Hello lovely bloggers.
Now, so many of you said after my last post that you wished you could crochet, that it got me thinking. I felt a bit sad that you wished you could, and couldn't - because it's such a lovely and relaxing hobby. So, I've taken some pictures of the start of the chain - the first bit of crochet. If this helps anybody to get going, let me know, and I'll post the next step. I realize lots of you can chain, and can't go further, but I thought I'd start with the basics and see if it helps at all.
The important thing is the way you hold the wool and crochet needle.
So, step one, make a slip knot about 5 inches or so from the end of the wool and slip it over the crochet needle, and tighten. Not too much - you need to be able to slip the hook through it.
Now wrap the wool (the bit with the end going to the ball of wool) around your little finger on your left hand once. Then pass it over your next three fingers, and hold it between your index finger and thumb just below the slip knot. See below how I'm holding the crochet needle in my right hand. The wool coming below my thumb and index finger is the 5 inch end, held out of the way.
Now take the needle under the wool and grab it with the hook.
You now pull this strand through the slip knot.
You've made your first chain!
So now the same again... dip your right hand to take the crochet hook under the wool (from left to right) and pick up the wool again.
Ease it through the first chain, using your left hand to guide it through.
If you're having trouble with crochet, you need to practise with long chains to get the rhythm. I promise it's worth it.
There you go - if that helps, I'll post the next bit. Let me know what you think. Excuse my hands - I've been sanding all day, so my nails are shot to pieces, and covered with horrible sanding dust, and when I've not sanded, I've been painting, so I have paint spatters here and there. So click on the pictures to enlarge them, but please ignore my nails - I do have a good excuse!
Haha - my blogging friend Lavenderhouse sent me to Attic24 who has also done a post on crocheting today... her pics are so fantastic, that mine should be binned immediately. But I'll leave it up in case it helps anyone. I think I'll go and eat some chocolate to cheer myself up right now! lol.
And if you've got this far, then help yourself to a cake!