Learning To Crochet – My First Makes

Learning To Crochet – My First Makes

For a while now I have been trying to grab ten minutes here and there to try and learn crochet. You know what it’s like if you have kids, finding some time to spare can be impossible at times! So each week I have been putting some time aside to start some projects.

I don’t know about you but I much prefer to browse through youtube tutorials when wanting to learn something. It just seems so much easier to actually watch somebody physically make what I am trying to do and it’s super handy to pause the video at any time so I can follow along.

I started with some granny squares. I searched through lots of videos and found that Bella Coco was nice and easy to follow along to. She does her patterns in UK terms, but normally converts it into US terms too.

If you are a beginner like me, then these terms will all make sense once you have learned all of the stitches. I had plenty of mistakes along the way but I just tried again until I got it. The hooks I started out with were just basic aluminium ones. I found those had a really poor grip and very awkward to pull the stitches. So after looking on Amazon I bought this kit –


I absolutely love it and it only cost £8.99 for all of this! You get everything you could possibly need and it comes in a really handy carry pouch. I find that the hooks are much easier to use with the rubber grip handles and they don’t snag the yarn like my other ones did. I will pop a link at the bottom of the post. (I will receive a small commision if you buy this, but you are more than welcome to use your own link if you wish.)

After practising the granny square and feeling that I actually have a clue what I am doing, I moved on to other smaller projects. I am currently making some autumn themed bunting and have started by crocheting some oak leaves. I’ve got to do a few more in different shades and some acorns to go with them. This fab pattern was created by Happy Berry.

My proudest make of all is this multicoloured scarf. I am making one for each of my boys.

If you have crocheted for some time then please do ignore my excitement for such an easy project, but I am so happy with how it turned out. Hehe! I followed ….. pattern which is in US terms. Never in a million years did I ever think that I could make something like this. I think I have got the bug now. I have ordered another stash of supplies and ready to start something new!

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  1. Anne September 10, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    crochet can be very addictive and you’ve made a great start. I’ve got exactly the same kit and I find it invaluable, definitely a bargain.
    #mmbc

  2. Sheltie Times September 10, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    I’ve crocheted for a while, but I always remember what a challenge it was when I started. It took me a while to find the hooks I now use, I experimented with lots of different styles and brands to find the right fit for my hand and the way I hold my hook.

    If you haven’t checked out Ravelry and Crochetville I’d suggest going there to meet other crocheters and to explore the world a little more. I find Crochetville to be more social for meeting people and Ravelry is amazing for the amount of patterns both free and paid available there. There are social groups for crocheters there too, but they tend to be geared more towards knitters. Good luck in you crochet journey.
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  3. Cheryl | TimeToCraft September 10, 2018 / 4:14 pm

    I’ve crocheted a few blankets and cushion covers, but I still feel like a beginner compared to knitting. I bought an ergonomic hook to tackle my first blanket and it made all the difference – although one of the dogs did chew it, so it’s not quite as smooth anymore. I’ve not tried anything small like your oak leaves. Yours look so good. About to put our autumn garland up, so maybe I should give that a go. Happy hooking!

  4. Louisa September 10, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    You’re doing so well with your new hobby! I have the same kit and it is so useful to have a selection of hooks. The US/UK stitch names can be confusing can’t they? I wrote a blog post on the differences because it’s easy to not know why your project has turned out wrong when you got the stitches confused! I love your oak leaves, I will have to give them a try
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  5. Tracy Nixon September 10, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    Thanks! I love arts and crafts and do lots of sewing, x-stitch, tapestry and felting and have been considering learning how to crochet for a while now! You make it sound so easy? Is it really that easy? If it is then I think I will have a go!

  6. Lorna Ledger September 11, 2018 / 9:46 am

    I love your rainbow one! I am learning to knit too, it’s really relaxing, keep at it!

  7. ANN NESBITT September 12, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    I remember my grans friend learning me to crochet when I was about 10 year old. which was a very long time ago & I was so chuffed when I made my first blanket. It’s a very relaxing & stress free hobby, must get back into it!

  8. Samantha O'D September 15, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    I really want to learn, i bought a book but think youtube may be better

  9. Lucy At Home September 27, 2018 / 10:06 am

    I’ve never crocheted but my grandma taught me to knit. I love the colourful crochet set you’ve got featured here, and what a bargain for £8.99 (and your leaves are gorgeous!).

    And someone really enjoyed this post because they chose to add it to the BlogCrush linky for some extra exposure. Congratulations! Feel free to grab your “I’ve been featured” blog badge if you’d like it 🙂 #blogcrush
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  10. Judith Allen October 28, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Well done! I gave it a go a while back, but lost patience. I still have a blanket my mum crocheted for me when I was little.

  11. Judith Allen October 28, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Well done! I gave it a go a while back, but lost patience. I still have a blanket of squares my mum crocheted for me when I was little.

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