Sunday, December 29, 2013

In the beginning...the first pattern I ever learned

Twenty years ago, when I was in college, my boyfriend's mother taught me to crochet.  I was a biology major, carrying a full course load and working.  I was a huge stress ball.  Rosi decided that I needed a creative outlet and she sat me down next to her and taught me a pattern.  She did not teach me stitches...those came along by accident.  Instead, she taught me a pattern:

3 DC in one stitch, chain 3, skip two chains, 1 SC, chain 2, skip two chains, 3 DC in the same stitch. 

It was lovely and lacey and it made me feel wonderful as I worked on a scarf.  I had no clue what I was really doing. I had no idea about chaining and how many chains I needed to skip in the beginning.  I did a lot of guessing.  Most of the time it worked, but sometimes it didn't.  As I look back now, I had no idea how many different patterns there actually were.  I just thought that this simple lacey pattern was it.  I loved it because of how beautiful it was and I used it to make scarves and ponchos.

Years later, I would learn what the stitches were called and how to create different heights of stitches.  I learned how to create hats and so much more. Recently, I set out to work out the exact pattern Rosi taught me and soon I plan to share the pattern for a cowl, but you can use it for so much more.

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