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I often have people tell me they wish they could crochet and they have tried but just can't quite get the hang of it. My answer is always practice. Half of the battle with crochet is getting your hands comfortable and then the rest flows when you spend some time practicing.
I was taught the basics of crochet by a friend not long after I got home from living in London. The first time I saw her crochet I thought 'How the hell are you doing that with only one hook?'
But once she showed me the basic stiches and how to hold my hand, I practiced. And practiced and practiced.
Below is a comparison of my first ever crochet project with my latest, both traditional granny square blankets. In my first ever blanket, the peach square in the middle my friends Mum started as we didn't know how to start a square. Once I had the start, I bought a few basic colours and I just kept repeating those same basic stitches. To say my first ever blanket looks beginner is an understatement. The middle sags because it is looser than the rest of the blanket, the sides are uneven and it is really warped! But I finished it. Remember done is better than perfect.
I think with Social Media these days a lot of us forget about the work people put in behind the scenes. I have been practicing crochet for nearly 8 years now. And I have unravelled, stopped, thrown out A LOT of projects that just didn't quite make it!
But I don't show those projects online. People don't see the first ever bear I made that was wonky, had stuffing coming out of its neck and had uneven eyes!
But they do see the projects I finish and can proudly show the world. They see the finished projects not the process and I think we all need to remember that there is a lot of effort going on behind those little square memories we all share so proudly.
Don't compare your progress or beginner picture with someones highlight reel.