The Thankful Mama

Crochet Challenge

I am a self taught knitter and I absolutely love the craft. My grandma is a self taught crocheter and she can crochet like a machine. She tried more than once to teach me and my sister how to crochet a chain, but of course we never really stuck with it. I naively thought crochet was lace doilies and toilet paper cozies, because that’s all Grandma really made. Once I learned to knit I started to eye crochet again after seeing it applied so creatively to edgings in knitted items. From there I stumbled across Amigurumi…and oh my! Cute is just not a sufficient enough adjective to describe these little yarn sculptures. I totally wanted to make these! Grandma, why didn’t you show me how to make these!

I enlisted my mom to go over crochet basics with me, since somewhere along the line she paid attention to what Grandma was doing. I also purchased Stitch ‘N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker and Kyuuto! Japanese Crafts!: Amigurumi. I can highly recommend The Happy Hooker, it is perfect for learning crochet visually. It helped me better than any other printed resource I tried. I expected as much since I used the Stitch ‘N Bitch knitting series to learn knitting. The instructions are clear and written casually, and the drawings make sense. I was so impressed with myself after crocheting a sample swatch and it actually looked like the real thing! I finally figured out how to work in a circle and then it was on to cute dolls…

I’ve decided to challenge myself. After going through the Amigurumi book I bought, I’ve decided to try and make every single pattern. They are all so adorable and I know my little girl would love a whole set of dolls made by Mommy…I know I would! I’ve started the first pattern, Little Teddy Bear and so far so good. I’ve completed the head, body and arms. I can’t wait to see this little teddy all finished! I’ll definitely feel a sense of accomplishment seeing him sitting in my baby’s crib alongside her knitted baby blanket I made.

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