Friday, 10 October 2014

Learning to crochet


Four weeks ago, I started a crochet class near where Tam lives.  I've been looking for one for ages but everything in Glasgow was so expensive, the joys of city living...  Luck was on my side though, when Tam saw an advert in the paper about a class with spaces, and on further investigation I discovered the weekly two hour class would set me back just £4 a time.  I was down there pronto!  Then the fun started...

I learn better when someone is standing next to me going over each stage of the process, so learning from scratch from the internet was never going to work for me.  It turns out learning in person was also a bit of a challenge to begin with.  We were taught basic chain stitch (which I already knew), then double crochet and treble crochet.  Hmm.  This took me forever to get my head around, not helped by the fact that my stitches were crazy tight.  I knit very tightly so it wasn't a surprise, but it turns out it makes crocheting much harder than it needs to be.


I eventually loosened off a bit to get the yarn and hook in the right place and do some rows.  For homework I was told to practise rows of double and treble, which I took very seriously indeed - I've been knitting for so long that it seemed a bit ridiculous that I couldn't crochet!  

Two weeks later I was back, along with Tam's mum and aunt, who had decided to join up too and resurrect their crochet skills from youth.  The second night I was deemed good enough to move on to granny squares, which is now my new favourite thing to made.  Look how pretty!


More homework followed, this time in the form of eight granny sqaures which will be joined to make a tiny bag - I'm still working on this, as you can see below...


I'm afraid I'm not one for doing homework within a time limit...  Plus I did have all that knitting to finish...  But it's well on its way to being ready for the next stage!


After learning something, we're supposed to complete the current project at home so we're always learning something new in class, a method I'm very much enjoying.  The learning builds up slowly each week so we don't get too overwhelmed - the third week, I made a star shaped granny and what is meant to be a Christmas tree...  I wasn't as keen on this design, and I did make a couple of mistakes (check out the uneven edges!) but I want to try it again to see if I can get it right.  I love the granny stars though, Mother might be getting some crochet themed Christmas decorations soon!


...And here's what happens if you're not totally paying attention to a pattern - you do too much edging and end up with a 3D star, haha!  I did wonder why it was taking so long to do the second one but didn't realise my mistake until I finished it.  Oh well, more practise needed on this...


Our latest project was learning decreases.  We had to make a heart shaped keyring for the bag - again, this was going fine until the end and then it turned out I had a random line around one of the peaks (right side in the pic).  I think I might possibly have joined it the wrong way around but I did check before so...maybe I just did a weird stitch at that part?  Again, I'll be making another one to see what I did wrong.  My stitches are still pretty tight too - Tam's aunt crochets really loose and even on a smaller hook her heart is twice the size of mine!  I've ordered a bunch of different sized hooks to remedy this though...

And that's all my lessons so far!  Next time we're making a Christmas pudding, and I've to do a couple of different flowers too.  Class is off this week but I'm off on holiday for a few days to a remote cottage with my knitting/crochet buddies, Tam's mother and auntie, and we have grand plans for MAKING ALL THE THINGS.  (We're letting Tam and his uncle come too, provided they keep quiet during all the crafting chat.)

Any crochet tips for me?

:)

18 comments:

  1. wow your crochet is coming along great! and those granny squares are adorable - much neater than I eve get mine!! I was self taught from youtube videos though so I make plenty of mistakes, your class sounds like wonderful value for money and things you've started making already look splendid :) I love crochet so much hope you will come to too! jenny xx

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    1. Aw thanks! Folk have said they look neat but I think it's the tightness that helps :) I'm loving it so far, I'm excited to progress as far as you!

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  2. They all look great even the extra wobbly one! I am super impressed with the heart it looks soo complicated, (anything more than a granny square and I am baffled) can't wait to see the Christmas pud! :-)

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    1. The heart actually seemed not too hard, I have no idea how I messed it up! I just get bored easily with the fiddly stuff I think :)

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  3. Ooo looks like you've got away to a great start - I love how neat your granny squares are. Although my gran and my mam kinda taught me how to crochet, I have to admit to learning most of it by 1940's doily patterns and the internet. Still, ten years down the line and I still get confused by all the stitch terminology differences between US and UK crochet patterns.

    Can't wait to see what else you crochet!

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    1. Ah I've been told to stay away from US patterns because of the difference! Maybe if we found a good conversion chart tho? Thanks, I'll be documenting it like my knitting now haha :)

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  4. Fantastic! I've been learning recently too, mostly from my mum and the internet. Looking forward to seeing more of your makes :)

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  5. The star shaped granny squares are lovely! I know what you mean about learning from a person. My nan taught me over christmas a couple of years ago and, although I use tutorials now, I would never have been able to start without her. Good luck with the bag, looking forward to the xmas pudding too! :)

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    1. That's a good tactic actually! I'm just practising constantly now so I don't forget anything ;)

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  6. Crochet is different from knitting!

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  7. I really want to learn to crochet, so much so that I've invited myself to a friend's house this weekend so that she can teach me - I'm not good at learning from books or youtubes either.

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    1. Ooh good idea, you'll be a whizz in no time!

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  8. Holy frick I can't believe how fast you've done things! I only just learned a heart this year and I've been crocheting for what feels like 4,000 years.

    I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO DO A STAR!

    *strops*

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    1. But you're so good at it! I bet you could do a much better star than mine :p

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  9. She's not that good, that bag is full of holes for one thing! ;)

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    1. Aw just when I think you understand crochet...

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