Guest Author - Beverly Elrod
I canít tell you how many times Iíve shown another crocheter something Iíve made and they told me that they couldnít possibly do anything like that. Are you one of those crocheters who lack the confidence to try something new? Are you afraid youíll fail at making some of those beautiful pieces of crochet jewelry that youíve seen online or in pattern books? What if I told you that itís a lot easier than you probably think and Iím going to share some of my secrets with you.
Quite often itís the fear of failure that keeps people from trying something new. Iíve met some of those crocheters; who lack the confidence that allows them to even start something that they feel is way above their skill level. In fact, Iíve shown a friend that it was only her fear that had kept her from giving thread crochet a try.
Whether you want to learn something new or are a teacher with a student who lacks the confidence to try something new, hereís some of my secrets to help students take that step into the so-called unknown.
1. Donít make it difficult just because you think it looks difficult. If you understand pattern reading and know the stitches the pattern calls for, thereís no reason you canít make the jewelry that you want. By telling yourself that itís difficult, you are setting yourself up to fail.
2. If thread really scares you, work the pattern in a worsted weight yarn with an appropriate sized hook; such as a G, H, or I.
3. With having already recreating the pattern in yarn (which you are familiar with), the only thing thatís new to you is that youíre working with something smaller. Give it a try.
4a. Another choice is to use a pattern that youíre familiar withÖsomething that youíve crocheted two or more times; like a favorite doily. Work it in thread. Youíre already comfortable with the pattern, so the only thing new is that youíre using thread instead of yarn and a steel hook instead of aluminum.
4b. Still not sure? Ok, try wearing reading glasses. This will make your hook and thread look larger so youíre back in your comfort zone. By the time you finish your doily, coaster, runner or whatever youíve chosen to crochet, you should be ready to remove the specs and continue on your own. Then, go back to step 4a. By the time youíre through with that youíre well on your way to being a Ďthreadieí. Either that, or youíll have decided that thread is just not your genre.
Whichever way it turns out; I wish you happy crocheting.