For several years now, I’ve been admiring the skills of those of you who can crochet. Because I can’t. I can (sort of) knit, without dropping too many stitches along the way, but never progressed to the “read a pattern” stage, so my knitting has been strictly limited to knitting scarves lol. It’s therefore something I don’t do much of, because family members only need so many scarves.
However, a couple of years ago, I went totally mad and bought loads of knitting needles and yarn – still all sitting in my cupboard – and then last year I bought a set of crochet hooks and some books to learn how to crochet because I fell in love with designs here: Moji-Moji Design.
Janine Holmes is so talented, and I love visiting her blog to drool over her latest creations. If I want to learn to crochet, it’s because I want to make amigurumi !
Anyway . . . I’ve watched videos, and I’ve been following instructions in one of my books . . . because, while I can dream on about making loads of cute amigurumi, nothing is going to happen until I can actually master a few stitches and learn to read a pattern!
These are 2 of the books I invested in. “I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting” is the one I’m using at the moment.
I’m a left-hander, so this book is handy, because it has step by step photos of “how to”. I realise I could just put a mirror up to a right-handed version, but since the left-handed method is available in print, I’m using it.
Now the above, yes . . . it’s very yucky! My first attempt at making a chain lol. Tension problems all the way but I kept going . . .
I then tried with a different yarn
The blue yarn is almost 100% cotton, whereas the burgandy yarn is 70% acrylic and a whole lot easier to work with. I spent hours, painfully, hooking . . . giving myself lots of encouragement with a “this isn’t rocket science!”. I can’t say that I’m actually hooked on crochet yet but I will say that I’m about ready to progress to step 2, which is learn the single crochet stitch lol.