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I Taught Myself, You can Teach yourself too

First experiences with yarn

When I was a kid/ teenager my mom tried to teach me to crochet. I’m not sure if it was my idea or hers, but probably mine because I remember her losing patience quickly. So I lost interest and decided crochet was too complicated, and maybe knitting was the thing for me.

In high school I was at a house with some friends and friends of friends. There was a girl there knitting. She made it look so easy and her projects were beautiful. She even worked at some sort of knitting store, and tested patterns professionally. I wanted so badly to learn, but I was to awkward to even think of asking her to teach me or even talk to her about it. For at least 5 years I knew her (as an acquaintance really), and I never asked! I just watched longingly as her projects appeared online.

Fast forward to a few years ago another amazing knitter girl (several years younger than me) appears in my life. She is knitting all the time making awesome hats. She then opens an Etsy shop, and I see her actually selling her beautiful hats. This time I talked to her about knitting. (Though, I didn’t actually ask her to teach me.)

My first knitting project
My first knitting project

Lesson 1: Teach myself to Knit

So one day I’m at WalMart taking my time looking at everything, as we moms do sometimes when we get to go shopping alone. I get to the yarn aisle and there is a book “I Taught Myself to Knit”, and I’m like yes! I am going to teach myself! Quickly, I read through the book and learned all the stitches then I picked a pattern to try. Of course I picked a blanket. It was simple but took forever! I happened to have some yarn for some reason and used it for this project. 

When I finally finished it I bought a ball of yarn that had a baby blanket pattern on it. Again it took forever, but it turned out SO soft and cozy. Next I bought the book “Lace One Skein Wonders” and started working my way through it doing every pattern that I liked. So I turned into the girl that knits everywhere, and I have no Idea what took me so long to learn.

knit baby hat
This is my son modeling a hat I made for a little girl’s 1st birthday.

I made a baby dress last fall, and to finish it you were supposed to crochet along the bottom edge. I took it to my mom and had her finish it. The whole time she was working on it she’s telling me “it’s so easy, are you sure you don’t want to do it?”

knit baby dress

The next week I was talking with my “knitter friends”, they both crochet also, and one of them tells me crochet is way easier than knitting and faster! What?

Lesson 2: Teach myself to Crochet

So the next time I was at WalMart I get the “I Taught Myself to Crochet” book.

This book was very confusing to me. It came with a bunch of hooks and tools which are awesome, but I ended up watching youtube videos to teach myself, and figure out the stitches.

I did use some of the patterns once I figured out how to read them. Guess what my first project was? A blanket lol. I guess I will never learn. I surprised my mom a few weeks later showing her my crochet project.

crochet baby blanket

Amaryllis necklace
One necklace in my store.

I made knit hats, gloves, and crocheted some scarves and blankets for family for Christmas. Even still my hobby was filling up my spare room. So I decided to open an Etsy shop

This decision was hard for me as I did not want to be competition for my friend that I mentioned earlier. In the end I decided to do it because our styles are very different. She makes mostly slouchy beanies, and I make a lot of blankets, sweaters, and jewelry. I also hope to get some patterns in my store soon. I taught myself


If you knit or crochet and would like to try testing a pattern please leave a comment or send me a message! I also plan to add some simple patterns to this blog coming up.

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