First up, a little house cleaning. For the last year I dabbled with moving all my crafting and DIY posts to another blog. It became too much for me to maintain, so as of today, those posts are coming home to Lost and Fawned. Along with my usual fare of shopping, style and decor, I’ll be sprinkling in my quilting, sewing and now crochet as well. I can’t wait to show you more.
On to the topic at hand… learning to crochet! You may know that I’m an avid quilter (if not, be sure to check out my Instagram feed). I’m also a chronic dabbler in the world of crafting. I needed a new hobby like I needed a hole in the head, but here I find myself, hording yarn and starting projects.
My great grandmother was a whiz with a crochet hook. Our family has piles of amazing zigzag afghans that she made over the course of her life. They are full of memories and are so comforting, physically and emotionally. The last time I was in Oregon, my mom and I spontaneously picked up some crochet hooks and yarn while we were at the coast for the weekend, and made it our mission to learn Granny’s craft.
It didn’t really click for me until I got back to Ohio. My goal was to learn to make granny squares. My search brought me to this video tutorial by Bella Coco. I settled in for the evening with my hook, yarn and iPad. It took me about and hour and half of stitching, ripping out (also called “frogging”… riiiip riiiip riiiiiiip) and starting over before I got it. It clicked! I was not only understanding what I was doing, but I was also getting faster and more comfortable with the hook.
I’ve officially finished a couple of projects, including 2 chunky infinity scarves, an adorable coffee cup cozy and a little amigurumi bunny doll. I also have a few other projects in progress (like my huge scrap yarn granny square blanket and a hexagon afghan). I’m having a blast learning new stitches and techniques. Everything think I have finished was guided by video tutorials. I’m getting comfortable enough to modify the tutorials and read patterns.
Interested in giving it a try? Here are some of my favorite tutorials to get you started. These are ones I have tried myself and had success with.
- Granny Squares with Bella Coco – Use scrap yarn to make colorful granny squares. Can be combined to make afghans, scarves, bags, etc.
- Joining Granny Squares with Bella Coco – Put your squares together!
- Join Granny Squares as you go with Bella Coco – Another method of joining squares that saves time.
- Bear Coffee Cup Cozy with Flying Mio – Does not use accurate terminology, but a very cute and quick project. Try this one after you are more comfortable with the techniques and terminology.
- Amigurumi Rabbit for Beginners with HappyBerry Crochet – Learn to make sweet little stuffed critters and characters. Good tutorial once you have mastered basic stitches. Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3
- Hexagon Granny Squares with Bella Coco – Once you have nailed down square granny squares, try hexagons!
- V-Stitch Infinity Scarf with Bella Coco – I used this tutorial but modified it by using super chunky/bulky yarn and a larger hook to make the heavy scarves you see above.
Some tutorials (including the ones by Bella Coco) will use British terminology. Here is a great conversion chart to help you translate.
So there you have it! This is how I learned in the matter of a couple of weeks. With enough practice and determination, I am convinced anyone can learn. It’s a very portable hobby. It’s so easy to throw a ball of yarn and a hook in your purse and crank out a granny square or two while you wait for your appointment. Please share your favorite resources or tutorials in the comments! In the future I will cover some of my favorite tools and yarns for beginners.