Monday, October 5, 2015

Teaching Myself to Crochet: Lesson 1

It's something I've wanted to learn how to do for a really long time.  I can do a single crochet but that is all so, when the ladies on A Working Pantry Facebook group started sharing their crochet creations that they're making for Christmas gifts I knew the time had come to learn. 

I started out on Youtube spending some time going through videos looking for one that was basic and easy to follow.  Finally, after looking at several I found this one and got started.

I picked out a washcloth from the ones we use, chose a package of yarn from my supply and a crochet needle from what I had on hand and got to work.  I watched and crocheted.  If you watch the video you will realize that this edging is just the first step in this particular pattern.  Later in the week I'll do the second part which is actually the design.



I know it has lots of 'issues' but I'm pretty proud of my first attempt at doing something other than making a chain stitch that does nothing!

Do you crochet?  Are you self-taught?


patsi

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18 comments:

  1. i do a little crochet, my step mum taught me, am making granny squares with left over yarn for a throw or blanket sometime down the track. i prefer to knit but i do love all those gorgeous crocheted blankets & throws on pinterest!
    have fun
    thanx for sharing

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    1. Selina, I know just a little more about knitting than I do crocheting so I have lots to learn in the knitting department too!

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  2. I crochet a little. I made scarves for Christmas gifts last year and making a spread using the double crochet stitch for a wedding gift for next year, good thing I have plenty of time I will need it. Next I'm going to learn how to knit.
    Have a great week!
    Sue

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    1. Sue, I can knit just enough to make simple dishcloths. I want to grow in my knitting abilities too!

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  3. Yes I crochet, I was taught by my grandmother when I was 8years old and the first thing I made was a doily. i have since made many afghans and such.

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    1. How special Kim, to be taught by your grandmother!

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  4. Dear Patsy, You know I am a crochet nut. My Mum and Nan taught me. nan taught me the flowers I do.
    BUT... I did the same things for fifty years. Then the last two years I went in you tube to learn new stitches. It is the best fun. And to my amazement all the patterns really are made up of basic stitches in new orders. Who knew? Anyway I have loved doing new patterns and new things. Edgings transform so many things.
    Also it is known now that learning new stitches etc. Is very good for us like doing crosswords it is good for the brain. And that once you know team it is healthy. Lowers blood pressure etc. I think very relaxing.
    Keep at it! So many beautiful things to make. Not enough time! Love Annabel.xxx

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    1. Annabel, your work is the reason I decided to give crocheting another try. If I can become half as good as you are I will be quite pleased with myself!!!

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  5. Hi Patsy, I know almost as much as you know, I guess that I will have to up my game and teach myself.I am a fan of many sites where there are ideas for beautiful handmade gifts with crochet.

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    1. Come one tealady, you might as well join me!!!

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  6. I taught myself with a combination of you tube videos and a book I bought for a quarter at a yard sale. I am still learning, but I have made hats, blankets, dish rags, and scrubbers.

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  7. My mom taught me how to crochet and knit. I personally like to knit better than crochet. I was 15 when a friend of mine was knitting a dress to enter in the state fair and I got the bug so my mom taught me. My very first project was a cable knit vest. Mom and I went to a yarn manufacturer and they had single strands of yarn for sale. I picked out three different ones and made my own 3 ply yarn to make my vest. I think that was the project I have been most proud of all these years.
    Paula in Kansas

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    1. Paula, my abilities as far as knitting goes are really simple washcloths, I can't image doing what you did!

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  8. My single row of crochet is o.k. but then my tension goes to heck and the rows get smaller and smaller. Think I might try again. Cheryl

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    1. Hmmm Cheryl, I seem to be having that problem too, but I'm told that practice will take care of that.

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  9. My mom and her step-mom taught me to crochet when I was 12. I started with granny squares because that's mostly what my mom did. Over the years, I learned to read patterns well and just tried things. Now I make lots of baby items (dresses, sweaters, blankets) with both yarn and thread. I've also made a table runner and one of those little thread-crochet angels. I really enjoy crochet.

    Knitting is a different story. I tried to teach myself with a book, but I kept trying to turn my hands wrong and treat the knitting needles like two crochet hooks! You've inspired me to try to learn to knit from Youtube. Susan O

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    1. I'm really enjoying learning to crochet; maybe someday I will be able to crochet some of the things you are.

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