I am admittedly a yarn newbie and 2nd time crocheter. I say 2nd time because the first time, my mom taught me just the single and half double crochet. I was never able do much with those stitches except make really crooked scarves or small unfinished blankets. Never realizing there was more to crochet than just those stitches, I never asked to learn more and my mom probably just assumed I didn’t want to learn more.
In my many past attempts at crocheting, the hat had always eluded me. It seemed unattainable and signified to me, a true crocheter. I had once tried to make a “hat” back in 2006. Ok, let’s just call it what it really was—a giant pocket. Even my son, who was about 3 years old at the time, was confused by it, and I didn’t have the heart to make him wear it for fear of traumatizing him from odd and befuddled stares from strangers. After the hat debacle and many other frustrating and failed projects, I just stopped.
I started again shortly after I began working at Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet magazines in 2012. I asked our editor, Jen, to teach me how to crochet a hat. We started with the Orla Cloche Hat from Love of Crochet Spring 2012. She made me practice the basics: chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half double crochet and double crochet. I only completed about 6 rounds of the cloche pattern because the moment I learned how to increase stitches, it finally clicked! I was so excited about my new found knowledge, I couldn’t wait to get home to make a project! Jen handed me some yarn and away I went, creating my first perfectly parallel scarf and “real” hat.
I have learned many stitches and techniques since then, creating mostly hats, scarves, and cowls. I like quick and easy projects, and I jokingly call myself a “freestyle crocheter” since I have never actually followed a pattern.
I haven’t been able to stop since my “a-ha” moment, and I don’t plan on doing so anytime soon. In fact, I’m having trouble trying to find enough time to do all the projects I want, as I’m sure many of you can relate to! Happy crocheting!
You can check out some of the patterns I designed for Love of Crochet—Blue Ridge Scarf (Weekend Crochet 2013); Turquoise Tinsel (Holiday 2013); Midnight Sparkle Sweater (Winter 2013).