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So for once in like, a billion years, I actually crochetted something and finished it. I'm very happy with how it turned out and I really needed a hanger for this plant since I'm trying to expand my bathroom collection (and will probably need to move some inside for the winter).

Finishing this hanger snowballed into a few things, like finally drilling some holes in this pot to be able to put the pothos in it and then after that I had to put in the effort to drill a hook into the ceiling. Overall I'm extremely pleased with how it all went.

Here's a link the ravelry project I made for this which details the materials used and links to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/star0rice/monstera-leaf-plant-hanger


So I bought a crochet pattern on brioche crochet because #1 - it looks dope af and, #2 - oddly familiar..... I felt as if I'd done this already in a piece of mine, but I wanted the pattern for the specifics and to kind of compare.

And then I realized exactly what I'd done this with: my fucking bleeding moss stitch bags. One day I decided I wanted to see how how alternating colors every other row would look in bleeding moss only to be very surprised when I ended up with vertical stripes as opposed to horizontal ones. I then quickly expanded my horizons to experiment with it in round with some v cool results.


I lost the original project that I first demonstrated this on, but I did a quick sample using the techniques I know now/would have been using at the time:

First of all, this demonstrates very succintly the increasing pattern used in round (if ya'll were ever wondering about how I was doing that, I always meant to do a tutorial on it, but its not as easy to understand with words) but its literally the jumping off point for having a good understanding of the brioche techniques used in the pattern I bought and I discovered all of this on accident. Literally years before I would formally be able to put a name to it (I didn't know this was called Brioche or Mosaic crochet until a day ago).

And this is wild to me because I realized part of the potential when working with double colored extened moss while decreasing (not shown, but decreasing brings two branches to a point), I just never made the tiny leap to realizing how easy it would be to etch wild patterns into something because I figured it'd be too complex to want to work out the intricacies.

Anyway, the tl;dr of why im making this post is that I'm absolutely fascinated by what is the equivalent of convergent evolution amongst craftsmen (which isn't uncommon at all, esp in crochet where its basics are simple but there's a lot of freedom to it if you're willing to get creative, but since we're all using the same basic technique, we're bound to 'discover' the same things). I'm not gonna say I haven't been through this before with other stuff, but its definately been a while and this is the most complex thing I've developed all on my own only to find it word for word somewhere else.

Which is not to say I've been doing this technique the exact same as in this pattern. Far from it, though the basic idea is the same. This was partly why I bought it, to fill in that gap where years earlier I'd tapped out and paid it no mind. There's obviously more to learn here, more to explore and more creativity to be had. Even if I had completely understood how to balance the stitches and properly direct the design before this, for something I had to figure out the intricacies of on my own, I'm going to absolutely love reading up on how someone else decided to go about certain things.

I love the evolution of the creative exchange of ideas too. I know its sort of very niche depending on where you are on the internet, but I'm slowly amassing a huge pool of resources to better my craft with and I'm already a slut for community discussion of things.


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Base cloth for cross stitch practice is coming along pretty good, if I do say so myself.


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Lookin gooooooood. I’m surpised at how consistent this is turning out. I have no clue what I’m gonna put on it. Might make it a mother’s day gift if I can get it together in time.


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Base cloth for cross stitch practice is coming along pretty good, if I do say so myself.


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Lookin gooooooood. I’m surpised at how consistent this is turning out. I have no clue what I’m gonna put on it. Might make it a mother’s day gift if I can get it together in time.


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Base cloth for cross stitch practice is coming along pretty good, if I do say so myself.


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