At the suggestion of someone on tumblr (lacrossesticks, I think?), I recently taught myself how to crochet — using the lovely, lovely Klutz book series. Children of the 80s will remember the Klutz book series on juggling and friendship bracelets and face painting, and they probably kept us busy in many a car ride — but I didn’t think it would have such clear and concise instructions!
Earlier this year I tried to teach myself to crochet the same way I taught myself to knit — with online video tutorials. I just couldn’t get the hang of it. Whoever was demonstrating would inevitably start to fly along, going too fast for me to understand, so I gave up. The book, though, is so very followable; and cheap, too, considering it gives you the yarn and hook and other material needed to make a bunch of little projects.
This is my first attempt at a Thing — a jewelry roll. When you learn to knit, you make a scarf or a potholder. This is the same thing — a very straightforward, single-crocheted swatch of fabric — but made a bit more interesting by the fold and a bit more utilitarian with the tie. Here’s what it looks like inside:
So you’ve got the little pocket to keep trinkets and such in, and then the flap folds over and you can tie it up for safe travels.
Crocheting is a lot faster than knitting, so I can’t wait to see what I can do once I feel comfortable with it.
Remember that this is kind of rough! First shot, and never tried blocking. Maybe next time will look better!