I learned how to knit a few years ago when Dave's mom and aunt taught me. I tried to knit with plarn, but I soon realized why everyone crochets with it. The plastic just doesn't slide on the needles. It could be do-able with enough patience and determination, but not very efficiently.
So I had to learn how to crochet, left handed by the way.
First step: The chain stitch (ch): Slipknot, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through, yarn over etc.
By the way, I know my nails aren't pretty, I'm a nail biter, and learned to accept it. I don't care what you think. :)
|pull the "yarn over" through the loop|
Are you kidding me? This is eeeeasy! This is knitting for dummies. I could teach the kids this. Actually, I'm pretty sure I did this as a kid. Next.
Second step: The single stitch (sc): Insert hook through the loop, yarn over, pull through, repeat.
|insert hook through a loop in the chain stitch|
|pull the "yarn over" through the 2 loops|
|lather, rinse, repeat.|
Okay, if I could actually make something by doing this, awesome. I love crochet. Why didn't someone show me this sooner. I guess they probably assumed I already knew how.
Third step: double stitch (dc): Yarn over, insert through loop, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, pull through 2, yarn over, pull through 2 repeat.
Huh? Okay I take that knitting for dummies comment back. Well, here we go.
|yarn over, insert through loop|
|pull through loop, yarn over again|
|pull "yarn over" through 2 loops|
|yarn over again|
|pull through 2 loops again, and we're left with one loop.|
Yay I made a stitch! Okay, I made another one, and another and another.. I think I've got this.
|row of double crochet stitches|
Maybe that's enough for now. I'm sure I can make something, knowing this much. I see it quickly gets more complicated from here.
|swim bag for Lauren (full of mistakes by the way)|
Okay, so I'm now, after 2 days, a crochet monster, and I have vivid nightmarish images of my house becoming doily encrusted.. yikes. However, I think I'm ready to move on to plarn.