Learning a new skill – Crochet

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Over the last few months I have been learning to crochet.

I posted a picture of my first crochet project back in April and you can read more about that HERE.

I thought I’d share with you a few of my thoughts on learning a new skill – like crochet.

 

 

  • Take a Class or Workshop.  If you can – go to a workshop or take a class to learn a new skill.  There are lots of classes and workshops around on all different types of things – like quilting, stitching, crochet, sewing – and the list goes on.  If you can’t attend a workshop or class – do one online!  This is what I did to learn to crochet – I signed up for two Craftsy Classes – the first one was Amigurumi Woodland Animals with Stacey Trock, the second one I did was Crochet Lab with Vicki Howell.
  • Use the Internet.  The internet is a great resource now and you can find information, videos, ‘how to’ tips and techniques on just about anything!   Here are a few links I found on some crochet tips and techniques that I found useful: http://www.mooglyblog.com/learn-how-to-crochet/ and http://dandelionbouquets.net/learn-to-crochet-video-series/
  • Practise!  Keep at it – practise, practise and more practise.   Do a little bit every day if you can – and you’ll eventually get the hang of it.  I have NEVER done crochet before – so when I did my first little sample piece – it felt so strange to me – and I didn’t know if I would be able to get the hang of it.  But I just kept trying – a little every day or so – and then it all just ‘clicked’ and started to work.  I continue to do a little more every day – and I am slowly getting better and better at it – and a lot more comfortable with it too.
  • It doesn’t have to be Perfect!  Just give it a go – it probably won’t be perfect the first time you try something new – but that’s OK!  I have plenty of little practise pieces of crochet that have all different size loops, that had one row longer than the other and where I split the wool and got half a stitch!  This is all part of learning a new skill – you have to make these mistakes so you can learn by them.
  • Enjoy it!  Don’t be too hard on yourself  – enjoy learning a new skill, take breaks when you need to and go back to it later.  Don’t push yourself too hard – you won’t learn it all and be an expert at it straight away.  Be patient – you will get the hang of it eventually and just keep on trying.
  • Share your achievements!  Share what you have achieved with family, friends and the online community!   There are some great online community groups  – like Ravelry  – that you can join.  Here people share projects they have made, patterns they like, tips and advice.  It’s nice to have this kind of online support – especially if your not sure about something – and are new to crochet like me and need some advice!  Another online group one I found was The Crochet Crowd.  They have some great crochet alongs and challenges you can take part in.  I think all this online support and involvement is great – it makes you feel like you are not alone - and keeps you motivated too.
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And speaking of sharing – here is my second crochet project I have just finished!

A scarf I made for my daughter.

This is one of the patterns you get with the online Craftsy class I did – Crochet Lab.  It was a good project to do – as it only used one stitch – a double crochet.  So it was great practise and I finally figured out a comfortable way for me to hold the wool too.

I really loved making this scarf and I was actually a little sad to finish it!  So I have plans to make another one straight away with some beautiful hand dyed wool I bought at the Melbourne Quilt & Craft show.

 

 

 

I have really enjoyed learning to crochet.  I still have LOTS to learn but I am really loving crochet now.  It’s so nice and relaxing to sit in front of the TV at night doing a little crochet.

Have you learnt any new skills lately?  I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Sewing – or crochet, knitting, stitching or crafting!

 

 

 

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Sheryl scholte
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Hi Jody your scarf looks fantastic and thankyou for all your tips as this is something I would to do in the near future,thankyou for sharing.xx

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