Do you feel like giving up on crochet? Your first project not as good as expected?
So many beginners give up after their first amigurumi project. They see their own work and compare it to that of those who have been crocheting for years. Don’t do that!
Have a look at the featured picture of this post. The one at the top of the screen. On the right is my Duchess, Fairy Edition doll. She’s pretty and I’m still amazed at my work every time I look at it. I made her after a couple of years of practicing.
My crochet ‘dog’
Now have a look at the “dog” in the picture next to my duchess. That ‘dog’ is my very first amigurumi project. Not sure if it deserves the name ‘dog’…It’s UGLY! The head is floppy. Stuffing is coming out on all sides. Forgot the eyes. Legs fell off after only a day. It’s just really ugly. And once I even showed it to my real dog….the poor dog ran away with his tail between his legs. Hahaha!
I almost gave up after that poor excuse of an amigurumi dog. But I was told to keep practicing. Now I am telling you to do the same. Don’t give up!!!
I already showed you my Duchess doll and below I got 3 more pictures of what I am able to make today after a LOT of practicing.
Did I manage to convince you to keep practicing with these pictures? I hope I did. Practicing is soooooo worth the effort. Look at me. With lots of practice, I went from having made an ugly ‘dog’ to making all the things you see in these pictures! You will get to that level too some day. I’m sure you will. So never give up!
The importance of breaks
When you are learning a new crochet technique it’s best to take frequent breaks. If your crochet project looks less than perfect, put it down and go do something else for a bit. Then take a deep breath and continue/start over.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. You are after all learning something new that requires practice. And believe me, I’ve had times where I was so frustrated that I just wanted to give up. That’s when you take a break. Even just half an hour can do wonders.
If you are, you can contact me with questions. I am more than willing to help out any way I can! You could also have a look at my crochet tutorials in my YouTube channel. I have beginner tutorials about the very basics like the simple single crochet. I also have a great color change video, a very simple magic ring video,… and there’s many many more videos to come! Click on the subscribe button if you want to be notified whenever there’s a new video tutorial.
No matter what you do, don’t give up on learning to crochet! You’ll get there! I can promise you that!!
Don’t throw the less than perfect projects out! I keep mine to remind myself how ‘bad’ I used to be at crochet. Looking at the not so pretty ones gives me hope and courage.
Kids can learn to crochet too!!
The same goes for them: practice makes perfect. I suggest you practice with the child you are teaching to crochet. It’s always so much more fun when there’s other people around.
If you don’t know how to teach a child to crochet or you don’t know where to start, then have a look here. In that post I’ll tell you how I taught my daughter to crochet in 7 steps. And she managed to complete the 7 steps in just days!!!
I look forward to see all the things you’ve made.