Thank heavens for YouTube. I have been having so much fun learning new crochet stitches. I absolutely love the videos by The Crochet Crowd. I had been on a crochet group on Facebook and kept hearing about a new trendy crochet stitch called Corner 2 Corner. Red Heart yarn put out a pattern for a blanket using this stitch but I had trouble understanding the instructions. Unfortunately, I am a visual learner. If it is a new stitch style, I learn best from watching someone else do it. I did a search on YouTube since that is always a great place to find just about anything you need. I stumbled upon the Crochet Crowd’s video and loved the amount of time and explanation they gave to teaching this new stitch. My first project using the stitch was a dishcloth. I was shocked that I could have a 8” square dishcloth made, complete with border edging, in about a half hour. Yes, I know there are those who crochet faster than me rolling their eyes at it taking me that long. For me though, that is a fast project.
Currently, I am working on a blanket for an adult son at his request. This will be the first time I have crocheted a project this large. My blankets are usually not bigger than a crib size. This blanket will be about 90” square once finished. I am surprised at how quickly this project is going. I am less than halfway done, but once you reach the halfway point, the number of stitches per row begin to decrease. That is one thing I am enjoying about the corner to corner style. As I have been working on it, I keep thinking that this will make a great stitch pattern for making a warm winter shawl. Once the shawl is the size I want, I can add an edging along the top and fringe the sides and bottom. I am seriously considering making myself one for this winter after my other projects are finished.
Back to the blanket I am making. One of the gems in the video was learning an easier method for changing colors within the project. The method shown was so easy that I decided to make a striped pattern in the blanket. I have always had great luck in finding tutorials for various off-grid and homesteading projects and topics. Finding the Crochet Crowd tutorials is just an added bonus. They are making learning new stitches and designs so much easier.
Crocheting along with the videos gives me a feeling of accomplishment as I learn new techniques. Michael “Mikey” Sellick, who does the tutorial demonstrations takes the process slow enough and the video is filmed in such a way that there is no guesswork on my part. I can see clearly the way the stitches a formed and projects are completed. I have watched many crochet tutorials and often they are too fast or the camera angle is off just enough that you miss seeing part of the steps used in making the items. Not so with the Crochet Crowd’s videos. They have great close-up instructions they are show every detail in making the stitches. I also love the tips and hints given by Mr. Sellick as the process is explained. I haven’t found one if these videos yet that leaves me feeling uncertain or frustrated in how the projects are done. The Crochet Crowd is definitely teaching this ol’ woman some new tricks to use in making holiday gifts and much more!
I am also working on another Crochet Crowd inspired project, the Stitch-cation afghan. I will share more on my version of this great project in an upcoming post after the project is completed.