Recently I am being reminded more and more about how wonderful the online (blogging and twitter) community is. A while a go I saw a tweet by @CrochetAli about Bavarian Crochet. (Do go and check out her website here – she has online crochet lessons!)This got me more than a little bit confused as I had never heard of it so I simply asked what it was. Very quickly came back the reply offering to send me a pattern that she had translated from American terms into English. How amazingly kind. Of course I said yes and here is my example:
You could go on and on adding more and more colours. I really like it as the pink ‘lines’ are slightly raised thus giving it some depth and texture. (I did make a mistake on this – can you spot it?)
Of course once I saw what it was I wanted to know some more about it such as what the origins are. I didn’t really find out much about this except that it is thought to have originated in Bavaria (I know, really?) but I did find out that it has a few different names:
1. Crochet wheel stitch
2. Catherine Wheel stitch
3. Wool eater
I think that it is called this last one because it gets through a lot of wool – it is quite a dense stitch.
I also found out that it is mostly used to make blankets:
Have a look at this group on flickr.
However this group on facebook shows an example of a cushion and even a bag!
Having been forced to take it easy this weekend, I have been really busy making more of my wire jewellery, so keep your eyes out as I shall be writing about it all very soon – I shall also be needing your expert opinions 🙂
As always with it being Sunday I am linking up with all the lovely bloggers over at Handmade Harbour. Do make a cup of tea and come and join me for a lovely browse. 🙂