Yes, I FINALLY learned how to crochet! After years of fawning over many beautiful creations and wishing I could attempt to make them, I decided to take a class at Gather Here in Cambridge to learn the craft. And luckily, two of my coworkers were able to take the class with me which made the class much more fun. To start off, the instructor (who was super patient and nice by the way!) had us pick out a skein of cotton yarn to use during the class.
The goal of the class was to make this trivet (or you could use it as a washcloth).
We started off by learning how to create a chain and then we dove right into learning how to double crochet. It was easier than I thought it would be but it also helped to have people there to help walk me through each step of the stitch. Here is what my first row of double crochets ended up looking like. Not too shabby for a rookie, no? (Okay, yes, I think I did start over a couple of times.)
Turning the work is really simple. You really just flip it over like you would a page in a book. Here is my trivet after the second row of double crochet.
The class is 2.5 hours long but it sure did feel like it went by super fast! One of my coworkers managed to complete the trivet (the dark blue one in the photo) before the class ended, including the border all around the edges. I decided to try to finish the edging at home.
And here is my finished project. It’s a bit wonky in the corners (not sure I did the slip stitch correctly) but I like it. I don’t know what I want to work on as my first real crocheting project just yet but it might be a good idea to start with something simple like a scarf so I can just practice the basics. Crocheting is definitely faster than knitting, but it also uses about three times more yarn. Nonetheless, I hope I’m cranking out cute little amigurumi by this time next year for our little baby to play with!