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I’m pretty lucky that my WI is filled with a team of super crafty and lovely ladies, so when one of our members and crocheter extrordonaire, Adele, offered to run a beginners crochet class at her local haberdashery, Pins n Needles, I jumped at the chance. I’ve crocheted before, I learnt (or so I thought) to crochet beanies from a couple of the boys I lived with on my season in Mammoth, but it appears my listening, or their teaching had me doing it wrong……And now, after a 3hr class I am in awe of all you crocheters! It is SO hard.



I’m pretty lucky that my WI is filled with a team of super crafty and lovely ladies, so when one of our members and crocheter extrordonaire, Adele, offered to run a beginners crochet class at her local haberdashery, Pins n Needles, I jumped at the chance. I’ve crocheted before, I learnt (or so I thought) to crochet beanies from a couple of the boys I lived with on my season in Mammoth, but it appears my listening, or their teaching had me doing it wrong……And now, after a 3hr class I am in awe of all you crocheters! It is SO hard.
My fingers were cramping from holding the wool. I kept hooking the wool the wrong way round, I felt like causing people harm with the hook at times and as you’ll be able to see below I kept dropping stitches. I essentially spent my time making a string of knots and a mis-shapen square! I’m not sure it’s the sport for me.





Despite this I had a wonderful morning and got to chat with some lovely ladies. Now, dare I attend the granny square class?

12 comments

  1. You just have to get past the point where it feels like you want to stab someone with your crochet hook because it will all suddenly fall into place and then you'll be a crochet machine!

    I definitely found granny squares easier to get to grips with than back and forth crochet.

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    1. So, granny squares are the way to go then? I'll give them a go.

      The stabby feeling was a little overwhelming.

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  2. I'd stick with it and try the granny squares. I always find it so disheartening when I don't get on with a craft from the word go - but I found with crochet that the first thing I made looked awful - the second a little better, and by the third it was getting easier!

    I'm new to your blog, but enjoying having a look around. :)

    bottomofthepeckingorder.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Jenny, welcome. And thanks for the advice. I am always really impatient so if I don't get something right away, I do tend to quit! Must try harder!

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  3. WOW! Well done you! I realllly struggle with Crochet, I cant even get past the chain stitch, so you are doing much better than me! xx

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    1. We had a great teacher! Adele was so positive and made us all feel like superstars! I think it helped.

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  4. Do it! Starting crochet was the best thing I ever did. My advice is Youtube, it taught me everything I know and I really love it :)

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    1. On the advice here I am going to give it another go, but I might have to admit defeat with this one. Thank you for the curious pug link on twitter too.

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  5. Ah that looks so fun - I'm a self taught crocheter from loads of vintage books I got from my gran. While I took to crocheting like a duck to water, I really struggle with learning how to knit so I understand how you feel. The only thing that confuses me if the different terms US and British crochet patterns call the same stitch.

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    1. The difference between the uk and US stitches came up a few times during the class - must be so confusing!

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  6. Looks pretty good to me! Adele is indeed a brilliant teacher :) x

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    1. Ah, Anna, you were at her Craft Club impromptu lesson weren't you? She said how good you'd been! x

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