I’ve never been very crafty. As a child I learned the very basic knitting stitch but my mum had to cast on and off for me. I was quite good at cross stitch but then children came along and it fell by the wayside.
Years ago a family friend gave me a gorgeous blanket. You can see it here being used to build a den!
But doing something like that myself was impossible. Anyway, recently browsing online I kept coming across the most beautiful crocheted items. All sorts of pretty things – blankets, hats, mug cosies, clothes, headbands, soft toys. Endless possibilities. So I went down to the market and picked up a 4mm crochet hook and a ball of double knit acrylic yarn. It was very cheap. Under a fiver altogether.
Then I searched www.youtube.com for ‘crochet for beginners’ and ‘how to crochet’. There are SO many videos to choose from. It’s all about finding one that you can follow easily. Preferably someone with a voice that doesn’t make you want to punch yourself. I really like Epic Abundance for learning the basics.
Chain stitch and single crochet:
double, half double and treble crochet:
Now here’s the thing. It takes practice! I watched a bit of the video, paused it, tried it myself. Re-wound the video, watched it again, unravelled the mess I’d made, started again. I did this A LOT.
I tried a granny square next. Once you have mastered this, you can make a blanket by stitching lots of small ones together or making one giant one. Imagine that?! A whole blanket that you made yourself!
I went back to You Tube and searched ‘how to crochet a granny square’. I found Bethintx1 the easiest to follow. So early attempts didn’t go very well…
It’s just a ball of knotty nothing! I did this over and over again. It just didn’t look right! I had a couple of week’s break from it out of sheer frustration. Then I bought a gorgeous hook and some stunning hand-dyed yarn from www.facebook.com/trulyhooked. And oh my goodness, isn’t it just beautiful?
The larger hook made all the difference. Aside from being so pretty, it’s easier to grip. I also found a handy tip from Benthintx1 about using a paper clip to mark the central hole of the granny square. Suddenly I had this…
HUZZAH! I made a granny square! Victory is mine! Now I could’ve carried on and made a gazillion squares to make a blanket but I wanted to make something BIG. So I started a new granny square with my special yarn from Truly Hooked and switched back to my smaller hook. Instead of stopping after three ‘rounds’, I kept going. It’s not quite a blanket yet (perhaps for a mouse?) but it’s getting bigger and I’m addicted.