Since I've got more confident with knitting, I've been thinking I should learn to crochet too. I did make a couple of finger crocheted rag rugs after a lady at our local permaculture group gave me a quick lesson, but I had not yet mastered the crochet hook. I had the basic idea though, from all the finger crochet, so I really just had to sit down with some wool and a hook and one of my many crochet books and figure it out.
My first grannie squares
If you want to learn to crochet, I recommend finding someone patient to show you, even a quick 15 minute lesson is better than nothing. At least you will have the feel for it. I spent ages looking at diagrams in books, but I really needed someone to show me how to hold the yarn and the hook before I could follow the diagrams. If you can't find anyone to show you in person, here is a really good youtube tutorial. This is also a good refresher to help you remember what you learnt. I like the way the presenter explains the technique and talks through every step.
When you master the basic stitches, you're going to want to make some grannie squares! I think the most fascinating thing about crochet, particularly if you're coming from a knitting mindset, is that you can crochet straight lines, or you can go around. It took me a while to see the difference, but its important. While knitting is really only two dimensional, crochet can create 3-D shapes. Also its very quick (but a little holey!).
Here are the two grannie square tutorials that I used to make the squares in the photo. Be careful though, grannie squares are a little addictive. I kept thinking, just one more round and I'll stop. I think that's how rugs happen.....
I kind of want to crochet a nice scarf using some alpaca wool and this pattern, but I really need to finish the knitted scarf I started, and now its spring, eek! I better get knitting fast!
So what about you? Do you crochet? Or knit? Or both? How do you think they compare? And what tips do you have for beginners?
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