Crochet Stitch Samples

1st Draft Crochet sampler card for inclusion of my first year Textiles Portfolio at Fashion Design School.

In case you didn’t get the memo, I’ve moved to Sydney where I’m now studying a Bachelor’s Degree of Fashion Design.

The course is INTENSE so I haven’t had much time to update my blog lately, but this is something I hope to remedy since I am moving into part-time study. I’m also planning to make my sister’s wedding dress within the next few months! (But that’s a post for later…)

Anyway, this is about me learning to crochet… It’s awesome! And very relaxing- like a massage for my overstressed mind. (You should try it) I don’t know why I didn’t start learning sooner.

The first resource used in my randomly deciding “I’m going to teach myself to crochet!” was, of course, YouTube. Specifically, this video, which taught me my first crochet basics in an easy to follow way which quickly made sense to my brain…

Once I was starting to get the hang of the basics through visual learning, I felt ready to explore some written tutorials. A couple of years ago I’d inherited some crochet books from my grandmother- along with her entire set of crochet hooks and knitting needles (-a huge bag full! Still no idea what half of them are for)

But I quickly found that some of the instructions in the books seemed different to what I’d just learned on YouTube. After some quick Googling and wondering if I was losing my mind, I discovered that the U.K. and U.S.A. often use different terms for the same stitches (wwhhhyyyyy?!?) which makes things super confusing in a totally unnecessary way. (Thanks America).

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I’m currently in the process of deciding which beginner’s project to tackle first. I want to avoid “dishcloth” as it seems about as boring as making a scarf for one’s first project. I’m currently leaning toward a coffee pot cosy- because coffee pots can get cold too…