Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: A New Skill

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week may be officially over, but I’m still plugging away. This is the topic for Day 4:

Is there a skill related to your hobby that you hope to learn one day? maybe you’re a crocheter who’d also like to knit? Maybe you’d like to learn to knit continental, knit backwards, try cables or attempt stranded colourwork. TAGGING CODE: knitcroblo4

This one is easy: I want to improve my crochet skills beyond the rudimentary. I’ve mentioned before that my paternal great-grandmother was an avid crocheter. Because of that, I sort of feel like crochet is a family tradition, one I’d like to carry on.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan to crochet many things similar to what she used to crochet. Grandma S’s most prolific pattern was the crocheted toilet paper doll. Holy wow, she had those thing everywhere. As a child, I loved them. Now… not so much. I admit that I would like to crochet just one of them, though. Just for sentimental purposes. The only reason I haven’t tried it so far is that I’ve never been able to find a pattern for them that looks like Grandma S’s crochet toilet paper dolls. All of them seem to have southern belle type skirts, but I’m looking for one where the skirt is more of a cylinder, just like a roll of toilet paper.

The big thing I’d like to pick up in crochet is granny squares. I’m just mad for them. They have a yucky, 1970’s acrylic stigma attached to them, but when I see things like this or this, I want to pull out my meager supply of hooks and cast on immediately. (Can I even say cast on for crochet? What’s it called when you start a new piece?) An airy, lightweight granny square throw in some fuzzy, laceweight mohair yarn? Yes, please.

One day, I’ll turn my mind to learning this.

Kim

3 Responses

  1. You can so learn this in like 10 minutes. It is way easier than knitting, and even though I never crochet much, I could easily turn out squares decades ago. (It was really about the only thing I could do).

  2. That would be “never crocheted much” – haven’t done it in decades, either.

  3. Haha. People tell me crochet is easier than knitting, but it’s never seemed so to me. I get confused about where to put the hook and turning chains and things like that.