During the last month I taught myself how to crochet. Yeah, the internet helped a bit. I haven’t made very many things, but I’m excited about my latest project, a chunky infinity scarf.
For those of you who don’t crochet, it’s a really easy skill to pick up. Youtube and the library were the only resources I used. Plus, it’s not a huge investment. A crochet hook ranges from probably fifty cents to five dollars, so if you end up hating to crochet you won’t have thrown much money away. Yarn is pretty cheap, too. The biggest downside of teaching yourself to crochet is watching the stitching videos online. The people talk and talk, use slow motion at weird points, and you have to watch closeups of hands. The other thing that can suck is that you mostly learn from mistakes. Who knew tension could be important?
Something else that’s cool is that you can make things you might otherwise have bought. I liked the giant infinity scarves all the Dubliners were wearing. Made it. In one day.
For those of you who do crochet or plan to pick it up, here’s a tutorial for the scarf I made:
- Row 1: Chain 125 and join with slip stitch. Make sure the chain isn’t twisted before connecting.
- Row 2: Chain 1 and single crochet 125. Connect with slip stitch.
- Row 3-13: Repeat row 2. Fasten off and weave in ends.
At some point, you’re going to need to transition from one ball of yarn to the other. Contrary to what your (or, at least, my) first impulse may be, you don’t tie the two pieces of yarn together and keep stitching. That’s not right. You just sort of start stitching with your new yarn, and I guess it all stays together.
If I were to redo this, I would probably make it a little shorter, maybe only chain to 100 or 110. I’m not redoing this, however, because I’ve already redone it once. I originally made it following the tutorial on the bottom of this page. (She has another tutorial here.) There’s not necessarily anything wrong with that tutorial, I just messed up. When I finished it was really long and relatively narrow. It was also really stiff, which was probably my main problem. When I remade the scarf, I made an effort to make the stitches really loose. This made it fluffier, wider, and bendier. Just what I wanted. However, I barely had enough yarn to finish my last row, so if you go crazy with the loose stitches, you may only get 12 rows.
There’s certainly something to be said for making something by your own hands, even if it is just a scarf.