It is something I have always wanted to know how to do and just love the look of. I can remember my nana crocheting granny squares when I was a young girl. My mum is also a keen crocheter, whipping together all sorts of beautiful garments for little girls to wear. Why didn't I ever learn? Good question. I have no idea!
It's been really weird changing from knitting on two needles to using one crochet hook. And finding a way to hold the yarn, the work AND the hook has been a real challenge! (How on earth do crocheters get their tension even?).
I have a few crafting books from my op shop travels and dug these out to see where to start. I know there is so much information online, but I really like using books as a starting point (although nothing beats a late night youtube for when you are really in a pickle!). Most of my books are from the 70's and 80's and although the photography and yarn colours are hideously retro, the instructions are still accurate and are (theoretically, at least!) easily followed.
After discovering that Australian crochet terminology is different to American, I finally got my head around some of the basic stitches: dc, half tr, tr, which would be sc, half dc and dc in US terms (I think!).
|Maybe a little too ambitious to start with..a hat that seemed to grow smaller instead of bigger...|
My journey then took me to crocheting flowers, which I just find so lovely! I like the look of them on a hat, a girls dress or a bag. If only I could figure out which 'spaces' to put the hook into! (And why I always seem to run out of one space right at the end....).
But at least they are recognisable as a flower, unlike my first few attempts. All the 'learning duds' go to the daughter who manages to get in quickest, they seem to love them as much as I do!
The Learning Duds. Great for young girls to play with.
And so begins my journey into the vast world of crochet. I do hope it's a good one.