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My Favorite Things – Crocheting My First Baby Blanket (After Just One Day of Learning to Crochet!)

I’m not sure what’s gotten into me, but all of a sudden I’ve had a hankering to learn to crochet.

Perhaps the inspiration came when I noticed a smartly-dressed woman on the subway carrying this crocheted soda tab purse…

Leda purse

Leda Purse by Escama Studio 

Or, it’s because I’ve seen crocheted details trending in this year’s summer styles.

Blouse with crochet detailing

Zara Combination Crochet Blouse

Whatever the case, I got hooked.

I started by looking at “how-to” tutorials online.  I had a very small gauge crochet hook in my craft box, and yarn that was too thick for the hook, so my first attempts didn’t turn out very well.

Fortunately, there’s a Michael’s Craft Store just around the corner from our apartment, so I stopped by to pick up this book…

Learn to Crochet in Just One Day book

And a size H hook to use with my yarn.

yarn and size H crochet hook

In short order I mastered the chain and single crochet stitch, and my miniature swatch looked like this…

beginner's crochet swatch

Not useful for much, but perfect for my rubber dollhouse baby boy.

little doll in matchbox bed


“From small beginnings come great things.”



  1. aha! For my NEXT birthday I want a crocheted tablecloth. Or hat.
    or maybe that adorable blouse on that model. (except I’d look like a walking cathedral, as Pa says….)


    • Hi Ma,

      I saw a very cute hat pattern, but I need to be (a lot) more skilled before I attempt something like that. One thing I like about crochet so far is that it’s very easy to undo stitches without having everything come unraveled. I only know two stitches, though, so maybe that’s why.;-)

      Lurve, J

  2. Hi Joana,
    you are a really wise girl ! in Italy we says “impara l’arte e mettila da parte!” that means more or less : “Learn the skill; you’ll never know when you might need it” 🙂

    • Hi Deborah,

      So far I haven’t made much more progress with my crocheting, but I’m not going to give up! 🙂

      I hope you are keeping busy and are enjoying your summer.

      With all best wishes, Joana

  3. In researching new ideas for bracelets, I came upon tatted lace cuffs…..they are very beautiful and dare-I-say sexy. I don’t know how to do ttting or crocheting, but they seem like they might be pretty useful to know. Maybe I will get to it eventually…..also stumpwork embroidery!

    • Hi Helen,

      The tatted lace cuffs sound very cool! Did you like the pictures I sent with the leather cuffs? Would it be hard to do Kanzashi flowers with leather?

      Hope you have a great weekend! Joana

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