So, I decided to try learning a new craft. I learned to crochet a chain when I was a kid, and looped a few chains together in a circle when I was a kid (it was my very loose interpretation of a lacy skirt for a Sindy doll, if I remember correctly), but I never got any further than that, and haven’t picked up a crochet hook since I was about seven years old. With that in mind, I armed myself with some yarn, the only crochet hook I own, and some online tutorial videos.
The first video I found (for single crochet) was like a foreign language to me – i just couldn’t follow it, so perhaps a little strangely, I started with double crochet, after finding a video that made it seem completely logical. At first I found I had very wobbly sides, but by the third attempt, I think I pretty much nailed it by reducing the chain to two, rather than three stitches at the end of the row.
I think I’m doing what is called double crochet in the UK, but it’s known as treble crochet in the US (although that might be the other way round, as the woman doing the demo was American).
Then I found a tutorial for single crochet by the same woman and it suddenly seemed to make a lot more sense, so I gave it another try. The edges were a lot straighter on this stitch, even from the first try, so I had a second go, just to gain a little confidence and make sure my tension was consistent. Im’ quite proud of the outcome!
In order to really get some confidence and make sure my tension is alright, I’ve decided to make a couple of wash cloths – one in single crochet, the other in double crochet – before moving on to other stitches and patterns.
I really enjoyed doing a bit of crochet and I’m looking forward to learning more and improving! And if you’re a crocheter (I know a few of my online crafty buddies are), I’d really appreciate your comments and advice on improving my technique and getting it to really look good…