Something New Every Day

September 20, 2018
Part of what I love about knitting is the opportunity to learn something new — whether it be a new stitch, discovering the magic of blocking,  or figuring out how to make a too-small sweater bigger.  For at least a year, I’ve been saying (mostly to myself) that I want to learn how to crochet. Yesterday, I bit the bullet.
And boy, did it feel fiddly! The chain stitch cast on was a piece of cake, but it took me ages (well, a bunch of minutes) to figure out how to hold the working yarn, stitches, and hook. The experience gave me new appreciation for the challenges of my beginner knitting students. I discovered, pleasantly but not surprisingly, that the process began to feel easier with practice. It’s what I tell novice knitters and turns out, it’s right! I started with a basic square of single crochet using a bit of leftover cotton yarn from my stash.
I can’t yet “read” the stitches very well. Sure, I can see a couple of spots that don’t look right, but I have no idea what went wrong nor how to fix them. That’s going to take some more practice. I felt so delighted with this little accomplishment that I decided I should dive into a pattern. Ha! Lessons learned: don’t try to learn a new skill after 9pm nor after a glass of wine. My next step will be to learn a few more basic stitches like double crochet or half-double crochet (what?!) before attempting an actual project. Any suggestions for a beginner crochet project that doesn’t involve granny squares? Back in the knitting world, I’ve just finished the first Vanilla Latte sock. Yarn is Urth Merino Sock, colorway 2018. The person who’ll receive these for Christmas has bigger feet than I do, so even though I used my foot as a rough gauge, I continued a bit longer before shaping the toe.
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6 Responses to “Something New Every Day”


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  3. Congratulations on making a try at crochet! I’ve found quite a few easy beginner crochet projects on the Make & Do crew. Check out this 1.5 hour beanie….. https://makeanddocrew.com/1-hour-free-crochet-hat-pattern-beginners/
    Good luck with your new endeavor!

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  4. Kit Dunsmore Says:

    Practice is definitely the thing for getting better with crochet or knitting. Granny squares aren’t actually all that hard, and are very good practice for crochet, because they do what most crochet patterns do: combine a bunch of stitches. For me, the hardest part is knowing where to start the next set of stitches (i.e., where in the previous chain to stick the hook). Congrats on starting something new! Have fun!!

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  5. Patrick Dober Says:

    Cool!!

    On Thu, Sep 20, 2018 at 11:16 AM Saltwater Hill Knits wrote:

    > saltwaterhillknits posted: ” Part of what I love about knitting is the > opportunity to learn something new — whether it be a new stitch, > discovering the magic of blocking, or figuring out how to make a too-small > sweater bigger. For at least a year, I’ve been saying (mostly to myse” >

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