Monday, November 28, 2011

My First Crochet Piece

So I have this problem.
I randomly decide to pick up new hobbies.
Sometimes they stick.
Sometimes they don't.
But I love learning new things.

This time, it was crocheting!
I've seen lots of stuff on Pinterest.
Plus other crochet items I thought were adorable!

So I decided to teach myself.
And in comes Google.
I started googling how to crochet.

Oh wait...
Let me backtrack.
I decided to try to crochet a complicated headband as my first project.
By looking up how to do each stitch as it came up.
Bad idea.

I know, I know... it's TERRIBLE!
It kept getting smaller and tighter.
I couldn't even unravel it at the end.

So it was then I figured out I needed to start at the basics.
I searched around and found a few decent sites.
But then I found one on Pinterest.
And it was a GOD-SEND!

Introducing the Crochet School over at Crafty Minx.
Seriously, her tutorials are AMAZING!
I could easily follow her videos!
While I haven't "graduated" I am keeping her page bookmarked for future reference.
She even has videos for you left-handed people out there!

I didn't quite follow her "syllabus".
Mainly because I had something in mind of what I wanted to make.
I REALLY wanted a headband ear warmer.

So I followed her first few classes and learned the single crochet.
That's what my whole headband is.
I used heather gray yarn.
It's 10 crochets across.
I just kept making rows until it was a comfortable width around my head.

I love it because the stitches allow me to clip in things like flowers...

Or bows (and please ignore my strange expression... I don't like pictures of me)...

Some struggles I had in the beginning...

Patience: It's really hard to be patient and learn to wait things out.

Tension: I had to learn to relax and not pull my yarn too tight.

Counting: I can't tell you how many times I lost count of my stitches.
At one point, I kept doing 9 stitches instead of 10.
So there's this random indent.
But it's barely noticeable.

But overall, I LOVE how it turned out!

And now I'm going to check out some more of the Crochet School to make some more stuff :)


Craftyminx said...

Great job! :) Thanks for sharing about your experience with crochet school.

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Wow - this is one hobby I don't think I could ever achieve. You're doing great. Keep up the good work.

Jamie said...

That is amazing for your first project. I taught myself how to crochet a few years back. My first project was a very simple pot holder. I enjoyed doing it so much that I decided to try crocheting a blanket for my baby. The blanket took 9 months to finish (the entire length of the pregnancy) and I have not crocheted a thing since. Hope you stick with it longer than I did. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower.
Would love to see you DIY Home Sweet home.

P.S. More the Merrier Monday ends tonight. Stop by and link up if you have not already.


You have encouraged me to give it a try. I have always wanted to crochet a rag rug but need to start with "learning how"....haha. Maybe I will make a simple scarf.

OhioMomPatriot said...

I love your dress-up ideas for it! Thanks for sharing!

kayla said...

This headband is really cute, love the color! And I also love it with that pink flower...super adorable! Great job!

Sandy said...

For your first project it looks great! You can also check out crocheting videos on You Tube.. there are tons of them and seeing how the stitches are actually done will really help (wish it had been around when I first learned to crochet!)

Rebecca Heron said...

I love this! I have been looking for a project to start to crochet and I think this is it! Thanks

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