My friend is having a woodland/outdoors wedding and wanted DIY lanterns to give a glow and generally look cute around the place.
Our digital lives are always reminding us what we were up to in years gone by, which is why I know it’s now a year since I first picked up a crochet hook. I really wasn’t crafty up to this point, so I thought it would be fun to think about what I’ve learnt in my first year as a crafter.
Self criticism is the enemy of creativity. When we have an idea, our inner voice tells us it’s rubbish before the thought is even half formed. We’re so scared of creating something rubbish, that we don’t create anything at all.
I recently made this baby blanket for a friend’s new addition, and I was really pleased with how it turned out.
When you think of crochet, you probably think of granny squares and baby blankets. But part of what I love about crochet is how versatile it is, and how it has been brought up to date with some unusual uses.
Card making is such a simple craft, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner there’s no better time for getting creative.
Since taking up crochet about a year ago, I’ve been trying to spread the yarn love to everyone I know. I’d never been a practical person before I picked up a crochet hook, so believe me when I say anyone can do it. Here are my top tips if you’re thinking of giving crochet a try.
Learn the basics
All you need to get started is a hook and some wool. Different weights of wool used different sized hooks. The pattern or tutorial will tell you which hook size to use, and there will also be a suggestion on the yarn’s label.
Be careful if you’re using American websites, as crochet terms mean different things in the UK and US. You can find conversion charts online.
Knowing the type of things you’d like to make will help you stay motivated as you try to get to grips with your new skill. You might not actually be able to attempt those complicated designs yet, but at least you know what you’re aiming for. There are so many different styles of crochet, and different uses for it too. I’ve saved some of my favourites to my crochet board on Pinterest.
Find help online
Video tutorials are a great way to learn – Sarah-Jayne at Bella Coco makes brilliant ones. At first written instructions are really difficult to follow, but video tutorials give you enough basic skills to start using written patterns too.
Stick at it
There will be times when you have no idea what you’re doing, and there will be mistakes – lots of mistakes! Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get it right at first. Recognise your progress, however small, and most importantly enjoy it.
I have a nerdy admission to make. I keep a scrapbook.
I’ve wanted to do a scrapbook for years. Being a perfectionist stopped me from ever getting started – I would overthink it too much and be afraid to make a mistake.