(I can't believe I am showing this to you all.......)
OK, I know Judy and MSM both crochet. I know a few other out there do too. So HELP!!! No making fun of me!!!!
I started doing counted cross stitch when I was 9 or 10 and loved it. Did it for years. Made gifts. Did some on linen. But I wanted something that could do that was crafty, calming, and still feel productive.
I have always wanted to learn to crochet and knit. My aunt (who passed away in 1993) was AMAZING at this. If she had lived longer, I am sure she would have shown me and guided me. But since that didn't happen, I am on my own.
I picked up a "kit" at Walmart for Sassy, who had a 5 minute lesson with another mom while we were at Boy Scouts and seemed to enjoy it. And as typical with Sassy...nothing happened with the kit when we got home. After it sitting in her room for months, I asked her if I could have it.
Last night, I tried my hand at it. This little monstrosity took me over an hour (probably more like 1.5 hrs). I pulled out some and did it over, trying something to make it look better. This was following the written directions that came in the kit.
I know some of what I did....I know I dropped a stitch near the bottom, causing that row to be shorter. I figured out as I went that I was making the stitches too tight. Here are the things that I don't know:
1) Why aren't the ends "connected"? This is supposed to be a half double stitch. I even googled what is supposed to look like. It may be hard to tell from the picture, but it seems like each time I "turn" I end up with a little knobby thing on the end, instead of it connecting to the row below.
2) The bottom few rows look different that the top few. The top few look closer to what the images I googled looked like. So what did I do on the bottom?? I did the same "stitch" but those were tighter than the top. Is that what caused the difference??
I know that this is hideous. But for 1.5 hrs of experience...it is what it is. I don't think I will be making gifts THIS year. Maybe someday. Meanwhile....someone tell me that my little mini pot holder (it is maybe 4"x4" right now) isn't as bad as I think....and how to make it better.