A Strong Left Hook: Crochet Skills Do Evolve

crochet beginnerI’m fortunate to have worked on a number of different projects here at Interweave. I have done everything from making a Christmas tree out of pom-poms to stuffing goodie bags full of wool wash and fiber for Yarn Fest.

A little while ago, I was asked to crochet a few pieces for the cover photography of one of our videos, 5 Easy Crochet Edgings with Mary Beth Temple. This project reminded me of just how far my crochet skills have come since learning how to make a chain with the ladies at the Senior Center in Tallahassee, Florida. I was excited that my skills had developed enough to easily create five different crochet edgings you can use for almost any project.

Looking back on the projects I made in the beginning of my crochet journey is both funny and embarrassing. That crochet beginneryarn—what was I thinking?? That hat—it’s ugly and huge! I’ve found the best time to take a look at my old projects is when I’m frustrated with a new project or technique. It provides the perspective and humor I need to remember where I started and the motivation to keep on going.

If you’re a beginner now, don’t stop or be discouraged. There are countless crochet projects out there that are useful, beautiful, and accessible to beginners. Give one a try; you might impress yourself. If something doesn’t work out quite the way you planned it’s okay to be disappointed, but don’t throw it away. Keep that piece in a safe place so you can look back later on your progress. As crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby says, “Give yourself the easy win first,” then take on your next challenge.

There are so many resources available at Interweave that will help you become a better and more confident crocheter. Check out a book, read an article, or take an online course to help you take the next step.

—Lindsay


Lindsay’s Crochet Resource Suggestions

The Crocheter’s Companion by Nancy Brown

Basic Crochet Stitches edited by Erika Knight

Articles

Learn How to Crochet with a Free eBook

Crochet for Beginners: How to Read Crochet Patterns


4 Easy Crochet Videos with Meredith Crawford

 

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