I think I've shared before that I taught myself to crochet a few years ago, just reading from an old needlecraft book my grandmother gave me years ago.
I don't crochet very often. In the past I've found that I don't often like the look of crocheted things. However...I'm finding lately that I've been bitten by a bit of a crochet bug! I don't know what it is. Maybe it's this blog, Cozy Things I started reading early this spring. She's got a little bit of everything there in the way of needlecrafting (Man, she can crank out a lot of things in a short amount of time!) I find it really inspiring. I love all the color, and the mix of projects she's working on. She's a crafter after my own heart. (And I wish I had all the colors in my stash that she does!)
Beach Stripe Surf Blanket from Cozy Things
Anyway, I think it was Kristen that inspired me to delve more into crochet. At my most basic, I just love learning new techniques. And the result this weekend was that I picked up this book, Kids Crochet, at work, with the thought of seeing if I taught myself how to do things right as far as crochet goes, because there are things I've figured out on my own, but still wonder about.
So I was flipping through and reading about the basics...and I read a little closer about how to hold the crochet hook. Yup, got that. I'm a lefty, so I hold it in the opposite hand, but that's ok, I just transpose. Then, I read about how to work a stitch and the SMALLEST piece of information has just TOTALLY transformed my crocheting life! Really!
Step 1: Wrap the working yarn around the hook from back to front (make sure you don't wrap the yarn from front to back - this will make your stitches too tight).
I was just sitting on my bed the other evening, thinking about the crocheted pillow I've been working on and thinking," I like crocheting, but I wish it weren't so hard to pull the stitches through sometimes. Knitting is much smoother. I'm always catching the yarn and splitting it or something when I crochet."
I took up a hook and some yarn and tried it. And again. I started laughing out loud! Oh my God! It's so easy! That one little thing totally transforms crochet for me! Well, I still don't like the way a lot of things look crocheted, but the things I want to do have just become a hundred times more enjoyable to make!
Can't wait to learn how to do this! Isn't he adorable?!
Tomato the Frog Prince by Heidi Bears