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I remember when I began to learn how to crochet, I would watch my mom create these gorgeous complicated lacy doilies and I would be dying to create something but also be super intimidated to try anything, because to me, as a beginner, everything looked so complicated and I didn’t want to try and fail. So, I would have my hook and my ball of yarn sitting there, waiting for me to make up my mind.
Do you know how I got over it? I did what we all do when we learn something new: picked an easy thing to make and took it one stitch at a time.
Yes, I still sucked big time as I tried and my chains and stitches were all super tight and then some were super loose and I had to redo the whole thing twenty times over, but I could see that I was making something, that, out of nowhere, with just some string and hook I was creating something that wasn’t there before.
And you know what I picked as my first project? A blanket for my doll. Let me clarify that my doll was about 6 inches tall so the blanket for her didn’t have to be large at all, and so this project was totally doable for me.
How does it apply to you, especially if you are not into dolls anymore? I picked something made with straight lines, no adding or taking away additionally stitches (shaping), no crazy complicated stitches. Basically, what I was practicing on was essentially a dishcloth. A very low entry doable project.
I wholeheartedly believe in this kind of projects and any projects that fit into this category: projects that can be done in a straight line, very repetitive, require just a one or two of common stitches, very little counting involved and totally useful.
And you know what else I love about these projects? They are stress-free, and fun to work on since your brain can rest while you make a row after another row of now-familiar stitch or stitch repetition. And since crochet kind of saved my sanity at one point, I’m all about projects that take away the stress, make us feel creative and fulfilled.
So, what are those stress-free magical beginner projects?
Anything that is square or rectangular. And before you go booooooooring, let me give you some examples:
I bet now that you see these, you are getting your own ideas. So, there are so many cool things that you can crochet just using straight lines and simple stitches, combining the basic stitches in interesting ways that the people will look at your work and be like: YOU MADE THIS?! Or, who even cares what anyone else says! I want you to make it and go: I MADE THIS! 🙂
So, with all this said, I want to encourage you to get a simple hook and a ball of yarn (I talk about these here) and give it a try, make something small and simple, like a set of coasters and see how you like it.
Most importantly, remember, crochet supposed to be fun, that is why we take on hobbies, right? It’s a soft and squishy and relaxing type of craft that can help you take the mind off things and relax and bring creativity into your life.
In the comments below, let me know what project are you thinking to start. I want to know!