This past week, I decided that it was time to learn how to crochet. I sat down at my computer with a ball of red Lion Brand Cotton Yarn and a 5.00 mm crochet hook. The Lion Brand Yarn website has a really great Learning Center, which has tons of tutorials for both knitting and crocheting, so that’s where I started!
I already knew how to do a single chain (abbreviated ‘ch’):
So then I tried single crochet (abbreviated ‘sc’):
Single crochet resulted in a somewhat tight and sturdy square. I really like the symmetry of the stitches! Then I decided to try double crochet (abbreviated ‘dc’):
Double crochet gives you a looser fabric, with much larger stitches. Crocheting works up the yarn significantly faster than knitting does, so I was able to knock these baby squares out in record time. Here they are side-by-side:
Now, of course, I needed to do an ‘official’ crochet project and decided a washcloth would be easy-peasy. Here’s what I did:
- Using some delicious Simply Cotton organic yarn from Knit Picks (color – Malted Milk – yum!), I chained 28.
- Then I just worked single crochet (sc) until I had made a square.
- Cut yarn and weave in ends.
- Switching to Simply Cotton organic yarn in the color Ginger, I single crocheted all the way around the square, then worked a picot edge…after cutting the yarn and weaving in ends, finito:
This (approximately) 8″ washcloth took me about 2 1/2 hours to make, and I plan on making 4 of them in coordinating colors. Packaged with a bottle of Burt’s Bees Baby Wash and Lotion, they should make a nice addition to the layette I am making for my nephew-to-be, Baby T.
Next up, crocheting a circle!
Happy crocheting! ~Jenny