A few days ago I was alarmed to see a fairly recent review on Amazon.com suggesting there was ‘one huge error’ in my Kids Learn to Crochet book – namely, that illustrations depicting double crochet were in fact for single crochet.
Rest assured, though, that there is a really simple explanation for this misunderstanding and there is no error!
Both an English and an American edition of Kids Learn to Crochet exist, and this is what is causing the confusion.
What the English call Double Crochet our friends across the waters call Single Crochet – it is as simple as that!
So do please double check which edition you have, or are about to purchase – the English edition is published by Rowan/Coats, and the American by Trafalgar.
There are some really great reviews on Amazon for this book including this nice one –
“Ideal for Beginners of any Age
This little book is just what I was looking for as a complete beginner who has kind crocheting friends but forgets what I have learned in about 5 minutes! Here are step by step instructions for everything I need to start crochet and projects to complete as I learn. Once I have mastered the basics I can use it to teach my granddaughter. Clear and fun. Would suit learners from 5 to 105! (I am 52!)“
And, if you have worked your way through the book (or intend to), here is an additional, really simple pattern for a ‘Little Posy Bag’. Made entirely in double crochet stitch (that’s single crochet stitch in America!) it is quick and easy to make and perfect for using up small amounts of left over yarns.
I used a chunky, pure wool yarn (Hifa TrollGarn), and a 5.5mm crochet hook.
However, you can use any weight of yarn for this bag – use even thicker yarn for a bigger bag or finer yarn for a smaller one. Decorate it with more flowers if you wanted – on both the front and back – and of course you can make a shorter or longer handle.
I hope you enjoy making the Little Posy Bag!
Little Posy Bag
1 x 50gm ball of the main colour yarn will be plenty.
Tiny amounts of coloured yarn for the flowers and leaves.
1 crochet hook suitable for your yarn choice.
It measures about 17cm (6.5 inches) in diameter.
Bag (Make 2 Crochet Circles the same)
Make 2 chain stitches, then make 6 double crochet stitches into the second chain from the hook.
Round 1: make 2 double crochet stitches into each of the 6 stitches (12 stitches in total).
Round 2: make 2 double crochet stitches into every other stitch (18 stitches in total).
Round 3: make 2 double crochet stitches into every 3rd stitch (24 stitches in total).
Round 4: make 2 double crochet stitches into every 4th stitch (30 stitches in total).
Round 5: make 2 double crochet stitches into every 5th stitch (36 stitches in total).
Round 6: make 2 double crochet stitches into every 6th stitch (42 stitches in total).
* If you want to make a bigger bag just keep on crocheting rounds, remembering to add 1 to the number of stitches you make before making an increase.
Repeat rounds 1-3.
Repeat rounds 1-2.
Make 7 chain stitches.
Make a crochet chain about 74cm (29inches) long.
Make 1 double crochet stitch into each of the chain stitches.
Press all the pieces lightly.
Stitch the two handle ends together.
With the right sides of the work facing, pin the handle in position and stitch to both sides of the bag.
Turn the bag the right way out and sew on the flowers and buttons.
Fold the chain stitch leaves in half and sew in place.
Weave in any loose yarn ends.