Crochet School Graduation!

 One of my goals for 2015 was to learn to crochet. Although I’ve been knitting for years, crochet is one of those things that I’ve just never been able to get my head around. I searched online and in books to find the best way to learn and discovered an excellent free crochet course on craftyminx’s blog. Dana Beach is the crochet expert extraordinaire who kindly created it.

It really couldn’t be any better. If you click on the picture above, it will take you to the table of contents, and as you can see she leaves no crochet stone unturned. I am in awe of her ability to explain and demonstrate tricky stitches and concepts to total beginners. I went from knowing absolutely nothing about crochet a few weeks ago, to now being able to attempt patterns (while occasionally referring back to her guidelines).

Dana takes you through the most common stitches with videos that clearly show the method. She gives tutorials on the basics, crocheting a round, making a granny square and a lesson which takes you through a pattern to make a pair of wrist warmers.

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As you can see some of my first attempts are a bit wonky, but I’m sure with practice I’ll improve.

If you think crochet might be a craft you’d like to learn, here are a few of my favourite crochet blogs for inspiration.

Cherry Heart

Attic 24

My Rose Valley

According to Matt

Little Woollie

You’ll soon be hooked 😉

12 thoughts on “Crochet School Graduation!

  1. Congratulations, Kim. Quite lovely.

    My Grandmother … Mom’s side, did a lot of crochet. Her’s was one of tiny cotton threads, turned into doily’s and table runners. Even a table covering, for daytime use. Intricate patterns and whorls with tiny pom-poms and spider-like web patterns.

    Her and my aunt Lois, attended an organization called the “Women’s Institute”. When Grandma used to come visiting from Whitely Bay, she would bring along her bag of crochet. A bag that was material, covered in a crochet pattern. Along with other crafts that her and Lois had fashioned. To show and tell.

    My mother taught me a basic crochet stitch, when laid up with some childhood illness or another. Later in 1970’s, crocheted caps became de-rigour My ex and I bought up wool-ends from Hereford market. Which were turned into caps for sale, in Aberystwyth.

    Later on in 1990’s my second wife, Martha made a couple of throws using those squares. One for herself and then each sister. Which were then sewn together. It took a lot of squares to make that blanket, yet we had fun choosing those that fit together, for they were all different. Except for the black edge around each one. Cheers Jamie.

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    1. I’m not sure which I prefer – probably knitting as I’m more confident with that. I think it is easier to create your own designs with crochet and I like the fact that you can put it down and pick it up at any time without getting lost.

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      1. I like the fact that if you pick an easy pattern, you can pick it up at any time. I dislike when I have a complicated pattern and I forgot to make a note of where I left off! Then I’m left to count and figure it out. My crochet notebook comes in handy and most times I’m good at making notes. I just can’t get used to the feeling of having two sticks in my hands. Why do you need more than one hook?! 🙂

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  2. I too taught myself to crochet back in the ’70’s. I crocheted for a lot of years but have not done it for a long time. I also taught myself to knit. Both of those got superceded by cross stitch which bcame the hobby I was most passionate about. I have been wanting to get back into crocheting especially with all the beautiful yarns available now. Something else I can add to my list for when I retire. I am going to check out the blogs you mention.

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  3. I used to do a lot of cross stitch, but my eyesight is poor and I found it too much of a strain to count the stitches. I enjoy embroidery sometimes because it’s not quite so hard on the eyes. I agree there are some beautiful yarns available now, expensive but so so tempting. Thanks for stopping by. x

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  4. My mother did beautiful crochet, as did my sister, but I never had the patience or interest for the intricate work. But my mother also did hooked rugs using a large single crochet hook, and I regretted never having learned how to make the rugs. Two years ago while I was living in the southern US, my dear neighbor and friend taught me. I was thrilled to do learn this skill, as I feared it had been lost to our family. My neighbor had taught over the years I imagine half the village women of several generations to knit, crochet, hook rugs, sew, do needlepoint, cross-stitch….her talent was endless. Once a week local women gathered in her living-room to work on their projects and learn from the ‘master.’ They brought along their daughters, nieces, daughter in laws, granddaughters.

    Your lovely post has me I’m thinking I would like to do a rug for this winters crafty project, before I lose the skill!

    All my best to you, Kim.

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    1. What a wonderful story. I come from a family of seamstresses and knitters with ancestors who worked in the cotton mills in the North of England. Though there has never been much of a community atmosphere about it as in your experience, it was more their way of earning enough to get by. We are lucky we have so much choice available to us now and opportunities to build communities around crafts, whether that is online or not. Good luck with your rug Johanna. x

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