To celebrate the launch of Sarah's book - Beginner's Guide to Crochet - I'm taking part in a blog hop organised by Stitch Craft Create sharing beginner crochet wins and fails. See Sarah's kick off post here.
My crochet adventure began when I started a new job working with Anna back in 2008. We quickly learned that we both were creative crafting types and that was the start of a beautiful friendship! Anna is the crochet queen - just check this out if you have any doubt - and that's just the tip of the iceberg! She brought some yarn into work and started teaching me how to crochet on our lunch breaks. I seem to remember really struggling with how to hold the yarn so that it would feed nicely through my fingers - that was one of the tricky beginner bits for me, my first fail if you will. Somehow I figured out a way that worked - and as Anna always says, you're not at school any more - there are no rules, if it works for you, do it!
She taught me the classic granny square, and I made my first crochet item - a cushion. That was my first win!
Not too shabby for my first project - I felt I could handle this crochet malarkey!
The good thing about the granny is that you crochet into the gaps rather than into the stitch, which made it easier for me. But then (possibly a couple of years later, now I look back) I tried single crochet (UK double) amigurumi style, actually having to crochet into the stitch on the row below - that was a big crochet fail! I really couldn't figure out where on earth I should be putting my hook - where was the top of the stitch?! - and Anna and I weren't working together any more so I didn't have assistance readily to hand. Despite our emails back and forth, sometimes you need to be shown!
Well, one day it just clicked - I don't know how, but somehow it did. I was ridiculously proud of this little ball...
And made these two cute little fellas!
That seemed like a big win - I felt like I could actually crochet!
Another fail I had was an attempt to crochet a cowl. I just couldn't get the sizing right, and the stitches were all far too tight and rigid. This is where Sarah's fab tutorial on Annaboo's House for The Ultimate Cowl came in handy and I made this...
Such a great pattern - easy to do and it worked up quickly, just what I like. A win.
And how great that Sarah now has a book full of beginner crochet patterns!
I've now crochets blankets, monkeys, cushions, shawls, and all sorts of other bits and bobs. Check out my crochet tab to see my creations!
Now it just remains for me to nominate another blogger to carry this hop along...
The lovely Sam of Betsy Makes. Her crochet work is beautiful, and her blog is full of inspiration. Be sure to keep an eye out for her Beginner Crochet Blog Hop post!