I am so excited, the day has finally arrived!!!! All previous projects are finished and I am now ready for my first adventure in the “Crochet Master Class” book.

I have decided to work the projects in order of skill level. The Princess of Wales Memorial Tartan using the Woven technique is the only crochet item in the entire book that is at a beginner level. (Projects which are for first time crocheters using basic stitches and minimal shaping) I thought it would be a good one to start with, and besides, it is not so intimidating as some of the others seventeen projects.

I am a very detailed person (ask my family) so the first thing I did was look up the word tartan to see what it meant.

Tartan: Any of numerous textile patterns consisting of stripes of varying widths and colors crossed at right angles against a solid background, each forming a distinctive design worn by the members of a Scottish clan. In other words a Tartan is a pattern of Criss-cross horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. (see picture above that is taken from the Crochet Master Book)

After looking over the pattern I observed that if you are the one who enjoys working dc you will love creating one of these. The first part of this pattern basically is a crochet filet mesh base that is made up of several different colors. The filet pattern consist of a dc (Double Crochet ) and ch (The Chain Stitch) crochet in a pattern to form the Filet Mesh.

I am posting a link for a tutorial on how to crochet a filet mesh (Filet – Open Mesh Spaces).

I am really looking forward to starting the filet mesh base this week. The pattern calls for a sequence of seven colors that will be used to make up the plaid pattern that the Tartan Afghan will call for.

After the mesh is completed I will be moving on to the next level of weaving the yarn through the mesh. This will be my first experience with doing this particular technique. I am really excited about trying crocheting projects that are in unexplored territory for me.

What are some new crocheting techniques or stitches that you are working on or would like to try? Would love to hear from you.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.