I’m a little hooked.

I don’t even know why I’m making these, since collars aren’t particularly flattering on me (sucks to have a short neck and broad shoulders) but I figure they’d make nice gifts to friends. I just need to perfect it!

I’m still getting the hang of crochet. I made the green and gray collar using this pattern by Lulu Loves and I followed it to a T but it ended up too big and curly. I had to fold and sew down the edges like so:

crochet collars

crochet collars

Before sewing on the button and button loop

For the second collar, I used this pattern by LazyTcrochet. I made a mistake with the scallops by forgetting to skip and SC and I only noticed it when I was almost done. Both patterns are incredibly easy to follow but I prefer LazyTcrochet’s because I didn’t have trouble with curling!

crochet collars

crochet collars

I used Monaco (cheap nasty acrylic which I use for practice) for Collar #1 and Red Heart for Collar #2. I’m still unsure if I want to take this crochet business seriously so I’m holding off placing a large order on cotton and wool yarns. It’s a little discouraging having such slim choices for yarn locally or having to shell out a crazy amount per skein for natural fibers. Eventually, I want to make some afghans (I think it’s okay to use acrylic for these but even Red Heart gets squeaky so I’m a little hesitant) so I need to get on learning how to make granny squares and African Flower crochet hexagons.