I have been wanting to learn to crochet for a while but recently it seemed to become a popular thing in a few of the online sewing and crafting groups that I belong to. While still learning to knit, I decided it was time to learn to crochet as well and follow the online trend.
I followed videos online from The Art of Crochet by Teresa Beginning Crochet playlist and also followed some of the tutorials from Lion Brand Yarn's Learning Center which has great crochet and knitting videos and other teaching tools.
I found once I learned how to do the single crochet stitch, the other stitches came easily. It took me a little bit to get the single crochet stitch down but after that it was smooth sailing. I wanted to start right away and make a blanket but I took a cue from my son's favorite TV show - The Biscuit Brothers and their most recent episode on practice. You can't master anything instantly, you have to practice!
Using a size I/9 hook and some basic yarn that I had on hand which I believe is Red Heart Classic yarn, I started practing. I began with some basic chain stitches and single crochets. Next I moved on to practicing half double crochet stitches, double crochet stitches and a row of triple crochet stitches.
Then I worked on learning how to do a crochet circle which is completed by doing chain stitches and double crochet stitches in a round till you complete a circle.
Next I combined my new skills of crochet circles, chain stitches and double crochet stitches and made a traditional crochet granny square.
I wanted to start crocheting a blanket but the other day it occurred to me that it is summer in Texas which means 100 degree days and I am completely crazy to start crocheting a blanket right now. Instead I will make several granny squares and then crochet those together to make a blanket.