When I was given Hello Kitty Crochet for Christmas back in 2014, I was soooo excited! Not just because it was a Hello Kitty ‘thing’ (I *love* all things Hello Kitty) – but because it was a new craft to learn (I’d never crocheted before)! I’ve always been quite crafty – drawing, painting, beading, cross-stitching, (failing miserably at) knitting – but I’d never tried crochet. So I went straight to Spotlight to buy some crochet hooks and yarn and, not knowing what the heck I was doing, I just bought the cutest looking hooks and every colour of the softest yarn they had:
But what do I do with it? Where do I start? *How* do I start? I thought I’d ask ol’ faithful first: YouTube; and stumbled across Bella Coco’s amazing videos! She instantly became my (at that stage, only) favourite crocheter. I just loved her style, her accent, her colour choices… Everything! At first I tried the granny square tutorial but I just couldn’t get the hang of it – which, I now realise, was largely due to my choice in hooks and yarn as a beginner (*I’ll be posting some helpful info soon for beginners about hooks, yarn, stitches…*)
But I’m a pretty determined gal – if I want to know / do / have something, I’ll work my little butt off for it! So I moved on to the plain half treble (UK) / half double (US) crochet square and tried again. It worked! I was actually crocheting! I was so excited that I drove over to my mum’s place to show her, and she quickly pulled out her crochet skills (of which I had no idea she had any) and we sat and crocheted together for hours… And I finally finished my first crochet square:
I felt so accomplished, I decided I was going to make a giant blanket as my first project! I jumped onto Excel and used a spreadsheet to create different colour pattern options with all the colours I bought in the Jester yarn; and I started to make square after square in all the beautiful colours ….. Perhaps this was a little ambitious as a beginner though as I still haven’t finished the blanket over 2 years later….
I like to attribute this to my excitement and passion about learning to crochet, that I didn’t want to be stuck with just one type of stitch – I wanted to learn them all! (You know how I said earlier that I was determined…? Well I am, but I can also have a short attention span and need to keep learning the next new thing!)
With this revelation, the only sensible thing to do next was to create a Pinterest account and start pinning *all the crochet things*! As I was madly pinning every free crochet pattern, I came across the Starboard Beanie by Lion Brand. This was perfect! A small, quick project that drew on my half-double-crochet skills and taught me some new ones. But of course the yarn I had wasn’t going to suit the beanie I had in mind, so I headed back to the shops and bought some more – a ‘need’ that you may only understand if you crochet or knit… And so my second *actually completed* crochet ‘thing’ was born: a starboard brights beanie:
Do you crochet or have a different hobby? What was the very first thing/s you ever made or accomplished?