite thing to make. Yes they are slow to make, but it’s fun to watch them grow.
- I love the entire crochet process, except for weaving in the ends. I’m trying to love that part too, but it’s a struggle haha.
Why do you crochet?
Day 26: Favourite Background Noise (TV, Podcasts, Audiobooks, Music, etc.)
For me, crochet is more enjoyable with the TV playing in the background. It can be hard to start a new movie or a TV show because I get too focused on what I’m doing, and then I have no idea what is happening. So I tend to watch Youtube, or rewatch old TV shows and movies.
What about you? What’s your favourite thing to have on in the background? Or do you prefer to crochet in silence?
Day 27: Yarn Storage
My yarn stash isn’t always this organized, but when it is, the yarn is sorted by colour in fabric bins. I like these bins because they are washable and portable. This means you can pull them off the shelf when you need them, and put them back when you are finished.
How do you guys sort or organize your yarn?
Day 28: Something I’m Proud Of
When my husband and I first started dating, he told me that he loves hippos, so I crocheted him one. I have a lot of respect for crocheters who make amigurimi because it requires patience and precision. I’ve learned that I don’t have precision and my patience is hit or miss, but I’m happy that I stuck with this project. I can’t tell you guys how many times I had to rip out the eyes and sew them back on before I got the position right haha.
The hippo is a free pattern from @helloyellowyarn called “Harvey Hippo”.
I used Caron Chunky Cakes in the colour Rice Pudding and a 5.0mm crochet hook.
What is something that you are proud of?
*On a side note, something else that I am proud of is being consistent with this challenge. I am not a social media person by nature – I would rather look at other people’s posts than share my own. I tend to overthink what I post, and sometimes it’s easier not to post anything. However, I wanted to put myself out there, so that you guys might eventually feel comfortable sharing and posting too. This is what has kept me going through this challenge! I hope you are having a great day so far.
Day 29: My Newest Make
Hi guys! I hope you’re having a great day so far. I missed a post yesterday, so I am playing catch up and posting twice in one day (Day 28 and 29). My newest finished make is this baby blanket that I made for my nephew. His name is Miles, and he is such a sweet and calm baby. When he gets gassy and starts to poop, he can be a little fussy, but otherwise, he sleeps through almost anything.
Day 30: Frog / Oopsy Daisy
Oh man guys, it’s hard to pick only one picture for today. It’s cliche, but if I had a nickle for every time I made a mistake or had to frog my work…..I’d be a millionaire. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Here are a couple of my secrets:
Sometimes I don’t frog (rip out) my work. Sometimes I keep going and just fiddle with things until they work out.
*Don’t worry. I make sure that the pattern itself doesn’t have any mistakes…just my finished makes.*
Did you know that crochet, unlike knitting, is a fiber art that cannot be replicated by a machine? So everything you crochet (mistakes and all) is truly one-of-a-kind. How cool is that?
What about you guys? What are some of your “oopsy daisy” or frogging stories?
Day 31: Share Anything!
Today is the last day of our National Crochet Month Challenge, so what will your “share anything” post be? Thank you all for participating in the challenge. It has been so much fun getting to learn more about you.
Today I am sharing something bright, colourful, and inspiring. This blanket is made by Robin of Once Upon a Pink Moon, and it is loosely based off of Little Woolies’ Mixed Stitched Stripey Blanket Crochet Along. It looks like so much fun.
If you’d like to participate in the challenge, join our crochet group, and start sharing!
Thank you so much for reading and following along with me. Have a wonderful day, and happy crocheting!