One day a few months ago I wandered into the local knitting shop + decided that I’d like to learn how to crochet flowers to applique onto things generally. So I bought a ball of soft cotton yarn and a 4.5mm hook and took it home. I typed ‘learn to crochet’ into Google and started absorbing.
NOTE OF WARNING: I only discovered this some time later, but the UK and US have different conventions for naming crochet stitches – I learnt from US websites, and then ran into trouble when using a UK book. This site has a stitch conversion chart: http://crochet.about.com/od/conversioncharts/a/termtranslate.htm, and this one also explains the differences quite well http://www.ehow.co.uk/facts_5981051_british-vs_-american-crochet-stitches.html
For me, the best places to learn basic crochet techniques was on YouTube, and I found the stitches to search for on sites like this: http://crochet.about.com/library/blbeginners.htm
The most useful videos for me were the ones by Knit Witch here: http://knitwitch.com/crochet%20videos.htm
So I learned to chain stitch, single, double and triple crochet, and to work in a circle.
I then searched Youtube for crochet flowers and started experimenting. This one’s a good start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lvoOmcz6Iw
And I found these fun to try too: http://ibrakeforyarnpatterns.blogspot.com/2006/03/flowers-flowers-everywhere.html (the small ones are super cute and the star ones are cool and different)
Crochet is great to learn because it doesn’t take long to make a little 5 petal flower, so if it goes wrong you don’t feel bad about unravelling it all and trying again. And flowers help you to practice a combination of basic stitches and you quickly create lots of pretty, satisfying little things 😀
I even made up my own design of very small and simple crochet flower:
Go to my Mini Crochet Flower
And so for a couple of weeks I spent my 20 minute bus journey to work creating various new breeds of occasionally mutant flower…
Acknowledgements: I’d like to thank all the people who posted the various crochet tutorial blogs and videos I used – I’m totally enabled now and couldn’t have done it without you!