Monday, 2 September 2013

Keep Calm Craft On {crafting on}

I'm going to  have to skip one of the projects in this series and come back to it.  The tapestry or 'sewn' picture. My dose of the shingles followed by wisdom tooth removal disaster has put me behind with my course homework.  Having spoken to people who took this course last year, the tapestry is a challenge to finish even without setbacks!  Tapestry is a Class 4 project, so on to Class 5 - crochet!

In Australia crochet is introduded quite a bit later than in Europe (I'm not sure about the US?) And the main reason is because of the style of knitting that is taught.  In Europe, the continental style of knitting is introduced at Class 1.  It is actually very similar to crochet in regards to tension and how the wool is held, so by Class 2, these kids are ready for crochet.  Over here in Australia however, we learn the traditional technique of knitting and delay crochet until Class 5

In our class we were encouraged as the Class 5 kids are, to experiment with a flat piece of crochet, back and forth turning the work at each end.  Next we worked on a circle.  Instead of counting stitches in each round we were asked to feel whether the work needed more increases in stitches - ie. it was starting to curl up or needed fewer increases -  ie. it was starting to go curly. I have to admit that I counted my stitches and only increased as per a traditional circle pattern.  I can imagine this 'counting' being quite challenging for a 10/11 year old, so I completely agree with the method shown to us for teaching children. 

Once our circles were big enough we finished increasing and crochet until our piece was big enough to be a child's backpack.  This is exactly what the kids at our school make for their crochet project. It is so lovely to see them being used as their school bags.

There are a million crochet tutorials on the internet so I'm not going to go into the nitty gritty here.
And there is no real pattern for this backpack.  The flap is a made by working back and forth once the bag is deep enough and the strap, which is sewn on, is a simple rectangle.  My one went to the smallest of our family, Sadhbh, who will be starting kinder next year.  As you can imagine, I have orders for three more . . . !

See what other folk have been crafting at Nicole's place today.  


  1. Popping by from KCCO to visit - love the bag. I don't know how I haven't visited your blog yet, but I'll be back. All this yarn-y goodness. :) Very interesting to learn about how the different class levels are taught as well. Have a lovely week!

    1. Thanks Melonie - You have a lovely week too!

  2. Lovely little bag, Dee! The buttons are so cute too!
    Can't wait to see Sadhbh wearing it to kinder next year!
    I would line the straps for the bigger kids' ones, as Mabel's unlined strap stretched to billy-o!

    1. That is great advice Jo. Buttons are from The Friendship Tree - of course.

  3. You have been through so much! I am glad you are on the other side of it all though. I have to teach myself how to crochet this year as I will need to be proficient enough to teach my daughter how to do it next year in 3rd grade. That seems to be when the children learn to crochet in Steiner school in the US. I have heard at the end of 2nd grade, too. We are waiting until 3rd, though just so I am ready! :P Thank you so much for linking up again with KCCO!

    1. Thanks Nicole. I'm pretty sure you and your daughter will be naturals when it comes to crochet!

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