I have had many people ask me about learning to crochet and if I teach crochet lessons. Yes, I have taught a few classes at The Glitter Workshop and there are so many other resources available now that can teach you to crochet. There are many books available, lots of videos online and maybe one of your relatives or friends can teach you too if they have experience crocheting. Included in this blog are some suggestions of items that I used for crocheting (tools, books etc) to help you get started with learning how to crochet.
When I was younger a dear family friend Ricky, who was an amazing crocheter would make these beautiful blankets that would be gifted to friends and family. It also amazed me at how fast she could crochet, she’d have a blanket made in no time. I still have the pink blanket she made me, and my parents also have several blankets that she made them too. In a way this planted the seed for my future interest in crocheting.
I first got started crocheting back in 2008 and had found a book “Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet” by Ana Paula Rimoli. This book peaked my interest in learning to crochet these cute animals. My parent’s neighbor had experience crocheting and she helped me out a little bit and my first project from that book was the Mr. & Mrs. Catcus which I had gifted to my Dad later on. This was a nice book that was easy to read and had good instructions in the back on how to do each different crochet stitch.
Throughout the years I tackled more and more crochet projects including blankets. This was fun learning how to make them and I was happy with the end results. Pictured below is the first blanket that I had made. Love the colors in it! Then for a while I took a break from crocheting.
A couple years ago I tackled crocheting again, wanting to find something fun to do while watching TV. I had seen a book by Twinkie Chan called “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats to Wear”. She had some fun food crochet patterns that was nothing like I had seen before. Out of this book I made several items and enjoyed creating them.
Fast forward to 2019, with a change in my job (my position was cut) my husband had encouraged me to start my own business combining my love for crocheting and art. I’ve always enjoyed art and doing watercolor paintings. On top of that I love to cook and bake. So it was an easy decision to combine all my loves into a business. It’s been fun and also had its challenges with starting my business in the beginning of 2020.
After finding lots of fun patterns on Pinterest or purchasing patterns I found, it made me realize how much I enjoyed doing the Amigurumi work. There are so many adorable food Amigurumi patterns out there too. This is my favorite item to crochet. The hardest part is trying to decide which pattern to do next. I have a ton of them I want to do.
I highly encourage anyone that is interested in learning to crochet is to try it. There are so many tutorial videos online to show you how to do each crochet stitch and some people have different tutorial videos on how to create certain patterns. Also too there are lots of great books you can purchase or even check out from the library. Just remember like anything new it takes practice. Even though I have been crocheting since 2008, I still mess up from time to time and learn from those mistakes. Many people have commented at shows how nice my crochet work is and I always tell them that it’s been a lot of practice. Just keep at it and trust me crocheting gets easier to do the more you do it. Plus too, how neat is it to be able to give a gift to a friend or family member that you made. Homemade gifts are the best.
Best of luck on your crochet journey!
Here are some of my favorite products that I use when crocheting. This blog post contains affiliate links.
Crochet Hook Set
Eyes for Amigurumi
8mm safety eyes with washers
Eyes for Pillows
19 mm eyes
Eyes for Pillows
I Love This Yarn!
Red Heart Yarn