Yarn Newbie and Excited Crocheter

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.

IMG_3928_GreyHat ResizedI 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).

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Sneak Peek – Love of Crochet’s Special Holiday 2013 Issue

Many of us have already started thinking about our holiday crafting, but you will definitely want to set some yarn aside for the fun projects in Love of Crochet’s special Holiday Issue! With its beautiful and current designs, you’re sure to find something to crochet for everyone on your list (and something for yourself too).

04_LOC_4HOL13_HS_1_200pxIf you’ve been searching for the perfect sweater to make a fashionista in your life, try the Turquoise Tinsel Shrug. Using only one skein of gorgeous, specialty yarn, this shrug is quick to crochet and would make a great statement at a holiday or New Year’s party. The Convertible Cashmere Sweater is another fashionable garment that will flatter any figure. Its lacy, open stitches and ribbed sleeves will make it an instant favorite.convertible cashmere 200

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For the guy in your life, the Ice Fishing Gaiter is the perfect accessory to keep him warm and toasty this winter. It’s a perfect project for a beginner and can be crocheted in a flash.

monkey trouble 200Any kid will love the Monkey Trouble blanket and pillow. Stitch this set for a gift that will be treasured for years to come.

peppermint trio 200The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a few festive decorations in your home. Crochet the Peppermint Trio and you’ll have a table runner, hot pad, and trivet that are sure to bring some holiday cheer. Also, the Precious Gift Charms are an adorable way to dress up any wrapped gift. You could even use them as ornaments to hang right in your tree.

gift charms 200Our Holiday Issue goes on sale October 15th, so pick it up at a nearby newsstand or from our Crochet and Knit Shop. We can’t wait to get started on these fun projects! Which ones are you most excited for?