A few years back I decided to give crochet try, coming from a fabric background I had always found yarn a little daunting, especially knitting! I don't know why but it looked so complicated. So my first attempt with yarn crafts was crochet.
Very quickly I got the knack and fell in love with it, my first real project was a few years back and it was the chevron blanket (which is used daily and lives on a chair in our living room) it's by no means perfect, but having said that it held up through sick days, camping trips, movie nights and uncountable forts.
I have a few places I get my patterns from, I think my ultimate favourite pattern shop is Two Of Wands I have five of their crochet patterns so far, but this pattern and this one are really inspiring me to try out knitting! What I love about Two Of Wands is how they are very minimal and modern, the patterns are great whatever your style.
A second Etsy shop I have a few patterns from is The Velvet Acorn They have some really lovely earthy style patterns which are a little more whimsy. Both of these shops offer knitting and crochet patterns plus they are very reasonably priced.
Another place I head to for patterns is good old ravelry, I'm pretty sure they're most peoples first port of call. It's a great place to discover new pattern shops and designers.
When it comes to learning new stiches or if I need a bit of a refresh I genrally head over to youtube, personally I find the tutorials by New Stitch A Day really clear and helpfull.
I'm Currently working on the Creme De La Creme pattern from Two Of Wands, thats my current crochet project of the week.
Do you do any yarn crafts? got any favourite patterns for me?