Hooked on Crocheting
Many moons ago I had a keen interest in crocheting. I went all out getting supplies – a full range of bamboo crochet hooks bought from eBay, as much yarn as I could pack into my shopping bag, and two books on a beginners guide to crocheting. According to the books, crocheting is an easy hobby to pick up but I found the 2D illustrations hard to follow. Not only that, but I also didn’t know anyone else who crocheted, nor could I find an actual class. So it came to pass, that I put crocheting aside for a rainy day.
All hail the wonders of technology! At the beginning of the year I came across a blog about crocheting on Pinterest called moogly, which had a link to a youtube tutorial. This reignited my interest in crocheting because I could see how much easier it was to follow lessons through watching videos than a book. Watching video tutorials on youtube is much better than a book as you can actually see where to put your hook – etc. Serious kudos to all you ‘hookers’ if you learnt from a book!
The US and UK use different crocheting terms – annoying just like in cooking recipes! The videos I’m learning from are pretty much all American, so I’m trying to remember that a single crochet in US terms is a double crochet in UK terms, and that a double crochet in US terms is a treble in UK terms. You can see how this can be confusing when learning!
So far I’ve learnt how to do a foundation chain and a few stitches; the slip stitch, double crochet (single crochet US) and half treble (half double crochet US). It’s best to keep practising over the stitches you’ve learnt before moving on to the next, so you get used to holding the hook, get the tension right and learn to count stitches. If you move on too quickly you may forget these!
Check out my Pinterest crocheting board for more ideas:
My favourite you tubers are:
Made with love by Glama – Omg I love her! She has a lovely personality and is very talented. Not to mention great nail polishes!
IrishCrochetLab – Explained very well throughout the lessons.
Moogly – I discovered Tamara first though her blog. I like her tutorials because they are quick and to the point.
Learning to crochet online is the way to go in my opinion. Thanks to these tutorials, I’ve quickly got back into crocheting and it really is a relaxing hobby to have.
Do you have a craft hobby?
P.S. if you know any good UK tutorials or blogs please send them my way!