I don’t know why but I used to find crochet intimidating. My aunt is an avid crocheter. When I was younger, I used to watch her crochet everything from coasters to table cloths, but I never really got into the craft. It wasn’t until a little freebie I received from an issue of Mollie Makes, that I started taking an interest in crochet. Once I learnt the basics, which did not take long to learn, crochet became an outlet for me to relax and de-stress. I wish I had started sooner! It is the perfect craft activity for me because I love repetition and not having to think (much). Plus it’s a good skill to have when you run out of gift ideas.
Today I am sharing a simple crochet tutorial – perfect for beginner crocheters! These polaroid photo frames make a great gift idea for the coming festive season. And they don’t take too much of your time. Are you ready?
You will need:
Scissors, Yarn, Crochet Hook (4.5mm), Craft Wire (2mm diameter), Wire Cutter, Craft Plier, Tape
To make the frame (Fits Fujifilm Instax Mini Film):
Cut a piece of craft wire to 21cm. Using your craft plier, bend the wire to form a rectangle frame. Your frame should measure roughly 6cm on the long side and 4.5cm on the short side. Trim any excess wire if necessary. Tape the open corner together to cover.
Crochet Pattern 1 (Shell Edging)
Round 1: Start with a slip knot and make your first half double crochet around the wire frame. Continue to half double crochet 50 times all the way around the frame. End with a slip stitch.
Round 2: Use a different coloured yarn for this row. To make your shell edging, *single crochet into the first stitch. Half double crochet three times into the second stitch. Single crochet into the third stitch.* Repeat from ** all the way around. Slip stitch and weave in the loose ends.
Crochet Pattern 2 (Blanket Edging)
Round 1: Start with a slip knot and make your first half double crochet around the wire frame. Continue to half double crochet all the way around (any number of stitches). End with a slip stitch.
Round 2: Half double crochet all the way around.
Round 3: Use a different coloured yarn for this row. To make your blanket edging, chain 1 and *single crochet once in the first three stitches. For the fourth stitch, insert your hook about 1cm lower than the previous stitches and make 1 single crochet.* Repeat from ** all the way around. Slip stitch and weave in the loose ends.