My grandmother crocheted while I was growing up. She produced bright, if not down-right gaudy, afghans and sweaters. They were fun and homey, but appeared time consuming. She was rarely seen without yarn dangling from her fingers. Crocheting didn’t seem like something a woman who worked full-time outside the home could possibly find time to do.
But one year when it came time to think about Christmas presents, I found I wanted to make something personal. I had a few evenings I could devote to making gifts, so I decided to crochet something small for family members.
But it had been years since I had ever tried to crochet. I had been twelve when I last made a granny square. Where to begin? I knew I could join a local “stitch and bitch” group, but since I wanted to churn out several items in a short period of time, I rejected the notion of attending a group that only met once a week.
Learning from a book sounded difficult. After all, how could a person hold a crochet hook, control the yarn, and turn the pages of all at the same time?
Free Video Instruction: YouTube
Fearing I would tie my thumbs together while trying to follow instrucitons in a book, I turned to video instruction. A YouTube video provided staged lessons I needed. I could watch the video again and again and again–a big plus for someone who didn’t want to annoy a human teacher.
Best of all, the video was free.
Buying Basic Tools: A Kit
I combined the free video instruction with a basic set of crochet hooks of varying sizes and simple patterns sold together and called “I Taught Myself Crochet Beginner’s Kit.” The kit was marketed by Boye, a company that sold crochet hooks and knitting needles. After investing in a few skeins of inexpensive yarn, I had all I needed to make crocheted cell phone cases and scarfs for family members
Other inexpensive books about crocheting are available at big box stores, Amazon, or can be found free from your local library.
Expanding Your Skills and Budget: The Yarn Store
I visited a local yarn shop. I plunged in and bought some expensive woolen yarn and wooden buttons for my next project, a sweater for myself. Maybe one day I will join one of the local “stictch and bitch” groups. Or record a virtual one on YouTube.
Boye. I Taught Myself Crochet Beginner’s Kit.