Learning to crochet is a lot like learning to knit. I feel a little unsure of myself, and am double-checking EVERYTHING. I keep thinking, “Is that all there is to it? Shouldn’t it be harder than this?” I’ve been checking out crochet websites, watching online crochet videos, and looking at what others have made with the craft. The finished items look very different from knitted items, that’s for sure.
The stitches I’m learning now are quite simple, and not that beautiful to look at, but I’m sure I’ll be able to do the more advanced, prettier things later. Like I said before, it’s just like learning to knit. When I first started to knit, I was making everything in garter stitch, and it all looked very simple. Now, I’m able to knit cables and lace, which makes my knitted objects look more beautiful. I’m looking forward to being able to advance with my crochet as well. For now, I’ll have to stick with the basics, though. Like, LEARNING TO READ A CROCHET PATTERN. Ha!!
When I got my yarn and pattern book from Bernat, I thought, “Man – that’s a LOT of yarn! I hope I can do this.”
Then, I read through the “Spa Bonus Book“, to get myself acquainted with the patterns. The instructions were clear, and the photos were easy to see, and every single pattern is for beginners! So I began to relax a little. I just kept telling myself, “You can DO this, Sandy!”
I’m planning on making the bathroom rug eventually, but for now I’m starting with the Beginner Crochet Washcloths. Single crochet for every stitch – Right On! The Bernat Handicrafter Cotton is familiar to me, because I’ve used it to knit some dishcloths and washcloths before. I really like the colors I’m using for this project. I’ll be using both colors for the rug, so I’ve decided to make washcloths in both colors as well.
Before choosing those colors, I spent almost an entire day trying to decide which colors would work well together. What a difficult task! Bernat has SO MANY COLORS of Bernat Handicrafter yarn. I think I could have spent a YEAR choosing the colors for my project. The only way I was able to make my decision was by copying and pasting the Bernat color swatches into my computer’s “Paint” program to see how they would look together. It was a lot of fun doing that, and I came up with really interesting combinations.
Earth Ombre & Ivory
Tumbleweed & Natural Ombre
Summer Resort & Country Blue
I finally decided on Country Blue and Pilgrim Peach - they match the colors on my shower curtain. Yes!
So, after all that preparation, I jumped into crocheting with both feet. Here’s how my first washcloth is coming along!