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Back in college I completed my very first crochet project. It was a HIDEOUS granny square blanket. It’s poorly made and hurts my eyes but you know what? I love it! I like to take it out (because I don’t dare use it) ad look at how far I’ve come. We all start somewhere, right? It’s not like you just pick up a hook and automatically rock it out. Well, if you did then we need to talk. I think we can all learn a little something from our past experieces so here are 5 things I learned from my very first crochet project.
1. Yarn weights matter.
When I made this blanket I actually had no idea there was such a thing as different yarn weights. I just grabbed whatever yarn I had the most of and decided to go for it. Turns out some of the yarns were a thin dk and some were a thick worsted. Those weights do not jive so well together and some of the squares are different sizes because of it.
2. Block a test swatch even if gauge is not important.
Another thing I didn’t know about was gauge! I had no idea what it was. I knew there were different sized hooks but wasn’t really sure why…I know right!? But we were all there before! The problem with this blanket is the squares stretched way out making for a very open stitch. Not exactly what I was going for. Maybe the hook was just too big, I’m not really sure but and quick blocking would have seen this stretch coming.
3. Color theory may not have been a bad idea to look into…
Just look at it…Like the yarn weights, the colors don’t really jive. While all the colors alone aren’t so bad once you put them all together they aren’t so nice.
4. Learn to weave in those ends!
This is the main thing I really regret not doing properly. I’m ashamed to say it but I simply tied knots and snipped the ends…Yeah, not so good. The reason I can’t use it is because it’s falling apart and it break my heart because as ugly as it is I’m actually proud of it. I have a simple video HERE if you’d like to see how I weave in ends now.
That brings me to #5!
5. Finishing a project feels amazing!
I had taught myself to crochet a few years before I finished my first project. I’m sure you can relate. I started a million projects but never finished them. I worked really hard on this ugly thing and snipping that last piece of yarn (even though it was too short!) felt really good. I try to keep that feeling in mind every time I thing about putting another WIP into my timeout pile.
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