My crocheting journey began last year. I was wandering around my local Vinnies store and I found a bamboo crochet hook. As my Nanna had shown me the basics when I was a kid I decided that this may be something that I would enjoy. As I was mainly housebound at this stage due to my condition it gave me a lot of opportunity to learn.
I found some fantastic resources on You-Tube. My favourite teacher is Happy Berry Crochet. Her video tutorials are so easy to follow. If you want to check out her website and youtube channel here are the details:
Some of my first projects using these you-tube tutorials include flowers, headbands, a blanket, scarves. They were great because you could see exactly what they were doing stop, pause rewind and rewind again until you got something that resembled what they were teaching you to make.
There are a few things I learnt along the way that I wish I had known from the start so I thought I would share them in case you are in the same situation:
The different terminology in pattern writing. UK vs US vs AUS.
The words are all the same but the stitches are actually different. I found this chart from the Spotlight website very useful in checking the terms when I was first starting out.
Crochet Conversion Chart – Spotlight
You need to wash your hooks in soapy water!
Now I can’t remember where I read this little nugget but you will find after a while that the oils etc from the yarn and your fingers will make your hooking a bit tougher than it should be. If you give your hooks a wash in soapy water regularly you will find that the yarn starts slippimg over your hook like a breeze.