Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Adventures In Crochet (1)

Good Morning,
One of my 20 before 20 goals was to learn how to crochet, which was something that I had always wanted to learn how to do.  The only person in my family who knows how to crochet lives three hours away in another state, so I decide to teach myself.

To me learning how to crochet would just be a new experiences, then I thought their have to be others out their trying to teach themselves as well. So I thought what if I did a series throughout the whole year documenting my successes and struggles with learning how to crochet. So my new series for my blog this is year is Adventures In Crochet.

In each post I'll talk about my experience with crocheting, projects and any other things that relate to the topic. To me this would be a great way to talk to other beginner and a great way to learn tips and tricks from other skilled crocheters.

So after that long introduction, lets get started.

To tell you the truth I have been trying to learn how to crochet for the past few years, I would start a project and then get frustrated because my project would end up looking like an explosion of yarn. I had always checked out books from the library on the subject but could never understand the text or even the step by step pictures. So to make a long story short, I would end up throwing my needles and yarn into a bin until I felt the urge to learn again. A few months ago in dawn on me YouTube.

Now I love art and have always been a visual learner, so why I didn't think of YouTube before is beyond me. When I did look up Crochet For Beginners on YouTube, I got a ton of hits.  After going through a few videos I found one that I really like that was easy to understand. It even went through the best type of yarn and needle to use if you were a beginner. Below is the video I watched, which I think might be helpful to some other people out there. This video is called "How to Crochet - Part 1 - Basics for the Absolute Beginner".

Another thing that really helped me was to make the video full screen, to me you got a better idea what you were doing and you could really understand the instructions better.

In this video they teach you how to make a simple dish rag, so after a few trys I finally made one that I was happy with.
The bottom looks a little weird, but overall I like it....lol


I'm still trying to learn the right "tension" because the first dish rag I made was to tight and the second one was to loose ( they say after a while you will get the hang of it). I also have to get use to the whole counting thing because I'm usually watching t.v when I'm crocheting ( which is probably not the best thing for beginners).I don't know what my next project will be, I'm trying to take baby steps but I might try a Granny Square or something else.

One of my favorite things to do now is to sit down with a blanket and crochet while watching the X-Files, So I think this time crocheting is here to stay.

Enjoy,

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