Being a hooker is hard

So I found a crochet pattern that I would really love to make as a Christmas present.

Aside: No, all those knitted Christmas presents I had planned aren’t going to get done… I have been off of knitting for so long. I totally burned myself out with all the projects I did last year. I’m only starting to feel like picking up my needles again. Perhaps next year.

So anyway, I found a certain crochet pattern that looked fairly simple. It’s all one stitch, and I think it’s supposed to be a fairly basic one. I figured, I’ll learn some crochet basics and give it a shot…

So, I watched this introductory video. With its instruction I made a nice little swatch of single crochet.

135Not bad, right? Okay, so I started with 20 stitches and ended up with 19, but that’s a reasonable beginner mistake. My knitting experience helped me get the tension pretty good, so it doesn’t have that total rookie sloppy look.

So, at my next opportunity, I moved on to part 2. And then I got lost. I watched the section with each stitch multiple times. I could do each one as I watched it, but I needed more practice with each one in order to actually remember which was which.

When I learned to knit, I started with squares for a sampler afghan. So I thought with crochet, a simple granny square might be a good first project to practice the stitches so I could get a better handle on them.So I found this granny square how-to. I can’t tell you how many times I tried it and ripped it. I only got as far as the first round. It never looked like the one in the picture. I looked up videos on the stitches to make sure I was doing them right… but I guess I wasn’t.

I think this is not going to come as easily as I thought it might. There are (approximately) a zillion different stitches! How does anyone learn them all??

I ordered some books on the subject, perhaps they’ll be more helpful… or I may be hunting down some of you crocheters out there for some assistance.

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