Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Crocheting makes me cranky

I've always wanted to know how to crochet.

I've been a knitter for about 30 years. I've tried to learn how to crochet a few times ... but without success.

There is a knitting shop in my 'hood that offers lots of workshops. I signed up for the four week Crochet 101 course and it started tonight.

Our extended crochet program is for those who want to get a rock solid foundation in this lovely craft. In these 4 classes, the basic stitch patterns will be practiced and perfected. Students can try out their skills on either a series of crocheted washcloths (very functional favorites) or a scarf project. Circular or 3D crochet forms will also be covered and applied to a basic hat pattern. Learn how to follow along with a crochet pattern (both written and charted); abbreviations are decoded and mysteries are revealed. Students will learn how to add beautiful lacy edges, embellishments and finishing touches to all their pieces knit or crochet.

Tonight we learned two basics ... the chain stitch and the single crochet stitch.

At the end of the two hour class, here is my dishcloth.

Yes, that's it!

I found it awkward and was getting frustrated and cranky by the end of the class. There are eight women in the course and there was one who was even more crankier than I was because she couldn't get passed the chain stitch. Ha!

I have to have my dishcloth finished by our next class ... sigh! In the next class, we are making a hat. Oh dear!


Isabel said...

That's pretty good for your first time. This makes me laugh cause when i tried to teach myself to knit, I could NOT figure out the cast on. I had to wait to go back to work to ask Chris to show me. I would give up and then try again.

So i feel ya girl! It gets better. What was hard for me was figuring out how to hold the yarn and needles.

Teresa said...

I've thought about taking a knitting or crochet course but something always comes up. Good luck grumpy.

CapricornWoman said...

My DIL learnt by watching a video on You Tube. never tried myself..

Cindy said...

Hi Teena,
I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one! I actually tried again recently, too. Nope, I couldn't make a dishcloth either. But, I must say, I can't knit either, so you are one up on me.
Hugs, Cindy

Sarah said...

Good luck! I'm sure in no time you will be a pro at it. I like the color blue you chose.

Mom Knows Everything said...

I knit and crochet and once you get the hang of it crocheting is easier and much faster than knitting. Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it.

Teena in Toronto said...

I'm having problems with the tension (it's causing me lots of tension!!) ... it's too tight.

kim•ber•ly said...

I learned how to crochet first and then how to knit and knitting always scared me. There were too many stitches on the needles, so many to drop!

And I certainly hear you on the tension issue. I am both tense and have too much tension. Wish I knew which came first! 8)

Hang in there! You'll get it!