I learnt to crotchet quite a few years ago when I was teaching at a Steiner School. It is part of the 3rd class curriculum. I was one step ahead of the children. We made beanies. The stitching was very basic and we never named the stitches, so even though I completed quite a few beanies and helped the children with theirs, I didn't learn to follow a pattern and even though I've tried in the interim, I've given up out of frustration. Then I knit this little dress which needed to be edged with crotchet. So I took a deep breath and threw myself at it. And was I pretty pleased with myself when it was finished.
And then inspired by Jaquie's success with her ripple rug over at The Barefoot Crofter and the purchase of this book...
..and my success with the edging, I'm going to give the ripple rug (pictured on the front of the book) a go.
Here's my sample ( sorry about the quality of the photo. Maybe after I master crocheting I'll take some photography lessons!!!) . The book gave very good detailed instructions for each stitch and explained how to follow the pattern. I learnt single, double, half double, treble and how to decrease each stitch. The pattern reminds me of waves and if I choose the right colours I think it will fit in nicely with the theme my daughter has chosen for her baby's room. Her husband is a surfer and he has requested colours inspired by the beach in the nursery, so I'll look for yarn with those colours in mind.
I am now really keen to get started having taught myself a skill that I'd thought was beyond me,( mainly due to my lack of patience rather than an inability to learn.) Wish me luck!