A friend of mine taught me how to knit about 2 years ago.  I started off with a very simple project: a small scarf in stockinette stitch using a heather colored yarn. It took me months to complete it. I was amazed to find out that other people could knit whole scarves in mere hours.

     Needless to say, I’m not a very prolific knitter. I finished that scarf and started a shawl from a craftsy* class, but unraveled it when I found a better shawl pattern (and after I had to keep undoing the same mistake over and over). That’s it for my knitting portfolio.

     About three months ago, I learned to crochet using this book. To my surprise, it was all very straight forward. I made the flower first and felt confident starting some gloves. Soon enough, a cowl followed and then a beautiful collar.

The Deets

  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Wintuk from Thomas Hodgson & Sons, Inc.
  • Color: 5165 (medium gold)
  • Hook size: 4.25 mm
  • Projects completed: a collarcowl, and fingerless gloves

My first crotcheted collar!

My first crotcheted cowl

My first crotcheted gloves!

     I finished all these projects in just three weeks! Considering the unprecedented pace at which I crochet, I’ve become obsessed with all things crochet. Call me crazy, but I love feeling like I’m good at something. I have since tackled a more complicated pattern for fingerless gloves, and I made some mistakes that I’m going to make into a crochet trouble-shooting post very soon. To help me with figuring out new stitches, I used Youtube videos and the Lion Brand Crochet PDF. The latter is one of the best free resources out there. They also have a knitting version. I highly recommend it for any beginner.

     While my next couple of projects are going to be crocheted, I haven’t given up on knitting. The echo flower shawl is high up on my ravelry queue. If only I could manage to be a less clumsy knitter…

*I have several classes in craftsy classroom. Once I get through them, I’ll start posting reviews!