Are you wondering what to do with that first crochet project? Maybe you feel like it came out terrible and you can’t possibly give it away. Or maybe you just want to frog it and start over. STOP! Read this before you make any decisions.
Your First Crochet Project
The first project I ever decided to make was a baby blanket. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, I just loved the pattern and wanted to make it. If I remember correctly it took me about 60 hours! I was slow, and I knew there were mistakes but I didn’t know how to fix them (that was back before the internet!) Plus my gauge was so tight. No wonder it took me so long. I was holding on to my yarn for dear life!
I still have that very first baby blanket I made (my girls use it for their dolls). And when I pull it out to reminisce I actually smile at all the mistakes and how tight my gauge was. Why? Because it’s a true judge of just how far I’ve come over the years.
You’re probably thinking there’s no way you’re going to save something when you don’t even like how it came out. Whether it’s a blanket or a washcloth, it won’t matter. Here’s why. . . .
There will be days where you will feel like you haven’t made any progress with your crochet skills, or that you’re projects look no better off than they did before. It’s on those days that you need to pull out your first project and reminisce. Be honest and look at how far you’ve come. You may still have a long way to go, or things you want to improve on, but this will be a good gauge of your progress to date. Use it as a reflection tool, just don’t get hung up on the errors you made. It’s meant to boost you up, not make you think negative.
The more you crochet, the more you practice, the better you will get. Looking back at your first project will show you just how far you’ve come. If you’re feeling discouraged, read my post, Look How Far You’ve Come, which has some practical tips on how to prevent frustration.
So, I’m curious. If you’ve been crocheting for any amount of time, did you keep your first project?