I’ve been persevering with my crochet hook and, despite the following photo, am feeling rather pleased with myself. Ready to cringe, all you crocheters lol?
Yes, I know it’s a very sorry looking piece of work . . . . Like many beginners (from what I’ve seen) I found it very difficult to work out what stitch I’m supposed to hook each time I begin a new row (as is evident from the sides) but . . . I was pleased because I have (more or less) understood the basic repeat stitch. I used a thicker yarn for this practice piece so that it would grow faster and make it easier for me to see what I was doing. However the mottled effect of the yarn didn’t help. T therefore nipped out afterwards and bought myself a cheap ball of a solid colour for future practice.
However that then raised another problem. The solid colour is a 50% acrylic 50% wool and requires a 7mm hook. That largest I have is 6mm.
Things started off very wonky on the sides again, until I thought to use a marker. Can you see it? and can you see the difference? Once I began using that, just to mark the first stitch on each row, my edges started to look more even.
Feeling very pleased with myself, I then went looking at a few more videos on youtube and found Bella Coco . . . who has several tutorials for left-handers.
I jumped in both feet first to tackle a granny square
Starting with my thicker cheap yarn . . . but giving up and moving to a 100% acrylic (part of a huge pack I bought to knit myself a cardie, that never got knitted). I’m beginning to get the hang of things, although I’m still adding or subtracting stitches along the way unintentionally.
Undeterred, I will be trying this granny square a few more times, using my stitch markers, in the hopes I’ll have something that looks more like a square. And once I’ve mastered that, I’ll be tackling “magic circles”. Born a natural optimist, I believe things can only get better. I even treated myself to a new book .
Yep, can’t crochet properly yet, but I bought a new book. That’s typical me. Full of lovely amigurumi patterns, for different experience levels. This is the first in the Zoomigurumi series. Number 6 has just been published. I plan on buying them all.
Oh, and a last photo . . . I also treated myself to a new lamp! My old lamp didn’t really survive the last house move and being knocked over several times by cats. It was holding together with extra strong sticky tape but I couldn’t move the flexible lamp bit properly to direct it in the right direction. Now I have a brand new, bright shiney lamp
In purple (of course!) and it makes cross stitch sessions much easier on the eyes.