I Still Don’t Get It But…

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There I was sitting in my living room with a book of crochet patterns trying to figure out how the deuce to make heads or tails of the instructions. I was staring some of the “beginner” projects for over an hour and let me tell you, I’ve read calculus problems that made more sense than that noise.

EX: The first line of the baby hat pattern I tried from RedHeart.com goes like this. Rnd 1: Ch 2; 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook; join with a sl st in first sc.

WHAT???

I don’t see how that translates to a circle type pattern I was expecting from the picture. I just kept getting jumbled messes and had to cut horrible knots off my yarn before trying again. I don’t take defeat easily. Today is my day off and I’d damned if I didn’t have something to show for my efforts! So I found whole project videos on YouTube.com!!!! I thought they would just show how to do a single type of stitch, but no! They have whole projects! There were tons but I really like hats so I went with this lady.

Love this woman! Love her! I’d kiss her face if she were here! It took me a few hours but I made my first crocheted newborn beanie! Can I get a “what, what”? I’m so proud. My success was not without some set backs though. Look at this.

 

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I clearly screwed up my rounds. Looking back I think I didn’t do the slip stitches right as I moved to the next round. But I just wanted to finish something to build my confidence, you know? I can’t help but think those gaps shouldn’t be there at all either…I’ll try again and see what happens.

I still have no idea no idea how to read a pattern though. I think knitting patterns make more sense on paper but don’t translate well when I execute it. Crochet is the exact opposite.

Oh well! Vive la Crochet!

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5 thoughts on “I Still Don’t Get It But…

  1. I can crotchet but can’t knit a stitch! Haven’t done any projects in years, but your posting is giving me the itch to start again! My first “hat” turned out to be a cylinder. Don’t ask..it wasn’t pretty!

    • Ha! “Fancy stitch”. Yes. That’s exactly what I was going for. 😉

      I’ll keep trying. It makes sense now what with hindsight being 20/20 and all. Even with the little frustrations the spiral system for making a hat is pretty awesome! Why aren’t more people doing this?

  2. The book “Stitch n’ Bitch; the Happy Hooker” has a pretty good short section on how to translate & read a crochet pattern. It also has good descriptions of a variety of stitches. I used it a lot when I was learning how to crochet. After Christmas I plan to try my hand at knitting. We’ll see how that goes…

  3. Pingback: Basic Earflap Beanie Free Crochet Pattern | Family Bugs Blogging

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