About 12 months ago, a lovely lady at my work had offered to teach me to crochet, and she was also teaching her daughter. She brought me in a ball of yarn and a crochet hook, and showed me how to do a granny square. Well, sort of. She was trying to remember how to do it and hadn't done if for MANY years. In the end, it just got put aside, and I hadn't thought of it since, until last week.
Now, due to irritating pregnancy circumstances, I am forced, for the next few months (and have done for the last couple, actually) to spend a large proportion of my day laying down. This is very boring and annoying, because I have a pretty active mind and so lack of stimulation causes severe mental agony. So I've been trying to come up with various ways to keep myself entertained. So this week, I decided to try to learn to crochet on my own. I pulled out the yarn and the hook, and had a bit of a go at it. What I remembered was very shoddy, and as I said she'd only showed me a square. So I checked out the net, watched a couple of videos, read some tutorials, and after a few practice runs, ended up with this little baby:
I started off doing single crochet, and then after a few rows decided to try something else. So I learned the double, and did three rows of that. Then alternated 3 rows of single and double for about... ohhh a metre and a bit, maybe 130 centimetres (that's about 4 feet 3 inches) and then finished off with another block of single.
Here is some detail of the stitching
I know it's not fabulous, but I'm still pretty proud of myself. It's a good length, although pretty skinny. And very scratchy, cos it's acrylic yarn. So I don't think I'll ever wear it. But it was a good practice run, and I feel very confident now. In fact, I think I'm addicted. DH took me shopping and helped me pick out some more yarn and some more hooks and a "Learn to Crochet" book, so I'm all set. I've started my next scarf, with some much nicer, softer yarn, and will post that up when it's finished.
Any comments or criticism more than welcome. And thanks for looking! If you made it this far, you deserve a round of applause, because I do tend to ramble on a bit.....