I’ve been itching to learn how to crochet, so this weekend I headed to the bookstore to find a good book to help me learn. I was disappointed in most of the “Learn to Crochet” books there, but then I remembered that Klutz had a crochet book. I headed over to the children’s section and picked up Crochet: Learn to Crochet Six Great Projects by Klutz. The book is great!! I highly recommend it for anyone looking to learn. Plus it comes with a crochet hook, a yarn needle, stitch markers, and some yarn to get you started.
While in the regular craft section, though, I happened upon Tiny Yarn Animals: Amigurumi Friends to Make and Enjoy. Now this “amigurumi” word I had just heard for the first time the day before by a friend who said to me “You’ve never heard of amigurumi?? How have you been in the online craft circle and not seen it? It’s huge online!” Apparently I have been under a rock. I bought the book even though I thought it would take me a few months before I could master crocheting enough to make a doll.
But it was actually incredibly easy!! The day after I learned to crochet, I made this adorable octopus. Then last night I finished up the little pig. Mainly you just have to figure out how to read the patterns and know how to do a single crochet. I started with the single color ones that looked fairly simple, but next I think I’m going to try a fox or a lemur or something.
You can also get tons of free patterns online. Here are a few sites I found that have collected patterns from around the tubes:
And here’s a great youtube video that helped me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hKBeu2BlhU&feature=related
Hooray for a new craft! Sometimes I feel like the Jack of all crafts, Master of none.