Learning to crochet

Copyright The Granny Squared, all rights reserved
Copyright The Granny Squared, all rights reserved

This quick and easy scarf can be whipped up in a weekend.

How do you learn to crochet? I learned the craft in elementary school. It was at an afterschool program. At the age of eight, I began with making a curly bookmark. Quickly I progressed to granny squares. By the time my first child entered the world, I was whipping up booties and blankets at lightening speed.

Anyone can learn to crochet. If you can tie a slip knot, you can get started. But this is not going to be an online tutorial—there is no need for me to reinvent the wheel. The internet is full of really good video tutorials. But sometimes you just need a book. Not an ebook, but a real book with pages and large pictures of stitches and projects.

Now, through September 30, 2014, Leisure Arts is having a sale. All of their crocheting and knitting supplies are 15 percent off. One of my favorite books to recommend to beginning hookers is I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting or for advanced beginners I Can’t Believe I’m Crocheting Socks. The books are easy to follow and the projects are quick and fun to make. These are just two books in the “I Can’t Believe” series. The series covers knitting, painting, stenciling, and more.

As far as books go, these are rather inexpensive at full retail. But through the end of September, they are on sale. This is a great way to start out shopping for the holidays. Why not pick up a couple of craft books while they are on sale. These make great gifts for art teachers, 4-H and scout leaders, and kids. You will need a code to get the discount. It is not automatic. Just use the code ART15 during checkout. The sale is not limited to crochet. All forms of needlework, cross stitch, plastic canvass, embroidery, quilting, and sewing are included. Why not check them out. Have fun!

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