I’m obsessed with crochet. I’ve caught the bug. If you’ve already been following my instagram feed, you know I’ve been posting all about my crochet journey!
I first learned to crochet when I was young. But I could never get my edges even. I would try and try to make a simple scarf, but it always turned out wonky. I finally gave up, arg! But I held onto hope that I’d turn to it again.
I was recently sparked with the thought to try again when a friend of mine asked her friends and community to crochet 16 inch square blankets for a Teeny Tears campaign. These blanket sets go to families who’ve lost a baby. Hospitals provide 2 sets for each family, one for the newborn to wear and one for the family to take home and remember. This cause is near and dear to my friend, Lisette, and I really wanted to teach myself again and support this cause, thinking “I should be able to crochet a 16 inch blanket”!
Look how teeny tiny these darling blankets are, complete with diapers. Image credit to Lisette.
So I did. I got out my crochet hook, some yarn, and turned to the best resource out there for us DIY’ers: YouTube. There are so many great video tutorials for crochet. It really helps to watch someone go through the motions. I’m not really that great at reading and following a pattern, so videos are perfect. You can follow along and pause or rewind when you need to, making sure you really get it.
Here are the videos I watched, when you’re starting from square one:
- Naztazia – the first video I watched, super basic and great step by step.
- Crochet – there are all sorts of basic stitches to watch and learn.
- Crochet Geek – fun projects with great step by step instructions.
- The Curious Pug – starting at the beginning together.
- All Free Crochet - good resource for videos and patterns
If you can learn to master the basic crochet stitches, you’re set and you’ll be searching for more cool projects. I’ve now donated 4 blankets to the Teeny Tears cause, with more on the way, as they are always in need of donations. And I didn’t stop there. I’m now on to scarves, lots of them for fun gifts, and even tackling a large afghan.
I’ll be sharing more this week all about my journey through crochet. All sorts of tips, ideas, and videos. Because as you will soon notice, I’m addicted!
- Choosing Yarn for Crochet
- Getting the Right Hook
- Learning the Basic Stitches
- Finishing Your Crochet Project
- Learning to Finger Crochet with Kids
Do you crochet? Or knit? Are you as obsessed as I am? What fun projects are you working on?