Tuesday Tip: Fake It ‘Til You Make It!

Last weekend, I spend an evening trying to teach a friend of mine how to crochet. She’s left-handed, and I’m not, so the learning curve was a little higher than it would normally be for someone just starting out with crochet.

I decided to learn how to crochet left handed, and it is a difficult switch! It reminded me of all the difficulties I faced when I was just starting out, and hence is the perfect start to this week’s Tuesday Tip: Fake it ’til you make it!

Sometimes you skip one too many stitches. Sometimes you increase too much. Sometimes you forget to crochet in the last stitch of the row (or crochet in the turning chain) and then your rows start to bob and weave to the left and right as you go.

Don’t sweat it. Yarn is very forgiving. Crochet with larger, chunkier yarn and your mistakes will be much less obvious. Give your work a gentle tug one way or the other and your uneven rows will settle in a bit better. And if you have crocheted a big flat piece that pinches and pulls along the sides (I still struggle with this!), try crocheting a border around the piece (working 2 or 3 stitches in each corner as you go around to help it lay flat).

It may sound a little trite, but you definitely learn as you go. You’re not going to have perfect stitches when you start out (and if you do, I’m jealous!), but it gets easier. Each mistake you make is a tip for the next time.

And chances are, no one but you will notice those little mistakes.

Happy crafting,

– Alex

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