I’ve been knitting for about seven years, and I’m confident with my stitches. I’m actually making things I used to dream of making. Since I’ve accomplished my knitting dream, it’s time to try something else - Crochet! This is definitely going to be interesting…..FUNNY even! Try not to laugh too hard, though. Remember that I’m a beginner. The last time I tried crochet was 20 years ago, and I’ve never really followed a crochet pattern before.
To get started with crochet, I pulled up the Bernat website, and clicked on the “New to Craft” button, then checked out the “Learn to Crochet” page. I grabbed a crochet hook, some bright orange yarn, and practiced some stitches. Then, I looked for Beginner Crochet Patterns by Bernat. I chose to try the “Handicrafter Cotton Dishcloth“, because the pattern said, “Fun and easy dishcloth pattern that anyone can handle.” Sounds like the right one for me!
After starting over a few times, I was able to get a good flow. Check it out:
I then went to my favorite online knitting forum, and asked some crocheters for their advice on my first attempt. They said that I was doing well, but one of my stitches was wrong. I was working “in the chain” instead of “in the space”. But, I liked the lacy look, so I finished the cloth the “wrong way”. At least, I knew what NOT to do. (tee-hee) I decided to make another cloth the right way. You can’t have too many dishcloths!
Here’s my “wrong way” dishcloth. Isn’t it pretty?
So, now that I had practiced a while, I was ready for a REAL crochet project. When searching for “Beginner Crochet” on the Bernat pattern books page, I found lots of nice options. I decided to use the Bernat Pattern Book #542029 – Spa Bonus Book to make a nice set for my bathroom. I really need a new bathroom rug, and the matching cloths and tissue box cover will be nice too. I’m so excited to get started!