I have, for the third time in my life, taken to knitting like a cow in a shopping cart. Which is to say, it’s not gone well. So, instead, you get a picture of an adorable elephant I cross stitched onto a crochet square. Cross stitching onto crocheted objects is a personal favorite in terms of embellishing a crochet piece. It’s easy, helps use up scrap yarn, and can really make a project pop.
The elephant and the E are my own design. I like simple shapes in all my work, so my elephant is very square. I figure out my cross stitch patterns on graph paper, and when I’m not sure how something should look, I look for other cross stitch patterns to get an idea.
I’d like to do a whole series of crochet squares with cross stitch animals that relate to letters of the alphabet. It’d be popular, I think, as an alternative to the dozens of star blankets and baby clothes sets people make for showers and birthdays and what-have-you. The trick, of course, will be making sure the animals look distinct. Good think graph paper is cheap.