Yesterday was week two of Nathan Coburn's yarn bombing workshop. Having missed the first week due to Knit City, I decided to make up for it this last week, playing around with Nathan's yarn whenever I had a few quiet moments (a whole box of yarn is too much of a temptation to resist!).
One of the pieces I made was pretty popular at yesterday's meeting, so I thought I'd post about it here as well. After a few bands of double crochet (and then one of triple crochet!) I started playing around with the granny stripe patten. Essentially, this is the same type of stitch pattern used to create the quintessential granny square, except you work it in straight lines instead of in the round.
The best tutorial I've found is one by Lucy, from the blog Attic 24. She uses this pattern to make blankets - you can find her pattern on Ravelry, along with a link to her pattern tutorial. Just a caution, though - her blog uses International Crochet terms, so what she calls a 'triple crochet' is a 'double crochet' to most of us North Americans.
The Granny stripeis one of my favourite crochet stitches. It's so versatile, and it has such a playful feel to it. Vary the number of rows you make with each colour, and you can change the entire look of the piece.
Here on the left is a different version I'm doing, using one continuous strand of green held together with second strand of a different colour - work three rows, then change to a new colour and keep going. This is two strands of a light worsted-weight yarn, and I'm using an 8mm crochet hook.
Give this one a go, and see what you can come up with. And if you need a little inspiration, drop by Nathan's next workshop, on Saturday, October 27th, from 2-4pm. :)