My grandmother taught me how to crochet when I was in Standard 4….so I was about 10 or 11 years old. She taught me how to make a square blanket. I would just go around and around and around, and would pick it up over the years and add whatever wool I could find.
So, I could crochet some stitches, but I had no idea they were called a special name, and how to start it off!
Now that we have wonderful technology like youtube and online tutorials, I thought I would attempt to teach myself how to crochet, and make a beanie!
1st problem: I didn’t know how to read a crochet pattern!
Solution: Google “how to read a crochet pattern” and came up with this site:
2nd problem: I had no clue what a slip stitch, or double stitch was.
Solution: On the same site as above, they had the abbreviations for the terminology used in the patterns, and a link to how to do the stitches.
3rd problem: I didn’t have a pattern.
Solution: I googled for a crochet beanie pattern.
This video was very good. I liked how I didn’t have to follow a written pattern and all the jargen, I just needed to copy what she did.
But then I encountered another problem…
4th problem: I only had one roll of yarn/wool…and it was running out fast with the pattern I was following…it also was looking kind of wonky. I think it was because the wool I was using was thicker.
Solution: Take it apart and find another pattern.
5th problem: I didn’t have a pattern.
Solution: I had a crochet book that I picked up for 50 cents at Spotlight. It had a beanie pattern in it. Even thought I would have to follow a pattern, I thought I would give it a go.
6th problem: The beanie didn’t look like the one in the picture! doh’! I re-did it, and then it was too big.
Solution: Take it apart and start over.
7th problem: I didn’t have a pattern.
Solution: I googled for a beginner’s beanie crochet pattern.
I came up with this:
8th problem: As I was muddling through yet another pattern, I found that the beanie was getting a bit too big again.
Solution: But this time, I had a “weee” bit of experience up my sleeve, so I adjusted the pattern, and it worked!
OH HAPPY DAY!
And I finally got to use the crochet flowers I had done a while a go.
This is the video tutorial I followed for the crochet flowers:
Reality check: When did I find the time? This was all done while my youngest was at Playcentre for a couple of hours. When hubby came home from work I had a bit of time to myself, and then I worked on it some more in the evening. Phewwww!