Did you know there is crochet in Knitty now?
Amy O’Neill Houck and Miriam Felton are long time friends. Amy is a crocheter who knits and Mim is a knitter who crochets. They approached Amy and I at TNNA last June and said, “What do you think about crochet in Knitty?” Specifically they were excited about how knitting and crochet work together and about getting knitters to crochet. New to and excited about crochet, Amy jumped at the idea. The column Plays Well Together was born.
I have tried to crochet and it’s never clicked. Not clicked in the way where you push yourself to find out more. But, since the time the first Plays Well Together column was published in Deep Fall Knitty, where Amy and Mim showed just how nicely knit and crochet play together in a hat pattern, and this current issue, I have become a hooker.
I am a noob in the very sense of the word, I have more questions than skill. And most of the time I feel like I have 20 fingers all doing the wrong thing. I started with a lesson from Denny. I learned to chain, single crochet, double crochet and triple crochet. This issue’s Plays Well Together column is about those first steps in crochet. Here are my first little bits.
I’ve kept at it practicing those three stitches, asking people, looking at books, taking a Craftsy class with Cal Patch. I’m going about this casually, building one thing on another. I made the crocheter’s version of a garter stitch scarf, a double crochet scarf. It was as boring as a garter stitch scarf, but I really have the hang of double crochet now. Plus my teenage daughter instantly stole it for her winter wardrobe.
I’m looking forward to learning new crochet things. I’m dabbling in Granny Squares now. I still need to learn how to read a crochet pattern and what all of the symbols mean, before I branch out further. I know that information and a lot more is coming up in future Plays Well Together columns. I can’t wait to actually make something to wear other than a double crochet scarf!