I struggled with the title of this blog post. I was thinking something like Fake It Til You Make It or Look I Can Crochet!
Growing up, I used to joke that someday I would be famous for crocheting the world’s longest chain. After 30 some years of practice, I still can’t make anything using crochet. I, definitely, can’t read a pattern. It frustrates me to no end. Without a project, how can I improve? You can only attempt to crochet so many really awful squares.
Then last year, I found an easy crochet garland idea. The blog post didn’t include instructions (because how hard is it to crochet a chain?). I, finally, sucked it up and tried. I loved it. Not only is the garland awesome but I was able to have a successful crochet project (okay it’s not my absolute first successful project since I did learn to make bracelets).
The one above was my first attempt. The one I made for this tutorial is my second attempt. You do have to know how to chain stitch since I am in no position to begin to teach how to do that. However, I think I created a decent enough tutorial. I’m hoping other beginners find this an easy project to replicate.
As a crochet practice, there is stitch counting and learning to keep your stitches from twisting (I did a much better job the second time around).
The supplies are easy to find. All you need is yard, hooks and something to hold your stitch counts. I was lucky enough to find this box of rings (I think they are official stitch count holders but who knows I may be wrong). I was going to use paperclips which should still work.
When it comes to the yarn, you can use whatever colors you desire. I opted for red and white because I had them. You can, also, choose to use the same color for both strands but I would make your first one with contrasting colors to make it easier.
Start by tying your initial knot and leaving a long tail (about 10-12 inches). This is meant to be a garland and you will appreciate having the extra string for tying it to whatever you are using it on.
Chain stitch 10 stitches and mark. Repeat until you have a strand that satisfies you. I did 10 markers which might actually be 110 stitches instead of my original plan of 100. This makes it manageable. Since I have no real plan at this moment, I wanted something that didn’t frustrate me. The end result is about 2 feet long and takes less than 30 minutes to make.
Once you have your first chain, tie off and leave an equally long tail at this end. I wish I could explain how I tie off. I probably do it all wrong but I tie carefully until I have a tight knot that won’t cost me my stitches.
Start row 2 (there is only two rows at this time but you can always try adding more). I like to make a little loop with the yarn through the first chain and use that to make my knot. Leave a little tail (or you can glue your knot).
The completed knot.
Start your second chain.
This time, stitch 20 stitches. This doesn’t have to be perfect (and it’s nice that all you have to do is work in groups of 10 in case you get interrupted).
At your marker, insert the hook and remove the marker.
Complete a regular stitch through both loops. Then continue – 20 stitches, attach to first chain, etc.
When you reach the end, tie off the second chain.
The end result is a loopy garland for your mantle, tree, or where ever you like. I’m thinking I’m going to make a large paper tree for the door and use this garland to decorate it. Who knows. What I do know it that it’s a nice escape from everything for a short amount of time.