You start out with a project, finished idea in your head, and you crochet along thinking ofcourse I have enough wool and ofcourse it will work out. Well, there goes my judgement of wool requirement by eye flying out the door!
In my first post I had mentioned that I inherited my mother’s wool. I thought it was time to start finding crochet projects to use up the wool and let my creativity run free. It was a lot of wool! But oh so inviting!!!
I keep all of my wool in this beautiful wicker basket – easy to move around when needed, and where else am I going to store this much wool?! You can see all the weird and wonderful colours, not all of them to my taste but I have found a way of making them work. As you can see the basket’s already full, so a plan shall have to be made when I next visit the haberdashery :-P. One can NEVER have too much wool 🙂
For this project I decided to use a fluffy dark blue wool. I have been inspired by many bloggers on the web with their wonderful creations and it was time I made my own! Instead of going to the store to buy new wool, why not try out a simple rectangle pillow case with the wool that I had? Perfect! And I was over the moon that my first pillow case would be really fluffy and textured.
I started with a tail 2.5x the width of the pillow case, crocheted enough double crochet stitches onto the tail to create a ring and then used trebles to form a tube in continuous rounds. I don’t start with chains, I just chain 2 and then double crochet directly onto/in the tail piece that is premeasured. In the photo you can see I’ve already used up a ball of wool, and how textured it is!
However, things are not always what they seem. After taking this photo I ended up pulling out all of my hard work and restarting 3 times!!! Oh hell! Apparently I made a few miscalculations with the number of stitches needed and took me a while to get it just right. The texture also made it difficult to see the stitches, so perhaps I skipped a few or increased without knowing it. Then, to my utter dismay – I ran out of dark blue wool half way!!! :-0
Before imploding and wondering what to do with a half-finished pillow case, I remembered I had a ball of lighter blue and white wool, with similar fluffiness. Problem solved! Not only did I finish the light blue wool (!) but I barely had 1 meter of white wool left over when I was finished. It seems pillow cases take a lot more wool than I thought.
I closed the pillow case at the white end by using single crochet stitches, and have left the dark blue end open for a zip. I’ve decided to add a zip so that the pillow case can be removed and washed when needed without having the hassle of washing the pillow itself.
And it’s finished!
I absolutely love how my fluffy crocheted pillow case turned out! I’m so happy when I see it on the couch, handmade items are worth the effort to make!
Moral of the story: if it doesn’t work out how you originally planned, then just go with it and be creative in solving the issue!
I am definitely making more pillow cases, so watch this space for more projects! Who knows, maybe I went to the wool shop and came back with a purple assortment of wool and a new zigzag pattern to try 🙂 Watch this space!
Update (12 March 2014)
Well, FINALLY! It’s finished! It’s so strange when you have >4 crochet projects on the go how fast they become “to be continued…”
Luckily I had a long blue zip and some left over blue wool!
I sewed the zip in and secured both ends very well at the corners to stop it unravelling. I made sure there was also enough allowance on each side of the zip so that my wool wouldn’t get caught each time I open or close the pillow case.
And here it is! Complete and all closed up! It’s a wonderfully soft and fluffy pillowcase. I’m definitely going to look for similar wool to make other lovely crochet items from. Perhaps circular pillows with ruffles?
Next up: the finished Purple Zig Zag pillowcase!