For those of you well-practiced in the art of crochet, I apologise for blogging about something that would be blindingly obvious to you. My first crochet mistake was a big one. As I set out last week to excitedly purchase yarn for my new blanket project, I let myself be persuaded to buy something I’d been advised against by my crochet mentor, Emily (she may already be sick of opening her virtual School Of Crochet doors to me). Acrylic yarn, or to be specific – 100% acrylic yarn, seemed to good to be true. It came at a bargain price, and it offered me a fantastic array of colours. I expressed my concerns to the lovely shop assistant (would it squeak on my hook? What would it feel like?), and she assured me that this particular brand of acrylic was a cut above all the rest, and my worries were unfounded.
And so I raced home and waited excitedly until that evening to get started. As I struggled to remember the stitches, I felt a growing sense of unease. I seemed to find the yarn even more difficult to handle than what I’d been practising with before, and it just wasn’t looking how I had imagined it would. I couldn’t picture myself snuggling under a blanket of these squares – instead they made my teeth feel funny.
The Oracle Emily and came to the conclusion I really didn’t want to come to – I had bought the wrong yarn. And so yesterday saw me making my second yarn shopping expedition, this time to John Lewis, where I felt I could blend in and feel less self-conscious about taking my time to try to get to grips with all the different yarns available.
Once I’d made my new purchase (all yarns from the sale), that sense of excitement returned. This time I KNEW I’d got it right. I couldn’t stop reaching into the bag to touch the yarn, and it looked just how I imagined my blanket would look. There was a stupid grin on my face all the way home.
And so last night I began again. And you can see the difference in the picture above. The square on the left is my acrylic yarn, and on the right is a square made from yarns that combine some acrylic with merino and cashmere*. I know which one I prefer.
*This square is riddled with little mistakes, but I’m still going to include this square in the final blanket because it should hopefully show how my crochet progresses.