Learning a new skill – Crochet
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.
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!