Look How Far You’ve Come!

Posted by on November 5, 2013 in Inspiration for the Beginner | 2 comments

Are you frustrated with your crochet skills, or the lack of progress you think you’re making? Don’t put your hook down yet! Below is a picture of my first crochet project. There are 5 stitches in the left corner, and 3 stitches in the right. Never-the-less I learned from it and was determined to keep going. I keep this as a reminder of how far I’ve come.

first crochet project

If you’re feeling discouraged, try a few of these tips:

  1. Don’t compare yourself to others! – Everyone is at a  different level in their skills, and each of us learns at a different speed.
  2. Pull out an old project and compare it to something you’ve made recently – I used to be embarrassed by my first project, which is why I still have it. There were errors, and I held that hook so tight it took me 60 hours to finish, but I DID IT!!! I still give myself credit for picking up a hook, and seeing it through to the end, errors and all. Now I save it for the sentimental value of it.
  3. Give yourself some credit! – If you’re just learning to crochet, give yourself credit for picking up that hook and giving it a try! If you’ve tried, but you’re ready to give up, don’t give up yet! I love the saying, “Never, never, never give up!”

If you’ve only picked up a hook once, and decided to put it down because you didn’t think you could do it, I challenge you to try again. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!


  1. Three marvelous tips! It’s so easy to become discouraged because something isn’t going quite right. I’m happy to say that when that has happened to me, it’s a lesson learned, and start hooking again. As with any craft, chances are you’re going to be the only one that sees any errors. I know some of my friends, who don’t crochet, are in awe of anything I make. I receive great satisfaction in completing a project, knowing I did it myself.

  2. My last afghan I made my daughter claimed for herself before it was finished. I made a few mistakes in that one and she doesn’t even know it, you can’t tell by looking at it but I know it. I’ve been crocheting on and off for 30 years now . So mistakes don’t mean anything, they only add uniqueness to it.

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