Learning to Crochet

Alan bet he could learn to crochet when we bought Isabelle her Blossom-Blossom doll. But he was joking. He really doesn’t have the time. And he didn’t understand why I couldn’t do it.

So, about a week ago, I tried to learn…again. This isn’t the first time I’ve tried. I’ve attempted it before but I got lost and confused. It’s not that I can’t make the stitches. That’s no problem. I just don’t know where to stick my hook. The stitches are foreign to me and I can’t tell them apart. I stick my hook anywhere and everywhere and then I get frustrated because it doesn’t seem to look right.

Learning to crochet
Ok, so I didn’t really hurl the crocheting across a room, pull my hair out, or curse crochet to the heavens. But I WAS very frustrated. I forgot that there is a learning curve with everything. For some reason, since I know how to knit, I expected my brain to just pick up crocheting and recognize the stitches and when it obviously wasn’t doing that, I was getting mad. But I kept trying a little here and a little there over the past week and something FINALLY clicked.

And I’ve finished a scarf! Now I’m working on a dolly with help from Bethany. She gave me the best tip after I had pulled my project apart like freaking five times. She told me when I make a mistake and am low a stitch on a row, I can just add an extra stitch on the next row. DUH! What a great tip! I should have asked Bethany for help after I pulled the project the first time, maybe the darn thing would be done by now.

Where are the pictures of the finished scarf though, you ask?

And my answer is, who has time to take pictures when they’re busy crocheting?? Bwa ha ha! :)

Just kidding. Maybe tomorrow.

7 thoughts on “Learning to Crochet

  1. I taught myself to crochet, and if I can do it ANYONE can do it. I think it’s a bit less stressful than knitting. If you make a mistake, it’s so easy to correct. Have fun with the new craft!
    Barbara

  2. I had the exact same experience learning to knit, no joke. I was so frustrated for the longest time – and then finally it just all clicked. I’m intimidated to start crochet though… maybe this fall… :)

  3. Oh believe me, I know that feeling of not wanting to stop crocheting! I can’t tell you how many times Troy has gone to bed at 11 and woke up at 3 for some reason only to find me bleary-eyed in the living room, some movie on the TV, crocheting like a demon because “I only have two rows left, I’m almost done!” In fact, part of the reason I started watching Chuck was because I had a blanket I needed to finish, so I needed something new to watch!

  4. To think we were actually going through the same thing at the exact same time when I emailed you and asked you for your help. Even tough I know we are sisters, it always is uncanny when ever I find out that we are so similar or are doing something at the same time or react to something the exact same way. The only difference is that you actually follow through whereas I am off to the next project before anything is ever completed.

  5. I found your blog through makesomething.ca (shirred dress tutorial) and I’m loving it. I am in this moment in my life where I want to learn to crochet but I have the exact same problem: When someone tries to teach me, they stick the hook in a stitch that seems totally random and for me it just hasn’t clicked yet. Anyway, congratulations on your forthcoming baby.

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