I’m Learning Crochet in 30 Days

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In 2022, I decided to learn 12 new skills, that’s a whole skill each month. you can read about that challenge here.

In August 2022 it’s all about crochet and this is something I am a complete novice in!

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The word crochet comes from France and means hook. Its the process of using yarn aka wool to create textiles by interlocking loops of threads and other materials together.

My mother was a seamstress had her own little craft business and went to fairs. She tried to teach me to sew, knit and crochet, but although I was ‘crafty’ it was not in the artistic sense.

I’m not like my mum. My background is in science, tech and psychology stuff. This challenge is really going to lift me out of my comfort zone — frustration will be expected.

I once proclaimed that I “Knit knots.” At the time of writing story that is still true. Unfortunately, I no longer have my mother around to support me with this challenge, but I do remember her teachings.

My daughter picked up her Grandmother’s artistic abilities and my husband just happens to be an upholsterer by trade. Other than the dog I am the only one in this household who can not sew.

The Benefits of Crochet

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Crochet has a lot of benefits from being a rather meditative practice that can help relief stress and anxiety, to keeping you productive whilst you pinch watch TV shows or listen to audio books.

You can also make cosy little gifts for your family and friends — even at a beginners level.

The Goal

  • To learn to read the lingo and use simple written patterns to create something awesome!
  • Crochet a starting chain and basic stitches (single, half-double, and double crochets).
  • Change colours at the end of a row.
  • Work in rows and rounds and eventually create a 3D shape!
  • To create a soft toy within 30 days of learning to crochet.

The Beginners Kit

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What you need are your hands, at least 2 hooks and some yarn aka wool.

Plus the standard items like…

  • Scissors
  • Cotton
  • Needles
  • Tape Measure
  • Some stuffing (poly-fil or fabric scrapes)
  • And a patten book

My 30 Day Plan That You Can Follow…

My plan to break down the challenge into weekly chunks. You’ll welcome to follow along.

Prep Week

Before the challenge begins I am going to order some basic kit and watch some daily You tube videos.

Week 1 — Learn the basics

From how to hold the the hook, to making slipknots and reading patterns.

Week 2 — Next Steps and going further

This week I plan to take things further and look at how to switch up colours and make shapes! Aim for the classic ‘Granny Square’.

Week 3 — Starter projects

Time to take things to a 3D level with some simple starter projects.

Week 4 — Main project

Finally it’s time to complete a project that pulls everything together — I am thinking a bunny or weirder still an octopus!

💭Want to follow along and be crochet buddies? Let me know in the comments. alternatively are you a crochet pro. I’d love to hear from you. What advice would you give me as I am a complete beginner 👇

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