My story of Learning to Crochet

This is my first blog post, clearly. I had toyed with the idea of making a blog, for quite a while. ‘umming’ and ‘ahing’ over what I would write, whether it would be good enough and whether anyone would actually want to read it. After much deliberation, I have given in and if no one wants to read what I have to say, that’s ok.

For my first post, I thought I’d start back at the beginning, how I got into crochet. Which actually, started off with knitting. I am a big fan of the colour burgundy (well, it’s actually a shade, I suppose) and yes, that fact is actually necessary for this post. Back in the Autumn/Winter of 2014, I wanted a burgundy scarf. I searched high and low, to find THE perfect burgundy scarf. I did not find one, not in any shop. I then thought to myself “why not try knitting, that’d be a good idea, you could learn to knit and maybe eventually make your own jumpers” so off I went, to Hobbycraft, purchased some burgundy yarn and some corresponding needles in the size needed.

It did take me a very long time to learn how to knit. My mum actually taught me, I think she got quite annoyed at me for not understanding the first, third or even 50th time (sorry, mum). Eventually, I had cracked it; the scarf wasn’t perfect and I actually got pretty fed up with it, so it turned into a cowl, one big enough to just fit around my neck and not strangle me. I did attempt to make another scarf after that, but it just seemed to take forever and I wasn’t getting anywhere. That was frogged after a while. Although  knitting is pretty cool, and if you can knit, then you deserve a round of applause, for you are fab; knitting just wasn’t for me. I found that the strenuous movements would hurt my knuckles, wrists and fingers. So that was it, I gave up on knitting.

I had a book bought for me for Christmas 2014 called “The Knitting and Crochet Bible”, I hadn’t really a clue what crochet was, I just thought all you made in crochet, was doilies, but nope, I was very much mistaken. After searching through google “what is crochet” I came across lots of different examples of crochet items, I was so fascinated, but also worried, “what if it’s too much like knitting and it gives me hand pains again” etc. However, I really wanted to try it, I wanted to find the right craft for me, so I was willing to try this.

I watched a youtube tutorial on crochet from Bella Coco and thought to myself “yes, I can do this, I’m sure.” I tried and tried and couldn’t get it, for what seemed like the longest time. I think I jumped too far into the deep end, before even learning how to properly chain or what type of stitches there are; I wanted to make a proper pattern, right away. I started off with a solid granny square, couldn’t do that, I then tried a traditional granny square, couldn’t do that and then I went onto doing a waffle stitch. The waffle stitch seemed to be so much easier, and now, looking back, I can see why I found waffle stitch easy; that’s because it really is a simple stitch, it essentially uses one of the basic stitches, but occasionally doing front post and back post treble crochet(UK terms).

Since learning to crochet, I haven’t looked back. It’s a craft that I really enjoy, it isn’t too complicated for me, it keeps me relaxed and I’ve become part of a wonderful community on instagram, full of people who are happy to help and offer encouragement. If you’re wanting to learn to crochet, I would definitely recommend watching Bella Coco’s youtube tutorials, they are beginner friendly and easy to follow.

Waffle stitch The first stitch/pattern I learnt July 2015
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The first granny square blanket I made-perfectly imperfect

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