I decided to teach myself to crochet. I made an attempt a few years ago, and the momentum faded fast. A few people recommend Crocheting for Dummies as a great resource for teaching yourself to crochet. I was hesitant to purchase a “for Dummies” book, but with such positive reviews I figured I’d give it a whirl. With a new book in hand and a positive attitude, I began to crochet. This time around, I decided instead of crocheting lines of stitches amounting to no more than a rectangle of yarn, I would start with a project. Regardless of how it looked, I would have something tangible/useful in the end.
My first project was the Sassy Scarf from chapter 6 in the book. This is a very good project for beginners. The rows are long and straight. The project also includes several stitches – single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, and double triple crochet. The scarf is 240 stitches long, therefore you get plenty of practice with each stitch. I started the scarf the night before leaving for Florida.
Travel tip: Metal crochet hooks are not allowed on the plane. So prior to our trip, I purchased a set of plastic hooks for the plane and packed my metal hooks in my checked bag. I immediately noticed the plastic hooks are a little flimsy and aren’t as comfortable to work with as the metal ones. But in a pinch, they are a good substitute. That is, until we were in the airport waiting for our flight home, and my plastic hook snapped. One cannot crochet without a crochet hook.
Despite my minor setback, I finished the scarf a couple of days after we returned home from vacation. The yarn I used was Love by Lily Sugar’n Cream, 100% Cotton, worsted weight. I liked that it was multicolored, giving the scarf a little different look.
The finished product came out much better than I expected.