Diving Into Crochet
Hello, crocheters! I'm the new Assistant Editor of Interweave Crochet, and I'm so excited to be here! The most important thing you should know about me: No, I don't crochet. But I'm eager to learn, and that's what my first several blogs will be about. I'm diving right in, so please follow along–and share your tips and tricks in the comments!
To learn the slipknot and chain, I used the "Crochet Basics" guide at the back of the 2014 issue of Crochetscene. I started just practicing the slipknot, and I made several to be sure I had the technique down. Once I felt comfortable with it, I moved on to the next step in the guide, which is creating a chain. This was . . . less successful, as you can see.
Pretty terrible, right? I couldn't quite figure out where to place my fingers, and I lost my grip on the whole thing several times. (On the plus side, my cat seemed to enjoy the yarn falling all over the floor.) But with practice, perseverance, and some help from Kim Werker's video "Crochet 101 – Learn the Basic Stitches of Crochet," I managed to get the hang of it.
Much better. (I was also reassured by the instructions in "Crochet Basics," which note that this method takes some practice. It's good to know I'm not the only one who's struggled with this basic stitch.)
With the chain under my belt, I felt ready to move on to more advanced (well, advanced to me) techniques. For that, I enlisted our awesome Projects Editor Sarah Read, who gave me and a few other beginners a lesson. We started with single crochet. As you can see, this one was moderately successful. My wonky stitches–the result of inconsistent tension–made it hard to see what I was doing at times, but I eventually got the hang of it.
After working a few rows of single crochet, I felt confident enough to move on to half double crochet. This one was a bit easier, although I still lost my place a number of times and made A LOT of mistakes. (Thanks for your patience, Sarah!)
We considered learning another stitch, but my brain had had enough for one day. I practiced single crochet a few more times and ended up with this.
It's not much to look at, I know, but I'm kinda proud of it. My (self-assigned) homework is to practice these stitches so that I have them down before my next lesson. My goal is to make the Molecule Cowl from Crochetscene before winter is over . . . wish me luck!
P.S. You can also follow my progress on Twitter: @CrochetRachel