Crochet Lessons on YouTube!! The First Three Lessons

Ladies and Gentlemen - I give you Confusionmaven on YouTube! That's right! Now you, too, can learn to crochet.
Buttercup the Cat
Buttercup does not seem impressed.

I know. I know. Seems like everyone is starting a YouTube these days. What makes mine so special? Well, I'll tell you! 
I started the Confusionmaven channel last weekend so I could post tutorials for those of us who need a reference. Eventually, it will be a way for me to keep a record or journal of my crochet projects. On the plus side - it's fun. On the minus side - it's not a piece of cake! There's actual work involved and because I work a day job that is kicking into high gear this time of year, the scheduling has been ... a challenge, to say the least. Having said that, in my opinion, the plus side outweighs the minus. I am not one to balk at a little challenge. 

With this channel, I plan to create both a beginner and an advanced crochet series, where I talk about standard stitches that form the basics of crochet. I want to talk about tools, hooks, yarn - everything you need to crochet well. Of course, I will include tutorials for crochet projects, yarn hauls, crochet-a-longs, and stash busters.

All in all, it should be a lot of fun.

Having said all that, let's take a look at what's already posted on the channel. 

Lesson 1 - Slip Knot and Chain

In the first video, you will learn how to make a slip knot (or slip stitch) and chain. This is the first thing I learned when I started out. Without this, it will be difficult for you to move forward. 

This video was fun, but I had to restart about 37 times. Either I messed up or my dog, Cocoa, barked. She's a Golden Saint (St. Bernard/Golden Retriever mix) and she is quite vocal. You will see a few jump cuts in the video where I had to clip out her "excitement." 

Lesson 2 - Single Crochet

After mastering the chain, it's time to start learning the single crochet. I'll be honest, I feel like it took me a long time to bump to this level as a nine-year-old learning to crochet. That may be because I was nine, but it also may be because I was left-handed learning from right-handers. Who is to say. Anyway, I often had to have my mom get it started for me before I could take off on my own. 

Mastering single crochet can lead you to new heights and allow you to create so much. Scarves, hats, blankets, amigurumi. I would say it's an important foundation of crochet. 

Lesson 3 - Double Crochet

Buttercup decided to get in on this video. At the very beginning, she jumps up on the table to find out what I'm doing. She can be seen a little bit at the beginning. If there is yarn involved, you can bet that either one or both of my cats will investigate. She stayed perched on the table to supervise the entire video shoot. I'm just thankful Scout wasn't in the room. He's twice as large as Buttercup and would likely cause the table to come crashing down! 

Double crochet is similar to single crochet with some additional yarn overs that cause the stitch to be two to three times taller than the single crochet. Double crochet is used in the regular granny square pattern, hats, scarves, blankets, and lots of other projects. 

The rest of the series

There will be five more videos in this series that each increase in complication level and I can't wait to show them to you. I will, of course, announce them here, or you can always subscribe to Confusionmaven and click the bell to receive notifications when a new video in the series pops up. 

These videos might seem rather simple. I'm okay with that. Eventually, they will become more involved and detail my journey with more complex patterns. I'm having fun and looking forward to where this leads. Happy crocheting!


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