Since I am a crafty mom who is learning ASL, it seems logical that I would try to do some crafty things incorporating ASL. So far, I have made a counting book for my daughter which is posted on my blog, a simple signs scrapbook, and a few simple books to help me teach signs to my ASL playgroup.
In the last few weeks I have had an idea floating around in my head regarding crocheting and ASL. I wanted to crochet an embellishment that would show an ASL sign. I wanted to start with the sign for “I love you.” My first challenge would be to figure out how to crochet a hand.
I did one attempt that did not quite turn out as I liked as you can see by the photo. I decided to try a search on Google, but have you ever done a search that is impossible? Try “hand” “crochet” “pattern”!!!! You end up with lots of hand-crocheted items, but no patterns for a crocheted hand. So, I decided to go ahead with my plan to create my own hand.
Another attempt looked a lot closer to what I had envisioned, so I made a few minor adjustments and ended up with the crocheted hand that looks mostly like what I want. I would like to figure out a pattern that would have a finishing trim around the edges, but that will have to involve smaller gauge fiber and some adjustments to the pattern so that it will still look mostly like a human hand after putting on a finishing slip stitch or single crochet around.
Today I decided to attach one of my creations to a beverage cozy so that I have a finished item. I put this item up in my etsy shop, hopefully with more to come. This is probably not the end of the experiment with hands, but I will probably pause here and continue to refine the idea after the holidays.