Crafts in Iso – Crochet (Michaela)

PART 2: Creating

In Part 1 of this post, I described the process of learning crochet at home using video tutorials. This took eight videos and many hours of practice in between. Finally, after around a month on and off, I realised I could crochet!

After my last lessons, I decided to try a basic granny square pattern and I could do it!

Over the next four days, I was making granny squares while watching TV, hanging out with my kids and even as a passenger in the car. The first few were bigger because I wasn’t holding the yarn tightly enough, and there were a few minor errors but I was still quite pleased with how it was going. I used a cheap colourful yarn pack and then practiced joining the squares into a lap blanket for my son.

It took me a VERY long time (around 37 hours) and I was surprised at how long it took to join all the squares together. It is uneven and crooked but not too bad for a beginner’s very first creation.

My next step was hats! The striped beanie took a few hours but the purple one only two… unfortunately, it was meant to be a slouchy hat. It was my first time using a thicker yarn and I pulled it much too tight. My son loves it and says it is very warm so it worked out ok in the end.

So that brings us to now.

I am currently working on a bigger blanket and planning to attempt slippers and toys soon. But the creation that I am most proud of so far is an egg apron (for collecting my chooks’ eggs). I used this pattern and was excited that I could read and follow it with no problems. I made the straps longer so it can also be used by adults and I think it is very cute, as well as useful.

This process has been absolute proof that if you lock a non-crafty person in their house with the right equipment and Internet access, they can learn to crochet. I have been crocheting most times that I watch TV now. You could say that I am “hooked” (terrible crochet joke… groan)!