After trying (and failing) to learn to crochet multiple times in my adult life, I figured out the basics (with help from my friend Erin) in order to make scrunchies last Christmas using the pattern from White Owl Crochet.
I had made a goal to learn how to crochet when Toni of TL Yarn Crafts released the Adore Shawl pattern.
Between her sample colour being my favourite colour of. All. Time. And the beautiful design, I knew I had to make it. So I bought the pattern, picked my yarn and went to work.
Now I’ve only ever looked at two crochet patterns before and the first was the scrunchie pattern. Which, while fantastic, obviously doesn’t require a lot of information in it.
I’m used to knitting patterns where you work for X amount of rows etc. For this (and the Flatiron shawl I’m currently working on) Toni writes them more like a recipe. You go for this many inches instead of rows, then switch stitches or colours. Which makes it a fantastic thing to work on while relaxing with my husband in the evening, because I can just cruise along.
The next thing that was so easy about it was because I already had the basics of crochet down, all I had to do was google the one stitch and double check with Erin that I was doing it right.
I literally cannot say enough good things about Toni’s patterns. I bought more when she had her pattern sale on Etsy and I may or may not be planning on making one of the tank tops for OML so I can show her (is that weird? I’m going with it anyway).
SO! If you want to learn to crochet, I suggest something simple and repetitive like the scrunchie so you get the basic stitches down. Then I highly suggest moving on to Toni’s patterns for your first shawl or garment. You will not regret it.
Happy Knitting! (or crocheting!)