A Crocodile, a Salmon & 1970’s Cucumber.

If you hang out more regularly on my Facebook page (it’s a daily quickie, who doesn’t need that?) then you’ll see this bit of of loveliness that I fooled around with over Christmas.

Yep, I’m in love this year with texture and one of my aims (aside from trying to work out how I have accumulated over 60 mugs in my house) is to focus on learning new texture skills in crochet. I’m pretty confident in colour work (although taste is a questionable concept and definitely a matter of personal preference), but I need to to get the hand of making my crochet fabric look more equitable, snuggle and down-right interesting. Let me know if you have any great links or suggestions!

Crocodile stitch was big in the hooky world last year and mostly featured on baby booties around the ankle. I wanted to mix it up with something grown ups could use and see how it looked layered with lots of colour.

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Cue a festive-food filled daydream about poached salmon, little slivers of cucumber pretending to be scales and some lemon wedges. This is what I ended up with. It pleases me, it makes me laugh and it has a quick nod to Spring/Summer 2016 pastels which can’t be a bad thing. It’s now up in my etsy shop, and there is only one. So if you want it, go get it.

Getting the hang of it was pretty easy -I used this lady’s blog which had excellent images to show you where each stitch would go. Once you have the first two full rows sorted, it makes much more sense -you just have to go with it.

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Once it was long enough, I worked a row of half treble (UK!!) around the outside, with (2htr, ch2, 2htr) in each corner. Once I’d made the back in the same colours but as flat stripes I joined the two panels together with double crochet (still UK!!) all the way around, closing the top once I’d stuffed with a cushion pad.

I never did eat a full on 1970’s cucumber adorned salmon over Christmas, but at least this daydream worked out xx

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