Weaving, knitting and crocheting designs? Trying to figure out new stitches and make the clothes fit? Me too! I have learned a few things and that maybe be obvious to you - but they weren't to me at the start of this journey about one-year ago. Below, YouTube and figuring out a crochet skirt.
I crocheted as a young person in Girl Scouts. I created the ubiquitous snakes curling up when doing double and triple crochet. I even ventured a granny square afghan but when I tried more daring stitches and complex designs they typically turned out skewed and looked more like something to clean the floor than a treasured item.
Some may be shaking their heads at this point asking why I didn't go to YouTube? It didn't exist when I was young! I had to go to the library and check out a book and try to figure out their diagrams, no live action!
My Crochet Skirt
It didn't start out seeming that difficult - then came the directions.
The skirt above contained LOTS of stitch changes, but that never stops me from thinking I can do something. Now, I just rely upon YouTube and say hell yeah when trying a new pattern.
Well, then I began reading the directions. The site was Norwegian and I think the directions were translated. They were very brief - VERY BRIEF. I am new to following stitch diagrams only, I like it written out as well to double check. And, the top of the skirt had buttons to fit at the waist - a stitch diagram doesn't show that. I started the skirt, and then realized I didn't quite understand what I needed to do. I restarted the skirt, and again, and then I got desperate and emailed a friend for help. She is busy and a knitter and couldn't help me right away. I can be impatient, so...
But, then I thought - YouTube answers all - could it be someone made the skirt and uploaded a video about it?
I entered the skirt name in YouTube - and presto! A video came up. The video was long, very long. Even though I tried to be patient, I couldn't watch it in its entirety. Then, I saw what I was looking for the the video summary - a link to written directions transforming what I could not understand into a row by row format. I was on my way and able to finish the skirt.
If one looks closely you will spot that I some rows are a bit different as I began to understand the pattern and compare to images provided. But, as many knitters and crocheters say - never undo work - no one will notice! And, so far I have only gotten compliments. Though maybe I should not allow a true artisan too close!