Finished Object Friday: My First Crochet Project (or Two)

Hi, my name is Marissa, and I am a craft addict. I am the assistant editor of Beadwork magazine, but I seem to find myself constantly learning new crafts and making new projects. I started working at Interweave about 3 months ago, and kept running into the same coworker; our lunch prep time seemed to sync up every day, but we would both eat at our desks. The team member in question, Susanna, project editor for Love of Crochet, Interweave Crochet, and PieceWork, then invited me to join the “crochet corner” for their weekly hour of crafting, or “Crochet-Yay!” I didn’t know how far I would get with my first crochet project, but the appeal of crafting with yarn? I mean, it’s always so soft and comes in all of these beautiful colors!

Susanna’s expertise and patience were invaluable during my first experience at Crochet-Yay! – she was more than willing to teach me how to crochet. This is one of my favorite things about working at Interweave, the ability to learn new things from experts. I participated one Friday afternoon with not even a clue of what was to come. At that point, I didn’t even know the difference between crochet and knitting. I only knew everyone else had cool projects to work on at meetings, and I didn’t!

After seeing how to make a slip knot, a chain, and then a single and half double crochet, and trying it all multiple times, I was off to the races. I spent all weekend practicing, and on my return to the office on Monday, with a nudge from Susanna, I discovered Ravelry, the rabbit hole of patterns where you can get lost for days trying to find the right one.

Anyway, I finally decided on my first crochet project: Kathy Woods-Locke’s One Hour Cowl from Love of Crochet, Crochet More 2014 and went to buy yarn in the correct weight. Jo-Ann Fabrics had a wonderful selection, and I ended up with Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Serenity Chunky Heathers in Smoke Heather so it would match my winter coat.

To be honest, this pattern took me more than an hour, but for a more experienced crocheter, I’m sure it would be a fast and easy project. During the course of the project, I found out that I needed to pay more attention to counting stitches and, unfortunately, I had to rip out several rows. However, after it was finished, I was so proud of what I had accomplished. I had something to show for all of my hard work, which wasn’t really “work” at all!

Never one to let scraps go to waste, I modified the cowl pattern to make a matching headband! Of course it took some trial and error, but I finally completed the headband, and I even incorporated some beadwork to make a brooch (Louise Smith’s Flirty Flower Brooch from the December 2006/January 2007 issue of Beadwork) to attach to the headband. Talk about exciting; I combined 2 crafts to make one awesome project!

Since these first 2 projects, I have been spending way too much time on Ravelry in search of my next project. What can I say? I am a craft addict.

What was your first crochet project, and how did you start learning? Did you have a teacher or were you self-taught? Do you have any advice for a beginner (especially on choosing your next project)? Please let me know in the comments below.

Marissa Bouska
Assistant Editor, Beadwork magazine

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