Sometimes I feel the need to have a break from sewing to try something new. There is something incredibly powerful about conquering a new skill and building up knowledge in different areas. I’m a very slow knitter and feel crochet it’s a lot more manageable for me. I have dabble in and out of projects a few times before but never really took serious steps to become better at it. I would just wiggle the pattern like I done with Paul. Due to the long hiatus I needed to start learning to crochet from scratch. With a little nudge from the sewing club girls.
After researching beginners guide I came across Crochet for the Absolute Beginner by Pauline Turner. Looks like a brand new book but it’s an actualised reprint from 2005. If a book content still that relevant it was worth a look.
Contents cover the all the basics. I owned a metal free hook until I borrowed a flat handed one at the club meeting. I was hocked. I normally don’t go for fancy but I really felt the difference in the handling and comfort. I would love to hear more recommendations from those who crochet. The book also covers a range of other materials needed. Comparing to other hobbies crochet has a reasonable start cost. A hook and yarn.
Essential knowledge like reading a pattern, beginning a row, turning a chain, pattern repeats, chart with UK- US conversions, abbreviations and common symbols are also covered. My favourite is that each stitch has next to it’s name both the common abbreviation and it’s symbol. It will help me with reading patterns later. After a few stitches the books present’s you with a project for practice. From a few bags, & rugs to motifs and a coat. It grows in difficulty as you crochet along.
There is no fancy aesthetics in this book. Pictures are shoot on plain wood background, step by step style. I found the instructions clear and easy to follow. So far I feel this book will give me a good foundation knowledge. I’m excited about this new start and who knows where this journey will end….
How about you? Do you crochet? Have you learn a new craft lately? Go on tell me what’s on your hook!