“I wish I knew how to crochet.”
People say this to me all the time, and it really baffles me. “What’s stopping you?” I always ask, because there’s nothing extremely difficult about everyday crocheting. Some of the stuff you see at museums and from artists, these can be complex, but most of you are not talking about that when you say to me, “I wish I knew how to crochet.” You’re talking about the pretty scarves you see me wear or the blanket that’s draping my couch. Those things, anyone can make, if they are not afraid of work.
You’ve got to be able to count, and you will need to practice making chains (little loops) for a couple of days in order to built the muscle memory you need to work steadily without dropping stitches. It can be tricky if you’re not paying attention, but it’s not hard. It just takes dedication, creativity, practice, and attention to detail. It’s not like throwing a ball, but it is something like learning to swim or ride a bike. If you practice well, making meaningful strides (not just practicing for practicing’s sake, but building on your strengths), then you can learn to crochet and you won’t forget your favorite stitches.
Also, if you can’t physically get to a class near you, there’s always YouTube. You can learn just about anything you need to learn about crocheting, knitting, needlepoint, any craft, on the Internet. YouTube is your best friend here. You don’t even need an account. Just watch and learn. To get you all started, I have suggested a few great videos.
While, I’d love to make things for everyone, all day long (I really would!), that would be a stupid business move, I would get early arthritis and my family would never eat dinner again. So, God bless all the dear pals who ask me to make them things at random, or share my patterns with them, but I’m not going to do that. I will show you how to make that baby blanket you’ve been begging me for, or the Hogwarts scarf that you think kids are are still wearing these days. They’re not, I promise you, but I’ll teach you how to make them, if you really have the need.
In time, I will offer some of my own classes in a series called The Things I Won’t Make For You. There, I can show you blankets, shawls, sweaters, socks, slippers….all that good stuff that you’d love to make yourself, but that I won’t be selling in my Etsy store. But, for now, check out these ladies. They have some cool stuff.
Remember, if you want to crochet, there are no excuses. It’s as easy as making knots with a hook and, if you can count to ten and keep adding the necessary zeroes, you can crochet. You don’t even a need a full set of fingers, just focus and practice, and the ability to learn from mistakes. I think most of you can handle that. Good luck!