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About the Ombre Kitchen Kit:
This autumn, I began teaching crochet classes at my LYS (local yarn store). When I was asked to put together a class for brand-new beginners, I designed these patterns. The “Ombre Kitchen Kit” is designed to teach basic crochet skills: reading patterns, starting and finishing projects, changing colors, joining pieces, working flat (back and forth in rows), and working in rounds (in a circle). It contains very detailed instructions for these skills and for working the basic crochet stitches: chain, single crochet, half-double crochet, and double crochet and basic sewing: the whip stitch.
I wanted the learning curve to be fun, so I chose wonderful little projects that go together to make a wonderful little kitchen kit to keep or give away as a housewarming present! I’ve made a sample set to live at the LYS for the time being, but as I work with my students I will be making another set to give to my younger sister, who just moved in to her first apartment!
Tools & Materials:
- Crochet Hook H-8/5.00mm
- Basic Yarn Sewing Kit: small scissors, soft tape measure, yarn needle, removable stitch markers
- Worsted/Medium (4) Weight Yarn: 3.5oz/100g/140yds each of two colors (I suggest using a mutli-colored/varigated/ombre yarn and a coordinating solid.)
- For the sample pieces, I used Plymouth Yarn’s Fantasy Naturale in Yellow and Pink-Orange.
Double Thick Potholder
- Stitches: Chain, Single Crochet
- Skills: Starting a project, Working Flat, Joining Pieces, Finishing a project
Ombre Cotton Dishcloths
- Stitches: Chain, Single Crochet, Half-Double Crochet, Double Crochet
- Skills: Starting a project, Working Flat, Finishing a project
Diagonal Ombre Trivet
- Stitches: Chain, Single Crochet, Whip Stitch
- Skills: Starting a project, Working in the Round, Changing Colors, Finishing a project
Round Ombre Trivet
- Stitches: Chain, Single Crochet, Slip Stitch
- Skills: Starting a project, Working in the Round (Spirals), Increasing, Changing Colors, Finishing a project
[The background for these photos is a beautiful wooden cutting board made by my husband’s godson. Great job, Matt!]