Teaching Yourself to Knit and Crochet


People who follow me on instagram already know this but to the rest of the world I cry, GUESS WHAT. I can knit! And crochet! (kind of)

I’ve been teaching myself from the internet, determined a year ago to knit a scarf for my nana.

nana with her scarf

The Wonders of YouTube

How the hell did I teach myself to do this, I hear you wonder aloud. Well, YouTube. People had tried to teach me to knit in the past and it just never really happened. It seemed so confusing and I got easily frustrated and stopped trying. I’m not sure what galvanized me into trying again but the idea seemed to come out of nowhere: I’d knit a scarf.

Being stubborn while learning to knit is key. I can’t stress that enough. It’s a bitch of a thing to do: frustrating, sometimes your hands hurt, and the end never seems to be in sight. It all seems to be just rip, rip, rip and start again. Unending misery. But never fear! Because if I can learn to knit then so can you!

Follow me on Ravelry and we can be friends and share the highs and lows of the roller coaster that is knitting.

Here’s some of the things I’ve knitted so far:

I got seriously obsessed with making mug cosies for people.
A hat!

This is the video that taught me to knit. Thanks so much, Amy Finley and  knittinghelp.com! Seriously, just follow the video below and you’ll be knitting in no time. I’ve watched so many other videos but this is the one that was clearest for me.

Learning to crochet

I’m now determined to learn to crochet so I can decorate my knitting with easy things like granny squares and owls (I haven’t yet crocheted either of these things so I’m saying they’re easy because everyone else does too!). I’m currently using the playlist below to learn how to do this:

Speaking of owls and crochet, here are some awesome patterns I found.

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What about you? Do you have any patterns or tips to share with us? Tell me in the comments 🙂

One thought on “Teaching Yourself to Knit and Crochet

  1. I love to knit. It’s a great way to relax, I think. And I usually do it while I’m watching TV, so I feel like I’ve redeemed the wasted time watching TV into time where I am creating something lovely. My favourite part of the evening is when I sit down with my knitting and a cup of tea and watch the telly. I love to knit lace…even though it can be tricky at times I enjoy the challenge. And I love Ravelry…what an awesome site! So enjoy your new skill! And good luck with the crochet…I can do some simple chain stitches but just have too much going on in my life right now to try to learn anything more.


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