Learning To Crochet- A new hobby

I’ve been knitting for around 5 years now. I’m not amazing but I can follow a basic pattern (when I can be bothered and I’m not just winging-it) but I like knitting basic squares or panels and making them into ‘things’. Everyone gets knitted dishcloths for Christmas, or basic cowls. Practical, easy knitting.


Learning Crochet- How hard can it be?

But, I always wanted to learn how to crochet. I just never could do it. My fingers wouldn’t allow me for some bizarre reason. I tried on and off for a few years with no such luck. Chatting to a neighbour who is an amazing Crochet-Artiste and my local haberdashery owner who is also the Dogs Bollocks at the fine art, I was determined to do it. I COULD do it. And finally one day it just came to me. A YouTube video that I became drawn to showed me the way, and the force was strong. Totes did it!

I popped back into my local haberdashery proudly announcing that I could now make a basic chain (Whoop-de-do!) and I was hungry for more. I bought a decent crochet hook and a Mollie Makes- How To Crochet book and I rushed home. With the kids at nursery and baby Ivy napping I set to work.

Over and over again I attempted one pattern- a pan holder. A basic circle. Could I do it? It took me around 5 attempts to get started. Once I had mastered the first round, the second, third … seventh, all came to me with ease. I had bloody well done it! I had made my first crochet project. And, I still use it daily!

My pan holder. Not perfect but I was so pleased!
My pan holder. Not perfect but I was so pleased!

I have a knitting buddy. One of my closest friends. I think we became friends because we both share common ground. Both of our toddlers are pains in our arses, so we decided to start knitting and ignore them instead. It worked.

I proudly showed Danii my pan holder. “ooooh… wow… how?” “I have no idea. I think it was a fluke.”

Danii was like me, great at knitting, not so amaze-balls at crochet. We sat together and tried a new project each. Big Granny Square blankets. Nailed it.

Big Granny Square blanket!
Big Granny Square blanket!

We are now both, blatantly racing each other to the end of completing our big blankets. We are still ignoring the fighting toddlers and the mess unfolding around us, but we are getting pretty good at crochet. Danii is a bit of a wool snob, while I am happy with Poundland glittery shit, but I won’t hold that against her.

So, get yourself on YouTube and give it a go. I promise you, that you shall soon be making your own blankets (and other useless household items that will only take up more room). Crochet is also a really good excuse to ignore the real world and have a natter with your BFF at the same time.





Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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