I tried to learn to crochet on my own a couple years ago.
You can see my attempt here: http://shirleys-world.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-funky-little-dishcloth.html
I sort of gave it up for awhile after that but I'm bound and determined to learn!
I think the winter and cold weather makes you want to make something "wool" and it feels so comfortable to think of sitting by the fireplace knitting or crocheting something you can actually use!
Well, I know how to knit. I remember that from when I was a young teenager! (A miracle in itself!) I actually knit some baby sweaters and sweaters for me and my boyfriend at the time!! But I think knitting takes forever and crocheting is supposed to be faster once you learn how. It's that last part I'm a little concerned over.
I actually got this yarn and little pattern a couple years ago and never did anything with it. So when I saw my basket of yarn that I had put away, I pulled it out and I'm going to try again.
It was bulky yarn with a "quick and easy pattern", so they say.
Things started out pretty good. I have a couple books that demonstrate stitches that are super confusing, so I went to YouTube! Much better.
Here's the picture of this warm winter cowl on the package that the yarn came in:
I was using the wrong stitch to begin with but it started to look better when I changed.
See, it looks like it's coming along good, right!
Well, I should've stopped about 3 inches below that because it's only supposed to be 8 1/2 inches wide.
However, I had all this yarn left so I kept going.
One thing though . . . . I noticed it was getting narrower so I decided to add stitches. I really don't know for sure how to do that but I faked it and it certainly did!
Now I had what looks like a little skirt!!! Maybe for Rocky my dog!
I slipped it on and it goes down over my shoulders!
Well, I thought, this may be nice and warm in below zero temps!
You see, I have a real aversion to ripping things out : ))
See, under my coat, you'd never know!!!!!!!!!!!
It's very warm!!!!!!!!
I need some advice from crocheters!!