You know what I’m talking about. No, not that! It’s CROCHET!
Lately I’ve been obsessed with interested in learning crochet. I mean really learning it. I know how to chain and do basic stitches but I’m not satisfied with making simple dishcloths forever. I want to learn how to read patterns! I want to learn how to read charts! I want to make afghans! Pillows! Granny squares!
I’ve spent hours ogling crafters’ crochet projects on Ravelry and flickr and checked out a stack of books from the library in the hopes that I, too, can be a “crocheter” (is that a word?). How can you not want to learn everything there is to know about this craft when you see things like this?!
Those thumbnails do not do the photos justice. So please click on the gallery above not only to see the photos up close but also to browse the photostreams of these talented women. A word of warning: you may lose several hours of your life. But believe me, they would be hours well spent.
Do you crochet? If so, how did you learn? I picked up knitting rather quickly and could easily teach myself new techniques by just opening a book. But crochet seems to be a different beast. I can’t seem to get past that very early beginner stage. I’m confined to simple squares of straight basic stitches. Are there “must-have” books that clearly explain the mystery of crochet? Would I benefit more by waiting on a crochet class at my local yarn shop? What about YouTube? I’ve tried searching for crochet videos but there are so many and a lot of them aren’t really any good. Is there a specific YouTube channel I should look for? I’m open to suggestions and advice.
In the meantime, I’ve been knitting Orangina exclusively and trying to finish it up. It’s going slower than I’d like, but I guess that’s to be expected of any garment knit on size 3 needles.
I plan to get plenty of knitting done during this holiday weekend. I hope you do, too!